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annual report 2009

department of fine and performing arts

Bowie State University


Message from the Chairperson The arts are alive in Bowie State! Greetings from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. This academic year has been phenomenal and filled with great success. As you will see in this report, the department has initiated new programs, courses and curricular changes and added better resources and technology for our students and faulty. The DFPA is also excited about the groundbreaking for the forthcoming fine and performing arts building. This ceremony was attended by faculty, students, guests and dignitaries including the Honorable Governor Martin O’ Malley and our very own President Mickey L. Burnim. We are also proud of our new initiatives in the DFPA including a proposal submission to the USM Board of Regents and MHECC for a new BS major in Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), a new minor in Visual Culture and Museum Studies, and one in Dance (Theatre Arts) and several new courses in fashion design, 3D animation and modeling and self-promotion and marketing in the arts. This course is actually being taught by award-wining musician Marcus Johnson of Three Keys Music. The DFPA also celebrated our third annual Spring Arts Festival in which students and faculty showcased their talents through art exhibitions, performances, dance workshops, lectures, screenings and more. Most events were open and free to the public. This was most meaningful due to the loss of one of our dear students in VCDMA, Ms. Marissa Thomas, who passed away last year. In fact the DFPA dedicated this year’s activities in her honor. DFPA alumnae and former MS. BSU, singer/performer, Ms. Tamara Wellons, gave a most wonderful performance as part of the Audiovision event; as did Bilal Salaam, Bless Roxwell and Jah-I-Witness. Jeff Henriquez also guided students though a special urban and live painting workshop and left the DFPA with a beautiful mural based on Afrika Bambaataa, famed hip-hop innovator. We also hosted the VCDMA film festival, Portfolio Review and Music Business Seminar, guest performances and a special lecture from famed artist Sam Gilliam. The remarkable Symphony o f Soul, University Band and BSU Gospel Choir also performed. A special musical showcase of Three Mo’Divas, directed by Prof. Latonya Wrenn; and an uplifting performance by the University Choir was also a treat. Our students and faculty have been recognized as well, and we look forward to more from them in the near future. Please take the time to learn more about the accomplishments within the department and please assist me in congratulating the hard work of students, faculty, staff and alumni. We look forward to years to come and more and thank the entire Bulldog family for their continued support. The best is yet to come. Best Regards Clarence Knight, Jr., Ph.D Chairperson Department of Fine & Performing Arts


contents Programs

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Personnel

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Students

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Task Accomplishments

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Departamental Retention Efforts

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Faculty Presentations & Publications

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Faculty Grants & Contracts

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Other Faculty Professional Activities

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Other Departamental Accomplishments

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Standing Committee Representatives

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programs

photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student

Major revisions and additions have been made in the Fine Arts Department this past year. The Computer Graphics Concentration had been renamed to Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA). This change was made to bring the students’ education more in line with the current industry. The Department has also submitted a new Bachelor of Science major in VCDMA, with concentrations in: Advertising Design, Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media, Animation & Motion Graphics, Fashion Design and Digital Media Arts. This proposal was being presented as new majors to Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) in 2009. These programs have also enjoyed a substantial increase in its population this past year. This year we have also proposed a new Bachelor of Science major in Music Education, which has also been sent to MHEC for review and approval. Two new minors have also been initiated this academic year: (1) Visual Culture & Museum Studies (Art/Computer Graphics) and (2) Acting Minor (Theatre Arts). All programs had their shares of attracting more majors and minors this past year. The Theater Program has been established into the Theater Arts (BS) Degree program with two Concentrations: Acting & Directing and Musical Theater. The Music Technology Concentration has added two important Adjuncts to its Faculty this year. David Cannon, who teaches the 400 level courses, is a product of The Grammy Board, as well as the winner of several Grammy’s for his work in the Industry as a producer and studio technician. Another addition is the worldrenowned musician, Marcus Johnson, whose music is currently listed on Billboard. Mr. Johnson, of Three Keys Music, has been teaching our ART 470 Self-Promotion & Marketing course, which was originally developed and taught by Prof. Melchishua that teaches Fine Arts majors the skills in business and marketing. This wealth of knowledge and experience offers an enhanced opportunity for our students in the Fine Arts Degree with a Concentration in Music Technology.

