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U.Va. Arts in the News 2012-2013

June 2013

UVA Today, Summer Session 2013: Students Explore Photography as it Goes Digital June 27, 2013, by Matt Kelly

The proliferation of cameras in cellular telephones and mobile devices has helped expand the democratization of photography that began when George Eastman created inexpensive Kodak cameras that people could carry in their pockets, and has helped communicate – and shape – world events as they unfold.

In the Summer Session course “Photography in the Age of Instagram,” University of Virginia history professor John Mason explored the evolution of photography from the early days of photojournalism to average people posting their own photographs on Instagram, a Web service that lets people upload images from their smartphones.

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UVA Today, Ana Golici to Be First Artist-in-Residence at Mountain Lake Biological Station June 27, 2013, by Robert Hull

It seems fitting that an artist whose work has included the study of insects using a scanning electron microscope would be the first artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station.

Through a collaboration between the College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Biology and its McIntire Department of Art, Ana Golici, a New York-based artist born in Romania, will be in residence and creating her own work from July 1-22 at Mountain Lake, the field station for U.Va.’s biology department. The station is located in Pembroke, about 20 minutes northwest of Blacksburg.

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News Plex, Comedian Tina Fey to Speak at UVa June 26, 2013

Actress and comedian Tina Fey is headed to the University of Virginia this fall to kick off a brand new speaker series highlighting the arts.

Fey will appear on September 14, as the inaugural speaker for the President's Speaker Series for the Arts. The series is designed to show the positive impact of the arts on society.

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UVA Today, Tina Fey To Be U.Va.’s Inaugural Presidential Speaker for the Arts on Sept. 14 June 25, 2013, by Robert Hull

Tina Fey – actress, comedian, writer, producer and star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” – will return to the University of Virginia this fall to kick off a new speaker series highlighting the positive impact of arts on society.

Fey studied playwriting and acting and graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in drama.

Her appearance, set for Sept. 14 at 8:15 p.m., will be the inaugural address of the “President’s Speaker Series for the Arts,” an initiative of the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

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The Daily Progess, 'Annie Get Your Gun' opens Heritage Theatre Festival season with a bang June 21, 2013, by David Maurer

On April 2, 1908, world-renowned sharpshooter Annie Oakley walked onto a field near the old horse show grounds in Charlottesville.

The 46-year-old woman from Ohio blew kisses, waved and bowed as hundreds of spectators greeted her with thunderous cheers and applause. When things settled down a bit, she picked up a gold-plated .22-caliber rifle from a table and proceeded to put on the greatest exhibition of marksmanship likely ever witnessed by the onlookers.

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UVA Today, Reading ‘Big Brother,’ Over the Centuries June 20, 2013, by Lorenzo Perez

At a time when readers are diving back into George Orwell’s tale of a “Big Brother” state in the landmark novel “1984,” a new mini-exhibition at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library offers visitors a chance to consider other classic dystopian novels for their summer reading list.

The 17 novels ­− and a letter typed by Jack London – on display in the “Dystopian Fiction: Trapped in a Nightmare Future” exhibition track the evolution of the popular genre.

“There’s always a conflict or struggle of poverty, whether physical or emotional, and oppression in dystopian literature, which I think is relevant in any society,” the exhibition’s curator Margaret Hrabe said.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Presents Seven Arts Awards to Undergraduate Projects June 20, 2013, by Matt Kelly

Seven University of Virginia students have received grants from the Undergraduate Award for Arts Projects program, which supports creative expression, such as filmmaking, writing and dance.

Modeled on the University’s successful Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program, the arts awards give the students up to $3,000 for projects that expand their expression and showcase artistic accomplishments.

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UVA Today, Aboriginal Art Collection Will Come Alive During ‘Night at the Museum’ June 19, 2013, by Anne Bromley

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will host its own version of Night at the Museum this summer, featuring live music and an opportunity to explore the museum’s current exhibitions after hours. The event will take place on the third Thursday of each month through September, with the first one this Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Judy Chops, a six-piece Americana band from Staunton, will start playing at 6 p.m. Food trucks from The Australian Pie Guy, Got Dumplings? and Carpe Donut, and the local Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company will be on the premises.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Musician Adam Larrabee and Love Canon to Play Benefit June 21 June 19, 2013, by Anne Bromley

What do you get when you cross conservatory-trained musicians with raucous bluegrass and the mega-hits of the 80s?

Love Canon, a local band that has been gaining popularity in the area and on tour, and one of its classically trained band members happens to be an instructor at the University of Virginia.

Multi-instrumentalist Adam Larrabee teaches banjo and mandolin in the performance program in the College of Arts & Sciences’ McIntire Department of Music, and is Love Canon’s banjo player.

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UVA Today, New Exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art Showcases Native American Culture June 19, 2013, by Robert Hull

As Native American culture started to disappear in the late 19th century, American artists and photographers began to document it for posterity, resulting in art works ranging from realistic to romantic.

From Alaska to the Mountain Peaks of Central Mexico: Depicting Native American Life in the Late Nineteenth Century,” an exhibition running through Aug. 4 at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, considers the ways in which photographers and artists represented Native American life at a time when the culture of these indigenous peoples was rapidly fading.

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Heritage Theatre Press Center, Heritage Theatre Festival to Launch 2013 Season with Irving Berlin Classic Annie Get Your Gun June 14, 2013 by John Kelly

Beloved Classic Kicks Off Five-Show Season Including Tony Award-Winning Drama Red, Uproarious Comedy Tuna Does Vegas, The Classic Girl Group Doo Wop of The Marvelous Wonderettes And The Powerful Rock Opera Next to Normal

The Heritage Theatre Festival is celebrating a full-scale return this summer with the season-opening production of Annie Get Your Gun.

The Irving Berlin classic, directed by Heritage Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel, and complete with one of the most cherished songbooks in Broadway history, will open on June 27 at the Culbreth Theatre.

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UVA Today, Night at the Museum Premieres on June 20th June 14, 2013

On June 20th the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will host its first Night at the Museum, an opportunity to explore the museum’s current exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville this summer! With food trucks (The Australian Pie Guy, Got Dumplings?, Carpe Donut), beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band, The Judy Chops, this event is not to be missed!

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UVA Today, ‘Juneteenth’ To Be Commemorated with Film Screening June 13, 2013, by Anne Bromley

A screening of the recent film “Sugarcoated Arsenic” will take place on June 20 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and of “Juneteenth,” the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. Sponsored by the University of Virginia Library’s “Common Ground Community,” the film, which explores African-American life during the 1970s at the University, will be shown at 3 p.m. in the Clemons Library’s Viz Lounge.

Sugarcoated Arsenic” was co-created by two College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, a professor in the McIntire Department of Art, and Claudrena Harold, an associate professor in the Corcoran Department of History, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. Harold will be on hand to talk about the film after the screening.

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UVA Today, ‘Frenemies’ Exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Explores Depictions of Animals June 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

Are animals our friends or our enemies? Throughout history, artists have explored this question, enthralled by the beauty, power and strangeness of animals – and, at the same time, by their similarity to humans.

A new exhibition at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, “Frenemies: Animals in Art,” running through Aug. 4, explores how artists in various media and styles have depicted this profound connection. “Frenemies” presents numerous works from the museum’s collection by artists attempting to see humanity’s positive or negative traits reflected in animal behavior.

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UVA Today, Fralin Museum’s Story Time Explores Animals in Art June 11, 2013, by Robert Hull

Families are invited to enjoy three animal-themed story times at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. “Animal Friends @ The Fralin” will be led by Gordon Avenue Library children’s librarian Glynis Welte in the museum’s new exhibition, “Frenemies: Animals in Art,” and followed by supervised time in the galleries. The programs will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5.

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UVA Today, Arts Award to Fund Production Design Masters Degree June 6, 2013, by Robert Hull

Virginia Berg, a 2012 graduate of the University of Virginia, has received a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award.

Berg, of Warrenton, was a drama major with an art history minor in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is currently an assistant arts teacher at The Langley School in McLean.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Kluge-Ruhe Explores Influential Exhibit of Australian Aboriginal Art June 5, 2013, by Robert Hull

In 1988 at the Asia Society Galleries in New York, an exhibition titled “Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia” changed the way the American art world began viewing Aboriginal art. The “Dreamings” exhibit was pivotal in defining Aboriginal art as contemporary fine art.

On June 11 at 7 p.m., the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia will host “After the ‘Dreamings’ – 25 Years of Australian Aboriginal Art in the U.S.,” a moderated discussion with Françoise Dussart and Wally Caruana, two leading figures in the study of Aboriginal art.

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UVA Today, Fralin Museum of Art’s ‘Looking at the New West’ Complements Ansel Adams Exhibit June 4, 2013, by Robert Hull

Today’s American West looks very different from the pristine wilderness documented in the photographs of Ansel Adams.

In conjunction with the new “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” exhibit, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia opens “Looking at the New West: Contemporary Landscape Photography,” on Friday. The exhibit, running through Dec. 15, focuses on six contemporary photographers’ explorations of the ever-changing scenery of the American West.

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May 2013

UVA Today, U.Va. School of Architecture Announces New Ph.D. Program for Fall 2014 May 31, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University of Virginia School of Architecture will launch its new doctoral degree program, a Ph.D. in the constructed environment, welcoming its first students in the fall of 2014.

The interdisciplinary doctoral degree will span all of the school’s disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban and environmental planning, and architectural history.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Opens ‘Ansel Adams: A Legacy’ on June 7; OpenGrounds Arts Events Accompany Exhibit May 30, 2013, by Robert Hull

Through his devotion to capturing the American landscape in photography with unsurpassed precision, Ansel Adams left a lasting mark on the discipline of landscape photography and continues to inspire conservationists and photographers to this day.

As a testament to Adam’s legendary status, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will showcase a selection of some of his greatest photographs in the exhibition “Ansel Adams: A Legacy,” opening June 7 and running through Oct. 13.

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UVA Today, ACLS New Faculty Fellows to Join Art, English Departments May 29, 2013, by Robert Hull

Stephen Boyd Hequembourg and Susan Johnson-Roehr, recent recipients of the American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellowships, will begin teaching at the University of Virginia in the fall.

Hequembourg will join the College of Arts & Sciences’ English department as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. His dissertation, “Monism and Metaphor: The Rhetoric of Early Modern Materialism,” examines the writings and philosophies of Thomas Hobbes, John Milton and Henry Cavendish.

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UVA Today, During U.Va. Visit, Dana Gioia Will Show Why Poetry Matters May 29, 2013, by Robert Hull

Students, faculty and other members of the University community filled the South Lawn Auditorium at Nau Hall Thursday to watch a black-and-white film, “Sugarcoated Arsenic.” In slightly more than 20 minutes, the film tells a remarkable story of African-American intellectual, social and political life at the University of Virginia in the 1970s.

“Sugarcoated Arsenic” was co-created by two College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, a professor in the McIntire Department of Art, and Claudrena Harold, an associate professor in the Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. The film conveys its message through the words and legacy of the late Vivian Verdell Gordon, director of U.Va.’s black studies program between 1975 and 1980.

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UVA Today, Oratorio Society of Virginia Presents ‘Gems of the Baroque’ for Sunday’s Season Finale May 29, 2013, by Robert Hull

“Gems of the Baroque,” will conclude this season’s concert series of The Oratorio Society of Virginia, affiliated with the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music. The performance will be on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.

The afternoon will also include a lecture by U.Va. music performance librarian Winston K. Barham at 2:30 p.m. to set the stage with some historical context.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Kluge-Ruhe Announces Six Artist-in-Residence Awards May 28, 2013, by Robert Hull

John F. Kennedy once said, “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” For six Indigenous Australian artists, that place will be the University of Virginia, where, over the next three years in four-week residencies, they will create and share their art with students and the community.

U.Va.’s Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, announced Monday the six Australian artists it will host over the next three years: David Bosun, Nici Cumpston, Bronwyn Bancroft, Marshall Bell, Ricardo Idagi and Bianca Beetson.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art’s Family Program Explores Equine Art in June May 24, 2013, by Robert Hull

On June 1 and 2, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia continues the Family Art JAM, the museum’s monthly event encouraging fun and creativity for children ages 5 to 12, with four sessions of the program “The Sublime Equine: The Art of the Horse.”

Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art projects planned to make the museum's exhibitions accessible to young children.

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UVA Today, Orchestra Fundraiser to Feature Barbecue, Country Music May 21, 2013, by Robert Hull

Friends and fans of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra can enjoy barbecue, wine and music at “Denim and Diamonds,” a fundraising event sponsored by the Charlottesville Symphony Society to be held on June 7 at 6 p.m. at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick.

Originally built in 1764, Castle Hill is a historic, privately owned plantation in Albemarle County that was once the home of Dr. Thomas Walker, who became the guardian of Thomas Jefferson after his father’s death. Today Castle Hill includes a cidery and a venue for weddings and special events.

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UVA Today, American Institute of Architects Honors Ford and Abbasy-Asbagh with Awards of Excellence May 20, 2013, by Robert Hull

Ed Ford, Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor in the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh, lecturer in architecture, have won awards from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of American Institute of Architects UNBUILT Architecture Program.

An annual competition conducted by the institute since 2009, the UNBUILT Awards program recognizes excellence in both theoretical projects and unbuilt commissioned projects.

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Kluge Ruhe, Black Prints from Cicada Press' Opening on May 31st May 18, 2013

For its summer exhibition the Kluge-Ruhe Collection has partnered with Cicada Press to showcase the work of Australian Aboriginal artists working in the printmaking medium.

Cicada Press is an educationally focused printmaking workshop at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (COFA UNSW) in Sydney that places emphasis on open dialogue and the importance of lived experience in learning. Since 2006 Michael Kempson, director of Cicada Press, and Tess Allas, curator of Black Prints, have invited emerging and established Aboriginal artists to explore printmaking as an artistic practice in the form of workshops and residencies. Some of the artists were experienced printmakers, while others explored the medium for the first time. The result is an eclectic but meaningful exhibition addressing the contemporary Aboriginal experience in Australia today, by artists such as Gordon Hookey, Vernon Ah Kee, Reko Rennie and Laurel Nannup.

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UVA Today, Class of 2013: From Cardboard Boxes to Sacred Spaces, Pinyan Explores Meaning of Architecture May 15, 2013, by Robert Hull

Matthew Pinyan always knew he wanted to design things.

The prestigious awards and achievements he’s racked up during his college years – runner-up in a Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition, a Sarah McArthur Nix Fellowship, an American Institute of Architects award for excellence in design and, most recently, an unsolicited deal with a Barcelona-based publisher to print the second volume of a journal he co-founded at the University of Virginia this year – speak to his talent.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum at U.Va. Celebrates Art Museum Day, Encourages Participation Through Social Media May 11, 2013, by Robert Hull

On Saturday, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will offer a special tour by the museum’s director, Bruce Boucher, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day and International Museum Day. Visitors taking the tour are encouraged to share the experience with others in real time through social media using the hashtag #artmuseumday.

A member of the association, Boucher will provide a one-hour tour of “Corot to Cézanne: French Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” beginning at 2 p.m.

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UVA Today, Class of 2013: U.Va. Grad Shares Her Passion for Art as Multi-talented Performer May 12, 2013, by Robert Hull

After four years of excelling at the University of Virginia, the reviews for Ali Stoner’s arts-centered academic career are in.

“Ali Stoner is the real deal ­– a generous, spirited and gifted young artist,” said Richard Warner, a drama professor and head of acting in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences.

“In my 23 years on the faculty in the U.Va. Department of Drama, Ali Stoner has been one of our most talented, creative, intelligent, thoughtful and caring students,” said Robert Chapel, professor of musical theater and producing artistic director of the Heritage Theatre Festival. “Ali has done superb work as an actress, singer and dancer, and she has been one of our most important student leaders.”

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UVA Today, U.Va. Poetry Professor Rita Dove’s ‘Sonata Mulattica’ to be Adapted for Film May 7, 2013, by Anne Bromley

Little did poet Rita Dove know when she published her book, “Sonata Mulattica,” that it would go beyond rescuing from obscurity a 19th-century, Afro-European violin virtuoso named George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower.

Now that book of poems and a play-in-verse penned by Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, is becoming the subject of a documentary not only about Dove writing about Bridgetower, but also featuring the contemporary story of African-American violin virtuoso and composer Joshua Coyne.

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UVA Today Blog, U.Va. Students Create Garden-Themed Mural at Buford Middle School, Dedication Set For Friday May 7, 2013, by Robert Hull

U.Va. Today’s Robert Hull Reports:

For two months, U.Va. students met with Buford Middle School students in Desmond Cormier’s art classes to develop ideas for a garden-themed mural design for the side of Buford’s gymnasium, facing the school’s garden.

This creative exchange had been established through a partnership between the U.Va. Student Arts Committee, Buford Middle School, the Charlottesville Mural Project and City Schoolyard Garden solely to plan a 2,200 square-foot mural adjacent to Buford’s garden.

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USA Today College, India’s Bhangra dances across US campuses May 7, 2013, by Shawn S. Ghuman

For many first-generation Americans, living in one culture while holding on to another can be tough. For many young Indian Americans, dance — especially Bhangra — has become a vehicle for assimilation within college campuses and around the nation.

Bhangra is a traditional dance, originating from Punjab, India, performed to celebrate almost anything from a good harvest to marriage. It is characterized by infectious energy, bright and colorful outfits, elaborate turbans — and it also can be quite the workout.

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UVA Today, Rare Book School Awards U.Va. Students for Projects on ‘Why Books Matter’ May 3, 2013, by Robert Hull

A book “opens itself to a reader in any future, a small but beautiful gesture of faith in human connection,” wrote one of the winners of the Rare Book School’s “Why Books Matter” contest for University of Virginia students.

Graduating student Victoria Kornick, who majored in poetry writing, made an artistic book, “Form Noir,” with drawings, poems and prose. She was one of nine individuals or groups who won a prize for her project.

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April 2013

UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professors Win Prestigious Society of Architectural Historians Awards April 30, 2013, by Robert Hull

In a rare feat, University of Virginia architectural historians Daniel Bluestone and Sheila Crane were both honored with Society of Architectural Historians awards for their respective scholarly books – and neither knew the other had won until the awards ceremony.

Every year the Society of Architectural Historians presents six awards to honor the most distinguished publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation and architectural exhibition catalogs. According to the society’s records, it is unusual for two members of the same institution, let alone the same department, to win book awards from the society in the same year.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Students Get Creative with ‘Found Poetry’ April 29, 2013, by Anne Bromley

Little did University of Virginia fourth-year students Isabelle Conner and Victoria Kornick know when they played together in an Alexandria preschool that nearly two decades later, they would end up playing teachers for real, leading a poetry class in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Part of the Cavalier Education Instructor program, a Student Council initiative that gives undergraduates the opportunity to share their passion for and knowledge of subjects outside the traditional curriculum, the two-credit, pass/fail course often had students sitting at a long table strewn with magazines, newspaper pages, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks and markers, searching for poetic inspiration.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Students Create ‘American Flag’ Art for Final Fridays April 24, 2013, by Robert Hull

Students in the U.Va. School of Architecture will present their work in a special exhibition and reception, “Painting the American Flag & Works on Paper,” on Friday.

The public event is part of Final Fridays, the monthly showcase of the arts at U.Va. highlighting exhibits, performances and lectures on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds.

The event will occur in Campbell Hall’s Elmaleh Gallery from 6 to 7 p.m., and will include a gallery talk with Sanda Iliescu, associate professor of art and architecture, and her students.

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UVA Today, 2013 Virginia Film Festival Set for Nov. 7-10 April 23, 2013, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia, will return to Charlottesville for its 26th year from Nov. 7 to 10.

Festival director Jody Kielbasa – also U.Va.’s vice provost for the arts – and his team are currently at work organizing and planning for a successful festival this year.

“The spotlight is shining brighter than ever on the Virginia Film Festival,” Kielbasa said. “We look forward to building on the remarkable enthusiasm that surrounded our record-breaking anniversary year.”

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Scholar to Use National Humanities Center Fellowship to Study Ravel April 22, 2013, by Rob Seal

A University of Virginia music scholar will spend the next academic year working among a select group of humanities researchers at the National Humanities Center in Raleigh, N.C., the organization announced today.

Michael J. Puri, an associate professor in the McIntire Department of Music in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences, is among 36 scholars selected from a pool of 433 applicants for a yearlong fellowship, according to the NHC. Puri said he’s looking forward to the fellowship, which runs during the 2013-14 academic year.

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UVA Today, Poetry’s Insight at Your Fingertips in U.Va. Poet’s New Book April 19, 2013, by Anne Bromley

“We live in a time of rampant, mercurial self-portrayal,” writes English professor and poet Lisa Russ Spaar of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences in her new book, “The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry.”

“We can, if we wish, post, profile, tag, chat, friend, transform, lie, project, stalk, date, connect, complicate, simplify, vex, blog, tumble, pin, like and identify ourselves with dazzling velocity through a protean real-time landscape of social networks.”

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UVA Today, Giant Moving Creatures To Invade U.Va. on Saturday April 17, 2013, by Robert Hull

A one-eyed “quadrapus” with 12-foot tentacles, a giant centipede named Winston, a “Treeture” that likes to eat people and more!

Unlocked and freed from the minds of University of Virginia studio art, drama and architecture students, these giant creatures will take over Grounds on Saturday as part of the Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature. The parade at 2 p.m. and arts festival, to follow in Nameless Field at 3 p.m., is the culmination of a yearlong artistic project.

The event celebrates a new interdisciplinary course – funded by an Arts in Action grant and cross-listed in the School of Architecture and the College of Arts & Sciences’ drama and studio art departments – that has engaged a variety of students throughout the year in a collaborative workshop to research, design and construct large-scale kinetic monsters..

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. to Host Weedon Lecture on Chinese Sculpture April 15, 2013, by Robert Hull

“Moving Buddha: The Discovery of Chinese Sculpture,” is the topic of an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia. Stanley Abe of Duke University will give the free and public lecture, hosted by The Fralin Museum of Art, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 158.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, Chinese sculpture was not considered to be fine art – in China or elsewhere in the world. Abe’s lecture will focus on how certain kinds of figural objects became valuable antiquities in China as well as fine art in Europe, the United States and Japan.

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UVA Today, Klezmer Duo To Explore Eastern Europe’s Musical Melting Pot During U.Va. Residency April 11, 2013, by Rob Seal

A renowned pair of klezmer musicians will visit the University of Virginia this month for a residency that includes a free workshop, a colloquium and a concert featuring the McIntire Department of Music’s own Klezmer Ensemble.

Violinist Cookie Segelstein and accordionist Joshua Horowitz will visit the University April 21-25. Both musicians specialize in klezmer, a traditional Jewish music with roots in Eastern Europe that has seen a global resurgence in recent decades. The event is sponsored by the music department, the Jewish Studies Program and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, all in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Department Ends Season, Begins Era at State-of-the-Art Ruth Caplin Theatre April 10, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University of Virginia Department of Drama is set to close its 2012-13 season and celebrate the start of an exciting new era when the classic American screwball comedy “You Can’t Take It with You” opens the brand-new Ruth Caplin Theatre on April 18.

The latest addition to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds, the 300-seat facility is a “thrust-style” theater, extending the stage into the audience on three sides, creating a greater sense of intimacy between the performers and the audience. It is designed to accommodate growth across the University’s acclaimed performing arts programs.

