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The New York Experience
Art Education Goes to FAEA
31st Annual Art History Graduate Symposium
First Production of the FSU/Asolo Conservat...
The School of Dance Celebrates 80 Years of...
New Co-Director, Faculty in Residence and...
Welcome Back Eames Demetrios
Tere O'Connor Returns to Campus Through...
FSU Veteran's Center Workshop
Rembrandt Exhibition in Full Swing and Gabri...
The Ringling Launches Improved Website
Theatre Alum Stars in New NBC Series

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Tere O’Connor Returns to Campus Through MANCC and Seven Days of Opening Nights

Choreographer Tere O’Connor spent three weeks in residence with MANCC this summer developing Bleed, a new full-length work which blends three distinct dances, Secret Mary, poem and a duet called Sister, into one work.  The residency was made possible through a prestigious National Dance Project Production Residency Grant.

O'Connor directs duet with Ryan Kelly and Silas Riener during the creation of "Bleed".  Photo by Chris Cameron

O’Connor and company return to perform poem and Sister as part of Seven Days of Opening Nights on October 4th.  Purchase tickets at Seven Days.  Prior to the performance, O’Connor reflected on his summer residency with students and community on Oct 2nd during a School of Dance Forum.

Following the Seven Days performance, O’Connor travels to Sarasota for the Ringling International Arts Festival.
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FSU Veteran’s Center Workshop

On September thirteenth and fourteenth Master Craftsman Studio hosted a workshop for students from the FSU Veteran’s Center.  After seeing the Peace Paper Project brought to FSU last fall, we were honored to work with the Veteran’s Center on this special event.  The concept of bringing Art Therapy events to Student Veterans was inspired by Ph.D candidate Meredith McMackin, whose son, USMC Cpl. Julian McMackin Woodall was killed in combat in Iraq.  The following is a statement by Meredith explaining her experience and how it has led to these programs being brought to our campus.

USMC Cpl. Julian McMackin

Working with the Director of the Veteran’s Center, Colonel Francis, as well as student veteran Rachel Mims, we worked with the students to create individual customized plaques.  Students worked with MCS staff and interns to create cast glass FSU Seals and fused glass photo transfers.  It was a pleasure to work with this group, and we look forward to more opportunities in the future.


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Rembrandt Exhibition in Full Swing and Gabrielle Wu Lee Retrospective Coming Soon

The Rembrandt etchings exhibition has brought to the museum thousands of visitors after only one week.  Students have had a chance to speak with Aaron Young the collection curator and Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower.  Visitors from the FSU campus, TCC, FAMU, Flagler College, and the Tallahassee community have enjoyed MoFA’s extended hours on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.  MoFA looks forward to welcoming many more visitors for the duration of Rembrandt: Selections from the Collection of Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower.


Above: Dr. Tobia Mower standing in front of the 100 Guilder print. Below: "Wakulla Springs Myth", 1986, oil on four polygonal canvas panels (relief), 72 x 96 x 4 inches. One of the many dynamic paintings by Gabrielle Wu Lee in the new exhibition of her works opening October 20th.

Gabrielle Wu Lee’s Retrospective: Gabrielle painted forces of nature in transition instead of photographic recordings of her experiences.  She had a reverence for tradition, calligraphy, Chinese painting and critical values, yet she possessed the modern urge to depart from convention and to invent her techniques and her subject matter anew.  Dr. Paul Lee will be at the museum to welcome guests to the exhibition on Sunday October 20th from 2-4pm.

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The Ringling Launches Improved Website

More than two years in the making, The Ringling launched an updated and expanded website on September 27, 2013.
Designed by Sarasota based atLarge Inc., the new improves accessibility and provides a better experience for the almost 400,000 annual unique visitors to  The website will also integrate the Ringling’s new branding icons to help guide users to content featuring the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Historic Asolo Theater, Ca’d’Zan, Bayfront Gardens and the Education Center.

