Points of Pride lists faculty, student and alumni achievements. It is accumulated and produced three times a year, generally in January, March, and October.
Grants and Awards
Congratulations!! The following people won awards this summer from the Lincoln Arts Council's Mayor's Arts Awards, presented June 2 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts:
- Gail Kendall, Professor of Ceramics, Artistic Achievement Award.
- Liz Shea-McCoy, Arts Are Basic Teaching Artist, Leadership Award.
- Judy Hart, Arts Are Basic Teaching Award and Theatre Alum, Sam Davidson Theatre Award.
- Joseph M. Ruffo, Professor Emeritus and retired Chairman of the Department of Art and Art History, Gladys Lux Education Award.
- Lentz Center for Asian Culture, Event of the Year: "Arts of Tibet: Object and Performance."
Congratulations!! The following School of Music students placed at the Nebraska National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2004 Auditions:
- First Year Women: Natalie Tavlin (2nd place) and Emily Chapman (Finalist).
- First Year Men: Drew Neneman (2nd place), Mikah Meyer (3rd place), William Shirer (Finalist) and Brandon Tait (Finalist).
- Sophomore Women: Anna DeGraff (1st place), Antonella Delli Carpini (2nd place), Jennifer Weiman (3rd place) and Bekah Freeman (Finalist).
- Sophomore Men: Tom Hurd (2nd place) and Josh Ritter (3rd place).
- Junior Women: Tertia Hock (1st place), Lauren Ryckman (Finalist) and Stephanie Spady (Finalist).
- Junior Men: Salvatore Vasta (3rd place).
- Senior Men: Ryan Powell (2nd place).
- Graduate Men and Women: Jennifer Booth (1st place), Chris Deaton (2nd place), Kristé Belt (3rd place), Erica Koehring (3rd place) and Sarah Thrasher (Finalist).
The book Alison Stewart, Associate Professor of Art History, co-edited on gender and Northern Renaissance art, Saints, Sinners and Sisters. Gender and Northern Art in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, which was published before Christmas last year, received an Honorable Mention award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW). The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of SSEMW on October 29 in Toronto.
The School of Music Opera Program received a $6,000 grant from the Woods Charitable Fund to support the Amahl and the Night Visitors project with the Lincoln Public Schools.
The "Holiday Harmonies" program, a holiday production by NETV that the Varsity Men's Chorus made last year, was nominated for a Heartland Regional Emmy award in the category of "Entertainment Program." The Varsity Men's Chorus is under the direction of Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities Peter Eklund. The Heartland Region covers five states: Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Cheyenne, Wyo., Topeka and Wichita, Kan.
Karen Janovy, Sheldon Curator of Education, received the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Roscoe Shields Award for leadership and enhancing the quality of art education for Nebraskans at its annual fall conference on October 8.
Scott Anderson, Associate Professor of Trombone, performed with a number of ensembles throughout the summer and early fall, including the Omaha Symphony, the Heartland of America Band, and most recently, as second trombonist with the Minnesota Orchestra. Anderson will premier Professor and Composer-in-Residence Randall Snyder's "more flips and minor fugues" on his UNL Faculty Recital. Fall 2004 also saw the formation of the University of Nebraska Brass Quintet. The quintet has added Craig Bircher, Associate Principal Trumpet with the Omaha Symphony and will perform its first recital together on November 8 at Cornerstone Church.
John Bailey, Larson Professor of Flute, was featured in David Maslanka's "Song Book" for solo flute and wind ensemble, with the UNL Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Barber at the group's April concert in Kimball Hall. In May, he conducted the International Flute Orchestra (35 professional flutists from the U.S. and Canada) on tour in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and the Slovenian Flute Festival, performing transcriptions of major works by Mozart, BartÃ³k, Liszt and DvorÃ¡k, as well as original works for flute orchestra. As President of the National Flute Association, Bailey presided over board meetings at the annual national convention in Nashville, Tenn., in August. His English translation made possible a bilingual (German/English) edition of Wolfgang Guggenberger's "Basics Plus" trumpet method, published this summer.
Diane Barger, Associate Professor of Clarinet, was a featured soloist in a recital at the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest in Maryland. While at ClarinetFest, Barger served as Coordinator of the ICA's annual High School Solo Competition and was selected as the next ICA Treasurer.