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UVA Today, U.Va. at Heart of Tom Tom Founders Festival, Starting Tomorrow April 9, 2013, by H. Brevy Cannon

The Tom Tom Founders Festival, a South-By-Southwest-inspired festival of innovation that starts Thursday, is being presented in partnership with the University of Virginia. Much of the festival has a U.Va. connection, including the kickoff and closing events.

The packed four days begin Thursday evening with a community business-plan pitch night, part of the official reopening of the W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Lab, or i.Lab, which has been expanded and renovated to better serve all 11 of the University’s schools along with the Charlottesville community.

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UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Concludes Season with Jazzy Clarinet, Music from ‘West Side Story’ April 8, 2013

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2012-13 “Let’s Dance!” season on April 20 at 8 p.m. at the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall and April 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Monticello High School in Charlottesville.

Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the program includes John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra),” Aaron Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’” and “Malambo from ‘Estancia: Four Dances’” by South American composer Alberto Ginastera.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Dance Program’s Spring Concert to Showcase Original Works April 8, 2013, by Robert Hull

How does one navigate a faux pas? What is the nature of communication when the medium of expression is the body, poetry or visual art? How do we formulate our identities, and what forces shape this formulation?

These are just a few of the enigmatic questions explored in this year’s 2013 Spring Dance Concert, featuring original contemporary dance works by students, faculty and a guest artist choreographer.

The Dance Program in the College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Drama will present its Spring Dance Concert in four shows: Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., all in the Helms Theatre.

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UVA Today, Wayne Betts to Describe Making Films as a Deaf Person April 9 April 4, 2013, by Anne Bromley

What are the possibilities for communicating sound in film – without audio – when you’ve never heard any sound?

Wayne Betts Jr., an up-and-coming filmmaker, doesn’t consider that a limitation. He will give a talk on “Deaf Lens: Deaf Perspectives in Filmmaking” for the annual ASL/Deaf Culture Lecture at the University of Virginia on April 9 at 7 p.m. in Nau Auditorium.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by U.Va.’s American Sign Language Program in the College of Arts & Sciences. Spoken English interpretation will be provided for hearing nonsigners.

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UVA Today, Caribbean Theater Takes Center Stage at U.Va. Conference April 4, 2013, by Robert Hull

A melange of speech, song and dance that moved between scholarly and celebratory expression took place on Grounds this week.

The University of Virginia’s first-ever Caribbean Theater Conference brought together playwrights, storytellers, theater practitioners, scholars and students from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti and France for roundtable discussions, staged readings and theater workshops, capped with an eclectic and exotic Caribbean theater performance.

Caribbean theater is unique in that many of the plays are not written down and published, and performances often take place in small theaters and are not well publicized.

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UVA Today, ‘Ancient Songs, Modern Muses,’ Featuring Work by U.Va.’s Jasnow, Opens April 5 April 3, 2013, by Rebecca Arrington

Ancient Songs, Modern Muses” is a joint exhibition of art and poetry from London-based painter John Woodman and Charlottesville poet and classicist Ben Jasnow, a doctoral student in the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Woodman and Jasnow illustrate and translate the “Idylls” of Theocritus. Each original verse translation is paired with several of Woodman’s contemporary, interpretive illustrations. A talk and poetry reading will accompany the unveiling of the exhibit, “First Friday,” April 5, from 5:30-8 p.m. The show will run through April 26 at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, located at 209 Monticello Road.

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UVA Today, ‘Traces of the Hand’ Talk by Curator April 9 at U.Va.’s The Fralin Museum of Art April 3, 2013, by Robert Hull

Curator Lawrence Goedde will give a lunchtime talk on The Fralin Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman,” on April 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

Frederick and Lucy S. Herman spent over 50 years building an impressive collection of more than 250 works on paper, a majority of which they generously donated to the Fralin in 2006 and 2007.

“Traces of the Hand” displays a selection of drawings from this collection and celebrates the Hermans’ achievement as discriminating collectors. The drawings in the exhibit date from 1530 to 1945 and represent a variety of artistic periods.

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March 2013

UVA Today, Free Bridge Quintet Presents ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’ Concert April 6 March 29, 2013, by Robert Hull

The Free Bridge Quintet, the faculty jazz quintet of the University of Virginia, presents its spring concert, “It Might As Well Be Spring,” on April 6 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The quintet will welcome the arrival of the new season, as well as the arrival of their newest member, Butch Taylor, who will make his debut as the group’s pianist.

The first half of the concert will feature some of the group’s favorite spring-themed jazz standards such as “Spring Is Here,” “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.” The second half of the show will be a musical reunion of sorts between members of Free Bridge and their new pianist.

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UVA Today, Francesca Fiorani Receives $80,000 Grant From the Samuel H. Kress Foundation March 29, 2013, by Sarah Wells

Francesca Fiorani, an art history professor in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, will receive an $80,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of the “Leonardo da Vinci and His Treatise on Painting” digital archive.

This is the project’s second grant from the Kress Foundation. The work will focus on creating comparative structures that can analyze Leonardo da Vinci’s original manuscripts on the theory and practice of art.

The archive documents da Vinci’s legacy on the science of art via his “Treatise on Painting,” a disorganized, fragmented and misleading text compiled by one of da Vinci’s pupils, but long considered an authoritative record of his thoughts.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s The Fralin Museum of Art To Host Weedon Asian Arts Lecture April 4 March 29, 2013, by Robert Hull

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host Molly Aitken for an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia on April 4. Her lecture, “Trajectories of Tradition: A Rajput Intervention,” which takes a closer look at how India’s court artists answered colonial-era challenges to their traditions, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 158.

In the early 20th century, the Bengal School undertook to rejuvenate India’s painting traditions to create a national alternative to European-style oil painting. Histories of India’s modern art recount this episode, following an established trajectory that begins with British art institutions in India and the demise of the subcontinent’s artistic traditions.

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UVA Today, French Department Conference Explores Sensory Experience in Literature and Film March 28, 2013, by Robert Hull

Since Aristotle wrote in “Metaphysics,” “Of all the senses, trust only the sense of sight,” vision has been the favored sense in Western cultures.

Recently, however, writers and scholars have been establishing interdisciplinary groundwork for new sensorial studies by opening intellectual thought to senses other than sight.

On Friday and Saturday, “Coming to Our Senses: Sensory Experience in Literature and Film,” sponsored by graduate students in the Department of French Language and Literature in the U.Va. College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will explore films and works of literature that provoke the traditional five senses (hearing, smell, taste, touch and sight), as well as the range of other lesser-known senses such as balance, pain, orientation and intuition..

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Final Panel of ‘After the Deluge’ Architecture Symposium Features Artist Margaret Ross Tolbert March 26, 2013, by Robert Hull

Over the past 20 years, Margaret Ross Tolbert has created paintings, drawings and lithographs from studios in the United States, France and Turkey. Her commissions have included art projects with residencies in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Oman, allowing her to study and research the language and dance from the regions of the ancient trade routes as the subject of her art.

With her primary base in Gainesville, Fla., Tolbert’s other continuing focus remains the springs of North Florida, whose presence provides a warm sense of the ideal destination combined with the exotic that offers a real contrast to her paintings about journey and passage.

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UVA Today, Students To Hone Skills in Documentary Filmmaking, French In New Course March 25, 2013, by Robert Hull

A University of Virginia professor will team up with a French documentarian and scholar for a new class this Summer Session that combines filmmaking and film study, and could conclude with students using their new documentary skills to help local nonprofits.

“Unbiased Camera: A Digital Documentary Workshop,” will meet May 13 to 31, and will be taught by Alison Levine, associate professor of French in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Jean-Luc Lioult, chair of documentary film studies at the Universite d’Aix -Marseille in France.

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UVA Today, Arts Madness Week To Celebrate U.Va.’s Artistic Communities and Talents March 19, 2013, by Robert Hull

Arts Madness Week returns this spring for its second year with a new vision and increased enthusiasm. The mission of this student-led campaign is to increase accessibility and visibility of all the arts to all members of the University community, build bridges between arts groups and raise excitement for the arts on Grounds.

Sponsored by the U.Va. Student Council’s Student Arts Committee with the help of the University Programs Council, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Eunoia and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Arts Madness Week offers new and expanded events from Friday through March 30.

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UVA Today, Book Lovers and Writers Converge at Virginia Festival of the Book March 17, 2013, by Anne Bromley

Reading and writing might be solitary activities, but not when the Virginia Festival of the Book arrives. University of Virginia faculty and alumni speak volumes each year at the festival, and 2013 is no exception.

Now in its 19th year, the festival opens Wednesday and features five days devoted to books, inside and out (and even in the virtual world), spotlighting authors who have employed their skills and imagination in writing transcendent poetry and heartbreaking prose. In their writing, they recreate worlds of the past or the future, overcome suffering and loss, and celebrate human rights and daily life.

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UVA Today, Award-Winning Author Luc Sante to Speak on the Art of Photography on March 21 March 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

Author, critic and scholar Luc Sante will present a lecture on photography, “The Genius of the System,” on March 21 at the University of Virginia. Sante is currently a visiting professor of writing and art history at Bard College in New York.

Sante’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. A reception and book signing will be held after the lecture at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

A headline program for the Virginia Festival of the Book, the event is co-sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, The Fralin Museum of Art and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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C-Ville, Tom Tom 2.0: Why UVA is investing in Charlottesville’s take on SXSW March 12, 2013, by Graelyn Brashear

Short, sweet, and smart. That’s what Paul Beyer wants the second annual Tom Tom Founders Festival to be, and the erstwhile City Council candidate has a powerful partner backing his vision.

The University of Virginia is providing brainpower, funding, and even an appearance by its own president to help fuel this year’s pared-down version of the April 11-14 event. A town-plus-gown approach to the city-wide celebration of local creativity held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday has seen the focus change from a sprawling music fest to a more highly focused celebration of innovation in Charlottesville.

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UVA Today, Innovative Film Explores African-American Life at U.Va. in the 1970s March 11, 2013, by Robert Hull

Students, faculty and other members of the University community filled the South Lawn Auditorium at Nau Hall Thursday to watch a black-and-white film, “Sugarcoated Arsenic.” In slightly more than 20 minutes, the film tells a remarkable story of African-American intellectual, social and political life at the University of Virginia in the 1970s.

“Sugarcoated Arsenic” was co-created by two College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, a professor in the McIntire Department of Art, and Claudrena Harold, an associate professor in the Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. The film conveys its message through the words and legacy of the late Vivian Verdell Gordon, director of U.Va.’s black studies program between 1975 and 1980.

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UVA Today, Big Heads: U.Va. Showcases Spanish Creators of Papier-mâché Festival Costumes March 8, 2013, by Robert Hull

In partnership with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art’s Studio Art Program will host costume artists David Ventura and Neus Hosta from Navata, Spain March 18 through 22.

The husband-and-wife team are renowned makers of “gegant” (giant) and “capgrosso” (big heads), creative costume art designed for Catalonian festivals and street parades.

Megan Marlatt, an art professor in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences, traveled to Spain to observe Ventura and Hosta at work in their studio, and sought to bring the couple to U.Va. to share their art with her students.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Fralin Museum to Exhibit Jean Arp Sculpture Beginning March 25 March 8, 2013, by Robert Hull

“Oriforme,” a sculpture by the prominent abstract artist Jean Arp, will be on view on The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Entrance Plaza in front of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia beginning March 25.

The sculpture is on long-term loan from the National Gallery of Art.

Modeled in 1962 and fabricated in 1977, “Oriforme” exemplifies the approach to abstraction with which Arp is most closely associated. Arp’s style drew from the natural forms of animals, plants and human beings.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Students Society Showcases First Juried Art Show at Ruffin March 5, 2013, by Robert Hull

The Art Students Society has curated its first exhibition of University of Virginia student artwork selected by a jury of faculty members. The winning submissions are on display through Friday in Ruffin Hall on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds.

