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2011-2012 Annual Report College Of Performing & Visual Arts

Letter from the Dean Each year the annual report provides opportunity for reflection, assessment and celebration of the vast endeavors that take place in our college. Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is committed to nurturing students in realizing their creative potential through rigorous programs that meet national standards and combine professional discipline with personal creativity. Every day I witness the welcoming and engaging learning environment created in our college so essential to the developing artists, educators, scholars and arts leaders. This environment is enhanced by interactions and collaborations with artists from different cultures and global perspectives thus broadening our impact beyond the campus and community.

I am honored to work with our dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to the highest standards of integrity and artistic achievement. Their devotion to student learning is at the heart of who we are and what we do. I am grateful for the opportunity to publicly express my sincere appreciation for their inspiring dedication. Specifically I wish to thank Michael French, Clarisse Lunt, arts administration graduate student Sabrina Green and our undergraduate graphic design student, Amanda Barrett Jensen, who assisted in creating this year’s annual report. Shauna Mendini Dean, College of Performing and Visual Arts

TABLE OF CONTENTS Part One / Mission & Strategic Goals

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Mission Statement Strategic Goals Programs Goals 2011-2012

Part Two / CPVA Goals, Objectives & Outcomes for 2011-2012


CPVA’s 2011-2012 Goals and Objectives

Part Three / CPVA Departments & Affiliates

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Department of Art & Design Department of Music Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Arts Administration Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Affiliates

Part Four / Academic Programs

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Curriculum Development SCH Trends

Part Five / Faculty & Staff

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Faculty & Staff Listing Faculty Highlights 2011-2012

Part Six / New Mission

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Mission & Strategic Goals

Alexandria Wall, Breaking Bounds: Student Dance Concert, fall 2011 Photo by: Karl Hugh

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Camille Bahoravitch, Emily O’Donnell, Claire Julian, Breaking Bounds: Student Dance Concert, fall 2011. Photo by: Karl Hugh

Mission Statement The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts will be a catalyst for students in realizing their creative potential. 4


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

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. • 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 students’ development as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community



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Our Programs

The College of Performing and Visual Arts offers undergraduate degrees (BA, BS, BFA, BM) in the departments of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre Arts and Dance. In addition, we offer an interdisciplinary MFA graduate degree in Arts Administration and unique minors in Shakespeare Studies and Museum Studies. SUU is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The curriculum and efforts of the highly qualified faculty and staff are further enhanced by affiliations with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, the American Folk Ballet, the Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Center for Arts Administration.



The College of Performing and Visual Arts has four learning goals for all students in the college that build on the University’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

Goals 2011-2012

•Ensure CPVA participates in SUU’s academic roadmap and strategic planning process

•Recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff who are dedicated to experiential education

•Update, revise, and assess our progress in reaching our strategic initiatives

•Support faculty development, scholarly, creative, and research activity

•Pursue and support national accreditation in all our fine art programs

•Increase fundraising for CPVA through actively engaged alumni and supporters of the arts

•Challenge faculty and students to achieve the highest standards of rigor and excellence

•Enhance the affiliations with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, the American Folk Ballet, the Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Center for Arts Administration

•Enhance international partnerships and global awareness •Pursue partnerships (community, regional, national and international) that promote internships, residencies and learning opportunities beyond our campus

•Create high-quality exhibitions and public performances/presentations

•Increase retention and graduation rates of students who will go on to successful careers in the arts and arts education CPVA


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CPVA Goals, Objectives & Outcomes for 2011-2012

Samantha Smith, Emilie Andersen-Moulton, Morgan Callaway, Katelin Ruzzamenti, Tatem Credille Little Women, spring 2012. Photo by: Karl Hugh

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CPVA’s 2011-2012 Goals and Objectives

Develop and Assess New Programs •Secure Regent’s approval for an on-line Certificate Program in Arts Administration •Complete 3-year follow-up reviews for our new BFA in Theatre and BM/Music Degrees •Investigate resources, curriculum and mission fit for an Interior Design Proposal Develop curriculum and feasibility plan for resources for MM Education and BFA in Dance •Pursue and support accreditation for academic programs •Complete Self-Study and Site-Visit for NASAD, Spring 2012 •Submit to NAST a Notice of Intention to Apply (completed between 18 and 24 months prior to on-site visit). Initiate Self-Study report Enhance international partnerships and global awareness •Further strengthen international partnerships through faculty and students exchanges (i.e. Remnin University artist exchange) 10


Support faculty & Staff excellence and development •Request funding and prioritize faculty lines in the College to support the mission •Ensure Faculty are applying for the Faculty Scholarly Support Fund, and Faculty Development Fund, and staff are applying for Staff Professional Development Fund Reward quality teaching •Create a workload policy for CPVA that addresses exceptions to the course load calculations outlined in Policy 6.27 Enhance Recruitment of quality students and increase retention and graduation numbers •Work with Institutional Research to collect data on year-to-year retention

SUU Wind Symphony. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

Coordinating with CPVA Development Director and SUU Advancement Office to secure the remaining funds for SUMA •Bring the message of SUMA beyond the southern Utah community •Extend the fundraising appeal to an educationally-minded donor •Support the Community Engagement Committee, SUMA Steering Committee, Friends of the Gallery and their initiatives Enhance campus atmosphere by promoting guest artists/scholars •Support a workshop sponsored by the Utah Center for Arts Administration •Host George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Visiting scholar, Rick Berry •Support department sponsored guest artists and educators Enhance marketing and public relations for the college •Better integrate the educational/ curriculum experiences of the

arts administration and graphic design assistants with practical application that will benefit the College •Build media partnerships and sponsorships Address instructional space and physical resources for CPVA •Keep the development of Phase II (west of SUMA) of the SUU’s Master Plan in the forefront of priorities •Work with SUU Administration and Cedar City Officials to develop strategic alignments •Identify open computer labs to “trade-out” with ELC 112 to promote a learning environment that enhances creativity for a high demand graphic design program •Determine space requirements for an interior design program, create a schematic plan, and work with the administration to identify resources •Create a facilities plan for a black box for theatre arts CPVA


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Goals and Objective Outcomes in 2011-2012

The annual goals and objectives connect CPVA to SUU’s mission and the academic roadmap. They bring the college closer to realizing its broader strategic plan to: 1) Acquaint all SUU students with the life-affirming value of the performing and visual arts; 2) Create positive learning environments for our students as they seek to develop a life-long involvement in the arts and arts education; 3) Offer a comprehensive curriculum that meets or exceeds national standards and programming designed to give students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, scholars and arts leaders; 4) Create events to enrich the quality of life on the campus and the community; 12


5) Empower and support our faculty and staff to be highly effective teachers, mentors, artists, scholars, and administrators.

1. Develop and assess new programs

(Academic Roadmap Initiative 2.4 and 3.2)

1.1 Secure Regent’s approval for an on-line Certificate Program in Arts Administration Outcome: With new federal guidelines limiting financial aid for standalone certificate programs, the decision was made to move forward with an R401 Proposal for an online Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration to prepare graduates for management level positions or advancement to those positions within primarily the nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the visual, performing, and community based arts sector.

