Contact: Dr. Ed Bingham
Marshall University Department of Music
Marshall University Jazz Ensemble 12.0
Saturday, December 3
Smith Recital Hall
The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Ed Bingham will present its finale performance of the 2011 fall semester on December 3 at 2:00 in Smith Recital Hall. This concert will feature the music of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Radiohead Jazz Project, Stan Kenton, Bob Florence, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Gordon Goodwin.
This concert will showcase the outstanding student soloists of the ensemble. Austin Seybert, trombone and Luke Miller, bari sax will perform feature solo compositions for their respective instruments. Both Seybert and Miller were selected to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Orchestra and have been two of the most prominent improvisation artists during their time as members of the MU 12.0 Jazz Ensemble. They were members of the MU Jazz Ensemble that performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Jazz à Juan Festival in 2009.
In addition, vocalist Jennifer Billups will be featured in arrangements of Bart Howard’s ever-popular tune Fly me to the Moon, Jobim’s Desafinado and the Dianne Schuur /Count Basie version of We’ll Be Together Again. Ms. Billups was the feature vocalist for the MUJE’s appearance at the inaugural conference of the Jazz Educator’s Network in St. Louis where her performance attracted the attention of many vocal jazz professionals.
Finally, the MU Jazz Ensemble will usher in the holiday season with Stan Kenton’s medley of Christmas favorites. The ensemble adds French horns and a tuba to accomplish the rich texture that is characteristic of Kenton’s compositions.
Please note the time change (afternoon) from any earlier announcements. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Participate in an evening of fun and food in the Ceramics Studio. Come in and Create Bowls for a good cause. You don’t need to know how to throw on the wheel to make bowls! Handbuild them! Be a part of the Empty Bowls event to Fight Hunger no what your skill level. Bowls produced during the open studio night will be donated to the Empty Bowls event in April 2012. Plan on trimming your bowls sometime in the days following the open studio night.
Where: The Art Warehouse, Ceramics Studio
When: Thursday, November 10th 6PM – 10PM
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According to Daniel McQuade, who earned a BFA in photography at Marshall in 2006 and went on to become a professional photographer, this story has been in the making for about six years now. It all started when he walked into Baptist Campus Ministries(BCM) on Marshall’s Huntington campus one night.
“I was by my lonesome, and I saw this gorgeous girl,” McQuade said. “Naturally, I didn’t say anything because I was on the shy side. She was with a ‘posse,’ and I was just some random guy by himself.”
The girl, Lizzy Freeman, is a third-year medical student at Marshall’s School of Medicine. And Saturday, March 5, she became McQuade’s fiancée.
A few days after the random sighting, McQuade showed up at the darkroom in Smith Hall, and the girl was there. “It caught me off guard for a second because it was one of the last things I expected, but this time I said something. We struck up a conversation. Long story short … I ended up spending a lot of time with her in the darkroom and we grew pretty close. I was there when her grandma passed away and she asked me if I would go to BCM with her that night. She was there helping me through endless frustrations when I was working on exhibitions and my senior show till ungodly hours of the night.”
Fast forward a few years and McQuade is ready to propose marriage to Freeman. He knew she wanted a unique proposal—no ring in the wine glass for this girl—and the idea came to McQuade to take her back to where they’d first met; the darkroom.
McQuade contacted Danny Kaufmann, assistant professor of photography at Marshall to gain permission to be in the darkroom a few nights. He hired videographer buddy Trevor Coffman, who came all the way from the Gorge, to capture the proposal on video. Then McQuade drove out to the “boonies” to shoot the proposal photograph, which was to be presented to Freeman at just the right time.
Coffman met up with McQuade around 11:30 and set up the video in the darkroom while McQuade went through with his proposal idea. Coffman also put a sign on the door that indicated that video equipment was in the darkroom to dissuade any questions from Freeman about it being there.
McQuade explained some of the preparation.
“I shot quite a few rolls to get the one that I wanted to use,” he said. “My plan was to develop a picture that I had written a proposal on and stash it until Lizzy was running a print of her own through the developer. When she was standing there with her print I would slip mine on top and she would see it and I would do the guy thing and drop to one knee. As simple as it sounds, it ended up being a production on my end. I picked up Lizzy and headed to the darkroom. All the while Trevor hid in his car waiting for my signal that all had gone well. We got there and had a little bit of a hard time finding the right equipment to use but we finally found two that worked for us. Time was ticking and we only had one hour of video to get the proposal. Finally the time came when Lizzy was ready to run a print through the developer. I led her to believe that I was running one of my own through from one of our previous shoots but I swapped it out for the proposal print when I walked up beside her at the sink. It was ‘go time’ and I hoped that the print would turn out the way I had intended. About 5 second later the words “Lizzy, will you marry me” became visible on a little card in the picture and I dropped to one knee and whipped out the ring. She was in shock and everything went just as I had wanted it to.”
