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Vice Provost for the Arts
Director, Virginia Film Festival

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Residencies & Events
Arts Grounds Final Fridays
Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds

Around Grounds Final Fridays are held during the fall and spring semesters on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. They are a coordination of openings and special programs held by U.Va. Art Museum, U.Va. School of Architecture, McIntire Department of Art's Ruffin Gallery, McIntire Department of Music, and U.Va. Department of Drama and Dance.

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Judy Watson heron island suite
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library

August 26, 2011- August 2012

Co-sponsored by the U.Va. Arts Council, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, McIntire Department of Art, Department of Environmental Sciences, Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library, The Embassy of Australia

heron island suite
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
August 26 - December 18, 2011
heron island suite satellite exhibit
Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library
August 2011 - August 2012
Opening reception
Friday, August 26
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
Artist residency
October 3 - 7
Ruffin Hall
Artist talk
Tuesday, October 4
5:30 pm, Campbell 153
Seminar with Judy Watson & Megan Marlatt
On Observation: Artists in the Natural Laboratory
Thursday, October 6
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Clark Hall 108
Thursday, October 6
4:45 pm, Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library
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Judy Watson; heron island suite #16 (2009/2010)

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Judy Watson; heron island suite #15 (2009/2010)

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Tom Burckhardt
presented by the Arts Board 2011-12
September 13, 2011 - April 6, 2012

The U.Va. Arts Board is a student-run board whose mission it is to feature and present an outstanding artist, attraction, performance, or exhibition each year in a three-year rotation that includes music, visual arts, and drama.

These programs are made possible through the support of the U.Va. Arts Board and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Artist Lecture
Tuesday, September 13
6:30 pm, Campbell 153
Related lectures
Wednesday, September 14
6:30 pm, Campbell 158

Thomas Jefferson’s Indian Hall and the Brooks Museum
by Elizabeth Chew, Curator, Monticello
The Life and Death of the Brooks Wooly Mammoth:
That Conspicuous and Portentous Effigy

by Jeffrey Hantman, Associate Professor, Anthropology, U.Va.
Tom Burckhardt’s Paintings
January 19 - June 3, 2012
T–Su, 12–5, U.Va. Art Museum
The Brooks Natural History Museum, c 1900; A Creative Interpretation
An artistic interpretation of The Brooks Natural History Museum, c. 1900 constructed by U.Va. students under Tom Burckhardt's direction
February 24 – March 30, 2012
M–F, 9–5, Ruffin Gallery
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Background image: Tom Burckhardt
Brooks Hall photograph: University of Virginia Visual History Collection (RG-30/1/10.011). Special Collections, University of Virginia Library

Arts Board Monkey

Arts Board Mammoth
Asok Das Lecture
presented by
Carl H. & Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History
McIntire Department of Art
& Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

September 20, 2011
5:30 pm, Campbell 158
Reception to follow in Fayerweather Lounge

Natural History Drawings at the
Mughal Court of India

by Asok Das
Tagore National Fellow, Indian Museum, Kolkata, India
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Department of Islamic Art,  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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TechnoSonics XII: Light

September 23, 2011
8 pm; Free; Limited Seating
Rotunda Dome Room
Tickets available through the U.Va. Arts Box Office

The Virginia Center for Computer Music and the U.Va. McIntire Department of Music present a program of curated works on the theme of light—as sonic source and metaphor, including new music by Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey, Judith Shatin, and guest composer Jeff Herriott.

An Arts Enhancement 2011-2012 Event

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Touched by Virginia
Group Sculpture Exhibition

Ruffin Gallery
September 30 - October 22, 2011
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday, 1 – 5 pm

The exhibition of recent sculpture by artists who have spent formative time in the U.Va. Sculpture Community reflects both the richness of contemporary sculpture and the diversity of the community. While eclectic in material, style, and approach, these artists are unified by a shared interest in making art that is informed by the past, rooted in the present, and filled with the unexpected creating of a bridge to the future.

