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Dear Friends –

As the academic year draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you and to wish the best to the faculty members who will retire at the end of this year or who retired at some point this year.  These individuals represent over 100 years of service to Florida State University.  As a College, we would not enjoy the national reputation we have without colleagues such as these.  I am also happy to say that each of these individuals is being recognized by the University with Emeritus status in recognition of their contributions.  Please join me in thanking and congratulating:  

George Blakely, Art
David Butler, Interior Design
Lynda Davis, Dance
Paula Gerson, Art History
Peter Munton, Interior Design
Roald Nasgaard, Art History
Gail Rubini, Art

Thank you,
T. Lynn Hogan
Interim Dean

Art Education

A Paint-Around Gala & Auction


Experience the Creation of Collaborative
Painting Inspired by Dance

Please join Friends of Dance and Allies for Art for A Paint-Around Gala & Auction which will benefit Florida State University’s School of Dance and the Departments of Art and Art Education

Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:00 pm
William Johnston Building on the Florida State University Campus

For event or ticket information, please contact Joyce Fausone at
850-645-2449 or


Art History

Prestigious Grants for Art History Graduates

Art History doctoral students continue to receive impressive research grants and fellowships this spring.  Deirdre Carter is the first FSU student ever to receive the prestigious Schallek Fellowship, offered by the Medieval Academy of America in collaboration with the Richard III Society, American Branch. It will provide Ms. Carter with one full-year, $30,000 fellowship in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek.  This unique and competitive fellowship is open to doctoral students in Canada and the United States whose dissertations focus on late-medieval Britain.  Deirdre’s dissertation seeks to understand “Art, History, and the Creation of Monastic Identity at Late Medieval St. Albans Abbey.”

Deirdre Carter, first student at FSU to receive Schallek Fellowship

In the past month, doctoral student Brad Hostetler has received three research fellowships for his dissertation, "Text as Iconography: Middle Byzantine Reliquaries with Dedicatory Inscriptions."  The FSU International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship will allow Brad to conduct research at the Universität Wien in the spring of 2014. From Vienna, he will travel to archives and libraries in Paris, Rome, and Cologne to consult archival descriptions and drawings of Byzantine reliquaries that no longer survive.  Brad also received the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Independent Research on Venetian History and Culture, which will fund research at the Biblioteca Marciana and the Treasury of San Marco.  And he received a scholarship from the A.G. Leventis Foundation to attend the 2013 Medieval Greek Summer Session at the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in July, a competitive Greek summer program offered biennially to just 12 doctoral students. 

Doctoral candidate Jennifer S. Pride has been awarded an International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship from the Graduate School at FSU.  She will spend the Fall 2013 semester performing archival research in the libraries and archives of Paris.  For her doctoral dissertation, "Picturing Trauma in Haussmannized Paris," Jennifer examines French modernity by focusing on the impact of the urban rebuilding of Paris under Emperor Napoleon III and the decade that followed.


Asolo Conservatory

CANDIDA - By George Bernard Shaw - April 9-28

The FSU / Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Presents:

BY George Bernard Shaw
April 9 - 28

Who will housewife Candida choose – her middle-paged clergyman husband, or the handsome, young poet hoping to whisk her away from her life of domesticity?  Caught between loyalty and passion, Candida teaches men, both, basic truths about themselves and a thing or two about women.  Over 100 years after it was written, Shaw’s sparkling comedy about love, passion and the liberated woman is as relevant and compelling today as it ever was.



FSU Dance/International Connections

The FSU Dance faculty has been trotting the globe recently.  School of Dance faculty member, Suzanne Farrell and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, traveled to the Sultanate of Oman in February, where they performed at the Royal Opera House.  Russell Sandifer, co-chair for the School of Dance, and a lighting designer for the company, also made the trip to one of the world’s newest and most expensive (per square foot) opera house in the world.

Douglas Corbin, Associate Professor and music faculty, spent part of March in Paris, France where he taught a master class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris and accompanied classes at the Ecole de Danse de Peter Goss.  He also met with Brooke Desnoës at the Académie de Danse de Paris, a partner for the FSU Dance in Paris Study Abroad program.

Associate Professor, Tim Glenn, presented "Performance Techniques Behind the Lens" at the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy’s Screendance Conference in Le Creusot, France on April 5, 2013.  His research investigates how the Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis philosophy and method of Modern Dance may be applied to the performance of camera motion in cinematography. This research will be published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2014.