A panel of faculty members selected 36 works from a record 178 submissions for the show. The faculty jurors were Howard Singerman, professor and chair of the McIntire Department of Art in the College of Arts & Sciences; George Sampson, research associate professor of arts administration and design thinking in the School of Architecture; and Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts and director of the Virginia Film Festival.

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February 2013

UVA Today, U.Va. Bringing World-Famous Pilobolus Dance Troupe to Culbreth February 27, 2013, by Ali Stoner

Thanks to the University of Virginia Arts Board, the shape-shifting Pilobolus Dance Theatre will lead a series of student workshops next week in conjunction with The Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature.

The festival is an interdisciplinary project that engages architecture, studio art and drama students in yearlong collaborative workshops to research, design and construct “creatures” that will come to life April 20 in a celebratory experience.

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UVA Today, Scholars to Discuss Interrelatedness of 18th-Century Arts, Literature, Languages and History February 22, 2013, by Anne Bromley

Down the long brick walkways leading to the Rotunda, past pavilions and student rooms on the Lawn, into gardens bordered by the serpentine walls, members of the University of Virginia community walk through history every day, thanks to Thomas Jefferson’s design of the Academical Village.

The 18th-century era, which produced the Enlightenment and spawned the emerging modern era, forms the intellectual core fundamental to American history, said the U.Va. organizers of an interdisciplinary symposium, “The 18th Centuries,” to be held March 1 and 2 in the auditorium of U.Va.’s Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture/Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and at Montalto, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s education center near Jefferson’s home at Monticello.

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UVA Today, ‘Master of the Mountain’ Author Pays Tribute to Australian Artist Inspired by Jefferson February 19, 2013, by Robert Hull

Observing both President’s Day and Black History Month, Henry Wiencek – a scholar of Thomas Jefferson and author of the controversial book “Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves” – paid tribute Monday to the Australian artist Judy Watson and her “experimental beds” exhibit in a lecture at the auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library.

“The inspiring evening that brought together Henry Wiencek’s insights with Judy Watson’s wonderful prints is what the collaborative enterprise of the library is all about,” said Hoke Perkins, director of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Department To Open Spring Season With ‘God’s Ear’ February 18, 2013, by Judy McPeak

Love, loss and language take center stage when the U.Va. Department of Drama’s production of “God’s Ear” opens Thursday in the Helms Theatre.

Playwright Jenny Schwartz’s recent work depicts the power of language to enlighten and obscure when a couple is unable to escape their grief following a tragedy.

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UVA Today, Verbs and Vibes Poetry Jam Brings Poet Joshua Bennett to U.Va. February 18, 2013, by H. Brevy Cannon

As part of Black History Month at the University of Virginia, on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Ballroom the “Verbs & Vibes Open Mic and Poetry Jam” will feature special guest poet Joshua Bennett, a 24-year-old, award-winning performance poet from Yonkers, N.Y.

Bennett has recited his original poetry at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards and the White House. He was featured in the HBO documentary series, “Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices,” a national teen poetry competition that his “Team Philadelphia” won in 2007. He has performed alongside former U.S. poet laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove, the latter an English professor in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences.

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UVA Today, African American Heritage Center Honors U.Va.’s Black History Month with Video Art Exhibit February 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

In conjunction with the University of Virginia’s celebration of Black History Month, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville is presenting its inaugural exhibition, which will run through March 24.

“Civic Meditations” consists of three video installations by Jefferson Pinder, an acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based video artist: “Passive/Resistance” (2008), on view now through through Friday; “Afro Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise)” (2008), which will be on view Saturday through March 1; and “Elevator Music” (2012), which will be on view March 2 through 24.

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UVA Today, Special Collections Showcases Golden Age of Illustrations February 11, 2013, by Rob Seal

Illustrations, political cartoons, commercial art and caricatures from turn-of-the-century London and beyond are on display as part of a new exhibition at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

“Drawn From Life: Collecting Cartoons and Caricatures,” runs through May 24 and primarily features artwork ranging from late 19th century through World War I, though it includes some art dating from as far back as the Civil War. The exhibition is free and open to the public during business hours on the first floor of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library..

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UVA Today, Spend an Evening with Poet Nikki Giovanni Feb. 13 February 7, 2013, by Anne Bromley

As part of the University of Virginia’s Black History Month celebration, acclaimed poet and activist Nikki Giovanni will give a talk, free and open to the public, on “The Politics of Love, Defining the Need for Student Activism.” The talk will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Newcomb Theater.

After her talk, she will sign books in the theater lobby.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture School to Host Woltz Symposium on Urban Metabolism February 7, 2013, by Robert Hull

The University of Virginia School of Architecture will host the 2013 John E. Woltz Symposium, “QuasiObjects/WorldObjects/HyperObjects: New Classifications for the Urban Metabolism” this weekend at Campbell Hall.

Scott Lash, a project leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme at the University of London, will give the public keynote address, “Forms and Life and the Theory of the Object: Elements of Urban Metabolism,” on Friday at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. Lash’s recent books include “Critique of Information” (2002), “Global Culture Industry” (2007) and “Intensive Culture” (2010).

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Professor’s Telematic Opera, ‘Auksalaq,’ Makes Its World Premiere February 1, 2013, by Sarah O'Halloran

Following a postponement last fall due to Hurricane Sandy, the University of Virginia will host a reprise of “Auksalaq: A Telematic Opera,” an award-winning composition that uses networking technology to link performers and audiences around the world, on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at OpenGrounds.

FThe opera, by Matthew Burtner, an associate professor of music in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences, and media artist Scott Deal, links performers and audience members in different cities using advanced telematic technology, which allows performers to collaborate via the Internet in real time.

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January 2013

UVA Today, Kielbasa Appointed U.Va. Vice Provost for the Arts; Will Continue to Lead Film Festival January 31, 2013, by Robert Hull

Jody Kielbasa, who has led the Virginia Film Festival to record-breaking heights over the past four years as its director, will take on new duties as the vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia, Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon announced.

During his five-year term as vice provost, Kielbasa will continue to serve as director of the Virginia Film Festival.

“Jody will participate in planning for the arts in consultation with the Arts Advisory Committee, will participate in fundraising initiatives associated with the arts, and will be responsible for initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary collaborations for the arts at the University,” Simon said.

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Cavalier Daily, Va. Film Festival director named University vice provost for the arts January 30, 2013, by Alia Sharif

Jody Kielbasa, the Virginia Film Festival director, will serve as the University’s new vice provost for the arts. John Simon, executive vice president and provost, announced the appointment nearly four months after former Vice Provost Elizabeth Turner said she planned to step down from her post in the new year.

As vice provost, Kielbasa will serve as Simon’s chief advisor and advocate for University arts programs. His responsibilities will include planning with the Arts Advisory Committee, conducting arts fundraising initiatives, and initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary arts related collaborations at the University, according to a University press release. He will also oversee the Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

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The Daily Progress, Kielbasa named UVa's vice provost for the arts January 30, 2013

Jody Kielbasa, director of the Virginia Film Festival, will become the vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia.

Kielbasa will be appointed for a five-year term, and will continue to serve as director of the film festival.

As vice provost, Kielbasa will serve as Simon’s chief advisor and advocate for University arts programs. His responsibilities will include planning with the Arts Advisory Committee, conducting arts fundraising initiatives, and initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary arts related collaborations at the University, according to a University press release. He will also oversee the Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

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UVA Today, Charles Wright Wins $150,000 Bollingen Prize for His Poetry January 27, 2013, by Anne E. Bromley

Charles Wright, professor emeritus of the English department’s Creative Writing Program in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, has won the 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. Wright taught at U.Va. for almost 30 years, retiring in 2011, and is one of America’s most celebrated poets.

The Bollingen Prize in American Poetry is among the most prestigious prizes given to American writers. Established by Paul Mellon in 1949, it is awarded biennially by the Yale University Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. The prize includes a cash award of $150,000.

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UVA Today, ‘Becoming the Butterfly: Landscapes of James McNeill Whistler’ Opens Jan. 25 at The Fralin Museum of Art January 24, 2013, by Jane Ford

Best known for his 1871 painting “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1” – also called “Portrait of the Artist's Mother” – and his well-publicized legal battle with the English art critic John Ruskin, the 19th-century American artist James McNeill Whistler often garners as much attention for his flamboyant personality as for his artistic production.

Yet a look at the artist’s early landscapes and portraits demonstrates a different side: the development of his search for his artistic vision.

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UVA Today, Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Opens ‘STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time,’ an Installation by Contemporary Artist Suzanne McClelland, on Jan. 25 January 23, 2013, by Jane Ford

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will feature work by the contemporary artist Suzanne McClelland in “STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time,” an exhibition opening Jan. 25 and running through May 26.

“STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time” is an in situ project in which McClelland responds to “Found Poems from a Lost Time: A Short History of the Civil War,” 12 epistolary poems published in 2006 by the late George Garrett, the renowned poet and former professor of creative writing at U.Va. The poems, which describe the physical and psychological horrors of war, are constructed from passages lifted from letters written by two soldiers – both Garrett’s distant relatives – who fought on opposite sides during the American Civil War.

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UVA Today, Architecture School’s Rivanna Design Competition Sparks Innovative Ideas January 22, 2013, by Robert Hull & Jenny Abel

IWater covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, and our bodies are roughly 60 percent water.

Acknowledging water’s omnipresence, students and faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture have focused this year on the idea of water through coursework, lectures and research.

Last week, as a part of an ambitious weeklong design workshop, nearly 400 U.Va. architecture students, from second-year undergraduates to the master’s graduating class, gathered from all four of the school’s disciplines – architecture, landscape architecture, urban and environmental planning and architectural history – to explore the subject of water – specifically, the Rivanna River.

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UVA Today, ‘Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman’ Opens Jan. 25 at The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. January 22, 2013, by Jane Ford

Avid collectors since their college days, Frederick and Lucy S. Herman spent more than 50 years building an impressive collection of more than 250 works on paper, which they generously donated to The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia in 2006 and 2007 for the instruction of its students.

The museum’s exhibition, “Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman,” features a selection of drawings from this collection. The exhibition opens Jan. 25 and runs through May 26.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum at U.Va. Highlights Drawings in ‘Corot to Cézanne’ Exhibition, Opening Jan. 25 January 17, 2013, by Robert Hull

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will feature works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the traveling exhibition “Corot to Cézanne: French Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.” The exhibition opens Jan. 25 and runs through June 2.

The Mellons’ gifts to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts include not only the sporting art and other French, British and American paintings and sculptures on permanent display, but also more than 1,000 prints and drawings. “‘Corot to Cézanne’ represents a noteworthy opportunity to see these works together; normally, because of their natural fragility, these drawings can only be shown on a rotating basis,” said Bruce Boucher, director of The Fralin Museum of Art and the exhibition’s curator.

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UVA Today, Second Annual University of Virginia Chamber Music Festival to Kick Off Feb. 1 January 17, 2013, by Rob Seal

The 2013 Chamber Music Festival, which offers listeners the opportunity to hear top chamber music performers from the University of Virginia faculty, begins Feb. 1.

Hosted by the McIntire Department of Music of the College of Arts & Sciences, the festival features performances by the Rivanna String Quartet and the Albemarle Ensemble, and faculty recitals for clarinet and bassoon, and for trumpet and violin. Several guests will also perform.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Ruffin Gallery Explores Science Fiction Through Video Art in ‘Terrestrial Transmissions’ Exhibition January 15, 2013, by Robert Hull

The attempt to communicate with the “alien other” through technological or telepathic means is at the core of a group exhibition on “Terrestrial Transmissions,” being presented by the McIntire Department of Art in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences. It will be on display in Ruffin Hall Gallery from Jan. 25 through Feb. 22.

The work in “Terrestrial Transmissions” explores science fiction through the lens of video art, using the devices of both to critique and play with notions of gender.

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UVA Today, Winners Announced for The Fralin Museum's 2012 Writer's Eye Competition January 15, 2013, by Robert Hull

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has selected the winners of Writers Eye 2012, an annual program that challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose.

