Meredith Livingston teaching, performing this week in Brazil

Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston of the Arts and Visual Design academic unit was scheduled to perform Monday night as guest soloist with the University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra during their concert at the San Pedro Opera Theater in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. She performed “Seguidilla,” the well-known aria from Bizet’s “Carmen.” The performance will be repeated on Wednesday (May 23) at another venue in Ribeirao Preto.  Meredith Livingston is a visiting professor for 10 days in the Music Department at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, where she is also teaching masterclasses and the students of Prof. Yuka Prado of the voice faculty, who is on a month’s sabbatical.  Prado was a guest artist at UW-Green Bay in February 2012.

UW-Green Bay flax project draws Medieval Studies attention

Prof. Alison Gates (Arts and Visual Design) and Heidi Sherman (Humanistic Studies) and their student, Alicia Engstrom (a Humanistic Studies major in the Ancient/Medieval track and and Art minor), presented three papers May 11 at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies held at Western Michigan University. They presented at a special session sponsored by DISTAFF (Discussion,Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion). The session was titled “From Field to Fabric: The University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Flax-to-Linen Project” and included the following papers: “Ancient Fiber Crop Cultivation on a Twenty-First-Century College Campus,” (Engstrom); “Flax and Linen as Subject and Content in Medieval Images,” (Gates); and “Seeds, Scutches, and Retting Pits: Archaeological Sources for Medieval Fiber Production,” (Sherman).

Profs. Cupit, Gaines, Deetz earn Instructional Development awards

Congratulations to the recently announced faculty recipients of the Instructional Development Council awards. As part of the University’s faculty development program, IDC allocates monetary support for professional development activities that can lead to the improvement of teaching skills or the development of innovative teaching strategies. The Spring 2012 recipient of the UW-Green Bay Teaching Enhancement Grant is Illene Cupit of Human Development. The Instructional Development program is designed to provide a three-credit course release for full-time instructional teaching staff to undertake a significant development or redesign of a course. The following proposals were funded for Spring 2013: Adam Gaines, Arts and Visual Design, to develop a team-taught course, “The Jazz Age” (with Cliff Ganyard); Kristy Deetz, Arts and Visual Design, to develop a new course, “Intermediate Painting: Media Exploration.”

Faculty note: New role for Rosewall

Ellen Rosewall was elected Vice President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators at its recent board meeting. AAAE is the service organization for university arts management programs and serves organizations in America, Canada, Europe and Asia. Rosewall’s term will begin at the annual meeting in June in Claremont, Calif., where she will also be presenting on “The Role of Applied Scholarship in Tenure and Promotion.”

Mueller legacy (cont.) — Sister’s gift funds Art Agency lecture series

A family that is well known for its generosity toward the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is giving back once again, funding the Visiting Artists Lecture Series of the student Art Agency organization. Continue reading “Mueller legacy (cont.) — Sister’s gift funds Art Agency lecture series”

New video: Behind-the-scenes look at the costumes of Cabaret

It’s the biggest UW-Green Bay Theatre event in more than a decade, and Theatre and Music alike are beyond busy preparing for Cabaret April 20-21. At last count, the production has 108 costumes — and the vast majority of those are painstakingly handmade, right here on campus. We spent some time with Costume Designer and Associate Prof. Kaoime Malloy to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process, from research and concept to hand-dyeing fabrics and bringing it all together. New video has the details.

The Costumes of 'Cabaret': A behind-the-scenes look at dressing the part

Costumes of Cabaret, Associate Prof. Kaoime MalloyUW-Green Bay Theatre and Music are joining forces to present the popular musical Cabaret on the mainstage of the Weidner Center April 20-21. And while the actors and musicians have been busy preparing for the show — Theatre’s first Weidner mainstage production in more than a decade — Associate Prof. Kaoime E. Malloy has been toiling for months to make sure they look their best on stage. Malloy is hand-making the bulk of the show’s costumes (108 at last count), an arduous process that involves thorough research, planning and lots of know-how. From concept to completion, here’s a look at the costumes of Cabaret.

Associate Prof. Kaoime E. Malloy
‘Cabaret’ costume designer

“Every show requires a certain amount of research, and we have been doing an incredible amount of it for Cabaret. We’ve sort of immersed ourselves in the cabaret culture of Weimar Berlin, as well as the actual artistic culture of the time period. …
You always have to sort of immerse yourself in the world of the play to figure out what’s going on and to sort of think about how the character’s reacting and what they’re specifically trying to accomplish through the line of the play.”

At last count there’s at least 108 costumes in this show. … We have everything from lingerie and underwear for the people in the Kit Kat Club all the way to really fine 1920s fashion — sometimes extreme 20s fashion, because Sally is meant to shock every time she’s on stage — as well as period suits. There’s also some Nazi regalia that we have in the show … and a gorilla, so there you go.”

“Every show has its own challenge. Sometimes there (is) trick clothing, sometimes people have to bleed on stage, sometimes clothing has to light up. Every show there’s always something that you have to solve, costume-wise.”

“(There’s) always a new challenge — like this show, Sally’s got to crack those eggs on stage, to drink the prairie oyster, so we have to have inside of her coat, (which) is back behind me, the pocket has to be lined in plastic — so that if those break, there’s not a problem with that … With quick changes, too — there are a lot of fast changes in this show, so everything has to be rigged to facilitate that process with the dressers.”

“The vat room is mainly for immersion dyeing. The vat is actually a steam jacketed soup kettle from a kitchen manufacturer. It’s not the only type of dye that I work with and the only technique that I work with, but it’s probably the bulk of what we do for Theatre, is changing things from one color to another. We also do a lot of distressing of garments, which is going to happen in this show as well. … I know that if I go out someplace and I can’t find exactly what I want, there’s always a way to accomplish that via painting and dyeing.”

“I think what I like most about theatre is that my job constantly changes. … There’s always something to fall in love with, with every show.”

Snapshots: Teacher, Class of ’06, brings students back to Studio Arts

Denmark High School art teacher Candice (Kaiser) Boutelle is a relatively new graduate of UW-Green Bay (Class of 2006.) The other day, she brought more than two dozen students with her on a field trip to make art in the Studio Arts Building studios with faculty members Jennifer Mokren and Minkyu Lee. It looks like the group had fun.

Damkoehler earns Addy for 'Twelve Angry Jurors'

Prof. Toni Damkoehler of Arts and Visual Design received a Silver Addy Award when the Northeast Wisconsin Fox River Ad Club handed out its 2011 awards for excellence in graphic design and advertising.

Damkoehler was recognized in the Elements of Advertising Illustration category for her illustration of the promotional poster for UW-Green Bay Theatre’s spring 2011 production of “12 Angry Jurors.”

It was also a big night for Damkoehler’s students. Several of them were recipients of Student Addy Awards as presented by the club. For that story, click here.