ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jenn Buch, BFA Graphic Design 2012/BMDS Multidisciplinary Studies: Art History, Foreign Literature, Advertising
Jenn Buch, who was a College of Creative Arts Outstanding Graduating Senior in 2012, has been working for the past two years for Callaway Golf in Austin, Texas, as an interactive designer. What’s your story? Send us a blurb and we’ll try to print it in one of our future newsletters. We’d love to hear from you!
Jenn Buch describes herself this way on her website:
doodler. dreamer. earring enthusiast. fresh air fanatic. ice cream lover. silly goose. pen pal. foosball defender. adventurer. face painter. chatter box. traveler. thinker. designer.
Originally from Wheeling, W.Va., Jenn was a WVU Honors Scholar in 2012, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also an outstanding example of a student who was very engaged during her time at WVU. While a student at the CAC, she was active in the Russian Club and the Kappa Pi International Honorary Fraternity, and volunteered at Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Since moving to Austin in October of 2012, Jenn has been working in-house for Callaway Golf Interactive as part of the digital marketing team. Her day-to-day activities include building wireframes, designing landing pages, writing HTML & CSS, and creating graphics for new web content and promotions for any of the Callaway Golf websites.
She has continued her engagement with the community in Austin, where she is currently volunteering as the director of AIGA Austin’s Texas Showa Texas-wide design competition that is open to all Texas design professionals and students.
“I moved to Austin in the fall following graduation and I immediately joined AIGA Austin,” she said. “I am now on the board of directors as the Texas Show Director, which has been an incredible learning experience for me. AIGA has given me the chance to see wonderful speakers, attend great workshops, and most importantly build a network of like-minded and incredibly talented people. I love being involved in AIGA, and I can’t say enough good things about the welcoming creative community that I discovered here in Austin. AIGA is how I met some of my closest friends!”
See Jenn’s website at: http://www.jennbuch.com/
How and Nosm, also known as Raoul and Davide Perre, are identical twin brothers known for their large-scale graffiti-based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The brothers will present the annual Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture in the College of Creative Arts, on Thursday, Jan. 22.
They will speak at 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center’s Bloch Learning and Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
An exhibition of their works will also be on view in the Creative Arts Center’s Paul Mesaros Gallery, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26. The opening reception for the exhibition will follow the lecture at 6 p.m. at the Mesaros Galleries.
How and Nosm also create prints and paintings on canvas, but the aerosol can is paramount in all their public works. Executed in their signature palette of reds, whites, and blacks, the artists’ complex, meticulously detailed designs are populated by geometric patterns and stylized characters engaged in dubious activities.
Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, the brothers’ influence extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia or cities around the United States, you are likely to encounter their work. They have become sought-after artists and are current redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.
Their work frequently references personal history, including their experiences living under Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, and themes of duality that investigate their genetic bond and collaborative endeavors.
For more information, see their website here.
The annual Deem Distinguished Visiting Art Lecture is made possible through a donation to the WVU College of Creative Arts from Alison and Patrick Deem of Bridgeport, W.Va.
Over the years, the Deems have been true leaders in advancing the arts at WVU, and most especially, the education of students. Their Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series has brought internationally recognized artists and their work to the WVU campus, fostering not only student and faculty engagement, but also free public lectures by these artists, providing community access to thought-provoking examples of contemporary art.
How and Nosm
“Growing Up,” 2013, Silkscreen with hand-coloring & spray painting, 52×40 inches, Edition MONO
Image courtesy of Pace Editions Inc.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Selin Balci, Bio-Artist
Selin Balci received her BFA degree from the School of Art and Design in 2008 went on to the University of Maryland for graduate study. She is currently working in Washington, D.C., as a bio-artist and sent us an update on her activities, including links to reviews of a recent exhibition and an upcoming solo show in New York City. She has also been written up in a local D.C. magazine as a young artist to watch.
