NEW UCA WRITING PROFESSORS TO HOLD ARTSFEST READING

NEW UCA WRITING PROFESSORS TO HOLD ARTSFEST READING By Drew S. Cook UCA Department of Writing CONWAY — As part of the Conway Alliance for the Arts’ annual ArtsFest celebration, the newest faculty members in the University of Central Arkansas Department of Writing, will share their work in a reading hosted by the Faulkner County Library. Sandy Longhorn and Jennie Case will read at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Longhorn’s most recent book, The Alchemy of My Mortal Form, won the 2014 Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and she teaches creative writing. She additionally co-edits the online journal HeronTree. Case, who teaches creative and professional writing, has appeared in many journals, includingNorth American Review, Zone 3, English Journal, and Poet Lore. Her appearance in Stone Canoe received the 2014 Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize in Fiction, and she is assistant nonfiction editor of terrain.org. “The UCA Writing Department is pleased to continue its participation in ArtsFest this year and to partner once again with the Faulkner County Library,” said Carey Clark, interim chair of the UCA Department of Writing. “We are excited to have Jennie Case and Sandy Longhorn join our department, and we look forward to an evening of lively words with our thriving artistic community.” Faulkner Country Library is located at 1900 West Tyler St. in Conway. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all audiences. Additional general information regarding the ArtsFest schedule is available online at www.artsinconway.org. For more information regarding the event, contact Nancy Allen at the Faulkner County Library at nancy@fcl.org or (501) 327-7482. The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.

UCA to Host Ceruti Quartet During ArtsFest 2015

  Timothy Shiu & Soh-Hyun Park Altino, violins: Lenny Schranze, viola; Leonardo Altino, cello   Since its inception in 1994, the Ceruti Quartet has brought chamber music to audiences of all ages in performances described variously as “spirited, richly colorful, and incisive” and “intimately poetic.”  They have presented recitals in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Goethe Institut in New York City; the National Assembly in Seoul, Korea; the Ford Center, MS; the Peace Center for the Arts, SC; and the Teatro Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil. They have been featured artists for the Memphis Chamber Music Society; the Bechstein Hall Concert Series, AK; and both the Fine Arts Center and the Governor’s School for the Arts, SC.  In addition to its formal concerts, the Quartet has been dedicated to fostering chamber music in the next generation of audiences and musicians through teaching/performing residencies in Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, and New York. The members of the Ceruti Quartet—violinists  Soh-Hyun Park Altino and Timothy Shiu, violist Lenny Schranze, and cellist Leonardo Altino—are members of the string faculty at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, where they also direct the string chamber music program.  They spend their summers as faculty members at the Masterworks Festival and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The Ceruti members have collectively pursued their individual studies at the Cleveland Insitute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Yale University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Detmold Musikhochschulle, the Peabody Institute of Music, and the Juilliard School. They have worked with pedagogues such as Aldo Parisot, Donald Weilerstein, Lawrence Lesser, Heidi Castleman, Dorothy Delay, Max Aronoff, Victor Danchenko, Suren Bagratuni, and Joseph Fuchs.   http://www.lennyschranze.com/Lennyschranze.com/Ceruti_Quartet.html

Third Coast Percussion comes to UCA as part of ArtsFest 2015

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained international attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works. These “hard-grooving” musicians (New York Times) have become known for ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, astronomers at the Adler Planetarium, and more. The ensemble enhances the performances it offers with cutting edge new media, including free iPhone and iPad apps that allow audience members to create their own musical performances and take a deeper look at the music performed by Third Coast Percussion. Third Coast Percussion is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. They have the honor of being the first ensemble at the University of Notre Dame to create a permanent and progressive ensemble residency program at the center. The ensemble performs multiple recitals annually as part of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Presenting Series season. Third Coast Percussion assumed the position of ensemble-in-residence at Notre Dame in 2013. The ensemble champions the awe-inspiring music of John Cage, Steve Reich, George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Manoury, Wolfgang Rihm, Louis Andriessen, Toru Takemitsu, and Tan Dun, among others. Third Coast has also commissioned and performed world premieres by many of today’s leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Timothy Andres, Glenn Kotche, David T. Little, Marcos Balter, Ted Hearne, and ensemble member David Skidmore.   Third Coast’s recent and upcoming concerts and residencies include the University of Chicago Presents, Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, D.C), Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Millennium Park “Loops and Variations,” the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and more. Third Coast has introduced percussion to chamber music audiences in Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois, securing invitations to return to many of these series.  Third Coast’s passion for community outreach includes a wide range of residency offerings while on tour, in addition to a long-term residency with the Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Marimba Ensemble on Chicago’s South Side. In addition to its national performances, Third Coast Percussion’s hometown presence includes an annual Chicago series, with four to five concerts in locations around the city. The ensemble has collaborated in concert with acclaimed ensembles Eighth Blackbird, Signal, and the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, pianists Amy Briggs and Lisa Moore, cellists Nicholas Photinos and Tobias Werner, flautist Tim Munro, vocalist Ted Hearne, and video artists Luftwerk. The members of Third Coast Percussion —Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore— hold degrees in music performance from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Rutgers University. 

