College of Arts and Sciences

Up To Date: Winter 2014

  • Up to date winter 2014

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        Crack, Trung Pham     

    Greetings from the Seattle University Department of Fine Arts,

    It’s been an extremely busy and productive fall quarter:  the Vachon Gallery hosted an exhibition of collaborative work between our SUVAIR artist Jeffry Mitchell and visual arts students; the Lee Center presented the theatre program’s production of Our Town directed by our guest director, John Langs, Associate Artistic director of ACT theatre; the Instrumental music students performed with Indra Thomas at the Fall Chamber Music Concert, and the choirs gave a fantastic Christmas Concert: A Festival of Christmas at St. Joseph Church.

    This quarter’s highlights include: theatre students will open Moliere’s comic masterpiece The Imaginary Invalid which will tour to the Merc Theatre, visual art students will have their work  on display in the Book Art From Sienna exhibition and the Advanced Studio Exhibition in the Vachon Gallery, the instrumental music students will perform a chamber concert celebrating the chamber music and the life of Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the choirs will present the Lenten Prayer Concert.

    Piano News

    In December 2013, the Fine Arts Department Music Division became the proud recipient of four new pianos purchased with a $100,000 donation by Bill Eisiminger. Bill is a Seattle University alumnus (BAED-BA Education Fine Arts-Education 1967 and MED-Master of Education General Education 1973) and a avid supporter of our music program. Bill’s donation coupled with additional monies from our Piano Replacement Fund has provided us with a Steinway Model B in the choir rehearsal room, a Boston grand piano and two Boston upright pianos in three of the practice rooms. In a massive piano moving project, 4 of our older piano were relocated on campus, or rotated out of the fleet.  One “retired” grand piano has been lent to the Xavier Global Community student residence hall for the use of all students. We are proud of these acquisitions and grateful to Bill and all our donors.  These fine instruments will support and awaken the musical accomplishment of our students for many years to come.  

    Anyone wishing to contribute to our ongoing Piano Replacement Project may contact Fr. Josef Venker, SJ, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts.
    Email: / Phone:  206-296-5364.

    Music News


    Guest Artists

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    Indra Thomas, Instrumental Strings Students, and Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music, Dr. Quinton Morris

    This past fall Dr. Andrew Dell’Antonio (Associate Dean of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin) served as keynote speaker at the fifth annual Music Convocation.  Pianist Gordon Back (Artistic Director of the Henri Menuhin International Violin Competition) and Soprano Indra Thomas collaborated in concert performances with faculty and students and Dr. Kevin Krentz presented a professional development seminar to students interested in pursuing careers in classical music.

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    Gordon Back, with Instrumental Strings Professors Dr. Morris, Dr. Krentz, and Dr. Archibald

    Christmas Concerts

    The Seattle University Choirs Christmas Concerts: A Festival of Christmas were a smashing success with standing room only at both St. Joseph Church concerts.  At least 30 Choir Alumni joined the ranks to perform the traditional Nigerian carol, Betelehemu, and Silent Night.  The 100-voice choirs thrilled listeners and audience members who have been attending for years stated that it was the best concert ever.


    Chamber Music Concerts

    In March the chamber music class will present service learning concerts in the community at Skyline Senior Facility and the SU Library.  They will also collaborate with the German Department presenting a concert on the life and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

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    Visual Arts & Art History News

    Our 2013 SUVAIR Artist in Residence, Jeffry Mitchelll, exhibited the product of his collaborations with the undergraduate students in the Vachon Gallery.

    Fr. Trung Pham delivered a spirited presentation of Extreme Beauty on the role of visual art in Jesuit education to the colleagues of the university.

    A highlight of the fall was the Kinsey Gallery exhibition, Sequir Adelante; Women moving forward and inspiring change in Guatemala:  images by Sy Bean and Claire Garoutte documenting the faculty/student collaborative research trip to Guatemala. The ten day trip engaged ten SU students with Professors Serena Cosgrove, Kristi Lee, and Claire Garoutte. It was sponsored by the Matteo Ricci College's Poverty Education Center in partnership with the Seattle International Foundation.

