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Welcome Back Students!

If you will be in the Tallahassee, Florida area during the month of January, there are many exciting things the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance has to offer, including the Annual Art Faculty exhibition and reception, Friday, January 10 from 6-8pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium, January 20, 2014 from 7:45am - 3:30pm in WJB.  For more events, please view the “Upcoming Events” section of this newsletter.
Congratulations FSU on the BCS Championship win!

We would also like to take time to congratulate our football team for winning the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship trophy! It seems the entire country has come alive to help promote our University.  From State Parks offering half off entry fees through the month of January to Coca Cola printing the Florida State BCS logo on their cans, this is the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting year for us here at Florida State University.

President Barron and the Tallahassee Economic Development Council recently released a video promoting Tallahassee & the National Championship.  Check out the EDC & FSU -- Tallahassee's Winning Team video now!

   FSU Art Students and Facutly Explore Art Basel
   2014 Art and Design for Social Justice Sympos...
   Art History Graduate Students to Present at ...
   FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents Loot
   School of Dance Alum Featured in Upcoming ...
   Ending the Year, Beginning New Work at FAR
   Interior Design Senior Sendoff Reception
   Maggie Allesee Receives Honorary Doctorate
   Catherine Newell Workshop
   MoFA Jump Starts New Year with FSU Art Fac...
   The Ringling Performance New Stages
   Alumni Cabaret Coming Soon to New York City
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The Ringling Performance New Stages

The five-part New Stages series features a mix of contemporary musical and dance performances.
Share an evening with Meklit Hadero, a cabaret singer known for her blend of jazz, soul and folk music, who previously performed at the Ringling International Arts Festival in 2011.  The Ethiopian-born singer produces a “cradling, sensuous and gentle sound”, according to her adopted hometown’s San Francisco Chronicle.  Named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Hadero has been featured on NPR, PBS and National Geographic.

Hadero performs at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23-25 in the Historic Asolo Theater.
The Ringling’s “New Stages” Series, Photo by Rus Anson

To read about the other four performances part of New Stages, visit our CVATD Blog.  Tickets for these performances cost $30 with a discounted price of $25 for members and $10 for college students with a valid ID.  Save 10% by purchasing the entire 5-part series for $135 with a discounted price of $112.50 for member and $45 for students.

To purchase tickets, call 941.360.7399 or visit

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Alumni Cabaret Coming Soon to New York City!

Alumni of the School of Theatre will present Renegade: An Alumni Cabaret in New York City on Monday, January 13, 2014. 

The event will feature Tony Nominee Montego Glover (Memphis, The Color Purple), Jessica Lea Patty (Evita, A Chorus Line), Christian Delcroix (Book of Mormon, South Pacific), Leslie Donna Flesner (Chaplin, Follies), and many more!

Alumni Cabaret Coming Soon to New York City!

100% of the proceeds from this event go directly to funding FSU BFA Music Theatre Scholarships.  Tickets for this event can be purchased by visiting


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FSU Art Students and Faculty Explore Art Basel

Faculty members Judy Rushin, Julietta Cheung, Jeff Beekman, Kevin Curry and Holly Hanessian recently accompanied 20 students from the FSU Department of Art to Art Basel Miami Beach.

The diversity and variety of artists and exhibitions challenges attendees to examine and analyze art from various angles.  Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform for new artists who represent the vanguard of the visual arts.  Its worldwide reputation for showing work of the highest merit, and attracting the world’s leading gallerists and collectors has made Art Basel the place where the art world meets.
FSU Art Students and Faculty Explore Art Basel

This is a wonderful opportunity for FSU Department of Art students to see great art, learn more about the global professional art scene, and enjoy the sun, food, and fun of Miami for a few days during the cold month of December.


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2014 Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium

The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium focuses on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be used to address issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions and world.  The event is designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives and allow examination of the role that art and design plays in the telling of a broader social narrative.

Dr. Anniina Suominen GuyasAlso, FSU and the Department of Art Education bids farewell to Associate Professor Anniina Suominen Guyas, Ph.D., director of the Art Education Master’s Program at Florida State University.  Read the Farewell to Dr. Anniina Suominen Guyas on the Art Education Blog.

