Christal Brown teaching
Music major Anna Vtipil with Gracie Zielinski, Hanna Fishastion, Lora Mouna, and Clara Lampkin

Spartans Win Spot in North Carolina Folk Festival

A group led by a School of Music student has won a spot to perform in the North Carolina Folk Festival this fall.

Anna Vtipil is a composition student under Professors Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty. Her group is made up of two other UNCG students – Gracie Zielinski (’23 Arts Administration) and Hanna Fishastion (’23 Music Education- Strings) – as well as UNCG alumna Lora Mouna (’21 BFA Voice), and UNC Asheville student Clara Lampkin.

The group performs Vtipil’s original music, which Vtipil says explores the vulnerability of fully expressing oneself through intimate lyrics, and harmonically rich and rhythmically flowing textures. (more…)

BFA Rachael Hayes in Italy Artist Residency

Rachael Hayes (BFA Sculpture and Ceramics 2021) finally made it to Italy for her previously delayed Artist Residency with the Digital Stone Carving Project!

The Digital Stone Project was founded in 2005 by sculptors who wanted to create a new way of working in stone by leveraging the burgeoning digital technologies. Garfagnana Innovazione is a state-of-the-art technology center equipped with robotic stone cutting equipment and access to the best sculptural marble in the world.

Each year, the Digital Stone Project and Garfagnana Innovazione work together to bring an international cohort of artists, architects, designers, educators and students to the historic Garfagnana region of Italy. While in Italy, participants gain experience working with high technology and ancient Tuscan stone. During the month-long Residency, participants are giving the opportunity to produce work carved using a combination of robotic manufacturing technologies and traditional hand-carving tools. Our partner, Garfagnana Innovazione, offers participants a unique opportunity to employ the latest innovations in digital stone carving. As an incubator of new techniques, the Residency provides a wide range of professional development opportunities focused on technology and materials.


Headshot of Caitlyn Schrader Director of Community Engagement

Caitlyn Schrader ’22: Bringing Energy and Experience to Role of Director of Community Engagement

Caitlyn Schrader (’22 MFA Dance) is moving into a role that seems choreographed just for her — Director of Community Engagement for UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).  In that position, she will also serve as Director of Greensboro Project Space (GPS), CVPA’s contemporary art gallery in downtown Greensboro.

Schrader is a dance artist, educator, curator, choreographer, and filmmaker who recognizes the value of community engagement and the potential for art to impact the lives of citizens:

“Art helps cultivate critical thinkers, curious minds, agents of change, and leads to productive lives of consequence. I bring my joy for the arts, my belief in their power to affect change, and an open mind to this role. I pledge to work toward making GPS and CVPA initiatives vessels of research, inquiry, and innovation. I care for the UNCG community and take great pride in being a member – I look forward to contributing to its continued progress.” (more…)

photo of alumna Quentin Fears, fashion stylist

Quentin Fears ’03 BFA Acting: Turning Personal Style into a Career

When the 75th Annual Tony Awards aired on Sunday, June 12th, millions of viewers tuned in to see who goes home with the coveted statuette, but that’s not all they were watching.  Checking out what the stars are wearing has become as much a part of the show as learning who gets the awards. 

Quentin Fears (’03 BFA Acting) knows just how much work goes into getting that red carpet look – he’s a Los Angeles-based stylist who’s dressed the likes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills actress Garcelle Bouvais,  R&B and soul singer and actress Macy Gray, Lucifer star Rachael Harris, and celebrity chef Michael Voltaggi for various premieres and shoots.  Fears has also done commercial styling for companies like Planter’s Peanuts, Buffalo Jeans, Reebok, and Guess. His work has appeared in fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar (Vietnam) and Vogue (Bulgaria).  He also helps ordinary people figure out what to wear.

“As a personal stylist I feel like I’m helping people become the best version of themselves.  People need to understand that what you put on your body communicates something to others,  and that ultimately can help you navigate where you want to go with your life. One of the things I tell people is, ‘Say you’re watching Shark Tank.  You see these business people in suits and you take them seriously.  Would you feel the same way if they were wearing jeans and a tee-shirt?  Would you believe in their product or idea as much and want to invest money in it?’” (more…)