Great Lakes Showcase celebrates local and regional artists — opening Feb. 26

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts are pleased to present the 2015 JABLOKOW_PETER_QUINCY DREDGE IN WINTERGreat Lakes Showcase (GLS), an annual month-long, juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts.

Opening on Thursday, Feb. 26, and continuing through March 31 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the Great Lakes Showcase is a celebration art that brings together both local artists and others from the around the upper Midwest region. The Showcase features paintings, photography, drawings, collage, ceramics, textiles, and works in wood by local and regional artists, juried by a group of professional artists. The show will feature 92 artworks in a range of media, including woven textiles, ceramic, paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, wood-turning, bronze sculpture, and installation pieces.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit is located in the Rozsa Art Gallery, in the lower level of the Rozsa Center. Visitor parking is available at meters adjacent to the Rozsa Center. (NOTE: The gallery is closed on weekends.)

The opening will feature the announcement of awards for outstanding work in several categories. This year the reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. In addition to beautiful artwork and a chance to meet the artists, the reception will feature appetizers and a cash bar, as well as live music provided by local folk band “What the Folk,” performing from 5:30 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.

Artworks are available for purchase; visitors are encouraged to support their favorite artist by making a Great Lakes Showcase artwork part of their home or office. Most of the pieces are for sale and can be purchased in person at the show or at the Central Ticketing Operations office in the Student Development Complex. 100 percent of proceeds go to the artists. A Ticket Office representative will be in the gallery on Opening Night to assist with sales, and purchases can be made through March 31. Artworks purchased will be available for pick up after March 31 at the conclusion of the exhibition.

According to show coordinator Sarah Fayen Scarlett, “This year, we received almost 190 entries from 65 artists — a 15 percent increase over 2014. Artists hail from throughout the UP as well as downstate and neighboring regions. Visitors will see returning artists as well as newcomers.”

The judge for the awards this year is Beth A. Zinsli. Dr. Zinsli is Curator and Director of the Galleries at the Wriston Art Center at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Best in Show carries a cash prize of $1000, supported by the MTU President’s Office. The Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts and the University Provost support the first place prizes in the 3D and 2D categories. 2nd place prizes and Honorable Mentions are also awarded. During the course of the show, visitors can vote for the Community Choice Award. The winner will be announced on the GLS website at the close of the show on March 31.

For more details, please contact Sarah Fayen-Scarlett, 906-487-2420, sfscarle@mtu.edu.

MC Friedrich Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award

MC Friedrich
MC Friedrich

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student rating of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2015 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

Professor Mary Carol Friedrich is one of the finalists in the Associate Professor/Professor category.

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, April 3, and can be completed online.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes. The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in May 2015.

Read more at Tech Today.

Jazz Night on the Town Feb. 5 Features Faculty and Students

Mu Beta Psi in conjunction with the Michigan Tech Jazz Association presents Jazz Night on the Town, on Thursday Feb. 5, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Orpheum in Hancock. There will be a $5 minimum donation at the door.

The night will be opened by one of Michigan Tech’s Jazz Groups, AstroSax, consisting of some of the best student jazz musicians at Tech. Closing/headlining the night will be Northern Standard Time, consisting of Michael Christianson on trombone and tuba and Michael Irish on guitar. Mike and Mike are both professors in the Department of Visual Performing Arts. Michael Irish is a well-known guitarist and Michael Christianson has traveled around the world, been on Broadway and played with many famous bands.

This concert supports the John MacInnes Memorial Scholarship, an award presented by Mu Beta Psi to Tech students involved in music programs.

From Tech Today.

Wunsch Award for Sarah Fayen Scarlett’s Chipstone Group

Sarah Fayen Scarlett
Sarah Fayen Scarlett

Sarah Fayen Scarlett (VPA) joined former colleagues from the Chipstone Foundation to receive the Wunsch Award for Excellence in American Arts.