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The marriage of biology and art is called Bio-Art, a term first coined in 1997. WVU art alumna Selin Balci, who also has a degree from a university in Istanbul in forest engineering, and has worked as a researcher in microbiology laboratories at various universities in the U.S., used her skills and interests to create a technique using microorganisms to create art. It yields bright and vibrant colors, similar to paint. In her work, she references the fundamental, underlying social dilemmas and principles of our existence in an effort to understand and highlight social issues.
In the fall of 2014, Selin began teaching at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and also started to work collaboratively with Sandbox, Washington College’s initiative for interdisciplinary collaboration merging art and science. “Of course, I found Sandbox as heaven for my research and practice,” Selin says. “I also had an opportunity to show my work to Chestertown this month. Now, we are working on a possible Bio-Art course in collaboration with the Washington College biology department for next fall.”
Selin’s works were on view this fall in a show titled “Arena” at Honfleur Gallery in Washington D.C., which generated quite a bit of press.
Journalist Gamze Unal interviewed Selin for the Turkish magazine, Skylife, and wrote: “A Petri dish instead of a palette, microscopic mold in place of paint. Such are the materials of Selin Balci’s Art!” See the article here: Skylife.
Christine Cauterucci of Washington City Paper, a weekly arts and entertainment publication in D.C., interviewed Selin at the opening of “Arena” and published an article titled “The Mold and The Beautiful: How Selin Balci Makes her Fungal Art.” See the article here: Washington City Paper.
Also, Eric Hope’s review of Selin’s show, “Selin Balci’s ‘Arena’ at Honfleur Gallery,” was in East City Art, a publication for the art scene in eastern Washington, D.C. See it here: East City Art.
Perhaps most exciting, Selin also has her first solo show in New York City at the gallery Smack Mellon in Dumbo, Brooklyn. It opened November 22 and will be on view through January 4. See a description of the show, “Bordered World,” here: Smack Mellon.
For links to all these articles, and much more about Selin’s work, see her website at www.selinbalci.com.
Nineteen students studying in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts have been awarded scholarships from the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation, one of the most prestigious awards given in the college.
The scholarships are named for Valerie Canady, a Morgantown native and WVU summa cum laude graduate, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Dec. 1988. Canady, who worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in their London office, was an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially in piano.
Loulie and William Canady, Valerie’s parents, and long-time residents of the Morgantown community, present the awards annually in December. Loulie Canady is a long-time supporter of the WVU School of Music and Dr. William Canady is professor emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine. The Canadys are also the major patrons of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances at WVUa series that is named in memory of Valerie.
This year’s Canady scholars include:
Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong, of Thailand, is a doctoral student in piano performance, who won honors in several piano competitions in Bangkok, where she is also a faculty member (currently on leave) at Mahidol University, the largest school of music in Thailand. She has a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Chulalongkorn University, also in Bangkok, and a master’s degree in music performance from Mahidol University. She is fluent in Thai and English and has performed at national and international levels, winning some prestigious honors and awards.
Lucia Zung de Andrade, of Brazil, is an undergraduate student in bassoon performance. She had nearly completed a piano degree in Brazil when an injury to her wrist forced her to switch to the bassoon four years ago. Lucia plays in multiple WVU ensembles, including the WVU Symphony Orchestra and the WVU Wind Symphony. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish and also taught herself English. She previously studied at the Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana in Brazil.
Wei Chen (Bruce) Lin, originally of Taiwan, who also spent several years teaching in Vancouver, is currently in his third year of doctoral study in piano performance. He also holds degrees in other schools in the United States and in Canada. He is fluent in Chinese, French and English. He is one of WVU’s outstanding piano performers and is sought after as a teacher for individual lessons.
Tse Wei Chai, of Malaysia, is a doctoral student in piano performance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Malaysia and a Master of Music from WVU. She is fluent in Malay, Chinese and English. She is a very talented pianist and is also sought after as a teacher for individual lessons. She earned her master’s degree at WVU in 2011, after several years of teaching in Singapore.