Contestants submitted original writings inspired by one of 15 pieces selected for the competition from the museum's permanent collection and visiting exhibitions. After conducting tours for more 3,000 students and adults, the museum received nearly 1,400 entries.

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UVA Today, Two U.Va. Faculty Collaborative Teams Awarded Annual Arts in Action Project Grants January 13, 2013, by Robert Hull

“Design Driven Manufacturing: Place and Product” and “Being In Time” are the titles of the two projects for which the University of Virginia’s Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts has awarded the second Arts in Action Project Grants. These grants provide funding for an annual collaborative project for two teams of faculty artists.

“Arts in Action on Grounds” is a public arts initiative at U.Va. that brings artists who have achieved excellence in their fields an opportunity to engage students and faculty in arts-based research and to support the development of an arts-informed curriculum.

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UVA Today, J-Term Course Explores the Art of Dress Through U.Va. Historic Collection January 8, 2013, by Robert Hull

Why do so many men wear khakis and blue blazers?

According to Gweneth West, professor and head of costume design in the Department of Drama of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, the style is rooted in a tradition established by “Beau” Brummel, an arbiter of men’s fashion in the early 19th century.

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UVA Today, Flowerdew Hundred Exhibit Showcases Scholarly Wealth, Potential of Historical Virginia Site
January 3, 2013, by Hoke Perkins

A free exhibit at the University of Virginia evokes centuries of Virginia history through artifacts and other items related to Flowerdew Hundred, a property on the James River that is yielding a trove of information about an early colonial settlement and those who came before and after it.

The exhibit, “Layers of the Past: Discoveries at Flowerdew Hundred,” is open to the public during business hours through July in the main gallery of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture.

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December 2012

UVA Today, Jefferson’s Drawings and Monticello Inspire Work of Australian Artist December 21, 2012, by Robert Hull

In 2009, on a visit to the University of Virginia, Australian artist Judy Watson saw the exhibit “Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Experience,” curated by Richard Guy Wilson, professor of architectural history.

It was a transforming experience for her – and her art.

The fruits of that experience are currently on exhibition in the South Gallery of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library. The exhibition of six prints, “experimental beds,” is on view through May 11.

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UVA Today, Good Medicine: Music Professor, Symphony Director Takes Talents to Patients’ Bedsides December 18, 2012, by Rob Seal

Kate Tamarkin has enjoyed a long and successful career as a symphony conductor, musician and teacher, but one of her most fulfilling musical moments came in an unlikely place: the pediatric unit at a local hospital.

Her audience in this case was a baby who had been born prematurely, and Tamarkin’s role wasn’t as a conductor or professor, but as a therapeutic musician playing the Celtic harp. “As I was playing, the nurse brought other nurses in to look, because the baby’s blood pressure was going down and her oxygenation level was going up,” Tamarkin recalled. “The nurse was pointing at the monitors and saying ‘Look, the music is helping this to happen.’”

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UVA Today, New Music Release Features the Work of Walter Ross, Music Professor Emeritus December 18, 2012, by Robert Hull

Walter Ross, professor emeritus of music composition and theory in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, has more than 150 works to his credit.

With the release this fall of the CD and download “Through the Reeds,” some of those compositions can now be heard by a wider audience.

Released by Ravello and distributed through the classical label Naxos, “Through the Reeds” consists of woodwind concerti, including the compositions “Oboe D’Amore Concerto,” “Concerto for Bassoon and String Orchestra,” “Concerto for Flute and Guitar” and “Concerto for Oboe, Harp and String Orchestra.”

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UVA Today, U.Va. Grad Student Mixes Media and Traditions with ‘Strange Tales’ December 11, 2012, by Melissa Maki

TJoe Adkins is a man of many influences and talents. A University of Virginia doctoral candidate in the McIntire Department of Music’s Composition and Computing Technologies program, his latest multimedia work is a juxtaposition of literary and nonliterary, classical music and rural musical tradition.

Adkins recently launched a crowd-sourced funding campaign through Kickstarter to produce a soundtrack recording for “Pammanottus,” the first in his series, “Strange Tales from Appalachia,” which will feature narrator and chamber ensemble. The campaign runs through Saturday.

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UVA Today, Arts & Sciences’ Report Showcases Its Work of Late and Where It’s Headed December 10, 2012, by Dan Heuchert

The University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences has published a major multimedia presentation called “Thesis: A Report from Arts & Sciences.”

The online report offers an in-depth look at a few of the major activities and initiatives in the College in recent years and the changes taking place today that will shape its future direction, according to an introductory email from Dean Meredith Jung-en Woo.

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UVA Today, Mead Grant Allows U.Va. Drama Students to Take Their Show on the Road December 10, 2012, by Robert Hull

For H. Caitlin McLeod, a production coordinator and assistant professor in stage management in the Department of Drama of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, a dream has come true. This fall, she received a Mead Endowment grant to create a “dream idea” project with her students.

The Mead Endowment was created in honor of U.Va. music professor emeritus Ernest “Boots” Mead to celebrate the University’s tradition of close student-faculty personal interactions. It allows faculty members to undertake interesting projects with undergraduate students that they might otherwise have been unable to pursue.

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November 2012

UVA Today, U.Va. Faculty Members, Alumnus Have Hand in Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ November 29, 2012, by Jane Ford

Working on a Hollywood film with director Steven Spielberg is a dream for veteran screen actors and those who work behind the scenes to bring the story to life.

When Spielberg selected Richmond and two other Virginia locations to film “Lincoln,” his biopic about the 16th president and his efforts to secure passage of the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that officially abolished slavery, it opened the door for two University of Virginia faculty members to contribute to the production.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Department To Finish Semester in a Blaze of Concerts November 28, 2012, by Rob Seal

The McIntire Department of Music in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences will present several concerts in early December, ranging from long-standing traditions such as the Messiah Sing-In to chamber music and Klezmer performances.

The concerts include:

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers will continue a festive community tradition by presenting the eighth annual Family Holiday Concerts on Dec. 1 and 2.

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UVA Today, Old Cabell Hall Mural Expands to Encompass a Lifetime of Learning November 27, 2012, by Jane Ford

Over the past 16 years, artist Lincoln Perry has created a visual allegory representing education through the depiction of triumphs and setbacks, the cycle of generations and the relation between culture and nature. Perry began painting the mural, located in the lobby of the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall and titled “The Student’s Progress,” in 1996.

He completed the first 11 panels in 2000. The narrative depicts a student, “Shannon,” as she enters the University, follows her through a journey of self-discovery in her pursuit of knowledge and concludes with her graduation.

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UVA Today, ‘Spring Awakening’ Opens Newly Renovated Culbreth Theatre on Nov. 29 November 20, 2012, by John Kelly

The 2012-13 University of Virginia Drama season will continue with the international musical theater sensation “Spring Awakening,” which opens Nov. 29 in the newly renovated Culbreth Theatre.

Taking Broadway by storm in 2007, this pop/rock/folk adaptation of an 1892 play by Frank Wedekind follows the lives, loves and longing of a group of German teens exploring and embracing their emerging sexuality under the disapproving eyes of their repressive parents, and society at large. The show captured eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features an infectious score by Grammy Award-winning artist and composer Duncan Sheik.

Directed by Robert Chapel, a drama professor in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences, “Spring Awakening” will be presented Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8 at 8 p.m.

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C-Ville, UVA students team up with Hollywood designers for first ever ‘creature’ course November 13, 2012, by Laura Ingles

While most UVA students were finishing up homework at 8:30 last Wednesday night, 25 architecture, art, and drama majors were covered head to toe in sawdust and coming up on their 13th consecutive hour in the drama studio on Culbreth Road. Last week, as part of a new course offering called Art of the Moving Creature, students and teachers spent three straight days in an intensive workshop, sawing, sculpting, welding, gluing, and painting with the team that made Jurassic Park come to life. Hollywood crew Matt Winston, Shannon Shea, Ted Haines, and John Ales flew out from Los Angeles to help the class build a 12′ tall, 25′ long creature that made its debut on Grounds last Thursday.

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UVA Today, The Story of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Spread from Novel to Theater and Screen November 12, 2012, by Jane Ford

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly,” with its theme of the immorality of slavery, was the best-selling novel of the 19th century. The only book that sold more copies in the U.S. was the Bible.

In his new book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the American Stage and Screen,” drama professor and theater historian John Frick of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences chronicles how Stowe’s novel was adapted to theater and film – and details how, by the beginning of the 20th century, more than 400 separate companies traveled and performed some theatrical version of the story.

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Newsplex.com, UVa Students Create and Parade Creature Around Grounds November 8, 2012

A creature paraded around the Lawn, invaded marching band practice, and posed at Poe's room, all in order to teach UVa students.

A group of UVa students spent three days designing and building the creature. Thursday night, they marched it around grounds and the surrounding streets. They were part of a hands-on workshop put on by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, based in Hollywood.

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UVA Today, Film Festival Sets Records for Box Office, Attendance and Sold-Out Screenings November 8, 2012, by John Kelly

The 25th Anniversary Virginia Film Festival started off by celebrating its history, and finished off by making some of its own.

Festival officials announced Thursday that the 2012 event, held Nov. 1-4, shattered all previous records for box office sales, attendance and sold-out screenings. Box office sales this year came in at $108,043 – a 20 percent increase over its previous record of $90,077, set in 2010. This year’s festival drew 27,299 attendees, topping the previous all-time record of 24,077, set in 2011. Finally, this year’s festival featured 42 sold out-screenings, up from 27 last year.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Dance Program to Present Fall Experimental Dance Concert Nov. 15-17 November 8, 2012, by Kim Brooks Mata

The Dance Program in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences will present its annual Fall Experimental Dance Concert Nov. 15 through 17 at 8 p.m. in the Helms Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased online at the U.Va. Arts Box Office, by calling 434-924-3376 or in person in the lobby of the U.Va. Drama Building. Tickets are $10 ($5 for U.Va. students, children, faculty, staff and Alumni Association members).

Featuring original contemporary dance works by student and faculty choreographers, the concert reflects the collaborative spirit of this expressive art form through dance, music and film, and challenges U.Va.’s student dancers in innovative and exciting ways, said Kim Brooks Mata, who directs the Dance Program.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Student Wins Sketch Design Competition, Earns Internship November 7, 2012, by Jane Ford

Victor Hugo De Souza Azevedo, a fourth-year student in the University of Virginia School of Architecture, won the recent Student Design Sketch Competition held by BLT Architects in Philadelphia. In recognition of the award, announced Nov. 3, the firm offered De Souza Azevedo a paid internship next summer, which he accepted.

Michael Ytterberg, principal at BLT, said, “Picking one winning design from the submissions we received was a challenging affair that spurred spirited conversation among our team here in the office. We were unified in our point-of-view that the quality of work that was exemplified by all the students is a testament to not only their skills and work ethic, but also of the quality of today's architecture schools.”

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art Hosts Lunchtime Talk on Berenice Abbott Exhibition Nov. 13 November 5, 2012, by Jane Ford

Stephen Margulies will give a Lunchtime Talk on The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia’s new exhibition, “Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott” on Nov. 13, from noon to 1 p.m.

This exhibition explores the photography of Abbott (1898-1991) and its use in both scientific and artistic contexts. It features works from The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection of Abbott’s original photographs, including images reproduced in science texts, and investigates the impact of her work not only in art, but also in science, documentaries and the history of science education.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architecture Professor Elected to U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors November 5, 2012, by Jane Ford

Associate professor John Quale, director of the graduate architecture program in the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and an expert in sustainable building research and practice, has been elected to a three-year term on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, filling a slot reserved for post-secondary educators.

