TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S Dean’s Letter Part One: CPVA 2016-17 Highlights Part Two: Mission and Strategic Goals Part Three: CPVA Goals and Outcomes • Goal 1: Implement/Refine recruitment strategies for quality students • Goal 2: Increase the number of degrees awarded in CPVA • Goal 3: Enhance international partnerships and global awareness • Goal 4: Create events to enrich the quality of life on the campus, in the community, and extending to the national and international arena • Goal 5: As the “University of the Parks”, capitalize on our unique geographic location • Goal 6: Offer curriculum and programs that meet or exceeds national standards
Part Four: Student Highlights Part Five: Faculty and Staff • Faculty and Staff Highlights • Faculty and Staff Listing
THE DEAN’S LETTER
Change is the constant in higher education and 2016-17 was no exception. Our new graduate programs were fully implemented and our new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) became functional and operational with an array of exciting exhibitions. But many things remain consistent, such as our faculty and staff’s dedication to student learning. They supported over fifteen out-of-state/country learning opportunities that you will read about in this report. Their dedication to high impact practices is always an inspiration to me as their academic dean. CPVA has been a participant in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) for the past two years. This summer we received significant data from our alumni. As a major initiative for this coming year, we look forward to utilizing information from nearly 300 alumni to inform curriculum development, recruitment/marketing strategies, improve our advocacy for the arts to prospective students, their parents, and institutional stakeholders, and further engage our alumni in sharing their experiences. We look forward to aligning our efforts with SUU’s Strategic Plan as we do our part in realizing institutional goals and objectives. As we conclude another academic year, and as I collaborate with my colleagues Ashley Pollock, CPVA’s Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, Clarisse Lunt, CPVA’s Administrative Assistant, and Jessica Jones, Graphic Designer in creating CPVA’s annual report, it helps put into perspective the major developments, new programs, initiatives and activities. This report provides merely a sampling of highlights for 2016-17. The selected highlights demonstrate initiatives and achievements made possible by the continued support of CPVA’s extraordinary faculty and staff who are inspiringly committed to our students and to their success. With gratitude,
Shauna Mendini Dean, College of Performing and Visual Arts
CPVA 2016-17 Highlights
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CPVA 2016-17 HIGHLIGHTS SUU received the 2017 Organization: Leadership in the Arts Award as part of the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts program sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. It was given for SUU’s important role in educating, creating, nurturing, promoting and presenting a high caliber of performing, visual arts, and arts administration. CPVA received data from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). “Would you recommend this institution to another student like you?” SUU’s arts programs had 93% state “Yes” compared to 85% of SNAAP institutions (82 post-secondary institutions participated in the project). The Department of Art & Design completed nine months of programming lectures and exhibitions at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) during its inaugural year of operation. Professor Kay Andersen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Utah Dance Education Organization for his work as both an educator and professional dancer. Reece Summers, Director/Curator received SUU’s Board of Trustees’ Award for Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the development of SUMA. Dr. Scott Knowles received SUU’s first Award for Excellence in Inclusion and Diversity for his effort in promoting university dialog in conjunction with SUU’s production of Laramie Project. The Department of Music completed their Self-Study and a successful Site-Visit as part of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) re-accreditation process.
