Artina McCain (D.M.A., Piano Performance, 2011) will join the faculty at the University of Memphis as Assistant Professor of Piano this fall. Photo by Claire McAdams.
Gloria Groom (M.A. 1978; Ph.D., Art History, 1989), chair of the Art Institute of Chicago’s European Painting and Sculpture department in 2015, received the distinction of the Chevalier Légion d’Honneur on April 29. The highest of the five levels of the French government’s Légion d’Honneur award, the French Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud presented the award during a private ceremony. The award honors Groom for her contributions to French art and culture.
Cellist Hai Zheng (B.M. 1988; M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1990) Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Southwestern University, released in May her sixth CD, Remembrance on the Amatius Classics label. The CD is her second album with her longtime pianist, Kiyoshi Tamagawa (D.M.A., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1988), Associate Dean and Professor of Music at Southwestern University, and celebrates their 20th season of performing.
Matt Huff (M.F.A., Directing, 2004) was recently promoted to associate professor with tenure at Oglethorpe University. He also is part of a creative team that received a 2016-2017 Reiser Artists Lab grant from the Alliance Theater.
Felice House (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2011) will continue her quest to broaden the portrayal of women in art with the help of a three-year, $15,000 Texas A&M Arts & Humanities Fellowship, which recognizes extraordinary creativity and scholarship and provides faculty with a supportive environment to advance creative and scholarly work. Photo of “Sarah Fire,” by Felice House.
Kathryn St. Clair (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1993) has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Northern California Regional Art Competition, The Zeitgeist Exhibition—Capturing the Times Through Art. The exhibition runs from May 14 to July 10 at the Petaluma Arts Center in Petaluma, California. Photo by Gary Kaplan.
Rebecka Sexton named director of UnitedHealth Group program
Rebecka Sexton (M.F.A., Studio Art, 1995) was named director of human centered design at UnitedHealth Group's Optum Innovation, Research and Development in Minneapolis.
The Iroquois Steeplechase selected Hollie Berry (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2009) to create its official painting for the 75th anniversary, Endurance, which reflects the iconic race and will be available for purchase in the nonprofit’s annual online auction. The painting will be reproduced in posters commemorating the event as well as on the covers of the race day programs in the hands of the approximately 25,000 annual attendees. Endurance, as well as other steeplechasing inspired paintings, will be on display at the Williamson County Archives in Franklin, Tennessee from May 6-14.
Kyle Kennedy (M.F.A., Drama, 1993) was recently named Head of Acting at Middle Tennessee State University where he serves on the acting area advisory board for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. His students have gone on to work in major theatrical venues across the country. Kennedy was recently seen as "Serebrayakov" in MTSU's production of Uncle Vanya. He continues to act regionally and is a frequent company member at Cortland Repertory Theatre in Upstate New York.
Leah Dyjak (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2015) will present the solo exhibition Coastliners at Pump Project in Austin from April 29 through May 14.