Oct. 15-21, 1999
Miller Center launches project on the presidency and the economy
Hot Links - Survey Suite
Dell contract gets DCI rolling

Forum showcases creative teaching and captivating web sites

Scrapbooks show Jefferson was a clipper of newspapers
Arts' focus on technology: visiting artists to share techniques and sound
Notable - faculty and staff
Miller Center announces National Fellowship in Politics
Take our advice - breast health
In Memoriam
Sleepless — but not lost for words
Car parts transformed into art in "Body Shop"

Arts focus on technology: visiting artists to share innovative techniques and sound

By Jane Ford

actors in the production "Marisol"
Angel (Teresa Dowell-Vest) warns Marisol (Eldis Diaz) of the impending global apocalypse in the Drama Department's production of Jose Rivera's "Marisol." The play ran in the Culbreth Theatre from Sept. 30-Oct. 9.

From video painters to computer musicians, "e-artists" booked for a year-long celebration of technology in the arts at U.Va. are sharing some cutting-edge techniques that are transforming traditional artistic processes. The visiting artists will work with students and faculty, as well as put on exhibits and performances.

In a continuing effort to strengthen ties among the arts, the McIntire Department of Music, the McIntire Department of Art, the Department of Drama and the Bayly Art Museum have joined in the collaborative effort with arts enhancement support from the Office of the Vice President and Provos.

Arts Enhancement Funding, started in 1995 to increase awareness and student participation in cultural events, has helped stimulate a renaissance in the arts on Grounds while advancing arts progress.

"The Provost's Arts Enhancement Funds are essential to the Bayly Art Museum for three reasons," said museum director Jill Hartz. "They stimulate our thinking outside the box and encourage us to venture into new public program territory. Second, these funds enable us to mount an exhibitions program that brings exciting new artists as well as major works of art to the museum, which strengthens both our academic resource commitment and our mission to serve the general public. Finally, they inspire others -- individuals as well as corporations and foundations -- to support our programs."

"Arts Enhancement Funds have made a world of difference to the Music Department, quite literally enabling us to bring performers from a variety of cultures, and performers exploring futuristic sounds as well as [those] who draw on traditional practices," said Judith Shatin, chair of the Music Department and director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music.

Adds Lawrence Goedde, Art Department chair: "Arts Enhancement Funds enable us to bring significant visual artists into the department to work with students, critique their art and provide them with access to the larger art world."

A multisensory experience

"Feb 55" by Daniel Reeves
Artist Daniel Reeves' digital painting, "Feb 55," (1995) and other work are currently on display at the Bayly Art Museum through Dec. 22. The exhibit, titled "Above Memory and Transformation," is being held in conjunction with the Virginia Film Festival.

An exhibition of video and multimedia artist Daniel Reeves, "Above Memory and Transformation," opened at the Bayly Art Museum Oct. 9 and runs through Dec. 22. Reeves' technically layered works, that explore and resolve his personal experience with violence in a multisensory experience, are exhibited in collaboration with the Virginia Film Festival, "TechnoVisions," taking place through Oct. 24. The festival also will premiere two of his films along with his video art.

While in residency in the Art Department, Reeves will work with advanced digital media students to produce an artist's book combining his images and text. Reeves also will participate in a collaborative event in the spring, "Hindsight-Foresight: Art for the New Millennium," which will include eight to 10 internationally known artists working with community groups on environmental art projects. Other participants include Ann Hamilton, Agnes Denes, Suzanne Helmuth, Mel Chin, Dennis Oppenheim, Bill Viola, Jock Reynolds, Michael Mercil, Zucco Possi, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and U.Va.'s Bill Bennett and Rosemarie Fiore.

Digital illustration

Randy Bolton
Digital print by Randy Bolton, who will be a visiting artist in the Art Department for the month of November.

Another innovative artist coming to the Grounds, Randy Bolton will exhibit his digital print works at the Fayerweather Gallery in November. Bolton uses images reminiscent of children's storybook illustrations, but turning the safe and innocent familiarity of those images into what he describes as "metaphors of a troubled world that is threatened by forces beyond our true comprehension and control."

During a week-long residency, Bolton will work with advanced printmaking students in the Art Department. Employing a host of techniques -- visual software, 19th century color separations, a 16th century etching press and a 20th century inkjet printer -- students will assist Bolton in the creation of a color polymer photogravure.


The McIntire Department of Music's "TechnoSonics" program will bring together Nov. 11-13 several musicians and composers who combine electronic equipment with traditional instruments. The first performance will feature F. Gerard Errante, an internationally acclaimed clarinetist, playing Shatin's "Sea of Reeds" for clarinet and live electronics on Nov. 11.

Lisa Kohler
Violinist Mari Kimura will be at U.Va. Nov. 12 and 13.