For Freeman, it was perfect.
“The darkroom was really the perfect place,” she said. “I remember meeting him in college there—I remember exactly what he was wearing. Once I found out he had a key to the darkroom it was all over; we spent hours in that room. Then
Daniel and I began officially dating December 29, 2005. I shared my love of the snow and he shared his of the water. Daniel had a rough time learning how to snowboard, and rough is putting it mildly. I eventually overcame my initial fear of falling off the jet ski at the lake. We’ve traveled to NY with the art department, Niagara Falls, numerous states, and plenty of beaches. When he asked me to go to the darkroom, I really wasn’t suspecting anything. We had been out shooting with the Holgas and Daniel had been to the darkroom multiple times developing film so I didn’t think much of it.
Freeman explained that the couple initially had trouble finding equipment that would work for their project.
“Once we found one that worked, we began to make test prints,” Freeman said. “I remember getting mine right and Daniel wanted me to wait on him. I just figured he was excited since we hadn’t done this in a while. Then he said, “I’ll just wing this one, I have tons of paper.” First of all, Daniel wings nothing. He is a perfectionist photographer—to the point it drives me crazy sometimes. Winging is not characteristic of him. Also he could have all the paper in the world but would never waste a sheet on “winging it.”
But Freeman let him finish his print.
“Then we threw our prints in the developing solution. He insisted his be on top of mine and I said, ok, whatever and I asked him to get the timer and I would shake the solution (which he claims to have never heard). He didn’t move. I was confused until I looked into the developing solution when his photo revealed itself. I looked back at him and he was on one knee with the ring, and said, “This is as good of a time as ever, right?” I put my hand out to accept the ring, nervous I guess, and Daniel said, “No I have to put it on your finger!” I was floored. Completely shocked. And of course, I said yes!”
Marshall University to host Festival of New Music
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Department of Music will host a festival of new music featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize nominee Morgan Powell March 3 and 4.
The festival will feature three concerts, including performances by Powell, Dorothy Martirano, the Violauta Duo, the Nevelson Duo, HZS and the Marshall University Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as other Marshall faculty members and students.
In addition to Powell, other composers featured on the festival are Christopher Frye, Julianna Hall, Rodrigo, Lima, Zachary Merritt, David Williams, Joan Tower and Dr. Mark Zanter, a Marshall faculty member who is the festival coordinator.
“There are more composers of concert music now than in any previous era, and yet there are few people who know or have experienced this music live in performance,” Zanter said. “The creation of a New Music Festival at Marshall is a natural extension of what we teach at the school. It is an event that we plan to continue annually.”
Concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Smith Music Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus; at noon Friday, March 4, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington; and at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus.
Marshall University photography alumnus Miranda Fields currently has artwork in an international exhibition.
The juried exhibition is titled Breaking Boundaries III. 10 international university students were chosen to show five works at the 10th Annual Pingyao, China International Photography Festival. It’s located in a 2700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site. They typically get about 100,000 international visitors during the exhibit, which shows in ancient temples, factories, and warehouses.
Fields had just graduated with a Master’s degree in Photography and was preparing to head to the Anderson Ranch Art Center out in Aspen when photography professor Daniel Kaufmann came to her with a flyer and said it was a great opportunity to exhibit work internationally.
Fields read that they only accepted 10 students. She hadn’t received any notification of being accepted, so she assumed the worst.
“Then one day in November I checked my email and the director of the gallery had emailed a congratulatory email and sent me some images of my work on display,” Fields said. “I was so excited! I was chosen to display all five of my photos that I had sent from my SIX series –one that critiques the cultural effects of celebrity suicide and questions mass media’s role in creating and perpetuating the iconic status of “celebrity.”
Fields noted the importance of being chosen. “When you’re selected as one of only 10 international students to display in such a prestigious exhibition, it really creates an overwhelming sense of accomplishment,” she said. “The series itself is incredibly important to me because of my own experience with the subject matter, and without the help of the faculty at Marshall University, it would never have turned out as successful as it did. The photo professor, Danny Kaufmann, has always gone out of his way to push his students to strive past mediocrity, and I owe a lot of my success to him.”
Kaufmann is happy to have Fields among a list of successful graduates. “Miranda is an excellent representation of our program and serves as a perfect example of an alumnus who has continued to pursue her blossoming artistic career.”
Fields currently works in the sales department at WSAZ and works primarily with commercial advertising. She also teaches Darkroom Photography as an adjunct professor at Marshall and is the darkroom lab technician on the weekends.
“It’s a busy schedule, but I think it’s important to continue working in education so that I’m able to constantly learn,” Fields said. “Art doesn’t pause for a moment—there are constantly new ways to produce and new subjects to explore.”
