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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 2013
Spring 2013


Arts Administration: Arts Marketing Course & Capstone Event – Fall 2013 Details >

Publication of SNACKs: short run publications covering visiting speakers and their conversations with students at the School of Architecture Details >

Arts Administration: Arts Marketing Course & Capstone Event

This proposal is to support the Arts Administration / Curriculum for Practical Imagination course on Marketing the Arts to be offered in the Fall 2013 with related public capstone event occurring in January 2014 for which students will play a significant marketing role. The grant will support a pilot expansion of the Arts Administration program by enabling a proven course to be guest-taught by a uniquely positioned adjunct faculty member capable of leading the class through an experience of unmistakable benefit to students and our entire region of Virginia. Proposed guest adjunct is Maggie Guggenheimer, who holds an existing City of Charlottesville / Albemarle County contract to conduct a Cultural Planning process for the region. The grant period will enable student engagement in this unprecedented planning process and will launch this already-successful course into a new trajectory under the trial leadership of Ms. Maggie Guggenheimer.

Publication of lunch, a student-run academic journal


On behalf of the lunch student design publications team at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, this proposal seeks funding to support the publication of a new and unique short-run publication venture called SNACKs. Now embarking upon our eighth annual issue of lunch, the student- run A-School journal, we are expanding our efforts to create opportunities for students to get involved with publishing as well as learn from the exciting events at the School of Architecture. For seven consecutive years, lunch has served as an important venue for dialogue and design issues within and outside of the School. In order to allow for an intensive submission and review process, lunch is published once a year. Recognizing the value of continuous and more varied engagement in these vital design conversations, the editors of lunch respectfully request a grant to support our newest endeavor, the production of SNACKs. Akin to monographs, these serial short-run publications will appear with greater frequency throughout the year and thus respond more quickly to much-needed coverage of the impressive array of internationally known speakers that visit and present workshops at our School.

Arts Libraries
The Fine Arts Library Materials Collection
Belmont Bridge Photo

In the past several months, the Fine Arts Library has been working to create a collection of construction and building materials to support the curriculum of the School of Architecture. This Materials Collection, which consists primarily of samples of innovative and sustainable material requested by faculty, supports curricular interests in fabrication, design, and environmentally responsible constructed environments. The collection will offer visitors the chance to interact with tiles, brick, netting, foam, and a host of other materials in a tactile manner that will enhance and inspire the design process.

Materials in the collection will be housed and displayed in the Fine Arts Library, and will be accessible by all University faculty and students for class use and individual study needs. Like all of the resources in the Arts Libraries at the University of Virginia, the Materials Collection will also be available to the broader community for onsite study.

Drama & Dance

Drama: Behind-the-Scenes: Digital Resources Details >

Dance: Participation in the American College Dance Festival Details >

Dance: Adjunct Dance Instructor Details >

Dance: Kristin Clotfelter Residency Details >

Drama: Behind-the-Scenes: Digital Resources

This proposal seeks funding to create behind-the-scenes digital resources for the Department of Drama’s 2013-2014 production season. These show-specific resources would include video interviews with directors, designers and actors (faculty, guests and students) as well as video documentation of the production process (from design sketches to execution). It is also our intention to interview prominent scholars and artists—the playwright (if available) and/or specialists on the themes of the plays—for the purpose of encouraging interdisciplinary thought and dialogue. Thanks to a grant awarded to a single faculty member for the 2012-2013 academic year (Hybrid Challenge Grant), the department was able to witness the direct academic impact that such resources have when used in support of course assignments. The department was also able to realize the potential these resources have to increase cross-grounds connections, reach local audiences and heighten the department’s global presence in the theatre community. If awarded this grant, funds would be used to engage prominent scholars and artists (Skype interviews) and to cover the cost of videography and editing.

Over 200 students per term use this online resource (DRAM 2020: Acting and DRAM 1010: Intro to Theatre). Since many of the interviews are with our graduate actors, designers and technologists it serves them as a forum for articulating their conceptual ideas before a larger audience.

Dance: Participation in the American College Dance Festival

The central aim of this 4-day annual event is to increase the prominence of dance in higher education by providing a well-attended venue to broadcast the creative potential and artistic excellence of students in the areas of choreography and performance. With your support, the cost of registration, adjudication fees, travel, and room-and-board is significantly decreased, thereby ensuring the participation of our students. Each year, we take between 12-18 students depending upon resources and the location of the festival. By bringing original student and faculty work to the festival for adjudication, students are exposed to critical review of their artistic work (choreography and performance) by a panel of dance professionals. Students and faculty get the opportunity to attend multiple performances, providing exposure to the choreographic work of peers, colleagues and professional choreographers. The festival allows our students to explore a multitude of classes, workshops and lectures on various dance forms with guest artists and faculty from institutions based in Virginia and beyond. U.Va. faculty will also teach classes at the festival, exposing students from other institutions to our program. Participation in ACDFA contributes to the continued growth and advancement of U.Va’s Dance Minor Program by strengthening the technique and artistry of its student participants, and by increasing its visibility to students and colleagues from peer institutions from within and outside of our region.

