Another banner semester has come to a close. Join us as we look back on the incredible accomplishments of the College of Fine Arts students and faculty.
Welcomed Two New Deans: To better serve the community and campus, Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones named two new Assistant Deans to serve in his cabinet. Brooke Horejsi, who is the new Executive Director of Kingsbury Hall joined with a dual appointment as Assistant Dean for Art & Creative Engagement and Kelby McIntyre-Martinez joined as Assistant Dean for Arts Education & Community Engagement.
Distinguished Alumni Awards: Each fall semester the College of Fine Arts honors alums from each academic unit whose innovation, artistic visions, and talent shape the arts in communities around the world. In 2014, six alumnae were honored during October’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Assembly.
Art & Art History
Faculty member Ed Bateman’s work was honored by the Lumen Prize, the leading award for digital art, and his piece was also featured on the 2014 Lumen Prize publicity materials.
Every three years the faculty of the Department of Art & Art History showcase their latest works at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This year’s exhibition “New Narratives” included works across the studio areas and made for an impressive show.
Utah Ballet’s fall concert featured world-premiere works by renowned choreographer Charlotte Boye-Chistensen and visiting faculty member Eloy Barragan. Maggie Wright Tesch staged “Grand Pas des Finacees” to round out the concert offerings.
Film & Media Arts
The Department of Film & Media Arts hosted its fourth annual F&MAD Fest, the U’s annual student film festival, on Oct. 5. Between dozens of submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, including animation, narrative films, and documentary-style short films, the festival screened 12 films. Three awards were presented to the best of each category, and the audience voted on their favorite for the Audience Choice Award.
Recent graduate Curtis Whitear produced “Down the Hole,” the story of a man believing to follow God’s direction down an abandoned mine shaft, only to find his own demise. Whitear’s film was awarded Best Fiction Film as well as the Audience Choice award.
Best Animated Film, “Tom and M.E.” by MFA candidate Michael Edwards, is an animated interview with longtime film professor, Tom Sobchack.
And Best Nonfiction Film, “Iron Cowboy” by Cameron Goold, tells the story of Utah’s world record-breaking triathlete James Lawrence.
Reflecting on experiences of the Berlin Cultural Exchange Program, Associate Professor Sharee Lane discussed the history of the program and how it engages students with international experiences and crosses the boundaries of modern dance and ballet.
The Performing Dance Company’s fall concert featured an array thematically inspired pieces of choreography. As the premier performing group in the Department of Modern Dance, the concert was a hit.
The annual Camerata Awards honored Maurice Abravanel and Obert C. Tanner for their incredible contributions to the School of Music. Conductor Maurice Abravanel’s works were especially celebrated with a series of events. Dr. Robert Baldwin commented, “Every musician in Utah owes him a great debt for paving the way to artistic excellence.”
The School of Music welcomed three new faculty appointments in Fall 2014. Jonathan Campbell joined as Director of Jazz Ensembles; Dr. Nicole Robinson was permanently made the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Music Education; and Postdoctoral Fellow Anne McNamara joined the School of Music as one of the Raymond C. Morales fellows.
In October, the Department of Theatre produced the World Premiere production of THE OWL GIRL by Monica Raymond. In conjunction with the opening, the playwright visited campus and participated in several events to promote and discuss the play and the issues it investigates.
The Musical Theatre Program’s production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA received rave reviews for its strong vocal and comic performances, as well as for its simple, yet powerful staging.