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FSU Art Professor Mary Stewart Awarded Ful...
2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium
Art History Welcomes Doron Bauer
FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota Magazin...
FSU Dance Announces Anniversary Season!
Project Update: Mapping Time and Place
Alumni Reception at The Ringling
FSU Alum Choreographic Fellow Darrell Jones...
New MCS Director Kenn von Roenn Profiled...
New Exhibitions for Fall 2013 at MoFA
Anna E. von Gehr Joins The Ringling and Flori...
An Unforgettable Trip

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Project Update: Mapping Time and Place

Valerie S. Goodwin worked on her project, Mapping Time and Place, at the Facility for Arts Research in July 2013.  During the first week of her residency, Goodwin tested laser settings on over 30 natural and synthetic fabrics.  In addition to exploring combinations of layered materials for her experimental fiber art piece, she created a binder with fabric samples and laser settings as a resource for future FAR researchers.

During the final weeks, she laser cut and engraved large fabric panels that will be combined and layered in the final work which documents the displacement of Seneca Village, an African-American community that once occupied the current site of Central Park.

Valerie S. Goodwin, Mapping Time and Place

Valerie Goodwin is an award-winning fiber artist who produces cartographic, architectural, and abstract quilts.  Learn more about Mapping Time and Place at or visit Goodwin's blog (, where she has written a series of posts about the project.

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Interior Design Alumni Reception at The Ringling

The Department of Interior Design held an alumni reception at The Ringling Museum on July 12, 2013.  Over 40 alumni and friends had the opportunity to catch up with former classmates, hear about the department’s activities, and tour the Ca d’ Zan mansion.  Lisa Waxman, chair of interior design, shared the recent activities and successes of the department, and Karen Myers gave a synopsis of the department’s summer program at the Ringling.

Department of Interior Design at The Ringling Alumni Reception

Advisory board member Ron McCarty, curator of the Ca d’Zan, hosted the event and provided a behind-the-scenes tour of the mansion.  Herman Miller and Wilsonart sponsored the reception.

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FSU Alum Choreographic Fellow Darrell Jones, Juried Bessie Award Recipient

The Bessie Awards, also known as the New York Dance and Performance Awards, annually honors exceptional dance and related performance by independent artists.  On Wednesday, July 17, 2013 the Bessie Awards Annual Press Conference announced nominees and presented two awards (“The Bessies Awards Announce 2012-2013 Nominees"Dance/NYC). 

After recognition in The New York Times‘s "Darrell Jones and Joanna Kotze Win Bessie Awards for Choreography", Florida State University College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance congratulates MANCC’s FSU Alumnus Choreographic Fellow Darrell Jones, 2013 Juried Bessie Award recipient.  Jones will be honored at the 29th Annual Bessie Awards on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.

FSU Alum Choreographic Fellow Darrell Jones, Juried Bessie Award Recipient

Darrell Jones premiered his award-winning work Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only) on May 23, 2013 at Danspace Project (NY).  Leading up to the Danspace Project performance, Jones spent multiple weeks at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), working alone, with students and with his cast of Chicago-based performers, developing the new evening-length work.

For the full story, visit the CVATD Blog.

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New MCS Director Kenn von Roenn Profiled in the Democrat

Excerpts from the Tallahassee Democrat
Written by S. D. Green

Kenn Von Roenn designed a 550,000-pound glass sculpture that sits atop a skyscraper in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.  It’s a landmark every Charlotte resident knows, but Von Roenn is completely content that passers-by have no idea who made it.  “Architectural art is so different from gallery art, because it can’t be owned by an individual,” he said. “People gravitate to it because they like it, not because of who made it. That’s very pure.”

Focusing his artistic energies on architectural glass, Von Roenn’s Louisville, Kentucky, studio has designed over 1,000 projects integrating buildings and sculpture, with installations in churches, hospitals, museums and various public spaces.

Kenn Von Roenn / S.D. Green/Special to the Democrat

Von Roenn is the new director of FSU’s Master Craftsman Studio, where students and faculty create commissioned artwork.

