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Jody Kielbasa
Vice Provost for the Arts
Director, Virginia Film Festival

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Grant Achievements
University of Virginia Arts Council, Spring 2010
Spring 2010

Architecture
Publication of Lunch, the School of Architecture completely student run publication that presets and facilitates current design discussions at U.Va. and its community of alumni

   
   
Art

Painting on Paper
Ruffin Hall Gallery
September 24 - October 22, 2010

Amy Chan - Painting on Paper at the University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Amy Chan
Kathy Muehlemann - Painting on Paper at the University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Kathy Muehlemann
Elena Sisto - Painting on Paper at the University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Elena Sisto
University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Ruffin Gallery
University of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Ruffin Gallery

Painting on Paper explored current trends in water-based media on paper. The seven artists included in this group exhibition were Amy Chan, Judith Linhares, Linda Marston-Reid, Kathy Muehlemann, Elena Sisto, Josette Urso, and Stephen Westfall. Curated by painting professor, Megan Marlatt, it introduced her students and the public to a variety of gouache and watercolor works being created by contemporary artists today. A beautiful catalog was printed so that every student, artist and visitor to the gallery could keep as their own.This catalog has its own ISBN number, which will allow it to be cataloged into library collections and the Art Department now has a beautifully preserved record of this exhibition for the future.

An invitation was printed and there was an excellent turn out for the opening reception on Final Fridays, September 24, at 5:30. An hour before the opening, a well-attended gallery talk was given by 3 of the participating artists, (Chan, Sisto and Muehlemann.) Approximately 40 people attended this gallery talk; half students and faculty, the other half being the general public. Before the show ended, the artist in the exhibition whose work is featured on the catalog's cover, Josette Urso, came to U.Va. on October 14, 2010. While on Grounds, she gave a gouache and collage workshop with Marlatt's Beginning Painting I class, conducted a public lecture to students, faculty and community members, and provided personal studio visits to upper level painters and Fifth Year Students.

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Dance
Participation in the American College Dance Festival & the David Dorfman Residency

David Dorfman Residency
Helms Theatre
November 11 - 13, 2010

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Fall 2010 Experimental Dance Concert with David Dorfman
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Fall 2010 Experimental Dance Concert with David Dorfman


The Department of Dance received funding from Arts Council, which in part, was used for the Fall Dance residency with David Dorfman. It was extremely successful! Selected students were able to work with David Dorfman directly as he and 2 of his dancers set a current piece of repertory on them for the Fall 2010 Experimental Dance Concert. Students were engaged in 3 intensive workshops, had the opportunity to explore David's process, and interact with him as a choreographer and artistic director. Other students were able to design costumes and lights for the piece. There was also a master class given by David Dorfman open to all U.Va. students. Students are still raving about the experience!!

 
       

Drama
Upgrades to the Sound Studio and Media Lab & acting studio renovations

Upgrades to the Sound Studio and Media Lab & acting studio renovations
Upgrades to the Sound Studio and Media Lab & acting studio renovations
Upgrades to the Sound Studio and Media Lab & acting studio renovations
Upgrades to the Sound Studio and Media Lab & acting studio renovations

Sound Studio and Media Lab

Ten Digital Performer software upgrades and nine QLab licenses were added to the teaching inventory with full support from the Arts Council's Annual Fund.

Digital Performer is digital audio workstation software used by professionals working in film and theatre sound design. Students in our program use this software to create original soundscapes and music for live performance.

QLab is the industry standard for triggering the work created in digital audio workstation software in tandem with a live performance through our existing multi-channel sounds systems in our theatres.

Digital Performer and QLab are now installed in our five-station, technology teaching lab in Room B010. Both programs are also installed on our playback computers in the Helms and Culbreth Theatres. Finally, two copies or each is installed on the computers in my office and are used for unscheduled teaching and independent studies occurring in my office. The Arts Council has generously supported my [Michael Rasbury, Associate Professor of Sound Design] teaching with technology upgrades since 2005.

 

Acting Studio Renovations

Drama was awarded funds for classroom improvement to two Drama Building studios, 115B and 115C. After assessing the overall needs of these studios, The College of Arts and Sciences decided to fold the Arts Council award into a larger plan for improvement, covering several major renovations in addition to the requested needs in the Arts Council proposal. The work scheduled to be done over Winter Break 2010-11 will include the following:

  • Prepare reflected ceiling plan to show sprinkler head locations.
  • Rework sprinkler heads for installation of drop ceiling.
  • Install drop ceiling tight to the bottom of the duct work.
  • Replace old incandescent fixtures with dimmable fluorescent lights using the existing lighting circuits.
  • Refinish floors.
  • Paint walls.
  • Install two 8' white boards.
  • Install sound barriers between studios.
  • Install new audio-visual equipment.
  • Install new cabinets and benches for storage and seating.
       
       

Heritage Theatre
Set support

Sound of Music at U.Va.'s Heritage Theatre
University of Virginia Theatre Festival, Sound of Music, July 2010. ©2010 Michael Bailey
Sound of Music at U.Va.'s Heritage Theatre
University of Virginia Theatre Festival, Sound of Music, July 2010. ©2010 Michael Bailey
Sound of Music at U.Va.'s Heritage Theatre
University of Virginia Theatre Festival, Sound of Music, July 2010. ©2010 Michael Bailey
Sound of Music at U.Va.'s Heritage Theatre
University of Virginia Theatre Festival, Sound of Music, July 2010. ©2010 Michael Bailey
Sound of Music at U.Va.'s Heritage Theatre
University of Virginia Theatre Festival, Sound of Music, July 2010. ©2010 Michael Bailey

On August 7, 2010, the Heritage Theatre Festival wrapped up one of its most popular (and fun) seasons yet! Playing to over 11,000 audience members, the 2010 summer season featured two musicals and two plays, ranging from the classic to the silly, including:

  • The ultimate family musical - Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.
  • A dose of "Christmas in July" with A Tuna Christmas.
  • An early glimpse into the comedic mind of a true American master with Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.
  • Side-splitting musical mayhem brought to you courtesy of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The season officially started with the 2nd Annual Heritage Kick-Off party in the Helms Theatre and featured members of the 2010 Heritage Company in a concert featuring some highlights from the upcoming season as well as audience favorites from Heritage seasons past.

