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School of Music Alumnus Makes Solo Debut at the Metropolitan Opera

David Blalock, BM ’09, recently made his solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Pong in Puccini’s Turandot.  He previously appeared at The Met as a member of the chorus in a 2013 production of Wagner’s Parsifal.

In addition to his appearances at The Metropolitan Opera, David will also sing the title role in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with Madison Opera and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Pensacola Opera. Previous appearances include Opera Hong Kong, Virginia Opera, Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, Washington National Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.

Read more in this Greensboro News & Record article.



MFA alumna Stephanie J. Woods awarded 2019 Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship

Stephanie J. Woods is a Charlotte, NC based artist creating textile, photography, and community-engaged projects. Through the use of symbolic mediums referencing black American culture and the southern experience, her multimedia works examine the cognitive effects of cultural assimilation, and how performance is ingrained in identity. Woods earned an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has attended several residences; including a seven-month visual artist fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, ACRE Residency, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and Penland School of Crafts. She has served as faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in 2017 her work was notably recognized by the South Arts Fellowship, and NC. Arts Council Fellowship.

School of Art MFA Alumna Sheena Rose featured in Miami museum exhibition.

The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art is a thematic group exhibition centered on the question, “what might a Caribbean future look like?” With a series of newly commissioned works, The Other Side of Now seeks to think beyond narratives of catastrophe that continue to frame the region in terms of then and now. In this exhibition, the region is conceptualized as both a complex spatial configuration and a temporal formation, engaging diasporic voices alongside artists living in the insular Caribbean. The Other Side of Now features 14 artists who engage future time through personal experiences, collective memories, and historical legacies. In paintings, installation, videos, and sculptures, these artists illuminate ideas of survival, community, self-acceptance, environmental rights and creative resourcefulness as central to the challenge of imaging trajectories for the Caribbean. The Other Side of Now is a curatorial initiative comprising an exhibition and publication. This project is curated by María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and Dr. Marsha Pearce, Cultural Studies Scholar based at The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus.
Deborah Anzinger
Charles Campbell
Andrea Chung
Hulda Guzman
Deborah Jack
Louisa Marajo
Manuel Mathieu
Alicia Milne
Lavar Munroe
Angel Otero
Sheena Rose
Jamilah Sabur
Nyugen Smith
Cristina Tufiño

Sanford Lab welcomes first-ever Artist-in-Residence

Gina Gibson, 2006 MFA, is a multimedia artist and professor of digital communication at Black Hills State University. In the Summer of 2019, she was named as Sanford Underground Research Facility’s first Artist-in-Residence. Gibson first visited Sanford Lab in 2013 for the “Into the Dark: Artists Exploring Dark Matter” art exhibit, which challenged 22 prominent South Dakota artists to imagine one of nature’s most profound mysteries: dark matter. After that experience, Gibson began searching for residency opportunities at labs like Fermilab and CERN, before realizing an opportunity might exist in the Black Hills. She worked with Sanford Lab to develop and pilot the AiR program.

Sanford Lab’s undertakings often focus on science, technology, engineering and math; this project is just one of the ways the facility works to incorporate art, generating STEAM. Gibson says this project is one way of moving toward more interdisciplinary action, away from the academic silos that can stifle collaboration.

“Getting everyone into the same sandbox is beneficial, and I’d like to see education move that way more,” said Gibson. “That’s why I like interdisciplinary projects, so it’s really natural for me to view this as a mission, to make people more aware of both art and science.”