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U.Va. Arts in the News 2011-2012

June 2012

U.Va. Innovation Blog, U.Va. Architecture’s “Breathe House” Erected in Haiti June 29, 2012, by Morgan

We checked in with U.Va.’s Initiative reCOVER this week, following the build of its innovative “Breathe House” in the Haitian community of Bois l’Etat, near St. Marc.So named for its natural ventilation strategy, the Breathe House was designed by students in the U.Va. School of Architecture. Led by Anselmo Canfora, the team took first place in an international competition that sought disaster-recovery solutions for Haiti’s displaced population following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January 2010. (Read more about the Breathe House here.)

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UVA Today, Western Landscape Broadens Summer Photography Students' Horizons June 20, 2012, by Jane Ford

Since Thomas Jefferson sent explorers to the West, the landscape has inspired painters, photographers and "earth artists," whose canvas is the land itself.

Students in the University of Virginia summer session course "Earth Art and Photography" spent two weeks drawing inspiration for their own photography from that same landscape, creating works that are about places, and learning to reveal their "emotional and intellectual response to the world," said William Wylie, the course's instructor.

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UVA Today, Filmmakers Invited to Submit Work for 25th Anniversary Virginia Film Festival June 6, 2012, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival has issued a call for entries, inviting filmmakers to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works for consideration for its upcoming 25th anniversary year.

The 2012 festival is scheduled for Nov. 1-4 in Charlottesville. It is presented by the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, Learn to Groove: Jospe Keeps the Beat in Teaching, Community Outreach June 6, 2012, by Rob Seal

If you ask percussionist Robert Jospé, everyone has rhythm.

"Everybody can play music," he said. "Rhythm is an innate quality that everybody has. Everybody can keep a simple beat. Just listen to children at play – you can hear all kinds of rhythm."

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UVA Today, U.Va.'s Fralin Museum of Art Exhibits 'Photography from the Museum Collection' June 4, 2012, by Jane Ford

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will exhibit "Photography from the Museum Collection" in two exhibitions June 8 through Aug. 5.

These two exhibitions, curated by the museum's curator of exhibitions, Jennifer Farrell, engage key moments in the history of photography while also highlighting important pieces from the Fralin Museum's rich collection. Both build on "100 Years of Photography," which was on view at the museum January through May 2011 and curated by Matthew Affron, associate professor of art history and curator of modern art, to accompany his spring semester course, "The History of Photography."

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May 2012

UVA Today, Creative Writing Student Gregory Jackson Wins Fiction Prize May 29, 2012, by Anne E. Bromley

University of Virginia graduate student Gregory Jackson is the 2012 winner of the Henfield Prize in Fiction for his short story, "The Sort of Thing Micah Heard."

Jackson will receive a $10,000 award funded by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, which endowed the prize at U.Va. and four other writing programs last year.

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UVA Today, Music Professor Wraps Up Successful Pilot Year of Arts Outreach May 25, 2012, by Rob Seal

On a recent evening, University of Virginia music professor Bonnie Gordon watched a handful of local children select the instruments they will play in school band next year.

She was there with Lauren Hauser, a doctoral student in English, and Sarad Davenport, the Charlottesville director of City of Promise, a community education program. Just a couple of months earlier, Gordon had taken some of the kids for their first visit to the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra's Musical Instrument Petting Zoo and helped familiarize them with those same instruments.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Names Art Museum for Cynthia and Heywood Fralin May 21, 2012, by Jane Ford

Cynthia and W. Heywood Fralin, longtime supporters of the arts in the commonwealth of Virginia, have announced their intention to donate their collection of American art to the University of Virginia Art Museum. The 40-piece collection, which includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Robert Henri, is the largest single gift of art in the University's history.

To honor this major contribution, as well as Heywood Fralin's lifetime of service to the University, the Board of Visitors today voted to name the museum the "Fralin Museum of Art."

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Professor's 'Rotunda, A Living Portrait" Now Available on DVD May 18, 2012, by Rob Seal

"Rotunda, A Living Portrait," composed from images and sounds of the University of Virginia's Rotunda and Lawn captured over the course of a year, is now available on DVD.

Judith Shatin, an acclaimed composer and William R. Kenan Jr. professor of Music in the College of Arts & Sciences, created the piece with filmmaker Robert Arnold, director of the School of Film & Photography at Montana State University.

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UVA Today, Heritage Theatre Festival Preparing for 'Historic' Summer May 17, 2012, by John Kelly

History will be both made and celebrated this summer when Heritage Theatre Festival presents a one-time-only, single-show "season" featuring the beloved musical "1776."

The production, presented in partnership with the city of Charlottesville's "Celebrate 250," will be directed by Robert Chapel, Heritage's producing artistic director and a drama professor in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Exhibit Depicts Urban Landscapes May 16, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia Art Museum opens a new exhibition, "Emilio Sanchez: Cityscapes," on May 30. Focusing primarily on images of urban scenes, it will be on display through Aug.12.

The exhibition examines the work of the Cuban-American artist Emilio Sanchez. Sanchez, who spent most of his life in the United States, studied architecture at U.Va. from 1941 to 1943 before moving to New York City to attend the Art Students League.

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UVA Today, New U.Va. Art Museum Exhibit Spotlights the Feminine in Modern French Art May 11, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia Art Museum showcases images of femininity in the exhibit "Émilie Charmy and the Feminine in Modern French Art," which opens May 18 and runs through Aug. 5.

Charmy, who lived from 1878 to 1974, was a highly original exponent of modern art in Paris during the first half of the 20th century. She developed her artistic personality by engaging with impressionism, post-impressionism and fauvism in the years leading to World War I. She became known for her expressive depictions of the female form.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Exhibits 'American Impressionism and After: Highlights from the Collection of W. Heywood Fralin Sr. and Cynthia Kerr Fralin' May 9, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia Art Museum will feature a selection of masterpieces in the special exhibit "American Impressionism and After: Highlights from the Collection of W. Heywood Fralin Sr. and Cynthia Kerr Fralin." The exhibition will run from May 12 through 22.

Heywood Fralin is a member of the University's Board of Visitors and former rector. He and his wife, Cythia Kerr Fralin, are longtime supporters of art in the state and avid art collectors.

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UVA Today, Class of 2012: Tousignant Combines Interests in Sufi Dance, Poetry May 9, 2012, by Rob Seal

Maura Tousignant has been a world traveler since the beginning.

The fourth-year University of Virginia student is the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer and was born in Belgium. Growing up, she spent four years in South Africa, and also lived in Norway and Benin.

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April 2012

UVA Today, Student Partnership Award Honors Arts Administration Professor George Sampson April 27, 2012, by Dan Heuchert

The University of Virginia Student Council has selected George Sampson, research associate professor of arts administration and design thinking in the School of Architecture, as the recipient of its 2012 Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award.

The Student Council established the award in 2010 to recognize faculty and administrators for their "continued dedication to working with students." As the council's Academic Affairs Committee co-chair Niklaus Dollhopf noted, the Sandridge Award is especially reflective of influence on and connection with students because "it's an all-student process, from the nominations to the selection committee."

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UVA Today, Slon Appointed Music Director of Oratorio Society of Virginia April 27, 2012, by Rob Seal

Michael Slon, an assistant professor and director of choral music in the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the music director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, the organization announced recently.

Slon is only the seventh director in the 44-year history of the society, a Charlottesville-based choral group that includes both amateur and professional musicians. It typically performs three times per season, including an annual Christmas presentation at the Paramount Theater.

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UVA Today, Art Teachers Integrate Science Into Their Lessons at U.Va. Eastern Shore Workshop April 27, 2012, by Lisa Littman

Artists and scientists gathered at the University of Virginia's Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center April 20-22 to paint, as well as study, salt marshes on the Eastern Shore.

The center's manager, Art Schwarzschild, a research faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the College of Arts & Sciences, spearheaded the art and ecology workshop that taught local public school art teachers how to integrate environmental sciences into their classes.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Professor Wins Smithsonian Book Prize for Tracing Slave Trade Through Abolitionist Art April 24, 2012, by Jane Ford

University of Virginia art history professor Maurie McInnis has been awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art for her book "Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade," published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press.

Her book, which traces the American slave trade through the visual and written records of Eyre Crowe, a British artist who visited a slave auction in Richmond in 1853, was recognized for its integration of art and cultural studies, according to the Smithsonian's announcement.

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UVA Today, Class of 2012: Artist Hannah Barefoot Joins Craft and Nature in Her Work April 23, 2012, by Jane Ford

Creating imagined environments that are based on a thirst for learning and producing the tools to make her art are a passion for Hannah Barefoot, a studio art major in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences who will graduate May 20.

For her fourth-year show in Ruffin Gallery, part of her distinguished major thesis, Barefoot created a series of abstract prints and sculptures she described as embodying "a language associated with the environment, but something not totally articulated."

