Transmedia Seniors Attend Sundance Film Festival Through Sundance Ignite Program

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Lauren Wilson, Alexis Miranda, Megan Massey, Perri Phelps, and Alex Smithline

Five seniors from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Transmedia attended the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Ignite program.

Sundance Ignite identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers and fosters fresh audiences for independent storytelling. As part of the program, students receive the Ignite Ticket Package, an exclusive chance to see the newest films at the Sundance Film Festival.

Film majors Megan Massey, Alexis Miranda, Alex Smithline and Lauren Wilson as well as computer art and animation major Perri Phelps traveled to Sundance in Park City, Utah Jan. 28-Feb. 2 accompanied by Professor Rebecca Xu. They participated in the following events: Continue Reading

Design Students Receive Honors in American Society of Interior Designers Student Competition

Erin Toy and Hua Tang

Two environmental and interior design (EDI) students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design received honors in the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) Student Portfolio Competition.

Hua Tang ’20 and Erin Toy ’20 were both named semi-finalists. Tang went on to be named a finalist in the competition and was invited to present her portfolio to prominent international design firms at the 2020 ASID Scale Student Summit in Seattle February 20-23.

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Statement from the Tenured Academic Leadership of the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The tenured academic leadership of the College of Visual and Performing Arts acknowledges the statement by the Chancellor to the Syracuse University community on Monday, February 24, addressing recent events in Crouse-Hinds Hall and directing urgent action.

We respectfully request that additional steps be taken to ensure that our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as the safety and well-being of our students, is fulfilled.

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Design Student Victoria Lawson ’20 selected to attend Student Toy Congress at U.S. Toy Fair

Victoria Lawson Victoria Lawson ’20 is representing Syracuse University this week as a member of the Toy Fair Student Congress 2020 at the US Toy Fair.  Lawson is a VPA Industrial and Interaction Design student and a Whitman EEE minor, specializing in product design and packaging.  She is the guest of Adam ’96 (Whitman) and Amy Fazackerley, members of the SU Libraries Advisory Council, who are co-founders of Lay-n-Go, a patented activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one.  The event is the annual gathering tapping into the $27B U.S. domestic toy market, held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.  It is also a showcase for innovation, with more than 7,000 toys making their world debut each year.

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Art and Transmedia M.F.A. Candidates to Present ‘March Six Show’ in New York City

March Six Show PosterMaster of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree candidates in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Art and Department of Transmedia will present “March Six Show,” an exhibition of work, March 6-7 at 321 Canal St., New York, N.Y.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6-9 p.m. Additional hours are Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Curated by Zane Onckule, “March Six Show” features the work of 15 members of the M.F.A. Class of 2020: Franco Andres, Brandy Boden, Charles Hickey, Darcie Brown, David Steinberg, Devon Gelhar, Eric Mowen, Katie Shulman, Laurence Hervieux-Gosselin, Regan Henley, Stephen Farrell, Tanisha Steverson, Wanrong Zheng, Yiying Wang and Zichen Xu.

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With a Song in Their Hearts

A conductor leads a choirStudents trained at the Setnor School of Music enter the world of professional musicianship with an extraordinary foundation that emphasizes theory, inspires creativity and embraces diverse musical traditions.

Just seven years after its founding in 1870, Syracuse University welcomed its first students into the Department of Music and became the first American university to grant a degree that required four years of study in both music and theory.

From the hallowed halls of Crouse College, home of the Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, students have long pursued knowledge in composition, performance, music education and the music industry, molding the beginnings of remarkable careers in their chosen fields.

Conductor Malcolm J. Merriweather ’07, composer Nilo Alcala ’09 and singer-songwriter Julia Goodwin ’20 are just three of many who have wandered those halls and are taking the lessons learned here to the national and international stage, making their marks on the world of music now and into the future.

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VPA Announces Fall 2019 Dean’s List

The following undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts were among those named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours and earn at least a 3.6 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

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Department of Drama Presents Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The Department of Drama is beginning the spring semester with William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Directed by faculty member Thom Miller, this production brings a fresh take to Shakespeare’s timeless classic about a pair of star-crossed lovers. “Romeo and Juliet” previews on Feb. 14 and opens on Feb. 15 in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St.

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Setnor School of Music Announces Winner of 2019 Gregg Smith National Choral Competition Contest

Jonathan ReidJonathan Reid, a Texas-based composer, music educator and pianist, has been announced as winner of the 2019 Gregg Smith National Choral Competition Contest in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). The award, which is named for renowned composer and choral conductor Gregg Smith, is given biennially to a composer between the ages of 21 and 35 who has written and submitted a musical composition for a Setnor School choral ensemble.

Reid won for his work “Crossing the Bar,” which was selected by a committee of Setnor faculty from numerous compelling entries. Reid’s work will be premiered by Setnor Sonority, the Setnor School’s gender-inclusive tenor-bass ensemble comprised of students from varied majors and schools/colleges. The premiere will be part of Setnor Sonority’s performance at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. Reid will come to the University for the premiere and rehearse with the choir the day prior to the performance. “Crossing the Bar” has also been recently selected for publication by Carl Fischer Music. Setnor Sonority’s recording of that evening’s performance will be used by the publisher to help promote the piece.

“Setnor Sonority is thrilled to have the opportunity to do a second world premiere in our inaugural season,” says José “Peppie” Calvar, who conducts the ensemble. “We hope to carry on Meastro Smith’s legacy by being ambassadors for new choral music much like he was.” Continue Reading

Design Student Startup Team MedUX Heads to EO GSEA US National Competition in Silicon Valley

Quinn King and William T. Palisano
William T. Palisano, President, Lincoln Archives, Inc./ LACyber and coordinator of the WNY GSEA competition with Quinn King

Quinn King ’20 and Alec Gillinder ’20 (both VPA School of Design), co-founders of MedUX, heading to the EO GSEA US National Competition in the Silicon Valley on February 8 – 13.  King will be pitching as one of 33 students representing teams from state and regional US GSEA competitions to vie for the chance to represent the United States at the 2020 EO GSEA Global Finals in Cape Town, South Africa.  The national event will be held on the Startup Grind Stage, where top student startups from across the United States will share their stories, pitch their businesses, connect with peers, and attend Startup Grind’s Global 2020 Conference.

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