Persistence of Vision: Exhibit Celebrates the Birth of Animation

photo of signage for Persistence of VisionIt’s a moving art exhibition—literally—to coincide with the School of Art’s forward motion in launching a new BFA degree concentration in Animation.

Running August 10th through September 27th in the gallery of the Maud Gatewood Studio Arts Building, Persistence of Vision features more than twenty-five beautifully preserved animation toys and optical devices on loan from the Laura Hayes and John Howard Wileman Collection of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM).

UNCG Art Historian Heather Holian says the toys are among the earliest preserved examples of animation and reflect the framework for the medium as we know it today. But, she says, animation didn’t begin just as entertainment:

Photo of a Zoetrope
The exhibit includes an original Zoetrope and a working replica built by Animation Professor Dan Hale .

“What’s interesting about these toys is that many of them were developed as science experiments. Physicists were exploring questions like why a fast moving carriage wheel appeared to be spinning forwards, backwards or standing still when you’re looking at it through the verticals of a fence or railing. Then in 1824, Peter Mark Roget (famous for his thesaurus) wrote about this “persistence of vision,” which explains how our brains retain an image for a thirtieth of a second beyond when our eyes actually see it. Just that little bit of time allows animation to be possible.”

The toys and experiments in the exhibit date between 1825 and 1905, and Dr. Holian says they are still a delight to experience:  (more…)

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…)

Winston Duke, August 26, 2022

Actor Winston Duke to Speak at UNCG

Marvel Studios is taking fans back to Wakanda in the Black Panther sequel this fall, but before the film’s release, the UNCG Concert and Lecture Series (UCLS) is bringing one of the stars of the film to campus.

Actor Winston Duke who has played M’Baku in the previous three previous Black Panther films and the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will speak and take part in a moderated Q&A in UNCG Auditorium on August 26th. The appearance will also include a curated collection of performances by students in UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

UCLS Artistic Director Dominick Amendum says he’s excited about this first event of the series’ 110th Season:

“Winston Duke’s body of work speaks for itself. From the Black Panther films to Avengers and the blockbuster horror film US, he has captured the minds of movie fans around the world. His training began with a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Acting, just like so many of our students in the UNCG School of Theatre. Beyond getting to hear Mr. Duke speak, our students will be able to participate in an event just for them.”  (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 Rotem WeinbergVisiting Assistant Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras

Rotem Weinberg Named Visiting Assistant Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras

College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Rotem Weinberg as Visiting Assistant Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras in CVPA’s School of Music.

Rotem Weinberg is an Israeli conductor known for his profound musicality, creative programming,and polished performances. He is a cross-genre musician, at home in classical, operatic, and pops repertoires alike. 

Weinberg comes to CVPA from the University of Michigan where he served as Music Director of the Campus Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. He also filled the role of Assistant Conductor to the University of Michigan’s prestigious orchestra program, supporting the work of four student orchestras as well as cover conductor of the University of Michigan Opera Theater. Weinberg has also served as Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra in Birmingham, Michigan; Associate Conductor of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra; and Cover Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. (more…)