    This fall, Fr. Tom Lucas, the new rector of SU’s Jesuit community, joined the Fine Arts department as professor of Art History.  He comes to SU from the University of San Francisco, where he served as professor of Art and Architecture and directed the University’s art gallery.  He is an expert in Jesuit art history as well as an artist and designer.  He is currently teaching ART 211, Survey of Western Art 1: Ancient to Medieval.  In Spring Quarter 2014, he will teach ART 391 Visual Theology.  He describes the course as exploring “humanity’s experience of the transcendent and sacred by learning to ‘read’ the visual texts of religious myth, symbol, iconography and architecture from the Western and other traditions.”

    Eight SU students began the Frye Museum Gallery Guide program this fall, a year-long, 5-credit internship that trains students to give tours of current Frye Museum exhibitions to children and adults. 43 SU students have taken part in the program since its beginning in 2008.

    Theatre News

     Our Town


    The fall production of Our Town was a fantastic success.  It provided the opportunity to showcase our students exceptional talent, as well as bring guest artists to our campus to work with SU students.  Our Town was directed by John Langs, and the set was designed by  Philip Lienau.


    The Imaginary Invalid Tours to the Merc Theatre

    Professor Ki Gottberg will be taking a group of students to the Merc Theatre to tour the production of Imaginary Invalid.  Get your tickets now for the regular run of the show Feb 19 – Mar 1 at the Lee Center.

    Internships at the Merc

    Look out for auditions and interviews for summer internships at the Merc.  More information coming soon!

    Big Love Auditions


    Big Love

    The spring production will be Big Love by Charles Mee will feature brides, blood, and body slams.  Auditions will be March 3rd in FINR 121, starting at 6:00 PM.  For more information please visit our auditions page. 

    12 X12  Directing Workshop

    Students from THTR 420 Directing will present their scenes March 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Center.  This event always packs the house, so be sure to get there early for a good seat!

    Visiting Artists

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    Alice Gosti

    Alice Gosti will be a Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, Artist in Residence.  Alice will be choreographing movement and dance for the theatre program's production of Big Love in the Spring

    Cellist Paul Wiancko will present a cello master class and guest artist recital, with support from the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.

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    National Geographic Photographer, Don Doll, SJ, will exhibiting a retrospective of his photographs in the Vachon Gallery.  His visit to campus will include a public lecture, and class visits with students in the photography department. Fr. Doll's exhibition and visit to SU is sponsored by the LaRoux Chair, College of Arts and Sciences.

    Philip Lienau is designing sets an Nannette Acosta is designing costumes for the theatre program’s upcoming production of the Imaginary Invalid.

    What Students are up to

    Welcome back to all our students who have been out studying in the far flung regions of the world!  Fine Arts students, if you’re wondering what is out there, check out the where your fellow students have been!

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    Digital Design majors Evelynn Kaplan ('14) and Jonathan Cardiello ('15) studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Says Evelynn: "I really enjoyed studying Graphic Design and Art History in Denmark because I was able to see what I learned in the classroom in the context of design studios and museums." Jonathan adds: "I saw more art than my entire life combined, met amazing people, and learned how design can influence all aspects of life."

    Antonio Dowling (BM Violin-String Performance ‘14) was one of nine finalists in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Concerto Competition.  He competed against other violinists who attend renowned music schools around the country including New England Conservatory, Rice University and The Juilliard School. 

    The Fellowship Quartet won first prize in the Russian Chamber Music Chamber Music Competition in December.  Listen to the perform LIVE on Classical KING 98.1 FM radio and present their Benaroya Hall debut in February.  Members include  BM Strings majors, violinist Antonio Dowling (’14), violist Chyna Mapel (’16) cellist Aaron Hauser (’15) and cellist Cealice Kennison (’15).

    Brynne McKeen (BA Theatre ’15) will be designing costumes for the theatre program’s mainstage production of Big Love.

    Michael Notestine (BA Theatre ’15 ) will assist Professor Harmony Arnold on costume design for Venus in Fur at Seattle Repertory Theatre.  Professor Arnold received a College of Arts and Science Student Research Assistantship Award to support her work with Michael. 

    Congratulations to our Honors Students:

    Megan Moran’s (BA in Art History ’14) Honors project, a research paper exploring art’s place in politics and social justice through the collaborative work of contemporary Seattle Artist, Buster Simpson, was approved by the Fine Arts faculty in the fall.  She successfully applied to present her work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky in April.  Students accepted to the conference receive funding from Seattle U to attend the conference.