Paul Barnes, Associate Professor of Piano and Co-Chair Piano Area, received numerous accolades and media coverage of his premiere of the Philip Glass Piano Concerto in September, as well as an August 27 article on soundgenerator.com, and rave reviews in the Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald.
Ron Bartels, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, had "Night Now," a digital print created from his palette of video imagery, selected for the 29th Annual Open Exhibition at Gallery 405 in Roseville, Calif. This archival inkjet on polyester substrate print was chosen for its merits in advancing digital printing and new genre technology. Thirty-five pieces from 384 entries were selected for this exhibition, which runs through October 30. Also, Bartels' graphic identity for "Deconstruction" was selected as a finalist from Nebraska and will be published in January 2005 in The Creativity Annual, a publication used by professional and institutional organizations as a guide book for creative talent. Creativity, Inc. sponsors this yearly competition.
Peter Bouffard, Lecturer of Guitar, has been commissioned to write the music for an upcoming Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble concert in October. The performance will feature, among others, Associate Professor of Trumpet Darryl White and Professor Emeritus of Trumpet Dennis Schneider.
Mark Clinton, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano, joined with Professor John Bailey on September 19 in a recital of works for flute and piano by Schubert, Blumer and Professor and Composer-in-Residence Randall Snyder.
The Clinton/Narboni Duo, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano Mark Clinton and Senior Lecturer in Piano Nicole Narboni, joined with the Pendulum Percussion Duo in a unique program of works for two pianos and percussion on May 12 at Ohio State University. The four musicians joined forces in works by BartÃ³k, Tailleferre and Daugherty. During July, Clinton and Narboni taught and performed at the inaugural Chamber Music Institute held at UNL. More recently, they appeared as guest soloists with the Springfield (Mo.) Symphony Orchestra performing the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor. The music critic for the Springfield News-Leader praised their "piquant perusal" of the Poulenc, and their "passionate account" of the Romance from Rachmaninoff's Second Suite, which they offered as an encore.
Michael Cochran, Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy, ended the last few weeks of the spring semester by touring as a soloist with the UNL Men's Chorus and by singing the tenor solos in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. In early May, he served as a master clinician and guest teacher at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Cochran also presented a recital of Rakhmaninov songs for the UNLV students and faculty. In June, he was invited to be a guest lecturer for the Vocal Pedagogy courses at Indiana University in Bloomington. In July, he performed songs by Marc Blitzstein and served as an adjudicator at the NATS National Convention in New Orleans. Because of the success of his Rakhmaninov song recital at the 2004 MTNA National Conference, Cochran was invited to perform a Tchaikovsky song recital at the 2005 MTNA National Conference in Seattle. He served as Coordinator for the State NATS Auditions held at UNL on October 5.
Theatre Arts Chairman Jeff Elwell's play, "The Confirmation" (a finalist at the 2003 Samuel French Festival) was performed at the first Playwright's Showcase of the Western Region at the Arvada Center in Arvada, Colo., in August. The works of 28 emerging playwrights - short scenes, one-acts, children's plays and full-lengths - were presented as staged readings with the volunteer help of 128 actors and 29 directors representing nearly every significant theater company in the metro Denver area. Elwell has recently been appointed as the first permanent Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. The appointment is effective November 15.
Quentin Faulkner, Larson Professor of Organ, was invited to deliver a lecture, "Pius X and Vatican II on Participation: 60 Years and Culture Apart," on September 24 at the Convention of the Society for Catholic Liturgy at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. On September 27, he delivered an address, "Singing by the Assembly: Is It Worth the Effort?" at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.
Ed Forde, Professor of Art and Chairman of the Department of Art and Art History, was invited to participate in a panel presentation at the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education Regional Conference at California State University Northridge on September 10. The panel topics included the design and assessment of student learning outcomes for art and design foundation programs. In his presentation, Forde discussed the recent assessment of the Visual Literacy interdisciplinary program at UNL.
