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2014 FSU Day at the Capitol

Florida State University displays and festivities returned to the state capitol on Tuesday, April 1, for this year’s FSU Day at the Capitol, which spotlights the extraordinary accomplishments of our students and faculty and pays tribute to the university’s proud heritage. 

Gabby Hatfield and Sara Howard participated in FSU Day at the Capitol on behalf of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance. They showcased literature and materials from each of our departments: Dance, Theatre, Interior Design, Art Education, Art History and Art. Dean of the College, Peter Weishar, also stopped by to show his support. Many university personnel stopped by the CVATD table, including Interim President Dr. Garnett Stokes and Interim Provost/Dean Emerita, Dr. Sally McRorie. Various state employees and political members walked through the exhibit halls throughout the day, as well. 


Department of Art Student Galleries at...

Department Chair, Dr. David Gussak...

Grand Send-off for Kathy Braun

  FSU / Asolo Conservatory Presents...

School of Dance to Present Two Exciting...

   Pushing the Role of Works on Paper at FAR
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Department Chair, Dr. David Gussak, Gives Presentation Tour of Midwest

Dr. David Gussak recently returned from a week-long visit to Emporia State University in Kansas and various locations in the Oklahoma City metro area. While there he gave a series of talks, book signings, as well as keynote presentations.
Dr. David Gussak, Gives Presentation Tour of Midwest

Dr. Gussak gave a public talk for the Teachers College Lecture Series on March 3rd entitled “Art on Trial: Confessions of a Serial Art Therapist.” He provided a keynote address Emporia State Art Therapy Program’s 40th anniversary Discovery Day, entitled “Art on Trial: Confessions of a Serial Art Therapist—Forensic Art Therapy in Prisons and Courtrooms”, as well as speaking alongside colleagues Joan Elizabeth Phillips and Janice Hoshino on the closing panel.  

The event was highly successful and brought in over 120 attendees.



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Grand Send-off for Kathy Braun

Last month we celebrated Kathy Braun's 18 years of outstanding service to the Art History department with a festive retirement party in her honor.  Kathy originally joined the department as a Work Study student in 1996.  In 1999 she moved into the position of Assistant Curator of the Media Center, where she initiated or collaborated on most of the projects and procedures that still make our instructional resources so outstanding today.

Grand Send-off for Kathy Braun

In 2009, departmental changes created the need for a staff position dedicated to academic programming and student advising.  Kathy quickly adapted her responsibilities to fill this need, and she became the department’s Academic Program Coordinator.  She helped reorganize the graduate application and advising process, establishing procedures for recruiting applicants and ushering students through the graduate program in a timely and nurturing fashion. 

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents: Antigone

(Sarasota, Florida) FSU / Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents Antigone, Jean Anouilh’s retelling of Sophocles’ classic tale, April 8-27, 2014, at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Tickets are $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Students receive 50% off with advance ticket purchase. 
FSU / Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Presents: “ANTIGONE”

Pay What You Can Night

On Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., audience members are invited to attend a production of Antigone and pay whatever they can afford for their ticket.  These special tickets are available on the day of performance only.

For ticket information, call 941-351-8000 or visit  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Asolo Rep’s box office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts.

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School of Dance to Present Two Exciting MFA Thesis Concerts

The School of Dance is proud to present two exciting MFA thesis concerts in April.  The first to hit the stage will be Engraved in SpaceApril 4th and 5th, by MFA candidates Jee Euh Ahn, Kaitlyn Christensen, and Erica Lessner.

The second MFA concert, Rising from Everywhere, held on April 25th and 26th features the work of MFA candidates McKenzie Baird, Samantha Pazos and Jeffrey L. Smith.  In addition to work by the MFA candidates, choreography is also provided by esteemed School of Dance faculty member, Dan Wagoner, and alumna Loren Davidson.
School of Dance to Present Two Exciting MFA Thesis Concerts

All performances will be held in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall at 8:00 pm.

For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online at

For more information about concerts, contact Joyce Fausone at 850-645-2449 or Information is also available online at

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Pushing the Role of Works on Paper at FAR

formLab Project Fellow, Sam Kronick, made his final site visit in mid-March.  Kronick designed an edition of prints using WIFI network logging data collected during the workshop he conducted on his previous visit.  With the help of SCAP staffers, he produced laser engraved plates used to create embossed imagery, which was then augmented with laser engraved mark making.  Kronick wrapped up his visit by giving a well-attended lecture about his body of work and experience at FAR.

Rushin and SCAP Artist in Residence, AB Gorham, proof imagery at the press

Judy Rushin (CVATD Painting Faculty) also conducted an exploration in paper this past month.  Collaborating with SCAP Director, Denise Bookwalter, Rushin made progress on an artist’s book related to her participatory painting project, Variance Invariance, which was produced as part of a 2013 FAR Project opportunity.  The resulting work will be an edition of small collections of imagery activated by viewer interaction.

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Interior Design Students Travel to Gensler in DC

The Advanced Visual Communications class spent their Spring Break in Washington DC.  In lieu of traditional sight-seeing the students had the unique opportunity to work staff from the Gensler DC office.  Gensler is an integrated architecture, planning, and consulting firm with over 4000 professional over 46 offices.

Front Row from left: Katherine Shaw, Gensler, Annette Jones, Gensler, Back Row from left: Instructor Amy Huber, Holly Franklin, Melanie Murata, Allison Keevan, Heather Dodd, Janet Pogue, Gensler, Amanda Krueger, Lauren Trujillo, Amelia Cubbage, and Amanda Cleveland

Students collaborated with the staff on videos documenting the student’s thesis research or project programming.  During the trip they received feedback from media producers, interior designers, graphic designers, and design strategist exploring cutting edge methods on how to best communicate their ideas.