The Arts Administration master’s program celebrated its 15th anniversary. It has seen significant growth in enrollment and is the fastest growing graduate program at SUU. Senior Dance Major, Mary Newey’s choreography was selected for the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Association’s Regional Conference in Eugene, OR. There were forty-four pieces of choreography adjudicated (choreographed by undergraduate and graduate students, professional artists and dance faculty). Ten pieces were choice for the Gala Concert, one of which was Mary’s piece and is a very prestigious honor for an undergraduate student. Out of eleven students attending the Cal-Western Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Phoenix, AZ, nine music students received awards. Out of all the Regional Winners in the U.S. only 12 in each category were chosen for the semi-final round. Claire Robinson, Rebecca Dayley Parkinson, Elizabeth Carpenter, and Ian Allred qualified. The departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance collaborated to create the production of Die Fledermaus directed by Peter Sham, choreographed by Megan Brunsvold, music direction by Carol Ann Modesitt, and conducted by Dr. Canés Nicolas. CPVA faculty did a significant amount of traveling outside the state providing students with high impact opportunities: attending the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, IN; American College Dance Association, Eugene, OR ; touring Las Vegas area high schools
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(Percussion Ensemble, Wind Symphony); participating in the Arts Advocacy Day, Washington D.C.; Attending the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts, Portland, OR; attending Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; attending the AIGA (graphic design) Conference in San Diego, CA visiting the Disney Studios, and Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA; attending the CTNX (Creative Talent Network Animation Expo) in Burbank, CA; attending SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Tucson, AZ; Auditioning in New York with a number of theatre talent agents; participating in the National Association for Teachers of Singing competitions in Phoenix, AZ and Boulder, CO. In addition, a trip to London was created that focused on cultural policy with an international perspective. Dr. Steve Meredith, Director of Choral Activities at SUU, took members of Opus, chamber vocal group, to perform with Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan as part of their national On Stage tour. The group participated in performances in Denver, CO, and Salt Lake City, UT. The vocalists were joined by SUU trumpeter Austin Clark, who was a featured soloist on the song Old Devil Moon. Percussion students participated in the Utah Day of Percussion. Jordan Nielsen won the State Championship title in Timpani in the College category. Marissa Brown placed third in Timpani and Tylor Williams placed third in Marimba. SUU is the University of the Parks. Graphic Design geaduate and 2015-16 Student Zion Artist in Resident, Kelsey Haddox, had her exhibition in Zion National Park March-April. Photography student Kelly Chuning was this yearâ€™s student Artist in Residence and spent her spring break shooting photographs in the park.
Mission & Strategic Goals
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MISSION & STRATEGIC GOALS Mission Statement The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts serves as a catalyst for students to realize their creative potential by providing a personalized and rigorous learning environment, fostering experiential education and contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society.
Our Strategic Goals Cultivate in all SUU students, an appreciation for the value of the performing and visual arts. Promote positive learning environments for our students as they seek to develop a life-long commitment to the arts. Offer curriculum that meets or exceeds national standards which includes experiential programming giving students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, scholars and arts leaders.
Create events to enrich the quality of life on the campus, in the community, and extending to the national and international arena. Empower and support our faculty and staff as superior educators, mentors, artists, scholars and administrators who engage student learning as part of a collaborative, academic and artistic process. Contribute to studentsâ€™ development as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community.
Our mission and strategic goals are focused on making the arts a vital, visible, accessible, innovative, and integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of Southern Utah University and beyond.
Learning Outcomes The College of Performing and Visual Arts has four learning goals for all students in the college that build on the Universityâ€™s mission and core themes. Students will: Communicate effectively Develop curiosity, critical and creative thinking skills Embrace global awareness, personal responsibility, and artistic integrity Process the history, principles, training, skills and knowledge associated with performing and visual arts to facilitate success in their chosen field.
2016-17 CPVA Goals, Strategies & Outcomes
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2016-17 CPVA Goals, Strategies & Outcomes The College of Performing and Visual Arts remains instrumental in achieving multiple goals and objectives in support of SUU’s new strategic plan. The summary of key accomplishments is in direct response to CPVA’s mission to serve as a catalyst for students to realize their creative potential by providing a personalized and rigorous learning environment, fostering experiential education and contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society.
GOAL 1: Implement/refine recruitment
strategies for quality students STRATEGY
Increase quantity and quality of students enrolled in CPVA by undertaking proactive measures to increase enrollment.
OUTCOME Enrollments are increasing and are again above 600 students. Based on third-week reports, fall semester 2016, CPVA reached a total of 604 declared majors; an increase of 42 students from the previous year. The college has recovered from the “missionary affect” that we felt in 2014. Most notable is the increase of graduate students in both the online Arts Administration and the online Music Technology degrees.
Art & Design
Theatre Arts & Dance
Arts Administration Total Enrollment
The following are specific recruitment efforts conducted by CPVA faculty and staff in 2016-17: Efforts continued to enhance the yield of CPVA applicants by obtaining bi-monthly CPVA Prospective Student Reports from SUU’s Admissions Office. Each Chair was provided on-going contact information for prospective students for their area. The college was proactive in recruiting students for the new graduate programs and coordinated with the College of Graduate and Online Studies to create multiple entry points for admission. Undergraduate auditions and portfolio reviews were administered across the Wasatch Front instead of relying on students traveling to campus. Faculty attended the Springville Art Museum’s High School Portfolio Review, the Utah High School Theater Association, and met students at Daynes Music, and Copper Hills High School. In October 2016, CPVA students and faculty worked diligently to support the 40th Annual High School Shakespeare Competition hosted by USF and SUU. This competition brought over 3,000 students to campus in the areas of theatre, dance and music.