Rosemarie Fiore: Pyrotechnic Artist!
September 29, 2011, 6 pm
Campbell 153
Artists' Gallery Talks
September 30, 2011, 4:30-5:30 pm
Ruffin Gallery
Final Friday Reception
September 30, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm
Ruffin Gallery
"Firework Drawing Demonstration"
by Touched By Virginia Artist, Rosemarie Fiore
October 1, 2011, 12 pm
Ruffin Hall Sculpture Courtyard

An Arts Enhancement 2011-2012 Event

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Charles Palermo Lecture
presented by
Carl H. & Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History
McIntire Department of Art

October 12, 2011
6:00 pm, Campbell 138
Reception to follow in Fayerweather Lounge

Fantasy of Goodwill:
Frank Capra . James Agee . Walker Evans

by Charles Palermo
Alumni Memorial Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History, The College of William and Mary

Frank Capra's 1932 film American Madness, and James Agee's and Walker Evans's 1941 publication Let Us Now Praise Famous Men both address the financial disaster of the Great Depression. While these significant American texts about the 1930s may seem to be as different in sensibility and in tone as one can imagine, Professor Palermo’s lecture explores how, at a deep level, the works express formally and thematically a shared concern about the nature of money and its relation to community.

** Parking is free after 5:00 p.m. in the garage on Culbreth Lane.

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Fall Experimental Dance Concert
presented by
U.Va. Department of Drama & the Dance Program

October 27-29, 2011
8:00 pm, Culbreth Theatre

The University of Virginia Dance Program and Department of Drama will host this Fall’s Experimental Dance Concert, October 27-29 at 8pm in the Culbreth Theater. Showcasing the talents of both student and faculty choreographers, the concert reflects a multitude of artistic visions from exploring various states of mind and trance, to the amusing dynamics between a couple at an evening party, to manifesting a sense of play and harnessing youthful energy.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Arts Box Office, by calling 434-924-3376 or in person at the U.Va. Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the U.Va. Drama Building.

Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors, and $5 for U.Va. students, children, faculty, staff, and alumni association members.

Free parking is provided in the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, located next to the Drama Building.

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Daniel Heyman: Bearing Witness

Ruffin Gallery
October 28 – December 02, 2011

Daniel Heyman: Bearing Witness features portraits of individuals who have endured great personal hardship – former Abu Ghraib detainees, homeless veterans, African American fathers who have been in and out of jail, and new immigrants to the United States. Heyman incorporates the subject’s own words into his compositions.

Residency Events
Caplin Pavilion, Law School
October 26, 2011; 5 - 6:30 pm

War and Selective Vision
Douglas Fordham
Associate Professor of Art History
Bearing Witness
Daniel Heyman
Visiting Critic, Princeton University

Reception to follow
Ruffin Hall Gallery
October 28, 2011
Final Friday Reception

Co-sponsored by
The Office of the Vice-Provost for the Arts
McIntire Department of Art
The Law School Human Rights Program
Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life

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Daniel Heyman Poster
Panayiota Bertzikis, gouache and watercolor on paper, 22x30, 2011
Jefferson, In His Own Words
by U.Va. professor and composer Judith Shatin
November 5, 2011 | 8:00 pm
Regent University Communications & Performing Arts Center

Jefferson, In His Own Words, for narrator plus orchestra, will be performed by the Virginia Symphony at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Bill Barker, the official Jefferson impersonator for Colonial Williamsburg, will reprise his role as narrator, and Benjamin Rous will conduct.

Co-commissioned by four orchestras, including the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois, Richmond and Virginia Symphonies, the piece explores Jefferson as both a private and public person. It gives an intimate view of Jefferson as both a private and public person, exploring his attitudes towards, politics, his personal relationships, his complex attitudes towards slavery, and his last years, including his founding of the University. The concert also features Hadyn's Symphony No 83, The Hen, and Beethoven's popular Violin Concerto.

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Composer, Judith Shatin
Photo credit: Mary Noble Ours
Bill T. Jones
Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Residency
Part 3: Performance

November 6-11, 2011

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will be returning to Grounds November 6-11, 2011. The week will begin with the Charlottesville premiere of "A Good Man." Throughout the week, the company will continue the research and development of the their new work, Story/Time, in collaboration with composer Ted Coffey. Open rehearsals will be held throughout the week to offer students and faculty the opportunity to see the company at work. At the end of the week, there will be a work-in-progress showing of Story/Time, open to all UVA and Community members, as well as a ticketed performance at the Paramount Theater, downtown.