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Announces New High School Filmmaking Competition April 17, 2012, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is expanding its Community Outreach and Education programs to include a new high school filmmaking competition.

The annual festival is presented by the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Conference To Study Bartolo di Fredi and the Art of His Time April 11, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia Art Museum will hold an international conference, Bartolo di Fredi and the Art of his Time, on April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Campbell Hall, room 153. The event is free and open to the public.

The conference is in conjunction with the museum's exhibit, The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed, which reunites pieces of a 14th-century Sienese altarpiece for the first time in over 600 years. The exhibit, which is accompanied by an illustrated catalog, is on view Tuesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m., through May 27.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Exhibits Japanese Woodblock Prints April 11, 2012, by Jane Ford

Drawing on its rich collection of Japanese prints, the University of Virginia Art Museum will feature a second exhibition of 19th-century Japanese color woodblock prints.

Legend: Japanese Color Woodblock Prints will be on view from April 24 through Aug. 5. It follows Love: Japanese Color Woodblock Prints, which closes April 22. Both are curated by Stephen Margulies.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Offers Fresh Look at Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet April 5, 2012, by John Kelly

The University of Virginia Drama Department is peeling back the layers of one of the most oft-told love stories with a new production of Romeo and Juliet.

Set to debut April 19 at Culbreth Theatre, this production is directed by Brantley Dunaway, executive director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

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UVA Today, Once More, With Feeling: U.Va. Music Library Helps Develop Digital Format for Music Notation April 4, 2012, by Rob Seal

An international effort spearheaded by the University of Virginia Music Library is paving the way for powerful new digital tools for music scholars.

The Music Encoding Initiative, or MEI, is the name of both a new open-source format for digital music notation and of the organization working to develop it, which includes U.Va. Music Library staff and international collaborators.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Professor, Students to Create Painting Visible On Google Earth April 3, 2012, by Jane Ford

A group of artists and students, working under the direction of University of Virginia artist and studio art professor Megan Marlatt, plan to create a large painting on an asphalt parking lot beginning April 6.

The artists and students, known as "The Cardboard Collective," includes students Marie Bergeron, David Cook, Carmen Diaz, Shiry Guirguis, Margaret King, Brendan Morgan and Cherith Vaughan and Marlatt's husband, photographer Richard Robinson.

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Kluge-Ruhe News, Vernon Ah Kee to visit UVa as Resident Artist April 2012

Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee will visit the University of Virginia for an artist residency April 4 – 12. Ill-like, an exhibition of his drawings and textual works, is on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection through May 10. Ah Kee’s textual works can also be viewed at Brooks Hall Commons and at the International Residence College on UVa Grounds.

Ah Kee’s residency will include an Artist Talk on April 5, a guided tour of ill-like on April 7, and a public reception with the artist on April 12. In addition Ah Kee will be guest lecturing to several courses at UVa, and may produce an in situ artwork on Charlottesville’s community chalkboard on the Downtown Mall.

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March 2012

UVA Today, Leonardo da Vinci's Legacy Is Focus of U.Va. Digital Project, Conference March 30, 2012, by Jane Ford

Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest painters of all time, and his legacy and theory of painting have had a lasting effect on artists through the centuries.

A new University of Virginia archive, "Leonardo da Vinci & His Treatise on Painting," created by Francesca Fiorani, an art history professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, digitally documents the legacy of Leonardo as a writer on the theory of art. A conference on da Vinci April 12-14 at U.Va. will officially launch the archive.

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UVA Today, Arab-Iranian Artist To Be U.Va.'s Painter-in-Residence March 22, 2012, by Katherine Ripley

Arab-Iranian artist Samira Abbassy, whose work deals with women, war and identity, will be a Painter-in-Residence in the Studio Art Program of the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Art.

Abbassy will be in residence and creating her own work from April 1 through 29 in Ruffin Hall's studio 323. She will lecture on her work April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 158. She also will give critiques in painting classes and work with Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Students whose work focuses on painting.

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UVA Today, Dance Program to Present Annual Spring Concerts March 20, 2012, by Joyce Carmen

The University of Virginia's Dance Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on March 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and on March 31 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Helms Theatre.

The concert will feature original contemporary dance works by U.Va. student and faculty choreographers, and two more by visiting choreographers Danah Bella and Susan Wiesner. It reflects the collaborative spirit of dance and challenges U.Va.'s student dancers in new and exciting ways, said Kim Brook Mata, interim director of the dance program, which is offered as a minor in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, Music Department, Library Work to Capture the Sound of Jefferson's America March 19, 2012, by Rob Seal

The images of early American history are easy to visualize: Jeffersonian architecture, redcoats and revolutionaries, powdered wigs, flags with the slogan "Live Free or Die." But its soundtrack is elusive.

Now, a pair of University of Virginia events will conjure and examine the sounds of early America, from the parlor music of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to slave songs and bawdy tavern sing-alongs.

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UVA Today, Jazz Greats Bill Cole and Joseph Daley to Perform at U.Va. Chapel March 15, 2012, by Gary Funston

The Charlottesville Jazz Society, the University of Virginia Arts Administration program and WTJU 91.1 FM, the University's radio station, will co-present a concert by jazz musicians Bill Cole and Joseph Daley in their first-ever duet performance on March 29 at 8 p.m. at the U.Va. Chapel.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door only, and will be free for students, $5 for members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society and $10 for all others.

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UVA Today, Welcome Spring with U.Va. Authors and the Virginia Book Festival March 15, 2012, by Anne E. Bromley

Author Lee Smith said it's like coming to a family reunion. Another attendee said, "They made me laugh and they made me cry – that's about as good as it gets."

"What better way to spend the first week of spring than ... celebrating books and the promise of good things to come?" added a previous participant.

Those enthusiastic reviews were written about the Virginia Festival of the Book. This year's edition of the mid-Atlantic's biggest book club begins Wednesday and runs through March 25 and will showcase almost 400 writers from all genres, more than 50 of them University of Virginia faculty, staff and alumni.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Department Celebrates the Circus March 13, 2012, by John Kelly

George Brant's drama "Elephant's Graveyard," opening March 21 at Culbreth Theatre, will serve as the centerpiece of the University of Virginia's four-day celebration of the art of the American circus – and the career of circus expert LaVahn Hoh, a drama professor in the College of Arts & Sciences.

"Elephant's Graveyard" is the story of the collision between a struggling circus and a tiny Tennessee town in 1916, and how it resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. The play combines historical fact and legend to tell the true and tragic tale, using first-person narrative to relay the perspectives of the circus folk and townspeople alike and capture their thirst for spectacle, violence and revenge. "Elephant's Graveyard," directed by Richard Warner, will be presented at 8 p.m. on March 21 through March 24.

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Cavalier Daily, Phantoms at the box office: Capping free student tickets would not help fill seats during symphonies or shows March 13, 2012, by Katherine Ripley

Coming from someone who has been on stage many times, I know how disappointing it is to see empty seats when the curtain opens, especially when so many long hours of practice have gone into preparing for the impending performance. Those vacant chairs are like hopes which ring hollow. Actors and musicians want to play for a full house, and having worked so hard they deserve the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, the University’s Arts Dollars program is hindering this prospect for some groups of performers.

Do not get me wrong — I think it is fantastic that students are able to reserve free tickets for shows, and I have taken advantage of this privilege myself. The downside of the Arts Dollars program is when many students neglect to come and claim their tickets on the nights an event happens. As an employee of the University Arts Box Office, I have seen an immense amount of student tickets go uncollected on the night of a show. At the last concert I worked, there were still about fifty tickets in the will-call box after the music started, and all of them were for students.

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Cavalier Daily, ‘Arts Madness’ kicks off March 13, 2012, by Catherine Jessee

The College Council hosted a film screening yesterday evening of “Habibi Rasak Kharban,” a film written, directed and produced by 1999 University alumna Susan Youssef. The screening kicked off Council’s “Arts Madness” initiative, a weeklong celebration of art at the University which will conclude March 20 with a student art auction.

Council President and third-year College student Nabilah Jiwani said Council brought Youssef to the University to provide a voice to the political aspect of arts and media.

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Cavalier Daily, This is madness: the arts invade grounds March 13, 2012, by Rachel Lim

Move aside, March Madness — Arts Madness is here. From today to March 20, expect the arts craze to take over during the University’s first annual arts week. This mega-event is a result of the combined efforts of Student Council, the University Programs Council, College Council and the Vice Provost for the Arts Office.

“Raising the awareness of art on Grounds is important not only because it has been neglected in the past, but also because it plays so well off of other endeavors at the University,” said Kelsey Petrie, a member of the Student Council Student Arts Committee. “Visual culture and expression cannot be separated from the sciences, from engineering, and from student life and academia in general because it is, at its core, deeply and irrevocably a result of and influenced by this whole.”

