In addition to offering Artist Minigrants, Rising Third and Fourth-Year Arts Awards, and direct connections to our arts faculty members, the Miller Arts Scholars program also invites guest artists to meet with our students and work within our arts departments. These artists are working professionals who are making significant contributions to the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theater, Studio Art, and Creative Writing. Guest artists help our students make important professional connections and imagine their work's potential beyond grounds.
2019-2020 Visiting Artists
Tyshawn Sorey, Music
The New York Times has praised Sorey for his instrumental facility and aplomb, “he plays not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise”; The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently noted that Sorey is “among the most formidable denizens of the in-between zone…An extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.” Sorey has received support for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was recently named a 2017 MacArthur fellow. The Spektral Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) have commissioned his works, which exemplify a penchant for a thorough exploration of the intersection between improvisation and composition. Sorey also collaborates regularly with ICE as a percussionist and resident composer. Future commissions include a residency at the Berlin Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project in partnership with Opera Philadelphia supporting a new work for tenor Lawrence Brownlee addressing themes associated with Black Lives Matter. Learn more about Tyshawn Sorey at https://tyshawnsorey.com.
Jeffrey Kmiec, Drama
Jeffrey D. Kmiec is an award-winning Chicago-based scenic designer. His designs have been seen at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Timeline Theatre, American Players Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Porchlight, Raven Theatre, The Artistic Home, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival and The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. He received three consecutive Equity Jeff Awards for his designs on The Little Mermaid at the Paramount Theatre (2017), Deathtrap at Drury Lane Theatre (2016), and Les Miserables at The Paramount Theatre (Co-Design with Kevin Depint in 2015). Jeffrey received his MFA from the University of Virginia and is a member of USA 829. See more of Jeffrey’s work at jeffreydkmiec.com.
Netta Yerushalmy, Dance
Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed.
Her work has been commissioned and presented by venues such as Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Wexner Center for the Arts, La Mama, River to River Festival, Center for the Arts/Buffalo, International Dance (Jerusalem), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, 62 Center for the Arts/Williamstown, ODC & Bridge Project, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance (Tel Aviv), Harkness Dance Festival, International Solo Festival (Stuttgart), Roulette.
As Guest Artist and visiting faculty, Netta has created work with repertory companies and students nationally at the University of the Arts, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, University of Utah, Zenon Dance Company, American Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey School, SUNY Brockport, University of Texas at Austin, James Madison University, Long Island University, UNC Charlotte, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.
See Netta Yerushalmy's full bio at: http://www.nettay.com
Emmet Gowin, Studio Art
Emmet Gowin (b. 1941, Danville, Va.) received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1965 and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967.
For nearly four decades, Gowin's work has been included in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His solo shows include those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1983). Gowin's first midcareer retrospective was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and later traveled to seven venues (1990-93); his first European retrospective appeared at the Espace Photographie Marie de Paris (1992). The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., presented a traveling exhibition that included eight total venues across the country (2002-04).
Throughout his career, Gowin has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1977, 1979), the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania (1983), the Friends of Photography Peer Award (1992), and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1993). Gowin taught in the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University from 1973 until his retirement in 2010, and was honored with the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997.
Gowin's work can be found in museum collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Tokyo Museum of Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Monographs published on Gowin's work include Emmet Gowin/Photographs (1976); Emmet Gowin: Photographs, 1966-1983 (1983); Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow (1990); Emmet Gowin: Aerial Photographs (1998); Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth (2002); and Mariposas Nocturnas – Edith in Panama (2006).
Mr. Gowin will be visiting on March 17-18 with a public lecture on March 18 at 5:30 (location TBA.)
2018-2019 Visiting Artists
Shandoah Goldman, Dance
Canadian/American Choreographer Shandoah Goldman is the founder and artistic director of Carte Blanche Performance. Her collaborative choreographic practice fuses dance with location, sound, video, theatre and brands. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College, M.A. from London Contemporary Dance School. Her work has been presented in theaters, museums, and many site-specific locations including the Flatiron Building and The High Line in New York City. She is the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts grants. She has recently relocated from Brooklyn to her hometown of Charlottesville, VA. Learn more at www.carteblancheperformance.com.
Emily Wright, Dance
Emily Wright, MFA, PhD, is an independent dance artist, educator, and scholar in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work employs collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to examine the transformative potential of dance-making. Emily is the author of the forthcoming book, Dancing to Transform: How Concert Dance Becomes Religious in American Christianity. Learn more at www.emilywrightdance.com.
Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, Music
The music of violinist Cookie Segelstein and accordionist and tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) player Joshua Horowitz of the group Veretski Pass has won numerous awards, among them the BBC’s Critics Circle award for best CD, the Belgian Gandalf Award for Best Concert, and the Viennese Fritz Spielmann Award. They have twice been chosen as ambassadors representing traditional Jewish Music of Eastern Europe for the German traveling exhibition, Klezmerwelten, and have headlined KlezFest, the Jewish Music Festival of SOAS, University of London. They have been featured internationally in concerts at prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the ten-best recordings lists of journalists. Segelstein’s unique violin style was featured for the Jewish wedding scene in HBO’s Sex and the City, and Horowitz’s compositons provided the music for Jes Benstock’s award-winning film, The Holocaust Tourist, as well as for the German TV series, Berlin, Berlin. Together with UVA Associate Professor Joel Rubin (Director of Music Performance), Veretski Pass has recorded two CDs. Poyln: A Gilgul (Poland: A Metamorphosis, 2015, http://poyln.com) received a five-star review from the influential Songlines world music magazine. The new recording, The Magid Chronicles, explores klezmer and Yiddish music of Belarus and Ukraine and will be released on January 20, 2019. Both are on Golden Horn Records. This is their second visit to UVA as guest artists.
2017-2018 Visiting Artists
Marjani Forté, Dance
Fortè-Saunders' work has been presented at many theaters, centers, and in partnership with communities across the United States and in the New York Triborough area including Danspace Project, the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA, Movement Research at Judson Church, New Orleans Mckenna Museum, Harlem Stage, The Pillsbury Theatre in Minneapolis, Spelman College, Pomona College, and Hunter College City University of New York. With a commitment to culturally driven performance art, that ignites positive, equitable action, stirs the human soul, and speaks bravely against injustice Fortè-Saunders’ work has flourished into a bouquet of practices, which include teaching and lecture, community organizing/partnership, choreography, master classes in contemporary technique and improvisation, and research driven engagement that seeks to satisfy and inspire artistic development and structural critique.
Warren Craghead, Studio Art
His work explores the absurd idea of how to be everywhere; It insists that art can be accessible, cryptic, and beautiful all at the same time. His drawings, collages, paintings, book and mail art are inspired by his experience in the ordinary world. They contain spontaneous "without thinking" narratives that process and encode everyday life and the written word into discrete, pictographic, nonlinear stories that can be encountered everywhere: a sticker on a pole, a booklet in a newspaper, a postcard in the mail, an image on a website, a collage in a gallery.
Nicole-Gurgel Seefeldt, Drama
Nicole-Gurgel Seefeldta is a performer and poet, arts organizer and activist. She's created original performances around issues of homelessness, immigration, and racial justice in Minnesota, Virginia, Texas, and New Mexico. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in Performance as Public Practice, and has worked with Alternate ROOTS since 2013, supporting the work of artist-activists throughout the South and beyond. She is Midwestern by birth and makes her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This event is cosponsored with the Department of Drama and its Dance Program and the University of Virginia Arts and Sciences' Collective Response Moving Forward Fund.
Paul Brody, Music
Paul Brody is an American trumpeter, composer, sound installation artist, and writer based in Berlin, Germany. His work explores the relationship between the spoken word and melody through performance, composition, radio art, and sound installations. Brody leads his klezmer-jazz band, Sadawi and has collaborated with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Wim Wenders, and Barry White. He is a regular member of the avant-garde theater troupe of Hungarian-born director David Marton. Citing influences from Joseph Beuys, Charles Ives, Samuel Beckett, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, along with the story and folklore collecting traditions of Studs Terkel and Alan Lomax, Brody uses oral history to create word and sound-orientated narratives from documentary material. “A story is a melody and a melody is a story,” Brody explained in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel. His installation work generally examines the relationship between voice-melody and identity and the notion of home. Brody believes that while words carry one meaning, the voice-melody can be heard as carrying its own independent narrative. Voices speaking one language with the melody of another language contain infinitely more complex parallel narratives. In addition, the voice-melody reveals both impersonal and personal information: origin, family history, travels, but also emotional state and physical condition. This event was cosponsored by McIntire Department of Music, James Dunton Gift (Jazz Program), UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for German Studies, the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Drama Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Anthropology Department, and the Linguistics Program.