Alumni Spotlight

James Sclater’s music featured at Mississippi Museum of Art

Friday, November 17, 2017
James Sclater

James Sclater's (D.M.A., Composition, 1970) music was recently featured at the Music in the City series at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. The program included two commissioned works, Variations and Toccata on a Theme by Paganni for solo piano and Sweet Swingin' Suite for violin, clarinet and piano. The Suite, commissioned by the Argot Trio, has recently been recorded by them on the Centaur label.

Natalia Anciso presents solo exhibition at University of Arizona

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   |  University of Arizona

Natalia Anciso (B.A., Studio Art, 2008) will have a solo exhibition, Natalia Anciso: They Try to Bury Us, at the Joseph Gross Gallery at the University of Arizona. It features extensive forms of media including paintings, drawings and tapestries, and the exhibition highlights a range work from the past six years. The exhibition, which will run Nov. 13­–Jan. 26, is supported by the Dr. Joseph F Gross Endowment, Lionel Rombach Endowment and the University of Arizona School of Art.

Natalia Anciso presents solo exhibition at University of Houston-Downtown

Monday, October 23, 2017   |  University of Houston-Downtown

Natalia Anciso (B.A., Studio Art, 2008) will have a solo exhibition, Natalia Anciso: Aspire | Aspirar, at the O'Kane Gallery of the University of Houston-Downtown. It includes examples of individual works from several of her series over the past six years. The opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, and will include conversations with the artist as well as UHD President Juan Muñoz. The exhibition runs through Dec. 7.

Andrew Parker named principal oboe with Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

Monday, October 23, 2017
A portrait of Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker (D.M.A., Applied Music/Performance, 2013) was recently named principal oboe of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, second oboe of the Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra and instructor of oboe and music technology at Brevard College. He is also a regular substitute musician with the Asheville and Greenville Symphony Orchestras in South Carolina, and he’s has been appointed artistic administrator at the Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute.

Jen Prince produces comedic film about cancer

Monday, October 23, 2017   |  Quality Problems
A movie poster or the film Quality Problems

Jen Prince (B.F.A., Acting, 1998) produced and co-edited a feature film, Quality Problems, a comedy about cancer. Quality Problems, which is an official selection of the Austin Film Festival, screens at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, and 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 31. Prince and others who worked on the film will participate in a Q&A following the Oct. 28 screening.

Joseph Kingma takes first prize at international competition

Monday, October 23, 2017

Joseph Kingma (D.M.A., Piano Performance, 2017), assistant professor of Music at Louisiana College, took first prize at the 2017 Franz Liszt Festival and International Competition held at Ohio State University.

Noah Simblist appointed chair of paint and printmaking at VCU

Friday, October 13, 2017

Noah Simblist (Ph.D., Art History, 2015) was appointed chair of the Department of Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.