Dance: Adjunct Dance Instructor

The course to be covered is Dance Theater, which has not been offered to our students since fall 2010 due to a lack of resources. If support is given to fund this position, the dance program hopes to invite Katie Baer Schetlick to teach the course. Ms. Schetlick holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Fordham University/Alvin Ailey in NY. She is Co-director of Fleet Moves – “a dance festival in, around, and for a specific location”, the Cape in New England. This four-day festival includes indoor and outdoor performances, movement classes, a visual art exhibition, film screening, and several social dance parties. Her unique and extensive experience in the performance, study and creation of Dance Theater work make her an incredibly strong candidate to teach this course to our students. In addition to her experience with the creation and performance of site-specific dance pieces through Fleet Moves, she has served as performer and creative collaborator with the Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre group based in New York. Our students would benefit greatly from her expertise in this area. Through this course approximately 15-20 students will be impacted directly, though more will be reached through an end of semester showing of projects created over the course of the semester. As adjunct, Katie will also contribute to the development of our students through her choreographic contributions to the fall dance concert impacting not only the students cast in her work (7-10 dancers) but also those who receive choreographic feedback from her in the concert showings (25-30 students).

Dance: Kristin Clotfelter Residency

The Dance Program would like to invite Kristin Clotfelter a dancer and choreographer, to teach a series of workshops on collaboration in the creation of an original contemporary dance work. Ms. Clotfelter currently performs as a dancer with Susan Marshall & Company, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and is collaborating on a new work with Mark DeChiazza, Director/Filmaker at Princeton University. Over the course of 4-7 days, Ms. Clotfelter will lead our students in an investigation of the creative process, providing them with creative tools needed to support a collaborative approach to dance-making between dancers and choreographers developed and employed by Susan Marshall. The workshops would be open to 20-25 students from which a smaller group would be cast in a culminating choreographic work. We request funding from the Arts Council to bring this valuable opportunity for artistic growth and collaboration through the creative process to our students.

The Fralin Museum of Art
Joseph Cornell and Surrealism

This international loan exhibition focuses on the work of Joseph Cornell, the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art, in the decades of the 1930s and the 1940s. These years span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as an artist and the heyday of surrealism in the United States. The exhibition will comprise some 100 objects by Cornell and other artists and it will be accompanied by a significant publication. It is a collaboration of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (one of France’s major encyclopedic museums) and the Fralin Museum of Art, which has Cornell holdings that include six boxes and 14 collages, the majority having come as gifts from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation in 2002 and 2005. The exhibition is co-curated by Sylvie Ramond, Director at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, and Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art at the Fralin and Associate Professor of Art History at UVa. The exhibition is scheduled for Lyon beginning in October 2013 and for Charlottesville in spring 2014.

This exhibition will be used as a teaching resource at the University of Virginia. We estimate that the exhibition will be incorporated into the curricula of twelve courses representing eight departments and programs at the university, serving a total of 300 students. This would be in addition to student attendance at regular museum tours and other programs.

Heritage Theatre
2013 Heritage Theatre Festival’s Summer Season

As I know you are all aware, the Heritage is returning full-steam this summer with the production of five shows, two of which will be presented in the soon to be finished Ruth Caplin Theatre. This is an extraordinary moment for the Department of Drama, the Heritage Theatre Festival, and the University as we will have facilities equal to many of the best universities across the nation.

We plan to produce a true American musical classic (Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun in the Culbreth Theatre), a Tony Award winning "Best Play" about the American abstract painter, Mark Rothko (Red in the Caplin Theatre), the fourth (and last) in the "Tuna" series of farces with multiple characters played by two of Charlottesville's favorite actors- Evan Bridenstine and J.P. Scheidler (Tuna Does Vegas in the Helms), a musical take-off of 1950's and 1960's "girl groups" (The Marvelous Wonderettes in the Caplin), and, finally, the edgy, serious Pulitzer Prize winning rock-opera which deals with a woman who is bipolar and how it not only affects her but her family as well (next to normal in the Culbreth). We feel this is an excellent eclectic mix of shows, certainly something there for everyone. I look forward to the day at the end of the summer when the last three shows listed above are running simultaneously in the Caplin, Culbreth, and Helms and we're realizing a true "festival of theatre."

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
UVa Indigenous Film Program

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection seeks funding to bring prominent individuals in the Indigenous film industry to the University of Virginia to teach classes, participate in a symposium, and present their work in film screenings and programs at the Virginia Film Festival. This is a pilot program that will lead to ongoing inclusion of Indigenous films and associated programs in the Virginia Film Festival (VFF).

The proposed program represents a partnership between the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, the Department of Art, the American Indian Student Union (AISU), the Virginia Indian Project and the Virginia Film Festival. Outside partners include the Embassy of Australia.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will invite three leaders in the Indigenous film industry in Australia and America to UVa to teach master classes and present a symposium on Indigenous film. In addition, the invitees will participate in the VFF. This pilot project will demonstrate the potential for an ongoing Indigenous Film Program within the VFF and help us identify sponsors to fund this initiative.