Violinist Mari Kimura, who uses interactive computer music along with violin, will join Shatin and U.Va. colleague and fellow composer Alicyn Warren for a colloquium on Nov. 12. Kimura, who teachers at the Julliard School of Music, will perform her own works, as well as others composed for her Nov. 13.

Also playing the same evening will be composer and performer Bruce Mahin. One of the works he will perform is an original piece, "Galileo," for electronic wind instrument, interactive computer and synthesizer. The work was inspired by the life of Galileo and his enterprise of exploration and discovery.

Behind the scenes

"This Arts Enhancement Fund has been invaluable to us as it allows our students to connect year-in, year-out with the professional world of theater," said Robert Chapel, chair of the Drama Department. "Our guest artists have spent a varied amount of time with us -- from one weekend to six weeks, depending on what they are working on. In all cases, they work with our students -- from analyzing their work to actually working side by side with them on our shows."

David Weiss, retired U.Va. faculty member and the force behind the building of Culbreth Theatre, returned to design the sets for the season's opening production, "Marisol." He now works as a designer and theater building/design consultant.

Looking toward spring

Documentary film and video artist Susan Lutz will conduct seminars in February with photography, anthropology and independent film students during her residency. Lutz uses memories and rituals associated with preparing a Southern Sunday dinner as the thesis of her most recent work, aptly titled "Sunday Dinner." Students will be able to participate in the filming of "Sunday Dinner."

In the Drama Department, guest director Doug Sprigg, an expert in Shakespeare and Chekhov, will direct graduate and undergraduate actors in "Uncle Vanya." Alumnus and New York scenic designer William Clark will arrive in April to work with students to design the sets for "A Streetcar Named Desire."

The Music Department will present the University of Richmond's Virginia Currents, who will perform works by U.Va.'s Warren, Shatin and five other Virginia composers. The Paul Dresher Ensemble, known for its experimental opera, chamber composition, and live instrumental electro-acoustic chamber music, also will perform in the spring.

Upcoming 1999 ­ 2000 Arts Enhancement Events


Nov. 11

  • "TechnoSonicsē - F. Gerard Errante, clarinet Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$

Nov. 12

  • "TechnoSonicē Colloquium - with Judith Shatin and Alicyn Warren of U.Va.'s Virginia Center for Computer Music and violinst Mari Kimura, who teaches violin at New York University and computer music performance at the Julliard School. Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 3:30 p.m. Free

Nov. 13

  • Workshop with Mari Kimura Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 2 p.m. "TechnoSonicsē concert featuring Mari Kimura and composer and performer Bruce Mahin Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$

Feb. 6

  • Valentine Martchev, Faculty Bassoon Recital Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 3:30 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$ A Performance Enhancement Event

Feb. 25

  • Virginia Currents ensemble Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$ "New Works by Virginia Composersē

April 6

  • Paul Dresher Ensemble Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$


Nov. 1-29

  • Randy Bolton, innovative digital artist Fayerweather Gallery Exhibition and residency Fayerweather Gallery M-F, 9 a.m. ­ 5 p.m.

Nov. 4

  • Open House Fayerweather Hall, 6 ­ 8 p.m.

Nov. 5

  • Randy Bolton: lecture Campbell Hall 160, 4 p.m. Opening reception of Bolton's work Fayerweather Gallery, 5:30 p.m.


  • Lecture: Ann Hamilton, U.S. representative to the Venice Bienniale.


  • Susan Lutz, visual artist Fayerweather Gallery

Feb. 4

  • Opening reception of Lutz' work Fayerweather Gallery, 5:30 p.m.


  • Lecture: John Ford, known for exploring the relationship of time and memory in his sculpture installations and etchings.


  • Lecture: New York-based artist Stephen Westfall, equally well known as a painter and as a writer and critic of contemporary art.

Spring 2000

  • Lecture: Agnes Denes


Oct. 7 ­ Dec. 22

  • Digital media artist Daniel Reeves: "Above Memory and Transformation" n Oct. 28 Environmental and installation artist Michael Mercil: "Imagining the Democratic Landscape" Campbell Hall 153, 5:30 p.m.

April 8 - June 18

Pati Hill: "Tonal Prints"

Spring and summer

"Hindsight-Foresight: Art for the New Millenniumē Eight to 10 internationally known artists will create pieces using new technologies, while examining the role of the artist in the 21st century. The artists will work with community groups on site-specific projects. Participants include Daniel Reeves, Ann Hamilton, Agnes Denes, Suzanne Helmuth, Mel Chin, Dennis Oppenheim, Bill Viola, Jock Reynolds, Michael Mercil, Zucco Possi, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and U.Va.'s Bill Bennett and Rosemarie Fiore.


Feb. 17-19 & 23-26

  • Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" Directed by Doug Sprigg

April 17-19 & 23-26

  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" Set design by visiting New York scenic designer William Clark


© Copyright 1999 by the Rector and Visitors
of the University of Virginia

UVa Home Page UVa Events Calendar Top News UVa Home Page