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Associate Faculty in Visual Arts Kay Westhues will have one of her photos from the "Well Stories" project included in an exhibition titled Water: A Universal Human Right at the Robert Morris State Street Gallery in Chicago. The show opens February 13 and runs through March 31. It was curated by the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art. Westhues is also exhibiting as part of the Local Perspectives at the IUSB art gallery.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Justin Amellio and Assistant Professor of Costume Design Jason Resler are participating in the Indiana State Thespian Conference in Indianapolis the weekend of January 24. Jason will also be presenting two workshops: "Trash and Bash Costume Design" and "The Costumer’s Bible: Organizing Your Life."
Students Marlon Burnley, Jordyn Nutting, Kala Erickson, Tristan Conner, and Jeremy Weyer participated in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival at Saginaw Valley State University, in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition Competition. Burnley, Erickson and Conner were nominated for their performances in King Lear, and Jeremy and Jordyn for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. They were joined in the competition by their partners Daniel Blevins, Javon Barnes, Taylor Sears, Victor Kamwendo, and Angela Flowers. Assistant Professor of Theatre Justin Amellio, Assistant Professor of Costume Design Jason Resler and Lecturer in Theatre Aimee Cole presented several workshops at the festival: "Collaborative Creation: The Director/Costume Designer Relationship," "Pre-Beat Blastoff: The Moment Before as Launchpad," "Costume Rendering with the Computer," "The Well Fit Garment," and "Enlarging and Reducing Costume Patterns." Three costumes from King Lear were also selected and presented in the Costume Parade.
Associate Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz is in Spain until January 28 for rehearsals and the premiere performance of his Piano Quintet No. 2 “Mississippi,” to be performed by Spanish pianist Javier Perianes and Cuarteto Quiroga at the International Piano Festival “Jornadas de Piano Luis G. Iberni” on January 23 Oviedo, Spain. His second piano quintet, a commission by the festival, is a 22-minute piano quintet in four movements, which is entitled “Mississippi,” as a tribute to American music as the river travels through Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, and New Orleans. The last movement is dedicated to Alfred and Melanie Guillaume. After the premiere in Spain, he is flying to Dublin, Ireland, to attend rehearsals and the European premiere of La Nueche de San Xuán for flute and harp on January 26. This work will be featured in the first concert of the series “Up Close with Music” of the Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble of Ireland at the RHA Gallery, downtown Dublin. In addition to these premieres, he was invited to give a series of masterclasses to the composition students at the Conservatory of Asturias in Oviedo.
Voice Instructor Elizabeth Schleicher participated in the NOA/NATS Winter Workshop "Opera & Musical Theater in the 21st Century." She sang in a masterclass on contemporary singing styles with classical technique.
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella had the image of her bronze and steel sculpture Sentinel published in the current issue of Sculpture Magazine. The sculpture is part of Sculpture Tour, organized by Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Art Instructor Brooke Swanson-Marks will have her most recent jewelry represented in a two-person show at Taboo Studio Gallery in San Diego, California from February 28-March 28, 2041. She will also be a juror for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) student slide show presented at the SNAG Conference, “Grains to Gold” Minneapolis, MN. April 24-27th, 2014
Assistant Professor of Music James Bowyer spent two weeks in Bangkok, Thailand, during winter break. He presented a workshop over three days entitled "Pathways to Musicianship: A Sightsinging and Ear Training Bootcamp" for choral and music education students at Mahidol University's College of Music. He also collaborated with the choral and music education faculty to map out curricular courses based on the Kodàly Concept. Future plans were made for in-service programs aimed at music education faculty at Thailand's other universities and for music teachers in elementary and secondary schools.
The Euclid Quartet welcomed 65 area high school string students to campus for the first IUSB String Workshop, January 11. The theme for the afternoon was sound production and "how to get the best possible sound from your instrument." This event was offered free to all interested students.