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The Red Silk Thread Makes Headlines Before Opening Night

Photo by Erica Brough, The Gainesville Sun

The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo, a new opera by composer and UF Distinguished Alumna Dr. Stella Sung and librettist Ernest Hilbert premiering tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center, has been making headlines lately, with stories in The Gainesville Sun and on the University of Florida (UF) homepage. Tickets range from $20-$40 and $10 for students. We hope to see you there!

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Art History Doctoral Student Carissa Nicholson Participates in Symposium at Yale

imageArt History doctoral student Carissa Nicholson participated in a symposium titled “Self and Space: Household Identity and Domestic Cult in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East” as a panelist this weekend. The symposium took place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Yale University at the Whitney Humanities Center in New Haven, CT.

To learn more about the symposium, click here.

Cheyenne Rudolph Selected as 2014-2015 4Most Gallery Resident Artist

imageWork by Cheyenne Rudolph

Congratulations to Cheyenne Rudolph, who has been selected by a committee of UF faculty to be the 2014-2015 4Most Gallery resident artist. The School of Art + Art History’s 4Most Gallery is in the WARPhaus building and is run by a recent MFA alum as the resident artist. The residency includes studio space at the gallery location. As the resident artist, Cheyenne will teach a class for the SA+AH, curate exhibitions and handle publicity for the gallery. 

SA+AH Student Ashley Taylor to Work With Crown Point Press This Summer


SA+AH student Ashley Taylor was recently offered the opportunity to assist with Crown Point Press this summer. For six weeks, Taylor will be working with master printers Emily York and Ianne Kjorlie with printing and helping them teach 3-1 printmaking workshops this summer. These workshops cover all the methods York and Kjorlie developed on copperplate etching and printer.

“To have this opportunity to work with them is a real honor, and I am really excited to be learning all I can from their master printers to further my own experience and knowledge of printmaking and publishing,” Taylor says.

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A Look Back at Ben Vereen’s Inspirational Visit to the School of Theatre and Dance

imageUF Musical Theatre students with Ben Vereen. ©Eric Zamora/University of Florida

Legendary, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen was on the UF campus April 2, 2014 talking to students about his career, hosting a master class and performing his one man show Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen at the Phillips Center. Following his performance, Vereen was honored by the School of Theatre and Dance with the Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre. The award, which honors preeminent theatre artists, was last presented to Tommy Tune in 2011.

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The College of Fine Arts Celebrates Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee

imagePictured left to right: Dean Lucinda Lavelli, Representative Kathy Castor and Cherie Fine

National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington D.C. to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. This year, Dean Lucinda Lavelli and President of the Friends of Music Cherie Fine attended on behalf of the College of Fine Arts.

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UF Dancers Invited to Perform at the National College Dance Festival in June

imageChoreographer Tzveta Kassabova, center, with dancers Shannon Healey, left, and Daniel Morimoto

UF dancers recently returned from the 2014 Southeast Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). Congratulations to Tzveta Kassabova and Raja Kelly, choreographers of Super We, one of three national selections that will be performed at the national festival June 5-7 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Super We was performed by Shannon Healey and Daniel Morimoto. Congratulations to all UF dancers who participated in the regional event. 

Becoming Oliver James at 4Most Gallery April 8-15


Becoming Oliver James will be on view April 8 - 15, 2014 at 4Most Gallery. The exhibition begins at the revolutionary seed of an idea written by Simone de Beauvoir: that “one is not born, but instead becomes a man.” Works born out of the rebirth of the artist, this exhibition presents installations as documents of performances that give the unseen, intimate process of transitioning genders a life of their own. The artist’s gestures and actions are offered as a poetic catalyst, allowing viewers to confront their own experiences and biases about gender, as well as the historically fixed nature of this ever-fluctuating identity. Two years in conception, this B.F.A. thesis exhibition is a culmination of the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey through the making, unmaking and remaking of the artist as Oliver James.

One Night Exhibition by C.O.P.A. Photography Club on April 4


The University of Florida’s C.O.P.A. Photography Club will be hosting a one-night group show in the WARPhaus Gallery on April 4, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. The show will include a variety of work from the following University of Florida students: 

Matt Beach
Natalie DiIenno
Valeria Duque
Samantha Greek
Jordan House
Brie Medina
Sydney Moore
Becca Negron
Andrea Sarcos
Zaina Sheets
Casey Wooster

Art Students Learn From Alumni and Get Inspired During the 32nd Annual New York Trip

imagePictured from left to right: Lydia Dildilian, School of Art + Art History Director Richard Heipp, Miguel Saludes, Rachel Bolusky, Tianrui Geng, Alyssa Fleming, Heather Bjorn, Kelly O’Brein, Lily King, Zac Thompson and Jefreid Lotti

The 32nd annual New York Trip took place March 19 through March 24, 2014 and was an exciting experience for all who participated. Professor Julia Morrisroe and School of Art + Art History Director Richard Heipp took students to visit artists’ studios and went to many of New York’s best museums and galleries. CFA alum Matthew Schreiber showed the group around his studio, where students were able to see his holography lab and learn about the light installations he creates. At Rosemarie Fiore’s studio students were impressed with the drawings she created using fireworks and highly colored smoke.

Graduate student Miguel Saludes had a great experience on the trip. “It was very informative to learn that making a living in New York as an artist is a possibility, regardless of all the challenges that might cross the way,” he says. “It all depends on your level of determination and, ultimately, your passion for making art and succeeding as an artist.”

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