Juan Carlos Rios Betancur, of Colombia, is a doctoral student in piano performance. He is fluent in Spanish and English. In addition to his piano studies, Juan works as an assistant to WVU Piano Technician Tim Richards. Juan Carlos studied for years with Blanca Uribe, a prizewinner in the Van Cliburn Competition and probably the most famous teacher in Colombia. Prior to attending WVU, he was a faculty member and staff accompanist at a major university in Medellin, Colombia.
Youna Choi, of Korea, is studying for a doctorate in piano performance. She studied for a master’s degree in Minnesota before coming to WVU. She was the unanimous choice to fill the opera-accompanying assistantship that was vacant at the time of her application to WVU, partly because of her superb audition, and partly because then-opera director Robert Thieme regarded her sight reading to be among the very best he had observed in several decades of teaching. She also studies organ with Dr. William Haller and is fluent in Korean and English.
Bao-Vuong Nguyen, a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, is an undergraduate student in violin performance. He is fluent in Vietnamese, which is his native language, in addition to English. His ultimate career goal is medicine, but he is studying music as an undergrad, while filling his schedule with extra science and “pre-med” courses. He performs in the WVU Symphony Orchestra, where he has quickly become one of the strongest players.
Javier Camacho, of Colombia, is a doctoral student in collaborative piano and is the first recipient of a partial graduate assistantship in choral accompanying. He is an exceptionally strong player, both as a soloist and as a chamber music partner. He had extensive performance experience, both in his native Colombia, and also during his work for a master’s degree at Duquesne University, where he studied with artist-in-residence David Wehr. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Tak Chiu Wong, of Hong Kong, is a doctoral student in saxophone performance. He entered WVU with a wealth of professional experience as both a saxophonist and as a teacher. He plays a wide range of styles and has performed in a large number of international venues throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He is a graduate assistant assigned to teaching work in the WVU Saxophone Studio, where he teaches applied lessons to some of the undergraduate student and coaches saxophone quartets. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.
Diego Gabete-Rodriguez, of Spain, is a doctoral student in violin performance and concertmaster of the WVU Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from Musikene-Centro Superior de Musica del Pais Vasco, Spain, and from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbus State University in Georgia. He was a winner of the 2014 WVU Young Artists Competition. He competed as a soloist at the national MTNA competition in Chicago in 2014, after being named the winner in the Eastern Division’s “Young Artist Performance” category. He also competed in the competition as a member of the WVU Graduate String Quartet. Last December he performed a recital in Spain for the Argentinian consulate, and he is now working with several music schools in Spain to form a partnership with WVU performing faculty.
Sora Lee, of Korea, received WVU’s first Master of Music degree in collaborative piano in 2011 and is currently studying for a doctorate in collaborative piano, as the first student to enter this exciting new doctoral program. She has eagerly worked with wind, string, voice and other piano students in the School of Music and continues to develop her collaborative playing experiences with the choir and other ensembles. She is fluent in Korean and English and also studies organ with Dr. William Haller.
Kirill Tyulkov, of Russia, is studying for a master’s degree in music education. He is fluent in Russian, English and French. He holds a master’s degree in French and also a law degree from Nizhny Novgorod Linguistics University in Russia and received a degree in music technology from California University in Pennsylvania. He is studying both classical and jazz piano at WVU, with pedagogical work in strings, woodwinds, voice, brass, percussion and conducting, and specialized work in music education in the areas of world music and research. He also teaches in the WVU Community Music Program.
Qian Xu, of Laramie, Wyoming, is a doctoral student in piano performance at WVU. She received a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and initially applied for a second master’s degree at WVU, but the music faculty encouraged her, on the basis of her lovely audition and her completed master’s degree, to enter the doctoral program instead. She is a graduate student of international standard and chose WVU so that she could study with Dr. Peter Amstutz.
Dipendra Sunam, of Nepal, is a doctoral student in piano, who completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance at Berea College and Northern Arizona University. He has studied with music professionals from around the world, and was keyboardist with a Nepali pop band named Nepathya, which released several professional recordings and toured throughout Nepal. He is fluent in four languagesNepali, Hindi, Urdu and English.