30% of those working for Heritage this summer were or had been directly affiliated with U.Va. as current or former students, staff, or faculty.

The 2010 Heritage Theatre Festival season would have found it much more difficult to produce its season without the generous support of the U.Va. Arts Council of the set for The Sound of Music. This grant allowed us to mount one of our largest and most successful shows in the Heritage Theatre Festival's history this summer. We sold over 5,000 tickets to the show and brought in over $110,000 in ticket revenue.

       
       
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Ricky Maynard residency
       
       
Music

Verge Ensemble Residency
February 23-25, 2011

Verge Ensemble
Verge Ensemble
Verge Ensemble
Verge Ensemble

Thanks to generous funding from the Arts Council, U.Va. will be visited in February 2011 by the Verge Ensemble, an outstanding new music group currently in residence at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Verge is one of the few ensembles in the country that works with acoustic and electroacoustic music, and with visual effects. In addition, the group has experimented with the spatial element of music, placing themselves throughout gallery spaces to respond to the sonic as well as the visual uniqueness of the architecture.

Verge's emphasis on space and new media will provide a wonderful framework for collaboration with undergraduate and graduate student creative artists at U.Va., including composition students from the Music Department and students of Art Professor Lydia Moyer. The ensemble will also interact with the recently completed space of the Ruffin Art Gallery. A guiding theme of the collaboration will be the legacy of experimental artist Man Ray (1890-1976), whose work was on display fall 2010 at the U.Va. Art Museum in the traveling exhibition, Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens. Furthermore, some of the works will be presented in the Virginia Film Festival's Digital Media Lounge on the Downtown Mall.

The residency will include several events:

  • A public concert featuring graduate student compositions together with outstanding pieces from Verge's repertoire, which includes some of the most exciting composers working today
  • A public colloquium focusing on the performance practice of contemporary music, and the opportunities and problems of cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • A public master class with members of the U.Va. New Music Ensemble, directed by percussion instructor I-Jen Fang
  • The ensemble will work directly with student composers, allowing them to develop skills in writing for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and sound designer. Verge will also record graduate student compositions, providing a critical element of the students' portfolios as they enter the job market (recent placements include Oberlin and Yale)

The Verge Ensemble residency speaks to growing student interest in arts and new media, evidenced by our highly popular "Technosonics" course (180 students), which will be involved in the events. Planned by a consortium of students and faculty, the residency will further introduce the university and Charlottesville communities to one of the top contemporary art ensembles working today, and to the excitement of new works created in an interdisciplinary context.

       
       
Music Library
Support to preserve UVA music archives
       
       
U.Va. Art Museum

Man Ray
African Art & the Modernist Lens

August 7 - October 10, 2010

Exhibition at the U.Va. Art Museum
Exhibition at the U.Va. Art Museum
Exhibition at the U.Va. Art Museum
Exhibition at the U.Va. Art Museum
Exhibition preview at the U.Va. Art Museum
Exhibition preview at the U.Va. Art Museum
Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, conducting an exhibition tour at the University of Virginia's Art Museum
Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, conducting an exhibition tour.
U.Va. President Sullivan at the exhibition preview at the University of Virginia's Art Museum
U.Va. President Sullivan at the exhibition preview.

Arts Council funds were used to support the exhibition Man Ray and the Modernist Lens and its accompanying public programs. The show has proven to be even more successful than anticipated; over 150 guests attended our preview during a period of the summer when many members of the community are still away. Since opening to the public we have had 2,361 visitors.

Man Ray Day, an event for the student and local communities, was held on August 21 and was an enormous success. During the afternoon Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, and Andrea Douglas, Curator of Exhibitions, gave tours of 30 participants each. Additional activities included African drumming and dance, traditional French accordion music, art activities, exhibition tours, and food.

       
       

Virginia Film Festival
Support for the Digital Media Gallery and Symposium Center

Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010
Digital Media Gallery, 2010

Thanks to the generous support from the U.Va. Arts Council, the Virginia Film Festival was able to present a Digital Media Gallery and Symposium Center during the 2010 Film Festival. Located on the Downtown Mall, the Digital Media Gallery was designed to create an educational and artistic experience that allows U.Va. students to create new works and present them to the general public, fostering the creative interaction of students, faculty and the Charlottesville community. The 2010 Gallery was a true celebration of student and community films featuring over 30 original and experimental works created by U.Va. students in Kevin Everson's Advance Cinematography course as well as community filmmakers in association with The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

The Gallery also served as a forum space in which the art and craft of film was explored through two panel discussions during the Film Festival weekend. The panels included "Deconstructing Film Incentives" presented by the Virginia Film Office and "Independent Filmmaking in VA- How to Make a Living" featuring a panel of local writers, producers, directors and casting agents.

The Digital Media Gallery and Symposium Center hosted over 1,800 student and community members over the four-day Festival and during two receptions held in conjunction with Charlottesville's First Fridays and the University's Fourth Fridays arts events.

       
       
Residency Project
Bill T. Jones Residency
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