Within four consecutive days of her last week as an undergraduate at Marshall, three close friends attempted to take their own lives. “While only one of them succeeded, the question of why they wanted to die remained unanswerable by the two survivors,” she said. “That mystery forced me to question not only the act itself, but the possible causes and effects left by those who succeeded in the act. Through my personal research on suicide, I found that statistically each suicide in the United States is found to deeply affect six people closely related to the person that took his or her life.”
Fields shared an excerpt from her artist statement, “Six recreates numerous celebrities at that pivotal moment when they are about to embark on their personal act of self-destruction. After speaking with multiple survivors, most agreed that the moment after they decided to commit suicide was the clearest instance they have experienced in their lives. In my recreation of these last moments, the subjects gaze directly into the camera, daring the viewer to engage with them throughout their personal physical demise. The lighting in each image is symbolic of the clarity of that moment, while the dark vignette simultaneously encapsulates them to showcase their last moment on earth. I have chosen to recreate instances involving famous individuals to force the question of how many people are truly affected by the act of a single suicide. Six critiques the cultural effects of celebrity suicide and questions mass media’s role in creating and perpetuating the iconic status of celebrity.”
Marshall to welcome Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Washington, D.C., part of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry which has the distinction of being the official escort to the President, will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16.
Several Marshall alumnae serve in the Corps, said Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of flute at Marshall. One of them, Jennifer Raczok Bailey (Class of 1996), is a fifer with the Corps and will perform with the group during this visit.
During their visit, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform during the Department of Music’s convocation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The general public is welcome to attend the convocation, Dobbs said. On Wednesday, members of the Corps will offer master classes to various groups of music majors in the department.
The group’s visit will culminate with a performance during halftime of Marshall’s basketball game with Rice at Cam Henderson Center Wednesday evening, Feb. 16. The game begins at 7 p.m. Persons may contact Frank Giardina in MU Athletics for more information on this event by phone at 304-696-4367 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dobbs said he remembers Bailey as an extraordinarily talented flutist.
“She possessed wisdom far beyond her years and was the height of organization,” Dobbs said. “She took care of most the details involved in her course of study. She was a delightful individual who inspired enthusiasm, a natural-born leader. She performed with the University Orchestra and played all four years with Marshall’s Marching Thunder. She graduated Summa Cum Laude.”
After she graduated from Marshall, Bailey joined the United States Marine Corps. She served as a music instructor at the Navy’s School of Music at Little Creek near Norfolk, Va., and then in the band at Quantico outside of Washington, D.C. She then switched services and joined the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington, D.C., where one of her classmates from Marshall, Lutricia Tampa Fields (Class of 1997), was already serving.
Bailey and Fields were joined last year by a third Marshall University alumna, Deanna Bertsche Hamm (Class of 2001).
For information on the Corps’ visit, contact the Marshall Department of Music at 304-696-3117.
Empty Bowls raises awareness while helping hungry people throughout the region
For some area residents, the idea of going to bed hungry is something they’ve never had to worry about. However, it’s a part of everyday life for thousands in the Tri-State. The Huntington Area Food Bank (HAFB) is partnering with several local organizations in an effort to raise awareness and help change this trend.
The 8th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will take place Friday, April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., in Huntington. B’nai Sholom Congregation, Christian Associates and two Marshall University student groups, Keramos Potters Guild and Out Loud Creative, are working with the College of Fine Arts to host this event.
Empty Bowls is a national initiative. Huntington’s version offers patrons a handmade ceramic bowl and modest soup lunch for a $12 donation to the Huntington Area Food Bank.
“The lunch is modest on purpose,” Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for the College of Fine Arts at Marshall, said. “It serves as a reminder that many in our area go hungry. We are fortunate that our “modest” lunch is a variety of delicious items donated from area businesses, so it may not seem modest to some; but our goal is that it be a small soup lunch.
Ike added that donations are just some of the ways the community has gotten involved with this project.
“The support we’ve received from the community thus far is amazing,” said Ike. “There’s a lot of collaboration – a shared enthusiasm for the Empty Bowls project – among students and faculty, and the community at large. Now the goal is to raise as much money as we did last year.”
Last year’s event raised nearly $15,000 to be donated to the Huntington Area Food Bank.
B’nai Sholom is an organized Jewish community which began in Huntington 120 years ago. Currently, they are seeking items for the silent auction to be held the day of the event. Lynne Mayer, B’nai Sholom member, said her congregation is a long time supporter of HAFB and is happy to take part in this unique effort. “We are delighted to partner in this year’s Empty Bowls project in raising awareness of needed funds for the Huntington Area Food Bank, which provides a vital and essential service to our community.”
Christian Associates, an area organization of churches, is seeking donations of soup, bread and other food to be served at the event. At this time, they have commitments for more than 70 gallons. Their goal is to “raise” 100 gallons.