Brandon Isaac Brown, of Charleston, West Virginia, is an undergraduate studying for a bachelor’s degree in violin. While only a sophomore, he has become an important member of the WVU Symphony Orchestra, due to his talent, hard work and enthusiasm for classical music. He is fluent in German, a language he is continuing to study at WVU. He intends to use the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation Scholarship to study music in Germany.
Christy Oscar, a native of Indonesia, is studying for a master’s degree in cello performance. She is also an excellent pianist and often plays accompaniments for other students. She came to WVU from Universiti Pelitas Haripan, near Jakarta, where one of her teachers included WVU School of Music graduates Dr. Mario Santoso and Dr. Tomislav Dimov. In 2012, she attended the InterHarmony Festival held in Hinterzarten, Scwarzwald, Germany. She is fluent in three languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese and English.
Jocelyn Lee Jia Yin, of Malaysia and Singapore, is an undergraduate with a double major in violin and piano performance at WVU, where she excels on both instruments and is unusually gifted academically as well. She won the 2014 WVU Young Artist Competition on piano, playing the first movement of the Beethoven “Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37.” She is fluent in English and Mandarin, including the Cantonese and Hokkien dialects. She also currently studies German and Japanese.
Mirim Lee, of Korea, is studying for a doctorate in flute performance and is fluent in three languages, English, Korean and Bulgarian. She was a winner of the 2013 Young Artist Concerto Competition at WVU and plays principal flute in both the WVU Symphony Orchestra and the WVU Chamber Winds. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree in music at one of the top conservatories in Bulgaria and completed a master’s degree in flute performance at WVU last spring. She placed second at the 2013 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition in New York, and was a semi-finalist at the Israeli Haifa International Flute Competition in 2014, and also at the 2014 International Intermusica Woodwinds Competition in Austria.
Elizabeth Rose Fitzgerald, of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Art History with a minor in French. Her language skills and her understanding of French History will make her a leader during the School of Art and Design’s spring 2015 study-travel course to France, where she, along with other art students and faculty, will live in Paris for nine days, taking excursions to Chartres, Troyes and Bourges to study Medieval stained glass in cathedrals, museums and studios. Lizzy plans to use the Valerie Canady Scholarship award for study abroad.
Caption: William and Loulie Canady (in front) with the 2014 Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation Scholarship winners, from left: Dipendra Sunam, Juan Carlos Betancur; Christy Oscar; Tak Chiu Wong; Javier Camacho; Qian Xu; Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong; Kirill Tyulkov; Lucia Zung de Andrade; Elizabeth Fitzgerald; Wei Chen (Bruce) Lin; Brandon Brown; Tse Wei Chai; Bao-Vuong Nguyen; Jocelyn Lee Jia Yin; Diego Gabete-Rodriguez; Mirim Lee; Youna Choi; and Sora Lee.
Sculpture Studio students will get “fired up” on Friday, Nov. 14, as the studio conducts its second annual Fall Iron Pour. Sculpture students and faculty from regional universities will also attend this event, where they will collaborate with WVU students in the use molten metal to create custom-made artworks.
The 2014 Fall Iron Pour is also free and open to the public.
Time: Noon to 6 pm
Place: Sculpture/ceramics kiln yard, rear entrance of WVU Creative Arts Center, Evansdale Campus
Food: Catering by Morgantown’s “Atomic Grill” restaurant
Info: WVU Sculpture Program Coordinator Dylan Collins: Dylan.Collins@mail.wvu.edu
As part of the College of Creative Arts Alumni-in-Residence Series, West Virginia native and former Miss West Virginia, Kim Parrish will return to the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 6, to work with students.
A 1994 graduate of the WVU School of Theatre & Dance with a BFA in Acting, Kim Parrish, has put her degree to the test while working on national TV for more than two decades. Touted as a shopping goddess by the media, Kim is a familiar face to millions who welcomed her into their homes as a popular host on QVC for eight years, where she logged more than 6,000 hours of live TV.
