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work from Fr. Trung Pham's Sculpture students
As always, there’s a lot going on in our vibrant department. Winter quarter visual art students displayed their hard work and talent in the Advanced Studio and Book Art from Sienna exhibitions in the Vachon Gallery, the theatre students brought down the house with a fabulously funny production of The Imaginary Invalid, instrumental music students performed a moving concert of Beethoven’s Chamber Music and the choirs sang beautifully in the Lenten Prayer Concert.This quarter, check out the theatre program’s take on Charles Mee’s Big Love at the Lee Center, the BFA Photography Exhibition, the Honors Student Showcase, the Digital Design Exhibition in the Vachon Gallery, The Instrumental Concerto Competition and more…
Don’t miss the 2014 BFA Photography Exhibition: May 22nd – June 14th. Opening Reception: Vachon Gallery, May 22nd 5:00 – 8:00
Book Art in Siena 2013 BOUND was held in January 2014. This exhibition was the result of the Fine Arts summer study abroad program in Italy in 2013.
Professor Naomi Kasumi led a group of 16 students to Italy for SU’s 5th studio art course in that country. The class spent one month in the medieval Tuscan city of Siena, studying and practicing traditional book making as well as contemporary application. Participating students completed their works during the summer and after returning to the U.S. during the Fall quarter 2013.
The Advanced Studio Exhibition was a multi-medium extravaganza, featuring sculpture, painting, video and digital design.
Students in Prof. Ken Allan's winter quarter ART 310: Art since 1945 course visited the 9 From L. A. exhibition at the Wright Space to experience classic sculpture from the California Light & Space movement including works by by Robert Irwin and DeWain Valentine.
The Music program auditioned over 20 new students in strings, voice and piano. The Choirs presented their annual Lenten Prayer concert to a full house in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Saturday, March 8. This year, the program combined choral works with solos by upper-division voice majors Rosalyn DiLillo (soprano, student of Ross Hauck), Ali Fragoso (soprano, student of Elizabeth Moore), and Johnathan Wright (tenor, student of Ross Hauck). Faculty member Ross Hauck, (tenor) sang the solo lead with our Chorale men in Pavel Chesnokov’s stirring S’nami Bog (God is With Us).The string chamber music class presented an All-Beethoven chamber music concert where students from the German Department presented a pre-concert lectures on the beloved composer. The chamber music students also participated in service learning concerts and projects at Skyline, First Hill Senior Residency and the SU Library.
The music program also welcomed Paul Wiancko for a guest artist cello recital and master class with string students.
The annual Student Instrumental Concerto Competition for string and piano students. String students will present their finale chamber music concert and return for service learning projects at SU Library and Skyline at First Hill Senior Residency.
This spring violinist, Sandy Yamamoto, (Professor of Violin at the University of Texas-Austin) will present a guest artist recital. She will be joined by her husband Daniel Ching (violin) and SU faculty Dr. Quinton Morris, Dr. Amber Archibald and Dr. Erin Chung (piano). The music program will also present a faculty Recital featuring Dr. Kevin Krentz (cello). He will be joined by Christopher Hahn (piano) and SU faculty Dr. Quinton Morris and Dr. Amber Archibald.
The winter quarter production of The Imaginary Invalid was a huge hit both on campus and also at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp where it played to a sold out house and received a standing ovation. The students got to stay at the Idleawhile Motel. The next day they visited Liberty Bell High School and spoke to students and faculty there.
Twelve student directors and 28 student actors shared their work with a packed house during finals week. This ambitious evening featured scenes from Pinter, Izuka, Shepard, Kushner and Brecht.
Rehearsals are underway for Big Love by Charles Mee. Dancing, movement, singing, body slamming, blood…. It’s not to be missed! Get your tickets now at the Box Office: 296-2244.
The OSF trip is coming up. Lucky juniors will be headed down to Ashland for a jam-packed weekend of theatre made possibly by the Piggot Family Endowment.
This year, the MFA in Arts Leadership program is seeing more applicants than ever before. We’re still accepting applications and are looking forward to an excellent group of students this fall. We’ve also had numerous alumni and student successes over the last few months and several more that we look forward to announcing in the coming weeks.
Current MFA grad student Yuko Ariga was The Lion King Theatrical Production Management/Education & Community Outreach Program Intern at STG in partnership with Broadway Across America & The Walt Disney Company. Shows just ended April 6th.Rosalyn DiLillo (B.M. Music ’14) presented her senior voice recital on March 14. Rosalyn, who will be graduating in June, has studied with Ross Hauck four years. Her program, celebrating music of the Baroque and Classical eras, was performed in Campion Chapel before a standing-room-only audience. Rosalyn was assisted by Hayden Chandler (baritone, student of Ross Hauck), Dave Morgan (harpsichord), Lee Peterson (piano). Two volunteer ensembles of voice students and string students from the B.M. string program were also featured on the program.B.M. String students, Antonio Dowling (violin), Chyna Mapel (viola), Aaron Hauser and Cealice Kennison (cellists) formed the Fellowship Quartet and performed live on Classic King 98.1 FM and performed their Benaroya Hall debut opening for the St. Petersburg String Quartet.Arica Jeffrey (B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts, ’14) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in the Czech Republic next year.Megan Moran (B.A. Art History ’14), recently presented her honors project on the groundbreaking Seattle artist, Buster Simpson and the Art of Urban Activism at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.Stacy Hicks (MFA Arts Leadership) has been appointed to the City of Olympia Arts Commission.Lily Hu (MFA Arts Leadership) has been appointed to the City of Fife Arts Commission.Rachel Liuzzi (B.A. Theatre ’14) has been accepted into the M.F.A. Arts Leadership program at Seattle University. She is also a newly minted ensemble member at Washington Ensemble Theatre where she has just begun as the Marketing Director.Michael Notestine (B.A. Theatre ’15) will be a costume intern at the Intiman Theatre Festival this summer.Elisa Pickett (B.F.A Photography, ’17) recently won an honorable mention in Photographer’s Forum Magazine College and High School Photo Contest.