Keramos Potters Guild, of the Marshall University Department of Art and Design, and Out Loud Creative, of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, are student-run groups. Keramos is busy creating a variety of bowls to be sold at the event while Out Loud assists with all aspects of advertising and public relations.
HAFB serves more than 95,000 people in the Tri-State area. This is a service region of 17 counties. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will be presented to HAFB.
For more information on Empty Bowls contact Jaye Ike at email@example.com.
Last spring, the College of Fine Arts, led by three dedicated students, were able to collect 115 baskets of essential items for victims of domestic violence – requiring a U-Haul truck for delivery. This year they hope to surpass that number.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, they will once again collect donated baskets.
Baskets for Branches is a fundraiser for the Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. Branches serves clients as a safe haven against further abuse whether physical or emotional for them and their children. Aside from providing housing; Branches offers legal assistance, counseling and case management to ready its clients to become independent. Branches currently has one operational housing shelter and four outreach offices located in adjoining counties to provide additional resources. Branches served over two thousand women, men, and children in 2010 in Cabell, Putnam, Wayne, Mason and Lincoln Counties.
“A campaign like Baskets for Branches is important because so many people look the other way at domestic violence,” DiFatta said. “It’s so common. You always hear about it on the news and people have been desensitized to this huge problem. We wanted to put the issue back in the front of people’s minds and then provide them with a way to help someone affected by it.”
The shelter’s needs are great: personal items such as underwear, pajamas, toothbrushes and hairbrushes, pillows, books, toys, and even paper goods such as toilet paper and paper plates and cups are often in short supply. Adults who are rebuilding their lives also need products that will boost their self-esteem and confidence as they search for jobs or confront their abuser in court. Thus, even make-up, hair care products and professional-looking clothes are important needs.
“The College of Fine Arts invites everyone to join us in this collection drive,” special projects coordinator Jaye Ike said. “Last year, we were fortunate to have the help of organizations getting involved. Local businesses, doctor’s offices, the residence halls at Marshall – several groups worked together to collect items at their locations. We hope that we’ll be just as successful this year.”
For more information, or a list of suggested donations, contact Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for COFA: 304-696-3296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2010
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296
Upcoming Gallery 842 exhibition focuses on the spiritual
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Ian Hagarty, who teaches painting in Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts, is the curator of Gallery 842’s upcoming exhibition, “On Spirituality: Emerging Visions of the Spiritual.”
The exhibition opens Jan. 21 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on display through Feb. 18.
Hagarty is in his first year of teaching at Marshall. He has taken a behind-the-scenes role in this endeavor – choosing the artists and art for the exhibition, instead of presenting work.
“As part of my first contribution to the Department of Art and Design I wanted to organize an exhibition with students, and the community at large, in mind,” Hagarty said. “The exhibition brings together a diverse group of emerging artists who work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and my hope is that students will have the opportunity to recognize that, in the contemporary art world, being an artist doesn’t always have to be medium-specific. I also hope that the exhibition presents creative options for addressing, what for some is a very important issue, ‘Spirituality.’
Hagarty invited nine artists from across the country, and one from Huntington. Natalie Larsen, who also teaches art at Marshall, will present work in this exhibition.
“Some of the artists in the exhibition have ties to one another via education/schools, region, etc.,” Hagarty said, “and I was fortunate to be able to bring together such a strong mix of creative individuals, due to their committed involvement with the theme of the show.”
Gallery 842 is located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Following is a list of artists who will be represented in the exhibition:
- Charles Westfall MFA, University of Georgia, 2011 (candidate)
- Casey Smith MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 2005
- Natalie Larsen MFA, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2006
- Jared Clark MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007
- Stacy Isenbarger MFA, University of Georgia, 2009
- Rusty Wallace MFA, University of Georgia, 2000
- Jeff Guy
- Leonor Jurado MFA, University of Missouri, 2009
- Matthew Ballou MFA, Indiana University, 2005
- Craig Hawkins MFA, University of Georgia, 2011 (candidate)
Marshall theatre grad appears Off-Broadway
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Marshall University graduate was in an Off-Broadway show that ran last month in New York.
Nick Reynolds was cast as Pincer, the Superintendent of Police, in the musical comedy “Drat! The Cat!” Reynolds said the show is about a young detective and a young heiress, who has been stealing diamonds all over town.
After getting his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Marshall, Reynolds was accepted for Penn State’s graduate acting program, where he taught two theatre classes for undergraduates. He also became a member of Actors’ Equity while working for Pennsylvania Centre Stage in “The Apple Tree” and “Ctrl+Alt+Delete.” In addition to Pennsylvania Centre Stage, he worked for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the outdoor drama “Tecumseh” during that time.