“Our objective is to transform the studio by expanding craft techniques and art processes.  We will be taking on commissions beyond the university for other off-campus clients,” Von Roenn said.  “When our students go into the real world they will be able to work on projects individually for the public in architecture.”  So like many people during the busy summer season, Von Roenn packed his things and headed toward campus. His move, however, was more involved than most —it took five moving trucks to transport the works in-progress and special equipment he and his team will need.

For the full article, visit the CVATD BLOG.

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New Exhibitions for Fall 2013 at MoFA

In the role of laboratory and research site for capstone internships, MoFA is proud to open an exhibition drawn from the John and Mary Carter Collection of Pre-Columbian Artifacts.  Curated by Elizabeth Spraggins (ARH doctoral program) with Carter textiles curated by Ann Durham (Instructor, Department of Retail Merchandising and Product Development), selections from the Collection are organized as ”Living the Landscape: Animated Beings in the Multisensory World of Peruvian Ceramics and Textiles, The John and Mary Carter Collection.”

Top: Hummingbird and Flower Vessel, Nazca, double spout and bridge vessel, 6.5 x 6 in  /  Bottom: Soo Shin, Blind, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in

Opening to the public on August 26, 2013, MoFA celebrates the artists of the 28th Tallahassee International.  This year, close to 200 artists entered the competition, giving the jurors nearly 400 works to review.  After much consideration, Carolyn Henne, Associate Dean of the CVAT&D and Art Department Chair and Allys Palladino-Craig, Director of MoFA, selected 43 works by 28 artists for the exhibition.

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Anna E. von Gehr Joins The Ringling and Florida State University Foundation

Anna E. von Gehr has been appointed as the Senior Director of Development for The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida.  Serving under Steven High, Director and Glen Jack, Vice President for Constituent Programs at the Florida State University Foundation, von Gehr will lead The Ringling team’s campaign to enhance the scholarship, practice, and presentation of art and culture.

“With her experience in both museum and university fundraising and her deep appreciation for the arts, Anna brings to the position at the Ringling a unique background and extensive experience that will propel our development program forward,” said Steven High.  “I’m thrilled that she has joined our staff and I look forward to working with her and her development team to attract even greater programs, exhibitions, and collections to our community.”

Von Gehr comes to Florida State and The Ringling from the University of Virginia where she served as Director of University Arts Development.  Working in partnership with the Vice Provost for the Arts she managed the Arts Strategic Planning process while assisting all Arts units in garnering transformative philanthropic support.  An area of focus for the University was the restructuring of their two academic art museums.

For the full article, visit the CVATD BLOG.

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An Unforgettable Trip

The School of Theatre hosted an exciting trip to London at the beginning of summer for donors and friends.  The 11-day trip included sightseeing around London, tours of Westminster Abbey and Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed), and full-day excursions to Chartwell, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon.  The trip featured a number of theatrical productions, notable speakers, and backstage tours.

School of Theatre's trip to London, 2013

The group attended Peter and Alice starring Dame Judi Dench, The 39 Steps, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of As You Like It, The Audience starring Helen Mirren, Matilda the Musical, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre.  Gloria Deison, Patrons Association President, commented that this was the “perfect trip” and she looked forward to next year’s offering.  Rosemary Hays-Thomas noted that she “had so much fun on the trip and would be talking about it for some time.”  The School of Theatre hosts an annual theatre trip for donors and friends each year.  For more information, please visit the School’s website at

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FSU Art Professor Mary Stewart Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Department of Art Professor Mary Stewart has been awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for 2013-14.  She will be working with Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, plus eight other colleges and universities in the greater Toronto area to plan and implement a teaching and learning conference to occur in May, 2014.

Department of Art Professor Mary Stewart awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for 2013-14

The FSU College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance wishes to congratulate Mary Stewart on her wonderful achievement!

For the full story on Mary Stewart, visit the Department of Art News Blog.

