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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 2011
Spring 2011

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 & Fallow City Project publication support

Lunch 6 Systems
lunch 6 systems


lunch Publication
lunch is a publication disseminated to academic institutions across the country to publicize the UVa School of Architecture’s work and further the dialogue on built environment issues. The $7,000 Arts Council grant we were awarded in Spring 2010 primarily covered the cost of printing 600 full color issues of lunch 6. The Arts Council’s generous contributions to lunch allow editors to focus on the content and distribution of the work. This is greatly appreciated and ultimately improves the quality of the publication. The publication is also distributed or sold at alumni events, reunions, at the open house for incoming students, and is available for the A-School’s student body in the Fine Arts library and A+A supply store.

Content
This past year's issue focused on the theme of Systems. In this sixth volume of lunch, we explore the range of systems-thinking at the A-School, the greater University, and our larger community. The projects and transcripts represent the rapid growth of our disciplines as they engage an unprecedented range of issues and dialogue. The journal collected an array of work from students, alumni and faculty, transcriptions of lectures, as well as memoriums for Professor Emeritus, Mario di Valmarana and former Dean, Harry Porter.

Distribution
lunch is published with the ambition of lifelong learning and increased awareness of the essential role of design in society. Through its publication and distribution, lunch helps harvest a greater public appreciation of design issues and thought, and will continue to expand its reach by engaging diverse sources of distribution. lunch 6 was printed in late May 2011 and was released at the beginning of this fall semester. The journal has also been distributed at alumni events around the country. Additionally, the journal has been distributed by Dean Tanzer to leaders at peer design institutions, and the current editors of lunch are working hard to bring the journal to design libraries and select retail stores that reach a greater design community.

The Next Issue
Having recently released lunch 6, we have shifted our focus to the development of the seventh edition of lunch, for which the Arts Council generously awarded a $7,500 grant in April of this year. For lunch 7, the editors have decided not to have a theme, but rather return to the inspiration of the journal’s title.

From its initial edition, the journal was called lunch because it was meant to encourage informal conversation, as might happen over a meal. Such conversations are believed to be crucial to exploring and generating ideas, as well as creating bonds between students, faculty, and across disciplines. As a result we would like to return to the informal conversation as a way of framing lunch 7. In addition to featuring the work of students and faculty at the A-School, a series of interviews between students and visiting lecturers will serve as the structure for the edition, highlighting impromptu discussions that address important issues across our disciplines. The first of these discussions occurred last month with guest lecturer, Camilo Restrepo, an architect from Medellin, Colombia.

As the school and the four disciplines constantly evolve, lunch will be an essential medium for reflection, opinion, conversation, and critique. As lunch’s current editors, we are grateful for the opportunities afforded by a student publication. We are very thankful for the Arts Council Grant and are certain that lunch will continue to grow as a positive reflection of the School.

Sincerely,
The Lunch 6 and 7 Editors
Beth Bailey (MLA ’11)
Joey Hays (MLA ’12)
Jack Cochran (MArch + MUEP ’13)
Charles Sparkman (MArch ’12)

Additional lunch 7 Editors
Nathan Burgess (MLA ’13)
Nicole Keroack (MArch ’12)

   
Dance
Participation in the American College Dance Festival & adjunct dance instructor

“Thanks to the generosity and support of the Arts Council, the Dance Program at U.Va. was able to hire one adjunct faculty member—dancer and choreographer Dinah Gray. Gray is widely known throughout the region as a choreographer and instructor at the Charlottesville Ballet and the Albemarle Ballet Theatre in Crozet.

Also thanks to your support, we are able to invite 19 of our Dance students to join us at the American College Dance Festival in the spring term. This Festival, which exists to support and affirm the role of dance in higher education, is designed to foster the creative potential and artistic excellence of students in the areas of choreography and performance. We will be bringing one student and one faculty piece from our Fall concert to the festival for adjudication. In addition, Dinah and I will be teaching technique classes as a part of the festival to help increase visibility of the U.Va. dance program.

Thank you so much for making this possible and for helping to keep Dance a vibrant and dynamic program!”

