Monday, April 21, 2008

Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace

Professor, Sean Mille, has show up at JEMA, Belfast, U.K.. Check out for more information!

Anderson Ranch

Congratulations to Jennifer Kahn, who will be spending some time this summer at Anderson Ranch. Jennifer was selected to be the Marketing and Publications intern for the Arts Center located in Snowmass, Colorado, just outside of Aspen. Way to go!

Emerging Artist: Patrick Coughlin

Big congratulations to Ceramic MFA Patrick Coughlin! He was selected as the Emergent Artist in Ceramic Monthly. Be sure to read the fantastic article below.

HUB Artists

Can a student coordinate the installation of a work of public art on UF’s campus? This remains to be seen, but all signs point to yes! For her project in lieu of thesis, Museum Studies Master’s candidate Oaklianna Brown is administering the HUB public art project. As she navigates her way through the University’ s approval system, safety measures, construction arrangements and theoretical public art concerns, Garrett Strobel UF senior in Sculpture, is creating a work of art destine for public display in front of the HUB on Stadium Road. He has proposed to create a solar powered tree that will collect energy during the day and illuminate at night using the stored energy. The tree will be a beautiful work of art in its own right, but also makes reference to UF’s sustainability goals for campus. Both the installation of Garrett’s work of art and Oaklianna’s thesis defense are scheduled for the summer of 2008. Visit to learn more about this project.

Painting and Drawing BFA Show

Reve de l’artiste
Francesca Lyn & Manuela Petit

BFA Exhibition
WARPhaus Gallery
April 25, 2008

Friday, April 18, 2008

Margaret Ross Tolbert

SA+AH Drawing Seniors visit with artist and UF alumni Margaret Ross Tolbert in her studio.
April 16, 2008

Eqquisite Personal Geographies

Above is an image of Celeste Pierson (New World School of the Arts- Printmaking) giving a guest workshop to Lauren Garber Lake's experimental drawing class as part of their exchange project (SA+AH and NWSA) this spring.

For more images relating to this project see which tracks the student part of this exchange. A small artist's book which documents the project will follow prepared by graduate students Gabby Hernandez (Graphic Design) and Susan Johnson (Printmaking).

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Best Artist Ever

Two art giants battle it out for the title of “Best Artist Ever!” in this paper animation movie by Tracy Workman, an art education student at the University of Florida. She made this for the class ARE2456 Digital Media in Art Education.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ceramics Post-Bac Show

Congratulations to Post-baccs John Tucker, Falyn Beshwate, Cassie Ryalls, Meghan Sullivan, and Tommy Frank. Lat night was the opening of their show at the University Gallery. Here are some images from the event!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Skopelos, Greece 2008

Thinking of far away places this summer? Check out the Skopelos, Greece 2008 blog. UF hosts a study abroad program there every summer!

Mapping Correspondence

Joy Drury Cox, Painting and Drawing Alum has been included in

Mapping Correspondence
Mail Art in the 21st Century

The Center for Book Arts
28 W. 27th Street 3rd floor
New York, NY 10001

Reception: Friday, April 11, 2008 6 to 8 pm

more info:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Give me some air!

Art professor Katerie Gladdys (left) holds her 4-month-old baby Miles while looking at a collection of baby air potatoes on Friday. Student Anna Kell said she plans to grow the invasive plant artistically in a controlled indoor environment. The potatoes were displayed as part of 'Let's Get Physical," artwork made in collaboration with UF’s Physical Plant Division. It was displayed in the McCarty Storage Building. Gladdys coordinated the project.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Harn Eminent Scholar

Last week, Qainshen Bai, gave a lecture at the Harn on "The Change of Elite Structure and Its Impact on Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy" Here are some images from the demonstration.

Ceramics Success

Congratulations to Kristin Schimik, 1st Year Ceramics MFA candidate and Tara Wilson UF Ceramics Alum who were invited as national emerging talents for a prestigious exhibition curated by Ilena Finnochi. The exhibition opens tomorrow evening and will be on view until June 14th at the North, Matthews and Souza Galleries.

Mint Design Studio

Here are some information about Mint design Studio (fall 2007) working with the Department of Anthropology on the exhibition at the Natural History Museum in New York City.

The exhibition highlights some of the regions showing greatest diversity, including Mesoamerica, the Amazon-Andean slope, the greater Himalayas, equatorial Africa, greater Southeast Asia/Melanesia. John Richard Stepp, Associate Professor of Anthropology said sloping mountainous tropical areas are significant regions for diversity because the range of habitats presented in these areas creates different opportunities for cultural adaptations.

The students in Mint primarily used Adobe Illustrator to make visual sense of the numbers. Mint Director and Graphic Design Assistant Professor Connie Hwang said that tool was only one part of the project.

“It’s the innovative and brilliant minds of the students that made this project extraordinary and successful,” she said.