In 2005, Kim launched the Kim Parrish Collection, her signature line of clothing that struck a chord with women who share the universal dilemma of having a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. Featured on HSN for six years, her line quickly expanded to QVC-UK, ShopNBC and The Shopping Channel in Canada.
Featured in hundreds of articles from the TV Guide to the New York Times, Kim is a branding expert. She has worked and studied with numerous nationally known designers and stylists as well as celebrity guests and fashion trendsetters including Joan Rivers, Victoria Principal, Kathie Lee Gifford, Carol Alt and Cindy Crawford.
As the President of Kim Parrish, Inc., a champion of numerous philanthropic endeavors, she also leads the Miss America’s teen division which has become one of the leading scholarship programs for teens in the nation that now awards $18 million of in-kind and cash scholarships annually.
Kim will talk with students about her life and her career path after leaving WVU. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the Vivian Davis Michael Theatre. Kim’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session. All events are free and open to the public.
The College of Creative Arts is pleased to announce its success during the “State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” the comprehensive capital campaign conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of WVU. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty, and friends, the College of Creative Arts has exceeded its initial fundraising goal of $13,500,000 by more than $2 million!
“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Creative Arts, I express thanks and appreciation to donors and friends who continue to invest in the arts and arts education. We will be excellent stewards of your generosity,” said Dean Paul Kreider.
During 2013-2014, the College of Creative Arts received $1,632,490 in new pledges, new planned gift expectancies, and gifts not fulfilling pledges.
The College also received $1,479,107 in cash and in-kind gifts.
Donors contributed $326,261 through the College’s annual fund program, slightly up from the 2012-2013 annual fund total of $323,167. The reason for this increase was enhanced participation by the alumni and friends, with 1,511 donors this year, versus 1,401 last year.
A total of 2,167 gifts were received from this year’s donors an increase of 229 gifts from last year’s total of 1,938.
Donors also made several significant gifts during the past year, including beautiful Steinway pianos that will enrich the experiences of students and faculty.
A new musical theatre scholarship was endowed, research activities of faculty in the School of Art and Design were supported robustly, and the Mountaineer Marching Band was able to perform in Oklahoma and at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore due to gifts to the Pride Travel Fund.
Endowed scholarships in music performance and collaborative piano were founded, and a future fund will support art education programs for middle and high school students.
A fund was established to assist College of Creative Arts students to travel domestically and internationally for study, research, and performance activities, and the Dean’s Honors Scholars Program was initiated.
An endowment was created to enable the Art Museum of WVU to acquire works by renowned international photographers.
Last, but not least, many donors have supported the nearly completed Art Museum of WVU, which will greatly expand cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of the region.
WVU Foundation and University officials have announced that the “State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University” has been so successful that it exceeded its $750 million goal more than a year before the original deadline. The Campaign is now scheduled to continue through 2017, with a new goal of $1 billion.
Because many pressing needs remain to be met in the College of Creative Arts, our faculty and staff will not diminish their efforts to advance the College’s mission during the remainder of the comprehensive campaign.
“Due to the fact that the college has exceeded its campaign goal and that the campaign has been extended for two years, the college will quickly review it fundraising priorities while considering a new goal for the State of Minds Campaign,” state Dean Kreider. “The College is grateful to donors, alumni and friends for their gracious support and for their continuous and future generosity.”
Seven new faculty members have joined the WVU College of Creative Arts this fall, in the areas of musical theatre, art education, music history, costume technology, interactive media, painting, and music theory and composition.
The new faculty members are: School of Art and DesignTerese Giobbia, assistant professor of art and coordinator of art education; Jeffrey Moser, assistant professor of interactive media design, and Amy Schissel, assistant professor of painting; School of Music: Evan MacCarthy, assistant professor of music history, and Joseph Dangerfield, assistant professor of music theory and composition; School of Theatre and Dance: Bryce Britton, assistant professor of theatre and director of musical theatre, and Andrea Washington-Brown, clinical assistant professor of costuming.
