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Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma exhibited two new works in the Contemporary Realism Invitational at Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibition ran from September 26 through October 19.

Adjunct Faculty in Music Marjorie Rusche is involved in Chicago's Ten x Ten 2013, a pairing of composers and visual artists. The event will be from November 15-16 sponsored by Homeroom, Spudnik Press and Access Contemporary at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Ten Chicago-area composers have written short compositions in collaboration with ten Chicago area visual artists. The compositions have been recorded by the Palomar Ensemble. The final package that will be released on Saturday, November 16, is a suite of 10 prints and 10 corresponding compositions issued on vinyl record. The entire package will be sold for $35 and includes admission to the debut concert and exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Kevin Gillen spoke at a workshop session sponsored by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute on October 18. The workshop was titled "Cultural Responsiveness in Domestic Violence and Mental Health Settings." Gillen's topic focused on the ethics of working with people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. The workshop was created as a response to continued increase in the number of immigrants who are victims of domestic violence.

Adjunct Faculty in Theatre and Dance Ruby Jazayre hosted a seminar and performance on Stagecraft and Theatrical Bellydance in Mishawaka on October 5. Dancers of all persuasions from five states gathered to study with Madame Onca O’Leary of Virginia. The day of dance classes concluded with an evening performance showcasing performances of local talent as well as guest artists from throughout the Midwest.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella's bronze, titled Venere, has been juried into the 35th Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition. The opening reception and award ceremony was October 11.

Lecturer in Fine Arts Casey Lard was recently included in an exhibition called Marks, a national juried exhibition on view at the Madelon Powers Art Gallery in East Stroudsburg, PA from October 9 to November 15. The show addresses new and current trends in contemporary drawing processes and techniques.

Assistant Professor of Voice Jessica McCormack and Assistant Professor of Music Geoffrey Duce were artists-in-residence at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from September 23 to 25. They performed a recital on campus, and they each presented a masterclass for the Fine Arts area as part of the pedagogy class. On September 26, they also presented a lecture recital "Canadian at Heart: A Lecture Recital Featuring the Works of Canadian Composers from Across the Country" to open the 2013-14 Lorenzo Society Series at UNB in Saint John, New Brunswick. On September 27, the duo performed a fundraising recital at Rothesay Netherwood School as part of Homecoming Weekend to assist with the school's bursary fund. On September 28, McCormack facilitated an all-day workshop on vocal health called "Caring for the I in Choir" for the New Brunswick Choral Federation. Duce accompanied the final session of the workshop.

Art Instructor Brooke Marks-Swanson’s copper and paint wall piece "The Space In Between" was juried into the Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art's 35th Juried Regional Exhibition in Elkhart. Marks-Swanson also attended Indiana University Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design symposium "Zoom: Examining the Future of Craft," a two-day symposium highlighting various artists, researchers, curators and online social media contributors in order to question how and what they are thinking about the future of craft.