    Theatre major Rachel Liuzzi ('14) will be producing a short documentary on the theatre program combining her majors in theatre and communications.  Interdisciplinary Arts Major, Joe Weiler will be working with Rachel on the project.

    Gabriel Moritz (BA in Design '14) will create and exhibit tarot cards incorporating historical context.  The exhibition of her work will be in the Kinsey Gallery in June.

    What the Faculty is up to

    venus in fur Harmony Arnold designed costumes for Bo-Nita at Seattle Repertory Theatre and the fall theatre production of Our Town  at SU.  She presented a lecture at Bellevue Arts Museum in conjunction with the current exhibition,  A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave Meets Mariano Fortuny.  She is currently designing costumes for Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of Venus in Fur which runs Feb12th-March 9th.

    richardiiSeattle University theatre faculty, students and alumni joined forces recently on Richard II at Seattle Shakespeare Company.  The production, directed by Rosa Joshi, featured scenic design by Carol Clay and sound design by Dominic CodyKramers Kate Wisniewski played the Duchess of York and Robert Keene (’12) played Scroop.  Antoinette Bianco (’13) was the assistant director and Michael Notestine (’15) was the costume assistant.  Richard II will also tour to Walla Walla in February.

    Trung Pham participated in a group show, Small Works, Big Presents 201, at White River Valley Museum.  His solo exhibition, Crack, is currently showing at Kinsey Gallery through April, and he has an upcoming group exhibition, Eros: Expressions of Desire, Jan 29-Feb 23, at A/NT Art Gallery.

    Amber Archibald will host a master class at Illinois State University in February.  This past summer, she taught at a summer festival in Burgos, Spain.

    Kevin Krentz invented the Krentz Wolf Eliminator (a device is placed on a stringed instrument that eliminates the “wolf” out of the sound) and is now being used by cello sections in the New York Philharmonic.

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    Dr. Morris performing at the Chapel of St Ignatius

    Quinton Morris recently performed his third consecutive sold out recital at Carnegie Hall this past January.  During his time in NYC, he also participated in the panel discussion “The Blueprint: What Managers, Artists and Presenters want in the 21st Century”.  This past summer, he presented a talk “The Age of the Artist Entrepreneur” at the TEDxSeattle Conference.

    Ki Gottberg directed Little Women at the Merc Playhouse.  Gottberg, recently took over the artistic directorship of the Merc – look out for the announcement of her upcoming season.

    KasumiNaomi Kasumi presented a solo exhibition of her installation piece MEM: memory • memorial no.7 scriptorium at Soto Zen Head temple, Soji-ji Temple, Yokohama, Japan in November 2013.

    What Alumni are up to

    Antoinette Bianco (BA Theatre ’13) is currently designing the set of The Collision Project’s inaugural production of Marisol.  Since graduating last spring, she has assistant directed Richard II at Seattle Shakespeare Company, worked with The Satori Group in development of the new play Returning to Albert Joseph, attended the first annual “New Play Directing Intensive” at The Kennedy Center, and collaborated with Kyle Loven on the premier of his newest piece Moonshow 143.
    Alexandra Takasugi (BM Viola-String Performance ‘13) attended the Aspen Music Festival this past summer.  She is currently attending Boston University as a Master of Music candidate in Viola Performance.

    Kailee Wright (BM Viola-String Performance ‘13) graduated Cum Laude and is currently attending the University of North Texas as a Master of Music candidate in Viola Performance.

    Gerald Grissette (BA Theatre '12) established residency in LA and appeared in the independent film, One Square Mile.

    Zoey Belyea is writing and performing with Gale Theatre Company in Austin, Texas.

    Michelle Sizemore (BA in Art History ’09) completed her MA in Art History at the University of Connecticut this spring with a thesis on the Dada artist Hannah Höch.  She conceptualized and co-curated the exhibition, "Uncanny," which was on view from Sept. 16 until Oct. 25, 2013 at the University of Connecticut Contemporary Art Galleries (  This fall she began a Master's of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.
    In 2013, SU Art History major Jillian Balay (née Benson, ‘08) completed her MA in Art History at Pennsylvania State University with a thesis on Frank Stella's purple paintings from 1963. 
    Molly Donohue (BA in interdisciplinary arts with an emphasis in digital design, ’11) was accepted into the MA program in Museum studies at New York University.
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