At the end of the collaboration students presented their videos to designers in the DC office for feedback.  Upon project completion the students will send their final videos to Gensler for dissemination via the firm’s intranet site. 

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Carla Peterson Named Incoming Director of MANCC

Florida State University has announced the new Director of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography will be Carla Peterson.  After a nationwide search, Peterson was selected to lead the prestigious (and only) national center for choreography in the United States forward into its second decade.
Carla Peterson, Director of MANCC

Peterson begins her appointment on May 7th after more than twenty years of service and leadership in the New York dance and performance community.  Peterson is currently the Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, a position she also held at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW); immediately prior to that she served as Executive Director of Movement Research.

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Master Craftsman’s Special Effects in Kiln Glass

We are pleased to announce that Amy Ferber of Bullseye Glass Company will be visiting Master Craftsman Studio.  Amy will be providing an interactive demonstration on reactive glasses.  

Many effects can be used to enhance your work in fused glass by understanding how some glasses and metals react with each other during the firing process.  It’s also sometimes desirable to avoid such effects.  Understanding the chemistry will greatly enhance your control over the outcome.  We’ve all been surprised when opening the kiln sometimes!

Print, P0511-greeting_cards 2011, note cards, Bonnie Celeste, Reference tiles for Bonnie’s reactive demo. Tekta clear 3mm (001100-0380), French Vanilla 3mm sheet (000137-0030), Silver Foil (7217), Light Aquamarine Blue -02 Frit (001408-0002)

Amy will share a video and slide show on the special reactive glasses and how to incorporate these unique effects into your work.  We will have the opportunity to see many pre-fused sample tiles showing the range of effects you might add to your glass work.  

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited to 35.

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Fluorescent Installations & Other Delights at MoFA

Every Spring the Museum is filled with ambitious installations and glittery performance works: last year there were neon hoola-hoops, original choreography and a televised fluorescent “confessional” where a series of enthusiastic revelers could be seen admitting to their party sins and seeking joyous pardon.

On April 11, the Museum will once again open a Spring Graduating Artists show: the popular event is an exit requirement for undergraduates who are earning their BFA degrees and a thesis exhibition for the MFA candidates of the Department of Art
Performance and installations from the Spring 2013 MFA Graduating Artists exhibition. Left and Right: Kelly Gallo’s A Unicorn’s Journey Towards Enlightenment. Center: Hans Rasch’s Glass Heart.

While the details of this year’s artworks are still mostly secret until installation begins, the exhibition opening promises to be just as lively as the crowd-packed evening last season.  Please join this year’s graduating class of fine young artists as they make their triumphant way from Florida State University to their future destinations.

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The Works May Look Familiar, But They Are Not What They Appear To Be

The exhibition “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World” examines the careers of five of the most notorious art forgers from the 20th century until the present.  Pieces produced by the five talented con artists will be on display May 23- Aug. 3 in the galleries of The Ringling.

The forgers created imitations of works by artists including: Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Philip de László, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.
Untitled (in the style of Paul Signac), Mark Landis, Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Intent to Deceive will provide visitors with a glimpse behind the curtain of the dark side of the art world,” Steven High, executive director of The Ringling said.  “This exhibition tells an important story that we are excited to share.”

There are 60 works of art in the show including some of the original pieces that the forgers copied.  The exhibition also features some of the tools the forgers used to create their imitations.

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School of Theatre at Southeastern Theatre Conference

The School of Theatre was well represented at this year’s Southeastern Theatre Conference that was held in Mobile, AL at the beginning of March.  Faculty and students from the School of Theatre led multiple presentations throughout the weekend.

The presentations, and the Faculty/students who led them, included:

  • Mindfulness: Is There an App for That? led by Michael Hayden (faculty) and Danny Burgos (student)
  • Creating Design Renderings with ArtStudio on iPads led by Colleen Muscha (faculty) and Matthew Pedersen (student)
  • Tailoring 101: Techniques to Create Men’s 19th Century Garmets led by Martha Cooper (faculty) and Annie Rupprecht (student),
  • Emerging Arts Leaders: Career Opportunities in Arts Management led by David Valdez (student), Tracy Power (student), and Brandon Belote (student)

In addition, congratulations are in order for MFA Costume Design student Annie Rupprecht who won the 2014 Ready to Work Award and placed third in the Costume Crafts Competition.  Recipients of the Ready to Work Award receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to design professionally next season.

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Department of Art Student Galleries at Carnaghi
Arts Building

The Working Method Contemporary Gallery recently moved to its new location at the Carnaghi Arts Building.  This move was marked with the exhibition opening for r&d: New Work From the Studio, featuring 14 Master of Fine Arts candidates in Studio Art with work across all medias.  This exhibition presented these artists’ brand new works, some still being in progress both aesthetically and conceptually.

Working Method Contemporary is the dedicated gallery space for Masters of Fine Art Students at Florida State University.  The program is composed of approximately thirty graduate students pursuing a terminal degree in Studio Art.  The gallery provides students a space for exhibition, experimentation, and documentation of works created while attending Florida State.



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upcoming events

March 28 - April 6
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Lab Theatre
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April 3 - 6
Catherine Newell Workshop

April 4 - 5
MFA Thesis Concert 

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
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April 19
LeMoyne Chair of Parks Art Festival
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April 25 - 26
MFA Thesis Concert 

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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