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Spring 2022

Matthew Presutti

How OHIO alum and hemp papermaker incorporates sustainability into his practice

Athens native and Ohio University alum Matthew Presutti has found a unique way to incorporate sustainability into his printmaking processes by using hemp. He recently provided this insight to Ohio University students as part of the College of Fine Arts’ Visiting Artists and Scholars program.

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A still from a film by J Makary

AIFVF filmmaker combines choreography, journalism in experimental work

Sheep shearing was the inspiration for filmmaker J. Makary’s 2016 short film “This is Where Wool Comes From,” which screened at the 49th Annual Athens International Film + Video Festival (AIFVF), running April 1 through April 7. 

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musicians performing on stage

Coming off a virtual event last year, the Athens Jazz Festival was back in-person for its 2022 event.

Offering an intersection between entertainment and education, the festival was a six-day long event with live music performances from Ohio University students, local high school students and career musicians. All events were free and open to the public.

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Eden Hildebrand

Canadian choreographer blends dance styles on OHIO's production of 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812'

As masked students hold their scripts and eagerly wait for the next note, all eyes carefully follow Eden Hildebrand as she enthusiastically gives direction during an evening rehearsal of Ohio University alum Dave Malloy’s "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. "

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Symphony performing on stage

Students to perform side-by-side with professional musicians during Columbus Symphony Orchestra residency

Ohio University School of Music students will have the opportunity to perform a side-by-side concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

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Fall 2021

Actors on stage in action poses

IN-PHOTOS: School of Theater students partner with equity actors for Men on Boats

Through Tantrum Theater, OHIO School of Theater students are given experiential learning opportunities by way of working with professional actors for numerous productions. Most recently, Men on Boats was brought to life in the Forum Theater.

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Matt Wedel

Local sculptor finds challenge, meaning through collaborative exhibition

Eleanor Wedel has a simple explanation for why she decided to name her sculpture “Unicookie.” “It looks like a cookie, but it’s a unicorn,” Eleanor Wedel said. 

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Petroccia, Elkins, Strafford

Professional actors give sage advice to OHIO students on making it in musical theater

Being kind is Jacqueline Petroccia’s biggest piece of advice when it comes to auditioning for a role in a musical theater production. “The person sitting next to you right now could be the next casting director,” Petroccia said. 

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Charles Hallisey

Harvard professor educates OHIO students on the power of translation through the Buddhism lens

Charles Hallisey is a strong believer in the power of translation. An expert on Buddhist Literatures at the Harvard Divinity School, Hallisey said his time studying in both the United States and Sri Lanka led him to study Buddhism through the lens of its literature and the translation of text. “I can see that people were studying Buddhism, not just as a religion, but as something of a culture and even something of a civilization,” Hallisey said.

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Visiting pianist Quing Jiang advises a piano masterclass student in Glidden Recital Hall.

International pianist works with School of Music students to teach the “colors” of the piano

Pianists Qing Jiang, DMA, and Emely Phelps, DMA, have history. Both attended The Juilliard School at the same time – Jiang in the graduate program and Phelps as an undergraduate student.

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Two visiting filmmakers pose for a picture and smile behind a movie concession stand

Experimental filmmakers impact their craft, present at 2021 AIFVF

The 47th and 48th Athens International Film + Video Festival (AIFVF) concluded on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, and screened more than 500 films made by filmmakers across the globe. 

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Person dancing with students

International interdisciplinary dancer brings mindfulness and body awareness to students

“It’s slow and I’m not sorry,” is Cara Hagan’s warning before she coaches masked students in the School of Dance through thoughtful movement combinations in a modern dance class. Hagan, an interdisciplinary artist with a background in dance and film, worked with dancers at Ohio University as part of a weeklong residency in the School of Dance at the end of August and beginning of September.

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Spring 2021

Film maker on set in convenience store.

Spike Lee Award winning filmmaker makes virtual visit with School of Film Students

April 28, 2021

After seven weeks of film production with new COVID-19 guidelines that pushed back timelines, Ohio University College of Fine Arts’ School of Film welcomed award-winning film maker, Aisha Ford.