The Art & Design Department hosted “Open Studio Night” around the theme “Find your place. Find your space”. Designed for all freshmen art students, undeclared SUU students and incoming freshmen to meet the professors, see the studios, and find their place as part of SUU’s creative community. The High School Honor Band was featured in the Heritage Theatre. The Wind Symphony traveled to Las Vegas for performances and recruitment. Thirteen percussion students toured the Las Vegas area and performed and recruited at four high schools. Art and Design faculty judged the Granite School District’s Art Night. A High School Day of Dance was continued and saw its largest number of attendees. The CPVA Dean participated in recruitment fairs in Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo, UT, and Las Vegas, NV. CPVA Faculty traveled outside the state to Las Vegas Academy to provide workshops and audition students. Dance faculty traveled to Arizona and Colorado. Music faculty auditioned students at Shadow Ridge High School.
GOAL 2: Increase the number of degrees
awarded in CPVA STRATEGIES
Focus on both graduate and undergraduate degrees and strive to see increases in both areas. Provide special attention to sophomore year students when retention rates appear to decline.
OUTCOME While there was a decrease of five students from the previous year, CPVA looks forward to what should be the largest graduating class in the history of the college, in 2016-17.
GRADUATION TOTALS 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0
GOAL 3: Enhance international partnerships
and global awareness STRATEGY
Continue an active record in establishing and sustaining international partnerships.
OUTCOME CPVA hosted numerous international artists/scholars, participated in international supervised study abroad programs and enhanced existing partnerships through faculty/student collaboration and exchange.
The following is a summary of artistic/scholarly international exchange and events: Korean Artist, Young Sil Rho exhibited her work in the Southern Utah Museum of Art and is now part of its permanent collection. She also presented at an Art Insights sponsored by the Art & Design Department. Rho has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and received awards from the Korean National Art Exhibitions, Korean Photographers Association, the Gogen Art League and the Korean Art Association. CPVA hosted Yuan Chen (Jenny) as the Helen Foster Snow Visiting Scholar. Hosted workshops and masterclasses with Taiwanese Percussionist and Percussionist with the Shanghai Symphony, Wei Chen Lin.
GOAL 4: Create events to enrich the quality of
life on the campus, in the community, and extending to the national and international arena STRATEGY Sponsor guest artists/performances/exhibitions with residencies to enhance learning opportunities for students. Support department sponsored exhibitions, mainstage productions, masterworks events, and community events.
OUTCOME Over a 125 concerts, recitals, theatre productions, dance concerts, exhibitions, and presentations were achieved.
Dr. Lynn Vartan hosted several performers on campus. In November, percussionist and composer Ron Coulter provided a performance and masterclass for percussion students on composition and music careers. In October, Patrick and Rachel Roulet participated in the fall installment of the Satellite Salon Series. The concert titled: The Golden Age of Xylophone traced the history of ragtime music and jazz. In January, George N. Gianopolis and Kathleen Rodlan-Silverstein participated in the spring installment of the Satellite Salon Series. The concert titled Composition Conjuring was entirely composed by Mr. Gianopolis. The Great American Songbook Series was initiated by Carol Ann Modesitt with four concerts in the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, along with Rogers and Hart was featured. Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel arranged a Piano Monster Concert at the Heritage Center Theatre, in fall 2016. This was the 5th annual concert and brings together piano students, piano teachers, and their families across southern Utah. The concert featured over one hundred performers on nine grand pianos.
SUU’s Concert Choir, Opus and Women’s Choir, with special instrumentalists, presented an evening of Modern Masterpieces. The centerpieces of the evening included Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla. SUU’s Wind Symphony presented a concert featuring John Williams’ The Cowboys, Ron Nelson’s Rocky Point Holiday, Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium and Vaughn Williams’ Rhosymedre. The Music Department welcomed visiting professor, Dr. Canés Nicolas who opened SUU’s Symphony Orchestra’s year with a program featuring music from composers Albinoni, Beethoven, Greig, Badelt, and Haitian composer Lamothe (a U.S. premier). In partnership with Cedar High School and Canyonview High School bands, the Music Department presented From Classics to Chaos. The Department of Music hosted Pierce Emata, pianist, in the Thorley Recital Hall. The Opera program performed Devils, Demons, and Redemption as part of the fall semester SUU Opera Scenes.
