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Summer SmARTS Workshops – Register Today!

Summer Smarts 2012 graphic imageThe University of Toledo College of Visual of Performing Arts is offering a wonderful way for you to engage your arts smarts this summer through Summer SmARTS, a series of nine workshops in art, voice and instrumental performance, music education and more. They are independent of one another so you can choose to take one or more, according to your time and inclination.

The Summer SmARTS workshops can be taken for personal development, and some for college credit at the undergraduate or graduate level. When taken for college credit, the regular participant cost is often waived, in lieu of applicable tuition and fees. The workshops are listed below in greater detail. Click the title of the workshop to register now or get more information!

Intro to Orff-Schulwerk Workshop | Dr. Pamela Stover

July 30 – August 1 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Registration Deadline: July 23
An introduction to the highly creative and integrative Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education for elementary education teachers and students. Designed for beginners to the Orff-Schulwerk, experienced teachers who hold Orff Levels and want a different perspective are also welcome  Led by Orff-Schulwerk specialist and Music Education professor, Dr. Pamela J. Stover.

High School Choir Workshop | Dr. Stephen Hodge
August 6 – 9 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Registration Deadline: July 27
Sing, sing, sing!  Improve your vocal technique, sharpen your sight reading skills and explore choral singing in a wide variety of ensembles in this workshop for choral singers going into grades 8 – 12. Led by choral director and professor Stephen Hodge, the workshop concludes with a choral concert featuring the pieces explored during the week.


Deborah Orloff’s Holzwege series

Deborah ImagesDeborah Orloff’s intriguingly surreal Holzwege series of photographs will fill the Crary Art Gallery in January. Ms. Orloff hails from Toledo, OH, where she teaches New Media at the University of Toledo. These works are deftly layered landscape images, arresting in their beauty, and cognitively topsy-turvy. Despite the visual confusion, we are drawn into them by a “holzwege” (a “holzwege” in German is a forest path leading to nowhere), inviting us – or stopping us abruptly – in these impossible and complex landscapes.


Podcast interview with the artist.
Podcasts about individual photos in show.

Holly Hey film recognized at LA festival

Holly Hey rat storiesHolly Hey

Assistant professor’s film recognized at LA festival

Holly Hey, UT assistant professor of film, is celebrating the recognition of her film titled “Rat Stories” at the 2011 LA Art House Film Festival. She received an honorable mention in the Short Documentaries category.

“Rat Stories” undermines stereotypes about the rodent to examine the importance of human connection in a variety of social contexts.

“Like the rat is scorned within many cultures around the world, the human subjects within each rat story do not fit into the mainstream; and as a result of their detachments from social norms, they create their own countercultures in order to belong,” Hey said.

The independent filmmaker is an experimental weaver of media who strives to provoke active relationships between her cinematic art and the diverse audiences that it reaches.

She employs a wide range of practice: single-channel work that is screened within film festivals, micro-cinemas and on public broadcast stations; mixed-media and installation art that is shown in galleries; and live performance and multimedia integration within performance art and the performing arts, including theatre and music.

“Each practice is a unique opportunity to intersect or to undermine conventional methods for telling stories via the moving image,” Hey said.

Hey holds a master of fine arts degree in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from Ohio University.

Her films and videos have shown at Autumn Lights in Los Angeles, the Mix Festival in New York, the Onion City Film Festival in Chicago, the Denver International Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video festival, the Vancouver Queer Film and Video Festival, among other national and international venues.

To learn more about “Rat Stories” and see a trailer for the film, click here.

Major funding support for “Rat Stories” was provided by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Meg Sciarini Success Story: MGM & Cirque du Soleil

Meg Sciarini Success storyMeg Sciarini credits her success to the proactive faculty in the Art Department and the Theatre & Film Department, and her own work ethic as an artist. Even before she came to UT as a college student, Meg was on campus as a high school student, doing art installations. She received a lot of support for her ideas from faculty in the Departments of Theatre & Film and Art, and that encouraged her to study at UT. College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean, Deb Davis, a digital media artist in her own right, was a member of the Art Department faculty when Meg was a UT student. Meg said, “She showed me how to experiment with projecting images, that it didn’t have to be flat, and look like a big TV screen. That I had more options than I might have realized.”

Dean Davis remarked, “Meg was always ready to challenge herself. Her ability to push herself beyond the basic requirements of a given course made her an exceptional student. I am very proud that students in the newly formed College of Visual and Performing Arts are landing career positions of such stature. It is testimony to the dedicated faculty and excellent programs students encounter in the arts at UT.”

Some of Meg’s work has been a part of UT play productions such as “Machinal” (Fall 2009) and most recently “The Labyrinth” (Fall 2010), in which moving shadowy nude figures projected onto cloth became ghostly characters trapped in the labyrinth. It was precisely this type of projection work that intrigued the management of MGM, which hired her for Cirque du Soleil. “Artistic projection of video and film is very much a part of live shows right now. So they were very interested in the work I did here at UT.”

Meg Sciarini 2010 dual major Art and Film.

Meg is working for MGM, with the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil as a projection technician. Her first show will be “Viva ELVIS.” She began her new job March 28, 2011. UPDATE: October 2012 – Meg is now working on the Cirque show “Zarkana” Check it out http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/zarkana/show/about.aspx 

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Staff members pooling efforts for local theater production


Annette Blair and Charlene Hansen hope to make a splash in the Waterville Playshop’s production of “The Dixie Swim Club,” which will be performed Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12, at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St.

Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the play is about five Southern women who met on their college swim team and remain friends, getting together one weekend each summer to catch up.

“It’s the story of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Hansen, administrative secretary in the Department of Chemistry. “The teammates meddle in each other’s lives. There’s lots of love, divorces, losses.”

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Retired U.S. Army Band arranger to be guest conductor

Band mark taylor

Jazz arranger and composer Mark Taylor will conduct the UT Jazz Ensemble Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

In 2001, Taylor retired as chief arranger for the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), where he was on staff 24 years. He wrote all the compositions for the band’s disc, A New Beginning, and much of the material for Scream Machine.  (read more..)