Rich with collaborative projects, innovative research, and powerful performances, the College of Fine Arts enjoyed a successful Spring 2015 semester. Join us in taking a look back at our students, alumni, and faculty’s news and achievements.
Naomi Natale: The Art of Revolution
Artist and activist Naomi Natale of the One Million Bones Project came to campus to speak about art and social change for the annual David P. Gardner Lecture Series in collaboration with the College of Humanities. Featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and in Slug Magazine.
Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones, “Songs My Mother Taught Me”
As part of the School of Music’s Sundays @ 7, Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones performed a collection of songs from classic Negro spirituals to a full Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Featured in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Honoring the achievements of the graduating class of 2015, the outstanding seniors are selected by each academic unit to acknowledge their academic and artistic excellence.
Art & Art History
Mural class provides art backdrops for Cinderella
As part of Utah Ballet’s “Cinderella,” Professor Kim Martinez’s Mural class was commissioned to create the backdrops in a collaborative effort. The Lyric Opera Ensemble also used the backdrops for their production of Massenet’s “Cenrdrillon.” Featured by the Salt Lake Tribune.
Art & Activism
“Rethink, Reconnect, Rejuvenate” was the title of the socially-engaged art event held in collaboration with Earth Day. Led by Assistant Professor Wendy Wischer, the Art, Action, and the Environment course held signs of Utah photography to connect with community members in conversations about conservation and preservation. Featured in Catalyst Magazine, on KRCL’S Radioactive, and by the Huffington Post.
Utah Ballet presents “Cinderella”
As the centerpiece of the college-wide collaboration for “Cinderella,” the Department of Ballet’s steampunk fairytale graced the Kingsbury Hall stage for a weekend of stellar dancing, music, film clips, and art. Featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and Catalyst Magazine.
Bidding the graduating class a fond farewell, the Department of Ballet’s annual senior showcase allowed outgoing seniors the chance to grace the Hayes Christensen Theatre stage one last time.
Film & Media Arts
Alumnus Matt Porwoll wins at Sundance
Following his work on Oscar-winning documentary “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” Porwoll also won the 2015 Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Cinematography for “Cartel Land.”
Famed Pixar director and producer speak on campus
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera of Pixar spoke to a packed house at the UMFA to share insight about their upcoming film “Inside Out.” Featured in Slug Magazine.
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company collaboration
Local professional dance company Ririe-Woodbury recruited students within the Department of Modern Dance to perform in their SPRING SEASON production, allowing students professional experience and exposure.
Guest Artist: Dr. Ananya Chatterjea
The Department of Modern Dance hosted guest artist and professor Dr. Ananya Chatterjea for a lecture and performance on her work exploring social justice and art.
School of Music
Three Top Classical Performances
Snagging three of the 10 top classical performances by Salt Lake Magazine, the School of Music’s Barlow Bradford, Robert Breault, and Hasse Borup were each honored on the list. Salt Lake Magazine feature.
Miguel Chuaqui named new director of School of Music
Following a year tenure as interim director of the School of Music, Miguel Chuaqui, PhD was appointed to fill the position permanently.
The Threepenny Opera named one of Top Classical Performances
Salt Lake Magazine named the Department of Theatre’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera.” Salt Lake Magazine feature.
Performing Arts Deisgn Program ranked in nation’s top 5
Gaining recognition from OnStage blog for its excellent resources, the Performing Arts Design Program ranked fourth on their list.
3D printing technology meets theatre props
With the vision of faculty members Michael Horejsi and Kyle Becker and help from the Marriott Library, the 3D-printed statue bust for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened doors for students to experiment with technical design.