Dance at Illinois choreographer, researcher, and professor Tere O’Connor has been given a Doris Duke Artist Award for 2013. O’Connor, a master dance maker with more than 30 years of experience, brings metaphor, memory, and aspects of consciousness to the forefront in many of his works. Funding from the Doris Duke Artist Award will allow him to both explore projects that connect writing, teaching, experiencing dance, mentoring, and advocacy and move farther away from the concept of authorship toward dances that are structured to allow for external ideas from the performers and the audience to shape them. The award includes an unrestricted grant of $250,000 over three to five years, $25,000 toward a retirement account, plus the possibility of additional funds for outreach and audience engagement. Chosen by an anonymous panel, winners must have previously earned at least three national grants, awards, or other eminent prizes and have received support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The ten-year Doris Duke Artist Award program is designed to “recognize the potential of individual artists and insure their future viability.”
May 2, 2013
Helene Siebrits—an assistant professor of costume design and technology with LEVEL21 at Krannert Center, the convergent production training program—has garnered a 2013 fellowship from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology to research traditional Cambodian dance. Siebrits will spend time in the southeast Asian nation with dancers from Amrita Performing Arts, a nongovernmental organization established to both preserve historic art forms and develop contemporary works. During the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, artists were massacred as part of the abolishment of traditional Khmer culture, and dance practices are today being reconstructed through the memories and oral histories of the small percentage of movement artists who survived. Siebrits was selected for one of just three fellowships for performing arts research given in 2013 by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
April 29, 2013
SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City, edited by Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul J. Armstrong and published by the University of Illinois Press, has received the 2013 Historic Preservation Book Prize by the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation. The yearly award goes to the book selected by a jury for “the most significant contribution to the intellectual vitality of historic preservation” in the United States. Kapp is an associate professor in the School of Architecture, while Armstrong is an associate professor emeritus in the School of Architecture. The book focuses particularly on the Rust Belt of the Midwest to demonstrate how cities can revitalize their blighted urban regions through thoughtful environmental and economic approaches. The book was lauded by Cristina Turdean, the jury’s chair, for “making the reader think in a holistic and practical way of the forces and factors that could and should play a role in the transformation of dormant industrial infrastructure and communities into vibrant urban centers.”
April 24, 2013
Culminating four years of intensive training, the BFA exhibition for the School of Art and Design showcases the work of art historians, art educators, designers, and artists. Join the students whose careers are about to begin at a reception on May 4 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Krannert Art Museum. The display encompassing innovations in art eduction, art history, graphic design, industrial design, metals, new media, painting, photography, and sculpture will be on view through May 12.
April 23, 2013
These sixteen flutists from the School of Music will draw from their stamina, breath control, energy, and discipline honed through years of practicing—and running—when they participate in the 5K, 10K, or half marathon on the weekend of April 26-27. So far about 50 FAA student, staff, and faculty athletes will compete in one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon events, plus many others will be cheering along the route, monitoring intersections for safety, handing out bags and shirts, setting up booths, and serving in other capacities as volunteers. Will we see you out on the course?
April 22, 2013