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CVATD Board Coordinates College Promotional Video

Recently, Brett Player and Chuck Whited, members of the the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance Dean's Advisory Board, coordinated the filming of a new college promotion video.  With the help of the Florida State Film School, the pair created a short promotional video highlighting the outstanding work of the College.  We would like to extend a warm Thank You to all who participated in this filming.  We truly could not have done it without all of your donated time and hard work.

School of Theatre Alumna, Heather Provost

Art Professor Rob Duarte Attends Inaugural...
Annual American Art Therapy Association...
New Positions for Art History Alumni
FSU/Asolo Conservatory
The School of Dance Welcomes New Faculty
Mapping Time and Place
FSU Well-Represented at ASID Awards...
Two Recent Student Experiences with...
Visiting Artist, Devin French
Artists' League Summer Annual
The Ringling Receives Certificate of Excell...
The School of Theatre 2013-14 Season

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The FSU School of Dance Welcomes New Faculty!

While current accompanist & faculty member Douglas Corbin is away for faculty development this year, Richard DiFiore will be stepping in to teach and play for classes.  Richard has most recently been an adjunct faculty member and accompanist for the University of Florida College of Theatre and Dance.
We look forward to working with these new members of our FSU Dance family.

FSU School of Dance Welcomes New Faculty, Ilana Goldman and Rodger Belman

Ilana Goldman will be joining us in Fall 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the area of Ballet.  Goldman received her B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA in Dance from University of Washington.

View Goldman's full faculty profile HERE

Rodger Belman, who was with us as a visiting professor in the Spring of 2013, will be returning to a full-time position Fall 2013 as Assistant Professor of Dance in the area of Contemporary Dance and Choreography.  Belman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from George Mason University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

View Belman's full faculty profile HERE

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Mapping Time and Place

FAR welcomes visiting artist Valerie S. Goodwin this July.  Goodwin, an award winning fiber artist and Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida A&M University, creates densely collaged works that focus on geometrical relationships, patterns, and ordering principles used in architecture.

While at FAR, Goodwin will explore the boundaries of the quilt form with her project "Mapping Time and Place: Path/Place-Line/Shape – Figure/Ground – Light/Shadow – Positive/Negative”, a layered fiber art map documenting the displacement of an African-American Village that once occupied the current site of Central Park.

Follow the progress of Mapping Time and Place at:

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FSU Well-Represented at ASID Awards Celebration

Florida State University was well-represented at the recent American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Awards Celebration in Los Angeles on June 21, 2013.  Alumna Julie Schulte was inducted into the ASID College of Fellows, one of the highest honors awarded by the society for sustained service to the profession.  Along with her years of service to ASID, Julie is currently a member of FSU Interior Design Advisory Board.

Alicia Facini Weaver, Tony Purvis, Julie Schulte, Kendall Schulte, Melanie Murata, and Judy Pickett

Julie is also an active member of the Florida Coalition for Interior Design and played an integral role in the passage of interior design legislation in Florida.  Recent MFA graduate and FSU Visiting Professor Tony Purvis received the Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award for his outstanding thesis.  Melanie Murata also garnered a prestigious award as the outstanding ASID student chapter leader.

The department is proud of these outstanding leaders, designers, and students.

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School of Dance Students Desiree Amadeo and Yeman Brown Awarded MANCC Scholarships to Continue their Studies with Visiting Artists

Two recent students' experiences with MANCC artists exemplify why the FSU School of Dance is one of the top rated programs in this country.  SOD undergraduate Yeman Brown first met MANCC artist Reggie Wilson at the American Dance Festival last summer.  In advance of his MANCC residency, Wilson reached out to see if Yeman could serve as a 'Residency Apprentice' to help learn phrase work alongside the Fist and Heel Performance Group while the company was building their latest project, Moseses, at FSU. 

School of Dance faculty helped make the opportunity possible and subsequently Yeman has been invited by Wilson to join the cast of Moseses which will tour the U.S. and will be presented as a part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival in New York.  Yeman’s scholarship will help offset costs associated with the opportunity. 