The project will focus on the practical aspects of the academic material the students have learned and the thesis will provide for new research in the field that would possibly lead to further education in a doctoral program. The request aims for the program to come on-line summer semester 2013.

The degree is designed as an interdisciplinary program combining specialized coursework in arts administration, graduate level course work in accounting, marketing, public budgeting and financial management and a final project or thesis.



Shaye Leavitt, Alex Byer, Christina Meikle, SUU Opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

1.2 Complete 3-year follow-up reviews for our new BFA in Theatre and BM/Music Degrees Outcome: The BFA in Theatre Program was granted Regents’ approval on May 30, 2008, and began admitting students in the fall of 2008. Enrollment numbers show steady growth. The program chooses to control its annual increase in order to attract quality students, ensure optimum training conditions and maintain a manageable facultyto-student ratio. The program anticipates the total number of BFA candidates (all emphases) in the program to top at between 60-72 students, annually, within the next three years. As of fall 2011, the BFA in Theatre Program graduated nine students. Four graduates have found work in the field from California to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Chicago, Illinois, to Hong Kong, China and at such places as Pacific Conservatory



for the Performing Arts, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, The Hale Center Theatre, Meat & Potato Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Dramatic English Repertory Theatre and Fusion Academy for the Performing Arts. Three are employed outside the field throughout Utah; one is currently attending graduate school for classical acting at the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland. The BM in Music was granted Regents’ approval on May 30, 2008, and began admitting students in the fall of 2008. FTE enrollment is healthy and increasing as expected. Cost per FTE appears to be higher than originally planned. The actual amount is based on all courses music majors take, including GE and elective courses. The original estimate was based on music courses alone, without adding the expense of GE and elective courses. These estimates were produced by the previous associate provost. With the change in the provost’s office, we have moved to a more accurate method of calculating costs.

Memories of Scotia, Journeys: Faculty Dance Concert, spring 2012. Photo by: Karl Hugh

It appears that costs may be greater than originally predicted, but not by as much as appears on the table. The student/faculty ratio is higher than predicted. A couple of factors account for the higher numbers. First, the number of students enrolled in the program is higher than predicted. Original estimates were on the conservative side, but the actual numbers are very healthy. Second, the Department of Music lost a position due to budget cuts in 2008. Just this year, 2011, it was able to regain the position, which will affect future student/faculty ratios. Third, the growth is slightly higher

than predicted, but within range. We expect the growth to level out at around 50 students in the major until additional faculty and facilities resources are available. Two graduates of the BM program are in graduate schools (BYU, UNLV). One graduate is serving as a volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Three graduates are working outside the field with plans to apply to graduate schools in the near future. One graduate is a stay at home mom, but teaches private students for supplemental income.



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Soviet Era Art, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, fall 2011. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

1.3. Investigate resources, curriculum and mission fit for an Interior Design Proposal Outcome: The Institution, CPVA, and the Department of Art and Design are interested in offering a BFA in Interior Design because it is a highly requested degree that SUU does not offer. We used NASAD competencies and recommendations for interior design programs; information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and material collected from programs at Utah State University (posted a 16.7% decline in enrollment in 2011), Buffalo State University, University of Wisconsin—Stout, California State Long Beach, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Florida State University to evaluate the feasibility of an interior design program at SUU.



King Lear, Adams Shakespearean Theatre, fall 2011. Photo by: Karl Hugh

Provost Cook met with Eric Brown, Chair of Art and Design, Shauna Mendini, CPVA Dean, Bruce Tebbs, Director of Academic Budgets, and Rea Gubler who directed SUU’s interior design program under Family and Consumer Science to evaluate initiating a program in regard to resources. As a result of the evaluation, it was determined that an R401 not be initiated at this time; however, the program continues to be an area for future consideration.

2. Pursue and support accreditation for academic programs (Academic Roadmap Strategic Initiative 1.1)

2.1 Complete Self Study and Site-Visit for NASAD, spring 2012 Outcome: The NASAD Commission voted to award an extension for the site visit to fall 2012. The Self- Study was completed with the institution preparing for a September 17-18, 2012, site-visit by the NASAD evaluators led by Adrian Tio, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. During the visitation the team will meet with members of the administration including the President, Provost, Dean, VicePresident of Finance, Registrar, Dean of Library, Director of Gallery, along with faculty, staff and students in the Art and Design Department.

2.3 Submit to NAST a Notice of Intention to Apply (completed between 18 and 24 months prior to on-site visit). Initiate Self-Study report Outcome: Peter Sham, Associate Chair of Theatre, attended the NAST Annual Meeting spring 2012. He participated in a workshop to prepare for NAST Accreditation. The Notice of Intention to Apply has been completed.



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3. Enhance international partnerships and global awareness (Academic Roadmap Initiative 1.2)

3.1. Further strengthen international partnerships through faculty and student exchanges (i.e. Remnin University artist exchange) Outcome: CPVA continued its productive effort in establishing and nurturing international partnerships and aligning itself with SUU’s Academic Roadmap by promoting global engagement opportunities for students, faculty, campus and community. The college hosted 12 international artists/scholars and several exchange students participating in our partnership agreements. In addition, SUU faculty and students traveled internationally. The following is a summary of activity: •Professors Yi-Dan Guo, Watercolorist and Jiao Zhentao, Graphic Designer, Renmin University’s School of Art, presented at SUU’s Arts Insights Lecture Series and interacted with faculty and staff in the Department of Art and Design



•Guohao Li, Youli Lai, Junming Hu, Junsheng Yin and Xuwu Chen of the International Cultural Exchange Center, Hubei Province, China visited SUU to discuss future collaborations •Zhang Cheng, Mei Changsheng, Fang Xiaosu of the Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre visited SUU to present a proposal to have the Dream of Helen as a featured performance at the Hubei Arts Festival in fall 2012 •Jing Jing Xu (Music Education) and Huiling Lie (Choir Conductor) from the Music College of Hunan Normal University participated in a year-long residency at SUU. Professor Huiling Lie conducted the SUU Concert Choir in pieces performed in Mandarin Chinese •Marco Fusi, Italian violinist, was a guest for a recital with Dr. Lynn Vartan •Susan Harris and Brian Hoover visited Renmin University in Beijing, China and presented an art exhibit and provided lectures and demonstrations

Shaye Leavitt, SUU Opus Chamber Choir, fall 2011. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

Educational Outreach, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Photo by: Amie Conner

•Kay Andersen and Shauna Mendini were Guest Artists at the Wuhan Conservatory and Wuhan University • Peter Sham & Brad Carroll’s Lend Me a Tenor The Musical continued its international exposure and will have first class productions in Germany, Austria, Finland and Spain in 2012-2013 •Shauna Mendini visited with the President of China Society for People’s Friendship Studies, Beijing, the Director of the Hubei Cultural Exchange Center, Wuhan, and the Director of The Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre to develop future collaborative projects. In fall 2012, the Dream of Helen will be the opening production of the Hubei Arts Festival, Spring 2013 Master Xiao, Distinguished Artist will present an exhibit at SUU, in spring 2014 Keith Bradshaw, composer, and Lynn Vartan, percussionist will collaborate in a concert with the Hubei Symphony



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4. Support faculty & staff excellence and development (Academic Roadmap Strategic Initiative 6.1, 6.2, 6.4)

4.1 Hire quality faculty. Request funding and prioritize new faculty and staff lines in the College to support the mission New Faculty Lines: Russell Wrankle, Assistant Professor of 3D Design/Sculpture/Foundations received his MFA from Southern Illinois University. His work has been shown at the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, Duane Reed Gallery and multiple invitational exhibits. Dr. Don Weingust, Director of Shakespeare Studies, Associate Professor of Theatre received his Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Dramatic Art. Book publications include Acting from Shakespeare’s First Folio: Theory Text & Performance, New York and Abingdon (Oxfordshire, U.K.): Routledge, 2006 and Shakespeare in Practices, New York and Basingstoke (Hampshire, U.K.): Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).