Dana Fritz, Associate Professor of Visual Literacy, has had her work included in several exhibitions this fall, including a two-person exhibition at Kansas Wesleyan University entitled "Cultivars," as well as the following group exhibitions: "Within the Garden" at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.; "MarkedâNew Topographies" at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, N.Y.; "Eclectic Visions" at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.; "Different Spaces and Places" at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo.; and the "UNL Art and Design Faculty Exhibition" at University Place Art Center in Lincoln. One of her photographs has recently been admitted to the Center for Photography at Woodstock, whose permanent collection is housed at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Fritz has also been invited to participate in the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Midwest Photographers Project, where her work will be featured in the museum's downtown Chicago viewing room for two years.
Lisa Fusillo, Professor of Dance, helped organize an Arts Festival sponsored by the Southeast Regional Program for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The festival was held in March in Mabel Lee Hall on campus.
Gail Kendall, Professor of Ceramics, is a presenter at the "Utilitarian Clay Symposium" held once every four years at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, Tenn. One of her ceramics pieces was the artwork featured on the Meadowlark Chamber Music Festival this summer. In May, she participated in the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, a weekend "Artist's-Invite-Artists" event in Minnesota. In August, she was in a small group exhibition called "Just Desserts" at the Santa Fe Clay Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M.
The Moran Trio, Diane Barger, Associate Professor of Clarinet, William McMullen, Professor of Oboe, and Albie Micklich, Assistant Professor of Bassoon, traveled to Melbourne, Australia, in July to perform at the International Double Reed Society held at Monash University.
Nicole Narboni, Senior Lecturer in Piano, collaborated with mezzo-soprano Shelley Waite on September 12 on the Organ Vespers Series at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Omaha. The program featured works by Mozart, Dvorak, Ravel, de Falla, Jackson Berkey and Mark Adamo.
Mo Neal, Associate Professor of Sculpture, had her sculpture piece, "After," selected for the Plains Art Museum's annual "Art on the Plains" exhibition. Curated and juried by Eleanor Heartney, the show is open until January 23, 2005, at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D. Neal was also an invited visiting artist and lecturer at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, from September 20-22. The visit was hosted by Professor Sara Waters, Texas Tech Professor of Sculpture, and Joe Arredondo, Texas Tech Gallery Director. Activities included a public lecture and 16 critiques with graduate students.
Liz Nesi, Lecturer in Dance, and her Dance Composition class were featured in a September 18, 2004, Lincoln Journal Star story on liturgical dance.
Glenn Nierman, Associate Director of the School of Music and Steinhart Professor of Music Education, made four presentations at the XXVI World Congress of the International Society for Music Education in Tenerife, Spain, in July. In addition to a research presentation documenting the results of a survey regarding All-State Chorus formats, his other paper topics included "Understanding Music Teacher Education: The Generalist vs. the Specialist," "Understanding the Changing Nature of Music Teacher Education in the United States," and "MISTEC Goal 2: Effective Teaching and Learning (Past, Present and Future)."
Giacomo M. Oliva, Dean and Professor of Music, presided this past July as President of the International Society for Music Education at the Society's XXVI World Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration in Tenerife. He was also an invited participant in the 6th Global Economic Summit of the Music Products Industry in San Diego in August, and gave a performance for the UNL Parents Weekend September 25.
Alison Stewart, Associate Professor of Art History, recently published a book chapter, "Expelling from Top and Bottom. The Changing Role of Scatology in Images of Peasant Festivals from Albrecht DÃ¼rer to Pieter Bruegel" in Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art. Studies in Scatology, edited by Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim (Burlington, Vt., and Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 118-37).
Sharon Teo, Assistant Professor of Film and New Media, held a preview screening of her film, "Almost Normal" on September 25 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Darryl White, Associate Professor of Trumpet, was featured in a July 23, 2004, article in the Kansas City Star.
Robert Woody, Assistant Professor of Music Education, presented a paper at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition at Northwestern University in August. He shared the results of recent research in a presentation titled "Advanced Music Students' Use of Imagery and Metaphor-Based Instruction in Generating Expressive Performance." He also served as chair of several sessions in the area of music education.
Several faculty members from the Department of Art and Art History exhibited their artworks at the University Place Art Center in September. The exhibition, "UNL Faculty Art Exhibition," featured the work of Ron Bartels, Santiago Cal, Judy Cherry, Dana Fritz, Ed Forde, Shelley Fuller, Aaron Holz, Keith Jacobshagen, Michael James, Gail Kendall, Karen Kunc, Lana Miller, Mo Neal, Vince Quevedo, Peter Pinnell, Francisco Souto, Rob Walters, Wendy Weiss and Sandra Williams. This was an extraordinary exhibition that showcased the many talents of UNL faculty from both the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design.