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Several courses have been updated, revised and added to our curriculum as new courses: African Art History, Fashion Network, Photography II, Introduction to Textiles, New Media: Public & Installation Art, Digital Photography, History of Fashion, Design History, Sewing Studio, Flat Pattern Design, Fashion Draping, Fashion Illustration, History of Animation (co-taught and cross-listed in Communications with Dr. Pamela O’ Brien, Dept. of Communications), Experimental Painting & Digital Textiles, Visual Culture, Computer Aided-Design, Painting Studio, Self-Promotion & Marketing, 3D Animation & Modeling I & II, Fashion Draping II. These courses were created to make the Art and Theater degrees more in tune with standards in the art, visual communication and theater industries.


personnel ART Chisholm, Valerie / Instructor (Fashion, Computer Graphics/VCDMA) Johnson, Marcus / Instructor (Marketing , DFPA/VCDMA) Lang, Clayton MFA Assistant Professor Mester, Clark E. MFA Professor Lewis, Gina MFA Assistant Professor Melchishua, Tewodross MFA Assistant Professor Smith, Myron / Instructor (Computer Graphics/VCDMA) Tuggle, George / Instructor (Computer Graphics/VCDMA) Ward, Robert Ph. D. Professor - Area Coordinator

MUSIC Allen, Matthew Instructor / Electronic Music Bennett, Billy Assistant Band Director Cannon, David Instructor / Recording & Production Hillsman, Joan Ph.D. Lecturer / Gospel Choir (1996 – 2009) Holmes, Marymal D.M.A. Professor/Area Coordinator Kerns, James Instructor / Sax Knight, Clarence Ed.D Professor / Department Chair Marsh III, David Instructor / Tuba Newman, Thomas Instructor / Guitar Pryor, Gilbert MA Assistant Professor/Tech Coordinator Sampson, Janese Instructor / Flute Semos, Brian Instructor / Vocal Wrenn, Latonya Lecturer / Piano Wright, Adolph M.M.Ed Instructor - Band Director

THEATER Bartlett, Robert MA Theater Tech / Lecturer Charlow, Renee MFA Assistant Professor Crump, Evan / Theater Technician Dorsey, Jennifer MFA Assistant Professor Hooker, David / Theater Technician Medford, Gail Ph.D. Professor, Area Coordinator Moffitt, Elliott MA Assistant Professor

photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student

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students

Enrollment

Annualized Data – Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 *******

Freshman (91) Sophomore (49) Junior (44) Senior (39)

Graduation

The Department had 25 students graduated in 2008-09 academic year: BACHELOR OF ARTS – FINE ARTS Reginald K. Barrington Felisha E. Harris Gedeon F. Longtchi Ricardo A. Mowatt Samuel Nimako Stephanie R. Powell Latoya C. Rawls Stephanie L. Russell Atiya D. Sanders Brooke A. Seldon Joann M. Walker Montiono R. Whitted Antoine Bell Raiona D. Bailey

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Joel N. Thomas Jamal Gillespie Kevin Bell Carmelo Rivera Nicole Tucker Brahn Jenkins Ethel Bowles Derris Owens Jennifer Conde Bryane Broadie Antwan Hannie BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – THEATER ARTS Melissa S. Wilson


` task accomplishments

Goal I: Provide High quality academic programs and support services. The Department has revised the concentration in Computer Graphics Art concentration program, curriculum and course offerings. The new program will be called Visual Communications & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) and will include new concentration areas in Advertising Design, Animation & Motion Graphics, Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media, Fashion Design and Digital Media Arts. It will first be offered as tracks in these areas (except for Fashion Design) until final approval from MHEC. We also initiated new minor programs for Theatre Arts in Dance, Acting & Directing and in Art/Computer Graphics in Visual Culture & Museum Studies, both approved in 2008 - 2009. These changes were necessary to make the program more marketable and provide the students with the necessary skills for industry employment. We have also made some significant revisions to the Theater Arts Degree Program. One significant change was adding the Musical Theater Concentration to that Degree Program. This will enable the students to acquire more concentrated experiences in Theater.