The Jazz Band continued the tradition of performing the fall concert in the Sharwan Smith Center Living Room. The concert was titled Legends in the Living Room and brought music to the student body and community free of charge. The 8th Annual Guest Artist Jazz Concert held in the Heritage Theatre featured guest artists Reggie Thomas, Jeff Campbell, and Dennis Mackrel. The Wind Symphony and Choirs collaborated to present Speech of Angels in the Heritage Theatre. The SUU Concert Choir, Luminosa Women’s Choir, Opus Chamber Choir and guest artists joined forces in the 2nd annual rock and roll choir production that featured music by the Beatles titled: All You Need Is Love. The Music Faculty presented an array of instrumental and vocal performances showcasing their talents throughout the year with concerts of solos, duos and combos.
ART & DESIGN Art Insights featured a variety of gifted artists as speakers. The fall semester started by featuring Geoffrey Johnson an accomplished contemporary impressionist painter who graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work graces many private and corporate collections, including Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting, BellSouth, and Wachovia Bank. Trey Hill, a professional sculptor and Associate Professor at the University of Montana. His work has been shown in museums both internationally and throughout the United States. Nathan Florence a painter who after studying to be a designer and surgeon, pursued his passion to be an artist. Jerry Uelsmann, an internationally acclaimed photographer who taught at the University of Florida where he became a graduate research professor of art in 1974. He received numerous awards and recognitions including a
Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sam Davis, Assistant Professor of Photography at SUU presented Life Through a Lens. He worked as a Graphic Artist for WSRE-TV in Pensacola and as a studio assistant for Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor. Dan Holland, an animator for Pixar Animation Studios, has worked as an animator, sketch artist, and art director at Pixar over the last 12 years. His last project was as sets art director on the feature film Inside Out. The spring semester of Art Insights showcased Vida Sacic, a Chicago-based visual artist who focuses her work on letter press printing and the intersection between graphic design and fine art. Gretchen Reynolds, master of artistic mediums in painting, puppetry, and performance art. Chris McCaw a pioneer in photography who developed his own creative way through the lens of his camera. In partnership with the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and Convocation, Jesse Mooney Bullock, a puppet creator and puppeteer was in residency. Steve Teuscher, renowned painter and sculptor. Jessen Kelly, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Utah specializing in the visual and material culture of early modern Europe. Clive King provided a drawing workshop for SUU students. The Utah Art Educator’s Association’s keynote speaker, also participated in SUU’s Arts Insights. Evening for Educators was presented by the Department of Art & Design in collaboration with the Statewide Art Partnership (SWAP) and Springville Museum of Art staff. The Senior BFA Exhibit was presented in SUMA with the artwork of 27 graduating seniors presenting their best work in their areas of emphasis.
THEATRE ARTS & DANCE The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance production season opened with Twelfth Night directed by Richard Bugg and was the inaugural SUU production in the Englestad Theatre at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. The musical Spitfire Grill, directed by Melinda Vaughn, was produced by the theatre program. The revolving set designed by Brian Beacom was a unique feature in the production. The Laramie Project, directed by Dr. Scott Knowles was produced as SUU’s first production in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre in the Beverley Center for the Arts. Multiple opportunities were created around campus to engage dialog with the LGBTQ+ community. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, directed by Kade Cox (Senior Theatre Arts Major) was produced in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. Peter Sham’s A Christmas Carol on the Air, was produced by the Neil Simon Festival and presented to the community. Dr. Keith Bradshaw, Dr. Lawrence Johnson, and Richard Bugg were CPVA faculty who also participated in the community event. The departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance collaborated to create the production of Die Fledermaus directed by Peter Sham, choreographed by Megan Brunsvold, music direction by Carol Ann Modesitt, and conducted by Dr. Canés Nicolas. Impact: An Original Student-Choreographed Dance Concert, featured student dancers presenting their creative work. Body Project: An Original Faculty-Choreographed Dance Concert, featured choreography by faculty performed by students. Memories of Scotia (Scottish), choreographed by Burch Mann was restaged from the American Folk Ballet repertoire. A highlight was Bach Suite created by internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Murray Louis and taught by Alberto Del Saz.
GOAL 5: As the “University of the Parks,”
capitalize on our unique geographic location STRATEGY The diverse landscape of southern Utah provides sustaining inspiration to both students and professional artists. Continue to support these activities.