Days of Dance - See Calendar for More Information
Photo Courtesy of Jon Nalon


Facility for Arts Research

FAR Listening Post Multi-channel Audio Call

FAR Listening Post Multi-channel Audio Call

The FAR Listening Post is a new, intimate venue for sound art housed within Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research. We are now accepting proposals for multi-channel audio work from audio artists worldwide.  Successful entries will deal in some way with sound-in-space, but more musically leaning pieces are certainly welcome.  Selected works will be heard in our space on a rotating basis, and will remain available in our catalogue for future programs.  Interested artists should apply at:


Interior Design

Interior Design at Digitech 2013

Florida State University’s Digitech Exhbition

Technology has always been an important part of the Interior Design Department at Florida State University.  On March 29, the department had the opportunity to feature their work in Florida State University’s Digitech Exhbition.  Digitech, a campus-wide event, gives the university community the chance to showcase all things technology-related.  On the afternoon of March 29th, the William Johnston building was transformed into a technological wonderland featuring 50 innovative student exhibits, dozens of department demonstrations, electronic music performances, artwork, educational workshops, and dynamic presentations.  The Interior Design Department featured computer-aided design projects, building information modeling, 3D photo-realistic rendering, and furniture designed using laser printers and the CNC router at the Facilty for Arts Research. 



MANCC Welcomes back School of Dance Graduate, Darrell Jones

MANCC welcomed back School of Dance graduate, Darrell Jones, as an FSU Alumnus Choreographic Fellow March 3-10.  Jones was in residence previously with Ralph Lemon, first in Spring 2010 for the making of How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?, and the second time in August 2012 for the piece 4Walls.  While in residence, Jones worked on a new evening length work, Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only), which will premiere May 23-25, 2013 at St. Mark’s Church in New York.

Darrell Jones, J’sun Howard and Damon Green Photo by MANCC Staff Chris Cameron

Talvin Wilks, a New York-based dramaturg joined Jones to assist in the creation of the piece.  Wilks, also a playwright and director, spoke to FSU students and faculty during a MANCC class about the emerging field of dance dramaturgy.  The residency culminated in a Participant-Observer Rehearsal attended by students and faculty across campus in which Jones solicited feedback on the evolving work.


Master Craftsman Studio

Mable Ringling Fountain Restoration

Master Craftsman Studio has been working with the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation on the restoration of a park created in 1933, in honor of Mable Ringling.  Mable was an avid rose gardener and active supporter of the Sarasota Federation of Garden Circles, who commissioned the park in her memory following her death in 1929.  The lavishly landscaped park was completed in 1936 and featured a sculptural fountain set in a reflection pool, as the centerpiece.  Unfortunately, with the onset of World War Two, there was no funding for the park and it fell into disrepair.  The decision was made to fill in the pond with dirt and the sculpture later moved to a different location.

Aluminum Pour at Gilchrist Elementary School-4/10/13

More than seventy-five years have past, and now the Sarasota Alliance for Historical Preservation is committed to restoring the park to its original condition.  Master Craftsman Studio has been commissioned to cast a reproduction of the sculpture, as well as, to fabricate a new fountain bowl.

Artists Phil Gleason, Charlie Scott-Smith and Chris Horne have recreated the missing bowl using a CNC router.  A complex mold was created around the original sculpture and a new replica will be poured in cast stone.

This project coincides with the 100th anniversary of Mable Ringling’s rose garden outside of the Ca d’ Zan mansion, the home of Mable and John Ringling.  Mable personally oversaw the installation of the rose garden in 1913 and it is recognized as the oldest rose garden in the country.  MCS is pleased to contribute to this special project.  More on this story can be found in an upcoming issue of Preservation Magazine.


Museum of Fine Arts

MFA and BFA Graduating Artist Exhibits

MFA and BFA Graduating Artists Exhibitions

The beginning of April is a busy time at MoFA with the de-installation of three exhibitions and preparation for the installation of both the MFA and BFA Graduating Artists exhibitions.  Seventeen students at the graduate and undergraduate level will be hanging work for their exit exhibitions.  The celebration to mark their accomplishment will be in the form of a public opening reception on Friday, April 12th, 7-9pm.  MoFA invites all students, staff, faculty and community members to join us for a congratulatory soirée.