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C-Ville, UVA's Brooks Museum resurrected through cardboard March 6, 2012, by Sarah Sargent

A collaboration between The Cardboard Company and New York artist Tom Burckhardt, “The Brooks Natural History Museum C. 1900: A Creative Interpretation,” opened at Ruffin Gallery on February 24. The installation is a whimsical re-imagination of UVA’s defunct natural history museum, which occupied Brooks Hall from 1877 through the 1940s, constructed of brown cardboard (60 percent recycled), black paint, and the creativity of the collaborators. Burckhardt, the 2011-12 visiting artist chosen by the student-run UVA Arts Board, made the show’s centerpiece, a very sympathetic mammoth being led by Henry Ward, the natural history entrepreneur whose company made the original plaster and fur version for the Brooks Natural History Museum.

The show is right up my alley. Bursting with energy, it’s imaginative, original, and just plain fun. I loved the handmade quality, which is fresh and authentic. Upon entering Ruffin Hall, you are greeted by The Cardboard Company’s version of Brooks Hall’s façade spilling out of the gallery space that’s marvelously re-created in extreme perspective.

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UVA Today, Preview of Award-Winning 'Telematic Opera' Set for Monday March 1, 2012, by Rob Seal

Performers in Miami, Indianapolis and Charlottesville will take advantage of advanced network technology Monday to preview music from an award-winning opera by University of Virginia music professor Matthew Burtner.

"Auksalaq: A Telematic Opera," which will debut in its entirety in October, uses high-speed Internet connections to link audiences and performers from multiple sites. On Monday, an audience in New World Symphony Hall in Miami will see a preview of about 30 minutes of music. The performers there will be joined by others at the Tavel Center in Indianapolis and in a classroom in U.Va.'s Old Cabell Hall.

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February 2012

UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra To Salute American Stage and Screen February 28, 2012, by Janet Kaltenbach

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra continues its 2011-12 "Bridges" season with a program titled "Bridges Across Genres" on March 24 at 8 p.m. at the University of Virginia's Old Cabell Hall, and March 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Monticello High School in Albemarle County.

Conducted by music director Kate Tamarkin, the all-American program will explore genres that have broadened the orchestral repertoire, including ballet, film scores, Broadway and jazz.

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UVA Today, Scholar Louis Menand to Speak on Andy Warhol March 22 February 28, 2012, by Jane Ford

Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar Louis Menand will lecture on "The Education of Andy Warhol" on March 22 at the University of Virginia. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Menand's talk, the U.Va. Art Museum's annual Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture, will be the inaugural lecture for the new Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, 'Portraits in Color' Step Event Honors Black Artists Who Inspire February 28, 2012, by Anne E. Bromley

A call went out, one performer led, and then 14 pairs of feet and hands stomped and crashed in perfect unison. For several minutes, their percussion rolled like thunder over the audience that packed the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. As the step-dancing segment ended, roaring applause rushed to fill the sudden vacuum of sound.

The performers are the University of Virginia student step team, Step It Up. The group's "Portraits in Color" showcase on Friday was its sixth annual performance, but the talent and choreography were fresh and fierce.

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C-Ville Weekly, UVA Art Museum reassembles a 14th century Italian masterpiece February 28, 2012, by John Ruscher

A momentous reunion is happening at the University of Virginia. No, we’re not talking about alumni returning to town to relive their glory days. This goes back much further than even Mr. Jefferson himself—all the way to 14th century Italy, when painter Bartolo di Fredi took up his brush to create an altarpiece for a church in his native city of Siena. As he applied his tempera and gold leaf, he surely didn’t imagine that half a century later parts of his painting would scatter across the globe, nor that they would be reunited for “The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed,” an exhibition opening Friday at the UVA Art Museum.

“Bartolo’s most famous work was probably a series of frescoes that were painted in the town of San Gimignano, which is near Siena, in the late 1360s,” Bruce Boucher, who joined the museum as director in 2009, told us. Boucher, along with UVA Associate Professor Francesca Fiorani, co-curated this exhibition, which was inspired by a portion of Bartolo’s altarpiece that found its way into UVA’s collection. “When I came here I thought it would be great for our public if we could try to reunite the three surviving pieces of this altarpiece, to show that the painting, pretty though it was, was merely a small part of a much larger structure,” Boucher said.

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UVA Today Blog, Alum’s U.Va.-Based E-Novel Released Wednesday February 24, 2012, by Dan

The Snows of Rugby Road, an e-book written by 1959 U.Va. alumnus Al Cash, was released on Wednesday. It features a cover photo by UVA Today’s very own senior photographer, Dan Addison.

What’s it about?

According to the description on, the story centers on Eddie Lee Tavener, who comes to U.Va. in 1956 leaving behind a dysfunctional home life. He loves two women in his life and loses them both to untimely deaths. The story traces his time from 1956 when he enters U.Va. through bouts of substance abuse, to buying a large farm, to dying alone in a Manhattan apartment in 2006 having reached the conclusion that life is hard and then you die; so live each day to the fullest.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Professor Explores Lost History of Russian-Jewish Composers February 22, 2012, by Matt Kelly

University of Virginia historian James Loeffler explores the lost world of Jewish composers working in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution in his new, award-winning book.

"The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire," examines composers who viewed themselves as both Jewish and Russian and who saw their work contributing to both identities. He focuses on the second half of the 19th century through the Russian Revolution, covering two generations of composers.

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Charlottesville Tomorrow, Winning design for Belmont: No bridge, more connectivity for Belmont and Downtown Mall February 21, 2012, by Courtney Beale

The winning entry in the grassroots contest to design a new Belmont Bridge is a proposal that recommended eliminating the bridge altogether. Community members and exhibitors gathered together Sunday at CitySpace to learn the results of the Project Gait-Way design contest.

With over 120 ballots for 36 entries, the jurors and the public agreed that the UVa project, “Belmont Unabridged,” was the best idea for the city. The concept won first place in all four categories: Judges’ Best Bridge Design, Judges’ Best Urban Design, People’s Choice Best Bridge Design and People’s Choice Best Urban Design.

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UVA Today, Exhibit of Professor's Projects on Display in Architecture School Dean's Gallery February 16, 2012, by Jane Ford

"Studies," an exhibit by W.G. Clark, Edmund Schureman Campbell Professor in the University of Virginia's School of Architecture, will be on display in the Dean's Gallery in Campbell Hall Feb. 24 through June 3.

An opening reception will be held Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Arts Grounds Final Fridays event. The exhibit will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The exhibit consists of sketches and models – studies for projects that were never built, plus drawings for a built project, the east addition of Campbell Hall, which was dedicated in 2008.

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UVA Today, Arts, Humanities Get Their Turn in the Spotlight as Obama Honors U.Va.'s Dove February 14, 2012, by Anne E. Bromley

"The glow in their faces. The cameras, the smiles, the applause – all for the arts and humanities!"

That's one of the thoughts University of Virginia English professor and poet Rita Dove said ran through her mind as she sat in the White House East Room on Monday, waiting to receive the 2011 National Medal of Arts.

President Obama awarded the medal to Dove and seven other artists at a Feb. 13 ceremony. He offered a handshake or kiss on the cheek to each recipient, and he jokingly teased Dove about needing another award, she said.

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UVA Today, Artist, Students Use Cardboard and Paint to Reinterpret Brooks Hall Natural History Museum
February 13, 2012, by Jane Ford

A wandering woolly mammoth trudges its way across the McCormick Road crosswalk and takes up residence in the University of Virginia's Clark Hall. This creature is the centerpiece in a new Ruffin Gallery exhibit that reinterprets a piece of University history – using only black paint and cardboard.

A group of 12 studio art students from the College of Arts & Sciences known as "The Cardboard Company" having been working with New York artist Tom Burckhardt to construct an artistic interpretation of the Brooks Hall Natural History Museum circa 1900. The museum, which opened in the Victorian Gothic building just east of the Rotunda on University Avenue in 1877 and ceased functioning as a museum in the 1940s, was one of the most impressive and innovative museums of natural history in the nation, complete with a replica of a woolly mammoth on permanent display.

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C-Ville, For those of you about to rock (WTJU salutes you) February 14, 2012, by John Ruscher

Russell Perry remembers WTJU’s first rock marathon. “We were raising money to change the signal from mono to stereo,” the former DJ told us. “After raising the money and making the improvements, we switched over to stereo with great fanfare and inaugurated our new status by playing ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It didn’t seem like such a hackneyed choice in the mid-’70s.” As Jimmy Page’s guitar solo soared into the stratosphere, a great tradition was born. Quoth Robert Plant: “When all are one and one is all, to be a rock and not to roll.”

Point your radio to 91.1 FM or your computer to (do it, right now!) and you’ll hear the latest WTJU Rock Marathon, which kicked off Monday and will broadcast nonstop all week. In addition to programs delving into everything from Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” to West African guitar music, the marathon will also feature live in-studio performances and a weeklong countdown of WTJU’s top 50 songs since the station took to the airwaves in 1957. “It’s not just about the new rock and the contemporary rock and the deep cuts that we often play,” General Manager Nathan Moore told us. “It’s also about looking at the history of rock and roll.”