OUTCOME CPVA sponsored the Zion Artist in Residence Program, Student Artist in Residence Program, and supported SUU’s day in the parks. The College has supported meaningful learning opportunities that connect to our unique region such as the Zion National Park Artists-in-Residence Program. Graphic Design graduate and Student Zion Artist in Resident (2015-16), Kelsey Haddox, had her exhibition in Zion National Park March-April. Photography student Kelly Chuning was this year’s student Artist in Residence and spent her spring break shooting photographs in the park. In partnership with Cedar Breaks National Monument and SUMA, a Plein Air Art Invitational and Exhibition featured ten of the best plein air painters throughout the southwest. The artists conducted demonstrations at Cedar Breaks and throughout Cedar Canyon. CPVA students and faculty participated in SUU’s Day in the Parks by sponsoring such activities as dance improvisations in Bryce Canyon, plein air painting in Cedar Canyon, photography sessions in Kolob and many more.
GOAL 6: Offer curriculum that meets or
exceeds national standards. STRATEGY
Promote experiential programming giving students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, scholars and arts leaders. Continue to support specialized accreditation for all art disciplines.
OUTCOME There were fourteen out-of-state experiences created by CPVA faculty who are committed to providing high-impact opportunities for students. SUU is an instructional member in good standing with three specialized accrediting agencies; the largest number of any public institution in the state of Utah. CPVA faculty did a significant amount of traveling outside the state providing students with high impact opportunities: attending the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana; American College Dance Association, Eugene, OR; touring Las Vegas area high schools (Percussion Ensemble, Wind Symphony); participating in the Arts Advocacy Day, Washington D.C.; attending the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts, Portland, OR; attending Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; attending the AIGA (graphic design) Conference in San Diego, CA; visiting the Disney Studios, and Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA; attending the CTNX (Creative Talent Network Animation Expo) in Burbank, CA; attending SPE (Society for Photographic Education) Tucson, AZ; Auditioning in New York, NY; with a number of theatre talent agents; participating in the National Association for Teachers of Singing competitions in Phoenix, AZ and Boulder, CO; performing with Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan as part of their national On Stage tour. The group participated in performances in Denver, CO; and Salt Lake City, UT. The Music Department completed a successful Self-Study and a re-accreditation Site-Visit with the National Association of Schools of Music. Both the Department of Art & Design and the Dance Program are in the self-study process and writing their respective reports in preparation for the 2017-18 re-accreditation site visits by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the National Association of School of Dance.
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STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS In addition to the multiple concerts, productions, exhibitions, and presentations that engage CPVA students, the following are examples of specific achievements during the 2016-17 year: Through collaboration with SUU, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF), a Student Fellowship program continued to engage theatre students in the Fellowship Program with USF. Ten ceramics students attended the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Portland, OR. A panel of jurors critiqued the studentsâ€™ portfolios, allowing them to receive additional feedback on their work. Graphic Design students attended the AIGA Conference, Photography students attended the SPE Conference, Art Education students attended the UAEA conference Dance students attended the Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Southwest Regional Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Annie Powell, Benjamin Bradshaw, and Elise Read are all pursuing their doctoral studies at the University of Indiana. Matthew Clegg is currently finishing his doctorate in music at the University of Nebraska. Ten AA graduate students (4 MFA and 6 MA) went on the annual Washington DC trip with faculty member Josh Stavros. They attended the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at American University, the Arts Advocacy Day conference sponsored by Americans for the Arts (where they lobbied for the arts on Capitol Hill). All of the students in the MMMT program created a trailer package for the independent film, The Arbors. The trailers were used by the producers of the film in national marketing MMMT graduate student Chance Wilson wrote the musical score for The Deep, a game for the CGM design group. MMMT graduate student Elias James created the music technology training website, www.musictechstudent.org. MMMT graduate student Natasha Johnson created the music publishing line Low Cost Classics, which specializes in commonly performed vocal music.
Music Major, Madison Davis was accepted into Graduate School at Portland State University, Southern Methodist University, and Colorado State University. She will be attending Colorado State University where she has a teaching assistantship.
Marcus Najac was accepted into the very prestigious graduate program in ceramics at Arizona State University. He was awarded a fellowship, tuition waiver and an assistantship package of nearly $20,000.00 to attend school and earn his MFA. In addition, he had work accepted into a national cup exhibition.
Music Major, Amanda Gagnon was accepted into Graduate School at the University of Utah, Memphis State University, and the University of Minnesota where she will be attending on a scholarship.
Sara Morales and Mary Newey received scholarships to attend the Art and Science of Teaching Dance Conference directed by Bill Evans and Debra Wright Knapp, at New Mexico State University.