Professor Kevin Everson of the McIntire Department of Art will work with us to develop class lectures and master classes involving the program participants and UVa students. We plan to draw students from multiple disciplines including art, drama, media studies, anthropology, American history and global development studies.

The symposium will address issues unique to Indigenous films. Marianne Redpath, curator of the Indigenous film program at the 2013 Berlinale, said, “Indigenous cinema has its own particular modes of expression. What’s special here is that you get to see new ways of life, new paths and new realities from an inside point of view, which marks new territory for a European audience.” Indigenous films differ from non-Indigenous film both in content and in form. We will expose UVa students not only to different cultures but also to the way their members use media to manage and interpret their culture and communicate their vision to the world.

Residency by Andy Statman Trio
Andy Statman
Andy Statman

The McIntire Department of Music would like to invite renowned mandolinist and clarinetist Andy Statman and his trio for a three-day residency. New York-based Statman is famed for his virtuosity and his innovative approach to both the Bluegrass and Klezmer music traditions, for which he received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2012. This is our nation’s highest honor for traditional folk artists, with about 10 fellows per year receiving the award since the mid-1980s. Statman has collaborated with musicians from violinist Itzhak Perlman to the Grateful Dead. The residency will include workshops and other public events as well as classroom visits and less formal meetings with students and faculty, and will culminate with a performance by Statman’s trio in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Studio Art
Richard Kraft Installation & Community-wide Performance Piece

The Studio Art Program within the McIntire Department of Art has invited Richard Kraft to do an installation in Ruffin Gallery and to create a community-wide performance piece in the city of Charlottesville in October 2013. The Ruffin installation will combine hand-made figurines from his series 100 Walkers and large-scale photographic portraits of people riding on the London subway system from Kraft’s series Tube Riders. Together, the extreme close-up micro-portraits of Tube riders lost in thought and the macro world of eight-inch figures moving throughout the gallery and other locations (see below) offers a startling juxtaposition and commentary on history, movement and social interaction. In turn, the eight-inch figures mimic the real-life participants in Kraft’s piece 100 Walkers that will be staged in Charlottesville during the exhibition.

100 Walkers is an ongoing series of works that manifest as both actions and gallery installations. Actions have so far been performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Death Valley and Wendover, Utah. In these pieces, walkers are identically dressed as early twentieth century London bankers (bowler hats and black suits) and carry sandwich boards with unique images. Beginning in a grid, they slowly disperse, walking pre-determined routes through the city before forming once again into grid to end the piece. As the walkers move through the city or landscape, they create startling incongruities with their surrounding environment. Kraft has staged several walking events already. Most recently, in May 2012, Kraft worked with a group of twelve UVA students and professors to perform a smaller version of the proposed Charlottesville piece at Wendover Air Base, Utah.

The piece proposed for Charlottesville and UVA would consist of 25-50 walkers depending on student and community interest and funding. We are in discussions with the Fralin Museum of Art and Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville to display additional 8” figures in their spaces as another way of extending the piece throughout community. Second Street has agreed to work with the residency to bring community members as well as students, professors, and staff into the performance. We are developing plans to use local media as well as social media to engage participation.

Virginia Film Festival

Digital Media Gallery: Experimental Film Screenings and Discussions

2012 Digital Media Gallery
2012 Digital Media Gallery

In 2013, the Virginia Film Festival requests support from the University of Virginia Arts Council in undertaking its fifth annual Digital Media Gallery (DMG), intended to run throughout the entire month of November in Second Street Gallery. The program is designed to create an educational and artistic experience that allows students to create new video works and present them to the general public, fostering the creative interaction of students, faculty and the Charlottesville community. In addition, the program will provide an experience in which students design the set-up of the gallery where they will present their art. The gallery will also serve as a forum space in which the art and craft of film will be explored and discussed, both during the Virginia Film Festival and throughout the month of November.

The DMG is a setting designed and dedicated to the presentation, exploration, and celebration of experimental film that will be curated by faculty and students of the University of Virginia. Studio art professor Kevin Everson will work with his students to produce works to be exhibited alongside his own in a proper gallery setting in Second Street Gallery. Additionally, there will be space in the gallery dedicated to screening works by high school age participants from local nonprofit mentoring group Light House Studio. By bringing local and regional artists together with students and faculty and showcasing them side-by-side in this diverse and interactive installation, we hope to encourage and inspire greater involvement with the community on both sides of the camera, as well as to provide festival-goers with a greater sense of what informs their work.

Since the Virginia Film Festival first attempted the pilot program of the Digital Media Gallery in 2009, we have experimented with varying locations and formats for how the gallery is run. We believe that the most successful version of the DMG to date was that put forth in 2010, when the U.Va. Arts Council granted support for the project, and over 1,800 students and community members attended during the four days of the Festival. We are confident that by returning to this model and hosting the 2013 DMG in Second Street Gallery for an entire month, we will be able to surpass the heights achieved in 2010.

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