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Cavalier Daily, Obama honors Rita Dove: University English Prof. receives 2011 National Medal of Arts for poetry February 14, 2012, by Michaela Accardi

University English Prof. Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English, received the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House yesterday, along with 19 other honorees.

The medal is the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists and arts patrons in recognition of their contributions to the excellence, support and availability of the arts in the United States.

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UVA Today, 'Belmont Vortex' Workshop Links U.Va. Architecture School and Community February 13, 2012, by Jane Ford

Nearly 300 University of Virginia School of Architecture students and faculty members, along with public officials and citizens, gathered Saturday at the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville to view the presentations of "Belmont Vortex," a bridge-design workshop that occupied almost the whole school for 10 days.

The effort was in response to "Project Gait-Way," a challenge to design a replacement for the crumbling Belmont Bridge, which carries 9th Street from downtown Charlottesville over the CSX and Buckingham Branch railroad tracks to the Belmont neighborhood, where it becomes Avon Street.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Students Create New Theater Troupe, 'Idly Bent' February 13, 2012, by Jane Ford

Matthew Minnicino, a fourth-year drama and English major in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences, and Anne Haney, a fourth-year comparative literature major, used this quote as a starting point to form Idly Bent Theater, a new undergraduate group that produces plays for the Charlottesville community.

The group was founded two months ago and is made up of seven passionate theater students. Minnicino explained that the group wanted a deeper connection with the Charlottesville theater community, rather than be a student organization that only produced drama on Grounds.

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Charlottesville Tomorrow, UVa teams unveil Belmont Bridge concepts February 12, 2012, by Sean Tubbs

More than 300 people packed into Charlottesville’s Music Resource Center on Saturday to review the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture’s conceptual plans for redeveloping the city’s Belmont Bridge.

“The ideas are many and varied and the level of practicality varies from project to project, but I think that in almost every single one of them there is a nugget to pull out that can give us a principle of how to proceed,” said City Councilor Kathy Galvin.

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LA Times, National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medals announced February 10, 2012, by Carolyn Kellogg

The White House announced the recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals today. Poet Rita Dove (above) is the leading literary figure among the seven who will receive the National Medal of Arts, joining actor Al Pacino, singer Mel Tillis, painter Will Barnet, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts, and creative arts patron Emily Rauh Pulitzer.

Rita Dove served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to '95. Dove, born in 1952 in Ohio, received an MFA from the University of Iowa and published her first poetry collection in 1980. She won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for the collection "Thomas and Beulah." She teaches at the University of Virginia; her many accolades include a National Humanities Medal.

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UVA Today Blog, Rita Dove To Receive National Medal of Arts Monday February 10, 2012, by Dan

Late-breaking news from the White House (really!): President Obama will award U.Va. English professor Rita Dove the National Medal of Arts on Monday afternoon.

Dove — the former U.S. Poet Laureate — is to be among eight recipients of the award. Others include actor Al Pacino and classical pianist Andre’ Watts. Obama will also hand out nine National Humanities Medals. The event begins at 1:45 p.m. and will be streamed live online here.

Read more >, UVa Students Celebrate Black History Month Through Spoken Word February 9, 2012

In celebration of Black History Month, Just Lyricz, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the University of Virginia's Office of African American Affairs held an open mic Thursday evening.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Professor's New Book Considers American Slave Trade Through Art February 7, 2012, by Jane Ford

Although the international slave trade was abolished in the United States in 1808, the trading of slaves within the states remained big business, boosting the economy by tens of millions annually in the 1850s. Between 1820 and 1860, it is estimated that more than 2 million enslaved people were sold in the American slave trade; from Virginia alone, more than 350,000 were sold out of the state and were taken to the lower South – Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, a new book by Maurie McInnis, art history professor and associate dean for academic programs in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences, tells the story of the slave trade from the vantage point of British artist Eyre Crowe's paintings and drawings.

Read more >, Va. Beach man wins $1M for Super Bowl Doritos ad February 7, 2012, by Diane Tennant

The "Today" show, "World News with Diane Sawyer," the Princess Anne High School faculty - everybody wants a piece of Huff the Great Dane and Jonathan Friedman, the local man who won $1 million with his Doritos commercial during the Super Bowl.

"It's exciting, crazy," Friedman said by phone Monday afternoon from Indianapolis, where the game was played. "I haven't gotten any sleep. I'm really tired. I did a ton of interviews this morning. It's just been kind of overwhelming."

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UVA Today Blog, Alum’s Super Bowl Ad Wins $1 Million Prize February 6, 2012, by Dan

We at UVA Today headquarters can now brag: We blogged about Matthew Friedman weeks before he, his brother, an actor friend and Huff the Great Dane found fame and fortune by winning a Super Bowl ad contest.

Matthew Friedman is the 1995 U.Va. Arts & Sciences alum, who, with his brother, entered a commercial for Doritos in the annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. Matthew contacted us looking to drum up online votes to get his creation — which he claims to have shot for less than $20 — aired during the Super Bowl broadcast. That effort succeeded, and he won $25,000 and tickets to the game.

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UVA Today, WTJU 91.1 FM To Cover History of Rock During Feb 13-19 Marathon February 6, 2012, by Nathan Moore

WTJU, the University of Virginia's radio station, is holding its annual Rock Marathon and pledge drive Feb. 13-19.

The week of special programming will revisit beloved classics and offer new music adventures at 91.1 FM and From Charlottesville indie rock bands to West African guitar, from doo-wop to dub techno, WTJU's Rock Marathon promises programming that is both inspired and inspirational, station manager Nathan Moore said.

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UVA Today, Poetry Program Prepares Students for Life -- and Careers February 3, 2012, by Anne Bromley

English professor Lisa Russ Spaar's tiny office lures the student into her magical world, leaving behind the ubiquitous brick walkways and plain white walls of University of Virginia's familiar halls. Glinting frames hold paintings and prints from various eras, forming a crooked ladder up the tall, narrow wall to the ceiling, and a bowl of candy in shiny wrappers sits on a small table.

At the corner of her overflowing desk, Spaar perches over a nest of pages, shuffling until she produces several sheets stapled together, a list of 100 names – all the graduates of the Area Program in Poetry Writing since she founded it 10 years ago, not long after she published her first book of poems, "Glass Town."

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UVA Today, Reunited Components of 14th-Century Sienese Altarpiece Will Be on View at the U.Va. Art Museum February 2, 2012, by Jane Ford

"The Adoration of the Magi" by Bartolo di Fredi, an altarpiece that once stood in one of the major churches of Siena, Italy, from its completion around 1385 until it was dismantled at the turn of the 19th century, will be reunited and on view at the University of Virginia Art Museum from March 2 through May 27.

After being dismantled, the altarpiece was divided into at least four portions: the main panel featuring the "Adoration of the Magi" remained in Siena; two portions of the predella, or lower register, ended up in the U.Va. Art Museum and the Lindenau-Museum of Altenburg, Germany, respectively; and a third portion of the predella, which is missing.

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January 2012

The Cavalier Daily, Doubt display celebrates uncertainty January 30, 2012, by Monica Mohapatra

Blurred images and hazy landscapes dominate Beauty in Doubt, a Ruffin Gallery exhibit featuring the unconventional oil paintings of Tom Burckhardt , who abandons the canvas for cast-plastic backgrounds. Burckhardt’s new work underscores the doubt present in the things we see around us and the things we attempt to construct.

Even in a time when digital photography and modern sculpture tend to eclipse more traditional art forms, for Burckhardt, the evolution of painting has a lot of room for growth . In fact, painting is more important than ever to illuminate the absurd nature of how we live today.

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The Design Observer, If There Be Such Space January 26, 2012, by Josh Wallaert

Crouched in the broken shadow with the sun at his back and holding the trap at eyelevel against the morning sky he looked to be truing some older, some subtler instrument. Astrolabe or sextant. Like a man bent at fixing himself someway in the world. Bent on trying by arc or chord the space between his being and the world that was. If there be such space. If it be knowable.
—Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

There are few exchanges more thrilling than conversation with someone who knows how to read a particular landscape. If you hang around the West long enough, you run into these people — geologists, botanists, firefighters, river guides — and by long enough, I mean ten or twenty minutes. No sooner have you arrived in a new town than you’ve met an alfalfa farmer who can identify tractors by the sound of their engines, or a desert ecologist who names forb species and military aircraft with equal skill. (Nevada will do that to a person.) Before lunch, you’ve met our most common variety of expert, the real estate developer, whose unique genius is to read the conditions of a site and imagine its material transformation, figuring out where the rocks will be dynamited and the water feature installed, an ability which never fails to impress, even as it sometimes appalls.