New Staff Lines: Brian Beacom, Scene Shop Supervisor, MFA University of South Dakota, has been a scenic artist, carpenter, technical director, designer and visual artist with professional experience with Aspen Opera Theatre Company, Theatre at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Iowa State University. Replacement Hires: Brad Carroll, Artist-in-Resident, hired based on prominence and experience in the field of theatre that included Artist-in-Resident/ Conservatory Faculty at Pacice Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA THEATREFEST). Carroll served as Director for USF, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Walt Disney Entertainment International, University of Illinois, along with significant writing and composing experience.

Payden Adams and Emilie Andersen, Moulton in King Lear, fall 2011. Photo by: Karl Hugh

Replacement Hires (Continued) Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas. Most recently he was Associate Professor of Bands and Brass Studies at Chadron State College. He has conducted multiple college ensembles with opportunities as a trumpet performer.

Denise Purvis, Assistant Professor of Dance, holds an MFA from State University of New York Brockport in Dance Performance/ Choreography with exceptional experience in dance education with comprehensive curriculum development.



Beth Snarr, Lauren Taggart, Heather Childs, Journeys: Faculty Dance Concert, spring 2012. Photo by: Karl Hugh


4.2 Ensure Faculty are applying for the Faculty Scholarly Support Fund, Faculty Development Funding, and staff are applying for Staff Professional Development

changes broaden support for the variety of creative/scholarly work completed by faculty in CPVA and will provide for greater professional growth.

Outcome: CPVA’s total funding for fiscal year 2012 was $14,448--$3,708 over the previous year. The Faculty Scholarly Support Committee awarded applications from a variety of areas and funded multiple projects in CPVA. Beginning in fall 2012, the fund will be distributed at the college level and broaden its support to include faculty participation to conferences to make formal presentations, exhibitions, or performances, involving their research, scholarship or creative activity. In addition, greater support will be provided to assist faculty in a wide variety of needs associated with developing research, creative and scholarly projects. It also encourages faculty to engage their students in undergraduate research and/ or scholarly/creative activity. These

4.3. Reward quality teaching for learning


Outcome: SUU Policy 6.1 now includes a “value statement” recognizing faculty work in using experiential, engaged learning and interdisciplinary pedagogies where possible. Promotion and tenure requirements allow faculty to be recognized for using experiential and engaged learning experiences in their teaching, scholarship, as well as supervising students in various projects. LRT content guides in CPVA include the “value statement” on each document.

Alison Bjorkedal explains the harp to students, Satellite Salon Master Class. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

4.4 Create a workload policy for CPVA that addresses exceptions to the course load calculations outlined in SUU Policy 6.27

department production support. Therefore faculty load is determined by the nature of the teaching and learning experiences rather than an exception to a lecture-based model.

Outcome: Southern Utah University policy 6.27 describes the average teaching loads for faculty and acknowledges that exceptions to this policy are allowed when considering the requirements of specialized accreditation or fine and performing arts studio or ensemble courses. The following workload policy, procedures, and calculations strives to also accommodate Regent’s R485, Faculty Workload Guidelines, by providing “detailed adjustments of workload that reflect different kinds of instruction, and that provide equivalent teaching load credit to assure that workloads are equitably distributed.” Its goal is to provide equitable recognition, based on national norms, of extra contact hours faculty spend with students that involve studio-based instruction, ensembles, applied instruction, and

• Classroom instruction in lecture format is calculated as per policy 6.27 • Designated lab instruction is calculated as per policy 6.27 • 3 contact hours in art/design studio courses is equivalent to 2 ICH (i.e., classes meeting 6 hours per week equal 4 ICH). A maximum teaching load of 18 contact hours will be standard for 100% studio-based teaching in art and design • Normally, art faculty who manage the ceramic studio will receive 3 ICH for reassignment per semester. This request for faculty teaching reassignment will be made as per policy 6.27, Section III.B.2



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Jenny Smith, King Lear, fall 2011. Photo by: Karl Hugh

4.4 Outcome (Continued)


• Studio courses in dance require variable contact hours (2-4). 4 contact hours are equivalent to 3 ICH, and 2 contact hours are equivalent to 1.5 ICH. Dance faculty teaching 100% studiobased courses will have a maximum of 16 contact hours due to the physical demands of the discipline • As assigned by the Department Chair, applied instruction in music is included as part of the workload of full-time faculty. Faculty in music receive 2 ICH for 3 contact hours of applied instruction. The maximum teaching load for faculty teaching 100% applied instruction is 18 contact hours. • For Music Ensembles contact hours is equivalent to ICH due to performance instruction requiring faculty to produce public performances and concerts outside of the designated class time • Faculty lines in technical theatre, costume design, and scenic CPVA

Michael Wager, Cello Recital, spring 2012. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

design will be allotted the ICH equivalent of 50% for production workload to provide support for department productions. This workload compensation will be part of SUU’s annual workload calculations • Normally, directors, music directors, choreographers, lighting/sound designers, and composers will be allotted the ICH equivalent of 25% for reassignment to provide support for department productions. Requests for faculty teaching reassignments will be made as per policy 6.27, Section III. B.2 • Artists-in-Residence in CPVA will maintain the workload expectation of tenure-track faculty due to the requirement of creative/scholarly work and other duties as assigned (i.e., recruitment, committee work, program development) • No faculty member will be granted ICH and reassigned time for the same assignment • When possible departments will strive to connect exhibition, production, and performance experiences to credit bearing ICH

5. Enhance recruitment of quality students and increase retention and graduation numbers (Academic Roadmap Strategic Initiative 4.1)

5.1. Work with Institutional Research to collect data on year-to-year retention Outcome: 2011-12 marked the largest graduating class in the history of the College of Performing and Visual Arts with 81 graduates. Despite this success, greater focus will need to be directed to specific programs and year-to-year data.