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Person dancing in front of monitor.

From New York City to Athens, tech-savvy choreographer workshops with School of Dance students

April 8, 2021

After a year of isolation due to COVID-19, New York City-based choreographer, Brian Brooks, came to Ohio University’s Athens Campus for a weeklong residency with students in the School of Dance.

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Person playing guitar

School of Music visiting scholar with an ear for tech  

March 29, 2021

In March, the School of Music welcomed, Michael Viega, a Music Therapy Board Certified and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who has an ear for how digital music technologies, therapist competencies, and clinical intentions relate with one another in service to his patients.

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John Paolini

School of Art + Design welcomes grad to Graphic Design’s Path Speaker Series

March 18, 2021

The College of Fine Arts’ School of Art + Design welcomed alumnus John Paolini, BFA’90, as a College of Fine Arts Visiting Artist to speak with current students about his career path in graphic design via the schools’ Path Speaker Series, part of the Graphic Design area’s Spring 2021 

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Jeremy Randall

Ceramics artist hosts demonstration, lecture and Q&A

February 25, 2021 

Ceramics artist Jeremy Randall demonstrated his craft virtually today for student-artists studying ceramics in the School of Art + Design. His appearance, supported by Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts’ Visiting Artists and Scholars program.

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Megumi Kanda

School of Music’s Virtual Trombone Day features internationally acclaimed Trombone artist

February 11, 2021 

Ohio University School of Music hosted Trombone Day virtually this year with acclaimed trombonist Megumi Kanda, a College of Fine Arts Visiting Artist. High school and college students, professional trombone players, and brass enthusiasts of all levels numbering 125 participated from around the world.

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Kwan Yi

College of Fine Arts welcomes visiting artist Kwan Yi, pianist, to the Athens Campus

February 8, 2021

The Ohio University College of Fine Art’s School of Music is pleased to welcome pianist Kwan Yi for a full-day residency at the Athens campus on February 22nd, 2021. Yi will present a master class for students in the School of Music’s Keyboard Division and will perform a live-streamed solo recital.

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Sun Min Kim

Award-winning pianist visits Athens Campus and offers masterclass for School of Music students

February 2, 2021

Taking a step toward safely engaging mask-to-mask with College of Fine Arts students, a prizewinning and internationally acclaimed pianist Sun Min Kim visited Ohio University’s Athens Campus to hold a masterclass for student-artists in the School of Music’s Keyboard Division

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Fall 2020

Ricky Lurie

New York-based School of Theater grad shares career advice to costume design students

December 9, 2020 

The School of Theater welcomed alumnus Ricky Lurie, MFA ‘14 in Production and Costume Design, as a College of Fine Arts Visiting Artist for a 3-day virtual residency with current BFA and MFA production design and technology students.

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Jonathan Freeman

OHIO alumnus and Aladdin actor shares industry expertise with musical theater students

December 1, 2020

Jonathan Freeman, BFA ’72, the voice of Jafar from Disney’s animated movie Aladdin and the actor who plays the role in the Broadway stage production, shared with students in the School of Theater his more than 50 years of experience on the stage

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Richard Emmerson

Visiting Scholar imparts vast knowledge on Medieval Apocalypse manuscripts for themed Interdisciplinary Arts seminar

October 26, 2020 

Scholar Richard Emmerson shared his apocalypse-related subject expertise with this year’s seminar for Interdisciplinary Arts students and for other students and faculty across campus. The theme for this year’s seminar is Visions of the Future

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Grammy Award nominee teaches masterclass for classical voice students

October 7, 2020

The Grammy Award nominee and critically acclaimed American mezzo-soprano who enjoys the moniker “queer girl with a nose ring,” Jamie Barton brought her 21st Century style to classical voice students in the School of Music

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Lisa Bol

School of Theater grad offers best practices with audition tech to student actors

September 25, 2020

The College of Fine Arts School of Theater welcomed alumna, Lisa Bol, MFA’15, as a College of Fine Arts Visiting Artist to workshop tech used for video auditions with current BFA and MFA student actors.

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