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UVA Today, 'The Warrior With Eleven Heads' on View in Ruffin Hall January 23, 2012, by Jane Ford

"The Warrior With Eleven Heads," an exhibition of sculpture created by students in a University of Virginia January Term course, "Special Topics in Sculpture, 'The Warrior,'" will be on view in the RuffStuff Gallery on the first floor of Ruffin Hall from Jan. 27 through Feb. 4. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An opening reception will be held Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. During the reception, the head of the life-sized warrior will be changed every five minutes.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Department Hosts Two Weekends of Chamber Music January 23, 2012, by Rob Seal

The University of Virginia Chamber Music Festival will feature music faculty performing timeless pieces over the next two weekends, according to event organizers.

The festival, hosted by the McIntire Department of Music in the College of Arts & Sciences, begins Friday in Old Cabell Hall with a performance by the Rivanna String Quartet.

In the past, faculty recitals were spread out in four concerts throughout the year, said festival director Ayn Balija, a violist who is part of the music department's performance faculty. This year, organizers moved to a new format that allows them to package the performances together.

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UVA Today, Charlottesville Oscar Night America Party to Benefit Virginia Film Festival January 23, 2012, by John Kelly

Local residents are invited to experience the thrills and surprises of the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26 at Charlottesville's own "Oscar Night America" party.

The local event, to be held at the Paramount Theater beginning at 7 p.m., is one of 49 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar night.

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UVA Today, Expert on Campus Design to Lecture at U.Va. School of Architecture January 19, 2012, by Ellen cathey

Pablo Campos, internationally recognized author and speaker on university campus planning and design, will speak Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Virginia' s School of Architecture on Urban & Architectural University Models.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Campbell Hall, room 158.

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New York Times, Bill T. Jones Takes a Turn on the Stage in New Work January 18, 2012, by Felicia R. Lee

It’s tempting to say that Bill. T. Jones has followed the classic trajectory from artistic outsider to consummate insider. Mr. Jones, a choreographer, writer and theater director whose reputation was built on provocative work that marries high-art aesthetics with social concerns, has journeyed from the stages of downtown dance to two Tony awards for choreography and a Kennedy Center Honor. But Mr. Jones, in a recent interview, insisted that he is still a “stranger in a strange land,” making an “audacious” shuttle between avant-garde and commercial audiences.

“Story/Time,” his newest work, set to premiere Saturday at the Peak Performances series at Montclair State University, represents his official return to performing after a few years away as well as a return to his experimental mode. He said “Story/Time,” a co-commission of Peak Performances and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis was inspired by the composer John Cage’s “Indeterminacy,” first performed in 1958, a series of one-minute spoken-word stories that was different each time it was performed and was eventually recorded as an album. Mr. Jones’s version puts him at a desk onstage, reading his own series of mostly autobiographical stories, as his troupe’s nine members surround him. Each performance is 70 minutes long and includes 50 to 70 stories, as well as silences.

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UVA Today, Kluge-Ruhe Opens 'ill-like,' Featuring Works of Aboriginal Artist Vernon Ah Kee January 18, 2012, by Lauren Maupin

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will open, "ill-like," an excerpt of works by contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee, on Jan. 24.

Ah Kee is recognized for his unapologetic explorations of the mistreatment of Aboriginal people. This exhibition is composed of imposing textual works, disappearing line drawings from a series titled "unwritten," and a new body of work the artist calls "lynchings" that will premiere in this exhibition.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Opens Four New Exhibits Jan. 20 January 17, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia Art Museum kicks off 2012 with four new exhibits that represent an array of media, genres and artists. The exhibits – all of which open Jan. 20 – are Master Printmakers: The Italian Renaissance and Its Modern Legacy, 100 Years of Photography, Curator's Choice: People, Places, and Things and Tom Burckhardt: Paintings.

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UVA Today, Chinese Terra Cotta Warrior Sculptures Are Jumping-Off Point for J-Term Class January 13, 2012, by Jane Ford

In 1974, Chinese farmers working in their field discovered more than 8,000 life-sized terra cotta warrior figures from the tomb of the first emperor of China. Since then, the figures have been the topic of research by art historians, conservationists and artists.

For 11 students in William Bennett's January Term course, The Warrior, learning about the Chinese figures formed the basis for them to imagine and sculpt their own images of modern-day warriors.

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UVA Today, Collaborative Photography Exhibit Opens Jan. 27 at U.Va.'s Ruffin Gallery January 12, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery will exhibit If There Be Such Space: Michael Lundgren and Aaron Rothman, a collaborative installation of photography, from Jan. 27 through Feb. 17.

Lundgrun and Rothman, photographers based at Arizona State University, have spent the past decade engaged in a common exploration of landscape, investigating complex connections between photography, perception and the natural landscape. They share ideas, experiences and experiments, yet have each created unique bodies of work that at times have a similar approach and process and at other times have diverged.

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UVA Today, Symposium on National Museum of African American History and Culture to be Held at U.Va. January 11, 2012, by Jane Ford

Re-Imagining the Public Realm: The Design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a multidisciplinary symposium being organized as part of the University of Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. observance, will be held Jan. 23 at U.Va.'s School of Architecture.

The symposium will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of representing African-American history and culture on the National Mall, and will be followed by a lecture, Current Museum Projects, by Philip Freelon, architect of the Museum of African American History and Culture.

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UVA Today, Dutch Master: Drummer Han Bennink to Perform Jan. 27 January 9, 2012, by Gary Funston

As part of his 70th birthday world tour, the Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU present drummer/percussionist Han Bennink in concert Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. in Brooks Hall at the University of Virginia.

WTJU, 91.1 FM, is U.Va.'s community radio station.

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Receives $20,000 Grant from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences January 3, 2012, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival has received a $20,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help fund its education and outreach programs.

The festival is presented annually by the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences. Thanking the academy, film festival director Jody Kielbasa said, "From the first day I arrived in Charlottesville three years ago, I have made community outreach and education a major priority. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished under the direction of our community outreach and education coordinator, Jane Freeman, and look forward to continuing to expand our programs and to share the magic of film with more people than ever before."

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December 2011

The University of Virginia Magazine, Rotunda Guitar: Engineers create an unusual instrument, Winter 2011

In honor of the School of Engineering’s 175th anniversary, Gavin Garner, an assistant professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, helped four of his students design and build a one-of-a-kind guitar that is also a replica of the Rotunda.

“Probably the most difficult part of the process was coming up with ways to mount and cut out the body and neck on the CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine,” says Jacob Bagwell (Engr ‘12), one of the students who made the walnut-and-mahogany guitar. “The neck was slightly too long for the CNC table and it also had a 15-degree angle from the face of the neck to the headstock, which made mounting for cutting the headstock interesting as well.”

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Newsplex, Local Author Publishes First Novel to e-Reading Community , December 27, 2011

A Charlottesville native and University of Virginia graduate followed an emerging trend when publishing his first novel. Jay Paul Hodgkins self-published Colin Rose: At Magic’s Dawn to e-readers only.

Following an emerging trend of new authors building a following by self publishing for popular e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad, Charlottesville native and 2003 University of Virginia graduate Jay Paul Hodgkins recently published his first fiction novel.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Shape-Note Singing Apprentices Keep Folk Music Traditions Alive, December 20, 2011, by Rebecca P. Arrington

Squares. Triangles. Circles. The shapes jump off the page at you, but it's not a geometry lesson. Rather, it's sheet music for a folk tradition called "shape-note singing."

University of Virginia employees Diane Ober and John Alexander, who are married, have been refining their skills in this art through an apprenticeship as part of the Virginia Folklife program, an offering of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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UVA Today, Special Collections Exhibit Showcases Artwork by Famous Authors, December 14, 2011, by Rob Seal

Works by some of the most renowned writers in American literature are on exhibit in the University of Virginia's Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, but they aren't what you'd think.

There's a doodle by Mark Twain, a sketch by William Faulkner, paintings by Henry Miller and a cartoon cowboy drawn by O. Henry. The exhibit is "Beyond Words: The Writer's Art," and showcases a wealth of visual art by creative minds better known for their literary skills.

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UVA Today, Two Teams Garner First U.Va. Arts in Action Project Grants, December 6, 2011, by Jane Ford

The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia has awarded the first Arts in Action Project Grants to two collaborative teams of faculty artists.

The grants are a component of "Arts in Action on Grounds," a new public arts initiative to increase the public profile of the arts Universitywide by facilitating arts-based research and to supporting the development of an arts-informed curriculum. Funds were provided by the Board of Visitors as part of its commitment to the Commission on the Future of the University, a group charged with proposing strategic directions for the University for the next decade and beyond. The grant winners were selected by a faculty peer review committee.

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November 2011

The New York Times, The 10 Best Books of 2011, November 30, 2011

Two books by alumni, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (College, MFA '04) and Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson (College, MFA '05) are among the best five works of fiction in this New York Times gift guide.