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6. Coordinate with CPVA Development Director and SUU Advancement Office to secure the remaining funds for SUMA 6.1 Support the Community Engagement Committee, SUMA Steering Committee, Friends of the Gallery, and their initiatives Outcome: The Friends of the Gallery Art Auction was highly successful with a net income of $21,131. The SUMA Community Engagement Committee (SUMA CEC) was formed to build public awareness for the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The committee, headed by art supporters Joanne Brattain and Diane Summerhays Strachan, has built up name recognition through a variety of projects that reached out to all members of the community. •SUMA the Preview was a special exhibition showcasing the plans for the forthcoming museum. Members of the SUMA CEC were on hand to provide patrons with information on the project. The exhibition proved to be so popular with the community that it was extended for two months. 26


•The second year of SUMA Art Hikes proved to be as popular as the first. Dozens of enthusiasts joined local artists and hiked to these locales (Silver Rim Trail in the Dixie National Forest, Kolob Canyons, and Summit Petroglyphs) with the artists (Steve Yates, Anne Weiler-Brown, and Todd Prince) as well as a representative from the Public Lands who enlightened the hikers about the areas. Participants were encouraged to bring their own art supplies and cameras to capture the natural beauty of the region for themselves •SUMA CEC had booths at two popular events in Cedar City: Groovefest and July Jamboree. At GrooveFest, the CEC created an interactive children’s art project while at July Jamboree Bruce Hughes brewed homemade root beer in the booth

Breaking Bounds: Student Dance Concert, fall 2011. Photo by: Karl Hugh

SUMA - The Preview, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery 2012. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

•The SUMA Art Studio & Home Tour, a fundraiser, offered attendees the opportunity to experience five working artists’ studios and two local private art collections. The tour included a luncheon in the SUU’s President’s home and a post-tour social at the Depot Grill. An “Opportunity to Win” drawing for artwork created by Arlene Braithwaite. The event raised $3000 for SUMA, enough money to fund the committee’s activities for the next year and a donation to SUMA. The SUMA Steering Committee, co-chaired by Scott Anderson from Salt Lake City, Utah and Cynthia Line from Cedar City, Utah, has maintained an on-going effort in raising funds and pledges for the project. As of Aug. 1 2012, there is current cash and pledges of $8,625,931.



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7. Enhance campus atmosphere by promoting guest artists/scholars

Outcome: Beyond the process of creating exhibits, plays, concerts, productions, operas, recitals and presentations, the college was active in promoting guest artist/scholar residencies for our programs, campus and community. The Arts Insights program, sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, continued to bring outstanding artists to SUU to provide students with networking opportunities with professional artists. The Satellite Salon Series, under the direction of Dr. Lynn Vartan, in partnership with Carrie Trenholm, with support from Art Works for Kids, Arts Fusion, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, provided master classes, community events, and concerts. Over 35 guest artists, Performing groups, and international exchanges were sponsored on campus through the efforts of CPVA.



Residencies: The Department of Art and Design successfully hosted, through support by the Eccles Visiting Scholar Program, Rick Berry, who engaged with students in workshops on drawing, digital and traditional painting and creativity. In addition, he reviewed and critiqued art students’ portfolios. Berry created the first digitally painted book cover in the world for Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984) and the award winning cyberspace climax in Sony’s feature film, Johnny Mnemonic. His amazing oil and digital artwork is sought by the entertainment industry and popular literature. For example, he produced 30 oils for limited edition Stephen King novels and cover art for Neil Gaiman’s popular Marvel Comics series. For Tufts University’s Institute for Global Leadership, he was commissioned to paint a series of gallery works depicting social and political themes for multiple annual international symposia. He is creator and participant in several collaborative international painting

Soviet Era Art Opening. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

events; most recently partnering with London based artist, Phil Hale, in Italy for live painting before a standing room only international audience. This collaboration event was a special feature during Berry & Hale’s museum exhibition, Parallel Evolutions, sponsored by Lucca Comics and Games Festival. In addition, Berry was “imbedded artist” for three seasons at Opera Boston and his solo gallery exhibition at Northeastern University this years featured work from his residency at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater during the hit musical Cabaret, starring alternative pop musician, Amanda Palmer. The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance hosted Lane Gifford, Artistic Director of LaneCo/Arts, as a guest choreographer for SUU dance students. Her work has been seen at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, the 92nd St. Y Fridays at Noon series, New York Theatre Workshop’s Mondays @ 3 works in process program, Le Poisson Rouge, The New York International

Fringe Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Pine Lake Park, Downtown Dance Festival, DNA’s RAW Material Series, DanceNOW at DTW, The Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Purchase College Dance Theatre Lab, the Queens Museum of Art and at the Merce Cunningham Studio. Recent engagements include residencies with Ballet Nouveau Colorado and RedLine Gallery during October 2011 and Southern Utah University in January 2012. Lane Gifford is the recipient of a Manhattan Community Arts Fund 2011 grant for a performance installation with artist Mark Mennin and a 2011 recipient of Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Lane Gifford is a curator and co-producer of Reverb Dance.



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Payden Adams, King Lear, fall 2011. Photo by: Karl Hugh

Residencies (Continued) The Department of Music’s Jazz Ensemble hosted Wayne Bergeron, one of the most active professional trumpet players, to perform alongside SUU students. In 1986 Wayne landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on MF recordings Body & Soul, Big Bop Nouveau and Brass Attitude. Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had in my band.” Bergeron’s first solo Big Band CD entitled You Call This A Living? earned him a recent Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and features some of the greatest jazz musicians in the business including Pete Christlieb, Peter Erskine, Andy Martin, Eric Marienthal, Bill Reichenbach and Alan Pasqua to name a few.



SUU Percussion Ensemble. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

In addition, the departments in CPVA initiated the following artists to visit our campus: Enrico Rossini Gullen, Videographer/Zion Artist-inResidence; Ruth Lubbers, Executive Director of Art Access/VSA Utah; Michele Lauriat, Painter/Zion National Park Artist-in-Residence; Dan Goods, Visual Strategist; Michael Melik, Artist and Gallery Director; David Dibble, Illustrator; Dan Estabrook, Photographer; Jared Ward, Ceramist; Richard Enriquez; Post Visual Effects Artists; Grant Fuhst, Painter; Stephen Berkman, Photographer; Quinn Jacobson, Photographer; Allison Sarmo, Visual Artist; Greg Newbolt, Illustrator; Jiao Zhentao, Graphic Designer; Yi-Dan Guo, Watercolorist, Peter Jacobson, Cellist; Tylana Renga, Violinist; Alison Bjorkedal, Harpist; Marco Fusi, Violinist; Tambuco Percussion Quartet; and the Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai.

8. Enhance marketing and public relations for the college

8.1 Better integrate the educational/ curriculum experiences of the arts administration assistants with practical application that will benefit the college

work benefits the College with increase media focus, builds student attendance at such events and boosts ticket sales.

The CPVA Marketing and Public Relations Department cultivates the marketing and PR experience for students in the Arts Administration program in direct hands-on projects. Under the guidance of the Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, the AA students write press releases, monthly arts newsletters and website pages that promote and market various events for the College. As the student progresses, select projects are given over to them whereas they build entire marketing and media campaigns for one specific large project whether it be a major art exhibit, theatre, dance or music event. The students literally run the show from overseeing the publicity photo shoot to conceptualizing the event’s poster to creating all the media for the event. The students’



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Art Hike, Summer 2011. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

8.2 Build media partnerships and sponsorships Along with Reece Summers, Director of Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Donna Law, CPVA’s Advancement Specialist, and Michael French, CPVA’s Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, made great strides this past year in building media partnerships within our local community and region. For the Gallery’s fall exhibition, Soviet Era Art, the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator provided information and background statistics that the Advancement Office used for a proposal that successfully secured a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation for the educational and outreach programs associated with the exhibit. For two exhibitions, Into the Woods and the Southern Utah Art Invitational Exhibit and Sale, Summers, Law and French worked successfully with Artisans Arts Gallery to promote both events that drove attendance to both shows at SUU and the local gallery.