Goal II: Improve student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates. Recruitment: The Department has a very aggressive recruitment program. Students are actively recruited through: 1. Our performing arts programs that includes: the Band program, the Concert and Gospel Choir, and the Theater Program. 2. Performances, exhibitions and lectures by our talented faculty. 3. Master classes and other presentations presented by our faculty members at High Schools and Community Colleges. 4. Our association and active participation in community arts organizations and groups. 5. The annual VCDMA Reality Check and Portfolio Review; a business and career seminar for students. 6. Visiting artist/designer, filmmaker, musician, workshops screenings and performances for students 7. Involvement and membership in organizations such as Black Artists of DC, The National Alliance of Artists from HBCU’s (NAAHBCU), FocusOnDesign, AIGA and others. Retention The Department maintains, and constantly, revises its Retention Plan. (see plan) Our efforts have yielded larger graduation rates each year. Summers Fellows grants that involves creative art/design, animation, research in fashion design, as well as digital art, and installation art projects with students in Art & Computer Graphics Art -VCDMA, and students from other areas such as Communications). These grants were awards to professors Tewodross Melchishua and Gina Lewis, with a focus on improving student recruitment and retention, through professional experience.

Goal III: Enhance Teacher Education The Department has developed and presented proposal for a new BS degree programs in Music Education. We are currently developing (or reviving) the Art Education major, also as a BS degree. It would eventually start as an undergraduate program, and lead to a fast-track graduate program that consists of a Masters Art in teaching in the areas of Visual Communication (Computer Graphics) and Studio Art. Once approved, this department will be a leader in preparing students to teach in Art and Music. We are anticipating that there may be some challenges in the Art Education program, so we encouraging our students either into the Masters Program, and/or a certification program with their degree. This would be a result of a partnership with the School of Education and MAT Program.

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` task accomplishments

Professional Development: Several faculty members are taking additional software training; are enrolled in doctoral programs in various arts and education disciplines

Goal IV: Enhance the accessibility to and management of information technology and resources. The Department has two outstanding programs in information technology: Computer Graphics Art (VCDMA) and Music Technology. These programs provide training that will enable our students to compete in a variety of fields once completed. We are also upgrading our facilities in terms of equipment, hardware and software in the digital media and music technology areas.

Goal V: Promote effective and efficient use of institutional resources. This Department has always adhered to this goal. It serves the greater University and Community with Art Shows, Concerts, Theatrical Productions, and many other activities utilizing very little resources. We also utilize students in Computer Graphics Art with design, marketing and other art related projects for the department, College of Arts & Sciences and university as a whole.

photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student


` departamental retention efforts

The provisions provided herein will constitute our Departmental Retention Plan for this School Year. This plan will be reviewed annually and modified where necessary: 1. The Department will provide an updated copy of the Advisor/Advisee assignments to each faculty member in the Department 2. Schedule faculty coverage of registration during all registration periods. 3. Advisor will maintain student profiles that will include academic and non-academic obligations.

Factor in the following items: • Work obligations • Family commitments • Other school related activities such as clubs, sports, fraternities and sororities, other social activities.

4. Establish a referral system with support service offices that may be used to assist our students with special problems they may encounter. Such referrals may include: • • • • • •

Counseling Financial aide Work study Scholarship assistance Internships/Apprenticeships Special populations

5. Follow up on all referrals. 6. Promote cohesiveness through staging Faculty/Student activities such as: • • • •

Creative workshops Informal and formal social gatherings Field trips Trips to conferences, shows, productions, galleries, etc.

7. Arrange for the students to represent the Dephoto credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student partment as artist, presenters, and performers. 8. Have mandatory scheduled conferences with all advisees between the 6th and 8th week each semester. Develop progress report form that will be presented to the Advisor at the scheduled conference. Place this requirement in all major class syllabi. 9. Have copies of mid-semester grades forwarded to the Department. To schedule follow-up conferences with advisee immediately following mid-semester if necessary.