“We are pleased to have such talented and experienced faculty joining the College of Creative Arts,” said Dean Paul Kreider. “I was impressed with these candidates and I am so pleased they have chosen to become members of the College of Creative Arts family.”
Terese Giobbia received a Master’s degree and a doctorate in Art Education from Northern Illinois University and also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. Her dissertation topic examined design education in the K-12 classroom and explored how the teaching practice of secondary school design educators can be enhanced by understanding the professional practices of fashion design professionals. Prior to joining WVU, Giobbia taught art education classes at Northern Illinois University and supervised pre-service art teachers. She has extensive experience teaching fine and applied arts in the K-12 classroom. Her research interests include design and technology education in secondary school curriculum; fashion as public art; and the hybrid identity of American youth as seen through their clothing. She has presented on these topics at numerous international and national conferences and is currently publishing a book on incorporating fashion into the K-21 art curricula.
A recent graduate of the University of Delaware, Jeffrey Moser is a digital media artist working with the transmediation of culture taking place during the 21st century, when every scrap of analogue information, sound recording, photograph, and motion picture ascends from its physical form and is preserved in simulated perfection. His work celebrates this transmediation, while warning against its inevitable consequencesthe loss of disintegrating or disappearing cultural history. Moser is influenced by the research of former Boston University film professor, Dr. Robert Steele (19181981) and his studies on light rhythms in films. Moser holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and Philosophy, and has most recently taught in Omaha, Nebraska. His video work has been screened in Savannah, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Wilmington, Delaware; Providence, Rhode Island; and Zegreb, Croatia, as well as being presented at the National Gallery of Art as part of the 32nd Black Maria Film Festival.
Amy Schissel completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2002 from the University of Ottawa and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ottawa in 2009. Her work negotiates hybrid moments where paint and modes of digital representation collide, giving rise to contemporary imagery that flips between abstraction and representation. She was a finalist in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and her work can be found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, the City of Ottawa, the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and the Gotland Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden, in addition to numerous private international collections. She was Canada’s 2009 recipient of the Brucebo Fine Arts Award, and Ottawa’s 2013 RBC Emerging Artist Award. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Evan MacCarthy received an A.B. in Classics and music from the College of the Holy Cross, and a doctorate in historical musicology from Harvard University. His research focuses on the history of 15th-century music and music theory, late medieval chant, German music in the Baroque era, and late 19th-century American music. He is writing a book on the intersections of music, pedagogy, and the revival of classical literature across the Italian peninsula in the 15th century, focusing on the different spheres of humanistic and scholastic learning at Italian courts, cathedrals, and universities. He is also producing an edition and first-ever translation of Ugolino of Orvieto’s “Declaratio musice discipline” (written c. 1435) for Brepols Press. He has served on the music faculties of Harvard University (where he was the Harvard College Fellow in music from 2010 to 2012), College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University.
Joseph Dangerfield has lived and worked professionally in Germany, Russia, Holland and New York. He began his composition studies at Marshall University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999. He completed his master’s degree at Bowling Green State University, and received a doctorate in 2005 from the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Aaron Copland Award (2010), the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Composition Prize (2010), the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition (2005), the Young and Emerging Composers Award (2002), and ASCAP Standard Awards. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands (2009-2010), where he served as composer-in-residence with the Ensemble Studio New Music at the famed Moscow Conservatory, and lectured at Maastricht Conservatorium. He has been a resident in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the Yaddo Colony in New York.
Bryce Britton received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Direction from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of Puget Sound. His extensive professional credits include Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, Village Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Contemporary American Theatre Festival. With a passion for Original Theatre, he has worked on numerous new works with the Village Originals Festival and the Seaberry Quinn Playwriting Festival. He was the recipient of the 2009 Milo Cline Award. Some of his favorite directorial credits include “West Side Story,” “Pippin,” ” Into the Woods,” “Extremities,” “Sleuth,” The Dumb Waiter, “The Grapes of Wrath,” Humperdinck’s opera version of “Hansel and Gretel,” “An Actor’s Nightmare,” “Sweet Charity,” and “Oklahoma!” He wrote and directed an original adaptation of John Webster’s classic “The Duchess of Malfi” and recently directed Monty Python’s hilarious musical “Spamalot” and Sara Ruhl’s haunting retelling of the Orpheus tale, “Eurydice.”