Residency Events

Arts Assembly: Creative Exploration and the University
A Good Man Screening
100 Migrations Short Film
Artist Talk with Bill T Jones and filmmaker Gordon Quinn
Virginia Film Festival Event
Culbreth Theatre
November 6, 2011 | 4 pm
Free for students & faculty

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Community Master Class
with Janet Wong

Mem Gym
Free | November 7 2011; 6:30–8pm

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Interview with Julian Bond and Bill T. Jones
Harrison Auditorium
November 8, 2011; 10–11:30am
Co-sponsored by the Institute for
Public History, Explorations in Black History Project

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Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers
Jordan Conference Center Auditorium
November 8, 2011; 5:30-7:15 pm | Free

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Medical Center Hour: A Meditation on Still/Here: Learning from Survivors
Jordan Conference Center Auditorium
November 9, 2011; 12:30–1:30 pm
Sponsored by The Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture; Copresented with the Center for Design and Health, School of Architecture

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Open Rehearsal Hours
Culbreth Theatre
November 8 & 9, 2011; 5–6 pm

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Work-in-progress showing of Story/Time
Culbreth Theatre
November 10, 2011; 6:30–8 pm
Reserve Free Tickets

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Serenade/The Proposition performance
The Paramount Theatre
November 11, 2011; 8 pm
Ticketed Event

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American Masters: Bill T. Jones A Good Man
PBS stations nation-wide
November 11, 2011; 9 pm

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The 2011 Bill T. Jones Residency is organized by the Arts Grounds Committee and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, the University of Virginia Arts Council, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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Oliver Laxe
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Office of the Vice Provost For International Programs, the U.Va. Department of French & the College Council
November 15 & 16, 2011

The son of Spanish immigrants, Oliver Laxe was born in Paris in 1982 and studied film at Pompeu Fabra University.

He moved to Tangiers four years ago where he created and now runs "Dao Byed", a 16mm film workshop with children. This workshop led to his first feature film, Todos vós sodes capitáns, a Zeitun film.

At the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Todos vós sodes capitáns was selected for the Director's Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and awarded the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize.

A European filmmaker is making a movie with children living in a home for socially excluded youngsters in Tangier, Morocco. While filming, the director’s unorthodox methods of working cause his relationship with the children to disintegrate to such a point, that the initial course of the project is altered.

Film Screening
Todos vós sodes capitáns
Tuesday, November 15, 6 pm
Special Collections Auditorium
Artist Talk
Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Special Collections Auditorium
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Still from Todos vós sodes capitáns
Still from Todos vós sodes capitáns
The Art Student Society ART SHOW
November 18, 2011 | 6 - 9 pm
Ruffin Hall

Original UVa student artwork and photos!

Performances by:
acappella group Flying V's
Improv comedians Amuse Bouche
and more...

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Arts & the Community MLK Celebration
January 15-31, 2012

Join us as we commemorate the life and enduring legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during events planned January 15-31, 2012. Along with community partners, student and academic organizations we are planning a number of exciting events during this year’s celebration. We hope to see you at many of them. Your participation and feedback are welcomed..

I Have a Dream Free Speech Wall
Presented by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
January 18 - 24, 2012
Thornton Hall A-Wing
Reception January 24 | 4 pm
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Working without Wages: Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia, 1819-1865
Presented by the University Library
January 20-February 29, 2012 Special Collections Library
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A Song for Coretta
Presented by Melanin
Friday, January 20, 2012 | 8 pm
Culbreth Theater
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Larnell Starkey and
the Spiritual Seven

Presented by PVCC
January 21, 2012 | 7:30 pm
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Stand Up Film Screening and Round-table Discussion
Presented by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Asian Student Union, and Sustained Dialogue
Sunday, January 22, 2012 | 6 pm
Newcomb Commonwealth Room
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Symposium: Re-Imagining the Public Realm: The Design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Presented by the School of Architecture and the College of Arts and Sciences
Monday, January 23, 2012
2 pm & 5:30 pm
Campbell Hall
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Sing Your Song & Harry Belafonte
Presented by the Virginia Film Festival
January 24, 2012 | 6 pm
Paramount Theater
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ill-like, A collection of works by Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee
Presented by the Kluge-Ruhe
January 24 - Arpil 8, 2012
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Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Film Screening
Presented by Minority Squared and the Black Student Alliance
Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 7 pm
Nau Hall, Room 101
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Black Voices 40th Anniversary Concert
Presented by the Office of African American Affairs
Friday, January 27, 2012 | 7 pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
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Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness Documentary Screening & Discussion with Executive Producer Patrice O'Neill
Presented by the Latino Student Alliance, the American Indian Student Union, the Middle Eastern Leadership Council, University & Community Action for Racial Equity, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Sunday, January 29, 2012 | 4 pm
Campbell Hall, Room 153
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry Martin
Henry Martin, who was born into slavery at Monticello in 1826 and was the University's bell-ringer for approximately 53 years.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