The Ringling Launches Improved Website

Friday’s launch is only the first phase of the project designed to improve the museum’s virtual footprint.  The website will provide visual highlights of the permanent collection, so visitors can plan their visit or conduct scholarly research on a wide variety of objects.  The next phase of the project will be to optimize the site for mobile devices, further enhancing the website’s reach and ease-of-use.

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Theatre Alum Stars in New NBC Series

Megan Boone, a 2005 graduate of the FSU School of Theatre’s BFA Acting program, stars as Elizabeth Keene on the new NBC drama series Blacklist.  According to, “Megan Boone stars as rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keene, fresh out of Quantico, on NBC’s high-action government crime thriller” opposite television, film, and stage veteran, James Spader.  ”What follows is a series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins.”

Alum to Star in New NBC Series

Boone’s film and television career has steadily grown over the past several years.  She has been a series regular on Law & Order: LA as Junior Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton and was featured in multiple films including Sex in the City 2 and Step Up Revolution.  She starred in Stephen Elliott’s About Cherry with James Franco, Heather Graham, and Dev Patel, and made her feature film debut in Patrick Lussier’s My Bloody Valentine.

For more information on Megan Boone and the new NBC drama series “Blacklist,” visit


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The New York Experience

The 3rd year MFA students in Carrie Ann Baade’s ART5928C Professional Practice class were lucky enough to travel to NYC last week for an educational and inspirational adventure.  The students worked together to develop the idea for this trip and Samantha Burns spearheaded the itinerary. 

As described by Adam Williams, “while we did visit all of the heavy hitting art landmarks (you’ve got to see the James Turrell at the Guggenheim and Le Corbusier at MoMA), as well as some plain old tourist destinations, the most memorable and this-trip-specific experiences took place in the slew of studio visits, artist talks, and discussions with art writers, arranged by Carrie and her friend, Samantha Levin.”

In Loving Memory of Phyllis Straus, Department of Art Advisor

While on this trip, students had the opportunity to see how professionals in varying fields of art live, work, eat, sleep, struggle, and succeed.  This trip established what it means to be an artist today and established the exciting realism of being an emerging artist in New York.


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Art Education goes to FAEA

Dr. Jeff Broome, Assistant Professor of Art Education at Florida State University, will be co-presenting ”Art Education Graduate Programs in Florida: Ready to Further Your Own Education?” along with Dr. Michelle Tillander of the University of Florida at the Florida Art Education Association Conference in Daytona Beach on Saturday October 12.

Dr. Jeff Broome, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education at Florida State University / Dr. Michelle Tillander, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education at University of Florida

The presentation by Dr. Broome and Dr. Tillander will explore a variety of options for graduate programs in art education.  Opportunities for online masters degrees, traditional masters degrees, doctoral degrees, as well as tracks in art education, art therapy, and arts administration will be discussed.



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31st Annual Art History Graduate Symposium

The FSU Art History faculty and graduate students will host the Thirty-First Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium on October 18 & 19, 2013 in the William Johnston Building, room 2004.  Graduate students from around the country will present papers in three sessions on Friday afternoon, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, with each paper followed by critical discussion.  The conference papers are considered for inclusion in Athanor, an internationally-distributed journal published by the Department of Art History as a project of the Museum of Fine Arts Press.

31st Annual Art History Symposium

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Magali Carrera, Chancellor Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  Professor Carrera will present "Notes on Research Inquiry: Absent Voices and Serendipitous Finds" on Friday October 18 at 6:30 pm in WJB 2004.

Please visit the Art History News Blog for a detailed schedule of the conference sessions.

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First Production of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Season: The School For Lies

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory is deep in rehearsals all month for the regional premiere of David Ives’ comedy THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, an adaptation of Moliere’s THE MISANTHROPE.  The production opens October 29 and runs through November 17 and features the entire second year class of graduate actors.

