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Pixar Artist Talk by Tia Kratter – October 4

Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by jhutchens under Art, CVPA. Tags: ,

Veteran Pixar art director, Tia Kratter will give an artist’s talk Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 in the Bryan Building, Rm. 160.

After working as a background painter at Disney Feature Animation for five years, Tia later freelanced with Disney before joining the Toy Story art team at Pixar in 1993. Tia has served as an art director on A Bug’s Life, Cars, and Brave and today is the manager of Art & Film Education at Pixar University, the studio’s internal education program. Tia also recently authored the new book The Color of Pixar, which features hundreds of film stills from the studio’s archives.

Tia plans to speak about her work at Pixar over the years and how she has changed and evolved as an artist during that period while also working within a collaborative creative environment.

This talk, sponsored by the School of Art, is free and open to the public.

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Studio Museum group show to feature School of Art alum Sherrill Roland

Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 by derice under Art, CVPA.

UNCG School of Art Alumn Sherrill Roland will be featured in the Studio Museum’s “Fictions” as part of their “F-series” exhibitions.

The Studio Museum in Harlem announced the list of 19 artists to show this fall in “Fictions,” the fifth of the institution’s so-called “F-series” exhibitions of emerging artists. (Past F-series shows, dating back to 2001, have included “Freestyle,” “Frequency,” “Fore,” and “Flow.”)

Opening September 14 and continuing into January 2018, “Fictions” was curated by the museum’s associate curator for its permanent collection, Connie H. Choi, and assistant curator Hallie Ringle. Works in the show draw on a variety of media and, as a group, “investigate the complexities of the contemporary moment,” according to a description of the show. 

Read more here.

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Dance Placement Class for Minors & Non-majors

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Amy Masters under CVPA, Dance.

For those of you wanting to move into the next level of Contemporary or Ballet classes, our dance technique placement class will be held on Tuesday, August 15, at 6:30pm in 1510 Walker (formerly SRC) Studio 250. The street address is 1510 Walker Ave., and the building is located at the intersection of Walker and Aycock.

Please plan to arrive no later than 6:15pm and come prepared with a pair of ballet slippers to take part in a short ballet section. The contemporary section will be danced in bare feet. You will connect with Alexis Thomas, graduate faculty assistant. Your placement results will be sent out via email.

Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who may be interested. Contact with questions.

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Professor Recognized by NDEO

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by Amy Masters under Dance.

The School of Dance would like to congratulate Dr. Jill Green on receiving the Outstanding Dance Researcher Award from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Dr. Green conducts research and teaches somatics, body studies, pedagogy, and two courses in qualitative research. Dr. Green’s writing is prolific and widely disseminated. Her work is published in a number of journals including Dance Research Journal; Research in Dance Education; Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices; Journal of Dance Education; Arts and Learning; Impulse; and Frontiers: Journal of Women's Studies. In addition, she wrote chapters in a number of books. She is the recipient of a number of teaching awards and received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, allowing her to teach research and somatics, and investigate dance and body
studies in Finland. She was invited to present her research in the United States, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, South Africa, Brazil, and Japan. As a former co-editor of Dance Research Journal, Dr. Green brought interest in dance education to the larger filed of dance studies. Additionally, she edited the first special edition about somatics in the Journal of Dance Education. Currently, she is working on a book about qualitative research in dance education.

She will be honored at the 2017 National Conference in November.

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Dance Welcomes New Instructors

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by Amy Masters under CVPA, Dance.

The School of Dance welcomes two new instructors to our family:




Clarice Young joins us as an Associate Professor from the Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, where she was the rehearsal director. Young is also an original member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and former assistant who continues to work with the company as a guest artist. The New Roads, Louisiana, native received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and in 2014 received her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University. Her emerging choreographic works have been set on her alma mater, Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. senior solo work and at Dixon Place this March.


Maurice Watson comes to UNCG as a Lecturer. He is a choreographer, dancer and teacher who uses dance as a way to communicate, when words just aren’t enough. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, he developed a strong sense of artistry that allowed him to dance and perform with companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Disney, Jazz Antiqua, Long Beach Ballet, and Holland America Cruise Line. A 2015 graduate from the University of Iowa, He holds an MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography. His choreography has been seen on Dayton Contemporary Dance 1 st and 2 nd  Company, 7Dancers Dance Company, Jazz Antiqua Dance and Music Ensemble, universities and dance studios throughout The United States. Maurice is an engaging teacher, who has taught in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and was previously on faculty at the University of Wyoming.