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach. Little, Brown & Company, $25.99.
At a small college on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan, the baseball team sees its fortunes rise and then rise some more with the arrival of a supremely gifted shortstop. Harbach’s expansive, allusive first novel combines the pleasures of an old-fashioned baseball story with a stately, self-reflective meditation on talent and the limits of ambition, played out on a field where every hesitation is amplified and every error judged by an exacting, bloodthirsty audience.

Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, $26.99.
Henderson’s fierce, elegiac novel, her first, follows a group of friends, lovers, parents and children through the straight-edge music scene and the early days of the AIDS epidemic. By delving deeply into the lives of her characters, tracing their long relationships not only to one another but also to various substances, Henderson catches something of the dark, apocalyptic quality of the ’80s.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Launches Free Interactive iPad App, November 28, 2011, by Jane Ford

It's now much easier to access some of the University of Virginia Art Museum's collection, thanks to a new interactive 3-D iPad app, available for free at the iTunes App Store.

This interactive virtual catalog – designed to enhance distance learning and research – currently includes 19 works from the collection, the majority of which are on view in the museum's Object Study Gallery, and one painting. Plans call for adding 150 more works.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professor Examines Concepts of Architectural Detailing in New Book, November 28, 2011, by Ellen Cathey

What is an architectural detail? And what does it say about a building? University of Virginia architecture professor Edward Ford sets out to answer, or at least probe, these questions in his new book, "The Architectural Detail."

"Essentially, architectural detail is a concept that gets used a lot, but is rather nebulously defined” in terms of what people mean," said Ford, Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor of Architecture. "This book was about establishing a definition and surveying theories that have been provided over the years."

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Student Pens Play About the Fall of Troy, November 22, 2011, by Jane Ford

Some characters are gods, goddesses and heroes. And then there's Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in the world.

Student playwright Matthew Minnicino had a lot of rich material to draw upon for his original play, "Troy is Burning," which the University of Virginia Drama Department presents nightly at 8 in the Helms Theatre from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. There will be 2 p.m. matinee performances Dec. 3 and 4.

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UVA Today, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Residency at U.Va. Highlights a Life in Dance, November 15, 2011, by Jane Ford

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's third weeklong residency at the University of Virginia was filled with numerous opportunities for students and the public to see Jones at work and hear first hand how he translates ideas into performance.

And what ideas. About music and movement. Mortality and meaning. Learning. Leadership.

"To watch a great artist tackling big questions; watch him develop and change over time, we see what it means for the arts to lead the conversation," Elizabeth Hutton Turner, vice provost for the arts, said.

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C-Ville, Story/Time with Bill T. Jones: Jones wraps up a UVA residency with a work-in-progress, November 15, 2011, by Spencer Peterson

In 1958, composer John Cage gave a lecture titled “Indeterminacy” that would be remembered as a milestone in post-war avant-garde composition. Sitting at a desk in front of an auditorium of people, he read a series of randomly ordered one-minute stories to the accompaniment of electronic scratches, distorted recordings of music and the occasional mashed piano chord. According to choreographer Bill T. Jones, whose latest work is based on “Indeterminacy,” Cage was effectively teaching composers to “get their own taste out of the way.”

In Story/Time, which previewed at Culbreth Theater last week as the capstone to Jones’ three-year UVA residency, Jones sits at a desk and reads 70 one-minute stories while the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company moves around him as a large LED keeps time. For the piece, Jones wrote a total of 140 stories about his life and choreographed a dance for each. Before the company begins rehearsing for a single performance, 70 of the vignettes are picked in random order, and a dance is created from what Jones calls a “menu of movement events,” around which UVA composer Ted Coffey arranges music from a palette of experimental sounds.

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UVA Today, Innovative French Course Brings Film, Language and Students Together, November 9, 2011, by Jane Ford

University of Virginia students crowd around video cameras and editing software in the Digital Media Lab. They greet each other with "bonjour" instead of "hello," then continue in French as they discuss their documentary film.

They are in a new French language and literature course in the College of Arts & Sciences called "Reel Life Stories." Designed and taught by associate French professor Alison Levine, it bridges the gap between foreign language and filmmaking.

Levine developed her passion for film during graduate school when she worked for video production companies in France and the United States. In the early 1990s, she made two films – one analyzing Louisiana's French-language speakers and another focusing on Haitian immigrants in Richmond.

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Finishes with Record 27 Sold-Out Screenings, November 9, 2011, by John Kelly

The 24th annual Virginia Film Festival, which concluded Sunday, made history with a record 27 sold-out screenings.

The weekend included 115 screenings in all, plus appearances by Oliver Stone, Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk, Larry Flynt, Rachael Harris, Bill T. Jones and others. The community festival included screenings of features, documentaries and short films, as well as special events, parties, family events and outdoor projections.

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The Daily Progress, Bill T. Jones shares stories of a life in dance, November 4, 2011, by David Maurer

Long before the limelight of the stage illuminated Bill T. Jones, he had danced in the glow of a jukebox.

The music machine had been in the living room of Jones’ early childhood home in Bunnell, Fla. It was there where he first experienced the exuberance of dance.

“I grew up in a household where we would provide entertainment for migrant workers who worked for my father,” Jones said recently by cell phone as his driver carefully maneuvered along an icy road near Laramie, Wyo.

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Cavalier Daily, Bill T. Jones returns to Charlottesville, November 3, 2011, by Rachel Lim

Avant-garde composer John Cage once described his ethos for writing music by saying, “I gave up making choices. In their place I put the asking of questions.”

Cage was one of the most famous proponents of indeterminancy in music — the idea that chance could be incorporated into a work so that every performance would differ from another. One of the most iconic works of this theory is Cage’s aptly titled “Indeterminancy,” in which Cage read 90 short stories in 90 minutes while music played in random segments in the background.

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UVA Today, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection's Bark Painting is a Virginia Endangered Artifact, November 2, 2011, by Jane Ford

A bark painting held by the University of Virginia's Kluge-Ruhe Art Collection has been selected as one of Virginia's "Top 10 Endangered Artifacts."

"Djarrakpi Story" (1966) by Narritjin Maymuru, was announced by the Virginia Association of Museums as a winner in its 2011 Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Program, a competition among Virginia museums to raise awareness about preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries and archives throughout the Commonwealth.

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October 2011

UVA Today, U.Va. Brings Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Back for a Week of Events, October 31, 2011, by Jane Ford

Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will be Artists in Residence at the University of Virginia from Nov. 6 to 11. Their visit completes a three-part U.Va. residency during which Jones and company researched and developed a new dance-theater work.

The residency leads off with the University's annual Arts Assembly, "Creative Exploration and the University." Jones will discuss his artistic process, from creative inspiration to final production, with filmmaker Gordon Quinn following a screening of two documentaries, "A Good Man" and "100 Migrations." These films chronicle Jones's exploration and creation of the Lincoln-inspired dance-theater piece "Fondly Do We hope ... Fervently Do We Pray."

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The Daily Progress, Film festival welcomes UVa graduate Witt's new film, October 28, 2011, by Jane Norris

Growing an audience takes care, determination, patience and time. No wonder, then, that the Virginia Film Festival has invited a University of Virginia alumnus to share a film that has taken more than two decades to ripen for enjoyment.

The 24th annual festival gets under way Thursday with a slate of screenings, including a showing of Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney. It’s followed by the Opening Night Gala, which will be at 9 p.m. at the University of Virginia’s Alumni Hall. Screenings, discussions and a host of other events will continue through Nov. 6.

Paul Junger Witt, the Emmy Award-winning producer of “Brian’s Song” and “The Golden Girls,” will be presenting “A Better Life,” his latest film. Chris Weitz is the director.

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UVA Today, The Virginia Film Festival's Digital Media Gallery opens Friday, October 26, 2011, by Jane Ford

The Virginia Film Festival's Digital Media Gallery returns Oct. 28 through Nov. 6.

The gallery will feature a variety of film and projection art installations created by students and local artists, curated by filmmaker and studio art professor Kevin Everson of the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today Blog, In New Exhibit, Philadelphia Artist Captures Images of Personal Hardship, October 19, 2011, by Jane Ford

Philadelphia artist Daniel Heyman states on his website, "The choice of subjects is the most important moment an artist has for expressing himself – it's the moment when he says, 'This is what I am about.'"

An exhibit of his work, "Bearing Witness: Daniel Heyman," curated by Dean Dass, a studio art professor in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences, opens Oct. 28 at U.Va.'s Ruffin Gallery and runs through Dec. 2. The exhibit is on view weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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UVA Today Blog, Students Explore a Range of Interests Through College Arts Scholars Awards, October 19, 2011, by Dan

Working on an off-Broadway play, having your own large-format camera, enjoying a stint at a music academy and peeking at the behind-the-scenes functions of a famous dance festival were dreams come true this summer for four University of Virginia arts students.

The rising fourth-year students, chosen from among the ranks of the College Arts Scholars program, received grants that allowed them to pursue a summer experience in their fields of study.