Gregory Watts, Opus Chamber Choir, fall 2011. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

For The Psychedelic Years: Rock Posters & Handbills from the San Francisco Bay Area, Summers and French worked with Tim Cretsinger, owner of the local music store Groovacious and producer of Cedar City’s annual GrooveFest American Music Festival, to promote the exhibit and concert. Summers created the exhibit in celebration of GrooveFest’s 10th anniversary and Arts Administration student Ernesto Perez coordinated the exhibit and secured promotional opportunities at GrooveFest and The Grind. The attendance for the exhibit was impressive throughout the summer.

9. Address instructional space and physical resources for CPVA

Outcome: Some existing space was modified; however, no additional space was allocated to CPVA programs. The lack of adequate and consolidated instructional space, faculty offices in close proximity (Art and Design faculty are in 3 separate buildings), and space for designated activity (black box theatre, recital hall, computer labs) remain CPVA’s greatest challenges. For the shortterm, the following solutions have been made to assist in instructional enhancement:

• Letterpress Studio in CN 233 had a sink installed and cabinet work added. A fume hood will need to be installed

• An Acoustical upgrade was created for the Music Building and Multi-Purpose Building • Theatre design and costume construction space in GC 209 had an inside door created to limit access and distractions during teaching sessions • An initial meeting took place with Heritage Center Directors to begin discussion of future options and collaborations




CPVA Departments & Affiliates

Taylor Armstrong, Percussion Ensemble. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

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Art and Design Highlights & Opportunities

•A new Graphic Design faculty member and a new Entertainment Design faculty member began fall 2011. Both have engaged the students well and are filling their respective roles in the department •In terms of Majors, the department grew for the 12th straight year and there was a record number of graduates for the year at 44 •A new room for drawing was designated and partially adapted for the purpose. •Improvements were made to the Letterpress Lab and the Photography Studio with the addition of sinks and some equipment •Internationally acclaimed Illustrator, Rick Berry, led three days of workshops, lectures, student interactions and a convocation, presenting his work. His visit was made possible through a grant from the Eccles Foundation



•Renowned Fantasy Artist, Todd Lockwood, discussed his work during a presentation at Art Insights. He followed up the next day with an interactive student workshop •Assistant Professor Ron Spears was Artist-in-Residence at Zion National Park. This was an opportunity to further develop the University’s Student Artist-inResidence Program in partnership with Zion National Park. In addition, Ron’s paintings were displayed in a solo exhibit at the Park’s Human History Museum

Highlights among Art and Design students for 2011-2012:

• Photography Students Accepted in Juried Exhibitions: Jaime Parks - Castell Photography Gallery, Asheville, NC Samantha Peterson – Sprague Library, Sugar House, UT Samantha Peterson – Baker Art’s Center’s National Juried Art Exhibit • Anthony Pearson, a current ceramics major, has had work juried into three national ceramics exhibitions in Chicago, Kansas City and Oklahoma • Nicholas Jacobson, a 2012 graduate in ceramics, has been hired as studio technician at Sugar Maples-Catskill Mountain Foundation, Center for Creative Arts in Maplecrest, NY • Students Published Samantha Peterson Photographer’s Forum Magazine “32nd Annual College & High School Photography Contest” – Finalist. She will be featured in the hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2012

• Businesses that have employed recent SUU Graphic Design Graduates: ESRI, Redlands, CA; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Love from Minnesota; Roseville, MN; Anthropology, Salt Lake City, UT; Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City, UT; Struck/ Axiom, Salt Lake City, UT; USANA, Salt Lake City, UT; Fitch Creative, St. George, UT; Leavitt Group, Cedar City, UT; Learn Key, Cedar City, UT • Students Accepted in Graduate Programs at the following institutions: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Washington State, Spokane, WA; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ



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Department of Music Highlights & Opportunities

•The music Department produced over 80 concerts and recitals in 2011-2012 •New courses in the music education area, taught by Dr. Thomas Herb, will replace the block in our music education degree •Dr. Adam Lambert will begin his tenure as the Band Director at SUU this fall •The SUU Percussion Ensemble was selected as the featured performer at the Utah Music Educators Convention •SUU voice students travelled to Las Vegas to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing and had 6 division winners, 3 second place finishes, 4 third place finishes, and 5 honorable mentions •Senior vocal performance major, Greg Watts, performed the roll of Fiorello in the High Desert Opera Company’s production of the Barber of Seville



•Junior percussion major, Lydia Bradshaw, semi-finalist in the Southern California Marimba Competition, was awarded the William F. Ludwig J. Scholarship to attend PASIC in the fall •We have a job placement record of over 90% among our music education graduates. Among those recently hired are Mike Wallace in Parowan, Nicole Christensen, Summit Academy High School in the Salt Lake Area, Matt McClellan at Whitehorse H.S., Aubrey Shirts at the Salt Lake School of Performing Arts, Brandon Larsen in Grantsville, Tana Jenson in Price and Bethany Brinton in Wyoming

Highlights of Recent Graduates and Current Students:

• Matthew Clegg, ‘12, begins graduate studies in vocal performance with a teaching fellowship at the University of Nebraska at, Lincoln this fall • Geneil Perkins. ‘12, begins vocal graduate studies at Brigham Young University this fall. She and Taliah Johnson (senior Choral Ed. Major) participated in the Professional Choral Institute, which joined with Seraphic Fire in making a Grammy Award-nominated recording • Mezzo soprano Sarah Maxwell, ‘11, is in her second year of graduate study at BYU. She, along with five colleagues, recently won first prize at the NOA Opera Scenes competition. She also performed in the Utah Festival Opera this summer • Glen Hicks, music education, ‘10, is beginning a doctoral program at the University of Arizona in Music History • Aubrey Shirts, ‘10, begins graduate study this fall in Clarinet at the University of Utah

• David Campbell, composer, ‘09, is in his second year of doctoral studies at Stony Brook UniversitySUNY • Kim Padilla, ‘11, won her division of the MTNA regional voice competition. • Haley and Mike Winslow have directed the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival for four years and have an article being published in the UMEA Journal • Melissa Pack, ‘08, launched, a website that indexes free sheet music. They average 3,500-4,000 hits per week • Junior music education major Tom Hanratty participated in the world-class Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps this summer • Taylor Armstrong won the Orchestra of Southern Utah Roy L. Halverson Young Artist Competition as well as the 2012 Utah Day of Percussion Marimba competition. Taylor is a freshman majoring in percussion