Two current illustration students completed professional free-lance work. Blake McCorkle, created a Whiteboard animation video for the SUU Marketing and Communication Office and Sharilyn Shumway created the drawing for Cedar Cityâ€™s LDS Temple for client Troy Houston of Questar Gas. Graphic Design graduate Dylan May was published in the March edition of Interactive Annual of Communication Arts where his recent BFA Project was given an award of excellence. Music majors Jordan Nielsen and Tylor Williams participated in the Heartland Marimba Summer Festival. MFA Arts Administration students completed the following internships: Katie Christensen - Arizona Theatre Company - Tucson, AZ, Dato Nadiradze Artinfo, Georgia - Tblisi, Georgia, and Lola Taylor - Thanksgiving Point - Lehi, UT. The MA Final Projects consisted of the following: Elizabeth Barbano - Sonoran Arts League - Cave Creek, AZ, Courtney Camp - Redlands Bowl Young Artists Concerto Competition - Redlands, CA, Rachel Cook - SLEAP (Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals) Ambassador Program - Salt Lake City, UT, Lexie Corbett - SALT Contemporary Dance - Highland, UT, Jorena dePedro - La Jolla Music Society - San Francisco, CA, Leah Holmes - Little Colonelâ€™s Players - Pee Wee Valley, KY, Karen Johnson - The Snow College Summer Dance Intensive - Ephraim, UT, Tiffany Lippincott - Accessibility Advocacy - The Southern Utah Museum of Art - Cedar City, UT, Kjersti Parkes - Hunter High Performing Arts Summer Camp - West Valley City, UT, and Whitney Stephens - ArtHaus - Utah Division of Arts & Museums - Salt Lake City, UT.
Faculty & Staff
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FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS In addition to creating, directing, choreographing, designing, and performing in multiple concerts, productions, exhibitions, and presentations that are part of CPVAâ€™s performance and exhibition season, the following are examples the types of activities our quality faculty were engaged in during 2016-17. MUSIC Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, presented Improvisation: From Folk Tunes to the Blues at the 2016 Utah Music Teachers Association State Conference at Weber State University and also served on a panel Principles of Creative and Effective Practicing with colleagues from Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Dixie State University. Dr. Krystal McCoy presented Singing Keeps Me Alive: Perceptions of Older Adult Choral Singer in Summer Camp at the Music & Lifelong Learning Symposium, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, fall 2016. She presented Let it Flow: Conquering Complex Rhythms in Popular Styles of Choral Music Using Continuous Flow in Space at the ACDA Utah State Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, fall, 2016. Presented Fostering Musicality and Appropriate Behavior within the Ensemble at the Utah Music Educators Association, St. George, UT in spring 2017 Dr. Keith Bradshaw completed work on a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition entitled, American Suite for Violin, Viola, and String Orchestra. The piece was performed on April 21 by the Orchestra of Southern Utah, Natalie and Hannah Bradshaw, Soloists. Additionally, he revised his Percussion Concerto, Canyon Concerto which was performed Feb. 26 in the Cox Auditorium at Dixie State University by the Southwest
Symphony, Dr. Lynn Vartan as soloist. As a choral conductor, Dr. Bradshaw was the guest conductor and clinician with the Honor Choir at Altamont High School in October. He also conducts the Red Rock Singers which he founded, a 30-voice community choir in Cedar City, UT; now in their second season. Carol Ann Modesitt did a presentation with Dr. Samuel Mungo from Texas State University and Dean Anthony, Opera Director of the Brevard Summer Music Festival on Michael Chingâ€™s opera Speed Dating Tonight at the joint conference of the National Opera Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing in January. The conference was held in Indianapolis IN. She took four singers to the conference who performed during the presentation, Amanda Gagnon, Jocelyn Taylor, Jordan Sanders and Cameron Pruitt. She was also re-elected treasurer of NOA. Dr. Lynn Vartan received funding from the FSSF to participate in a World Percussion Group European Performance Tour in multiple locations in Europe May-June 2017. She worked with 12 emerging artist-percussionists and performed as a soloist for the group as a featured part of performances in every location. Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel and Clarinetist Dr. Jessica Lindsey from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recorded five works for clarinet and piano by contemporary women composers. He received funding from the FSSF for the final stage of the recording process to prepare the record for publication. Dr. Canes Nicholas received funding from the FSSF to participate in the Haitian National Orchestral Institute with BLUME (Building Leaders Using Music Education) with the Utah Symphony at the Assistant Conductor to Thierry Fisher and the Utah Symphony Orchestra in Jacmel, Haiti, March 2017. Dr. Steven Meredith received funding from the FSSF to participate in the Sweetwater GearFest convention in Fort Wayne, IN, June 2017.
