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School of the Arts

In the news - September 2011

The 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients have been announced by Governor Daniels.  We are proud that June H. Edwards and Alexander Toradze are among the six selected recipients.  Awards will be presented April 26, 2012 on the IU South Bend campus.

Nikita Abrosimov, a member of the Toradze Piano Studio won 1st prize at World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, OH. First prize is $10,000 and a concert recital at Alice Tully Hall in 2013.

Dora Natella was awarded the MAAC 2011 Best Sculpture Award, and 3rd Place on the overall exhibit, at the Michiana Annual Art Competition at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI. 

Natella also created the bronze sculpture Nike for the United Way of St. Joseph County. The sculpture will serve as the United Way of St. Joseph County’s new “Ernie Award” which will be awarded annually to recognize individuals’ dedication to the community through their service with United Way.  Ernestine Morris Raclin, the award’s namesake, is the first award recipient. She will be honored September thth at the United Way Alex Coquillard Society Donor Appreciation and Recognition Event.

Marianne Weesner, BA’11, has joined The Troyer Group as Marketing Coordinator. Marianne was Associate Editor of the 2010-11 Aspire e-newsletters. As the Aspire magazine intern she developed story ideas, wrote numerous articles, edited copy, and provided invaluable assistance to Editor Michele Morgan-Dufour.

Rebecca Hovan recently attended the National Flute Convention in Charlotte, NC from August 11-14.  On Wednesday, August 10, Rebecca co-taught a one-day Teacher Training Seminar on various aspects of flute teaching.  She also has two new publications of her arrangements, just released this month:  Wedding Collection for Flute and Violin and a medley of Winds Through the Olive Trees and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear for Flute and Guitar (as heard on her CD, A Silver Christmas).  Rebecca has been invited to present a session at the Texas Music Educators Convention in February, 2012.

The Flute Ensemble, led by Rebecca Hovan, performed for several events over the summer.  On May 14, they played for the Indiana State Conference of the League of Women Voters which met here at IUSB.  They also provided a music segment for Crescendo at LaSalle Grill on June 11. Most recently, the ensemble presented a short program for the August 19 Friday by the Fountain event as a joint effort by several groups from the School of the Arts.
Rebecca Hovan, flute, and Christine Larson Seitz, piano, performed at ArtBeat on Saturday, August 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Jon Hunt Plaza outside the Morris PAC.

Eric Souther’s Search Engine Vision has been selected to be in a group show in September at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC, and in February 2013 at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY. His work will also be exhibited at the Scientist Video Art Festival in Ferrara, Italy in October.

Kevin M. Gillen participated in a benefit event at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Northampton, Massachusetts. The IMA is a non-profit teaching, performing, and recording facility to support women in music and music-related business. Their philosophy includes being "rooted in women's relationships and dedicated to promoting equality, balance, and harmony". Kevin is working with co-founder June Millington toward a future IMA workshop at IU South Bend. 

Krista Kuskye, BFA Photography '11, has been accepted into a national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities at the Smithsonian Museum. Her work will be displayed along with fourteen other artists from across the nation. It is the ninth exhibition hosted by VSA (The International Organization of Arts and Disability) and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. who support young artists to continue in the arts as a career choice.   

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts was well represented at the final “Fridays at the Fountain” on August 19th in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Performing were the IU South Bend Gospel Choir, Flute Ensemble; Solo dancers Joel Stockton, Amorena Ruffolo, Karen Pajor, Halana Hattery; Flamingo dancers Vlad Sorokin and Carolyn Hine-Johnson, a jazz trio led by Sam Que, and members of the theater area performing the Bollywood dance from A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

Rubia Hagans, BFA student, won the Youth First Place, with her sculpture Mother Nature at the Michiana Annual Art Competition at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI. This summer Hagans held a summer residency at the South Bend Museum of Art. She had access to studio space and facilities at the SBMA and interacted with the museum faculty and staff. During her residency she produced new work which will appear in an upcoming exhibition at the SBMA.

Marvin Curtis will be conducting the combined choirs of St. Stephens Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Church of Fairfax in his composition, The City on the Hill (written for the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton) at New York Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC on September 11th.  The performance is part of the concert An Evening of Songs and Remembrance featuring baritone James E. Laws, Jr.   Mr. Laws will premier three new works for concert for cello, piano, and baritone written by Dean Curtis.  The special guest artist appearing on the program will be soprano Denyce Graves.  The concert is commemorating 25 years of Damien Ministries’ Community Service and honoring the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attack on America.