Meredith Brickell (MFA in Art) has received two prizes in competitive exhibitions. One prize went to a cup and saucer, and the other for a sculptural vessel.
Mike Corkle (BFA in Film and New Media) competed in the 2004 Northern Plains Student Entrepreneur Awards program, administered by the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship. As a business owner of a high-tech video production company, Corkle qualified to compete with student entrepreneurs from throughout the Northern Plains region.
Su Harvey (MFA in Art) was accepted into "Feats of Clay," a national ceramics competition of high merit.
Hal Kravig's (BFA in Theatre-Film and New Media) student film will receive the "Excellence in Media Production" Award at the 2004 International Student Media Festival in Chicago on October 22. Nathan Heibel (BFA in Art) created the title and DVD work for Kravig's film.
Sarah MacMillan (MFA in Art) received a scholarship to attend an international symposium in China entitled "A Hundred Years of Porcelain" for three weeks in May.
Catherine Meier (BFA in Art) and Heather Morris (BFA in Art) are the recipients of the Donald Walters Miller Scholarships from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Justin Vibbard (BM) has accepted the Music Librarian position with the Florida West Coast Symphony.
Christopher Werner (DMA), accepted an invitation to conduct one of the Middle School Honors Bands at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for their 38th Honors Band Festival in early November.
Karen Kay Wehrbein Bartholomew (BM 1974) has been a music educator in the public schools in New Jersey for the past 22 years. She completed an M.A. in jazz composition and performance at New York University in May 2003. She was subsequently accepted into the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City, where she continues to pursue jazz composition.
Andrew Bowen (BME 2004) is the new band director at Creighton High School.
Misti Bradford (MFA Theatre Arts 2003) has accepted a year-long paid internship at PCPA TheatreFest in Santa Maria, Calif. In addition to assisting the resident and guest designers, she will also design costumes for three shows.
Dan Bussian (BA Music 2004) has accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Minnesota.
Chris Classen (BFA Art 1999) relocated to Los Angeles and attended graduate school at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He soon realized that painting was what he wanted to do. Since then, he has been in several shows in Los Angeles, published in Surface magazine and has galleries in Denver and Marfa, Texas. Last fall, he received a commission for 20 pieces from a cosmetics company in Beverly Hills for their corporate offices, which is completed.
Kathleen Clement (BA Art 1950) had the following solo exhibitions: 2003 Pablo Goebel Fine Arts and 2004 at the Museum of Natural History in Mexico.
Sarah Detweiler (BFA Art 2000) completed her MFA last spring at the University of Florida at Gainesville with an emphasis in photography. She has been hired as an assistant professor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay beginning this fall, teaching all levels of photography and video.
Adrienne (Walker) Dickson (BFA Musical Theatre 1994) is in her third year of coursework towards the D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at UNL. She is the recipient of both the 2004-2005 Fling Fellowship and a 2004-2005 P.E.O. Scholar Award.
IV Dickson (BA Music 1999) is the new Community Programs Director for Opera Omaha. He started the position in March.
Stephanie Dodd (BA Theatre Arts 2001) received positive reviews for her performance as "Hero" in "Much Ado About Nothing" at Shakespeare and Co. in Lenox, Mass., this summer.
Michael M. Dragen (BME 2001) taught for three years at Kearney High School in Kearney, Mo., where he was the assistant band director. His duties included jazz and beginning band. He is currently freelancing in the Kansas City area as a trombonist and actor, while maintaining a private teaching studio at William Jewell College.
Rob Dutiel (MFA Theatre Arts 2003) has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at Marymount Manhattan College in New York.
Micah Fusselman (BM 2003) moved to Chicago, where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree at Roosevelt University. In the spring of 2003, Fusselman auditioned for and won a cello position to play in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, one of the foremost training orchestras in the world.
Ken Goodwin (BME 1983) is currently Entertainment Manager and a performer at Sing Sing, a dueling piano sing-along club in Denver. He also serves on the board of Performance Now Theatre Company.
Sarah Hammar-Herzer (MM 2001) and Thomas Herzer (UNL guest student, 1999-2000) are now employed as the organists of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. They will also teach in the seminary connected with the Castle Church.