The School For Lies / Adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope

For ticket information, call 941-351-8000 or visit

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The School of Dance Celebrates 80 Years of Dance on Campus and 50 Years of Dance Degree Programs

Florida State University’s School of Dance will present An Evening of Dance on October 17, 18, & 19 at 8:00 PM in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located on FSU’s campus.  An Evening of Dance is the centerpiece of the Anniversary Celebration of 80 years of dance on FSU’s campus, and 50 years of dance degree programs at Florida State University.  The concert features a retrospective of past works by two retired faculty emeriti, as well as current long-standing faculty members. 

The evening will also include a special dance film premiere honoring world-renowned Professor of Dance, Dan Wagoner.  As part of the School of Dance Anniversary Celebration, there will also be an Alumni Anniversary Choreographic Showing on Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm that is open to the public.

An Evening of Dance Alumni Anniversary Celebration

The Alumni Anniversary Choreographic Showing is free general admission.  For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online at

For more information about An Evening of Dance or the Alumni Anniversary Choreographic Showing contact Joyce Fausone at 850-645-2449 or


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New Co-Director, Faculty in Residence and Certification at FAR

The Facility for Arts Research welcomes new Co-Director, Carolyn Henne (Chair of the Department of Art).  Henne is helping to lead FAR’s planning and activities starting this fall semester.  FAR also extends a welcome to three new Faculty in Residence.  Kevin Curry, Rob Duarte and Owen Mundy will be using the facility for teaching and research throughout the academic year.

FAR also received RhinoFabLab certification, furthering its mission to provide resources for research and education with a focus on hybrid art/design methods.  As a RhinoFabLab, FAR is committed to teaching, conducting research and sharing resources about all aspects of design and fabrication.  RhinoFabLab status enables FAR’s faculty, staff and visiting researchers to communicate within a global network of RhinoFabLabs, sharing research and keeping abreast of and developing best practices in the current 3D fabrication landscape.


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Welcome Back Eames Demetrios

Join the Department of Interior Design in welcoming back Eames Demetrios to Florida State University as part of the Donghia Designer Series.  Eames will share with us his inspiring insight into the design process of his legendary grandparents, Charles and Ray Eames, creators of the most recognizable and coveted pieces of mid-century modern design.

Studio D Opens at CAB



October 10th, 2013


William Johnston Building, Florida State University 
Reception: 6:00 PM, Art and Design Library, Room 2020
Lecture: 7:00 PM, Room 2004

The lecture is free and open to the public.
Non-students, please RSVP to Sarah Collins at


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October 4 - Midnight
Deadline for Entries
2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium
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Interior Design

October 4
Tere O’Connor – Performance: poem and Sister 7 Days of Opening Nights
8:00, Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre


October 4 - 13
The Lab Theatre
By David Mamet
Directed by Walter Kmiec


Now - October 6
28th Annual Tallahassee International

Now - October 6
A Fortnight of Rembrandt

October 9 - 12
Ringling International Arts Festival
The Ringling Museum of Art

October 10
Donghia Designer Series
Lecture with Eames Demetrios

Interior Design

October 12
Florida Art Education Association Conference in Daytona Beach
Art Ed

October 17
Visiting Artist: Joe DeLappe
7pm in FAB 249


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
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

October 19 - 20
Letterpress Workshop: Pressure and Relief
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October 29 - November 17
David Ives’ comedy THE SCHOOL FOR LIES
An adaptation of Moliere’s THE MISANTHROPE


November 7
Visiting Artist: Conrad Bakker
7pm in FAB249


November 7
Visiting Artist: Katerie Gladdys
7pm in FAB249


November 8 - 17
The Love of the Nightingale
November 8 – 17, 2013
The Lab Theatre
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Matt Silva


Now - November 17
Living the Landscape: Animated Beings in the Multisensory World of Peruvian Ceramics and Textiles, The John and Mary Carter Collection (Walmsley Gallery)

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