Faculty and student newsmakers
Read here about the many awards, exhibitions, performances, book publishings, and other accomplishments of VPA faculty and students.
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Three VPA students won prizes in the 37th annual Civic Morning Musicals vocal competition held in November at Onondaga Community College. In the younger category (ages 17-21), winners were tenor Benjamin Odom ’15 (Neva Pilgrim Prize of $500), a musical theater major in the Department of Drama who studies with Laura Enslin, and baritone Stephen Mitchell ’14 (Opera Club of Syracuse Prize of $200), a senior music education major in the Setnor School of Music who studies with Jon English. In the older category (ages 22-27), the $500 Ernst Bacon prize for the best performance of an American song was awarded to Catherine Siniscalco ’14, a senior voice performance major in the Setnor School and a student of Janet Brown. Angky Budiardjono G’15, a Setnor School graduate voice performance student of Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, also performed as a finalist.
Three faculty members are showing work in INTERweave through December 4 at Cazenovia (N.Y.) College's Art Gallery in Reisman Hall: Anne Cofer and Sarah Saulson of the Department of Design and Dorene Quinn of the Department of Art.
Sharif Bey, assistant professor of art education in the Department of Art, is having the solo show Here & Now through January 6 at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh.
Kathleen Brandt, assistant professor of industrial and interaction design in the Department of Design, co-created Public: A Journal of Imagining America, with Jan Cohen-Cruz, University Professor of drama and former Imagining America director, and Brian Lonsway, associate professor of architecture in SU’s School of Architecture. Brandt and Lonsway developed the journal's unique frameworks, including interactive articles and data visualizations, to build upon and highlight the diversities and pluralities—as well as their many forms of engagement—that are at the core of Imagining America.
Christopher S. Clarke, visiting professor of practice of museum studies in the Department of Design, traveled to Amman, Jordan, in November to attend a series of meetings of the International Advisory Committee for Friends of the Earth Middle East.
Susan D’Amato, associate professor of foundation in the Department of Foundation, has new work included in A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing, a national drawing exhibition at Morehead State University in Kentucky, through November 29.
Elisa Macedo Dekaney, associate professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, was featured in an article published in Teaching Music (October 2013, Volume 21, Number 2) along with other prominent scholars and practitioners in the field. The article, “Mixing the Message: The Rewards and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Music Education,” is a compilation of ideas and recommendations for the implementation of interdisciplinary studies in the music classroom.
Gabriel DiMartino, instructor of music in the Setnor School of Music, played trumpet on tour with the Doc Severinsen Big Band in October.
Alex Koziara, associate professor of theater design and technology in the Department of Drama, designed the lighting for the Department of Drama’s recent production of Seussical.
Meggan Camp Kulczynski, instructor of costume design in the Department of Drama and the department's costumer, designed the costumes for the department’s recent production of Seussical.
John Laverty, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, recently published his first book In the Game: Music and Multiple Sclerosis: A Memoir of Success and Unexpected Challenges (BookBaby). Now “in the game” of multiple sclerosis (MS), he documents learning how to live and prosper in the music profession while having MS. He also offers a researched critique of the medical profession from how MS is diagnosed and treated to how the medical research community and America’s political system are failing MS sufferers.
Charles E. Morris III, professor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, launched and co-edits QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking (Michigan State University Press). QED brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy and culture makers to discuss, debate, and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experience, struggle, and transformation of GLBTQ peoples and communities.
Henry Nineberg '17, a film major in the Department of Transmedia, won an honorable mention for his 2013 experimental short Brand New at the Arlington (Mass.) International Film Festival.
Leslie Noble, instructor of acting and business manager in the Department of Drama, along with her husband Bill Morris, also an instructor in the department, were invited to Bucknell University this fall to present master classes on clowning and physical comedy. The classes served in part as a primer for students cast in a production of Peter Shaffer’s farce Black Comedy. Noble was also recently invited by the Syracuse International Film Festival to present the Sophia Award for lifelong achievement to her longtime friend, comedian, and indie filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait. This holiday season, Noble will be appearing as Mrs. Cratchit in Syracuse Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol.
Violinist Harumi Rhodes, assistant professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, performed at the Kimmel Center's Perleman Theater in October with Trio Cavatina. The performance was presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. She also played on a Ned Rorem 90th Birthday Celebration Concert presented by the Here and Now Series at Bargemusic in Brooklyn in October. Also this fall she performed Spring from Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, presented by the Moab Music Festival, inside the magical red rock grotto of Canyonlands National Park, which is accessible only by jet boating down the Colorado River. This past summer, she performed Summer from Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons with high school and college string students of the Green Valley Music Festival Orchestra. The concert took place in Doc Rando Hall on the University of Nevada at Las Vegas campus.
Amardo Rodriguez, professor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, has published the book On Being Human: Notes On the Human Condition (Public Square Press).
Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, assistant professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, was a featured soloist at a UC San Diego celebratory concert honoring Maestro Chinary Ung in November at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.
Annina Rüst, assistant professor of computer art in the Department of Transmedia, has her robotic art project “A Piece of the Pie Chart” currently on display at Stadtgalerie Bern in Bern, Switzerland. The project is a food robot that puts pie charts onto (edible) pies. The data on the pie charts addresses the gender gap in technical environments. The project is supported partially by a 2013 New York State Electronic Media and Film Grant as well as by a digital culture grant awarded by Migros Kulturprozent, a Swiss foundation. The Migros Kulturprozent jury wrote in its jury statement, “The robotic installation 'A Piece of the Pie Chart' by US-based Swiss artist Annina Rüst proves a playful and humorous approach to the gender question in technology professions.”
Andrew Saluti, assistant director of the SUArt Galleries and instructor of museum studies in the Department of Design, was awarded an International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Foundation award for the exhibition Print Making Revolution: Mexican Prints and the Taller de Grafica Popular, which opened November 7 at the SUArt Galleries.
Tom Sherman, professor of art video in the Department of Transmedia, recently presented a selection of his video works at “Electric Visions: How DADA and Surrealism anticipated the Later Avant-Garde,” a symposium at Ryerson University in Toronto. His video The Amateur Scientist was recently featured at the Impakt Festival 2013 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and at Kasseler Dokfest: the 30th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in Kassel, Germany. Sherman recently had his video Michael Swim's Catch in Making Waves, an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, and premiered a new video installation, Apes and Wildflowers or Spiders not Urbanity, in the exhibition Meeting Places at the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.
Sam Van Aken, associate professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, is having the print exhibition New Edens at the SU Library’s Ortwine Gallery. He is also exhibiting A Hole in the Sky, an installation that explores atmospheric effects on the psyche, through February 23 at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute's Museum of Art in Utica, N.Y.
Violoncellist Gregory Wood, instructor of music in the Setnor School of Music, performed on the Civic Morning Musicals Wednesday Lunchtime Recital Series with pianist Robert Auler in October. Along with Setnor faculty members Fred Karpoff, piano, and Harumi Rhodes, violin, he presented a recital in November in Setnor Auditorium as part of the Setnor Faculty Recital Series. Wood is featured in the November issue of the Strad magazine with his brother Mark Wood. They discuss growing up in their musical house and their very divergent careers.
The Syracuse University Lava Project and Robert Wysocki, co-director and associate professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, was featured on the premiere of the Science Channel’s How to Build a Planet.
Rebecca Ruige Xu, associate professor of computer art in the Department of Transmedia, was invited to exhibit her work Anatomy of a Poem in InsideOut Video Art - Audiovisions from the East at Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy, in October. This event was created by CARMA (Arts Center and Applied Multimedia Research) and Itaci Art & Cult, with the support of the Confucius Institute and the Italian Department of Oriental Studies. Xu recently had the solo exhibition Rebecca Ruige Xu: Proximity of Translation at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.
Nathan Young, instructor in the Department of Design, had his poster work selected to be in Biennal del Cartel Bolivia, an international poster competition in Bolivia, November 19-23. The same posters were selected to be in the UCDA (University and College Designers Association) Design Show in Louisville, Ky., in October and in the 2014 International Design Awards issue of HOW magazine, which will be released in March. View these posters on Young’s web site.