Reynolds said during his time at Marshall he learned a lot of different acting techniques and is thankful for the knowledge and experience of the professors at Marshall.
“Gene Anthony was definitely a father figure for me,” Reynolds said, “and Jack [Cirillo] became like my older brother. I’m still close with both of them and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Cirillo, associate professor in the Department of Theatre, said Reynolds was an ideal student.
“It is little wonder that already he’s finding success in NYC,” Cirillo said. “In a matter of months he’s secured an agent and some off-Broadway work. This is unique and typically takes a lot longer to obtain.”
Cirillo said Reynolds has a real love for theatre and is a prime example of the preparedness of Marshall’s theatre students.
“He loves the theatre and carries an attitude of childlike fascination for it – a real theatre geek,” Cirillo said. “He’s an excellent example of the kind of student we’re developing in MU Theatre.”
Reynolds noted that he learned much more than just being a performer as a Marshall University theatre student.
“The biggest mistake someone can make in acting is to think that the only tool an actor has is his or her talent,” Reynolds said. “Marshall taught me about the business world of acting. When I left, I knew how to light a stage, take down a set, build a costume piece and act.”
Reynolds said he is still making adjustments when it comes to the acting world and preparing for auditions.
“The challenge is to keep telling myself that I’m not really auditioning for shows right now, I’m auditioning for people,” Reynolds said. “I’m still brand new here and I need to get my face out, both on my own and through my agent, and I have to put my best foot forward every day. I might not get that part, but I have to make that person remember me down the line.”
Next, Reynolds will portray the role of Little Bob in a reading of the musical “Smile.” The reading will be for a private audience of Broadway and Off-Broadway producers with the hope of taking the show to the next level.
And as for missing Huntington, Reynolds says he does.
“I miss the food in Huntington,” Reynolds said. “I know New York is supposed to have the best food, and a lot of it is good, but when I’m in the mood for a Tudor’s biscuit, I’m out of luck. The pizza here is amazing, but I’m a Giovanni’s man all the way. I also miss my family – and why I listed them after food is for my therapist and me to discuss,” he joked.
The Marshall Theatre Alliance put on their second show of the season in mid October. The Good Doctor is a comedy with Music written by Neil Simon. The play is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short stories about the foibles of ordinary people.
Clint McElroy, guest artist, directed this production. He said it was important to him for the audience to view the play from the views of Anton Chekhov. “The overall vision I wanted to get across was seeing it as taking place in Chekhov’s mind as he examines his life, his writing, and the creative process in general,” McElroy said. McElroy said the actors had only 4 weeks to prepare for the show and in addition to scheduled rehearsals, most of the preparation was on their own time.“It was a pure joy for me to see young actors I have worked with before standing on that stage sharing their immense talents with the audiences,” McElroy said.
The show had a total of 8 actors portraying several characters each.Christian Whitt, Theatre major, said by doing this show it helped him expand his acting abilities.
“This show required a large amount of attention and discipline, not only did I play four completely separate roles, but each character was of a different type and came with its own style,” Whitt said.
Whitt said each scene was a different performance in itself, which came to be a challenge for him during the show. “The biggest challenge of this show was keeping the comedic energy up in the comedic scenes and finding away to change the focus for the dramatic scene I was in, without losing any energy,” Whitt said. “It was a welcomed challenge and I was very happy to have experienced it.”
McElroy said the show took a lot of hard work and effort but the quality of the production was at a professional level. “It’s no exaggeration that the Marshall University Theatre Department is the best game in town,” McElroy said.
This exhibition features commercial and experimental work by local and national designers and artists that use video and emerging animation technology. The opening reception at Birke Art Gallery will be on September 21st and will include a discussion at 7PM in Smith Hall 154 with Rainer Ziehm, designer and partner of leftchannel, a motion graphics design firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Other participants include Ozone Studios, Mills James Productions, Motion Masters, Alex Wilson, Joseph Mougel and Cynthia Brinich-Langlois.
“We have seen growth in almost every section of the band from last year’s band, including about 120 new freshmen,” said Steve Barnett, Marshall’s Director of Bands and Professor of Music.
Barnett said he is excited about the growth of the band program, but he admits that numbers are not his top priority.
“I have always been more concerned about the character and quality of the students that we recruit to be in the band,” Barnett said. “I am very proud of the reputation that the Marching Thunder has built on a national level in the last few years – both in the quality of performance and in the citizenship.”
Last year, after the band left the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl game in Detroit, Barnett received comments from the manager of the hotel where the band stayed.
“The manager said that we were the best behaved group they had ever had there,” Barnett said. “Comments like that are what we strive for and make me very proud to be associated with these fine young ladies and gentlemen. I would take them anywhere without hesitation as ambassadors for Marshall University.”
