MFA Art Students Exhibit work at Lump Gallery in Raleigh

Current 2021 MFA School of Art Students exhibit their work  in Bad Touch 2.0 at the Lump Gallery in Raleigh. This is a group drawing exhibition curated by Bill Thelen.

Bad Touch 2.0 is on exhibit from December 3 – January 16, 2022 with an opening Reception on Friday, Dec. 3 from 6-9pm.

To read more about the group drawing show please visit the gallery’s website

Lump is located at 505 S. Blount St, in downtown Raleigh

Lucas Varnum Portrait

Commencement Profile:
Lucas Varnum BFA – Studio Art: Sculpture and Ceramics

Lucas Varnum says it’s simple: do what you love.

That’s the advice he has for future Spartans who might be hesitant to pursue a degree in the visual and performing arts: “Don’t be scared. Don’t let money determine your major. If you love art, do art.”

Growing up in Raleigh, Varnum was always interested in the visual arts. For him, it began with drawing then developed into a preference for ceramics and sculpture. When it came time for college, factors like friends’ recommendations and wanting to stay in-state played a factor, but it was an excellent art program that really mattered:

“UNC Greensboro easily has one of the better sculpture departments out there. All of my professors have been amazing and critical to my decision to continue with sculpture and ceramics as my major concentration.” (more…)

Mikhaila Eller Portrait

Commencement Profile:
Mikhaila Eller BA – Arts Administration

Mikhaila Eller is a mover in more ways than one. The Stratford, Connecticut native reports that she has been a dancer for her entire life and has always had a passion for the arts. She also has a strong desire to move the needle on issues in the community and decided that working with nonprofit organizations would be a good fit.

Eller came to UNC Greensboro as a transfer student and was looking for a school that would support both of her passions:

“I discovered that I have a passion for the business side of the arts, so I was looking for a strong Arts Administration program. UNC Greensboro definitely has that. I’ve also enjoyed their dance program and dance class offerings, which is another reason I was attracted to this University.” (more…)

Kemari Bryant Portrait

Commencement Profile:
Tevondre Kemari Bryant BFA – Drama: Musical Theatre

Stage and screen: Tevondre Kemari Bryant has dipped his toes into both at UNC Greensboro and they have been a winning combination for him.

The BFA in Drama: Musical Theatre major from New Bern, North Carolina started doing theatre when he was in middle school, and it was then that he set his sights on a life in the arts:

I’ve been acting since I was twelve years old and decided not long after that that I wanted to pursue a career in the theatre. I have been pretty dead set on theatre and the arts as a career choice for a very long time and don’t regret it at all!” (more…)

picture of Professor Chad Eby and the Jazz Ensemble I

Wynton Marsalis invites UNC Greensboro Students to Compete at Jazz at Lincoln Center

UNC Greensboro’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program has been selected as one of “ten of the most well-regarded university jazz programs in the country” to compete in the Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, a two-day invitational on the Rose Theatre stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York in January.

The Jack Rudin Jazz Championship honors the legacy of Jack Rudin, longtime supporter of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and his founding support for Essentially Ellington, the organization’s signature transformative education program. 

JALC Artistic Director and Orchestra Leader Wynton Marsalis says: “It’s an honor and privilege to welcome the finest collegiate students and educators from around the country to the House of Swing. Through workshops, performances, and collegial competition, the experience will exemplify the fellowship and community that is the hallmark of jazz. In these divided times, our arts exist to call us home to our greatest historic achievements and our highest aspirations.”  (more…)