Tom Hedges (BFA Art 1968) is president of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association San Diego Chapter. He is also Marketing Director for RosArt Multimedia, Inc., a leading web development company in Southern California.
Geri Henderson (MM 1984, Ph.D. English 2003) has accepted a position with the New York Institute of Technology and Jordan University of Science and Technology in Amman, Jordan, for the Fall 2004.
Tim Howe (DMA 2003) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Arkansas Tech University in Russelville, Ark. His responsibilities include teaching trombone, euphonium and running the jazz band.
Michael Hrupek (BFA Art and Journalism 1990) is currently creative director for Carlson Companies and has been with the company for seven years. Michael earned his master's degree in communication design from the College of Art and Design based in Minneapolis.
Steven R. Jobman (BME 1980, MM 1982) is the conductor of the renowned 100-voice adult Sanctuary Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa, in an extraordinary Christmas concert made for television entitled "Sing We Now of Christmas: A Festival of Carols." The program has been selected for national distribution to all PBS television stations this coming holiday season. The concert was recorded in widescreen format with five High Definition cameras. Jobman was also highly acclaimed as the conductor and executive producer of First Presbyterian Church's initial PBS offering in 2000, "Rejoice & Sing: A Holiday Celebration" that was broadcast by more than 200 PBS stations in 41 different states and the Virgin Islands.
Hilary Johnson-Hofmaier (BFA Dance 2000) is currently the Spirit Squad Director at Idaho State University. She coaches the Bengal Dancers, cheerleaders and mascot. The ISU Bengal Dancers had their highest national finish to date at the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championship, finishing in 3rd place in April 2004 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Johnson-Hofmaier has been coaching at ISU since Fall 2000.
Jeremy Kolwinska (MM 1999) is the new Low Brass Professor at the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Nathan LeFeber (BME 2003) is the new Director of Bands at Lincoln Christian High School.
Jessica Lindsey (BA Music 2002, MM 2004) is an adjunct faculty member at Doane College in Crete, Neb. She performed in a clarinet recital at Doane on October 12.
Kim Meister (BFA Art 1988) was selected as an artist for Kearney, Nebraska's "Cranes on Parade" project. The artists were selected from a large number of applicants who submitted thumbnail sketches of their decorative intentions for a 6-foot tall fiberglass statue of a Sandhill Crane. Meister's work, entitled "Craneberry and Apple Pie" was displayed in several places in the community, including the area Audubon Center, and it traveled to the Nebraska State Capitol for a week. Meister was excited to be able to combine her interest in the culinary arts with her studies in art to create a piece that would be enticing and entertaining. More information on the project can be found on the web at cranesonparade.com.
Jason C. Meyer (BFA Art 2000) had a review of his sculpture in the September issue of Sculpture Magazine, a publication of the International Sculpture Center. Meyer's work was exhibited at Chicago's Cultural Center. The reviewer was Larry M. Taylor (BA Art History 1999).
Lance Nielsen (BSED 1991, MM 1998) has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the Nebraska Music Educators Association at the November NMEA Clinic/Convention. Nielsen also serves on the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Board.
Karl Nyquist (BA Music 1984) spent two years in East Africa after graduation, then worked in Nebraska in radio. He completed his M.A. in Northern California at Golden Gate University. He is now working for the International Board, a non-profit agency, directing their work in Great Britain and Ireland. Karl and his wife, Marilyn (Eitemiller 1985) and their three children have been living in Glasgow, Scotland, for the last 11 years. They moved this summer to Dublin, Ireland.
Paul Palmer (BFA Art 1993) designed the 2003 University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) football team schedule poster, entitled "A Rebel Town," which was named second in the nation regardless of sport at the College Sports Information Directors of America Convention in July in Calgary, Alberta. In addition, he and Megan Cifala's design for the 2004 Runnin' Rebel Pack the Mack event won the award for best promotional T-shirt from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators at that group's annual convention in Dallas in June.
Martha (Haack) Pettigrew (BFA Art 1972) is one of the foremost sculptors of Mexican and Native American women. Her work has been collected by corporations, municipalities and individuals around the world. Her subjects also include equine and wildlife. Recently the city of Stamford, Conn., installed five major works of hers for a three-month-long exhibition.