Antoinette Bianco ('13) is currently assistant directing/collaborating on Kyle Loven's piece in Northwest New Works this June at On The Boards. opening Returning to Albert Joseph, with The Satori Group. Antoinette worked personally with the playwright, Spike Friedman, on script development and is currently the dramaturg, assistant director, and the props designer. She will be designing the set for Washington Ensemble Theatre's next show, the world premier of The Hunchback of Seville.
Casey Fern ('10) and Colleen Egan's ('09) youth theatre company, Gritty City Rep, will perform Sharman MacDonald's After Juliet in Oakland this May through June. Colleen starred in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the New Conservatory Theatre Center this April and will be taking the show on tour in May to the exotic cities of Fresno, Modesto, and Grass Valley. Oakland Technical High School, where Casey is technical director and resident set/lighting designer, will become the first school or non-professional theatre company to perform American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash. Adrienne Lopez, (MFA '12) was hired by Starbucks as Project Manager, Global Creative Studios. Most students opt for nonprofit jobs upon graduating but it's great to see success in the for profit community too!Robert Keene (B.A. Theatre ’12) will be performing at SoapFest, a festival of new works presented by The Sandbox.Kenna Kettrick (B.A. Theatre ‘) is performing at ACT in Seattle Vice, a new cabaret musical about Seattle in 1965, Frank Colacurcio, Rose Washington, Gil Conte, and the history of strip clubs and vice in this town. She’s also spending a lot of time in the burlesque world under the name Verity Germaine -- any Harry Potter fans can see her in Accio Burlesque at the end of May at Annex Theatre (and she has a few more nerdy burlesque exploits coming up later in the summer, too).Jasmine Magana (B.A. Art History '11) received the Fulbright-University of Essex Postgrad 2-year award to pursue her Master's degree at the University of Essex. She plans to begin the program in the fall and will be researching her Fulbright project, Legacy of Exchange: Contemporary Installation Art from Latin America in the UK. Congrats to Jasmine, especially as she was accepted to several top-notch programs, including the prestigious Courtauld Institute in London.Maura McCreight, (B.A. Visual Art ’12) was accepted as a Masters in Philosophy in the Arts candidate at SUNY Stony Brook Manhattan for the Fall of 2014.Kacey Shiflet (B.A. Theatre ’12) performed in Third by Wendy Wasserstein at Arts West. She also recently joined the Advisory Board for STAGERight Theatre.Natalie Stringer (B.A. Theatre ’11) is currently in the Third Rail Repertory Theatre's mentorship program, producing, fundraising for, and acting in bobrauschenbergamerica by Chuck Mee in June. She has an agent with Q6, she’s cast in a Viking series concept short with Road's End Films and has been in Action/Adventure Theatre's serial, episodic semi-improvised comedy Fall of the Band for two season in a row, and in several of their shows for pilot season.Christine Terry (B.F.A. Photography ’10) was recently accepted to the MFA Photography program at San Jose State University. Debra Webb’s (MFA '13) MFA thesis Placemaking and Social Equity: Expanding the Framework of Creative Placemaking was published in the Winter 2014 issue of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts.
Professor Ken Allan recently submitted essays for two exhibition catalogs to be published in fall 2014. One on Los Angeles art and the city for the show City Dynamic: Representing Crisis and Renewal in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles 1960-1980 to open at the Art Institute of Chicago in October. And another essay on the legacy of pop art for the upcoming exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, Pop Departures. Prof. Allan also recently finished an entry on legendary curator Walter Hopps for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.Amber Archibald recently performed with the Auburn Symphony. Professor Harmony Arnold (Theatre) designed costumes for Venus in Fur by David Ives at Seattle Repertory Theatre.Professor Ki Gottberg (Theatre) wrote two pieces for the 1-minute play festival which will be at ACT A Contmeporary Theatre in May. This summer she will be directing Twelfth Night at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp.Professor Naomi Hume had a paper on Frantisek Kupka accepted at the European Association for Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies conference on Utopias in Helsinki, Finland at the end of August, 2014Profesor Rosa Joshi (Theatre) will be directing a few short Beckett pieces as part of the citywide Beckett Festival this fall.Dr. Kevin Krentz continues to gain attention from his invention of the Krentzer, a device used to get rid of wolf-tones on the cello.Dr. Quinton Morris recently performed the Bach A minor Concerto with the Grammy Award winning Sprague High School Chamber Orchestra in Salem, Oregon. He also recently presented recitals in Boston and Denver. This spring he will debut with the Yakima Youth Symphony and present a talk at the Washington State Non Profit Conference. In May, Dr. Morris will travel to Paris where he will join fifteen other music colleagues from around the world to participate in a “Teach-In” chamber music symposium at the Le Conservatoire de Paris (The Paris Conservatory).Professor Trung Pham’s (Visual Art) work can be seen in the group exhibition, Interactive at VALA Eastside through May 29.Professor Ellen Walker (MFA Arts Leadership) is the new Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet!Professor Kate Wisniewski (Theatre) played Miss Prism in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest.