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The College of Visual Arts Theatre & Dance becomes the First Certified "Green" College at FSU


The College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance is pleased to announce that all of our units have been officially certified as Green Offices by Florida State University's Office of Sustainability, making CVATD the first completely certified college in the University! 

The certification was completed by leadership and staff in each of our eleven academic and non-academic units.  Each department analyzed their operations to ensure that their procedures and practices are aligned with sustainable practices, and learned about new ways to incorporate "green practices" into the everyday work environment.  In order to be certified, offices are asked to adopt multiple initiatives in three primary categories: energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling.

Specific ideas implemented within the College include:

  • Eliminating electronic equipment when not used regularly
  • Converting to e-filing systems whenever possible to reduce copying and paper transmission of information 
  • Implementing printing limits at central printers, and reducing or eliminating personal desktop printers
  • Distributing ballots, memos, journals, invitations and other communications electronically when possible 
  • Re-using furniture within the College and through FSU Surplus whenever possible
  • Purchasing recycled office supplies & recycled content paper 

Thanks to each office for their commitment to sustainability, and congratulations on achieving certification!


aking Now: Open for Exchange Sympo...

Art Therapy Workshop with Dr. Elkis-Ab...

Professor Adam Jolles's New Book

  FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents: How ...


   Sensing Infrastructure with Sam Kronick
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Making Now: Open for Exchange Symposium

This symposium was offered on March 4, 2014 in conjunction with Making Now: Open for Exchange, an exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts.  This event included an introduction by the curator, Carolyn Henne, as well as presentations by artists Jerry Beck, Paul Rutkovsky and Julietta Cheung.
Carolyn Henne, Associate Dean & Jerry Beck, Artist

Carolyn Henne is the Associate Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance as well as the Chair of the Department of Art.  Her work ranges from large, complex interactive installations and performances to more straightforward, discrete objects.  As the curator of Making Now: Open for Exchange, Henne worked to create an indefinable exhibition bustling with movement, vivid artworks and the incandescent glow of life.  She believes most firmly in the unexpected.


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Art Therapy Workshop with Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff

The Department of Art Education’s Art Therapy Program and its student organization, the FSU Art Therapy Association, hosted their Annual Spring Art Therapy Workshop on February 22, 2014.  The workshop was led by Dr. Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, an associate professor at Hofstra University who holds psychology and creative arts licenses in the state of New York.

Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff’s most recent work involves examining the use of clay manipulation with individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the creation of mandala drawings with breast cancer patients.  Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented to both national and international audiences.
Dr. Elkis-Abuhoff with Dr. Van Lith, Dr. Gussak, and Dr. Rosal

The February 22nd workshop focused on a multidisciplinary approach to art therapy treatment and research in medical settings.  The workshop was applicable for those studying art therapy, music therapy, counseling, social work, education, medicine or psychology.



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Professor Adam Jolles’s New Book

Penn State University Press has just released The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941, a new monograph by Adam Jolles, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art History.  In The Curatorial Avant-Garde, Professor Jolles demonstrates the surrealists’ radical transformation of the ways in which spectators encountered works of art between the wars.  

From their introduction in Paris in 1925, surrealist exhibitions dissolved the conventional boundaries between visual media, language and the space of public display.  This intrusion—by a group of amateur curators, with neither formal training nor professional experience in museums or galleries—ultimately altered the way in which surrealists made, displayed and promoted their own art.

Art History Professor Adam Jolles’s New Book

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Beginning in 1925 and continuing up through the outbreak of World War II, curatorial activity was subjected to a heightened amount of critical scrutiny as increasingly sophisticated display strategies displaced the novelty of artistic technique, as interpretive text challenged the privileged status of the object and as the figure of the curator challenged the creative predominance of the artist.

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

Join the FSU / Asolo Conservatory for their presentation of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, by Paula Vogel, February 18-March 9

L’il Bit has put her past behind her, but her dark and dangerous relationship with her Uncle Peck continues to haunt her in this Pulitzer Prize winning play about disturbing family relationships and a culture that sexualizes young women. 

Tickets available at the Asolo Rep box office at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

For ticket information, call 941-351-8000 or visit
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FSU BFA Choreographers Submit Work Regionally

The School of Dance is sending two student works from their recent Days of Dance performance to the American College Dance Association’s (formerly American College Dance Festival Association) Southeastern Regional Conference.  