Barnett said he is looking forward to the upcoming season. “We have had a great band camp and are getting ready for our first performance at the first home game on Sept. 10 against West Virginia University,” he said. “We are excited about a great season and the opportunity to be the ‘center of game-day spirit’ at the home football games.”
In addition to football game performances, the Marching Thunder will be the feature band and perform in exhibitions at the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer, W.Va.; the Spring Valley Marching Festival in Wayne County, W.Va.; and the Kanawha County Band and Majorette Festival in Charleston. On the Huntington campus, they also will host Band Day on Sept. 25 and the annual Tri-State Marching Festival on Nov. 6, which is the largest marching festival in the state and in the region.
Haas said he entered the competition to assist his future career direction. He will be applying for graduate school this year and accomplishments like competitions are good to put on a record. He also needed a project to put on his demo reel.
“Directors, production companies and media groups want to see composers who are successful and active,” Haas said. The short clip was a movie trailer for an independent film called “Madness.” After graduating with his B.F.A. in Music Composition, Haas took a job as a full-time church music director at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Wheeling, W.Va., where he and his wife now live. “My ‘plan’ is to be able to work at a college teaching anything music,” Haas said, “and also to work as a freelance media composer.”
Haas said all students can achieve what they set out to do. “You will receive a great education to get you wherever you want to go,” Haas said. “The tools you will receive at Marshall are more than enough, but there are no ‘Immediate Success’ classes. Take those tools and run with them on your own accord. For now, you are in great hands. For tomorrow, you take care of you. Don’t wait.”
Daniel Kaufmann, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design, was chosen to show his artwork in reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, which will continue until Sept. 26 at the Musée de l’Elysée, a museum for photography in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Kaufmann’s work was selected from among 700 entries submitted by 120 of the world’s top photography schools. According to the Musée de l’Elysée’s website, the exhibition showcases 80 up-and-coming talents from 30 countries.
Kaufmann said his work in the exhibition is from his series House Home. The photographs in House Home are digitally constructed from photographs of his home, his friends’ homes and objects from many different home-furnishing stores. He said he does not photograph a room in its entirety, but rather in parts that he then uses to construct the images. When constructing the final images, he uses the same types of compositional and photographic techniques used in commercial photography, advertising and marketing. In the title of the work, House refers to physical construction of the rooms while Home refers to the human imprint on the room.
“The photographs in House Home are inspired by a fantasy of aspirational living in which ideas of home and a person’s lifestyle are constructed by purchasing slick, shiny and arguably unnecessary things,” Kaufmann said. “I see a person’s lifestyle as a … means of forging a sense of self and creating cultural symbols that resonate with personal identity.”Kaufmann said the exhibition will travel for the next five years throughout Europe and the United States with additional stops in China and South Africa. It is expected to make its United States debut at Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami, Fla.
This semester at Marshall, Kaufmann is teaching “Introduction to Photography,” “Introduction to Design” and “Advanced Studio Sequence Photography – The Staged Photography Constructed Image.”
Perrone said she started out as a dancer in high school. She got into theatre because she thought she could get more jobs as a dancer if she could get more involved with musical theatre.
She said that while on a national tour for Walt Disney World as a dancer, it dawned on her that dancing careers are usually short and she starting thinking about what would happen after that career.
She decided to get acting training around the age of 19 and attended The New School in New York City, where she got her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While she was in New York she attended the Neighborhood Playhouse, a conservatory-type training program concentrating on the Meisner Technique.
After earning her B.F.A., she worked as an adjunct instructor at Kent State University while working towards her M.F.A. in Theatre.
Perrone has worked in theatre education for several professional theatres such as the Cleveland Playhouse and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Perrone said she’s excited to get started as a professor at Marshall.
One of the classes she will be teaching is “Introduction to Theatre.” She said in this class she wants to go over the true reasons one should go into theatre professionally.
“If you’re getting into it to be famous—if that’s your expectation—you’re probably setting yourself up for disappointment,” Perrone said. “If you’re getting into it to be an actor, you can have a career. You have to look at it like a career.”
Along with the introductory course, Perrone will be teaching “Musical Theatre Studies,” “Behavioral Realism” and “Stage Movement.”
Perrone said one of the things that drew her to Marshall was the area in which it is located. She said she loves to hike and be involved in the outdoors, so the regional aspect was appealing.
When she visited the Department of Theatre for an interview, she saw how excited the faculty members are about the program and became even more interested in the position.
“When I got to come here and meet them it was clear that they have a lot of exciting things happening in this program and it’s a great time to get on board,” she said.
In addition to teaching, Perrone will be directing the musical “Working” next spring.
Dr. Julie Jackson, chair of the theatre department, said she is looking forward to working with Perrone.