MFA Alum Featured in The Washington Post

School of Theatre graduate Samina Vieth has gained recognition for her innovation and skill as a free-lance scenic designer and properties master in the Washington DC theatre scene.  Celia Wren of The Washington Post cites such accomplishments as, ”figuring out how to trick-rig a battered chaise so an actor will look as if he has an amputated leg for ’The Whipping Man’ at Theatre J” and making ”two dozen plaster-of-Paris clocks for Constellation Theatre Company’s 2010 ’Three Sisters’” to be smashed each night.  Samina is a 2009 graduate of the School of Theatre’s MFA Scenic Design program.

To read the entire article from The Washington Post about her and other "unsung heroes of the design team,” visit

Photo courtesy of Matt McClain / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

Upcoming Performance:

New Horizons: Original Works Festival
April 18 – 21, 2013
The Lab Theatre
Directed & Performed by School of Theatre Students

Now in its seventh year, the New Horizons: Original Works Festival is a must see event each season.  It is a unique experience each and every evening and one you shouldn’t miss.

New Horizons is an opportunity for the MFA Directors to work in tandem with the creative force of a core group of actors with whom they will collaborate, to develop an original piece of theatre inspired by a non-theatrical text.  The material generated is likely to be as diverse as the source material each director has chosen: the folk legend of John Henry, Pablo Coelho’s novel The Alchemist, and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  The goal is to explore the possibilities both in a collaborative creative response to a text and in sharing that response with others through the creation of a theatrical event, breaking the traditional mold of how theatre is created in our society and pushing the boundaries of engaging with our audience.  We look forward to sharing the fruits of our exploration with FSU and the community this April.



FSU Art Majors Made a Big Impact at FSU's Digitech

FSU’s Digitech, a showcase of student innovation with technology, took place on Friday, 3/29/13 and there was a lot of representation from the Department of Art.

Maize Arendsee, 1st year MFA in Studio Art, showed her transdigital paintings done under the name of MANDEM.  MANDEM was awarded Best in Show Expression Winner at Digitech 2012 in the spirit of Artes, the exhibit that best demonstrated the application of digital technologies skill for expressing ideas and feelings.

Larry Weru, a Senior in Studio Art and Biological Science, presented 3 separate projects, TakeANumbr, Site Preview and Vote Map.
Larry was awarded Best in Show: Sentry in the spirit of Mores, the exhibit that best demonstrates strength of character by contributing to others.

Jacob Waites and Conner Hill, Seniors in Studio Art, and Steven Alvarado, an alum in Studio Art, presented

Connor Thompson, a Senior in Studio Art, presented Perceptual Dream Memorial.

Carmen Clemente, a junior in Studio Art, presented Genetics of Color.

Department of Art Students at Digitech 2013

Six students in our Digital Foundations course (an introductory course in digital tools) also presented.
Kevin Curry’s Multiples class built a sculpture on site using interlocking laser cut pieces AND the ArtDrone made an appearance. To get a feel for what it can do, see this video from an ArtDrone visit to Art Alleys.

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Art History
Asolo Conservatory
Interior Design
Museum of Fine Arts

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Upcoming Events

March 29 – April 7
Much Ado About Nothing
The Lab Theatre
Directed by Walter Kmiec

End of March
7 Days of Opening Nights Mural Reception and Unveiling
Art Education

April 5 – 28
George Blakely "Post Cards" and Carrie Ann Baade "Altar Paintings"
6:00 - 9:00 pm, 621 Gallery
Railroad Square

April 6
7:00 pm, WJB
For additional information, contact Joyce Fausone at 850-645-2449
Friends of Dance & Allies for Art
Art Education

April 9 – 28
By George Bernard Shaw
More Information
Asolo Conservatory

April 10
College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance Awards Ceremony
5:30-7:30pm, WJB

April 12
MFA Graduating Artist Presentations
Fine Arts Buidling 249
5:00 - 7:00 pm


April 12 – May 1
BFA/MFA Graduation Show "Graduating Artists"
7:00 - 9:00 pm, MoFA Opening Reception

April 18 – 21
New Horizons: Original Works Festival
The Lab Theatre
Directed & Performed by School of Theatre Students


April 19, 20. 26 & 27
Days of Dance – featuring faculty and student works
Program A:
April 19, 20 & 27
Program B:
April 20, 26 & 27
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre
Montgomery Hall
Ticket Information


May 4

May 5
Book Signing and Lecture at Hofstra University
Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases
Authored by Dr. David E. Gussak
Published by Columbia University Press
Pre-Order the book!
Art Therapy
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