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UVA Today Blog, Fourth-Year U.Va. Student Initiates Madison House's First Arts Partnership, October 19, 2011, by Rebecca P. Arrington

Last spring, when Carey Sargent, then a University of Virginia graduate teaching assistant, assigned students in her "Public Sociology" course to volunteer in the Charlottesville community, one took it a step farther.

As a result of the class, Garland Gay, now a fourth-year sociology major in the College of Arts & Sciences, founded the first arts and music program at Madison House, U.Va.'s student volunteer clearinghouse.

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UVA Today Blog, Introducing … Calder Cam!, October 19, 2011, by Dan

There’s a new webcam on Grounds, and it’s trained on Tripes.

Tripes is the big, black metallic sculpture — technically called a “stabile” — in front of Peabody Hall. It was created by renowned American sculptor Alexander Calder. One of its points of interest is how its appearance changes in different atmospheric conditions — light, weather and seasons — as well as when approached from different directions.

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The Cavalier Daily, Old Cabell expands hours, October 17, 2011, by Michelle Davis

Practice modules in Old Cabell Hall will now be open three hours earlier on Sundays as part of an initiative headed by the Student Council Arts Committee to expand practice hours.

The modules, previously open from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays, will now operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The change, implemented yesterday, is a trial run, as University administrators will track the frequency with which the modules are used.

A Speak Up UVA post asked for the modules to remain open 24 hours a day and brought to light student discontent about limited practice module hours. State budget cuts in 2008 forced the University to reduce practice module hours to deal with the cuts.

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The Cavalier Daily, Rising profile of arts on Grounds, October 13, 2011, by Rachel Lim

Walking past the unassuming Booker House on University Avenue, it’s easy to discount the small brick building’s impact on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds just down the street. The University’s cultural hub has undergone radical transformations as part of Virginia 2020, a long-term plan which includes arts emphasis at the University. Behind these buildings lies a quieter transformation at the University, in the office of Elizabeth Hutton Turner, the vice provost for the arts.

Turner became the first person to hold the position when she began her tenure in 2008. Indeed, the creation of her office represented the growing importance of art at the University by creating a space where “the arts are the No. 1 priority,” Turner explained. “We’re committed to the idea that the arts should be for everyone, and should be represented everywhere at the University.”

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UVA Today, Mellon Foundation Grant to Fund U.Va. Art Museum Academic Curatorship, October 11, 2011, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia Art Museum has received a four-year, $315,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a new, full-time academic curator who will aid and expand the museum's curatorial and academic programming mission as a teaching museum. The curator will also play an essential role in developing initiatives that integrate the museum with innovation in the humanities across the University.

The museum now stands poised to fulfill Thomas Jefferson's vision for a teaching museum," museum director Bruce Boucher said. "The new position will be at the center of the museum's expanded role as a powerful catalyst for academic pedagogy and research."

The academic curator will hold a joint appointment in the museum and the College of Arts & Sciences that will be funded by the grant for three years, after which the museum and the University will assume funding responsibility.

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UVA Today, Stone, Spacek, Flynt Headline 24th Virginia Film Festival, October 5, 2011, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival returns for its 24th year from Nov. 3-6, featuring a lineup of more than 100 films and a long list of special guests.

The festival is presented by the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Coming off its most successful year, the festival will feature four days of movie magic, kicked off with a special opening night screening of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," which stars George Clooney. The film is one of many in the festival that have been earning buzz at major festivals this season, including the much talked-about silent film, "The Artist"; the chilling psychological thriller, "We Need to Talk About Kevin"; David Cronenberg's latest, "A Dangerous Method"; the creative political satire, "Butter"; and others.

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UVA Today, Alumna Fiore's Fireworks Explode onto the U.Va. Art Scene, October 4, 2011, by Jane Ford

One night, when Rosemarie Fiore was an undergraduate art student at the University of Virginia, she had a dream. In it, she walked through a room filled with floating paint, navigating its layers.

Though she didn't yet know it, her idea for working with colored smoke had already started taking shape.

Even then, Fiore, a 1994 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences who is now an artist based in New York, was "processing paint by imagining it as smoke as a medium of fireworks."

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Professor Wins Technology Award for Telematic Opera, October 4, 2011, by Rob Seal

University of Virginia music professor and composer Matthew Burtner is among the winners of 2011 IDEA awards for an innovative opera that uses advanced networking technology to connect audiences and performers spread around the globe.

The awards, announced today by Internet2, are designed to "recognize and encourage innovative advanced network applications that have the most positive impact and potential for adoption within the research and education community," according to Internet2, a nonprofit consortium of universities, corporations, government agencies, laboratories and other institutions that develop breakthrough Internet technologies.

Burtner, a professor in the McIntire Department of Music in the College of Arts & Sciences and collaborator Scott Deal, a musician and professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, won for Auksalaq: a Telematic Opera.

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September 2011

UVA Today, Fish Sculptures Make a Splash at U.Va.'s Runk Dining Hall, September 27, 2011, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia's Runk Dining Hall has been overrun by fish. A school of 14 fish sculptures, constructed largely out of found materials, have turned this on-Grounds eatery into an art gallery.

Nancy Takahashi, who chairs of the School of Architecture's Department of Landscape Architecture and is principal of Hereford Residential College, discovered artist Dan Webster's creations during a chance meeting with his daughter, who works in catering services. Takahashi recognized the dining hall as having potential as a venue to display art by students and members of the community, and when she saw Webster's work, she thought it would fit the setting and be received well by students.

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Announces Return of Adrenaline Film Project, September 26, 2011, by John Kelly

The Adrenaline Film Project, a Virginia Film Festival staple since 2004, will make its eighth heart-racing return this year for four days of highly caffeinated fun.

The Virginia Film Festival, Nov. 3-6, is presented by the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Each year, the Adrenaline Film Project gives teams of filmmakers the chance to write, cast, shoot, edit and screen an original short film in just 72 hours.

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UVA Today, Leonardo and Art and Science in the Renaissance Is Focus of U.Va. Institute, September 26, 2011, by Jane Ford

The original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci's intellectual interests and works are imbued with curiosity and imagination that highlight his interest in art and science.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science," a three-week University of Virginia institute to be held June 25 through July 13 in Florence, Italy, will focus on art and science in the Renaissance. The institute is funded by a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"The institute recognizes the growing international role of the University," said art history professor Francesca Fiorani of U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences, who will direct the endeavor.

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UVA Today, Drama Opens Season with Tony Award-winning Parade, September 23, 2011, by Jane Ford

The 2011-12 University of Virginia Drama Department season kicks off with the epic American musical "Parade." Directed by College of Arts & Sciences drama professor Robert Chapel, the production will be presented in the Culbreth Theatre from Oct. 6-8 and 12-15 at 8 p.m.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, (whose other works include "Driving Miss Daisy") with music from Jason Robert Brown, one of the most acclaimed composers on the contemporary theater scene, this Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of one of the most infamous trials of the 20th century.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Is Remote Host Partner for Creative Time Summit on Sept. 23, September 20, 2011, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia is a remote screening partner for the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference that brings together artists, curators, writers and thinkers to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. The more than 30 summit participants are socially engaged artists from around the world whose work blurs the lines between art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue and community engagement.

As part of the new Arts in Action on Grounds initiative, U.Va. is one of nine universities and art spaces around the world to host a remote screening of the Creative Time Summit on Sept. 23 in three sessions throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to drop in on any session in full or part.

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UVA Today, Music Professor Helps Build Bridges Between Area Youngsters, U.Va., September 20, 2011, by Rob Seal

Though it's less than a mile from the Westhaven neighborhood to the University of Virginia's Lawn, many of the children who live there have never set foot on Grounds, even for a student play or free concert, according to professor Bonnie Gordon.

"People talk a lot about the achievement gap, which is very real, but even in a place like Charlottesville there can also be a big gap in terms of what cultural experiences children have," she said.

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UVA Today, Symposium in Conjunction with 'Variety, Archaeology and Ornament' Exhibit To Be Held at U.Va. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, September 19, 2011, by Ellen Cathey

"Variety, Archaeology and Ornament: Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice," a symposium being held in conjunction with an exhibit at the University of Virginia Art Museum, will begin Sept. 30.

The exhibit is curated by Cammy Brothers, Mario di Valmarana Professor at the School of Architecture, and 2007 alumnus Michael Waters.

Focusing on the crucial role of prints in the transition from manuscript to printed architectural treatises during the Renaissance, "Variety, Archeology and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice" re-evaluates the role of ornament, primarily through a series of architectural prints that played a conspicuous role in determining the concept of the five orders of architecture between about 1515 and 1550.

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UVA Today, Group Sculpture Exhibit 'Touched by Virginia' Opens at U.Va's Ruffin Gallery Sept. 30, September 15, 2011, by Jane Ford

Recent sculpture, installations, sculptural photographs and video works by University of Virginia alumni artists and others who have spent their formative years in the University's sculpture community will be on display in "Touched by Virginia" in the McIntire Department of Art's Ruffin Gallery from Sept. 30 to Oct. 22. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

n opening reception will be held Sept. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will be preceded at 4:30 p.m. by brief gallery talks by the 10 artists whose work is exhibited.

