Category: Arts

UGA Holiday Concert Dec. 4 and 5

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Holiday-Concerts.jpgThe great tradition afforded by a campus symphony orchestra and dynamic choral program returns with the UGA Holiday Concert preformances Dec. 4 & 5 in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall:

The concert brings together hundreds of student musicians from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music for an evening of seasonal selections by the UGA Symphony Orchestra, British Brass Band, Jazz Band and choirs.

"These concerts are one of the events that usher in the holiday season here in Athens," said Dale Monson, Hodgson School director. "They occupy a special place in our hearts and in university life."

The 2014 Holiday Concert is sponsored by Sylvia Harley Arant and Dolly and Bill Barstow.

Tickets for the program, part of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music's 2nd Thursday Scholarship Concert Series, are $25 for the general public and $5 for students. For tickets, call the UGA Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or see www.uga.edu/pac.

An uplifting of all that is the best of the holiday season, this concert is not to be missed. Perfect for finding that festive mood sure to last all season, start your own tradition with family at the UGA Holiday Concert.

Open House at the Dodd Nov. 13

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Dodd_bridge.jpgTonight from 5-8 pm the Lamar Dodd School of Art throws open its doors as part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival. The open house includes exhibit space and studios in the:

School of Art Main Building, Ceramics Building & Thomas Street Building
Demonstrations, activities, exhibitions, lectures & more, including the Visual Resource Library, Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Scientific Illustration, Art-X, Photography, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking and Bookarts, Fabric Design, Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals and Sculpture. 

The Dodd is a perpetual motion machine of people, learning, making, showing, sharing and yes, art. Come out this evening and look around the place, look at some work, have a conversation, see what all the fuss is about. River Road on east campus.

 

Dance students to premiere choreography at 2014 Senior Exit Concert

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Senior Exit Poster 2014.jpgThe UGA department of dance will present the 2014 Senior Exit Dance Concert on November 12-14 at 8 p.m. in the New Dance Theater in the Dance Building on Sanford Drive.  The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department presents this three-day event as part of the university's Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

The senior showcase is a demonstration of the unique artistic talents of the department of dance's senior bachelor’s degree candidates. Seniors Mollie Henry, Kalela Massey, Mirna Minkov, and Emi Murata will premiere their works at this week’s performances. 

In addition to creating works, the seniors will also be performing in their peers’ choreographic premieres. The work featured in the concert reflects each choreographer’s individual background and movement vocabulary, promising an evening of contemporary dance that is sure to delight. 

Advanced tickets are available for purchase at www.pac.uga.edu or via phone at 706-542-4400. Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tate Student Center ticket counter, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with cash, personal check, Bulldog Bucks, or major credit card. Tickets are also available at the door beginning at 7:00 p.m. before each performance. General admission ticket prices are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. Because of limited seating for the three nights of performances, advance purchase is strongly recommended.

For more information on the Senior Exit Concert, please contact the department of dance at 706-542-4415 or visit www.dance.uga.edu. For more information on Spotlight on the Arts visit www.arts.uga.edu.

Focus on the Faculty: Chris Garvin

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garvin-chris.jpgSpotlight on the Arts week continues, and UGA has Lamar Dodd School of Art director Chris Garvin highlighted in its Focus on the Faculty feature:

How does your research or scholarship inspire your teaching, and vice versa?

Being trained as a painter who has practiced primarily as a designer helps me bring a balanced approach to my teaching. I feel I have sensitivity for both the artistic impulse and the business acumen that our students need to thrive in an ever-changing world. My teaching has really helped to nurture my ability to be a good listener. Teaching in any field is a performance art but studio pedagogy is live theater. Like any good performer, your ability to act and react and to improvise is a vital skill. I think my practice is greatly improved by my experiences in that type of classroom. That skill set translates very well to a client meeting, a pitch and a boardroom and maybe, most importantly, to being empathetic with the people you work with.

What do you hope students gain from their classroom experience with you?

I hope they have fun learning. My job is to take this content and help them find a place in their lives where it makes sense, is helpful and guides them to find their path. There is no one correct way to do most things, and there is no one path to a creative career. What I hope to give my students is a way to internalize the material and shape their point of view. The second part of that is reminding them that success is something we all define for ourselves; it is a highly personal and subjective metric. Without that understanding it is difficult to weather the ups and downs they will all face in their lives.

