In the news - February 2011

Leah Dominy of the Toradze Piano Studio, won second prize at Jefferson Symphony international Young Artist Competition in Golden Colorado.

Rebecca Hovan, flute instructor, presented a session at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN. In attendance at the conference manning the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts booth were Alica Purcell, Patricia Childress, John Mayrose, Jeffry Wright, and Marvin Curtis.
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Susan Moore was selected for an exhibition in the 2011 Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition in Wichita, Kansas.  It is a suite of three images that will be on display through February 2011.

Susan Moore has completed most of her work on the IAC grant that she received this summer.  A portfolio of work documenting subdivision in LaPorte and St. Joseph county has been produced.  To make the work public she will be speaking at the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum of Saturday, February 19 at 11 a.m. central time.  The work will also be exhibited in the Cultural Center gallery on the IUPUI campus in June 2012.  She will be seeking additional venues for this work at the Society for Photographic Education conference in March.

The IU South Bend Gospel Choir performed at St. Michael's and All Angel Episcopal Church on Sunday, January 30.  The concert was a benefit to raise money for the Choir's trip to North Carolina in March  An article about the concert and the choir appeared in the South Bend Tribune. The choir is conducted by CreAnne Mwale.

Senior Lecturer in Communications Rachel Sylvester’s home was destroyed in a fire on February 2. She and her family escaped safely after her son noticed light behind an electric outlet in his bedroom.  The home burned to the ground leaving her family with just the clothes they were wearing.

Rachael Sylvester did a speaking engagement for the Student Services department at IU South Bend titled “Student Staff Professional Development” in which she covered Perception and Listening skills. 

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and WNIT will host a showing of "Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way" on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Auditorium.  Lexo will be on hand with his Emmy Award and so will members of WNIT.  Admission will be free for this event.

Sculptor Austin I. Collins, C.S.C, spoke on February 3 in the Recital Hall as a special guest of the 20th Anniversary season.  The talk, titled “Public Sculpture and Personal Practice,” focused on Collins’ artistic process and experiences.  Fr. Collins is a professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame.  He is well known for his large scale steel sculptures and has them on display throughout the country.In addition to the talk, Fr. Collins has installed one of his outdoor sculptures, “Temple, XX,” on campus for a two year loan.  The 19’ welded steel piece was placed on the mall in front of the Schurz Library.  Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella made the arrangements for Fr. Collins lecture and artwork loan.

Brigid M. McAuliffe, visiting assistant professor of new media, announces Equality & Inclusion a juried exhibit at IU South Bend's Civil Rights Heritage Center featuring student work from the New Media department at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. The exhibit consists of posters, videos and animations based on concepts of Equality & Inclusion.
Exhibit Dates and Hours: February 1-28, 2011 Tuesday-Saturday 10-2
1040 W. Washington St. South Bend IN 46601

Celia Weiss, adjunct assistant professor of music,recently performed a piano and organ recital at the First Presbyterian Church, Elkhart. 

You are cordially invited to the opening reception for the Exhibition Nineteenth-Century Landscape Photographers in the Americas: Artists, Journeyman or Entrepreneurs? at the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame on Sunday, February 13, 2-4 pm.  The guest curators for this exhibition were the participants in the seminar “Curating an Exhibition.”  This curatorial team included students from the Indiana University South Bend Master of Liberal Studies program and from the Visual Arts area in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, advised by Micheline Nilsen, associate professor at IU South Bend.

The catalog for the exhibition is published by the Wolfson Press with funding provided by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, funded by the Office of the President and administered by the interim Vice President for Research and the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research and by the Wolfson Press of Indiana University South Bend.

Dean Marvin Curtis received a grant of $2,000 from Memorial Hospital of South Bend for the concert, “Lift Every Voice…Celebrating the African American Spirit.”  The concert is February 26th at 7:30 p.m. The composer of the work, Done Made My Vow: A Celebration, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, will be our guest.  A special symposium on African American Music will take place on Friday, February 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 the Recital Hall.

Alexander Toradze performed with the Indianapolis Symphony. The review of the concert is at the following link:  A special quote “Alexander Toradze, born in then-Soviet Georgia and successfully ensconced at Indiana University-South Bend since 1991, was on hand to play Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major.
To say he plays this work as if he owned it doesn't go far enough. He plays it as if the composer were whispering in his ear and guiding his arms, hands and fingers.”

With thanks to Lee Streby for his grant writing, Michele Morgan-Dufour and Marvin Curtis received a $500 check from Frick Limited Liability Corporation and a $500 check from the South Gateway Association for a total of $1,000 for the Children’s Theater Production of The Wind and the Willows to support attendance by students at Xavier Academy. 

Marvin Curtis, with assistance of Lee Streby, received a $5,000 award from the tourism marketing grant for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Deborah Mayer made her Toledo debut.  An article about the performance appears in the Toledo Blade.