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The art of Founders Day

Faculty exhibitions and student performances bring art to the Founders Day celebrations
Feb 17, 2010
By Catherine Roebuck

Founders Day celebrations this year will provide a feast for both the eyes and the ears thanks to contributions from the College of Fine Arts. Students and faculty from the School of Music, School of Theater and School of Art will hold a variety of events and exhibitions open to the general public.

"Founders Day is an opportunity for us to look at how Ohio University has grown since its beginning and how well our current students are prepared for the high standards and tough realities of the current competitive job market," said Holly Cole, associate professor of costume design in the School of Theater.

As part of the celebration, the School of Theater will host an exhibition in the Amanda Cunningham Leadership Center on the third floor of Baker University Center. It will include period dresses made by students in a patterning class; armor, weaponry and furniture made in the school's prop classes; puppets and masks from a crafts class; a ship headdress a la Marie Antoinette from the school's production of "The Tempest;" and much more.

"Most of the pieces are made by students and from School of Theater classes or productions," Cole said. "The work we're showing is part of our students' and faculty's portfolios, and it plays a vital part in getting them work at major regional theaters across the country."

Contributing to the Founders Day events, the groups from School of Music will play three concerts throughout the afternoon in Baker University Center. The Flute Choir will perform at 2 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre Atrium, followed at 3 p.m. by the Undergraduate Woodwind Quintet. The Jazz Ensemble I will perform at 2:15 p.m. in the Front Room Campus Coffeehouse. The students that are performing in each of the shows are taking a music class, and are comprised of majors and non-majors.

"Our selections are more of a cross-section of jazz history," said Matt James, professor of saxophone and jazz studies. "Almost every era of jazz, which began in the early 1900s, will be represented during our performance. The music will feature great big band jazz from Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and more."

Also participating in the celebrations on Founders Day is the faculty of the School of Art. The 2010 Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition at the Kennedy Museum of Art features the creative works of faculty members. The faculty presents their artwork in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, graphic design and new media, among others.

According to a press release from Beth Tragert, administrative associate at the Kennedy Museum of Art, "This biennial show offers art for every taste and interest. The mix of styles is always unpredictable, but the outcome proves to be a coordinated, thought-provoking, entertaining display. "

Ed Pauley, director of the Kennedy Museum of Art said, "This is a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the creative output of faculty members in the School of Art."

With the exception of the performances from the School of Music, all exhibitions are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free to the general public.


Published: Feb 17, 2010 11:47 AM


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