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Theatre Arts and Dance Highlights & Opportunities • Hired a new faculty member to guide the BFA Musical Theatre program, Brad Carroll • Three students took advantage of study abroad opportunities. Fall semester Eric Waits studied at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg, Netherlands, and Karyn Allen and Rebecca Boizelle at the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA) • Richard Bugg recently celebrated his 10th Anniversary as founder/ artistic director of the Neil Simon Festival • Peter Sham & Brad Carroll’s Lend Me a Tenor The Musical will have first-class productions in Germany, Austria, Finland and Spain in 2012-2013, and are in negotiations for a pre-Broadway tour and run in 2014 • Professor Chien-Ying Wang’s piece “Benevolence” was chosen to be performed on the ACDF Gala Concert at Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah



• Twenty-four dancers travelled to Salt Lake City to participate in the American College Dance Festival hosted by the University of Utah • Our guest artist for the year was Lane Gifford, a New York based choreographer. During her stay she and dance education majors had the opportunity to teach in area elementary schools. She also performed with Professors Paul Ocampo and Shannon Vance as part of the Satellite Salon Series

Highlights of Recent Graduates:

• Katie Heckenback, ‘10, graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Athletic Training) and is currently employed at West Point • Jessie Metcalf, ‘10, is attending Roehamption University, UK (Dance Studies under a Fulbright Grant) • Rhett Guter, ‘09, is playing the role of Action in the International tour of Bernstein’s West Side Story • Payden Adams, ‘12, is part of USF 2012 season in Les Misérables • Steven Grawrock, ‘f10, is in his final year of graduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow • Ryan Orcutt, ‘12, is employed as a technician at the World of Color in Disneyland • Sheila Papp, ‘10, is a Stage Manager at Disneyland • Casey Carlson, ‘10, is a Directing Intern at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA

• Dance graduates accepted in the following MFA programs: University of Utah, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Arizona, University of California, Irvine, University of Illinois, ChampaignUrbana •Professional companies who have hired recent graduates as professional dancers/ choreographers: STREB Extreme Action; national tour of The Producers; Freespace Dance Company; Cirque Du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE; Royal Caribbean Line; Holland America Line



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Arts Administration Highlights & Opportunities

A new Director of Arts Administration began in the 2011-2012 academic year. He focused on the recruitment of new students and revised the curriculum, creating new coursework allowing for a larger concentration in development/fundraising that brought it equal to the areas of finance and marketing.



Although four new students had been admitted, only three students completed their first year. Five new students were admitted for the upcoming year with varied backgrounds in art education, art history, writing, music and theatre.

Highlights of the Arts Administration students’ work during the year:

• A team consisting of an Arts Administration student and a Public Administration student, placed second in a statewide competition hosted by the Intermountain University Student Think Tank program. Pairs of students representing seven colleges or universities in Utah were given the objective to create new ideas on health care delivery • The Arts Administration students were integral to the successful staffing of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Internships in Education, Production, Development) the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery (Finance, Marketing, Installation) and the CPVA (Marketing & Public Relations). Students also worked with professional staff on the High School Shakespeare Competition and the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Art Auction

• Arts Administration students designed a marketing plan and new website for Golden Gate Opera in Marin, California. Golden Gate Opera was so happy with the work completed that they have requested maintaining an ongoing relationship • In April 2012, five Arts Administration students traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at The American University and National Arts Advocacy Day, sponsored by Americans for the Arts. The students completed a training workshop on lobbying and advocacy and then spent a day lobbying their Congressional representatives on the arts



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Artist Arlene Braithwaite Art Hike 2011. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

The graduating Arts Administration students were placed with the following arts organizations around the country for their Internships: Amie Conner (2012 MFA) was the Marketing & Public Relations Assistant for the Chautauqua Theatre Company in Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua Theatre Company brings together internationally known artists with nineteen emerging artists to produce theater at the Chautauqua Institution. Amie assisted in the dayto-day operations of the publicity department, served as the chief liaison with the local theater reporter, worked on in-house graphic design projects and assisted the Marketing Director with developing the organization’s marketing plan. (



SUU Vocal Students at NATS. Photo by: Dr. Kevin L. Baker

Whitney Hershberger (2012 MFA) was the Theatre Education Camp Director for the Grand Valley State University’s Shakespeare Festival in Allendale, Michigan. The GVSU Shakespeare Festival’s mission “explores and celebrates Shakespeare and his culture for the West Michigan community and beyond through theatre and education.” Whitney created, ran, taught in, and evaluated a continuing summer camp program for the Shakespeare Festival in keeping with the organization’s mission.

Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and Southern Utah Museum of Art Highlights & Opportunities • The Braithwaite Gallery participated in an exhibit exchange with Springville Museum of Art to exhibit paintings from their Soviet Era Art Collection in exchange for SUU’s Jim Jones Paintings • The SUMA Preview Exhibit and Model was produced as an outreach gift by Rainbow Sign and Banner • As a result of our ongoing efforts to support Zion’s artist-in residence program, Ron Spears, Art and Design Faculty, spent a week at Zion National Park and developed a handbook for future SUU artist-in-residence students to make their experience more meaningful • Program funding grants from AT&T, Cedar City RAP Tax, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and a successful Friends Art Auction helped produce Everything in Between: Art Quilts, Fabric Collage & Embroidery Exhibit envisioned, organized and curated by Deborah Snider

• Art Hikes, SUMA information booths and city festival events and art home and studio tours organized by SUMA Community Engagement Committee • SUMA Design complete and continuation of fundraising efforts for the new museum. New carpet, paint, desks, tables, chairs and repair of Braithwaite gallery lighting provided by SUU Facilities • The Gallery Director completed a Summer Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Management and attended presentations at Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and American Association of Museums annual conferences



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CPVA Affiliates

Ballroom Dance • 65 students were involved in three performance ensembles. Over 250 students participated in ballroom dance technique classes and social dance classes • The company performed in conjunction with SUUSA activities, some of which include Welcome Week, the International Food Fair, and the Homecoming Parade where they won the award for best performance group • Performed eight free shows for the community, schools and nursing homes in Utah, Nevada and California • Hosted a successful Valentine’s Day Gala (dinner and dancing) for the campus and community



• The Dancing with the Stars event was the largest in history, which was a student collaborative effort. Participants were students, faculty, and community members. Choreography was created, taught, and rehearsed by student company

Rendall Seely and Jennifer Maughan SUU Ballroom Dance Company. Photo by: Karl Hugh


Academic Programs

Asher J. Swan with Art at Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

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Curriculum Development 2011-2012

New Courses AA 4010 AA 6210 AA 6220

Legal Issues for Artists Grant Writing Fundraising Event Planning

ART 4200 Design Thinking MUSC 3000 Principles of Teaching & Learning in Music Education MUSC 3250 Piano Ensemble MUSC 3260 Pit Orchestra MUSC 4810 Classroom Management & Assessment in Music THEA 2533 Drawing & Rendering for Theatre THEA 4153 Shakespeare II THEA 4163 Musical Theatre II Substantive Changes to Existing Courses AA 6040 Legal Issues, Art & Society •Content change so students receive a more in-depth knowledge of legal issues they will face in the work place 50


