Sherrill Roland ’16 MFA Studio Art) is one of 42 recipients of the 2021 Creative Capital Awards. His project “The Jumpsuit Portal”, in the multimedia Social Practice category, is eligible for up to $50,000 in funding. Read more about the award here.
About the Artist:
Roland is an interdisciplinary artist who creates art that challenges ideas around controversial social and political constructs, and generates a safe space to process, question, and share. He was born in Asheville, NC, and received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Inspired by his experience in prison for a crime he did not commit, he founded The Jumpsuit Project to raise awareness around issues related to mass incarceration. Roland’s socially-engaged art project has been presented at Open Engagement Chicago, Oakland City Hall, and the Michigan School of Law. He was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies Post-MFA Fellowship in the Documentary Arts at Duke University in Durham, NC, and the Rights of Return USA Fellowship. After completing the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, Florida, Roland returned to North Carolina as an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center of Art + Innovation.
Commencement Profile: Zoe Hardee, BM in Jazz Performance, BA in Geography with a Concentration in Urban Planning
Every city has its own beat, an ebb and flow of energy much like the rhythms in different genres of music.
Zoe Hardee combined her interest in both at UNC Greensboro, pursuing a double degree with a BM in Jazz Performance and a BA in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning. Dallas-born and raised in Wake Forest, North Carolina, Zoe had heard of the University’s prestigious and highly selective Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program from her high school band director and other students:
“I play guitar, piano, and upright bass. The bass is my instrument of study here, and I studied with Steve Haines. He is one of the baddest cats I know, and I couldn’t have earned my bachelor’s degrees without him!” (more…)
As a choreographer and a performer, Jacob Brown’s path has already taken some twists and turns, and he says he is thankful for the School of Dance’s faculty members who have been with him every step of the way:
“My professors have been my mentors, and now they will be lifelong friends and colleagues. People like Duane Cyrus, Clarice Young, and Justin Turnow—they are the reason I know that coming to UNCG was the right decision.” (more…)
Victoria Grelecki came to UNC Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) with a passion for performing — a love of the arts that started when she was just five years old. It was nurtured by her parents and teachers and teachers as she twirled and acted on stages in her hometown of Concord, North Carolina.
Victoria says that passion now has a dance partner — perseverance:
“CVPA was a great fit for me because it pushed me in ways that I didn’t realize I needed. I have learned to be resourceful and resilient. I feel like the energy on this campus is that of strength and perseverance.” (more…)
Allison Hines has logged plenty of hours in the spotlight but decided her real calling was behind the scenes creating the tangible art that brings a story to life on the stage. When she started looking at colleges she was tenacious about finding one with a good Design and Technical Production program:
“I was accepted at UNC Greensboro, but I didn’t really know much about the University or what the vibe was like. I had emailed Chip Haas (School of Theatre Technical Director) asking him about a billion questions about the tech theatre Design and Technical Production program. He answered every one of them and invited me for a tour of the spaces. That solidified my excitement and wonder for this University.” (more…)