If There Be Such Space: Michael Lundgren and Aaron Rothman
a collaborative installation of photography
January 27 - February 17 | M-F, 9-5 pm
Ruffin Hall

Lecture by the Artists
January 26, 5:30 pm | Campbell Hall room 153

Final Friday Opening Reception
January 27, 5:30–7:30 pm

The Photography Department in Studio Art will mount an exhibition of contemporary photography in January and February 2012 in Ruffin Gallery featuring a collaborative installation by Michael Lundgren and Aaron Rothman. Lundgren and Rothman have spent the past decade engaged in a common photographic exploration of landscape. Sharing ideas, experiences and experiments, they have each created unique bodies of work investigating the complex connections between photography, perception, and the space of the natural landscape. At times, their work has been very similar in approach and process and at other times has diverged to opposite ends of a continuum representing a shared vision of photography as an essentially transformative medium. Occasionally they discover that they have each taken photographs from virtually the same vantage point in some vast landscape; these twin images reveal overlapping visions, but also very distinct sensibilities.

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Michael Lundgren. Bloom, 2010. Archival pigment print, 32 x 40 inches
The Darden Art Project
Embracing the World Beyond the Classroom
Darden School of Business

Gala and Auction
February 3 | Alumni Hall

A joint effort launched by Darden Students, Staff and Faculty and sponsored by the Tayloe Murphy International Center.

The Darden Art Project (DART) is an initiative to highlight the global experiences, travel and homes of our community. We invite you to submit photographs of that you have taken of places and people around the world and in the US. The photographs may be of landscapes, buildings, people and of course Darden student, staff, faculty and alumni.

Your photographs will be reviewed by the Darden Selection Committee composed of Darden students, staff and faculty. Selected photos will be printed, framed and hung in the Student Building Hallway.

We will unveil these photographs at a Gallery Opening in early 2012.

In 2012, these photographs will be auctioned at the National Women MBA (NAWMBA) Auction to benefit the Charlottesville Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE). The DART Project is expected to continue annually, and a new set of photographs will be solicited, selected and hung in 2012.

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Black Fire
February 2012

An Arts in Action Project Grant

Through film, performance arts and a public exhibit, Black Fire will explore the complex history of the struggle for racial equality, social justice and cultural transformation at U.Va. between 1969 and 1985.

In addition to creating a documentary film, Black Fire will recreate the highly successful Black Culture Week, inaugurated in 1970 by the Black Students for Freedom, later known as the Black Student Alliance.

"Black Culture Week Remixed," tentatively scheduled for February, will feature poetry, music from several popular ensembles on Grounds and dramatic reenactments of political speeches given during Black Culture Week in 1971.

An Evening with Houston A. Baker
February 21, 2012 | 6:30 pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
With an original piece by one of the most important members of U.Va.’s creative community, Professor Theresa Davis of the Drama Department

Baker's presentation marks not just the official launching of a series of events associated with the Black Fire project, but also the welcomed return of a seminal intellectual whose short tenure at U.Va. reminds us all of how Black student activism, Black Studies, and the Black Arts Movement shaped the cultural and political life of the University, particularly during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As a faculty member at U.Va. during the early 1970s, Houston Baker was actively involved in the University's "Black Culture Week," an annual event which brought to grounds such noted figures as Dick Gregory, Harold Cruse, Julian Bond, Nikki Giovanni, and Arna Bontemps (whom Baker actually introduced in Newcomb Ballroom in 1971). Within the larger Charlottesville community, Baker also addressed such issues as the persistence of racial discrimination (some of his family's experiences with racism in Charlottesville are documented in his book, I Don't Hate the South) and the politics of incarceration.

We’ve Come This Far By Faith
An Evening With Black Voices
40th Anniversary Concert
April 21, 2012 | 7 pm
Darden School, Abbott Center

featuring Perfect Praise Dance Ministry & Jesus Aligns My Soul Dance Ministry

This event will be filmed and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Black Voices

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An Evening With Houston Baker Poster
Black Voices Flyer
Leonardo Live

February 19, 2012 | 2 pm
Paramount Theatre
Adult $14.50, Senior $12.50, Student $10

Made possible with support from Friends of UVaM

LEONARDO LIVE offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiences worldwide to experience these da Vinci works, including 8 of his 15 extant paintings — several of which have never hung in the same room before. The historic exhibition is sold out in London and, due to the fragility of the paintings, the exhibition cannot tour.

