April 10, 2019
Shepherd to present 'Rising Tide' April 17

Shepherd University’s Department of Music will present “Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project,” a global sustainability event in TED talk format, featuring the Fry Street Quartet with speaker Dr. Rob Davies, a climate physicist and educator, at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in the Frank Center Theater.

The performance about global sustainability weaves art and science together through music, prose and visual imagery. Composer Laura Kaminsky’s “Rising Tide” is in four movements- “H2O,” “Bios,” “Forage” and “Societas.” The performance also contains movements from Haydn and Janacek. The talk incorporates a large screen projection featuring paintings by Rebecca Allan and photographs by Garth Lenz, an internationally recognized environmental photographer.

The ConcertoNet.com said the performance had “some very intense music ... each movement was a sonic picture.” “The Crossroads Project” was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” by Joe Palca, science correspondent. Following the performance, the group will provide a talk.

The Fry Street Quartet, made up of violinists Robert Waters and Rebecca McFaul, violist Bradley Ottesen, and cellist Anne Francis Bayless, has performed for audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Utah State University Performance Hall, and in Jerusalem, Sarajevo, Austria, and Brazil.

A physicist and educator, Davies has served as an officer and meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force, worked for NASA on the International Space Station project, and taught on the faculty of three universities. His scientific work has included research into interactions of spacecraft with the space environment, the fundamental nature of light and information, and Earth’s changing climate. For the past decade, Davies’ work has focused on communicating the critical science of climate change and sustainable systems.

Admission is $15 for the general public; $10 for faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, senior citizens, and students 18 and under; and free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. For information, call 304-876-5555 or visit https://www.shepherd.edu/music.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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