The artists are Golnar Adili, Britta Bielak, Jonathan Durham, Rosemarie Fiore, Judith Leemann, Maya Mackrandilal, Ashley Williams and Adam Wolpa, all of whom are U.Va. studio art alumni and Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Fellows; Firat Erdim, who was a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Architecture; and Eric Schmidt, a studio art gallery and studio technician who received a bachelor's degree in painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended advanced sculpture classes at U.Va.

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UVA Today, Faculty, Students Invited to Propose Collaborative Projects for New Arts Grant, September 8, 2011, by Jane Ford

Teams of University of Virginia students and faculty from multiple schools or departments are invited to submit proposals for an "Arts in Action Project Grant," one of the four components of the newly announced Arts in Action on Grounds initiative.

Arts in Action on Grounds is a public arts initiative designed to engage students and faculty in academic, arts-based research and to support the development of an arts-informed curriculum.

The grant, which will fund an annual collaborative public art project, is open to teams composed of any combination of U.Va. faculty and students. The funded project could take the form of a performance or exhibition through visual art, music, dance, drama, media arts or multi-disciplinary arts. It is also meant to highlight faculty research and to encourage the creation of new work that engages a University-wide audience. Proposals will be vetted through a peer-review process organized by the Arts Grounds Committee.

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UVA Today, Arts in Action on Grounds Initiative Seeks to Raise Profile of Public Arts, September 7, 2011, by Jane Ford

Arts in Action on Grounds, a new public arts initiative at the University of Virginia, will bring artists who have achieved excellence in their fields and modern master works to Grounds to engage students and faculty in academic, arts-based research and to support the development of an arts-informed curriculum.

The two-year initiative, led by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, is funded by the Commission on the Future of the University.

"This money will allow us to develop the culture for the arts at U.Va. as we move to a new level of interaction and engagement with artists, both inside and outside the University," Elizabeth Hutton Turner, vice provost for the arts, said. "By providing resources for faculty research and increasing the connections with the arts University-wide, this money will highlight the arts in the teaching and research mission of U.Va.

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UVA Today, Amid Pomp and Circumstance, University Dedicates Hunter Smith Band Building, September 6, 2011, by Rob Seal

Cavalier Marching Band director William Pease had meticulously checked every detail of the new Hunter Smith Band Building prior to its dedication ceremony Friday at the University of Virginia. But he was still surprised by a late addition to the state-of-the-art facility.

During his remarks, Leonard W. Sandridge, recently retired executive vice president and chief operating officer, asked Pease and Hunter Smith to unveil a plaque, and Pease received an unexpected honor: The room in which the dedication was held was named the "William E. Pease Band Room," a move that garnered a standing ovation from current and former band members and other representatives of the U.Va. community.

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The Newsplex, UVa Marching Band Gets New Home, September 1, 2011

The University of Virginia has unveiled its newest building. The Hunter Smith Band Building was dedicated at a ceremony Friday afternoon in Charlottesville.

The state-of-the-art $12.7 million facility sits on Culbreth Road. It contains three levels of rehearsal halls, practice rooms, instrument and uniform storage and offices. It will house the University’s Cavalier Marching Band, which does not have a dedicated practice facility, as well as the men's and women's basketball bands, the bands for the olympic sports, the wind ensemble, and the concert band.

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August 2011

The New York Observer, Jennifer Farrell Named Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Virginia Art Museum, August 30, 2011, by Andrew Russeth

The University of Virginia Art Museum has tapped scholar and curator Jennifer Farrell, who has a long history of working at institutions throughout New York and New England, to be its new curator of exhibitions.

Ms. Farrell comes to the museum from the New York-based Nancy Graves Foundation, which maintains the archive of the late sculptor and painter Nancy Graves and makes grants to artists.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Professor Ted Coffey Collaborates with Bill T. Jones in 'Story/Time', August 30, 2011, by Rob Seal

A University of Virginia music professor is composing and performing the music for an ambitious new performance piece by noted choreographer and artist Bill T. Jones.

Ted Coffey, an associate music professor in U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences, is currently rehearsing for the January debut of "Story/Time," a stage performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company inspired by artist and composer John Cage's 1958 work "Indeterminacy."

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UVA Today, U.Va. Arts Board Selects Visual Artist Tom Burckhardt for 2011-12 Residency, August 30, 2011, by Jane Ford

The student-run University of Virginia Arts Board has selected New York visual artist Tom Burckhardt as this year's visiting artist.

Each year, the board selects an outstanding artist, attraction, performance or exhibition to visit the Grounds and work closely with the arts community. The selection rotates among music, the visual arts and drama.

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UVA Today, University to Dedicate Hunter Smith Band Building Friday, August 29, 2011, by Jane Kelly

The University of Virginia will host a dedication ceremony Friday for the new state-of-the-art Hunter Smith Band Building.

Friday's ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. and will include remarks from University President Teresa Sullivan, Dean Meredith Woo of the College of Arts & Sciences, Rector Helen Dragas, band director Bill Pease and former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard Sandridge. It will include an unveiling of a plaque for the building and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Museum Selects Jennifer Farrell as Curator of Exhibitions, August 29, 2011, by Jane Kelly

Jennifer Farrell, whose scholarly research, writing, foundation and curatorial work focuses on modern and contemporary art, joined the University of Virginia Art Museum staff Aug. 15 as curator of exhibitions. She will be in charge of developing in-house exhibitions, working with outside curators to formulate future projects and advising on museum purchases, among other duties.

Farrell brings a depth of experience working with museums, galleries and foundations to further their exhibition, publication and outreach efforts.

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UVA Today, Michael Slon Named Interim Music Director for The Oratorio Society of Virginia, August 23, 2011, by Dory Hulse

Michael Slon, a professor on the music faculty in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences and conductor of the University Singers and Chamber Singers, will serve as interim music director for The Oratorio Society of Virginia for the upcoming season.

Slon will lead the chorus while it searches for a permanent music director to be named for the 2012-13 season.

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The New York Times, You Must Remember This, August 18, 2011, by Holland Cotter

Kevin Jerome Everson's short films about ordinary African-American life are completely unordinary. Yet despite their frequent appearance in film festivals and on museum film programs, they have yet to sink fully into art world consciousness. Even when Mr. Everson's striking seven-minute "Emergency Needs" was in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, it was sidelined, as biennial films often are, by the objects in the galleries.

As if to make up for this, the museum has organized a small solo show called "More Than That: Films by Kevin Jerome Everson," made up of 17 brief films (technically, films transferred to video) projected on four walls of a screening room. Some of the films seem to be purely archival and topical, others simply and casually anecdotal, though as one quickly learns, “pure,” “simple” and “casual” are not words in Mr. Everson’s aesthetic vocabulary.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Graduate Art History Students Curate Exhibit and Critique the Work of Emerging Artists, August 8, 2011, by Jane Ford

Untitled is a traveling exhibition organized and curated by University of Virginia art history doctoral student Michael Maizels and May graduate Brittany Strupp that pairs up-and-coming artists from the Mid-Atlantic with emerging scholars, critics and curators.

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July 2011

UVA Today, Mountain Lake Station Inspires Summer Art Students and Collaboration Between Disciplines, July 28, 2011, by Jane Ford

Nature has been the muse of artists for centuries. Students in Megan Marlatt's summer class are learning firsthand how powerful that inspiration is.

Marlatt, a University of Virginia studio art professor, designed the course, "Beginning Drawing I and II: The Landscape, Small and Large," as an intensive immersion into the study of art through nature. The six students in the pilot session are spending two weeks at the University's Mountain Lake Biological Station in the hardwood forest of the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia, exploring the station's rich collection of insects, skulls, bones, stuffed animals and living specimens in the surrounding landscape.

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East City Art Reviews, "Untitled" at Industry Gallery, July 14, 2011, by Eric Hope

Currently on display at Industry Gallery through August 13, 2011 is Untitled, a traveling exhibition featuring works from eight regional MFA graduates. Industry Gallery, known more for its display of conceptual, sometimes avant-garde, furniture-cum-sculpture is hosting this exhibition concurrently with Conner Contemporary’s annual Academy exhibition which also showcases some of the best emerging artists in the DC region.

Untitled provides a unique twist to the traditional gallery exhibition by uniting these up-and-coming artists with emerging scholars and curators. While art is certainly front and center, the scholarly critiques and research in the show’s accompanying catalog add a rich depth of perspective akin to what one might glean from museum show. Mike Maizels and Brittany Strupp, the show’s co-curators from the University of Virginia, realized that while early-career artists have increasing opportunities to engage gallerists and patrons, emerging art scholars and curators often have more limited contact with their artistic peers (“most of us [usually] work with dead artists,” Ms. Strupp notes wryly).

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