According to the non-profit organization’s website, the U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. The council works toward its mission of market transformation through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, green building program, educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, an annual conference and expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art Family Program Explores Still Life Painting November 5, 2012, by Jane Ford

Families are invited to an afternoon of fun and hands-on creativity as The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia continues its monthly children’s program, the Family Art JAM. On Nov. 17 and 18, the museum will offer four sessions of “Abstraction and Reality According to Hélion” for children ages 5 to 12.

Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art projects planned to make the museum's exhibitions accessible to young children.

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UVA Today, Kluge-Ruhe Collection to Hold FLASH Party and Art Auction on Nov. 14 November 5, 2012, by Lauren Maupin

The University of Virginia’s Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will host “FLASH,” a party and art auction to fund the conservation of artworks in the museum’s permanent collection, on Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The auction catalog features both affordable works, some with starting bids as low as $50, and collectable works by Australian Aboriginal artists such as Judy Watson and Shorty Jangala Robertson. Artworks in a variety of media are available, from canvas and paper to bark, glass, and even a didgeridoo. The auction also boasts three “mystery baskets,” as well as a number of local services centered on the theme of conservation.

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UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra To Perform Bruch Concerto With Violinist Shannon Lee November 1, 2012, by Janet Kaltenbach

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra continues its 2012-13 season on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia, and on Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Monticello High School in Charlottesville.

Conducted by music director Kate Tamarkin, the concerts include Avner Dorman’s “Azerbaijani Dance,” Max Bruch’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

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October 2012

UVA Today, Japan Film Festival to Begin Tuesday October 31, 2012, by Rob Seal

The University of Virginia will screen a series of Japanese films as part of a new weekly film festival hosted by U.Va.’s East Asia Center and Asia Institute, as well as the nonprofit Japan Foundation.

The 2012 Japan Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater with the 2005 Uchida Kenji film, “A Stranger of Mine.” The film screenings will continue at the same time each Tuesday through Dec. 4, and are free and open to the public.

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UVA Today, Silver Anniversary Virginia Film Festival Starts Today October 29, 2012, by Jane Ford

The Virginia Film Festival, produced by the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, will celebrate its 25th anniversary Thursday through Sunday in Charlottesville with a slate of more than 100 films and a roster of special guests representing the worlds of film, politics and popular culture.

The festival kicks off Thursday with a screening of “Sopranos” creator David Chase’s highly anticipated film, “Not Fade Away.” The film – chosen as the centerpiece film of the New York Film Festival – is produced by Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson (a 1971 U.Va. alumnus) and stars James Gandolfini.

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UVA Today, Architecture Course Focuses on Integrating Eastern, Western Health Perspectives October 30, 2012, by Jane Ford

With the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the ridges of the Southwest Mountains in view, University of Virginia Architecture School students scattered over the landscape at Westover, an almost 325-acre property located off Old Garth Road near the U.S. 250 Bypass and owned by the UVA Foundation. They sketched, took pictures and walked the land as part of their research to design a Center for Integrated Medicine and Well-Being that blends health perspectives from the East and West. The exercise is to explore the design for a collaborative, integrated facility.

The 28 third- and fourth-year students in a design research studio, led by architecture professors Schaeffer Somers and Peter Waldman, are devoting eight weeks to the design initiative. One of the school’s research themes addresses how buildings, landscape and community design impact health.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art Joins American Association of Art Museum Directors October 29, 2012, by Jane Ford

Bruce Boucher, director of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has been invited to join the American Association of Art Museum Directors. Membership honors directors and their institutions’ accomplishments and contributions to society.

The association’s mission is to serve as a forum for the exchange of information and the exploration of ideas, and as a voice with which museum directors may express their joint concerns and those of their institutions and maintain the highest standards of professional practice. It advocates for members and supports leadership in shaping public discourse about the arts community and the role of art in society.

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UVA Today, Rare Book School at U.Va. Creates New Mellon-Funded Fellowship to Train Humanities Scholars in the Study of the Book October 29, 2012, by Rob Seal

A new fellowship program of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia will train an emerging generation of humanities scholars in the study of the book.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded Rare Book School an $896,000 grant to fund The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography program, which will supply 20 three-year fellowships for junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows or doctoral students in the humanities interested in bibliographical studies.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art History Students Explore New Narratives in the History of Modernism at the Phillips Collection October 26, 2012, by Jane Ford

Each Friday, University of Virginia art history students – three graduate students and an undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences – travel to Washington, D.C. to spend the afternoon at the Phillips Collection. There, they are responsible for an evolving installation in the Main Gallery, founder Duncan Phillips’ original exhibition space.

During the course of the semester, the students rearrange and swap out artworks based on their research and analysis of American modernism.

Professor Elizabeth Hutton Turner, who was senior curator at the Phillips before joining U.Va.’s McIntire Department of Art in August 2007, preselected the works for the installation based on a 1927 photo of the space in order to immerse the class in Duncan Phillips’ perspective of modernism. The first time the course met at the Phillips was just as the works were being installed.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Art Historian Receives Library of Virginia Literary Award October 23, 2012, by Jane Ford

University of Virginia art history professor Maurie McInnis received the Library of Virginia’s 2012 Literary Award for Nonfiction for her book, “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade,” published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press.

The award was presented Saturday at the 15th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards celebration in Richmond.

Two U.Va. alumni were also honored: David Huddle received the 2012 Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction for “Nothing Can Make Me Do This,” and David Baldacci won a “People’s Choice Award” in the fiction category for his novel, “The Sixth Man.”

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UVA Today, U.Va. Fourth-Year Art Show to Open Oct. 30 at McGuffey Art Center October 23, 2012, by Jane Ford

Fourth-year University of Virginia students in the studio art program of the College of Arts & Sciences’ McIntire Department of Art will present their work in a special exhibition, “Another One Opens,” at Charlottesville’s McGuffey Art Center from Oct. 30 through Nov. 18.

An opening reception on Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be part of the First Friday art celebration held monthly in galleries on the Downtown Mall and adjacent venues. The event is free and open to the public.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Music Professor’s Telematic Opera, ‘Auksalaq,’ Makes Its World Premiere October 22, 2012, by Sarah O'Halloran

The University of Virginia will host part of the world premiere of “Auksalaq: A Telematic Opera,” an award-winning piece that uses networking technology to link performers and audiences around the world, on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. in two locations on Grounds.

The opera, by U.Va. associate music professor Matthew Burtner and media artist Scott Deal, involves performers and audience members in the District of Columbia, Norway, Montreal, Alaska, New York, Charlottesville and Indianapolis. The stages are connected through advanced telematic technology, which allows performers to collaborate via the Internet in real time.

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UVA Today, Hybrid Acting Course Challenges Teachers and Students October 18, 2012, by Jane Ford

The 144 University of Virginia aspiring actors enrolled in a dozen sections of an introductory drama course are exploring new ways of teaching and learning, thanks to a 2012 Hybrid Challenge Grant.

Students and their instructors in Acting I are interacting online and accessing digital resources to improve both the teaching and the classroom learning experience.

Colleen Kelly, a drama professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, was one of 10 professors awarded $10,000 this fall, funded by U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan, to convert a class to a “hybrid” model, incorporating the use of digital technology with classroom time.

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UVA Today, Progressive Performance Event on Nov. 2 Will Celebrate the Arts at U.Va. October 17, 2012, by Jane Ford

The College of Arts & Sciences will celebrate creativity in the arts at the University of Virginia with a special Progressive Performance on Nov. 2, a program of collaborative events that will include music, drama, dance, visual arts, film, poetry and prose.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested as events are on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click here. Reservations close Nov. 1.

“This event celebrates the essential role of the arts in the life of the College and University,” said Meredith Jung-en Woo, Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences. “The arts not only infuse the student experience with creativity and innovation, they also enrich and broaden the scope of research and thinking in all academic disciplines.”

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Rounds Out 25th-Anniversary Program with Five Major Releases October 10, 2012, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is adding five highly anticipated films to its 25th-anniversary program, putting an exclamation point on a remarkable collection of more than 120 films to be presented from Nov. 1-4 in Charlottesville.

The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Festival director Jody Kielbasa announced that the David O. Russell film, “Silver Linings Playbook,” will be this year’s centerpiece film, with a 7 p.m. screening on Nov. 3 in the Paramount Theater. Bradley Cooper and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence head a cast that also includes Robert DeNiro and Julia Stiles in the story of a man whose efforts to rebuild his life after losing everything are complicated by a relationship with a mysterious girl who has problems of her own. The deal they strike forms the basis of an unexpected bond that pays important dividends in both of their lives.

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UVA Today, New York Artist Margaret McCann’s Work on View in Ruffin Gallery Starting Oct. 26 October 8, 2012, by Jane Ford

The University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Art presents a solo exhibition by New York painter Margaret McCann, titled “From Rome to Atlantic City,” in Ruffin Hall Gallery from Oct. 26 to Dec 7.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be on “Final Friday,” Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

The artist will give a lecture about her work on Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m., in Campbell Hall, room 158

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UVA Today Blog, Film Festival Takes to Small Screen To Tell Its Story October 5, 2012, by Dan

Earlier this week, UVA Today posted a story previewing the 25th anniversary Virginia Film Festival, which runs Nov. 1 through 4.

If you want to learn more about the festival and its history, you can catch a half-hour television special produced by the Charlottesville Newsplex in cooperation with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Fralin Museum of Art Offers Lecture on French Artist, Followed by Q&A with His Widow October 3, 2012

Painter and art critic Deborah Rosenthal will give a special lecture in conjunction with The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia’s exhibition, "Jean Hélion: Reality and Abstraction," on view through Dec. 16. She will speak on “The Artist in Society: Jean Hélion, painter, writer, prisoner” on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

In the 1930s, Hélion helped found the international artists' group called “Abstraction-Création” in Paris, participated in many important exhibitions in Europe, and forged connections between modern art circles in France and the United States. Between 1936 and 1939, Hélion lived and worked mainly in New York City and Rockbridge Baths, VA. Just as his work was evolving toward a figurative style and everyday themes, Hélion became caught up in World War II, said exhibition curator Matthew Affron, an art history professor in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Scien

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UVA Today, Library Offers New Trove of 3-D Digital Tools October 3, 2012, by H. Breny Cannon

The winged “Aviator” statue outside of the University of Virginia’s Clemons Library has taken flight into cyberspace, and soon may fly through the scenes of a student film, or land on a nearby desk, thanks to a suite of new state-of-the-art digital tools at the library’s Robertson Media Center.

The new tools were acquired over the summer as part of an $815,000 Teaching and Learning Spaces Award funded in last year’s university budget.

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UVA Today, Free Concert, Residency to Bring Balkan Wedding Music to Old Cabell Hall October 2, 2012, by Rob Seal

The University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music will host a renowned Bulgarian saxophonist and band leader on Oct. 12.

Yuri Yunakov, a Romani – or gypsy – performer and pioneer of the Bulgarian “wedding music” style, will present a residency and a free concert with his five-piece band. In conjunction, University of Oregon anthropologist Carol Silverman will present a colloquium and will lead a lecture-demonstration with Yunakov and his ensemble.

The joint lecture-demonstration is at 10 a.m. in room B18 in Old Cabell Hall. Silverman’s colloquium address, “Global Gypsy: Romani Music, Representation and Appropriation,” will follow from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall room 107. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Old Cabell Hall auditorium.

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Announces Silver Anniversary Program October 2, 2012, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary Nov. 1-4 in Charlottesville with a slate of more than 100 films and a roster of special guests representing the worlds of film, politics and popular culture.

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

Fresh from three consecutive years of record-breaking attendance and sales, the festival will kick off with a screening of “Sopranos” creator David Chase’s highly anticipated film, “Not Fade Away.” The film – chosen as the centerpiece film of the New York Film Festival – is produced by Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson and stars James Gandolfini.