Describe your ideal student.

I don’t know if there is an ideal student for me. But I have often said that one of the reasons I so enjoy teaching freshmen is that they have this wonderful cocktail of fear and enthusiasm and dreams and energy that will fuel them to run through walls. I love trying to harness that, help them pick a direction and then letting them run. What I hope students can hear from me is to stay open to new experiences and ideas. Students who get that are a joy to work with.

Arts education at UGA received a great boost with Garvin's arrival - and it was already doing very well. Great time to be a learning creator on this campus.

Spotlight • Slingshot

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Spotlight-Slingshot-logo-square.jpgThe Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts has taken our soon-to-be three-year-old Spotlight on the Arts festival up to the mountaintop, wizened it beyond its years into a learned and marvelous, venerable arts festival joining the best of campus with some of the greatest parts of Athens (as we know it) and brought it back to College Square for an unimaginably fantastic concert this week:

Spotlight • Slingshot is a free public concert on College Square in downtown Athens featuring five acclaimed local and national acts, many including UGA graduates and attendees.

Topping the bill will be an orchestrated performance of 1970s Memphis band Big Star’s legendary Third album, with an all-star band featuring original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Chris Stamey of the dB’s, Mitch Easterof Let’s Active, Pat Sansone of Wilco, and Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of Big Star and The Posies. Special guests will include local artists T. Hardy Morris and Thayer Sarrano.

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Local acts The Glands, New Madrid, Blacknerdninja, andRuby the RabbitFoot will share the bill. The Glands, who released two acclaimed albums in 1997 and 2000, will be playing just their second show in Athens since headlining AthFest in 2012. Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers has called the band’s self-titled second album “my favorite album of this century and also my all-time favorite album ever to come out of Athens, Georgia.”

This is what the Spotlight is for. Let it shine brightly. See you downtown Saturday.

Uma Nagendra Dances her Ph.D.

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This is a quite visionary joining of art and science:

University of Georgia doctoral student Uma Nagendra flipped and twisted her way to the top prize in the seventh annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest for her video explaining biology research through an aerial dance performance.

The contest, sponsored by Science Magazine, the Association of the Advancement of Science and HighWire Press, challenged scientists around the world to explain their Ph.D. research through the art form of dance. Nagendra's video was chosen from 12 finalists as the overall winner by an expert panel of scientists and artists. Her video also won first place in the biology category.

Nagendra, a student in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of plant biology, studies how forests regenerate after severe disturbances like tornadoes.

n 2005, Nagendra's home city of New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This piqued her interest in studying how the natural world recovers from disasters. Nagendra began her doctorate at UGA in 2011 and set out to research tornadoes, a more readily occurring disaster.

Nagendra attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts part time as a high school student but later shifted her attention to science as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College.

"From the moment I first saw a Dance Your Ph.D. video, I knew I would enter the contest someday," she said. "I really think that art can help communicate scientific ideas and fuel creative thinking."

Negritud in Latin American Art

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Solis.jpgGreat panel discussion on tap tonight in the Lamar Dodd School of Art:

 The Dodd Galleries present a panel discussion on the exhibition "Negritud in Latin American Art" this evening in Gallery 101, 6-7pm.

Join Dodd art instructor Stanley Bermudez discuss his curated exhibition "Negritud in Latin American Art" with Lesley Feracho, associate professor in the department of romance languages and the Institute of African-American Studies and Ximena González-Parada, a PhD candidate in romance languages.​

That's tonight, in Gallery 101. 6-7pm. The exhibition features art from members of the Atlanta art collective Contrapunto and several New York artists, the works in this exhibition exemplify the often over-looked but integral influence of African culture on art of Latin America and the Caribbean. Artists featured in the exhibit include Dio-genes Abreu, Jorge Arcos, Stanley Bermúdez, Ismael Checo, Pedro Fuertes, Dora López, Alexis Mendoza, José Peña, Carlos Solis, Luis Stephenberg, Juana Valdes, & Reinaldo Vargas. Curated by Dodd art professor Stanley Bermudez and Atlanta artist Carlos Solis.