Both Clarice and Maurice will begin teaching dance classes in Fall 2017.


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Renovations Underway

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by Amy Masters under CVPA, Dance.

The Mary Channing Coleman building, home to the School of Dance, is currently undergoing renovations to the old swimming pool and other areas. The pool, closed in July 2016, is being converted into two sprawling dance studios, bringing the total number of dedicated dance studio spaces to six. These new spaces are to be completed in Fall 2017.

In addition, the Rosenthal wing lobby is getting a facelift with the removal of the staircase and relocation of the box office to the back of the Dance Theater. On the second floor, the locker rooms, dressing rooms, and green room are being reconfigured to provide more space for our growing department. Construction on the Rosenthal wing is to be finished by Spring 2018. In the meantime, the dance offices are being housed on the third floor of the McIver building near Tate Street.

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College of Visual and Performing Arts offers summer experiences for youth!

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Jeffrey Aguiar under Art, CVPA, Dance, Music, Theatre. Tags: , , , , , , , ,

North Carolina Theatre for Young People has been presenting works on-campus, in Guilford County and across the state and throughout the Southeastern region since 1962. Photo Credit: James Fisher

The Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre within the College of Visual and Performing Arts are offering several summer experiences–long-time staples and new opportunities–in all disciplines: Art, Dance, Music and Theatre. Appropriate for school-aged children and, in some cases, adults, these experiences connect the College to our surrounding community and the region with developmental artistic experiences through more formal opportunities for current professionals to engage with colleagues and mentors. What’s your flavor?

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The Huffington Post publishes article on the School of Art’s 2017 MFA student Sherrill Roland

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 by jhutchens under Art, CVPA. Tags: , ,

In 2012, artist Sherrill Roland received a call from a detective with a warrant for his arrest. Roland was an art student at the time, preparing to begin graduate school at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Roland, who claimed he had not committed any crime, was in utter disbelief.

Click on the Huffington Post article linked below to read more about the “Jumpsuit Project” by Sherrill Roland.



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Ceramic and Sculpture Student External Accomplishments

Posted on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 by jhutchens under Art. Tags: ,
Jon Smith, Nikki Blair and Pat Wasserboehr supported these students in their efforts to achieve some impressive opportunities during the  spring and summer of 2017.
  • April Miller, NYC Arts Practicum
  • Edwin Bristow, has applied to be Rosemary Fiore’s studio assistant
  • Chelsea Tinklenberg, Digital Stone Project, $1500 stipend from the graduate program and $1500
  • from Auto Desk
  • Claire Stromberg, Digital Stone Project, Digital Stone Project, $4500 research grant from the         Undergraduate Research Office at UNCG, $1,500 stipend from Auto Desk, Franconia Sculpture Park Intern
  • Students to attend a two week workshop at SAW thanks to the Art School support in the amount of $2400:  Danielle Carelock, John Lucas, Hannah Baker, Nina Rominger, Christina Rankin, and Anna Rafalowski
  • Anna Rafalowski will attend a workshop at Penland and was selected to teach art to children at the CVA.
  • Max Baynes will be a SAW artist in residence
  • Students who participated in the Fire Fest iron pour sponsored by Star Works;  Mark Craven, Lina Fernandez, April Miller, Anna Rafalowski, Heather Fortune, and Haley McKnight
  • Nine students had their sculpture and ceramics accepted into the BFA juried exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Max Baynes, Karena Graves, and Caroline Bugby had their work accepted into the 2017 North Carolina Artists Exhibition sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society. Max received an award and sold the sculpture he exhibited.
  • Caroline Bugby was hired to teach art to children at the CVA. She is UNCG’s nominee for the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Sculpture, TBA in June.
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The Welcome Committee at Elsewhere Museum

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 by jhutchens under Art.
The Welcome Committee
— Elsewhere Artists Exhibition at Art Truck at First Friday
First Friday, April 7th, 6-9,  in front of Elsewhere Museum, 606 S Elm, Greensboro. 
Elsewhere’s Winter Interns are collaborating on a group show with The Art Truck, UNCG Art Department’s mobile art gallery and community outreach agent.


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