ART 4900 Art for Secondary Teachers •Part of the degree change for Art Education MUSC 1070 Class Voice •Change course level and credit hours to bring course in line with all other methods courses MUSC 1150 Class Piano I •Better serves BFA Theatre Students MUSC 2320 Keyboard Collaborative •Reduces number of applied lessons MUSC 2420 Piano Literature I •Reduced credit & contact hours to align with BM requirements MUSC 2430 Piano Literature II •Reduced credit & contact hours to align with BM requirements

MUSC 3450 Piano Pedagogy I •Reduced credit & contact hours to align with BM requirements MUSC 3460 Piano Pedagogy II •Reduced credit & contact hours to align with BM requirements

Degree/Program Change

THEA 2112 Movement I •Change lab from 3 credits to 2 credits to more accurately reflect how the course is being taught THEA 2523 Drafting for the Theatre (CAD) •Reduce credit & contact hours to more accurately affect how the course is taught THEA 2553 Scenic Painting •Change credit & contact hours to more accurately affect how the course is taught THEA 4123 Acting Styles IV: Movement II •Changing course title to encompass a broader field of study and offer students a wider array of advanced movement techniques

Bachelor of Music Education (Choral & Instrumental) •The Department of Music and the College of Education are working in collaboration to decrease the number of credits for the BFA in Secondary Art Education

BFA in Secondary Art Education, Minor in Art Education •The Department of Art & Design and the College of Education are working in collaboration to decrease the number of credits for the BFA in Secondary Art Education

BFA in Theatre- Music Theatre Emphasis •Give students more flexibility in 4-year rotation schedules Bachelor of Music- Piano Emphasis •Reduction of hours



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CPVA Undergraduate Enrollment:

Based on third-week reports, fall semester 2011, CPVA reached a total of 553 declared majors. A decrease of 22 students from the previous year (Art and Design grew by 5 students). Over the past five years, CPVA has averaged 552 majors making 20112012 total aligned well within the average.




SUU’s fall headcount and FTE saw a decline in numbers; however, the numbers were not statistically significant. As of August 8, 2012, new freshman enrollment statistics for fall 2012 have increased by nearly 100% (from 68 in 2011 to 136 in 2012).




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CPVA SCH Trends:

Student Credit Hour (SCH) productivity for the last 8 years has increased significantly. This trend is a result of growth in majors (outside of general education)

and in spite of the required higher contact hours in arts disciplines that impacts SCH generation.

18,277 17,258 15,916 14,611 13,404 12,292 11,483












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Number of Full-Time Faculty:

As a result of growth and accreditation standards, CPVA has received increases in full-time faculty lines.

In 2011-12 a new line was secured for Art and Design bringing its number up to 13 for 2012-13.

Number of Full-Time Faculty 12 11

Art & Design Music Theatre Arts & Dance Arts Administration

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 20092010





Graduation Totals:

In 2011-12, CPVA graduated the largest number (81) of students in the history of the college.

With CPVA’s goal to increase retention and graduation rates, this number is significant.

Total Number of Graduates 81 80 70




60 50 50 40 20072008








Faculty & Staff

Deborah K. Snider Photo by: Harold Snider

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Faculty & Staff

Dean’s Office Shauna Mendini Dean Associate Professor of Dance Clarisse Lunt Assistant to the Dean Michael French Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator Daniel Frezza July 1, 2011-Jan 31, 2012 CPVA Academic Advisor Stephen Wagner Feb 1, 2012-Present CPVA Academic Advisor Donna Law Director of Development Art & Design Department Eric Brown Department Chair Professor, Art History & Drawing



Ro Felstead Administrative Assistant Rheana Gardner Assistant Professor, Photography Jessica Gerlach Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Jeffrey Hanson Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Susan Harris Professor, Ceramics Brian Hoover Professor, Painting & Printmaking Andrew Marvick Associate Professor, Art History Jay Merryweather Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Jeremias Paul Assistant Professor, Photography

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel Visiting Assistant Professor, Piano

Deborah K. Snider Assistant Professor, Art Education

Dr. Douglas Harris Visiting Assistant Professor, Director of Bands

Ron Spears Assistant Professor, Drawing/Entertainment Design

Dr. Thomas Herb Assistant Professor, Music Education

Ben Sowards Artist in Residence, Illustration/Painting

Dr. Douglas Ipson Visiting Assistant Professor, Music

Arts Administration

Dr. Lawrence Johnson Associate Professor, Voice

Dr. James C. Marchant Director, Arts Administration Assistant Professor, Theatre Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Reece Summers Director & Curator Music Department Dr. Keith Bradshaw Department Chair Professor, Composition

Carol Ann Modesitt Professor, Voice Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk Staff Accompanist Dr. Virginia Stitt Professor, Double Reed/Theory

Donna McIntyre Administrative Assistant

Xun Sun Associate Professor, Orchestra

Dr. Kevin L. Baker Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Lynn Vartan Assistant Professor, Percussion CPVA


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Mexico’s acclaimed Tambucco Quartet performed an amazing percussion concert. Photo by: Courtesy of Tambucco

Faculty & Staff (Continued)

Madeline Jones Costume Shop Supervisor

Theatre Arts & Dance

T. Anthony Marotta Assistant Professor, Acting/Directing

Kay Andersen Department Chair Associate Professor, Dance Peter Sham Associate Chair Assistant Professor, Theatre Jacque Marchant Administrative Assistant Brian Beacom Scene Shop Supervisor Jarrod Bray Assistant Professor, Scene/Lighting Design Richard Bugg Professor, Acting/Directing Dr. Christine Frezza Associate Professor, Theatre History/Dramatic Criticism


Dr. Thomas Herb works with the SUU Jazz Band. Photo by: Asher J. Swan


Paul C. Ocampo Associate Professor, Dance Gerald Rheault Music Accompanist, Theatre Arts & Dance Wendy A. Sanders Assistant Professor, Costume Design Brian Swanson Assistant Professor, Technical Theatre Shannon Vance Lecturer, Dance Chien-Ying Wang Assistant Professor, Dance

Faculty & Staff Highlights 2011-2012

Art & Design Susan D. Harris had a solo exhibition, Mythical Objects, at Salt Lake City’s Art Access Gallery in July 2011, and was featured in a twoperson exhibition (with Brian Hoover), Mythical Cycles, at the South Dakota School of Mining Technology Apex Gallery, August-September, 2011. Her artwork was accepted into the very prestigious Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and one work of art was illustrated in the just published The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay, Lark Crafts, Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. 2012. Susan lectured on “Reliquaries for the Ancient Future,” at Renmin University, Beijing, China, in May 2012. Dr. Andrew Marvick presented at the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles and argued for formal connections between the Symbolist Fernand Khnopff and the NeoPlasticist Piet Mondrian. He read at Allerton House in Monticello, Illinois, made the case for broader links among Symbolists and Modernists

working in Europe between 1885 and 1925. He is now working to suggest similar connections between Viennese Secession design and non-objective art shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. He has been invited to contribute to a collection, The Symbolist Roots of Modernism, scheduled for 2013 by Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Jay Merryweather participated as part of an International Group of Artists in ISM a 10-year anniversary show at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Jay held a solo Exhibition of 10 new paintings called “There is No Excellent Beauty” at Bunny Gunner Gallery in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Jay’s firm, Merryweather Studios, contracted with Esri, an International GIS and Mapping Company, to produce original artwork, video, and music for Esri’s 2012 user conference in San Diego, California. He worked with Julia Marton-Lefèvre, directorgeneral of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), designing a dynamic presentation CPVA