Four Thirty-Three: Spotlight on Scholarship

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In 1952, American experimental composer John Cale composed a three-movement composition, Four minutes, thirty-three seconds, or Four thirty-three. Written for any instrument or combination of instruments, the score instructs the performer(s) not to play their instrument(s) during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements. The piece purports to consist of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed, although it is commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence". The title refers to the total length in minutes and seconds of a given performance, 4′33″ being the total length of the first public performance, and a standard length of 'canned music.' Cage intended to sell the composition to the Musak Company.

A reflection of the influence of Zen Buddhism on Cage, the piece challenged audiences to reconsider the function of art and the borders between traditional art disciplines and between artistic practice and philosophy.

For the 2014 Spotlight on the Arts Festival, the Arts Council is riffing on this idea in a competition aimed at UGA graduate students:

The UGA Arts Council is seeking graduate students to participate in the inaugural “4 minutes, 33 seconds: Spotlight on Scholarship” competition. The event, which will award two prizes of $433 each, will give the campus community insight into the scholarship and research in the arts conducted by University of Georgia graduate students.

For the competition, graduate students have 4 minutes, 33 seconds to describe their research. They can use up to 33 visual aid slides to help explain the topic. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 in the Chapel, as part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Points will be awarded based on performance, originality and passion, as well as conciseness, comprehension, engagement and ability to convey the research to a non-specialist audience. Sound and props are permitted.

Two winners will be chosen: one by a panel of faculty within and outside the arts and another chosen as an audience favorite. The winners will receive support for their research in the form of an award of $433 each.

Today is the dealine for entries. Graduate students can apply by emailing camiew@uga.edu and CC’ing your department’s Arts Council representative (for a list of Arts Council representatives, see http://arts.uga.edu/about/uga-arts-council-directory/). The email should contain your name, degree objective and a paragraph that clearly, succinctly and compellingly describes your research topic and its significance to a non-specialist audience. A subcommittee of the Arts Council will determine the participants.

Here's Cale's Paris 1919

 

 

University Theatre presents 'The Great Gatsby'

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Great-Gatsby.jpgOne of the blog's favorite American novels and fictional protagonists comes to the Fine Arts Theatre beginning November 6:

University Theatre at the University of Georgia will present "The Great Gatsby," adapted for the stage by Simon Levy from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel and directed by T. Anthony Marotta, on Nov. 6-8 and 12-14 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances Nov. 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Additional events surrounding this Spotlight on the Arts feature include a small opening night reception Nov. 6, "A Party with Gatsby" Nov. 7 and a special matinee for area high school groups Nov. 11.

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When Fitzgerald published the novel in 1925, "it was written about and gifted to a generation that, for the first time in America's history, was under the spell of the media," Marotta explained. "Americans were suddenly being supplied with a stream of images depicting how the ‘haves' look and live. We, mostly the ‘have-nots', have been watching closely ever since.

"While the era may look different and seem far away, we have much in common with people in this play, and the expectations they project onto the American Dream."

To make the connection between the past and the present, Marotta's team is creating an immersive experience in which audience members will be offered the option to receive text messages that supplement the action onstage during the performance. There will be a "phone-free" area for patrons that wish to opt out of this supplementary feature of the production.

Spotlight on the Arts, and how. This wonderfully ambitious production will be one of the great highlights not just of this year's festival but of the academic year. Good luck to our students and faculty. Let's come out and enjoy this great effort. Tickets here.

Graduate Acting Ensemble: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

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Danny.pngThe Graduate Acting Ensemble in the department of theatre and film studies will present a two-night engagement Oct. 21-22 in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building - Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley:

A violent maniac and a neglectful mother walk into a bar, but the only punch lines are the scars they carry with them. Danny wants to fight his way out of this vicious world, and Roberta wants punishment for her awful life choices. When they cross paths one night in a dingy Bronx bar, they might be each other's last hope for redemption.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. The production contains adult content and themes, so discretion is advised. The Graduate Acting Ensemble is comprised of MFA students in the department and advised by professor Ray Paolino.