Brown described his experience to date as “…absolutely magical. I learned what it took to make the transition from being a student to being a professional.”
Residency Apprentice Yeman Brown rehearses with Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group (MANCC photo by Chris Cameron)

Desiree Amadeo was an intern with MANCC this past year and worked closely with a number of guest choreographers.  Her scholarship will support her participation in the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Summer Intensive to work alongside 2012 MANCC Media Fellow, Alex Ketley.  Ketley, who also served as guest ballet faculty in Spring 2013, mentored Amadeo in the creation of her latest piece and supported her semester long research project on his award winning work No Hero

Amadeo will also participate this fall in the FSU in NYC program where she will intern with MANCC Choreographic Fellow and Seven Days of Opening Nights guest artist Kyle Abraham.

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Visiting Artist, Devin French

Devin French of Louisville Glassworks will be visiting Master Craftsman Studio from July 7 - 14, 2013.  Devin has previously worked with MCS Director, Kenneth vonRoenn, and has developed a very painterly technique using powdered glass and hand sifters.  Master Craftsman Studio is looking forward to his joining us for staff training in his process as well as a special weekend workshop open to the community.

The two day workshop will take place at Master Craftsman Studio on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, 2013.  A moderate fee of $200 will cover all materials and firings.  There is limited seating for this opportunity; only six spaces are available and they are filling quickly.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sarah Coakley,  We are very excited to be bringing visiting artists to the studio and look forward to working with Devin and learning his beautiful method of painting with glass.

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Artists’ League Summer Annual

MoFA has built a special network for one of its primary constituent groups: the Artists’ League was formed in the Fall of 1986 as a meeting place for discussion, exchange of professional information and critical commentary, and the Museum supports artists who, in turn, support the programming of the Museum.

Self-help seminars, workshops with guest lecturers, exhibitions at other regional sites, the annual summer exhibition – the Artists’ League Summer Annual, and other opportunities continue to be explored by Artists’ League members who vary the format of their juried exhibitions, sometimes selecting a topical focus, sometimes highlighting guild sub-organizations and at all times celebrating individual ways of working.

Susan E. Frisbee, Detail of Dragonfly Lampshade, stained glass. The design is styled after the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

As the parent organization for a number of guild sub-organizations, during the run of the Summer Annual, the League spotlights one of its guilds in the Museum’s Walmsley Gallery.  For the 27th Summer Annual the League featured Glass at the Walmsley, which included eighteen “emerging and recognized regional glass artists working in a variety of techniques.”

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The Ringling Receives Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

The State Art Museum of Florida is growing a larger and more loyal audience through Trip Advisor.  As a recent recipient of Trip Advisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence for Top Performing Business, The Ringling is now ranked in the top 10% worldwide for positive traveler feedback.  Over 700 volunteers and staff work together daily to ensure each and every visitor has a memorable experience. 

From the Ambassadors and Front Line staff to the Curators and Educators, to the Security and Grounds Crew, each team member plays an important role in creating an environment that is inclusive and inviting for the many international tourists that make The Ringling their destination.

Through the support of the teams at Florida State University, The Ringling Museum of Art, Ca’ d’Zan, Historic Asolo Theater, Circus Museum, Art Library and Bayfront Gardens showcase incredible exhibitions, performances, programs and events 362 days a year and continue to offer rich resources for researching artists and scholars. 

It is an honor and a privilege to be part of Florida State University and to operate as the State Art Museum of Florida.

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The School of Theatre 2013-2014 Season

The School of Theatre at Florida State is excited to announce our 2013-14 Season!

For more information on our 40th Anniversary Season or to purchase tickets, please go to:

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Art Professor Rob Duarte Attends Inaugural Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Assistant Professor of Art at FSU, Rob Duarte, has just returned from a two-week residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.  This highly competitive residency was available to 50 selected applicants and was the first iteration of the residency, which has been funded by an anonymous foundation for three years.  The Haystack campus has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year Award and is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Assistant Professor of Art at FSU, Rob Duarte

During the two week residency at Haystack, the participants are provided two-weeks of studio time with an opportunity to work amongst a supportive community of makers.  Participants have access to the tools and resources housed at Haystack, which provides an opportunity for experimentation and an augmentation of creative practices.