Thryn Saxon’s work, By and Alone, as well as Du’Bois A’Keen’s Silenced will represent the School of Dance in an adjudicated performance.
Photos (left to right) by Kaitlyn Christensen and Jon Nalon

ACDA is sometimes the only means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.  The conference provides a venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country.

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"Sensing Infrastructure" with Sam Kronick

FAR’s most recent formLab Project Fellow, Sam Kronick, made his first site visit to the facility February 26th through March 4th.

During his visit, Kronick led a student workshop entitled Sensing Infrastructure.  Over the course of two days, workshop participants walked a portion of the 14.3 mile-long Tallahassee Fiber Loop, a buried fiber optic cable that surrounds Tallahassee. 

Sensing Infrastructure participants

While walking this loop, students documented the experience and engaged in a dialog about the cable’s relationship to the surrounding area.  The Fiber Loop serves as inspiration for the body of work Sam will create during his residency at FAR.

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Interior Design Studio Envisions New Retail Space at the Ringling

Recently, a group of students from Florida State University’s Department of Interior Design program worked with the Ringling Museum in Sarasota on a project to develop concepts for the redesign of the retail space in the visitor’s pavilion.

On Jan. 31, Professors Jim Dawkins and Steven Webber brought nine students (representing nine teams) to the Ringling for a site visit to meet their clients, learn about the retail needs of the shop, learn about the history of the Ringling campus and discover the legacy of John and Mable Ringling.

Interior Design Studio Envisions New Retail Space at the Ringling

The first week of class, four staff from The Ringling traveled to Tallahassee to visit the class and discuss the student’s initial designs and the challenges that the museum store faces.  Over the next two weeks, the students worked on their projects to prepare for their final presentations on Feb. 17.

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MANCC Returning Choreographic Fellow, Emily Johnson, Hosts Work-In-Progress Showing March 19th

Returning for the first time since her 2012 Seven Days of Opening Nights premiere of Niicugni (Listen), Emily Johnson will develop SHORE, the third in her trilogy of works created in part at MANCC since 2009.

Tallahassee audiences are invited to attend a work-in-progress showing of SHORE on Wednesday, March 19 at 10:30am in the Nancy Smith Fichter Theater inside Montgomery Hall.
Students work with Emily Johnson on Niicugni (Listen) during her Fall 2012 residency, photo by Chris Cameron

Continuing to explore the confluence of Johnson’s Yup’ic heritage and modern performance, as in the first two works in the trilogy, The Thank You Bar and Niicugni (Listen), SHORE is a multi-day performance / installation of four equal parts: dance, storytelling, volunteerism, and feasting.  While at MANCC, Johnson will be using spring break to work with FSU students and Tallahassee community members to develop the transition of the work from a large group of performers singing and dancing outdoors to a small group of performers on stage.

For more information on Emily Johnson’s MANCC residencies or to reserve a seat for her work-in-progress showing March 19th at 10:30am please visit  Please look for the reservation link under "Entrypoints" on the right side of the page.  Although the showing is free and open to the public, seats are limited and reservations are required.

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Gilchrist Elementary Sculpture

Master Craftsman Studio worked with the third through fifth grade students at Gilchrist Elementary School throughout the 2013 school year.  The students worked hard to collect enough recycled aluminum to both create individual relief sculptures of their own design as well as to create a permanent installation on their campus.

Last Spring, the students enjoyed watching master craftsman artists Phil Gleason and Charlie Scott-Smith pour aluminum into their sand molds.  Each student created a shallow relief sculpture to take home.

Gilchrist Elementary Sculpture

The sculpture is both the culmination of their recycling lesson as well as a reference to an environmental lesson on the migration of Whooping Cranes.  The students had the opportunity to work with artist Daniel Dancer on his project, Art For The Sky.  

In this public art event, large scale paintings are created using people wearing t-shirts in specific solid colors.  The students chose to focus on the Whooping Crane migration project which takes place in St. Marks.

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Volunteer and Intern Projects at MoFA

Interns under the direction of Education Curator, Viki Thompson Wylder, interact with gifted elementary students from 2nd to 5th grade who are curating an exhibition from MoFA’s Permanent Collection this Spring.  The bulk of their exhibition will be virtual – placed on their school website – but a handful of works will be loaned to secure offices at their school.

