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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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Lovesphere 22 Improvisation Installation and Broadcast

Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017 by jhutchens under Art. Tags:
FRIDAY MARCH 17– please join us in person for a once-in-a-lifetime acoustic installation of some of the Triad’s most innovative musicians!
Greensboro Project Space  219 West Lewis Street  7:30pm

Lovesphere 22 Improvisation Installation and Broadcast-  Free, on WUAG 103.1 FM in Greensboro or streaming here.
Musicians ANYWHERE are invited to record themselves accompanying the broadcast (just hold your headphones up to your mic when you hear the Synchronization Claps, then send your recordings to for an eventual mixdown!)

The GPS (Greensboro Project Space) will be loaded with improvising musicians, each of whom carries a transistor radio.  At 8pm, Lovesphere will broadcast a live solo musician— the great Laurent Estoppey— from WUAG-FM (with the help of DJ Tad of The Old Songs), and the musicians at GPS and across the world will accompany them.  So, as one walks through the gallery, one can hear the same lead instrument with a constantly shifting rhythm section.  Also, other musicians and groups can accompany from home or across the country, and we will later collect some of these recordings and mix them together— making it the largest recording studio ever created. Musicians include Gil Frey, Bryan Crott and David Doyle of the F-Art Ensemble of Greensboro, Ben Singer of Modern Robot, David Menestres of Polyorchard, Dan Ruccia of Cyanotype, Vattel Cherry (the legend), Luke Rose (In ’N’ Out), Nicholas Rich (Collappss) Sara Jane Mann of Van Reipen Collective and 1=0, and Andrew Beach.  Also, performance artist Lu Xu will be pounding luminous imaginary textiles into existence while oscillating the wheel of life.

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School of Dance Study Abroad

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017 by Amy Masters under CVPA.

Her blog entry for UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, Dance student Katie Allison describes her adventures in Malta. Read more about it here.


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Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs Perform Verdi’s Requiem

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 by derice under Art, CVPA, Music.

The UNCG School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Combined University Choirs, conducted by Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Messa da Requiem to a capacity audience at UNCG Auditorium on Friday, February 24, 2017.

The students of the orchestra and choirs were joined by a quartet of accomplished School of Music alumni soloists: Jill Bowen Gardner (MM ’95), soprano; Stephanie Foley Davis (MM ’05), mezzo-soprano; Daniel Stein (MM ’05), tenor; and David Weigel (MM ’12), bass.

Original digital artwork was also created to accompany Verdi’s masterpiece by students from the UNCG School of Art.

The performance has received positive reviews.

From Voix des Arts:

“Performing the Messa da Requiem is a tremendous undertaking even for the best-funded and ​most ​impeccably-trained orchestras, choral societies, and opera companies. Frequent traversals by Italian opera houses, recent performances by Houston Grand Opera, and the inclusion of the Messa in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 – 2018 Season​ are evidence of the overtly operatic demands of the score. It is a ​testament to both the ambitions and the accomplishments of the School of Music in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts that performing the Messa da Requiem was considered within the department’s capabilities, but the true confirmation of the School of Music’s merits was the monumental, moving performance that the university’s musical personnel achieved.”


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Jane Lombard Gallery

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by jhutchens under Art. Tags: ,


Carmen Neely

It makes it more so if you say so 

February 23 – April 8, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 23
6 – 8PM

New York City – Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present It makes it more so if you say so, Carmen Neely’s first solo show in New York. The exhibition will feature a series of recent paintings, drawings, and mixed media sculpture that continue Neely’s exploration of gesture as object.

Neely’s work—a combination of painting and found objects—is imbued with deep intention and awareness of her identity as a young black woman making art in the twenty-first century. “The mark”, revered and mythologized as the purest form of artistic intention in the art historical canon, becomes an act of subtle subversion in Neely’s paintings. Her sexuality and female body appropriate the traditionally masculine gesture, and turn painting into an act of femininity. With each brushstroke, she pushes back against the status quo, inserting herself into a larger dialogue about signification in contemporary abstract painting.

In an effort to retain memories, events, conversations and people, Neely hoards objects as souvenirs. Paintings and drawings serve as means of ‘visual paraphrasing’, where a personal language of gestures and symbols embodies a distinct previous experience. These narratives undergo material translations – a painterly stroke becomes a three-dimensional clay form, then a flattened photographic image or laser-cut plexiglass shape – evolving the gesture into a tangible object to be collected.

Carmen Neely (b. 1987, Charlotte, NC) earned a MFA in studio art from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016, and a BFA in painting from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012. Recent exhibitions include CONTEXTURE, curated by Cey Adams, Jane Lombard Gallery, NY; From the Fringe, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Three-Fold, Ghost Gallery, Seattle, WA. Neely lives and works in Greensboro, NC.

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Anna Celenza Interdisciplinary Lectures in the Arts

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Ashley Oliveira under Art, CVPA, Music. Tags: , , , , , ,
The College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG is very pleased to announce the inaugural Anna Celenza Interdisciplinary Lectures in the Arts.

Dr. Gwen Chanzit

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Anna H. Celenza, who holds undergraduate degrees in both music and visual arts from UNCG, these lectures are intended to provide the opportunity for students and faculty to explore similar themes in different arts disciplines through presentations by visiting scholars.

The inaugural Celenza Lectures will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.  Gwen Chanzit, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum, will speak about her blockbuster exhibition, The Women of Abstract Expressionism, which is on view at the Mint Museum in Charlotte until January 22.  This show highlights the work of the talented women who worked along side their more famous and successful male contemporaries.

Dr. Tammy Kernodle


Dr. Chanzit will be joined by Dr. Tammy Kernodle, Professor of Musicology at Miami University of Ohio, whose lecture is entitled Playing From the Margins: Gender, Jazz and Cultural Containment in Cold War Era America.  Together Drs. Chanzit and Kernodle will present different aspects of women’s contribution to the arts in the United States in the period after World War II.




To get a taste of what is to come, check out this trailer:

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Charles Williams (MFA candidate)

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by ekane under Art, CVPA.

Charles Williams is exhibiting in the following locations:

• “Lost and Found” – Artspace – Raleigh, NC / Dec 2, – Jan 21, 2017 (solo)

• “The World Is A Mirror of My Freedom” McColl Center of Art and Innovation – Charlotte, NC / Jan. 26, – March 25, 2017 (group)

• “Everyone Loves the Sunshine” – Morton Fine Art – Washington, DC / Feb 24, – March 15, 2017 (solo)

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Art lecturer, Amanda Crary collaborates with Assistant Professor of poetry, Ansel Elkins

Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by ekane under Art, CVPA.

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” This phrase of Plutarch’s describes one teaching innovation presently underway at UNCG. This fall, art lecturer Amanda Crary approached visiting assistant professor of poetry, Ansel Elkins, about a collaboration between their classes. Elkins found room in her syllabus for Crary’s idea and the work began. Read More HERE

Poiesis will take place in the Gatewood Studio Arts Center atrium on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by ekane under Art, CVPA.

Congratulations to Anna Rafalowski (BFA candidate) who was accepted to the Penland Partnership Program for the summer of 2017!

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Taos to Tepito – MFA Exhibition @ GPS

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by ekane under Art, CVPA.
Our second year MFA candidates will have their exhibition opening at GPS from 6-9pm Friday November 4th.
A Pecha Kulcha presentation will begin at 7:15pm which will detail highlights of their summer expedition as well as reflections and insights into how the trip influenced their artwork.
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