For the full story on Rob Duarte, visit the Department of Art News Blog.

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Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference Recap

The Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference was recently held in Seattle, Washington from June 26 - 30, 2013.

"I will say the alumni reception was a HUGE success, with more than a couple of hundred attending throughout the night–at one point we had 5 Annual American Art Therapy Association Honorary Life Members and 6 past presidents all in attendance.  It was simply amazing.  All the presentations by all the alumni, students and faculty were extremely well-attended.  Drs. Rosal and Gussak also presented at a mini-conference the Sunday after the conference, along with Dr. Debbie Good and Dr. Judy Rubin, at Antioch University’s art therapy program in Seattle, directed by Dr. Janice Hoshino, for their students, faculty and alumni.  This was a blast; each one of us presented separately, and the highpoint for all of us was presenting a discussion panel focusing on the Generations of the field, all providing our various viewpoints and histories and where the field is going." - Dr. David Gussak, Art Education Chair


Book signings and Lectures for Dr. Dave Gussak's New Book: Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases

Florida State University Book Store
Tallahassee, Florida
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
1:00 pm

Barnes and Noble Book Store
Tallahassee, FL
Friday, September 20, 2013
7:00 pm

Book Available at:
Columbia University Press

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New Positions for Art History Alumni

We are proud to announce that three alumni of our PhD program have recently accepted faculty positions for the fall of 2013, continuing our ten-year trend of 100% placement of PhDs in careers in art history.

Jennifer Courts (PhD 2011) will return to the southeast as Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Southern Mississippi.  She recently completed the manuscript for her first book, A Desire for Representation: Painting and Identity in Fifteenth-Century France, and is currently working on her second, Erotic Femininity, Ideal Beauty, and Spiritual Commodity in Fifteenth-Century French Art.  In the coming year Courts will present papers at SECAC (in a session chaired by Elizabeth Heuer, PhD 2008) and CAA.

Jennifer Courts, Jennifer Feltman and Keri Watson

Jennifer Feltman (PhD 2011) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Art History at Young Harris College, a private liberal arts college established in 1886.  At Young Harris, Feltman will teach courses in art history while continuing her research in the art and architecture of twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe.  Her latest article is forthcoming with the Princeton Index of Christian Art's Studies in Iconography, and she is currently preparing a volume on the chronology of the north transept of Reims Cathedral and a book, Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculpted Portals of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France.

Keri Watson (PhD 2010) has accepted a position in the Department of Art History at Ithaca College.  Watson has a chapter, “Eudora Welty’s Making a Date, Grenada, Mississippi: One Photograph, Five Performances,” in Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race  (University of Georgia Press, 2013) and is developing a book, The Photo-book, Race, and the Great Depression, for the University Press of Mississippi.

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The 2nd year FSU Asolo conservatory acting students and a loyal group of donors met in London to explore the theatre scene.

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May 10 - July 12
Generations Exhibit
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June 14 - July 19
Artists' League Summer Annual: To Collaborate or Not To Collaborate

July 1
Dean Peter Weishar begins

July 7 - July 14
Visiting Artist, Devin French

July 13 - 14
Two Day Workshop with
Visiting Artist, Devin French


July 19 - 20
Faye Driscoll: You're Me The Yard, (MA)

July 19 - August 2
FSU Art Graduating BFA Artists' Exhibition
Opening Reception 7/19 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm


July 29 - August 17
Visiting Artist Tere O’Connor

August 1
Arduino microcontroller workshop


September 18
Book Signing at FSU Bookstore
Dave Gussak's new book: Art on Trial

1:00 PM
Art Education

September 20
Book Signing at Barnes and Noble
Dave Gussak's new book: Art on Trial

7:00 PM
Art Education

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