The experience of art is personal. But when artists display their work, it’s purely public: they must break the confines of comfort zones if they want to connect with audiences. It’s School of Art Galleries Curator Brooke Grucella’s challenge to help artists see their work from the point of view of the other, and test themselves to make those connections happen.
Kate Kenski, PhD, has made a career of studying the ins and outs of our political system. This fall, she is offering a course called "The Struggle for the Presidency," where students view popular films that explore the historical, political and global aspects of the presidential election. And the entire Tucson community is invited to participate in the discussion.
Virtuoso Carrol McLaughlin took her harp from the concert stage into the cardiac care unit – where she tuned into individual patients and played 10 minutes of music improvised just for them. The UA Distinguished Professor of Music partnered with two UA scientists to monitor blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, self-reported perception of pain and other responses.
In the world of American landscape photography, Frank Golkhe is an icon. His work has been shown in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art, as well as the Museum of Modern Art. He has garnered multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. But aside from being a master artist, he is also an amazing teacher who has the unique ability to teach students how to communicate with the camera.
On April 21, 2012, senior film and video production major Josh Weisman experienced the world of a screenwriter: he got to pitch his own screenplay to three real Hollywood professionals at Pitch Fest, a unique event put on by the College of Fine Arts. Success doesn’t come easy, but a lot of work and a little help go a long way.
“To say a playground can be architecture starts to move our minds around this idea that with design comes endless possibilities,” says senior architecture major Andre Rodrigue. Those possibilities are playing out as undergraduate students from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture put finishing touches on a playground they have created – from the first pencil stroke to the last screw – for the Arizona’s Children Association.
The University of Arizona Poetry Center holds its third biennial symposium, Poetry Off the Page, May 18-20, 2012. During the weekend, the Center will host various performances, classes, panels and exhibits, one of which will showcase the “precarious” work of Chilean poet, visual artist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña.
“Here I am, almost 60, making doll houses for a career, and it’s great.” University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Peter Beudert does much more than build doll houses. He is the head of design and technology at the School of Theatre, Film and Television. A member of United Scenic Artists, he teaches his students to have a unique sense of place, and builds worlds that transport audiences in time and space.
From Tumamoc Hill to the San Xavier del Bac Mission to Centennial Hall, Tucson is celebrating Arizona's 100th birthday as a state throughout the month. Join us on February 11, 2012 as four colleges – Humanities, Fine Arts, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences – showcase a collaborative approach to bringing Arizona’s past, present and future to life on the stage.
At a university like the UA, one so focused on research and innovation, students are surrounded by laboratories of discovery. One of the more unlikely labs is the School of Dance, where the largest group of male dance majors in the nation works with ruthless intensity as they study, innovate, perfect and perform their craft.
What does it take to achieve excellence? According to Jay Rees, director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, it boils down to a willingness to make the sacrifices and do the hard work. Named one of the top five bands in the nation in 2009, the Pride of Arizona knows how to get it done, and they bring the fans to their feet every time. Watch video.>>
With its current exhibition, Creative Continuum, the Center for Creative Photography looks back on thirty-five years of accomplishments, and forward to embrace new technologies and greater audiences. The exhibition runs through November 27, 2011 and presents photographs and archival objects acquired over decades, demonstrating the diversity of the collection and the range of materials it preserves.
As a child, novelist and creative writing instructor Manuel Muñoz thought that movies were "chaotic, scary and violent." Finding his escape in books, Muñoz took to writing, and his work has taken him from California to New York and back. Now, with praise mounting for his new novel, What You See in the Dark, Muñoz tells his latest story as if through the cinematic lens.
The editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat has to have strong writing and reporting skills, naturally. But she also needs to have an eye for design, an instinct about what stories are worth pursing, and the ability to manage a 60-person newsroom. Junior Michelle Monroe, this semester’s Wildcat editor, says there’s one more essential quality necessary for the job: you have to be willing to take the heat.
Students in the School of Theatre, Film and Television like to say that musical theatre is the “ultimate team sport.” As the cast rehearses, their classmates design and build sets, hang lights, sew costumes and practice parts for the orchestra. When the curtain goes up on this semester’s musical production, <i>Into the Woods</i>, on April 13, more than 200 students will have had a hand in bringing the show to the stage.
Luis Carlos Davis, UA alumnus and award-winning director of the film “389 Miles: Living the Border,” was recently named Tucson’s “40 Under 40 Man of the Year.” Raised in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Davis dedicates his voice to putting a human face on border issues and improving the lives of the region’s at-risk youth.
Edgar Dryden has been called one of the most important literary scholars in American literature. On December 9, 2010, he was inducted as a Regents’ Professor, joining the ranks of those who have earned the highest honor that the Arizona Board of Regents bestows for academic achievement.
A vibrant blue CD cover caught his eye in the 7th grade and Keitaro Harada was hooked on the sound of the saxophone. A rising star on the podium, he’s a conducting fellow at the UA School of Music.
Tommy Dorsey’s trombone... Nelson Riddle’s Oscar for the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby... Lyrics written by hand for Frank Sinatra... Ten thousand original music arrangements... Rare recordings and photographs... They’re all in the UA’s Jazz and Popular Music Collection. Learn about American’s golden age of music.