The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium 2014

When: MLK Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:45AM - 3:30PM
Where: William Johnston Building, Florida State University
Registration: REGISTER online, $15 Students / $30 Non-Students

For more information, please visit


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Art History Graduate Students to Present at Oxford

Art History Ph.D. students Sarah Simmons and Christopher Timm have been invited to present papers at Oxford University’s Byzantine Society XVI International Graduate Conference.  This year’s focus is The City and the Cities: From Constantinople to the Frontier.  The conference takes place February 28 – March 1.  

Simmons, an FSU Graduate School Legacy Fellow, is developing a dissertation project that re-examines the role of art at the end of the Iconoclastic Controversy.  She has presented aspects of this project at several major conferences.  The title of her Oxford talk is "Pious Power and Powerful Piety: Adapting the Byzantine Model of Imperial Piety to Balkan Representations of Authority."  In it, she reframes Bulgarian and Rus’ representations of power as an active integration—rather than a passive appropriation—of Byzantine imperial iconography.

Timm, a Patricia Rose Teaching Fellow in Art History, is currently conducting research on the so-called Macedonian dynasty in the Middle Byzantine period (843-1204) , focussing on the use of art and ceremonial to construct and convey dynastic legitimacy and stability.  He will do primary research this summer in Istanbul and Venice, funded by a Mason Dissertation Research Grant.  His paper for the Oxford conference is titled "Celebrating Usurpation: Elijah and ‘Macedonian' Dynastic Ideology in Urban Constantinople."


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FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents LOOT

Join the FSU / Asolo Conservatory for their presentation of LOOT, By Joe Orton, December 31 - January 19LOOT is a wild, black farce by one of the 20th century’s most anarchic playwrights.  Hal and Dennis try to hide the loot from a bank robbery while juggling a grieving widower, a mother’s corpse, a predatory nurse and a sinister policy inspector in this brilliant English comedy.

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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School of Dance Alum featured in Upcoming Dance on Camera NYC Film Festival

Dan’s House, a Here Now Dance Collective’s film featured this fall in the School of Dance’s Evening of Dance concert, has been selected to screen in the 42nd Dance on Camera NYC Film Festival on February 2nd, 2014.

Here Now Dance Collective, founded by School of Dance MFA graduate Michelle Fletcher, shot the work in the summer of 2012 on location at School of Dance distinguished faculty member Dan Wagoner’s 18th Century home in rural West Virginia.  The film also features performances by three graduates of the School of Dance’s BFA program – Michelle Kinny, Kit McDaniel and Andy Chapman.
School of Dance Professor, Dan Wagoner, with members of Here Now Dance Collective

Inaugurated in 1971 and considered the “mother” of dance film festivals, Dance On Camera annually presents a broad range of films including documentaries, shorts, features, experimental works, and music videos that celebrate the immediacy of dance combined with the intimacy of film.  This February will be the first time that Here Now Dance Collective (HNDC) has been featured in the Dance On Camera festival.

For more information on Here Now Dance Collective and a preview of Dan’s House, visit


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Ending the Year, Beginning New Work at FAR

FAR’s fall semester ended with visiting artists at both Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP) and formLab.  formLab Project Fellow, Michael Rees, came for a second visit, when he continued to work on his sculptural pieces with augmented reality components.  Nick Parparian (CVATD adjunct faculty member) and Craig Ryan (CVATD graduate student) assisted him with animation design, 3D printing, welding and other tasks.  Rees has a final visit planned for this month, when he will finish and edit his pieces. 
Ending the year, beginning new work at FAR

SCAP also hosted an event at Strozier Library in December for the artists’ book, Cropwork Orange.  This book is a collaboration between Robert Fichter, Bea Nettles and Denise Bookwalter, artists with roots in Florida.  This book explores the artists’ relationship to place, family, memory and information, and is a dynamic modular book-like object.


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Interior Design Senior Sendoff Reception

The Department of Interior Design held a reception for fall 2013 graduates and their families on December 13 prior to FSU’s graduation ceremony.  Students displayed their portfolios and posters of their work completed while at FSU.  A video, created by Amy Huber, highlighted some of the images from the student’s hotel designs.

Interior Design Senior Sendoff Reception

Each student was assigned a country on which to base the design of their hotel. 