“I’m very excited about her,” Jackson said. “We look for all of our faculty to have a combination of a personal background and professional background and she fits it perfectly, couldn’t be better. She’s very excited to work with the students; that’s one of the things that attracted all of us to her.”
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John Farley, Daniel Kaufmann, Andra Levy and Tommy Warf have been chosen to participate in the Nelson Gallery’s 11th Annual Juried Show, which opens Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 28.Farley is an adjunct faculty member in Marshall’s Department of Art and Design, and director of both the Birke Art Gallery and Gallery 842. His piece, “A Meeting of the Minds,” is a pen/ink drawing.
“My work is inspired by the innate principles and patterns, the dynamic formations, found throughout nature,” Farley said. “It is a graphic expression of the delicate complexity, design, and aesthetic sensibility of the structures that define our world.”
Kaufmann, an assistant professor of photography at Marshall, had a photograph from his “House Home” series chosen. He describes the works as “digitally constructed from photographs of my home, my friends’ homes and objects from many different home-furnishing stores.”
Warf is a graduate ceramics and education student at Marshall.
“My work, ‘Vase Head Samantha,’ shows Samantha ready to be filled with the joy, love, grief, or unhappiness of others and carry that weight on her shoulders,” Warf said.
Sculpture student Andra Levy’s piece, “The Blue Deeley,” is made of blue mist alabaster stone. Levy describes it as “mother nature vs. woman. It goes with my other art pieces of what a woman goes through from young to old and everything in between.”
Fran Fevrier, coordinator of this show, calls the Nelson Gallery “an artist’s cooperative in sweet little Lexington, Virginia. We put a lot of effort in to supporting other artists, and to inviting the community in to enjoying the visual art that goes on in our gallery.”
The show was open to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, with a theme of “OUTSIDE/INSIDE,” which could be interpreted in any way the artist wished. It was juried by David Mickenberg, executive director of the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Va.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Marshall University student in the College of Fine Arts is using his design skills for good causes after landing a summer internship with a newspaper focusing on the homeless in Washington, D.C.
Eric Falquero, a 21-year-old graphic design senior from Charleston W.Va., said he loves helping people and is happy he found a way to contribute to causes by doing what he loves – graphic design.
“Any good cause needs good design to make it stand out from everything else because we see all kinds of media every minute of every day,” Falquero said.
The biweekly paper at which he is interning, Street Sense, is based out of Washington, D.C., and its mission is to raise public awareness on the issues of homelessness and poverty in the city and to create economic opportunities, according to the website. The paper is sold by vendors who are homeless or close to being homeless.
“Most of the content is written by the vendors that sell it and they write about issues that they face,” Falquero said. “The vendors buy copies of the paper once it is printed for 35 cents a copy and they sell it for a minimum of $1. It provides them a creative outlet and a job where they are pretty much their own bosses because they choose when and where they want to go out.”
He stumbled across the opportunity while searching on the Internet for internships in the D.C. area and it was the first one that caught his attention, Falquero said.
“The internship actually had just been posted two days before I found it,” he said. “So I replied to it and I heard back from them the next day. The more I looked into it, the more interested I was, so I was very excited when they picked me.”
Currently the executive director of Street Sense has been focusing on marketing the paper and increasing the audience, Falquero said. A large part of that is establishing the brand and getting professional looking materials out, as well as a paper that is visually interesting so people want to read it.
“My long-term project for the summer is to redesign the paper, which is what I am the most excited about,” he said. “It will be time intensive and the biggest challenge but I like a challenge. It will be the longest lasting impression that I can leave with the organization, as well.”
Falquero also will be working closely with one of the vendors who puts together the layout for the creative section of the paper where vendors submit poems and photographs, he said
“Right now there is not much design to the creative section and the director feels that there should be more to go along with the rest of the paper and to really highlight a treasure of the paper,” Falquero said. “They want me to get to know the guy and help him with his design skills so that he can do it rather than just handing it off to me.”
Street Sense has about 100 active vendors who sell about 16,000 papers every other week, with the average vendor earning $45 a day, according to the website.
This is not the first cause for which Falquero has contributed his design skill. He also was behind all the creative work for the Empty Bowls campaign this spring. The purpose of this yearly campaign is to raise money for the Huntington Area Food Bank to feed the hungry by selling lunch and bowls made by the ceramic students in the College of Fine Arts.
“The Empty Bowls project was probably the most fulfilling project I worked on as far as anything affiliated with college,” Falquero said. “At first I designed a letterhead and made it on a word document so anyone who needed to use it for stuff affiliated with the campaign. Then from there I found out they wanted a website and I just kind of fell into working on the whole campaign.”
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University College of Fine Arts students are getting “crafty” this summer in a jewelry-making class that currently is being offered in the Summer II session.
