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The Joffrey Ballet has announced this year's winners of the ninth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. Assistant Professor Tommie-Waheed Evans is among the select group of four choreographers who will have their work premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater on March 9-10, 2019. The award comes with a $5,000 stipend and the opportunity for personal consultation with Ashley Wheater and Raymond Rodriguez, who are the Joffrey's artistic director and the head of Studio Company and Trainee Program, respectively.
This notable achievement is added to Evans' previous awards, which include a Dance/ USA Philadelphia Rocky Award, Billy Penn: Who Next Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation Fellowship Winner, and a BalletX 2017 Ballet Choreographic Fellowship. In addition to UArts, he has set choreography on BalletX, Verb Ballets, Eleone Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Philadanco. His work will also be seen as part of the School of Dance's Winter Dance Series running December 6-9 at the Merriam Theater.
Art Basel Miami Beach, held annually, is one of the world's top art fairs, with important galleries, collectors, curators and tens of thousands of others attending. This year, the University will have a major presence at the December event, partnering with The National Hotel in an artistic “takeover” of the hotel, featuring alumni artists Hironaka & Suib (Nadia Hironaka BFA ‘97 & Matthew Suib BFA ‘95), Stephen (Espo) Powers ‘93 and Deborah Willis BFA ’75.
University of the Arts is partnering with the historic National Hotel in Miami’s South Beach to mount a hotel “takeover,” “I’m here waiting for you: UArts at the National.” The exhibition will feature new works of art by prominent artist-alums, including Hironaka & Suib (Nadia Hironaka BFA ‘97 & Matthew Suib BFA ‘95), Stephen (Espo) Powers ‘93 and Deborah Willis BFA ‘75.
Artworks will transform the National Hotel inside and out, and will include a rooftop neon installation, a video projection on the rear facade of the hotel, and a photographic installation throughout the first floor of the hotel. The title of the takeover, "I’m here waiting for you", was coined by Stephen (Espo) Powers ‘93.
UArts will also host a VIP event on Wednesday, December 5 and a public reception on Thursday, December 6 with live entertainment by UArts alums including Keandra Cordero BM ‘10 and Nicholas Whittaker BM ‘10. Generous hors d'oeuvres and festive refreshments will be served.
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Glass artist Sarah Briland has been named the winner of the University of the Arts’ sixth annual Irvin J. Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts by an international panel of glass experts awarded to. The Borowsky Prize is given each year to an artist whose work is conceptually daring, exemplifies technical skill and innovation, and advances the field of contemporary glass. The prize carries with it a $5,000 award and a lecture at the University.
Briland received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited nationally including shows at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, The Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, and UrbanGlass, in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. In 2014, she was an Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Briland lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
The Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts is made possible by a substantial gift from the late University of the Arts Trustee Irvin J. Borowsky and his wife, Laurie Wagman, a current trustee. The gift also enabled the University to establish the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts, expanding the University's Glass facilities and its capacity to promote the study of the historical and contemporary significance of glass art. The Prize is selected annually by an international panel of artists, educators and collectors.
Congratulations go to Laurin Talese '04 (Vocal Performance), who claimed the top spot in the seventh annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competitio. In the finals, Talese won the competition with her rendition of the Gershwin classic "Someone to Watch Over Me."
The win carries with it a $5,000 prize and a coveted spot in the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival this August.
Muralist Noségo (aka Yis Goodwin BFA ’08 (Film)) returns to his roots with a show titled Died a Few Times to Live This Once, opening on December 14 at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Queen Village. Noségo was the first artist to exhibit at Paradigm—founded by alums Jason Chen BFA ’08 (Animation) and Sara McCorriston BFA ’09 (Theater Design & Technology)—when it opened in 2010.
Noségo‘s last show in Philadelphia was three years ago, although his work can be seen on buildings throughout the city—most famously on the wall of Federal Donuts at 701 N. 7th St. Over the past three years, he has exhibited his murals, paintings and sculptures in New England, California and Rome.
December 14 – February 9
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or by appointment
Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S. 4th St.
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