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Call for proposals announced for the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium

Deadline for Entries: Midnight, October 4, 2013
Symposium Date:  January 20, 2014
Location:  Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida USA

The Florida State University College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance announces the call for research and creative works proposals for the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium.  The Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Interior Design and the Department of Art Education and will take place on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Florida on Martin Luther King Day, January 20th, 2014.

Abstracts are solicited for presentations on topics that reflect how art and/or design, broadly interpreted, can be avenues of solution seeking for issues of social justice.  Proposals are also welcome from fields other than art and design, including medicine, social work, criminal justice, law, music, theatre and dance.

Proposals are due by midnight, October 4th, 2013

The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium, now in its 7th year, is national in scope with a double blind review policy for research and creative proposals.  Accepted narratives are published in the symposium’s proceedings, available online.

Details of the call and how to submit a proposal are located at

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Art History Welcomes Doron Bauer

The Department of Art History is pleased to welcome Dr. Doron Bauer as Assistant Professor this fall.  Dr. Bauer (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) specializes in Medieval and Islamic art.  He is currently working on two book-length projects.  The first, Lost at Sea, explores the role of the Balearic Islands in mediating transculturation processes across the Mediterranean space.  The second, Sociolithic, explores the manners in which stone extended to social during the High Middle Ages – how stone, by being processed or by itself, became meaningful to human beings

Art History Welcomes Doron Bauer

Dr. Bauer is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (2011–2012) and the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009–2010).  Before coming to FSU, he taught at the University of California, Irvine.

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota Magazine’s 2012-2013 Theater Awards

Sarasota Magazine's theater critic, Kay Kipling, recently published the Best of the 2012-2013 Season in the Summer 2013 edition.  FSU / Asolo Conservatory was listed under many categories including Best World Premier, Best Generational Angst, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Production.

FSU / Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota Magazine’s 2012-2013 Theater Awards

In the Best Generational Angst category, Kipling stated, "We know it's the purpose of the FSU / Asolo Conservatory to teach its MFA students how to act in a variety of styles, but we have to admit we are frequently most attracted when these 20-somethings are playing characters seemingly close to their own generation, as with Annie Baker's The Aliens.  Benjamin Williamson, Brian Nemiroff and Zlatomir Moldovanski had us both bemused and touched as three young men trying to find a tentative foothold in the shaky adult world."

For the full article, visit:

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FSU Dance Announces Anniversary Season!

The FSU School of Dance will be celebrating 80 years of dance classes on campus and 50 years of offering professional degree programs.  Along with a full season, we will be hosting an Alumni Anniversary Celebration weekend during An Evening of Dance from October 17-19, where two of our professors emeriti, Lynda Davis and Nancy Smith Fichter, will each re-stage one of their choreographic works from the past 50 years.

FSU School of Dance Announces Anniversary Season!

Alumni will be invited to engage in master classes, choreographic showings, and more. For additional information on our upcoming season, please visit For additional information on the Alumni Anniversary Celebration, please visit

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August 1 - November 17
Pre-Columbian Works from the Carter Collection (Walmsley Gallery)

August 13
CVATD Faculty & Staff Kickoff

August 26 - October 6
28th Tallahassee International
Juried Competition


August 30
Welcome Back Reception

September 2
Labor Day

September 18
Dave Gussak Book signing at FSU Bookstore: Art on Trial
1:00 PM
Art Education

September 20
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7:00 PM
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September 20 - October 6
A Fortnight of Rembrandt
Selections from The Drs. Tobia & Morton Mower Collection

September 26

Visiting Artist Lecture
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October 4 - Midnight
Deadline for Entries
2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium
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October 4 - 13
The Lab Theatre
By David Mamet
Directed by Walter Kmiec


October 10
Donghia Designer Series
Lecture with Eames Demetrios

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October 17 - 19
An Evening of Dance
Alumni Anniversary Celebration
Reception October 19
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October 18 - 19
31st Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium
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Art History

October 18 - 27, 2013

The Fallon Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Directed by Nathan Norcross

October 18 - November 24
Gabrielle Wu Lee, Retrospective

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