During the project’s three-month timeline during fall 2007, 11 Mint designers tackled the challenge how to hold the public’s interest while they viewed one map after another. Four lead designers were in charge at the refinement stage. Designer Mason Greenewald carried the project through the production stage.

Stepp said the outcome is fresh and new, not gender, race, or age specific and easy to digest and comprehend.

“The end result of the project is absolutely stunning, interesting, and mesmerizing,” he said. “The Mint designers transformed simple scientific data into something intriguing and beautiful, something that will live in viewer’s mind for a long time.”

Thursday, April 3, 2008

National Art Education Association Conference

Several students and faculty just returned from New Orleans, for the annual National Art Education Association Conference. Below are a few of their presentations and a group shot.

Craig Roland (Associate Professor of Art Education)Tips and Technologies for Teaching Art in a Digital Age, Thursday, March 27, at 2 pm.

Michelle Tillander (Assistant Professor of Art Education)
Beyond Black Boxes: New Media Art, Identity, and Translations, Wednesday, March 26th at 9AM.

Cultural Interface as an Approach to New Media Art Education, Seminar for Research in Art Education: Marylyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education, Thursday, March 27, 6-9 PM.

Blurring Boundaries: An interrogation of learning with new digital media and new media art (Co-Christine Liao), Sunday, March 30th at 11AM.

Amy Rioux and Laurie Canfield (MA Candidates in Art Education)Exploring alternative curriculum models: Choice-Based Art Education and ArtsPROPEL, Wednesday, March 26 at 5PM.

Elizabeth Coker (MA Candidate in Museu Studies)Re-envisioning Diversity in Museum Education, Wednesday, March 26th at 1PM.

Also in attendance at the conference from UF were Bonnie Bernau from the Harn Museum; undergraduates Jamie Sue Greenhut, Ryan Guarisco, Chelsea Avchen; and graduate student Sarah Lloyd.

International Fine Arts and Healing

International Fine Arts and Healing has just returned from our first international journey to Gambia, West Africa! The group of 8 students painted murals in clinics, restored a clinic sign, performed arts in medicine with patients at a hospital and in clinics, volunteered at a primary school, organized photography projects, and so much more.

Additionally, we brought 1,000 pounds of medical and art supply donations that were dispersed amongst the community. IFAH's mission is to identify and develop connections between the creative arts and the healing arts to improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health within communities. We are interested in the use of art making as a means of enhancement and growth, believing that the simple act of creating art can fulfill lives in powerful ways. IFAH students will use their personal art to engage with patients and caregivers around the world.

If you are passionate about using art for different purposes (like outside the classroom), we welcome you to the incredible experiences that IFAH has to offer. Please join us at our next meeting on April 7 in Reitz 355 at 7:30 pm! If you have any questions about IFAH, please contact Zarabeth Golden at Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hairs & Other Animals

Hairs & Other Animals was a solo show by graphic design sophomore Blake Suarez. With over 50 pieces, the opening reception had a great turnout with sushi, churros and t-shirts on the table. Limited edition zines titled "Haircuts" were given away to the first 35 attendees. and more! The exhibition ran from March 17-28, 2008.

Contact Blake for more info at

Ceramics Success

Graduate Student, Patrick Couhglin, has been a busy quite a busy ceramicist! Check out all the shows he's participated in this year!
"I have shown at the Terra Incognito Gallery in Chicago IL, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD, Museum of the Earth, Ithaca NY, The Clay Studio of Missoula MT, and the Manchester Craftsmen Guild in Pittsburgh PA. I have also exhibited work in Florida at the Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City and at the Media Image Galllery here in Gainesville. "

Your Mascot: Art Exhibition and Rock Show

Richard Heipp

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Digital Media Show!


More fantastic news from NCECA!

NCECA Pittsburgh was the usual fun press of clay people, art, new products, and too much to see and do. Heard and seen at the UF Reunion Happy Hour:

Great news: Kevin Snipes has been awarded a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation! He’ll start some time between August and January. Renee Audette is there as a resident artist now, and Tara Wilson, former Bray resident, now finishing a residency at Red Lodge, will be moving to a charming house she’s just bought in Helena, MT, so she’ll also be in the neighborhood.

The UF reunion was great fun! Ovi Giberga talks with Andrea Gill, Charlie Cummings talks w/Tara Wilson

Jeremy Randall and Aurora, in the background Brian Weaver, Pavel Amromin, Eva Champaign, front Katy Rush, Renee Audette

Amanda Small, Ben Carter, Anna Holcombe

Brian Weaver, Sarah Panzarella, Beau Raymond, Eva Champaign, Chris Pickett, Renee Audette w/Aurora, Molly Brauhn, Kevin Snipes, Jeremy Randall

"Ovi Giberga gave an amazing, insightful presentation as emerging artist. In his introduction, he thanked Nan Smith for her nomination. Wonderful talk. Wish you all could have seen and heard." -Linda Arbuckle