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` faculty presentations and publications

NAME Ms. Reneè Charlow, students Prof. Robert Bartlett

Dr. C. Knight

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

Dr. Joan Hillsman

TOPIC

SITE

SEMESTER

Performed Native Son at The American Century Theater and Bowie State University

Virginia, Maryland

Spring 2009

Congressional Black Caucus – Phoenix Annual Awards Dinner

District of Columbia

Fall 2008

12th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts

District of Columbia

Spring 2009

aJazz at Five – Masonic Society

Maryland

Spring 2009

Exhibiting Artist, National Library Week

Maryland

Summer 2009

Curator and featured artist, M3: MC’s, MICS and Metaphors Exhibition

District of Columbia

Summer 2009

Exhibiting Filmmaker, FLIK International Movie Festival & Interactive Art Exhibition,

Maryland

Summer 2008

Lecturer on Hip-Hop and The Miseducation of theNegro

Maryland

Spring 2009

Lecturer on Motion Graphics

Maryland

Fall 2008

Host of Labtekwon and Bless Roxwell’s visit and presentation

Maryland

Fall 2008 Spring 2009

Lecturer/Panelist, “No Community Left Behind” - 2008 National Organization of Minority Architects Annual Conference

District of Columbia

Fall 2008

Technology of the Future in Education: Wiki textblogging on film? (part of SchoolDocs), The SilverDocs Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The AFI Silver Theatre

Silver Spring

Summer 2009

Author of “An African American Art Form” and published by McGraw Hill Publishers

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2008

photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student

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` faculty grants and contracts

students

photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student

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RECOGNITION RECEIVED

Dr. Joan Hillsman

GNWA Awards – For 48 years of service in the Washington, D.C. Area

Dr. Joan Hillsman

Excellence Award – DFPA & CAS at CAS Awards Ceremony

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua & the students in the Computer Graphics major

Articles featured in The Prince George’s Gazette and Bowie Blade newspapers, on digital art and AUDIOVISON event.

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` other faculty professional activities

NAME

Prof. Renee Charlow

Prof. Clayton Lang, Director of Art Galleries

Dr. Clarence Knight

Prof. Gina Lewis

Prof. Gilbert Pryor

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

Prof. Elliott Moffitt

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ACTIVITY

SEMESTER

Plays with students Davis and Jackson called Black Friday. Student plays with Pearsall & Mays called “Faith, Change and New Beginning”. Student play with D Warren called “Too Much or Not Enough”

Fall 2008

Theater play, Native Son.

Spring 2009

Theater reading and play for Fine Arts Festival.

Spring 2009

Lunchtime Theatre.

Spring 2009

Theater play called “Neglect” with students.

Spring 2009

Common Bond X

Summer 2008

Juried Art Student Art Exhibition

Fall 2008

Artist’s Talk; Contemporary Glass: Hot Warm & Cold

Fall 2008

Faculty Art Exhibition / Black History Month.

Spring 2009

Kente Weaving with Mr. Kwasi Asare from Africa.

Spring 2009

Juried Art Student Show and Reception

Spring 2009

27th Annual Meeting & Awards, PGCC 2008

Fall 2008

Faculty Jazz Concert

Spring 2009

Common Ground, Invitational Group Exhibition

Spring 2009

Art Film Screening Abstract Expression

Spring 2009

Artist Lecture with world known artist, Sam Gilliam

Spring 2009

Art Student Trip to Museums/Galleries in New York City

Spring 2009

Senior Project with Ricardo Mowatt

Fall 2008

Renaissance Festival with students at Kentland Center

Spring 2009

Created the department’s first newsletter

Spring 2009

BSU Bistro 2009 Musical Concert

Spring 2009

Computer Notation, Senior Project with Gedeon Longtchi

Spring 2009

Designer’s Without Borders (DWB)

Summer - Fall 2008

Afro-Punk screening

Spring 2009

InnaStudio Arts Magazine launch

Spring 2009

Audiovision: AltsSoul Hip Hope interdisciplinary event

Spring 2009

VCDMA & FocusonDesign Portfolio Review & Reality Check & Business Seminar

Spring 2009

Trip with students to various design/multimedia studios in Silver Spring, MD and Washington, DC

Spring 2009

Comedy Performance Event with Mechelle Forman

Spring 2009


` other facutly professional activities

NAME

Prof. Adolph Wright

Dr. Marymal Holmes

ACTIVITY

SEMESTER

Holiday Concert, featuring the BSU Concert Band, with Adolph Wright, University Band Director

Fall 2008

National Band Directors Consortium – Band won three awards.