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Jay Merryweather creating art live during Satellite Salon concert. Photo:Asher J. Swan

that addressed the problem of species loss. The presentation developed for the conservation of over 30,000 endangered species as part of IUCN’s Red List will also be used on an International Stage at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Deborah K. Snider coordinated and presented at fall 2011 “Event for Educators” through StateWide Art Partnership and coordinated the first annual Southern Utah Fall Regional Art Education Conference through the Utah Art Education Association in October 2011. She presented at The Business of Art Conference in Kanab, Utah November 2011 and served on the advisory board. Deb presented at the Utah Art Education Association Conference, February 2012, and at the National Art Education Association Convention, New York City, March 2012. Her artwork was exhibited in “The End is Near” international invitational exhibit at Utica College, New York, March-April 2012; in the SUU “Human Trafficking” Conference, April 2012; in 62


Don Weingust Photo by: Asher J. Swan

the national juried “Consequences” exhibit, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, May 2012; and in the international juried “Rivers and Streams” exhibit in Taiwan, May-December 2012. Ben Sowards completed 17 paintings for the forthcoming book titled Seven Miracles That Saved America (Shadow Mountain Publishing), two covers for new Hardy Boys series books (Simon & Schuster) and the portrait of Walter Gibson for SUU’s Science Building. Music Dr. Keith Bradshaw joined two music chairs from other universities to give a presentation on assessment at the National Association of Schools of Music convention in November 2011. Dr. Thomas Herb’s book, Teaching Improvisation in … Concert Band?!?,was published in Sept. 2011 and in conjunction with its publication presented a demonstration of his book at the

UMEA conference (Feb 2012). In addition, he had ten composer bios published in the latest Teaching Music through Performance in Concert Band book (December 2011). Dr. Herb worked with Dean Shauna Mendini and the College of Education to develop two new courses in the music education curriculum. These courses will give music education students more focus into their own field, as well as reduce the total overall course load towards their degree. Dr. Douglas Ipson presented a paper entitled Leagued with Desperadoes’: The Risorgimento Romance of Brigandage at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Francisco in November 2011. In February 24, 2012, he delivered another paper, All More or Less Portraits’: The Image of the Brigand on the Pages and Stages of the Risorgimento, at the international conference, “The Gazing Society: Approaches to the History of Vision in the Modern Period (19th–20th Centuries),” sponsored by the Centro interuniversitario di storiaculturale and held at the Università degli Studi di Parma in Italy. Carol Ann Modesitt attended the combined National Association of Teachers of Singing Winter Workshop and the Annual National Opera Association Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in January 2012, and was elected Treasurer of the National Opera Association and a member of the Executive Committee. In March 2012 Carol Ann

was elected the President of the Las Vegas Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing. Students who competed from her studio either won or placed in the 2012 Annual Las Vegas Regional Study Awards Competition. In May 2012, she was elected to be co-president of Cedar City Music Arts. She had four book reviews published on-line in the National Opera Association Journal: The Prima Donna and Opera 1815-1930 by Susan Rutherford: Cambridge Press; Understanding the Women of Mozart’s Operas by Kristi Brown Montesano: University of California Press;Wagner: Beyond Good and Evil by John Deathridge: University of California Press; and Magic Flutes and Enchanted Forests: The Supernatural in Eighteenth Century Theatre by David Buch: University of Chicago Press. Dr. Virginia Stitt attended the International Double Reed Conference and performed woodwind quintets on bassoon at Kammermusik in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as participating in master classes, coaching and recitals. She attended the Thomas Stacy (of the New York Philharmonic) Seminar on English Horn in Carmel, California, where she participated in master classes and recitals. Xun Sun conducted the Henan Symphony Orchestra of China in Concert on May 19, 20 and 21, 2012. As a conductor and faculty member, he taught in The First Stradivarius International Advanced Strings Summer camp in Salt Lake City, Utah.



Josh Durfey, MacKenzie Pedersen, Tatem Credille and Redge Palmer in SUU’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, fall 2011. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

Music (Continued) Dr. Lynn Vartan has performed on two recent CDs, The Music of Chinary Ung, Volume 3, Bridge Records, 2011, and 10 Freedom Summers, A Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement by Wadada Leo Smith, 4 CD set, May 2012. She was a performer for the Los Angeles International New Music Festival, May 2012, and was singled out by the music critic for The Los Angeles Times. “solo snare drum was fabulously performed by Lynn Vartan.” The SUU Percussion Ensemble won a “call for tapes” for the 2012 Utah Music Educators Conference and was the featured performer at this convention. Theatre Arts & Dance Kay Andersen served as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival Association West Region at San Jose State University, CA. In May 2012, Dean Shauna Mendini and Kay shared western dance forms with the Wuhan Conservatory in Wuhan, China, teaching modern dance, 64


tap dance and dance for musical theatre. He also taught in the MoveIt summer intensive dance workshop for Ririe-Woodbury of Salt Lake City and other classes in Mexico. Paul C. Ocampo taught ballet class for the American College Dance Festival at the University of Utah March 2012. Wendy A. Sanders presented at the National Dance Education Organization Conference this past fall in Minneapolis, MN. The conference focus was: Collaborations: Different Identities, Mutual Paths and the presentation in conjunction with dance professors from Utah Valley University explored the challenges and solutions for collaboration and communication between designers (costume and lighting) and choreographers. Peter Sham saw the Original Cast Recording of his Lend Me a Tenor The Musical released after its critically successful run in London. The production was nominated

Dr. Lynn Vartan and Paul Ocampo perform in Satellite Salon concert. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

for many major awards, including one Olivier Award nomination, the UK’s equivalent of the Tony Award. Productions are planned for Germany, Austria and Finland in the coming year. Sham was featured in two SUU recruitment commercials which aired in movie theatres in Northern Utah and also on television. He was the 2011-2012 winner of SUU’s highest honor, “The Board of Trustees Award for Excellence.” In May 2012, Peter became the art director for Steele Spring Productions, a play and musical licensing company out of Los Angeles, California. He is currently writing two musicals, a book, a fantasy novel and a play.

Benevolence in American College Dance Festival Gala 2012 (Northwest Region) in Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah. This creative work was adjudicated and selected from out of 55 choreographies. Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Reece Summers presented at Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and American Association of Museums annual conferences. He completed a course at the Summer Leadership Institute held by the Kellogg School of Management.

Brian Swanson presented at the national USITT conference as a panelist on the subject of “Digital Portfolio’s Do’s and Don’ts.” He served as scenery director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s productions in the Randall L. Jones Theatre which included To Kill a Mockingbird, Scapin and Les Misérables. Chien-Ying Wang presented CPVA



Future Mission & Strategic Goals

Payden Adams as King Lear. Photo: Asher J. Swan

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Alex Allred and Jessica Winward in Almost, Maine. Photo by: Asher J. Swan

New 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. 68




CPVA Annual Report - 2011-12  
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SUU College of Performing & Visual Arts annual report 2011-12