ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2004) -- On Sept. 30, six notable Ohio University alumni return to campus to receive the honored College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award. The recipients include fine art digital printmaking vanguard Jonathon Cone; Edwin E. Gordon, a renowned researcher on the psychology of music; respected higher education administrator Barbara Korner; Tony Award-wining theatrical designer Edward Pierce; noted American film scholar Timothy Shary; and choreographer/dancer RoseAnne Spradlin, whose choreographic voice The New York Times called: "...one of the strongest and most original in New York downtown dance."
"Each year the faculty and students of the College of Fine Arts gather to recognize the contributions to the arts by six distinguished alumni of the college," said Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Their contributions to their disciplines are broad and diverse with one single recurring attribute: stellar."
These six Distinguished Alumni have been recognized this year for their roles as creative leaders in their respective fields. All will return to campus to receive their awards and share their experiences and expertise with fine arts students in numerous ways.
Art - Jonathon Cone
Jonathon Cone (Art, B.F.A. 1980) of Cone Editions Press in Vermont has been at the vanguard of fine art digital printmaking for nearly 10 years. He opened his printmaking studio in 1980 and integrated digital printing around 1992. Not resting on his laurels, he has introduced a new digital print technology that is having a big impact on black-and-white photography, significantly raising the bar in this area. He has worked with artists such as Wolf Kahn, David Humphrey, Janet Fish, Carol Seberovski, Archie Rand, David Bowie and Gordon Parks to name just a few. "Jon's work in IRIS printing has been ground-breaking," said School of Art Director Robert Lazuka. "He is still considered the leader in a field rooted in printmaking that has given us an alternative to traditional darkroom photography."
Music - Edwin E. Gordon
Edwin E. Gordon (M.Ed. 1955) is Professor of Music at Michigan State University. Widely known as a researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer, he and his work have been portrayed nationally on the NBC "Today Show," in The New York Times and in USA Today. He has made major contributions in the study of music aptitudes, audiation, music learning theory, tonal and rhythm patterns, and music development in infants and very young children and is the author of six highly regarded music aptitude tests, as well as numerous books, articles, and research monographs. He also holds a bachelor and masters degree in string bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters degree in education from Ohio University. He played string bass with the Gene Krupa band before going on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1958. In recent years Gordon has been exploring music development with infants from one month to 18 months old and refining those skills in children from 18 months to age three.
Interdisciplinary Arts - Barbara Korner
Barbara Korner (Interdisciplinary Arts, Ph.D. 1983) is associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of Florida. Korner has served as dean of Fine and Performing Arts and member of the president's staff at Seattle Pacific University, director of Freshman Year Experience program at Ohio University and special assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a member of the Board and Governing Council of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and was twice elected as the vice president for administration. A frequent speaker and workshop presenter, in 1988 she received a Missouri Humanities Council grant to write and perform with Carla Waal, "Hardship and Hope: Heroines in Life and Art," a program about pioneer women. This popular program led to a book now in its second edition published by the University of Missouri Press, "Hardship and Hope: Missouri Women Writing about Their Lives, 1820-1920."
Theater - Edward Pierce
Edward Pierce (Theater, M.F.A. 1995) owns and operates a theatrical design and production studio in New York City. Current designs include: Eugene O'Neil's "Hughie" (lighting) with Brian Dennehy, (Fall 2004, Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Carol Churchill's "A Number" (lighting) with Sam Shepard (Fall 2004, New York Theater Workshop); and dance sensation "A Few Good Men... Dancin'" (lighting). Other designs include: "Tell Me on a Sunday" (scenery/lighting) at the Kennedy Center; off-Broadway comedy "Blessing in Disguise" (lighting); recent national tour of "The Who's Tommy" (scenery); Broadway revival of "Follies" (projections); off-Broadway musical "Prodigal" (lighting); and benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Pierce collaborated on the Broadway design for "Wicked," winner of 2004 Tony Award (Scenic Design); Broadway, national and international designs for "Aida," winner of a Tony Award (Lighting Design); and designs for "Ragtime," "Cabaret," "Bring in 'da Noise/ Bring in 'da Funk," "The Tempest" and "GRACE-The Musical." He is a co-producer for the upcoming new musical, "Timmy the Great," directed and choreographed by tap dance sensation Savion Glover.
Film - Timothy Shary
Timothy Shary (Film, M.A. 1993) is currently Assistant Professor of Screen Studies, Department of Visual and Performing Art, Clark University, Worcester, Mass. He teaches film history, theory and criticism, television analysis, and broadcasting history. In terms of his scholarship, he has recently focused on contemporary American cinema and media, especially the representation of teenagers and the portrayal of movie masculinity. He has published a number of articles in books and journals, including the issue of "tough girls" in American movies, the portrayal of teenage homosexuality, and the decline of "bad boys" in the U.S. media. He is author of the book, "Generation Multiplex: The Image of Youth in Contemporary American Cinema." Shary examines the recent roles of teens on screen, addressing such topics as schooling, sexuality, delinquency and trends in teen attitudes.
Dance - RoseAnne Spradlin
RoseAnne Spradlin (Dance, B.F.A. 1983) was born in Oklahoma City and attended the University of Oklahoma and Ohio University, receiving a B.F.A. in Art and Dance and an M.F.A. in Art. She has been based in New York City since 1984. As a soloist and with pick-up company members she has performed her own work at many New York City venues since the late 1980s. In the early 1990s she performed and toured with choreographer Steve Gross. She formed her current company in 1995. Her choreography has been seen in productions in New York at spaces such as Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop and the Cafe at La Mama. Additional productions include The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC; Chisenhale Dance Space in London; Footworks in San Francisco; and productions at Ohio University, Indiana University, and Goddard College. Spradlin teaches consistently in New York City, as well as across the U.S. and Europe; has received numerous grants, fellowships and commissions; and was named an artist-in-residence by Movement Research in New York City.
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