Spring 2009

Founders Day Convocation - Jazz & Concert Bands, Prof. Wright and the BSU Gospel Choir, Dr. J. Hillsman

Spring 2009

Spring Commencement – Concert Band

Spring 2009

Fine Arts Festival: Student Musical Recital

Spring 2008

Spring Music Seminar

Spring 2008

Spring Convocation

Spring 2008

Choral Festival

Spring 2009

Spring Music Seminar

Spring 2009

Dr. Robert Ward

Art Student Trip to Museums/Galleries in New York City

Spring 2009

Dr. Joan Hillsman

Fall Convocation

Faill 2008

New Home Baptist Church Concert

Faill 2008

Mid-Day Concert & Raffle

Fall 2008

Sociology Club Talent Show

Fall 2008

Holiday Hollies

Fall 2008

Gospel Extravaganza

Spring 2009

Spring Convocation

Spring 2009

This is Gospel: A Historical Musical Journey, concert

Spring 2009

Gospel Tour to New York and New Jersey

Spring 2009

Spring Commencement

Spring 2009

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` other departamental accomplishments The Department of Fine and Performing Arts was re-organized into a single degree program with students capable of attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in offered concentrations in Art (Studio), Computer Graphics Art (VCDMA), Music and Theater. It is anticipated that the department will eventually expand to include Music Education, Art Education within the next 3-5 years. Further developments are planned wherein the students Department will expand its offerings in the area of Artist residences and Concert series. We are also looking into the possibility of preparing courses that will lead to a certificate in Church Music Administration. There has been significant change and improvement in the performing capabilities of our Bands and Choirs. These organizations are being recognized as one of the finest groups in the State and soon to be in the country. The Department is beginning to attract a large number of very talented students that have great creative abilities and academic stability. An increase in the exposure of these units is anticipated during the coming year. Other academic incentives, with relevancy to the University and the job market, are being developed and will be offered in the near future. Some of these initiatives are in the areas of Bronze Casting with Emphasis on Photogenic Casting, and the creation of 3D Animation and Modeling courses; Advanced Visual Communication courses with an Emphasis on Design, New Media, Hip-hop and Contemporary Art/Design and Fashion Design. Other content areas for courses include Marketing in the Arts, Musical Scoring and Gospel Music with an Emphasis on Theory, Styles, and Administration. It is planned that we will have an increase in gallery shows, seminars and demonstrations. This type of service is crucial to the cultural enhancement of the University and the community. Greater involvement will be made with our constituents and supporters to increase this necessary visibility. More theatrical productions (both large and small) will be presented utilizing a variety of venues in and around the campus and community. A series of concerts, presented by professionals and students, will be given on a regular basis during the coming year. Three new faculty positions were added to the Department this school year. Two in Theater and one in Art. The addition of these positions allowed us to expand our offerings in the Department as well as increase our production capability. The Department also participated in the on-line syllabi committee and development sessions this year in preparation for the on-line registration for our students. The Department has an outstanding faculty and staff that has made significant contributions to the University, the state, the nation, and to the federal national interests. These contributions will continue in the future. photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student


` standing committee and representatives

students

photo credit: Ms. Rebecca Bailey, VCDMA Student

COMMITTEE

REPRESENTATIVE

Academic Rank and Tenure

Prof. E. Clark Mester

Academic Standards

Prof. E. Clark Mester

College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

University Curriculum

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

International Programs

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

Online Course Policy

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

International Programs

Prof. Gina Lewis

Department Grants

Prof. Gina Lewis

Recruitment

Prof. Gina Lewis

Faculty Senate

Dr. Marymal Holmes

Faculty Senate (Alternate)

Prof. Clayton Lang

Shared Governance (MHEC)

Prof. Clayton Lang

Faculty Evaluation

Mr. Elliott Moffitt

Faculty Welfare

Mr. Elliott Moffitt

General Education Committee

Prof. Rene Charlow Dr. Gail Medford

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