“This is an introduction to the technical skills necessary for the craft of jewelry making,” said Daniel Cook, an adjunct instructor for the College of Fine Arts, “as well as an introduction to the aesthetic concerns of working in a small format and a discussion of the importance of body adornment to our society and individuality.”
The class meets five days a week for two hours in Smith Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus and will eventually use the sculpture laboratory as the class moves forward, Cook said. There are 12 students enrolled in the class.
It has been a long time since Marshall has offered a jewelry-making class, Cook said.
“I am sure that I’m the first to teach jewelry at Marshall in the 21st century,” he said. “So far the class is only available in the summer, but if students continue to be interested in the subject I will be thrilled to teach it more often.”
Because the class is an introduction to jewelry, it is very technically based, he said. The students in the class are all making the same objects but with individual design concepts.
“The assignments are laid out to teach the student how to do something specific,” he said. “The first assignment is to create a key fob, or key chain, and all the students are given the same amount of material … while all the key fobs are the same size and material, the outcomes are radically different.”
The jewelry being made in the class is in no way limited as to material, however. For this class students will be using traditional materials such as cooper for the key fobs and silver to create two rings and a pendant, Cook said. Students have the option to set whatever they would like in the silver rings and pendant. Some students are using stones, gems, river glass or bark, and one is using the rubber shock absorber from his tennis racket.
To create the jewelry, students have to learn how to use basic small hand tools such as the jeweler’s saw, files, hammers, torches for soldering, polishing lathes and pliers, Cook said
Steven Romano, a senior sculpture major from Bluefield, W.Va., said he signed up for the class because he has never worked in such a small medium and likes to dabble in new areas.
“I am used to working with large scale in sculpture,” Romano said. “Taking it down to a small scale, you have to be a lot more meticulous.”
He said he would recommend this class to other students.
Cook said his favorite part about teaching this class is seeing what the students come up with and watching them as they figure out how to plan and achieve a design.
“Jewelry takes planning; it also requires an understanding of the order of operations,” he said. “You can’t always go back and fix something. You need to plan what is going to happen and in what order. It is thrilling to watch students learn how to organize their process to achieve their goals.”
This is the first time Cook has taught jewelry making at Marshall, but he taught similar classes at the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth University, as well as in workshops at Snowfarm, a craft school in western Massachusetts, he said.
“Jewelry is a great way to learn to work with your hands,” he said. “As our society advances technologically, sometimes we forget how to make things with our hands and the satisfaction this brings to us. Jewelry is great because we can make something, wear it, and eventually somebody will tell us that our jewelry is great and ask where we bought it. Telling them that you made it is very satisfying.”
Huntington Steel and Supply supports public sculpture class with installation at Harris Riverfront Park
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Sarah “Sassa” Nibert, a Marshall University senior majoring in art and design, has won the Huntington Steel and Supply Inc. competition for students participating in a public sculpture class.
Nibert has been awarded materials, funds for fabrication and a stipend to complete her work, and Huntington Steel and its employees are assisting her in fabricating her sculpture in their shop. The finished design will then be moved to a site selected by the City of Huntington in Harris Riverfront Park.
“This competition offers our students invaluable experience,” said Jonathan Cox, professor of sculpture at Marshall. “Each student developed a design, a scale model and artist’s statement to support his or her choices. They were then required to present their ideas and justify them to a panel of individuals from the university, the city, and the Huntington Museum of Art. Just that process is an essential experience for a student hoping to make his or her living as an artist.”
As the winner of the competition, Nibert will take that learning further. “The winning designer must manage his or her own project from budget to construction to installation,” Cox noted. “Sassa is getting real-world experience in bringing a project to life.”
Nibert’s design is a simplistic, abstracted form, representing a child and an adult figure in a scene of playful interaction. It is bright, inviting, and gender-neutral so that viewers could potentially see themselves or loved ones when they see the sculpture.
“I want a mother to see herself and her child, but also want fathers, grandparents, babysitters or children to see themselves and their families in the art,” Nibert said. “Public art absolutely has the power to inspire and influence people, and an issue that I feel is prominent in our area currently is overall health and activity level, especially for children. As the parent of a six year old, I am aware of the increasingly sedentary lifestyles that our children are adopting, and can see days of fresh air and imaginative outdoor play disappearing. Busy daily lives of parents can add to the problem, making healthy, interactive, health- and relationship-strengthening play time scarce.”
“We are gratified by this competition and the responses of the students,” said Huntington Steel President Mike Emerson. “Our entire company is invested in this project with Sassa. Our employees take pride in knowing that Huntington Steel is involved in a project that means so much to students – but also a project that will mean so much to Huntington. When the sculpture is installed, it means that Huntington Steel and its crew have dedicated themselves to our product, our craft and to our community. We are very pleased to be able to make this possible.”
The finished sculpture is scheduled to be installed and dedicated at Harris Riverfront Park on Sept. 11.