We are very pleased to announce that The Paramount will host a panel discussion for all ticket holders following the broadcast and featuring three experts from the University of Virginia.

Bruce Boucher
Director of the University of Virginia Art Museum and the author, among other works, of: The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino (1991); Andrea Palladio, the Architect in his Times (1994; 2007); and chief editor of Earth and Fire, Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova (2001).
Francesca Fiorani
Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia and an expert on the relationship between art and science in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. She has written extensively on space, cartography, art theory, and Leonardo da Vinci. The author of The Marvel of Maps. Art, Cartography and Politics in Renaissance Italy (Yale U.P., 2005) she is currently completing a book on Leonardo da Vinci’s shadows.
Paul Barolsky
Commonwealth Professor of Art History, Dept. of Art. Professor Barolsky has been teaching at the University of Virginia since 1969, mostly courses on various aspects of Italian Renaissance art and literature. His books include Michelangelo’s Nose, Why Mona Lisa Smiles, and Infinite Jest. His most recent book is A Brief History of the Artist from God to Picasso.(2001).

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Voxare String Quartet

February 23, 2012
Old Cabell
8 pm; Free

The Voxare String Quartet is not afraid to break down the boundaries of classical music. They have made and performed their own transcriptions of popular and rock music and focused on accessible presentations of contemporary chamber music while assimilating classical standards and popular music. Here, they feature premieres by emerging composers in U.Va.’s program.

An Arts Enhancement 2011-2012 Event

Emily Ondracek-Peterson | violin
Galina Zhdanova | violin
Erik Peterson | viola
Adrian Daurov | cello

Voxare String Quarte's concert presents premieres by emerging composers in U.Va's Composition and Computer Technologies Program: Kevin Davis, Erik DeLuca, Sarah O'Halloran, Chris Peck, Braxton Sherouse, Beau Sievers, & Paul Turowski

The gifted Voxare String Quartet is rising fast.
— New York Times
Played with precision and passion.
— New York Times
Incisive and deeply musical.
— Strand Magazine
Young, enthusiastic, blessed with individual great instrumental skills.

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Virginia Festival of the Book

March 21-25, 2012

The mission of the Virginia Festival of the Book is to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture.

As the largest gathering of authors, writers, and readers in the Commonwealth, and, indeed, the Mid-Atlantic region, the Book Festival has become an integral part of the community and is presented in a unique partnership of contributors that includes the VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs in a wide range of topics set among a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.

Along with the staff, almost every aspect of the Festival is organized and generated by Festival Committees consisting of community volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy.

Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children's authors and storybook characters; from a panel on how to publish a novel to a discussion on running a book club; from a workshop on book-binding to a discussion on freelancer's rights. All programs are open to the public; with the exception of a few ticketed events, programs are free of charge.

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Elephant’s Graveyard
Spectacle meets American Culture
under the Big Top

March 21-24, 2012 | 8pm
by George Brant, directed by Richard Warner
Culbreth Theatre
Tickets available through the U.Va. Arts Box Office

A unique cultural experience focusing on the impact of the circus on American society integrates the performance of George Brant’s play with panel discussions and demonstrations of circus artistry. Participants gain a greater appreciation of the impact that circus and other forms of popular entertainment have had and continue to have on the shaping of American culture and society.

An Arts Enhancement 2011-2012 Event

Part of the RecentWorks Series. Partially funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Clay Foundation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 8pm

Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Panel: American Culture, Society and the Circus
Panelists: Janet Davis, John Frick and LaVahn Hoh
Location: Culbreth Theatre
Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 8pm

Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Panel: The Art of Clowning
Panelists: Steve Smith, Janet Davis and LaVahn Hoh
Location: Culbreth Theatre
Friday, March 23, 2012 | 8pm

Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Keenan Lectureship: featuring playwright George Brant and Q&A with George Brant, Janet Davis and LaVahn Hoh
Location: Culbreth Theatre
Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 6pm

Pre-performance Event: TBA
Pre-performance: Closing-day reception with all guest artists
Performance: Elephant’s Graveyard
Location: Culbreth Theatre

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Spring Dance Concert

March 29-31, 2012
Helms Theatre | 8 pm

Tickets are $10 for adults and for seniors, $5 for U.Va. faculty/staff & U.Va. Alumni Association, and students/children & Free for U.Va. students if reserved in advance

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Samira Abbassy
Lee Ellen Fleming Painter-in-Residence

April 1-29 2012

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

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

At the end of her U.Va. residency, Abbassy will have an Open Studio on April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ruffin Hall, studio 323. The public is invited to both her lecture and open studio.