--Kim Brooks Mata, Interim Director of Dance

 
Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library
Visualization environment
Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE) Bar & Lounge
Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE) Bar & Lounge
Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE) Bar & Lounge
Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE) Bar & Lounge

The University of Virginia Library augmented its support for the arts with major improvements in spaces and services at several locations across grounds.

The Fine Arts Library, the grateful recipient of a 2011 Arts Council grant, used its funding to complete another phase of its groundbreaking Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE). This latest addition is a multi-user collaborative visualization space called the FAVE Bar and Lounge. Combining high resolution monitors, comfortable modular furnishings and a sophisticated laptop switching system, the Bar & Lounge offers a casual yet high-tech setting for gatherings and presentations. It is already tremendously popular with both students and faculty, who put it to regular use for class sessions as well as ad hoc discussion groups. The FAVE Bar and Lounge allows arts scholars to gather, view and discuss art in a participatory manner using display technologies tailored to the needs of their community.

The FAVE, which now includes a scanning lab, a media-enabled seminar room, a digital arts exhibition space (also funded by the Arts Council), as well as the new collaborative visualization space, owes much to the Council’s generosity. With the Arts Council’s help, the Fine Arts Library has been able to address the pressing need on the arts grounds for spaces and services that support new forms of scholarly discourse.

Heritage Theatre
Set support

“The Heritage Theatre Festival enjoyed, artistically, one of its most successful summers. I don't recall hearing so much unsolicited praise in any other year from our public as I did for our productions of My Fair Lady, Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps and She Loves Me.

We sold over 13,000 tickets and many of the performances of My Fair Lady were essentially ‘sell-outs.’ We actually took more in at the box office (by more than $13,000). However, the amount we counted on for gifts was not realized. It was also a more expensive season than that of 2010 and thus we once again realized a deficit at the end of the summer. The Arts Council Grant, therefore, made even that much more of a difference as the grant was used for production costs (scenery @ $41,000; costumes @ $21,000; properties @ $7,700; and lights @ $3,600).

We cannot emphasize enough how much the Arts Council grant helps us each summer and we deeply thank the Council for its continued support.”

--Bob Chapel, Director of Heritage Theatre Festival

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Judy Watson heron island suite exhibition

Judy Watson
Judy Watson Residency
Judy Watson
Judy Watson Residency
Judy Watson
Judy Watson Residency
Judy Watson
Judy Watson Residency
Judy Watson
Judy Watson Residency; photo by Tom Cogill
Judy Watson
Judy Watson Residency; photo by Tom Cogill


In 2011 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection acquired heron island suite, a set of twenty fine art prints created by Judy Watson inspired by her artist residency at Heron Island Research Station near the Great Barrier Reef. Twelve of the prints were installed at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in August 2011. Eight were installed in a satellite exhibit at the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UVa.

Watson arrived in October 2011 for a week long residency following the opening of her exhibit waterline at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC. The two programs were timed to coincide, maximizing her limited time in the US. One of the objectives of Watson’s visit to UVa was to create a multi-disciplinary program focused on artist residencies at scientific research facilities. Watson participated in a luncheon of university leaders to discuss the collaborative nature of such residencies. She presented her work, which relates to science and the environment in the weekly Environmental Sciences department seminar with UVa art professor Megan Marlatt. In addition, Watson provided an artist talk in the McIntire Department of Art.

One component of Watson’s residency was the development of a new body of work. While visiting UVa in 2009, Watson was inspired by the exhibit Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village to make a series of prints based on Jefferson’s architectural drawings. Digital files of Jefferson’s drawings were accessed through UVa’s special collections. Watson had etching plates produced in Australia and shipped to Virginia. Working with Art Department faculty and advanced and intermediate printing students, Watson created proofs in UVa’s print workshop and will incorporate the ideas developed at UVa into the new work.