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September 2012

UVA Today, Art Exhibition Sparked by Health Care Training Partnership Opens Oct. 2 September 28, 2012, by Eric Swenson

A new exhibit at McGuffey Art Center featuring the work of two Rwandan artists grew out of an effort to improve health care in Rwanda that includes the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

While visiting Rwanda, two U.Va. Health System surgeons, Dr. Forrest Calland and Dr. Robin Petroze, met the organizers of Art with a Mission, a charity serving orphans and other underprivileged children in Rwanda.

Run by artists Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza, the charity’s goal is to use art as a medium to heal, empower and promote life skills and opportunities for these children.

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Newsplex.com, UVa Vice Provost Stepping Down September 27, 2012

The University of Virginia's first vice provost for the arts will step down in January.

Elizabeth Hutton Turner has served in the position since 2007 when it was created. Her five-year term ends in January.

The university said Thursday that a search for Turner's successor began this week.

“I am honored to have served as the first Vice Provost for the Arts," said Turner in a statement. "The advances of the last five years – including major gifts, new facilities, new working groups, new grant opportunities as well as public art and University-wide residencies resulting in the creation of new work – are clear indications that the arts have become a priority at the University."

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UVA Today, Music Professor, Students To Collaborate On Children’s Music Recording September 27, 2012, by Rob Seal

A University of Virginia music professor will work with a group of undergraduate students to write, record and produce a recording of children’s music during the upcoming year.

Ted Coffey, an associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, was among the recipients of this year’s Mead Endowment grants, which fund “dream idea” projects that involve interaction between students and faculty. The endowment is named after music professor emeritus Ernest “Boots” Mead.

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Daily Progress, UVa professor appointed to U.S. Commission of Fine Arts September 27, 2012

A University of Virginia landscape architecture professor has been appointed to the commission that reviews designs for the Mall and other major public spaces in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Meyer will serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The commission is made up of seven members, appointed to four-year terms with a reappointment allowed.

“Beth Meyer is one of the country’s most highly respected landscape architects, with a deep passion for the design and use of public space in service of democracy,” Kim Tanzer, dean of UVa’s School of Architecture, said in a news release. “Her appointment to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts confirms her significant national contributions to date and provides a venue to extend her value in this important realm. We are all incredibly proud of Beth's contributions to the school, the University and to the country.”

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UVA Today, Turner To Step Down in January as Vice Provost for the Arts; University Launches Search for Successor September 26, 2012, by Jane Ford

Elizabeth Hutton Turner will step down in January as the University of Virginia’s vice provost for the arts, a position she has held since its creation in 2007, after completing her five-year term.

Turner, who also is University Professor of modern art and teaches in the College of Arts & Sciences’ McIntire Department of Art, returned to the University – where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – from The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., where she was senior curator. A noted scholar of 20th-century American art, her work as a curator and educator has brought new perspectives on a wide range of artists who bridge the relationship between America and Europe during the modernist period.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Department Opens Season Oct. 4 with ‘Rhinoceros’ September 26, 2012, by James Scales

The University of Virginia’s Department of Drama salutes the theater of the absurd when it opens its 2012-13 season on Oct. 4 with the comic nightmare “Rhinoceros” in the Helms Theatre.

One of the most iconic works in the absurdist theater movement, Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play puts mindless conformity firmly in its crosshairs in response to the seemingly unchecked rise of Nazism and fascism. When residents of a small village begin transforming into rhinoceroses, only one man is able to resist the urge and retain his own individuality and integrity against the pull of mass culture. This funny, bizarre and biting satire is a cautionary tale for all eras.

“It sure sounds like a herd of rhinos stampeding around here,” drama department chair Tom Bloom shouted over the sounds of construction for the new Ruth Caplin Theatre addition to the Drama Building. “And life during construction can get pretty absurd. But seriously, it’s a good play and everyone should come see it.”

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NBC29.com, UVA Receives $2M Donation for Arts September 25, 2012

A $2 million donation will support talented performers who want to study at the University of Virginia.

UVA alum Sandy Miller and his wife are giving the money for the College Arts Scholars Program to help students in art, dance, drama, or music. Their donation adds to the program started last year by a gift from the wife of Comedy Central news actor Stephen Colbert.

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UVA Today, Special Collections to Restore Film Documenting U.Va. Artist, Professor Charles W. Smith September 25, 2012, by Rob Seal

The University of Virginia Library will preserve and digitize a 1960 film about artist and former U.Va. professor Charles W. Smith, thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

The 16mm film, “Charles Smith’s Block Painting,” was made in 1960 by U.Va.’s former Division of Extension and General Studies. It documents Smith’s artistic process, which involved a modified version of wood block printing.

Smith, who was born in 1893 and died in 1987, was the first chair of the McIntire Department of Art in the College of Arts & Sciences, said Steven Villereal, audiovisual conservator in the library’s Preservation Services department, who applied for the grant.

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NBC29.com, UVA Professor Offers Unique Instrument Opportunity September 24, 2012

The University of Virginia has received a rare gift, thanks to a teacher with a special talent. Now, professor Greg Howard can teach students his passion - the Chapman stick.

The instrument is something like a cross between a guitar and a piano. It's a string instrument, but it's played by tapping, not strumming. Watch the video above and click here to learn more about the Chapman stick and Greg Howard.

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UVA Today, Angel Investor for the Arts Gives $2 Million to Arts Scholars Program September 24, 2012, by Jane Ford

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Sandy Miller, a 1971 graduate of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, knows that a strategic investment can transform a promising enterprise into an outstanding performer.

His decision with his wife, Vinie Zhang Miller, to designate $2 million for the College Arts Scholars program – creating the J. Sanford Miller Family Fund for Arts Scholars – reflects his belief in the program’s high potential, both for individual students and for the University as a whole.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Architectural Historian Examines A Different Side of Novelist Edith Wharton September 21 2012, by Jane Ford

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton is best known for her books “The House of Mirth,” “The Age of Innocence,” “Ethan Frome” and others. But the early 20th-century writer also contributed to the fields of architecture and design.

Her first book was the decidedly non-fiction “The Decoration of Houses,” which she co-wrote with architect Ogden Codman. Published in 1897, it was considered a bible of good taste and is still in print.

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NBC29.com, Charlottesville Mural Panel September 21, 2012

From 7th Street, to Monticello Avenue, to the University of Virginia, murals are popping up all over Charlottesville. Friday, many of the artists are getting together to talk about what these painted walls mean to the community.

"They bring beauty, they bring a new way of encountering the neighborhood that they're in. I think that the best ones are the ones that tell the story of the neighborhood or tell of the building," said event organizer Deborah McLeod.

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UVA Today, Virginia Film Festival Announces Return of Adrenaline Film Project September 20, 2012, by John Kelly

The Adrenaline Film Project, a staple of the Virginia Film Festival since 2004, will again be featured as the event celebrates its 25th anniversary from Nov. 1-4 in Charlottesville.

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

Each year, the Adrenaline Film Project gives a dozen teams of filmmakers the chance to write, cast, shoot, edit and screen an original short film – all in just 72 hours.

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UVA Today, Music Department Adds a Chapman Stick to its Collection September 20, 2012, by Rob Seal

The McIntire Department of Music in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences has received a gift of a Chapman Stick to add to its collection of musical instruments available for student instruction and performance. The instrument’s manufacturer, Stick Enterprises of Woodland Hills, Calif. – headed by the instrument’s inventor, musician Emmett Chapman – made the gift.

Chapman’s instrument is one of only a few truly American instruments. A member of the guitar family, its amplified strings are played by tapping on the fretboard with both hands, a technique that has as much in common with piano as with guitar and bass. The method of play, called “free hands,” was also invented by Chapman in 1969, on a nine-string guitar. He had tuned his guitar in unusual way, with two groups of strings, each ascending in pitch from the center of the fretboard: a bass group in fifths (like a cello), and a melody group in fourths (more like a guitar).

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C-Ville, UVA architecture students’ cross-cultural study reflected in exhibit September 19, 2012, by Allie Cooper

Walk into the Elmaleh Gallery at the University of Virginia School of Architecture this month, and you’ll find yourself suddenly processing a myriad of sights and sounds. Sketches, models, photographs, and video images flood the gallery, the final products of the India Initiative, a new study abroad research program offered by the UVA Architecture School.

“What’s on the wall was not India itself, but our view of India, our vision of the future of India,” said senior architecture student Victor Hugo.

In summer 2012, the UVA Architecture School kicked off its first year of the five-year studio initiative, which included a six-week intensive course in India followed by two weeks of processing and preparation for the exhibit back in Charlottesville. The exhibit opened Monday, August 20 in Campbell Hall, and it will stay open until Saturday, September 22, following a multidisciplinary symposium on Friday, September 14, “The Emerging Megacity and the Enduring Village.”

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UVA Today, U.Va Students and Hollywood Artists Bring Creatures To Life September 18, 2012, by Lisa Kessler

Last week, monsters were born at the University of Virginia.

Over the course of three days, 26 graduate and undergraduate students constructed six life-sized moving creatures with the help of Hollywood artists from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. The creature workshop was the first of four that will be held throughout the academic year as part of the yearlong interdisciplinary course, “The Art of the Moving Creature I and II.”

The course grew from an “Arts in Action“ grant proposal last spring and is cross-listed in the School of Architecture and the College of Arts & Sciences’ Drama and Studio Art departments.

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Fralin Museum of Art To Host Weedon Asian Arts Lecture on Sept. 27 September 12, 2012, by Jane Ford

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host Melissa Chiu for an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia on Sept. 27. Her lecture, “The Art of Contemporary Ink Painting,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Chiu’s lecture will accompany museum’s new exhibition, "Ancient Master in Modern Styles: Chinese Ink Paintings from the 16th-21st Centuries," on view through Dec. 16.

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UVA Today, Free ‘Symphony Under the Stars’ To Feature Trumpeter John D’earth September 12, 2012, by Rob Seal

The University Programs Council of the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra are joining forces to present “Symphony Under the Stars” on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. First launched in 2009, this free outdoor pops concert will take place in U.Va.’s McIntire Amphitheater. The rain date is Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

Conducted by music director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra will kick off its 2012-13 season, “Let’s Dance!,” with a fun-filled program of symphonic choreography. Highlights include Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” from his ballet “Rodeo,” Aram Khatchaturian’s “Sabre Dance” and Angel Villoldo’s “Tango Argentino.” This year’s salute to the music of Broadway features selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls.”

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UVA Today, U.Va.’s Fralin Museum of Art To Host Weedon Asian Arts Lecture on Sept. 20 September 11, 2012, by Jane Ford

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host David Ake Sensabaugh for an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia on Sept. 20. His lecture, “Gardens and Gatherings in Qing Dynasty Painting,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Sensabaugh’s lecture will accompany museum’s new exhibition, "Ancient Master in Modern Styles: Chinese Ink Paintings from the 16th-21st Centuries," on view through Dec. 16.

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UVA Today, India as Classroom: Architecture Students Explore Design and Construction Through New Initiative September 10, 2012, by Jane Ford

In India, a land of many contrasts and one of the world’s fastest emerging economies, old and new blend to create a rich tapestry of experiential opportunities.

For 14 undergraduates and graduate students in the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s new India Initiative, India was their classroom and design studio for six weeks this summer. The goal: travel, engage and discover, research and design.

The students, who hailed from six different countries, visited historical and contemporary buildings, attended lectures about history or architecture in the buildings themselves, met with local practitioners and developed their own designs for sites in four cities. They visited two architecture schools and interacted with Indian students. They also conducted individual research projects they had identified during a spring introductory seminar, part of the India Initiative curriculum.

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UVA Today, TechnoSonics XIII to Focus on Intersection of Music, Politics September 9, 2012, by Rob Seal

This weekend, the University of Virginia’s Virginia Center for Computer Music will present two days of events exploring the intersection of music and politics, and will partner with the Music Resource Center and the Bridge for a special student hip-hop showcase on Saturday.