ART & DESIGN Dr. Andrew Marvick’s paper, Absence and Anonymity, was published in Identity and Anonymity: An Artful Anthology, from Mizzentop Press, in 2016. Another paper, Un trou dans la filiáre, was accepted for publication in 2017 as part of a new anthology, Le symbolism et l’angoisse, from Cambridge Scholars. A third paper, about the late work of Nicolas de Staël, was accepted for the 2016 meeting of the Mediterranean Studies Association in Palermo, Italy. He was also invited to lead a session for ALMSD at the 2017 CAA Conference in New York. Hala Swearingen and Greg Swearingen presented Practical Strategies for Making Great Images Happen on a Deadline at the Utah/Southern Idaho Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 7th Annual Conference for Children’s Book Illustrators in Salt Lake City, UT, spring 2017. She also exhibited Drawn to the Music at the Society of Illustrators, New York City, fall 2016. Members of the society were invited to participate in the Member’s Open show with the theme of art inspired by music. Deborah K. Snider published her Color Wheel: Stereotypes Art Quilt in Identity and Anonymity: An Artful Anthology, by Kurt Sligmann Center for the Arts, Sugar Loaf, NY. Eric Brown was juried into three national exhibitions and won awards at all three including Honorable Mention at the 32nd Annual Juried National Painting Show-2016, Carter House Gallery, Redding , CA, for Lucy. He received First Place Award at the Haggin 2016 National Exhibition in the category of pastel for a work entitled: Marina Van Vliet. He was also included in a statewide invitation at the Springville Art Museum that opened October 2016 as part of Forgotten Angels and other Heavenly Beings Invitational. Samuel Davis mounted an exhibition at The Lawton Gallery of Fine Art on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI, entitled Lagerstëtte in fall 2016. He participated along with 15 other photographers in the Nevada
Means Home exhibition at the US Senate Russell Rotunda in September. He also participated in the Marfa Open photo festival in Marfa, TX. He exhibited Retro-Active 10 years of Science Fiction at the Doyle Fine Art Pavilion Gallery at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, in spring 2017. Along with photographer Tom Richardson, he exhibited photographs exploring themes set in the desert Southwest, at the Matrix Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, in fall 2016. Susan Harris curated the Andy Nasisse Badlands exhibition in SUMA,Cedar City, UT. She exhibited Reliquaries for the Ancient Future at a one-person invitational exhibition at ArtWorks Gallery, Cedar City, UT, in Dec. 2016. Rheana Gardner exhibited work in the prestigious Greater Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art exhibition in fall 2016, Taipei, Taiwan. Internationally renowned philosopher and sinologist Professor Francois Jullien invited 25 artists from different countries to participate in this event under the theme De-coincidence – Where do art and existence come from? The exhibition was designed to foster dialogue between the Eastern and Western art and culture and promoter international artistic exchanges. YiDan Guo, unveiled her commissioned painting The Last Load of Lumber at the Founder’s Day Celebration. Benjamin Kirkby received funding from the FSSF to participate in the Engineering Summer Program for Teachers (ESP4T). This program teaches how to program microprocessors that would be used in a current art/design project that involves internet-controllable simulated ecosystems. This project will help to create academic relationships between the biology, engineering and art departments.
THEATRE ARTS & DANCE Megan Brunsvold Mercedes and Dr. Kristopher Phillips (Language and Philosophy), with Kira Knapp, received funding from FSSF to participate in a panel presentation Teaching Dance and Philosophy to Non-Majors: The
Integration of Movement Practices and Thought Experiments to Articulate Big Ideas at Engagement: Symposium of Philosophy and Dance, San Marcos, TX in fall 2016. Richard Bugg, along with Clarence Gilyard, Sheree Willson, Charlene Tilton, Douglas Hill, and Rebeckah Bugg performed in a touring production of Alfre Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy. Peter Sham was named artistic director for the Neil Simon Festival beginning fall 2016. The season included his new world premiere musical: Under Construction: Blue Collar Musical. The music and lyrics are by Peter Sham; transcribed and arranged by Brandon Scott Grayson; with orchestrations by Dr. Keith Bradshaw (Music Department). Melinda Vaughn, as co-founder and executive director, hosted the Statera Foundation National Conference in Denver CO, in fall 2016. There were over 50 speakers and workshop leaders presenting on gender balance in the theatre. Denise Purvis received funding from the FSSF to present When Cultures Coalesce: Arts Integration and Culturally Aware Educational Westernization at the IUGTE International Conference in Styria Austria December 2016. She also performed “Axis: A Collaborative Composition Blending Contemporary Traditions”. Brian Swanson was invited to display at the 2017 biennial Theatre Technology Exhibit during the USITT National Conference and Stage Expo in St. Louis, MO, March 2016 and received FSSF funding. His exhibit was entitled Sculpting Using CNC Technology. His work captures a 3D model of an actor and creates a scaled up sculpture of that person using a CNC Router. Megan Brunsvold Mercedes received funding from the FSSF to present at the Nordic Society of Aesthetics’ Annual Conference in Bergen Norway June 2017. Her presentation was entitled Kinesthetic Empathy and the Performing Arts: How emotion theory provides a foundation for an embodied experience of live art.