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Samira Abbassy
Inflammatory Speech
Oil and collage on Panel
12 x 30 inches, 2005
Vernon Ah Kee

April 4-12, 2012
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

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

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Vernon Ah Kee
Romeo & Juliet
Spectacle meets American Culture
under the Big Top

April 19–21, 25–28 | 8 pm & April 29 | 2 pm
by William Shakespeare,
directed by Brantley M. Dunaway
Culbreth Theatre
Tickets available through the U.Va. Arts Box Office

The U.Va. Drama Department is peeling back the layers of one of the most oft-told love stories in entertainment history with a new production of Romeo and Juliet.

Directed by Brantley M. Dunaway, the Producing Artistic Director/Executive Director at Kentucky Shakespeare, the tale of the Montagues and Capulets is told from a whole new perspective. The story is set in the Mississippi Delta in the early 20th Century and, according to the director, has been fashioned with accessibility in mind.

“When people think of Shakespeare, because of the heightened language and the poetry, they view it as erudite,” Dunaway said. “They see it as this sort of highbrow type of writing and medium. But we have to remember that when Shakespeare was writing, he wasn’t writing for the upper crust. He was writing for the groundlings, for the common man. So especially in this play, there is some bawdiness to it. We like to soften it up by saying it is the greatest tragic love story, but there is more to it than that.”

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Art in Heels

May 10, 2012
Main Street Arena

UVaM and WHTJ-PBS are joining forces to bring intriguing fashions to Charlottesville from celebrity designers Johnathan Kayne and Heidi Elnora of the popular TV show Project Runway, and Cate Lyon, whose designs have been produced for Victoria's Secret and Henri Bendel.

Please join us for an exciting and elegant evening of high fashion and fine art at our new fundraiser, Art in Heels, on May 10, 2012.

For more information, please contact Anna E. von Gehr, director of development, at 434.242.3627.

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Mountain Lake Biological Station Summer Art Lab
Mountain Lake Biological Station

Perched on a mountaintop in Giles County, Virginia, the Mountain Lake Biological Station has served the science community of the University of Virginia since its creation in the 1930’s. Now it has opened its doors to the University’s Arts community, inviting the Studio Program to explore the beauty of its natural surroundings. These two courses in Sculpture and Drawing have been designed specifically for Mountain Lake. We will take advantage of this opportunity by exploring the landscape, the environmental elements and the scientific community that is welcoming us to their nature laboratory.

This is a residential program. Application to Mountain Lake and University of Virginia Summer Session is required.

University of Virginia Department of Art

ARTS 2580 - Special Project in Arts: Sculpture and Earth

Instructor: William Bennett, Associate Professor of Studio Art
Course Dates: July 9 - July 20, 2012

A class of earth, wind, water, fire, sticks, stones, and the alchemy of making . Sculpture and Earth will be a studio art sculpture course without prerequisites in making and using the natural resources and landscape of the Mountain Lake Biological station. Projects will be made and exhibited on site. Photography and video will be used to record ephemeral works. This class will deal with the mysteries and responsibilities of living on and with the earth and marking our place and time in this relationship.
ARTS 1610 and ARTS 2620 - Beginning Drawing I and II

Instructor: Megan Marlatt, Professor of Studio Art
Course Dates: July 23 - August 3, 2012

In this summer drawing course designed specifically for Mountain lake, we will take advantage of this opportunity by exploring the landscape in regards to scale, drawing the smallest of nature's artifacts to the largest of it's panoramic vistas. In respect for the scientific community that will welcome us to their nature laboratory, we will pursue that which both the Arts and Sciences have in common: the gift of observation. It will be through our acute observation of the environment that we will sharpen our drawing skills and expand our understanding of nature as one of the greatest muses of the Visual Arts.

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