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Fine Arts Notebook: Students put dance and art in the spotlight
Seniors present capstone choreography and graphic design works  

May 6, 2009  
By Stephanie Gogul  

Senior Dance Concert

The Senior Dance Concert, taking place at 7 p.m., May 15 and 16 at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall, marks an important milestone towards graduation for dance majors. These students, as part of their senior capstone class, produce the show and have full responsibility for their own choreography, costume and music.

"The seniors are engaged in the hands-on experience of producing a concert and working collaboratively in order to achieve a successful performance," said Associate Professor Travis Gatling, who serves as the concert's faculty advisor.

The dancers are responsible for all aspects of the show and each student is assigned a role such as publicity, production manager and music coordinator. Seniors Jessica Deats and Megan Payne are leading the coordination of this year's concert.

"We put in a lot of time and work into these concerts," said Jessica Deats. "There isn't really an overall theme to the concert. Each dance is choreographed individually with individual ideas or concepts."

Each dance, either a solo or group performance, was choreographed by a student during the school year and are part of the two pieces required of all senior dance majors for graduation.

"As a senior to perform a solo this quarter, I'm really nervous. It's hard to go out onto a stage by yourself and perform your own choreography," Deats said.

Seniors are required to produce the concert as a way to prepare them and build a foundation for achieving goals in a variety of career areas upon graduation.

"Our seniors have distinguished themselves as dancers, choreographers, producers, arts administrators and educators," said Gatling.

Admission is $6. All Ohio University students with a valid ID receive free admission through Arts for Ohio.

Graphic Design Exhibition

What does graphic design mean to you? Would you imagine it presented as posters, books, installations, album covers, interactive comic books, typographic animations, t-shirts or audio?

The School of Art senior graphic design students are on a mission to push the boundaries of what is commonly thought of as graphic design with their capstone exhibit "20/09," which will be on display May 12 through 23 at the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall.

"We hope that students and faculty will visit the show to learn more about the exciting work that happens in the School of Art graphic design program, and maybe to expand their own notions of what graphic design is and what it can be," said Nora Merecicky, a senior graphic design major.

Subject matters range from viral marketing and psychological disorders to political branding and tattooing. The students have worked collectively and individually to create their capstone projects on subjects of their interest.

"Everyone's projects are on topics they are personally invested in or are related to their future goals," said Merecicky. "Degree projects like this are not typically done in undergraduate graphic design programs at other schools, so I think this will really help us stand out as committed and experienced designers."

Serving as a visiting critic, associate publisher for Vogue and Ohio University alumna Deborah Cavanagh will review students' design portfolios and provide feedback about their work. While on campus, Cavanagh will present a lecture at 7 p.m. on May 14 in Walter Hall 145. The lecture is free and open to the public.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 12 to kick off the exhibit.

More information on the show and the graphic design projects can be found at www.twenty-09.com. The gallery and opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be sure to catch these other arts events:

  • The Kennedy Museum of Art presents its final Inside/Outside: Art Talks at the Kennedy of the year with photographer Dennis Savage at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum. Admission is free. Visit www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.

  • The School of Theater will present its last main stage production of the year, "The Tempest," at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and May 13 through 16 at the Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater in Kantner Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and non-OHIO students and free for all Ohio University students with a valid ID.

  • The School of Music presents Jazz Ensemble I and the Jazz Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • Make sure you check the Arts for Ohio calendar frequently as new events are added every week! Visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/ for more information.


Related Links
College of Fine Arts:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/ 

Published: May 6, 2009 8:31 AM  

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