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Music
Guest performers & scholar for "The Grand Tour"
The Piedmont Baroque
The Piedmont Baroque; photo by Jane Haley
Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE) Bar & Lounge
Members of the UVa Baroque Orchestra at the Piedmont Baroque Masterclass
Fine Arts Visualization Environment (FAVE) Bar & Lounge
Vanessa Agnew delivering the Grand Tour lecture


Grand Tour Residency
Funded by the Arts Council
October 13-14, 2011

21st-century college graduates backpacking through faraway capitals are hardly pioneers. As early as the 1600s, young Europeans of means began touring cultural capitals such as Rome, Venice, and Paris, followed soon by Americans. Known as "Grand Tours," these journeys were thought to culminate a classical education, and they included broad exposure to music of the time.

On October 13-14, 2011, supported by generous funding from the Arts Council, the McIntire Department of Music hosted a residency that allowed contemporary students and listeners to imagine what the Grand Tour was like, and to reflect critically on its historical and artistic significance. The featured performers were the Piedmont Baroque, a professional early music group newly formed for this occasion. They gave a masterclass on Thursday evening, October 13, to members of the UVa Baroque Orchestra, teaching skills and techniques of 17th- and18th-century musical instruments including the recorder, harpsichord, viola da gamba, and the early violin.

The Piedmont Baroque followed on Friday evening with a spectacular concert of period music, including solo and ensemble sonatas, a rhapsodic fantasia for the rarely-heard viola da gamba, and a witty violin work in which the instrument was made to imitate in turn the sounds of a trumpet, musette, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, and harp. Drawn from Charlottesville, Richmond, Chapel Hill, and Berkeley, the performers comprised David Sariti (Baroque violin), Anne Timberlake (recorder), UVa Ph.D. graduate Loren Ludwig (bass gamba), and Jennifer Streeter (harpsichord and organ). The concert was attended by over 150 people, many of whom thronged the stage afterwards to learn more about the instruments and the music.

Preceding the concert, a symposium on Friday afternoon featured Vanessa Agnew of the University of Michigan, the leading scholarly authority on the Grand Tour. Drawing on the travelogues of Goethe, Charles Burney, and others, she illuminated the importance of music in travelers’ experiences of Germany and Italy in particular. Those experiences went well beyond opera, chamber music, and other formal performances to include gondolier songs, peasant folk song, and even the bizarre tarantella, the hectic dance that supposedly cured tarantula bites. Professor Agnew drew all of this together into a compelling picture, showing how music influenced travelers’ perceptions both of foreign cultures and—by reflection—of their own. Her lecture was followed by a lively discussion with the more than forty attendees.

The Grand Tour residency represented an ideal collaboration of scholarship and performance that reached undergraduate and graduate students, faculty in music and other departments, and members of the broader Charlottesville community. The Music Department is grateful to the Arts Council for its support.

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Virginia Film Festival
Library of Congress Film Series

Turner Classic Movies and the Library of Congress Celebrate the National Film Registry
Supported by the U.Va. Arts Council

This year, the Virginia Film Festival is proud to be working with Turner Classic Movies and the Library of Congress to present a special series of some of the most beloved classics in movie history. The series offers audiences a rare opportunity to see a collection of films that both highlights and informs the American experience, all on carefully-restored 35-mm prints that bring them to renewed life. This year’s inaugural lineup will include a screening of National Velvet (which will be presented as the centerpiece of the Festival’s annual Family Day festivities); Terrence Malick’s Badlands (with special guests Sissy Spacek (who starred in the film opposite Martin Sheen) and her husband Jack Fisk, who was responsible for its spectacular art direction; Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller; John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; and The General, the famed 1926 silent film starring and co-directed by Buster Keaton, which will feature live musical accompaniment by composer Matt Marshall. The films in the series were chosen by Turner Classic movies host and renowned film expert Ben Mankiewicz, who will be on hand to present and discuss them. All films will be screened on November 5 and 6, 2011 at the historic Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall.

The generous support from the U.Va. Arts Council directly funded the acquisition, repair and refurbishment of two 35 mm reel-to-reel projectors. These projectors have been inspected and approved by the Library of Congress’ professional film archive staff and will be used to screening all the films listed above.

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Residency Project
Bill T. Jones Residency
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