It’s that time of year—the bustle of winter energy, the excitement for time shared with family and friends, and the time to reflect on a passing year. While you prepare for Winter Break, the College of Fine Arts and the arts organizations on campus are ready to help put you in the holiday spirit.

Here are the listings of the holiday-themed happenings in store over the next few weeks. Enjoy a safe, happy, and beautiful holiday season!

School of Music

It doesn’t feel like the holidays until you hear your favorite holiday tunes. Join the School of Music in celebrating the season with these events. These concerts are FREE to U of U students with a valid student ID (U & the Arts Pass).

December 4: Trumpet Ensemble Holiday Concert
December 6: Flute Choir Concert
December 8: Harp Ensemble
December 11: Annual Piano Outreach Christmas Concert
December 12 & 13: University Choirs Holiday Concert
December 14: Faculty Showcase Holiday Concert

Department of Art & Art History-December 9-11: Art & Art History Holiday Sale

Looking for the perfect gift? Students studying in the Department of Art & Art History have you covered. With a variety of one-of-a-kind items, you are sure to find unique student-created items at the annual Holiday Sale in the Gittins Gallery.








Babcock Performing Readers present “Merry Christmas, George Bailey” December 4-6

This professional group of actors and theatre practitioners will perform a staged reading of the holiday classic “Merry Christmas, George Bailey” based on the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The cast will be accompanied by KUER with radio sound effects.

Pioneer Theatre Company-December 5-20: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

The Tony-Award winning “Peter and the Starcatcher” graces Pioneer Theatre Company’s stage for a holiday offering that’s perfectly magical, and magically perfect, for audiences of all ages.





Utah Museum of Fine Arts-December 6: Holiday Market

Support local artisans at the annual Holiday Market. Featuring handcrafted items, complimentary gift-wrapping, and plenty of variety; this event will help you find gifts for all the arts enthusiasts on your list.

Kingsbury Hall-December 17-23: Redux NUT-Cracker

Odyssey Dance Theatre presents a new take on the holiday ballet classic “The Nutcracker” with “Redux NUT-Cracker.” Reimagined with hip-hop and jazz dance styles, this updated version keeps its original Tchaikovsky score to enlighten and surprise audiences with its familiar story.


In case you missed some of the incredible performances at the Marriott Center for Dance this semester by the Department of Modern Dance and the Department of Ballet, there is still time. The final performances of the Fall 2014 semester are nice bookends to a fantastic semester.

Department of Ballet: Ballet Ensemble December 11-13

Featuring a unique mix of classical and contemporary choreography, the Ballet Ensemble offers a taste of collaborative and inventive ballet pieces with the staging of Petipa’s La Bayadere by Ballet faculty member Calvin Kitten and new pieces by Assistant Professor Lecturer Jennifer Weber, who joined the Ballet faculty this fall. This is the first of her choreographic efforts to grace the MCD stage. Modern Dance faculty member Eric Handman also lends new choreography to this evening of dance.

December 11, 5:30 p.m.
December 12, 7:30 p.m.
December 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Department of Modern Dance: Graduate Thesis Concert December 4-6

The Department of Modern Dance presents “The Theory of  . . .” a concert that celebrates the culmination of the choreographic research of Modern Dance MFA candidates. In addition to student-produced works, “The Theory of…” features a dance co-created by guest artist Netta Yerushalmy with all six of the Graduate candidates.

This thesis concert highlights the works of Nathan Dryden, Carly Schaub, Kelly Bruce, and Wenting Sun. The title “The Theory of...” is much like the choreographic work being presented...contemplative, but avoids being too serious. The choreographic process stems from questions about misunderstandings, unintended humor, bittersweet absence, identity, self-awareness, self-inhibitors and physical habits.  Dancers featured in the concert are University of Utah undergraduates and alums, as well as several professional dancers from the Salt Lake City dance community.

December 4, 5:30 p.m.
December 5, 7:30 p.m.
December 6, 7:30 p.m.

U of U Students receive FREE admission to performances in the Marriott Center for Dance with a valid student ID (U & the Arts Pass).

Other ticket prices for the Ballet Ensemble and Graduate Thesis Concert: $12 adults, $8 children/seniors/faculty and staff

AuthorThe Finer Points

Out of 700 submissions by artists from more than 40 countries, Department of Art & Art History faculty member Ed Bateman was selected as one of 25 artists considered for the 2014 Lumen Prize, an internationally-acclaimed award for digitally-created works, or as The Guardian’s Arts and Culture blog describes it, the “pre-eminent Digital Art Prize.” The honor is bestowed annually in Cardiff, Wales at a Winner’s Ceremony, where Professor Bateman recently returned from attending.

“For me, one of the best things was the opportunity to meet and interact with artists from other countries. It was a fantastic gathering of artists with so much in common and so much to talk about,” Bateman said.

Professor Bateman describes his own style residing within a unique space between photography and printmaking using extensive 3D technologies.

In addition to being part of the top 25, his work was featured on the publicity for the annual exhibition. “I was especially pleased that they selected my work to represent the show and to be invited to present my work at a master’s seminar,” Bateman said.

"Specimen One" by Ed Bateman

"Specimen One" by Ed Bateman

The selected piece, titled “Specimen One,” reflects on the powerful interaction of humans and nature. Bateman comments, “Biology is a powerful metaphor and its tangible manipulation in the world around us changes not just its own nature, but the nature of our understanding of the world we rely on.”

Professor Bateman will travel to New York in December to speak about digital art at the School of Visual Arts in connection with the Lumen Prize.

“Specimen One” is part of the traveling exhibition, which makes stops in Greece, New York City, London, and Amsterdam.

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Strut is an exhibition of recent work from faculty in the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts and College of Architecture + Planning, representing theatre, studio art, architecture, film, and music. 

The exhibitors were asked to contemplate how their work embraces and reflects the theme, Strut.  Pride, posturing, and impressions run through many of the pieces; their subjects exude a sense of self-confidence and swagger, and they command your attention. Others create forms that withstand naturally destructive phenomena: weather, decay, and entropy. For these artists and designers, Strut also refers to structural elements that come alive and survive in a constant state of tension. 

The exhibit features the works of:

  • Anne Mooney (Architecture)
  • Brenda Van der Wiel  (Theatre)
  • Christopher Lee (Film & Media Arts)
  • Erin Carraher (Architecture)
  • Lisa Chaufty (Music)
  • Maureen O’Hara Ure (Art & Art History: Studio Arts)
  • Miguel Chuaqui (Music) 
  • Prescott Muir (Architecture)

Strut exhibition runs October 21, 2014-January 5, 2015. Exhibits on view on Levels 1 and 2 of the J. Willard Marriott Library.