The College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to recognize the accomplishments of faculty, students, and alumni. They are recognized performers on the international stage, worldwide exhibitors of art, in-demand presenters, and published scholars.
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Maria Asteriadou | music | performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra as part of the Orchestra's Summer Outreach activities in Stavros Harbor, Greece. She was also a Visiting Professor at the St. George International Music Festival in Asprovalta, Greece, where she performed with renown artists such as Christoph Henkel, cello; Sonoko Numata, Antonis Sousamoglou and Kurt Nikkanen, violin.
Communication Design student Jerry F. Cavill, Jr., designed the cover for the third edition of Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada, the only guide dedicated to North American micro-distilleries. The book, written by KU employee David J. Reimer, Sr., and published by Crave Press, is available in print and as a full color e-book.
Matthew Daub | fine arts | published The Great Indulgence in the December/January issue of Professional Artist magazine. He also taught at the Springmaid Beach Watermedia Workshop, where he gave two public lectures: one on the 2013 Venice Biennale and another on work produced for his recent exhibition at ACA Galleries.
Heather Leah Ryerson Fountain | art education | wrote Differentiated Instruction in Art. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, which was book-juried in June 2013. She also chaired the Annual State-wide Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Conference which included 90 sessions, three keynotes, a local artist series and events for 300+ art educators in Bethlehem, PA.
Rose DeSiano Galjanić | fine arts | participated in MADARTS Open Studios, a two day event which invites the public into the artist's work space in Brooklyn, NY. She also exhibited in "SUBurb," a group exhibition at Smart Clothing Gallery in New York City. She also presented the paper Photography is Dead at the Society of Photographic Education northeast regional conference in Portland, ME.
Ron Grapsy | communication studies | authored the chapter "Speaking with Confidence" in the online textbook Public Speaking: The Virtual Text. Intended for introductory collegiate level public speaking courses, the book was produced through a PASSHE grant under the direction of Lisa Schreiber from Millersville University.
Daniel Haxall | fine arts | presented the paper Pitch Invasion: Football, Contemporary Art, and the African Diaspora, at the international Football 150 Conference, hosted by the National Football Museum in Manchester, England. He presented the lecture Paintings with Paper: Esteban Vicente and America's Collage Revolution, at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC.
Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg | fine arts | was awarded a month-long residency fellowship at the Studios of Key West in Key West, Florida, where she created five works on paper depicting large birds of southern Florida. She also had three drawings in a group show at Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia. This fall, she exhibited artwork in a solo exhibition entitled Minor Indignities at Montgomery College/Takoma Park in Takoma Park, MD. The show included an accompanying music performance, funded by a grant from the KU Foundation, with contributions by digital media instructor Andy Brehm and flute professor Susanna Loewy. The performance included creative contributions from students Kelsey Murray and MeRyong Shin, who were supported by a grant from the Marguerite Bierman Endowment.
Maggie Horvath (BFA '13) was accepted into the MFA program in Jewelry/Metalsmithing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for the fall 2013 semester.
Susanna Loewy | music | performed composition projects with the Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program Composition Presentations in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. She participated in Pushing Margins: Arts Camp in Oakland, CA, presenting music clinics and serving as Assistant Administrator. She is also the Founder/Curator/Fundraiser/Flutist of Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival, and released the CD Sprung Rhythm with Inscape Chamber Orchestra on Sono Luminus Records (Naxos).
Kevin McCloskey | communication design | had a silkscreen print portrait of Jose Guadalupe Posada selected for exhibition by La Calaca Press, Chicago. The print exhibition traveled to Mexico and Nicaragua and also appears on the La Calaca Press web site.
Joshua Miller | communication design | published a video training series for Packt Publishing Responsive Web Design – From Concept to Complete Site. He exhibited the interactive art piece The Art of Indian Kolam: Traditional Designs & New Media at Pier 57 gallery in Chelsea, New York City, and was also involved with the creation/publication of the C.F. Martin Guitar iPhone & iPad and an interactive infographic to be featured on the Martin Guitar homepage.
Andrea Mitnick | communication studies | received her second Fulbright Award. In spring 2014, she will lecture on interpersonal communication, leadership, and American media to students and faculty at the Budapest College of Communication.
Carrie Nordlund | art education | was appointed to the board of Circle of Seasons Charter School, a Waldorf-Methods public charter school in Lehigh Valley. She was also was awarded a 2013 PAEA Fellows Clyde McGeary Scholarship at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference. At the conference, she presented the paper Reconnect, Regenerate, and Reintegrate.
Mary Ogletree | music | performed in Valley Vivaldi concerts with other principal players of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, including appearances as soloist in "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major" and "Concerto in d minor for two violins and strings" by J.S. Bach. She also recorded with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for their new CD, A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem, to be released in 2014.
Amy Pfeiler-Wunder | art education | published "Social class and the art room curriculum" in G. Boldt & F. McArdle (Eds.), Young Children, Pedagogy and the Arts: Ways of Seeing. New York & London: Routledge. She also presented "The Culture of the Art Room Through the Lens of Socioeconomic Status," at the EECERA Conference: Values, Culture and Contexts at Tallinn University (Estonia), and co-authored "Speaking From Experience: Advice to Junior Faculty for Navigating the Tenure-track," New Forums Press, September 2013, with Karin Tollefson-Hall, James Madison University, Kevin Hsieh, Georgia State University, and Carole Henry, University of Georgia.
Timothy Schwarz | music | presented violin and piano recitals at the Grumo Festival, Ludis Tonalis, and 40 Fingers Festival in Italy in July 2013. He also released Sky Quartet, a CD of chamber works by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon on the Naxos label.
Marilyn Stewart | art education | presented the keynote address at several art education conferences: Vermont Art Teachers Associate, Maryland Art Education Association, and Texas Art Education Association. She was also selected by the National Art Education Association to serve on the 12-person committee to write the Next Generation of National Visual Arts Standards. The new standards for all of the arts, including Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater, and New Media, are scheduled for roll-out in January 2014, and are sponsored by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.
Evan Summer | fine arts | exhibited his one-person show Evan Summer: Unknown Landscapes at Juniata College Museum of Art. His etching Memory was selected for the 4th International Printmaking Biennial in Guanlan, China. This is one of the most competitive print exhibitions in the world: from 3965 works submitted, only 285 were selected. He was also an Artist in Residence at the 2013 Guanlan International Printmaking Workshop. This was an invitational residency sponsored in part by the Chinese government; two large etchings produced during the residency were displayed in the 2013 KU Faculty Biennial.
Dan R. Talley | fine arts | had work included in Unfolding Images, an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, LA. The exhibition, presented in conjunction with photoNOLA 2013, featured photobooks by 30 artists from across the U.S.
Rachele Trczinski (BFA '13) has been accepted into the MFA program in Jewelry/Metalsmithing at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) School of American Craftsmen for the fall 2013 semester.
Lisa Weckerle | communication studies | had the chapter "Once Upon a Time: A Tale of Infertility, In Vitro Fertilization, and Intertextuality" accepted for publication in Pregnancy Loss Narratives: An Edited Collection. Baglia, William and Rachel Silverman, Eds. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014. Her chapter "Heroic Power in The Hunger Games: Subversion, Collaboration, and Seeing" was accepted for publication in the edited book In A Quest of Her Own: The Female Hero in Modern Fantasy. Campbell, Lori, Ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland and Company, 2014.