Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Michael Dantzler from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Michael Dantzler with his finished work "Transcend"

Michael Dantzler with his finished work “Transcend”

At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard. The Fall 2016 featured artist is Michael Dantzler and his mural is the third in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.

Dantzler, Owner/Photographer of Michael Dantzler Photography, specializes in portrait, documentary, and fine art photography and describes himself as “a photographer, community visionary and musician.”

Dantzler describes his chalkboard mural entitled “Transcend” as “an imaginative cartography exploration between the interconnectedness of sound waves, rhythms, spirituality, and urban cores.” Incorporating the staircase into his vision, Dantzler, writes of his work: “The base starts at the ocean climbing up the Jacob’s ladder onto transcendence, free of all limitations. The urban cores are intentionally drawn with increased connectivity to align with trending urban planning practices including many public/green spaces for the optimal health of the inhabitants and environment. The many movement lines were drawn with the various sounds of afrobeat, jazz, classical, and hip hop in my headset. The many spirit signatures in the form of words and arrows were drawn intuitively channeling basic elements in various directions. The stair climb ends at a diagram displaying the clearing of the seven major energy centers in the human body.”

Dantzler’s mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Fall semester. More information on Michael and his works can be found on his website at http://dantzlerphoto.zenfolio.com/.

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the works of Katia Lee

"Fluid Chaos" by Katia Lee

“Fluid Chaos” by Katia Lee

In partnership with the Trenholm Artists guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of photographer Katia Lee. All of the works currently on display were inspired by this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert “Transforming the Concert Experience with Karel Dohnal, clarinet, and Earsight Duo” which will feature works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Snowden.

This concert includes a substantial visual component with video as well as costume, dance and pantomime being an integral part of the performances. When experiencing Snowden’s pieces as the source of her inspiration, Lee began by listening to the music twice before viewing the videos provided, once blindfolded and then while taking notes. The music evoked thoughts about wiretapping which inspired the works “Ode to the N.S.A. or Words on the Line,” and “Static on Main.” The “clicks, hums, and swirls of Snowden’s pieces” also inspired the works “Light Pulse Blues” and “Sonic Meditation.”

Stockhausen’s “Harlekin” was a different experience for Lee, with the music leading her to research the history of the Harlequin and commedia dell’arte, as well as Stockhausen himself, which led to the work “Harlequin Dance.” “Contemplating the frequencies, tones and vibrations of the dance” led to the creation of “Oscillations of Spring,” “Fluid Chaos,” and “Stone Cadence.”

Lee’s works are currently exhibited in the library and will be on display during the concert. They will remain on display in the Music Library for two weeks after the Southern Exposure concert in the SOM Recital Hall this Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM.

Hey, What’s up with that round book case?

Faculty Picks Bookcase

You may have noticed this new bookcase in the library. It’s the home for our new Faculty Picks selections. Each semester we’ll have selections from your School of Music Faculty on display. Unlike an ordinary display we encourage you to look at these selected items and check them out! The display will change several times per semester. Our current selection was picked by Prof. Mike Harley (Bassoon) and Sara Ernst (Piano Pedagogy).

You’re Invited to Author’s Day!

Author's Day InvitationJoin us in the Music Library for Author’s Day on Thursday, February 18th at 2 PM.

Author’s Day is unique chance to meet and celebrate your and your colleagues’ publishing efforts.  This year we have 18 people represented with a wide variety of publications.

Come celebrate the year’s School of Music publishing accomplishments with us!

Art in the Library: Exposed Wiring Visualized

Artist Ian Cage with his works.

Artist Ian Cage with his Composition 174 and Composition 176.

In continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artist Ian Cage.

In his artist’s statement Cage describes his interests as residing “in abstraction and the visual elements of language; exploring energy in color, form and symbol.” Cage has created 12 new 30″ x 30″ works using acrylic, graphite, and polymer on canvas, each work inspired by the four world premiere pieces by composers Reginald Bain, Jesse Jones, Christopher Stark, and Cameron Britt that will be featured in this Friday’s Southern Exposure concert.

Ian Cage’s works can be viewed in the Music Library before the concert and next to the School of Music Recital Hall during the concert on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 PM.

Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Jim Dukes from the Trenholm Artists Guild

 

Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.

Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.

At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard and this semester is no exception. The Spring 2016 featured artist is Jim Dukes and his mural is the second in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.

Dukes’ art is focused on the healing that its creation can bring. Faced with personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress, Dukes “chose the path of redefining his life through art.” In addition to working on his own artistic works he is also engaged in helping others to find a path to recovery through the visual arts.  In 2016 he will be the Director of Healing Arts at the Big Barn Retreat, a non-profit that “provides a variety of free services for veterans and their families…with a focus on treating and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Dukes creates his photography-based art using his Droid Maxx cell phone and free or low cost editing software. In his Artist Statement he writes, “My goal remains to inspire others in similar situations to choose any art outlet at their disposal and just start creating.”

Dukes’ mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Spring semester. A selection of his works are also currently being featured near the Music Library entrance. More information on Jim and his works can be found on his website at http://www.jjdphoto2art.com/.

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Tish Lowe and Dawn Faber

Apparitions, Ink on Paper, Letita "Tish" Lowe

Apparitions, Ink on Paper, Letita “Tish” Lowe

In continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artists Letita “Tish” Lowe and Dawn Faber.

Italian trained contemporary realist Dr. Tish Lowe specializes in portraits, figural, and still life oil paintings. Nine of her works for ink on paper are being displayed in conjunction with the Southern Exposure concert featuring George Crumb’s Apparition being held on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free.

Moon Shadows, Watercolor, Dawn Faber

Moon Shadows, Watercolor, Dawn Faber

Also on display are the abstract paintings of Dawn Faber which are described as being “rich with texture, color, movement, and warmth. Her displayed works are entitled Moon Shadows, Peace be with You, Garden Party, Fancy That I, Rhythms I, Rhythms II, Legacy, and Changes.