2016-17 CPVA FACULTY & STAFF LISTING DEANâ€™S OFFICE Shauna T. Mendini Dean Associate Professor of Dance Dr. Keith Bradshaw Associate Dean (began January 2017) Professor of Music Clarisse Lunt Assistant to the Dean
Susan Harris Professor of Art Ceramics Brian Hoover Professor of Art Painting & Printmaking
Ashley Pollock Marketing and Public Information Coordinator
Benjamin Kirkby Assistant Professor Graphic Design
Stephen Wagner CPVA Academic Advisor (Theatre Arts/Dance/Music)
Dr. Andrew Marvick Professor of Art Art History
Matthew Burnette CPVA Academic Advisor (Art and Design)
Jay Merryweather Assistant Professor Graphic Design
Tiffiney Christiansen (through Dec. 2016) Director of Development
ART + DESIGN DEPARTMENT Jeffrey Hanson Department Chair, Art and Design Associate Professor of Graphic Design Sunni Jackson Administrative Assistant Eric Brown Professor of Art, Drawing Foundation Review Coordinator Samuel Davis Assistant Professor Photography Rheana Gardner (Received Tenure with Rank Advancement, March 2017) Assistant Professor Photography
Jessica Gerlach Assistant Professor Graphic Design
Deborah Snider Associate Professor Art Education Benjamin Sowards Associate Professor Illustration Hala Swearingen Assistant Professor Illustration Russell Wrankle Assistant Professor of Art 3D/Sculpture/Foundation
ARTS ADMINISTRATION Rachel Bishop Assistant Professor of Arts Administration Director of Arts Administration Bill Byrnes Professor Arts Administration
SOUTHERN UTAH MUSEUM OF ART Reece Summers Museum Director/Curator
MUSIC DEPARTMENT Dr. Keith Bradshaw Department Chair, Music Professor of Music Composition Donna McIntyre Administrative Assistant Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel Assistant Professor of Music Piano Dr. Thomas Herb Associate Professor of Music Music Education
Dr. Lynn Vartan Associate Professor of Music Percussion
THEATRE ARTS & DANCE DEPARTMENT Kay Andersen Department Chair, Theatre Arts and Dance Professor of Dance Brian Swanson Associate Chair, Theatre Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Technical Theatre Jacque Marchant Administrative Assistant Brian Beacom Assistant Professor of Theatre Scene Design
Dr. Lawrence Johnson Associate Professor of Music Voice
Megan Brunsvold Mercedes Assistant Professor of Dance
Dr. Adam Lambert Associate Professor of Music Director of Bands
Richard Bugg Professor of Theatre Arts Acting/Directing
Dr. Steven Meredith Associate Professor of Music Music Technology
Kyle Cook Scene Shop Supervisor Assistant Technical Director
Carol Ann Modesitt Professor of Music Voice
Cameron Kinnear CPVA Director of Collaborative Piano
Dr. CanĂŠs Nicholas Visiting Assistant Professor Orchestra Dr. Virginia Stitt Professor of Music Double Reed, Theory Dr. Xun Sun (on Leave of Absence) Associate Professor of Music Orchestra
Scott Knowles Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Theatre History/Dramatic Criticism Shelby Luke (1 year appointment) Costume Shop Supervisor Patricia Meredith Assistant Professor of Dance Denise Purvis Assistant Professor of Dance
Heather Reynolds Sound and Lighting Supervisor Wendy Sanders Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Costume Design J.D. Sargent Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Sound/Lighting Design Peter Sham Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Acting/Directing Melinda Vaughn Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Musical Theatre
SHAKESPEARE STUDIES Michael Bahr Education Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival Director, Shakespeare Studies
Published on Sep 15, 2017