Andrea Washington-Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. She has designed many costumes for the Bowling Green State University Theatre Department, Wayne State Theatre Department and Princeton University’s BAC Drama. She received the KCACTF XLII, Region III, 2010 Merit Award for “The Dancing Blanket” from the BGSU Theatre production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Photographs of her work for the WSU production of “The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God” have been published in “The Enjoyment of Theatre, Seventh Edition.” Recent designs credits include Swine Palace’s “Shapeshifter” and “King Lear” and LSU Theatre Mainstage’s “Our Lady of 121st Street.” She is a frequent guest costume designer for the eta Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.
WVU School of Art and Design graduate student Kaitlyn Hunter, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” for 2014.
Hunter was nominated for the award by Assistant Professor Dylan Collins and Associate Professor Jason Lee in the WVU School of Art and Design. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in the College of Creative Arts, with an emphasis in sculpture.
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) was founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museumsanyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture.
The ISC established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field.
The award was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools.
More than 151 universities, as well as colleges and art school sculpture programs from six countries, nominated total of 374 students for this year’s award.
A total of 22 students were selected to receive the award, after a competitive viewing process of the submitted works.
“The selection of Kaitlyn as a recipient of this award, from such a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment,” said Collins, who is coordinator of the Sculpture program at WVU. “It is a testament to the artistic promise of her work.”
Kaitlyn is currently in the second year of her MFA program in sculpture.
“Last year I moved out of Maine for the first time to attend school here at WVU,” she said. “I learned about this MFA program from Damir Porobic, a WVU alumnus and professor of art at the University of Southern Maine, where I earned my BFA degree. Along with being passionate about art, I am also a Girl Scout volunteer and lifetime member.
“I feel very strongly about the transformative qualities of art and how it can be used to build community.”
Kaitlyn and the other award recipients will participate in the Grounds For Sculpture Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from October 2014 through March 2015 in Hamilton, New Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters.
Kaitlyn’s work will also be featured in the October 2014 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication, Sculpture magazine, as well as on the ISC’s website at www.sculpture.org.
See Kaitlyn’s website here.
Anna Justice has joined the WVU College of Creative Arts as the new director of development. She was previously a development officer at Loyola University New Orleans. Justice began work with Creative Arts Dean Paul Kreider and WVU Foundation Assistant Vice President Chuck Kerzak on June 16.
“I’m really excited to be joining the College of Creative Arts team and getting to know the university and its vibrant arts community,” Justice said. “I was a trumpet major in my undergraduate studies, and I’m thrilled to continue my work in the arts management in higher education. This is my dream job continued!”
“I am also excited to have Anna Justice join our College staff,” said Dean Paul Kreider of the College of Creative Arts. “She brings significant arts development experience to our team. Her experience at Loyola University of New Orleans, coupled with her arts training, provide a foundation that will help move the College closer to achieving its philanthropic goals. I am confident our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and supporters will find her a wonderful addition to the team as well.”
Justice, originally from Pawleys Island, South Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a Master of Science in Arts Administration and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University.
She joined Loyola University in 2008 where she was the development officer for the College of Music and Fine Arts.
While at Loyola, Justice served on the board of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s new audience group, “Prelude,” and was a member of the New Orleans Friends of Music, an organization that brings internationally renowned performing ensembles to the New Orleans community. She was also active on the advisory board for the New Orleans Opera Association.
She was a member of the Junior League of New Orleans, and holds professional memberships with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Justice also taught an overview class in arts administration as an adjunct professor through the Department of Music Industry Studies in the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts.