Faculty and student newsmakers

Read here about the many awards, exhibitions, performances, book publishings, and other accomplishments of VPA faculty and students.

October 2014
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The ceramics program and the Shaped Clay Society in the Department of Art helped raise more than $21,000 for Syracuse's Interreligious Food Consortium at the Empty Bowls Event on September 26 at The Warehouse.

Ann Clarke
, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will show work in the four-person exhibition Embellished: A Celebration of Wearable Art through December 13 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Dean Clarke, who creates one-of-a-kind art to wear, will give a gallery talk on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m.

Todd Conover
, assistant professor of fashion design in the Department of Design, is showing metalwork in the two-person exhibition Common Planes with Arlene Abend October 11-December 6 at Dalton's American Decorative Arts, 1931 James St., Syracuse. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 10, from 5:30-8 p.m.

During the spring and early summer of 2014, Stephen Cross, associate professor in the Department of Drama; Fredric Villano, Ithaca-area actor and musician; Corinne Tyo, teaching artist with Syracuse Stage; and Kathleen Baum, part-time instructor in the Department of Drama, collaborated on the creation of a devised clown piece, Frackenstein, which explores survival in a "post-afrackolyptic" world.  Cross and Villano performed the piece at the Syracuse Fringe Festival in June. Baum also directed Fallible Gods, a new play, for the Syracuse Fringe Festival. During July she performed as a dancer in Les Indes Galantes and The Lully Project at the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut.

Setnor School of Music faculty members Bill DiCosimo and Josh Dekaney performed with singer/songwriter Mary Fahl on October 4 at the Redhouse in Syracuse.

Doug DuBois
, associate professor of art photography in the Department of Transmedia, has 12 images from his long-term project My last day at Seventeen on exhibit at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Ireland, as part of Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography Collection. Concurrently, another selection of 15 images from My last day at Seventeen is on exhibit at the Museo D'arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO) in Rome, Italy as part of Fotografia -- Festival Internazionale Roma. In November, Doug will give a series of lectures and critiques as part of the 2014-15 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Residency Program at the Myers School of Art and the Akron Art Museum.

Two VPA seniors participating in the Syracuse University Los Angeles (SULA) semester have won scholarships: Christian Green, a film major in the Department of Transmedia, is the winner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Internship Grant, which provides financial support for a student who is seeking an internship involving some aspect of theatrical motion picture production. Green is interning at Filmworks/FX, where he is working on visual effects and 3D modeling for several feature films under development at the company. Sara Shelton, who is in the Setnor School of Music's Bandier Program, won a Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Scholarship. The merit-based scholarships are funded by the Oakie Charitable Foundation and provide financial support for outstanding undergraduate students who are accepted to participate in the SULA Semester.

Andrew Havenhand
, assistant professor of painting in the Department of Art, had work included in the unique interactive projection mapping installation Light Night at his alma mater, Leeds College of Art in Yorkshire, England, on October 3. Light Night is a collection of moving images of artwork projected on the exterior of one of the college's buildings. Last year's event drew more than 30,000 people to Leeds City Centre.

Lucinda Havenhand
, interim associate dean of research and graduate studies and associate professor of environmental and interior design in the Department of Design, had "Russel and Mary Wright's Guide to Easier Living and the 'New American Way of Life'" published in the latest issue of Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture (Berg Publishing, London, special issue on the topic of advice). "Institutional Resistance to Accessible Architecture and Design: A Collaborative Autoethnography," which she co-authored with Carla Corroto, associate professor of sociology at Radford University, is going to press in the book Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World, edited by Ron Berger.

Malcolm Ingram
, associate professor in the Department of Drama, played Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts this past summer.

Kevin Larmon
, assistant professor of painting in the Department of Art, is exhibiting work in the group show Hudson, a memorial exhibition of the New York City art dealer Hudson, whom Kevin showed with for many years. The exhibition is on view through October 12 at 109 Norfolk Street in New York City.

Andrea Leigh-Smith
, professor of practice in the Department of Drama, performed in two shows for the Broadway Smile reunion concert at Club 54 in New York City on September 22. Andrea was an original cast member of the Broadway production Smile, composed by Marvin Hamlisch with direction and lyrics by Howard Ashman. The evening sold out two outstanding performances.

One current and two former faculty members in the Department of Art are exhibiting work at the Earlville Opera House in Earlville, N.Y. Jude Lewis, sculptor and associate professor, has the East Gallery for the solo exhibition Four Years. Stephen Carlson and Gary Trento, both painters and former professors, have the West Gallery for the exhibition Points of View. The exhibitions are on view through November 1.

Sarah McCoubrey
, professor of foundation and painting in the Departments of Foundation and Art, recently exhibited work in the group show The Continuing View: Historic and Contemporary Landscape at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery @Penfield Library.

Vasilios Papaioannu
, assistant professor of film in the Department of Transmedia, will have his short experimental film Viscera (2014), shot in Syracuse, screened in London at the Westbourne Studios on October 11 at the 7th London Greek Film Festival. The film is competing for the award for Best Experimental Short.

Kendall Phillips
, professor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, contributed an essay for the October 11 program of Cinema Under the Influence, a new film series at the Chain Theater in Long Island City, N.Y., co-curated by Jon Hogan '11. The program includes screenings of Blue Velvet and Halloween.

Harumi Rhodes
, assistant professor in the Setnor School of Music, performed works by Beethoven and Mozart inside the magical red rock grotto of Canyonlands National Park in Utah, which is accessible only by jet boating down the Colorado River. Rhodes was invited as a returning featured artist for the September series, presented by the Moab Music Festival.

Tom Sherman
, professor of art video in the Department of Transmedia, is having his video work Envisioner exhibited in Is Toronto Burning? 1977/1978/1979: Three Years in the Making (and Unmaking) at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto, Ontario, through December 7. Several of Sherman’s text works will also be featured in this exhibition, including his early monographs (3 Death Stories, Animal Magnetism, 1 Traditional Methodology for Processing Information) and several other literary-conceptual works produced and distributed in a range of print media in the late 1970s.

Rebecca Ruige Xu
, associate professor of computer art in the Department of Transmedia, was invited to this year's Ars Electronica September 4-8 in Linz, Austria. Ars Electronica is a world-renowned festival of art, technology, and society spotlighting the emerging digital revolution. Xu's film Anatomy of a Poem was included in the Animation Festival's Visual Music program, which featured a diverse mix of works and genres that demonstrate how images and music can jam.