TechnoSonics XIII: Music and Politics, features guest composers Christopher Adler and Mara Helmuth, and guest performers Christopher Adler, Mark Menzies, Morris Palter and members of UVa’s Rivanna String Quartet. The events on Friday and Saturday will be both on and off Grounds. TechnoSonics XIII is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Drama Season To Kick Off in the Helms, Conclude in New Caplin Theatre September 5, 2012, by John Kelly

The University of Virginia Drama Department’s 2012-13 season will go from the ridiculous to the sublime, bookended by Eugene Ionesco’s celebrated absurdist comedy “Rhinoceros” in the fall and the spring debut of the state-of-the-art Ruth Caplin Theatre with the classic screwball comedy “You Can’t Take it With You.”

In between, audiences will get a chance to experience the passion and power of the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” and discover a talented new voice in the theater world with “God’s Ear,” a powerful, poignant and funny look at life, love and loss by playwright Jenny Schwartz.

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August 2012

UVA Today, Folk Artists to Show Their Stuff Sept. 16 August 31, 2012, by Tori Talbot

There’ll be musicians picking banjos and strumming dulcimers, members of the Chickahominy tribe dancing and cobblers showing off their hand-crafted shoes at the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase, to be held Sept. 16 at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

The foundation, which is affiliated with the University of Virginia, will hold the ninth annual festival of its Virginia Folklife Program from 1 to 5 p.m. at the foundation’s conference center in the Boar’s Head complex. The event, free and open to the public, will feature the music, crafts and traditional skills of Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices.

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UVA Today, Grant Ensures Success of Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s Resident Artist Program August 31, 2012, by Lauren Maupin

Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha/Nukunu) will visit the University of Virginia for an artist residency Sept. 1 through 15. “What They Wanted,” an exhibition of her works in glass and other media, will be on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Sept. 11 through Dec. 30.

Scarce’s residency will include an artist talk on Sept. 5 and a public reception with the artist on Sept. 14. Aboriginal curator Tess Allas will give a guided tour of “What They Wanted” on Sept. 15 . Scarce also will lecture to several classes at U.Va.

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UVA Today, Kilts, Fiddles and … Powdered Wigs? New Book Surveys Haydn's Musical Legacy, Contributions to Scottish National Music August 31, 2012, by Rob Seal

Though he never set foot in Scotland, Austrian composer Joseph Haydn believed toward the end of his life that he'd made his mark on that country’s culture.

“I flatter myself that with this work I shall go on living in Scotland many years after my death,” Haydn wrote in a letter to Scottish publisher George Thompson in 1801.

A new book edited by University of Virginia associate professor of music Richard Will explores the many contributions of a composer long overshadowed by his countryman and contemporary, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and by his one-time student, Ludwig van Beethoven.

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UVA Today, Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Announces 2012-13 Season August 27, 2012, by Janet Kaltenbach

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra is set to host an extended dance party, rolling out its 2012-13 season with the theme, “Let’s Dance!”

“Someone once said that all music is based on song or dance,” Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra’s music director, said. “This season, the orchestra will present an orchestral sampling of all genres of dance, from classical ballet to non-Western folk dance to the mambo. The traditional forms of ballroom dance are also represented. It seems that composers had no shortage of inspiration in the realm of dance. It promises to be a delightful party.”

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UVA Today, Film Festival, Miller Center Launch ‘Presidency in Film Series’; 25th Anniversary Challenge Created August 27, 2012, by John Kelly

The Virginia Film Festival’s upcoming 25th anniversary year will feature the launch of an annual “Presidency in Film” series, presented in conjunction with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.

One of the highlights of the series will be a screening of the political classic “All the President’s Men” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate. The Nov. 2 screening will feature special guest Bob Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post.

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UVA Today, Special Collections Exhibit to Commemorate Charlottesville's 250th Anniversary August 27, 2012, by Rob Seal

Artifacts evoking a quarter millennium of Charlottesville history, from the oldest known city map to a section of the rope used to hang a murderous mayor, will be on display this fall in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.

The Charlottesville 250th Anniversary Exhibit, cosponsored by Special Collections and the University's Office of Community Relations, opens Tuesday and runs through Jan. 5. It's free and open to the public and will be displayed concurrently with the city's anniversary observations.

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The Cavalier Daily, Welcome to the U.Va. Arts Scene, A&E explores the University's premier artistic venues August 24, 2012, by Monica Mohapatra

Previously known as the University of Virginia Art Museum, The Fralin is the hub of the University art scene, housing some of the most prized pieces in the University’s collection. The exhibits range over a variety of decades and styles, and the likes of Frank Stella and Edgar Degas line the walls. The museum also offers a variety of internships and a decent program for students interested in Arts Administration.

The center of U.Va.’s Fine Arts program, Ruffin features everything from sculptures and paintings to art based on new media. Student work is frequently showcased alongside professional exhibitions. Last year, Ruffin featured pyrotechnic artist Rosemarie Fiore within the ‘Touched by Virginia’ series. Ruffin is also a convenient place to go to drop-in figure drawing classes and find out about other arts events.

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UVA Today, U.Va.'s Fralin Museum of Art Photography Exhibit Makes Science Visible August 17, 2012, by Jane Ford

"Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott," which opens Aug. 31 at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, explores how the photography of Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) has been used in both artistic and scientific contexts.

Abbott's images are important in art, science, documentaries and the history of science education. Trained in New York as a sculptor, she left for Europe in 1921. In Paris, she became the Surrealist artist Man Ray's photographic assistant and saw the photographer Eugène Atget's work. In 1929, Abbott returned to New York and began a series of documentary photographs of the city and directed the "Changing New York" project for the Works Progress Administration in 1939.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Links Ancient Masters and Modern Styles in Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition August 16, 2012, by Jane Ford

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will feature works of Chinese painters spanning more than five centuries in "Ancient Masters in Modern Styles: Chinese Ink Paintings from the 16th-21st Centuries." The exhibition demonstrates a rich variety of Chinese ink painting and the continuing relevance of tradition to Chinese artists today. The exhibition opens Aug. 31 and runs through Dec. 16.

The Chinese art of ink painting is an ancient and continuously practiced tradition transmitted and learned in part through the study of the works of past masters. Until the 20th century, studying the styles of the greatest artists of the past was seen as the fundamental basis for learning the art of painting in China.

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UVA Today, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia Exhibits 'Jean Hélion: Reality and Abstraction' August 14, 2012, by Jane Ford

The French painter Jean Hélion made his name as an abstract painter. Throughout the 1930s, he created extraordinary geometrical compositions that balance pristine clarity with both a strongly dynamic feeling and a sense of unceasing transformation. But by the end of the decade, Hélion turned in a different direction and began to paint worldly subjects in a realistic style.

The University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art explores Hélion's evolution in "Jean Hélion: Reality and Abstraction." The exhibit, curated by art history professor Matthew Affron of the College of Arts & Sciences, who is also the museum's curator of modern art, runs from Aug. 31 through Dec. 16.

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Arts & Science News, Making headlines from UVA to NYC – Exhibition of The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fred August 10, 2012

The New York Times describes a summer exhibition of “The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi,” as a “tiny, perfect show.” Organized and originally appearing at the University of Virginia, the exhibition is presently being hosted by the New York Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan. The U.Va. exhibition of the work in March-May 2012 was curated by Francesca Fiorani, an associate professor of art history in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Bruce Boucher, U.Va. Art Museum director, and in collaboration with Dr. Anna Maria Guiducci, director of the Pinacoteca Nazionale of Siena. The reuniting of the surviving components of this 14th century work, together for the first time since the late 18th century, was made possible through a special agreement between the U.Va. Art Museum and the Italian government. The Manhattan exhibit is free to the public, and provides what the Times calls an “expressive installation, a readable, inexpensive catalog” in a package “that is, among other things, a sterling example of what university museums do best, and better than anyone else.” Read more about it in the New York Times. This is not the first high praise given to the show while in New York. A July 2012 article in the New York Observer named the show "one of the must-see exhibitions of the summer."

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New York Times, Come Let Us Adore Him, ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ at Museum of Biblical Art August 9, 2012, by Holland Cotter

The baby’s feet must smell sweet to the rapt old king who kneels and cups them to his face like flowers. One of three sages and seekers, he’s come a long way to find this child, who sits upright, grave and alert, on his mother’s lap, though he’s only 2 weeks old.

The old man, the somber child and the silent mother are just a few of the many acutely detailed figures in an astonishing 14th-century Italian painting that has, as if by miracle, left its home in Siena for the first time and landed at the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan as the main attraction of a tiny, perfect show called The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed.

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UVA Today, The Valley of the Shadow: American Landscapes in the Time of the Civil War' Opens Aug. 31 at U.Va's Fralin Museum of Art August 8, 2012, by Jane Ford

Representing the American landscape around the time of the Civil War posed a major challenge to artists working in the mid-19th century. The University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art will explore their responses to this dilemma in "The Valley of the Shadow: Landscapes in the Time of the Civil War," which opens Aug. 31 and runs through Dec. 16.

While artists such as those associated with the Hudson River School expressed a vision of American nature that was breathtakingly beautiful and that evoked an image of the potential for expansion and development that remains powerful today, the actual American landscape they knew was fraught with political and social tensions and defined by unprecedented change.

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July 2012

UVA Today, Scholars' Lab Uses Aerial Photography to Document Parking Lot's Artful Transformation July 30, 2012, by Rob Seal

Staff in the University of Virginia's Scholars' Lab have applied their do-it-yourself aerial photography skills to document a studio art professor's project transforming a suburban parking lot into a subtle mural visible from the sky.

Megan Marlatt, a professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, worked with students to install a large painting on a parking lot on the southwest corner of U.S. 29 and Westfield Road.

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Boston.com, An oxymoronic event of purposeful randomness, July 28, 2012, by Becket

The vibrant, very much living members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company are surrounded by ghosts in Story/Time. In a general way, this is not so unusual; contemporary dance often bears a proud aura of its ancestral shadows. But Jones, the creator of Story/Time, has long performed with his own, particular ghosts — Zane, Jones’s lover and co-director, who died in 1988; his parents, Estelle and Gus; the dancer Demian Acquavella — who are at times faintly discernible in his work, at other times front and center.

And now John Cage makes his posthumous debut with the company, the composer’s 1958 Indeterminacy serving as inspiration for Story/Time, which is presented this week at Jacob’s Pillow. In one version of Indeterminacy, Cage read a series of wry one-minute stories while parts of his compositions were played by the musician David Tudor: Neither component was staged to complement the other, thus creating an oxymoronic event of purposeful randomness.

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UVA Today, Students Question 'What Is Art?' in Summer Philosophy Course July 27, 2012, by Jane Ford

Ancient philosophers pondered the meaning of art, posing questions about aesthetics. Plato's theory of the arts featured the ideas of imitation of reality and human action, and Aristotle's became a cornerstone of Western art, focused on elements of symmetry, harmony and composition.

Students in the University of Virginia summer session course, "The Philosophy of Art," taught by graduate student Gwen Nally, are learning about how philosophers have addressed aesthetics through the ages.

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UVA Today, U.Va. Summer Course Examines Rock Music's Role in American Culture July 19, 2012, by Matt Kelly

Is Bruce Springsteen his generation's Woody Guthrie? Did Bob Dylan and Nirvana rework 17th-century songs for the modern market? Is rock 'n' roll music part of the American cultural DNA?

University of Virginia students are answering those questions, and others, in Steve Knepper's summer session course, "Popular Song Lyrics: American Rock."

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UVA Today, Computer Animation Course Puts Design in Motion July 19, 2012, by Jane Ford

Blending technology and creativity, University of Virginia students in a summer computer animation course created virtual oceans – complete with waves, bubbles, reflections in the water, and even a boat that moves through the waves with a trailing wake.

It was all part of a hands-on lesson in fluid dynamics effects in School of Architecture professor Earl Mark's "Computer Animation: Design in Motion" course, during which students from a variety of disciplines explored 3-D modeling and movie-making.

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