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Grey Matters - Dance for Parkinson's Disease Class Offered at the U
06-25-2015
In a collaboration between the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Modern Dance, Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Claudio and University of Utah alumna Lennie Swenson are using their training in dance, creative movement, and physical therapy to battle one of movement’s greatest enemies: Parkinson’s disease (PD). Juan Carlos Claudio (second from left) leads class participants through a series of movement exercises.  How can dance help...
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2015-2016 Department of Theatre season: “All the world’s a stage”
06-23-2015
The Department of Theatre proudly announces its rich and diverse 2015-16 season of plays and musicals with old favorites and cutting-edge titles. Ranging from classics like You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hello, Dolly! and Green Day’s American Idiot, to the Utah premiere of Good Kids, this seasons offers something for everyone to enjoy. Wherever you are, and whatever your interests may be, we invite...
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Graduate students earn exciting recognition and appointments
06-12-2015
Graduate students within the College of Fine Arts are, as you may have guessed, reaching new heights and proving their chops. With prestigious awards and appointments for competitive fellowships, these graduate student successes have surely earned our round of applause.Maggie Adams: Fellowship with Center for Latin American StudiesSelected for a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship for Portuguese,...
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UMFA Executive Director Selected One of Utah Business Magazine’s “30 Women to Watch”
06-12-2015
Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah, was honored this month as one of Utah Business magazine’s 2015 “30 Women to Watch”. The magazine’s annual recognition program spotlights women business leaders who have distinguished themselves across a diverse range of fields, from banking to healthcare. Since Dietrich was appointed UMFA’s executive director in 2010, she has...
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U Chamber Choir named international champion
06-05-2015
The University of Utah Chamber Choir won what is considered by some as the world championship of amateur choral art, the European Choral Grand Prix. The competition includes choirs from all across the globe and has an international jury made up of judges from six different countries.  The U’s choir, directed by Barlow Bradford, became qualified to compete after winning the prestigious Florilége Vocal de Tours...
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ArtsForce named U of U 2015 Beacon of Excellence
06-01-2015
In 2011, the University of Utah created the Beacons of Excellence Awards as part of a broader initiative to “re-imagine the undergraduate experience.” And, this year, the College of Fine Arts groundbreaking program, ArtsForce, was recognized for its excellence in providing transformative experiences to undergraduate students. This young-but-impressive program was chosen as one of six recipients from 260 nominations.The University’s award announcement quoted a College of Fine Arts staff member...
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Introducing *drumroll* UtahPresents
06-01-2015
Since 2001, Kingsbury Hall Presents has offered an eclectic season of performing artists at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. As part of an expanded mission that reaches beyond the boundaries of the Kingsbury Hall stage into other venues and spaces on campus and in the community, the performing arts series has become UtahPresents. This evolution and expansion will infuse the campus and...
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Spring 2015: Semester in Review
05-26-2015
Rich with collaborative projects, innovative research, and powerful performances, the College of Fine Arts enjoyed a successful Spring 2015 semester. Join us in taking a look back at our students, alumni, and faculty’s news and achievements.College-wide AchievmentsNaomi Natale: The Art of RevolutionArtist and activist Naomi Natale of the One Million Bones Project came to campus to speak about art and social change for the annual...
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