Reimagine Society: Student Art Exhibit

The Faulkner County Library announces the first annual juried exhibition presented by ArtsFest 2015, the Faulkner County Library, and the UCA Blackbox Student Gallery. “Reimagine Society” is the theme of the first annual juried student art exhibit presented by Conway ArtsFest and its partners, featuring the work of emerging artists. The exhibition explores the themes of recycling and science through the eyes of emerging artists. Entry deadline: Sept. 19, 2015 When: September 21-October 3, 2015 Where: Faulkner County Library at 1900 Tyler St. and Blue Sail Coffee, 1028 Front St. “Reimagine Society” is open to students currently enrolled in one of Conway’s institutions of higher learning: Central Baptist College, Hendrix College or the University of Central Arkansas. Recent alumni (graduates of 2013 and 2014) are also welcome to submit entries. The 2015 juror is Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner, Curator of Drawings at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock. Dr. Wagner has extensive experience in the curatorial field, most recently working at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. At the Arkansas Art Center, she has been instrumental in bringing Important exhibitions to Arkansas including Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge, a traveling exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery. Wagner holds a PhD in art history from the University of Maryland. Three best-in-show prizes, in the amounts of $200, $100, and $50, will be awarded at an opening reception, September 20, 2 pm, at the Faulkner County Library. For more information or to obtain an entry form, contact Nancy Allen at the Faulkner County Library, 501-327-7482 or nancy@fcl.org.

Tales from the South Returns to Conway

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Help Create a Work of Art: Donate old CD/DVDs

ArtsFest, Conway's annual festival of the arts supported by the Conway Alliance for the Arts, will feature Celebration Artist Alice Guffey Miller who will create a sculptural installation made from recycled materials, including CDs/DVDs and glass prisms scrounged from a local restaurant chandelier. The resulting sculpture will be on display during ArtsFest (Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2015) in the pre-existing circular fountain in Simon Park, be moved to Laurel Park for display at Conway's EcoFest (Oct. 10) and, finally, moved and installed in the triangular Metro Square fountain in Conway for a 6- to 12-month display. In keeping with ArtsFest's STE[+Art]M theme this year("Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics plus Art"), the artwork will focus on community creativity, recycling, and public interest design.   Read more after the jump.  Continue reading

Conway Film Festival Call for Entries

  The Conway Film Festival is one of the events in ArtsFest, an annual celebration of the arts in downtown Conway, AR. Visual and performing artists gather from the community and beyond to present exhibitions, theatre productions, concerts, recitals, film screenings, and readings. ArtsFest is planned and presented by the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA), and its board of directors. The Conway Film Festival is open to any film finished in 2014-2015 and must be one of the following: 1. Narrative Short (less than 15 minutes) 2. Documentary (less than 15 minutes) 3. Animation (less than 10 minutes) Now in its 7th year, the festival will take place in Conway, with screenings on October 3rd, 2015. Admission to the screenings are free. The Conway Film Festival is sponsored and coordinated by Psi Delta Kappa, the cinematic co-ed honors fraternity at the University of Central Arkansas. Awards & Prizes Best Narrative Short - Made In Arkansas Arkansas Best Documentary Short Best World Short Best Animation For more information, and to submit your film visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ConwayFilmFestival

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Coming to UCA as Part of ArtsFest

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas September 28, 20157:30 p.m. ​ One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”   Continue reading

Conway Writers' Group

The Conway Writers’ Group will provide an hour of stimulating and exciting readings at the Faulkner Library on September 27 from 3 to 4. The readings will celebrate the theme of ArtsFest: art and science. Audiences of all ages are welcome. The Conway Writers’ Group believes writing to be an art that explores the world of words. Members read aloud from their own works and those of others who have inspired them. The group, founded in 2006 by Shirley Barnham, consists of adults of all ages coming together at the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center each Friday from 2 to 4. All genres are welcome. Currently about 15 people regularly share their muses, with the subjects varying from science fiction and suspense to romance and genealogy. There are poets and journalists, magazine writers and biographers; published authors and those who want to be, as well as those who write for their own benefit and satisfaction. For more information contact Bob Reising at rreising@gmail.com. Or just stop by and check us out. New writers (and old) are always welcome.

Artist Opportunity: Casey at the Bat Art Competition

"The National Pastime Museum is calling on artists 18 years and older to submit visual art interpretations of the 1888 poem Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Thayer. The poem was first published in The Daily Examiner, San Francisco: Sunday Morning, June 3, 1888 and has been a part of baseball’s history and culture ever since. Since the museum is an online museum, entries should be submitted in the form of a high-resolution image, saved as a PDF or JPEG. Please, only one entry per artist. All art must be appropriate for public viewing and completely original. All entries shall become the property of the Museum and shall not be returned. Jurors: Artist and Collections Manager, Joe Enos, The National Pastime Museum Director, Becki Hartke, and Board President, Mark Roberts. Jurors will review all artwork submitted and select 50 pieces to be exhibited on The National Pastime Museum website as part of the Casey at the Bat exhibition. Of the fifty selected pieces, three works will be chosen and purchased to become a part of the private collection that supports the website. Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and relevance to the poem. The decision of the judges shall be final. The top three pieces will be purchased as follows: 1st Choice will receive $10,000, 2nd Choice will receive $7,000, and 3rd Choice will receive $5,000. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow images of your piece to be shown on The National Pastime Museum’s website in exhibitions, articles, etc., including the Casey at the Bat exhibition without charge and to sell your piece to the Museum at the above prices if it is selected as one of the top three pieces. All artwork will be appropriately credited to the artist when featured on the site or otherwise. Submissions are to be received by midnight PST January 3, 2016. The selected artists will be notified between February 15-19, 2016, and the selected artwork shown in an online Casey at the Bat exhibition, June 1-June 30, 2016. Please e-mail submission with the subject: Casey at the Bat to admin@tnpmuseum.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact information."  --text from The National Pastime Muesum Website. For more information about the exhibit visit the museum website.