ATHENS, Ohio -- World-renowned dancer, choreographer and author Murray Louis is the featured keynote speaker at the Annual College of Fine Arts Convocation. On Oct. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., he joins seven distinguished alumni as they return to campus to celebrate the arts during this fifth annual event at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The recipients include Emmy Award winner Robin Smith; performance art vanguards Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton; Oscar nominee Ed Lachman; renowned author and educator Jessica M. Haigney, acclaimed cellist John Sant'Ambrogio and internationally recognized actor Dennis Predovic. The public is invited to join College of Fine Arts students and faculty at this stellar event to celebrate and "Experience the Arts!"
The convocation will also include student theatrical, dance and music performances, as well as student film screenings. In addition, two Outstanding Teacher Awards will be announced.
Louis' keynote address will feature his personal reflections and highlight events from his celebrated career.
"Murray Louis has made an enormous contribution to the arts through dance," said Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "A recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Performing Arts from Ohio University, Murray continues to be a tour de force in the world of dance and arts education. He is a true testament to the power of the arts and continues to selflessly share his wealth of knowledge with our university community in myriad ways."
Murray Louis, artistic director of New York City's Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company, is known worldwide not only as one of the greatest male dancers, but also as a uniquely gifted choreographer, teacher, author and eloquent spokesman for the art of dance. His body of work has been lauded not only for his exacting command of an immense artistic range, but also for the perception, intelligence and wit he brings to his art. In 1999 he received an honorary doctorate from Ohio University. His Nikolais/Louis Archives (donated to Ohio University in 1999) is an important collection of dance artifacts that continues to enrich the academic and cultural lives of students and the community.
Seven distinguished alumni have been recognized this year for their roles as creative leaders in their respective fields. They will share their experience and expertise with College of Fine Arts students in numerous ways.
School of Art - Robin Smith
Emmy Award-winning television producer Robin Smith (BFA 1972) is the recipient from the School of Art. The 30-year acclaimed veteran of television documentaries will meet with students and share her unique perspective.
School of Dance - Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton
The School of Dance recognizes jointly two distinguished alumni: Anne Iobst (BFA 1982) and Lucy Sexton (BFA 1982). Iobst and Sexton have been at the forefront of performance art in dance since they founded DANCENOISE nearly 20 years ago. They create highly theatrical and entertaining works that combine elements of dance, theater and political cabaret, using humor and movement to explore and explode the possibilities of being female.
School of Film - Ed Lachman
Academy Award nominee Ed Lachman A.S.C. (BFA 1971) is the School of Film recipient. Nominated this year for an Oscar for his work as cinematographer on "Far from Heaven" (2002). He will be working with Ohio University film students, in critiques and various workshops. There will be a free public screening of Far From Heaven at the Athena Cinema on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., with an introduction by Lachman.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts - Jessica M. Haigney
Jessica M. Haigney (Ph.D. 1973) is an Ohio University professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and former director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. In addition, she served as associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. She is the author of "Readings in the Fine Arts" (William C. Brown/Kendall Hunt, 1978), "The Poetry of Walt Whitman: A Study in Analogies" (Mellen, 1990) and "The Theory and Method of Comparative Arts" (published by Ohio University Press and in China), as well as numerous articles.
School of Music - John Sant'Ambrogio
John Sant'Ambrogio (MM 1959) has served as Principal Cello of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1968. He was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nine years, cellist with the Boston Trio and the Zimbler Sinfonietta, Principal Cello of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and a faculty member at Boston University. In 1988 he founded the "Strings in the Mountains Festival" in Steamboat Springs, CO.
School of Theater - Dennis Predovic
Dennis Predovic (BFA 1972) is a professional actor, whose 30-year career includes performances with the nation's top professional theaters, as well as in New York City and internationally. He has been a guest artist at Ohio University's Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, MA, working with many University students, an experience he found most rewarding. Predovic will be working with Ohio University theater students in various workshops during his visit.
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Contact: College of Fine Arts Director of Marketing and Communications Karen Wyman, (740) 597-1489, or College of Fine Arts Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones, (740) 593-1809
Editors: Portraits available at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/LOUIS_MURRAY.JPG and www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/PREDOVIC_DENNIS.JPG