A summary of the designs can be seen on the FSU Interior Design Fall 2013 Senior Send Off video.


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Maggie Allesee Receives Honorary Doctorate

Maggie Allesee and her family were in town for Fall Commencement when President Barron presented Ms. Allesee with an Honorary Doctorate from Florida State University.  Ms. Allesee’s contributions to FSU are significant, but her most nationally recognized gift helped endow and name the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography.

MANCC and the School of Dance hosted an afternoon reception prior to commencement for Ms. Allesee and graduating seniors where Director Jennifer Calienes spoke of the effect that MANCC has had on artists, students and the wider dance community.
 MANCC Director Jennifer Calienes and Ms. Allesee

Ms. Allesee returns annually to FSU for Homecoming to cheer on her famed Seminoles.  In the late 1940s, Ms. Allesee was head cheerleader for the first FSU cheerleading squad and earned the first varsity letter given to a woman by Florida State.

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Catherine Newell Workshop

We are pleased to announce that Portland fused glass artist Catherine Newell will be teaching a workshop at Master Craftsman Studio, in April 2014.  Catherine has developed a unique method of drawing with powdered glass to create multi-layered and dimensional projects in glass.  As this workshop is drawing based, it’s a wonderful opportunity to translate your drawing skills to a new medium.

This workshop is open to all levels, from beginner to advanced.  If you are not familiar with the work of Catherine Newell, please take a look at the following Catharine Newell at for more information.

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MCS will be offering scholarship opportunities to students and emerging artists with awards based on portfolio review.  Space is limited, please submit your portfolio by February 1, 2014 for consideration.  Contact Sarah Coakley, for an appointment, or you may submit images electronically to Kenneth vonRoenn,

We look forward to welcoming Catherine Newell to Florida State University.  Please visit the MCS website,, for full workshop details.


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MoFA Jump Starts New Year with FSU Art Faculty Exhibition

The Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, January 10-February 2, 2014.  In the New Year we get the chance to review what’s been happening recently in the studios of the Art Faculty.  Once Winter Break is over, the University seems to go from zero to warp speed in the first week of classes: to celebrate, MoFA leads off with the combined talents of artists who take us skillfully in many unexpected directions through many different media.
Top: Mark Messersmith, detail of the carving accompanying "Progress of Waiting," 2013, oil on canvas, 65 x 65 inches, with mixed media. Bottom: Installation photograph of the K-12 exhibition entitled "East Meets West" with elementary school projects inspired by the exhibition of the paintings of Gabrielle Wu Lee.

East Meets West, January 2-26, 2014, is an exhibition of artworks by young grade-school artists.  As Education Curator Viki Thompson Wylder explains:
“We asked elementary teachers to think about Gabrielle’s work, or to think about a merger of Eastern and Western traditions . . . eighteen schools are represented in the exhibition. Of course, some schools followed our request more closely, some more loosely, some more traditionally, and some in ways I never imagined. All the work exhibits a delightful quality seen in children’s production.”


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upcoming events

January 2 - 26
Exhibit: East Meets West

January 10 - February 2
Exhibition: Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
MoFA / Art

January 10 
Opening Reception: Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
6:00 PM

MoFA / Art

January 20 
Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium
7:45AM - 3:30PM

Art & Design

January 23 - 25 
School of Dance Showings

January 23 - 25 
Meklit Hadero, Places in the Sky
Ringling / Asolo

January 23  
Visiting Artist: William Lamson
FAB 249


February 1 - March 30 
Exhibition: Trevor Bell/ Both Sides of the Atlantic

February 6 - 8
Lostwax Multimedia Dance Theatre

Ringling / Asolo

February 7 - 8 & 14 - 15
Days of Dance
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February 11 - 12 
Urban Bush Women Presented by Seven Days of Opening Nights

February 13
Visiting Artist: John Ensor Parker.
FAB 249


February 14 - March 2 
Monty Python's Spamalot
The Fallon Theatre


February 14 - March 30 
Exhibition: Making Now

February 20
Phyllis Straus Gallery Dedication
5:30 PM at Carnaghi Arts Building


February 20 - 22
Ethel & Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun
Ringling / Asolo

more information

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