In successive field trips to MoFA, students are introduced to the Permanent Collection and their individual research artworks are selected. 
Gifted Curatorial Project students and MoFA interns and staff: Caitlyn Cooney (Art History) supervising an elementary student who is examining a painting by Julie Bowland. Education Curator Dr. Viki Thompson Wylder with an FSUS student taking notes on an African artwork from the Mooney Collection. Johnathan Steele (Art History) with FSUS students on a scavenger hunt during the Gabrielle Wu Lee exhibition.

The field trips also involve the exhibitions on display at MoFA over the course of the academic year: through scavenger-hunt exercises, curatorial skills are reinforced.  Each student who entered the Collection depot was accompanied by an adult, generally an intern or volunteer.

MoFA interns will put together a small “catalogue” for the elementary-student curated exhibition; the texts of elementary-student research are as surprising to parents and gratifying to educators as they are charming for all readers.

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The 2014 Ringling International Arts Festival Line-Up Announced

The Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) returns Oct. 15-18, to Sarasota, Fla. with a roster of artists from the U.S., Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe and Great Britain.  In an announcement made from The Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theater on Feb. 26, RIAF organizers outlined an eclectic roster of contemporary dance, jazz, comic puppetry, world music, nouveau cirque and even sci-fi fantasy adventure. 

“I am especially excited and proud of this year’s festival,” said Steven High, Ringling Executive Director.  “Under the curatorial direction of Dwight Currie, RIAF2014 will feature diverse, vibrant and accessible performances, an additional venue and a casual environment for dialogue with other festival-goers.“
The 2014 Ringling International Arts Festival

Citing intent to reach-out to new festival-goers while at the same time challenging the event’s base of loyal supporters, The Ringling’s Curator of Performance, Dwight Currie presented the festival line-up as “a collection of dynamic productions selected for their broad appeal and contagious energy.  We expect to see people exiting the theaters fully engaged and ready for more.”

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And the Winner is…

The School of Theatre Patrons Association held a successful Fundraiser this Spring and awarded a trip for two to New York to take part in the Patrons New York Escape and Music Theatre Showcase.  This special trip included tickets for two to see four Broadway performances, hotel accommodations, several group dinners and tickets to the Music Theatre Showcase and Alumni Reception.

The winner of this year’s Chance-to-Win was Pat Smith. The Patrons Association holds this Fundraiser each year to raise money in support of the Showcases that take place in New York and Los Angeles.

School of Theatre Patrons Association Fundraiser

The Patrons Association will also be hosting their annual Showcase Fundraiser on April 29th.  The Fundraiser begins with dinner and drinks at 6:00 pm in the Turnbull Conference Center followed by the showcase performance in the Conradi Studio Theatre at 8:00 pm and concludes with a champagne toast with the performers.

The money raised from the evening’s events goes to support the Showcases in New York and Los Angeles.  For more information on the Showcase Fundraiser or to purchase tickets, please visit our Special Events Page.


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upcoming events

February 14 - March 30 
Exhibition: Making Now
Exhibition: Trevor Bell

March 9 - 22
Returning Choreographic Fellow Emily Johnson in residence at MANCC

March 19 - 22
ACDA’s Southeastern Conference
Georgia College

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March 20
Sam Kronick Lecture
7:00 - 8:00pm
Fine Arts Building: Room 249
Open to the Public


March 20 - 22
Shopbot Camp

March 25
Wendy Gers Lecture

March 27
Craig Drennen Lecture

March 28 - April 6
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Lab Theatre
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March 29
FSU'S Department of Art Education Annual Reception at NAEA
San Diego, CA


March 29 - 31
2014 National Art Education Association National Convention – SPARK!
San Diego, CA

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April 1
FSU Day at the Capitol 

April 8
College Awards Reception
Invite Only 


April 9
Wendy Bellion, Associate Professor of American Art and Material Culture, University of Delaware
"What Statues Remember: Art and Iconoclasm in Early New York."
Room G40 WJB 


April 10 - 26
Returning Choreographic Fellow DD Dorvillier in residence at MANCC

April 11 - 30
Spring Graduating Artists
MoFA, Art

April 16 - 27
New Horizons: Original Works Festival
The Lab Theatre


April 17
Great Give

April 29
Senior Showcase Fundraiser 2014
6pm – Dinner at Turnbull Conference Center
8pm – Showcase Performance at Conradi Studio Theatre


May 4 - 13
Living Legacy Artist Liz Lerman in residence at MANCC

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Art Education
Art History
FSU / Asolo Conservatory
Interior Design
Master Craftsman Studio
Museum of Fine Arts
The Ringling
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