Jocelyn Reiter (MM 1962) continued her education at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria, where she received two Artist Diplomasâone in German Lieder and one in Opera. She was also an alto soloist in the Salzburg Cathedral. Subsequently, she was leading Mezzo-soprano in several German and Austrian opera houses and performed a debut recital in the Salle Cortot in Paris. Since returning to the United States, she has been a professor of voice at Millikin University, the University of Iowa and the University of Arizona, while continuing to perform. Taking early retirement to care for a preemie grandson, she was named Professor Emerita by the University of Arizona. As her grandson's health has improved, she is now back at the University and again teaching in the voice faculty. In June she performed the role of the Duchess in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers."
Godwin Sadoh (MM 2000) received his D.M.A. from Louisiana State University in May 2004. He recently submitted a new article, "African Pianism" to ComposerUSA, the newsletter of the National Association of Composers, USA. Another article, "A Cultural Analysis of Fela Sowande's Organ Works" was sent for publication with the Journal of Research in African Literatures in June 2004. His first organ composition, "Nigerian Suite No. 1 for Organ Solo" was published in 2003 by Wayne Leupold Editions. His second one will be published in 2004. Sadoh received an ASCAPLUS award in 2004 in recognition of the performances and publication of his compositions worldwide.
Bryant Scott (BA Music 2003) was selected to play lead trombone in the Disney All-American College Band in Anaheim, California, for the summer. Scott is only one of 40 selected for the band. He is pursuing his Master of Music in jazz studies at DePaul University.
Andy Strain (BA Music 2001) is the principal trombone in the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Mexico.
Travis Walker (MFA Theatre Arts 2003) has accepted a position as Lighting Director for the Kennedy Center touring production of "Tom Sawyer," which opens in December.
Daryn J. Warner (BA Theatre Arts 2001) currently serves as Artistic Associate at Mill Mountain Theatre, a regional theatre located in Roanoke, Virginia. He received his MFA in Theatre Arts in 2004 from Virginia Tech. He was featured in an April 2, 2004, Roanoke Times article entitled "Going Underground" on the Mill Mountain Theatre's new late-night, cutting-edge entertainment series, Underground Roanoke.
Arts Are Basic: In June 2004, a record number of people registered for the Summer Teacher Training Workshop with 37 teachers and seven after-school program staff participating. There were eight teaching artists, including Master Teaching artists. Teachers included those from the Lincoln Public Schools in elementary, middle and high school, as well as from Central City, Hebron, Franklin, First Plymouth Preschool. The staff from the Hispanic Community Center, Lincoln Action Program and Lighthouse also participated. Friends of Arts Are Basic received three grants for a total of $10,000 from Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council and Lincoln Benefit Life to support the workshop. The performance works studied this year that will also be included for student study and performances during the academic year include: Scrap Arts Music (in collaboration with the Lied Center), Bill Bowers, Mime and Reinhold Marxhausen Sound Sculptures (in collaboration with University Place Art Center) The MYArts Project benefited from an Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. donation that provided for 60 at-risk multicultural youth this summer. Susan Brasch, an Arts Are Basic Teaching Artist, worked with youth from the Lefler Lincoln Community Learning Centers, Hispanic Center and Lincoln Action Program. The youth utilized doors as their canvas to paint murals that represented social issues of importance to them. The murals were on display at the First Friday Art Gallery Walk at the Centerville Market in August and the Lincoln Children's Museum in September 2004.
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center: Director Danny Ladely was quoted in an April 1 New York Times article on Emerging Pictures, a company that sent computer hard drives to theatres in five cities (including the MRRMAC in Lincoln) to coincide with the opening of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. The hard drives contained 10 digital films from the documentary festival and were shown simultaneously in the five cities, in addition to Durham.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden: Sheldon's masterpiece "Princess X" by Constantin Brancusi was featured in a Brancusi exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this summer. Jessica Kennedy, Marketing Director, has been appointed to the Downtown Action Team to develop a new Downtown Master Plan. Daniel Siedell, Curator, presented a paper, "The Aesthetic Face of Being: Reassessing Worldview through Art," at the "After Worldview" conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. in September. His article, "In Defense of Curatorial Irrelevance" appears in Curator: A Museum Journal, 47/4, October 2004.