Scarlett worked as a curator for Chipstone for seven years before joining Tech’s faculty in Visual and Performing Arts. Chipstone promotes original research and innovative education programs in material culture studies within universities and museums. The Wunsch Award is honoring Chipstone’s exhibition program at the Milwaukee Art Museum, scholarly publications, online initiatives with ArtBabble and immersive programming for college students interested in publicly-engaged scholarship about art and design.

From Tech Today.

AMERICANA WEEK 2015
MASTERPIECES OF RARITY AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE TO BE OFFERED ACROSS THE SALES OF IMPORTANT AMERICAN FURNITURE, OUTSIDER AND FOLK ART, SILVER AND CHINESE EXPORT ART

New York – Christie’s is pleased to announce that Americana Week 2015, a series of auctions, viewings and events, will be held from January 16-26. In all, Americana Week 2015 will offer over 520 lots and is expected to realize upwards of $6 million. In conjunction with the sales, Christie’s will also host the third annual Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January 21, honoring Arnold Lehman and The Chipstone Foundation.

Read more at Christie’s Press Center.

VPA at KCACTF Region 3 Festival

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mainstage Theatre
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mainstage Theatre

Visual and Performing Arts faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) Region 3 Festival, Jan. 6–10, 2015, in Milwaukee.

MC Friedrich presented a workshop on costume draping, Christopher Plummer presented a workshop on wireless microphones and Josh Loar taught a workshop on using QLab for theatrical sound design. Trish Helsel was the workshop coordinator for the entire festival.

From Tech Today.

2015 Region III KCACTF Award Recipients from Michigan Tech

Design Storm
Honorable Mention
Sound: Austin Scott
Award Recipients
Scenery: Mark Postma

S.P.A.M. Prop Award
Jamie Aneshansel

Regional Design Projects
Sound Design
Recipient
Eric Smith

Tech Olympics
Individual Event Best Times
Costumes
Lance Cohoon and Cambry Wade
Knots
Josh Maiville
Sound
Devin Miller and Jason Scott

The Games of the Technological Olympiad
Team Event
Bronze Medal
Alec Greitsell and Josh Maiville
Silver Medal
Jamie Aneshansel and Robert Billings

Design and Technology Allied Design and Technologies Award
Honorable Mention
Jamie Aneshansel

Mary Muncil Recognized for Rookie Accomplishments

Making A Difference 2014Making a Difference Award Winners Recognized

Several staff members were honored with Michigan Tech Staff Council Making a Difference Awards at an awards program in the MUB Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Rookie Award: Mary Muncil (Rozsa)

To say that Mary took over as interim director of the Rozsa during a difficult time would be an understatement. Despite enormous challenges, Mary came in and led the Center to a successful season. As Mary’s nominator put it, “She has met each challenge with a lot of courage, a little smile and a whole lot of class.” This would be difficult for a veteran, which makes her rookie performance even more impressive!

Read more at Tech Today.

Soundscape Ecology Lecture Today

SFRES Lecture Today: Interdisciplinary Ecology

Faculty from across campus will come together to present current and planned work in soundscape ecology, architecture and artistry surrounded by a dynamic soundscape installation today from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Noblet Atrium. Presenters include Assistant Professor Andrew Barnard (MEEM), Assistant Professor Lisa Johnson (VPA), Professor of Practice Josh Loar (VPA), Instructor Elizabeth Meyer (VPA) and Associate Professor Christopher Plummer (VPA).

Discussion will cover the transformation of soundscapes in public environments and the resulting impact on people, ways soundscape ecology is documenting the world around us, and how collaborations between scientists and artists can help engage science audiences in new ways.

From Tech Today.

Chris Trevino in Michigan Tech Magazine Fall 2014

Chris Trevino
Chris Trevino. Photo by Sarah Bird.

Undeadhead

A sound design student orchestrates the clamor and creak of the zombie apocalypse.

Chris Trevino brings life to the undead, whooshes and whams to super-heroes and villains. He sets the scene for every noisy medium imaginable, from video game to vlog to TV show. And as an up-and-coming sound effects producer, he’s got one of the coolest (and sometimes sloppiest) jobs around.

Read more at Michigan Tech Magazine Fall 2014, by Danny Messinger.