Fine & Performing Arts Department Stories

Summer 2010

Professor Russ Longtin played Professor Marvel and the Wizard in the QuarryWorks production of "The Wizard of Oz," this summer — his eighth QuarryWorks season. Several of Longtin's past and present students were also in the show.

The gallery at River Arts in Morrisville featured a celebration of recent work by eight regional artists June 3-July 10. Five of the eight are members of JSC’s Fine Arts Department:

Bethany Bond, Marie LaPre Grabon, Ken Leslie, John Miller, and Victoria Patrick.

Two studio arts students, Ben Ferguson and Justine

Waggett, received fellowship awards from the Vermont Studio Center based on their artistic merit and academic goals. In addition, for the first time the Center also extended two fellowships to students in JSC's B.F.A. writing program: Adam Smith, and Dana Russo. All four spent two weeks this summer at the Center, which is the largest international residency program for professional artists and writers in the U.S.


Spring 2010

Professor John Miller took an interesting, community-based approach to an Advanced Digital class he is teaching this semester. Subtitled “The Documentary Project,” the class gave students the opportunity to photograph a “community” of their choosing. The class culminated with an exhibit in JSC’s Visual Arts Center in early May.

An extraordinary exhibit of paintings, “The Art of Action,” made its way to River Arts Center in Morrisville in late March. Ten Vermonters through their commissioned artwork tackled issues facing the state’s present and future. The “Artists’ Choice Tour” included the photographic work of John Miller. While the exhibit was featured at River Arts, Professor Miller gave presentations about the Art of Action’s traveling exhibit to two groups of high school students from People’s Academy. Portions of the exhibit are being hosted by Senator Patrick Leahy in Washington, D.C., in April.

A 5' tall, 6' long cow — this one made of fiberglass — arrived on campus in mid-March. Art students worked with Campus Arts Coordinator Leila Bandar to apply their unique JSC style to the cow, after which was then displayed on Church Street in Burlington through much of the summer as part of the “Cows Come Home to Burlington” project. The cows eventually will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.

Instructor Victoria Patrick completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center during Vermont Week this spring.

Instructor Carolyn Mecklosky donated a poster design for a recent event at the Clarina Howard Nichols Center. Working with young people in the Johnson community, Mecklosky also printed 50 peace flags for Johnson’s Winter Carnival and recently donated a clay figure for the local Hospice Art Auction. She also has produced 50 handmade, hand-printed mail art cards for the Luddite Press.

Dibden Center for the Arts Director Jan Herder has been busy. He has re-created Dibden in the virtual-world software “Second Life” and launched an augmented-reality project experimenting with live streaming, lighting, scene design and, eventually, mixed-reality events. He will teach a specialtopics course this summer titled “Introduction to Virtual Worlds: Lighting and Scenic Design,” a hybrid course with an immersive initial weekend in class followed by three weeks of synchronous and asynchronous online classes. Herder also is partnering with the Workforce Investment Board and other organizations to develop a regional brand that helps individuals and businesses to implement new-media strategies using Web 2.0 and the simulator in Second Life for business/skill incubation and economic development. Finally, he has received his certificate from the University of Washington in Virtual Worlds (new media) and describes himself as “a card-carrying member” of the New Media Consortium in Second Life.

New part-time faculty member Dennis Bathory-Kitsz has had several of his compositions performed and received his 18th annual ASCAPlus Award from the American Society

of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In January, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Zon Eastes, performed “Fanfare:Heat” (originally com-missioned by the Vermont Youth Orchestra) along with works by other regional composers. His “The Imagined Moons of Autumn” premiered in Valencia, Spain, in February with flautist Maire Aguilar accompanied by Telmo Gadea on piano. Another, “Imagined Moons,” was commissioned by Doug McIlroy. As part of the “60x60 Project,” the short composition for music box “Conjim for Ed” was performed in February in Oxford, England, marking the 12th performance of that piece. In April, “Meta-Dream Twice” was premiered by violinist Thomas L. Read (originally commissioned by him) as part

of the spring concert series by the Vermont Contemporary

Music Ensemble entitled “To Reach! To Sing!”— named after Read’s own composition heard at the concerts. In May, the piano solo “Thirteen Triple-X” (commissioned by Carson Cooman) will be premiered during the ICMC World New Music Days in Sydney, Australia. And upcoming in November

on St. Cecilia’s Day in Gandía, Spain, Bathory-Kitsz’s

“Crosscut,” a three-movement concerto for piano and large wind band, will be premiered by the Banda Sinfónica de Grau Gandía; it was commissioned by the Banda Sinfónica last year.


The Helen Day Art Center in Stowe hosted its second annual ARTitude live art spring gala on Saturday, May 1. As part of the festivities, Grammy-nominee and JSC Performing Arts Instructor Anthony Geraci played jazz piano.


Summer 2009

This summer, Jan Herder presented at the International
Association of Technology, Education and Development
meeting in Barcelona. His paper, supported by the President's Fund for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, focused on "information, communication and technology for emergence (ICt4e): an immersive learning community blended with virtual worlds and Web 2.0."

Russ Longtin played the villain Iago in Quarry Works Theatre's summer production of Shakespeare's Othello. Quarry Works Theatre is a 60-seat, black-box theater on the grounds of the Adamant Music School in Adamant, VT. In July he performed as Baptista in the theater's production of Kiss Me, Kate.

In July, Anthony Geraci traveled to Beirut to play in the Zouk Mikael Music Festival with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, a Rhode Island-based band with which he has played for more than 30 years.

Professor Ken Leslie spent a month in June and July in Kjøllefjord, Norway, guest of the Christensen Gallery, where he exhibited his work and produced a new artist's book, Kjøllefjord Summer Cycle. Kjøllefjord is on Europe's most northern peninsula, just northwest of Murmansk, Russia. this project was made possible through a JSC Faculty Development grant. In addition, Ken has been invited by the Gilféagiö Foundation to be resident artist in Akureyri, Iceland, in December 2010 and January 2011. He will exhibit selections from his top of the World series in Akureyri's Deiglan gallery and produce a new artist's book, winter solstice in Akureyri. the book will serve as a companion piece to his summer solstice in Akureyri, completed 10 years ago in the same town, just inches below the Arctic Circle in northern Iceland.

David Grozinsky is curating an exhibition at the Firehouse Gallery in Burlington called "This World, Other World." The show will run February 19 to April 10 and includes the work of nine artists who have spent time at the Vermont Studio Center. The show, which includes painting and sculpture, is based on the idea of invented landscape and imagined structure.

Sue Bettman has edited an 18-minute segment for the Vermont Movie: Freedom & Unity, exploring Vermont's Independent Spirit, a collaboration by nearly two dozen Vermont independent filmmakers. Her segment looks at "arts, landscape, political activism, and spirituality" as components of Vermont's independent spirit. The segment is entitled "Four Friends" and features interviews with helen and Jules Rabin of Plainfield, Elka and Peter Schumann of Glover's Bread and Puppet Theater, and artists, political activists, and artisanal bread bakers. The completed film is slated to premiere at the Vermont International
Film Festival in Burlington in 2010.

John Miller completed his suite of large-format digital collages for the "art of action," an exhibit funded by the Vermont Arts Council and the orton Family Foundation. The exhibit opened in Manchester and will travel throughout the state as well as to Washington, D.C. (hosted by Sen. Patrick Leahy) over the next year. Miller also has his photographic work in the Vermont state art collection exhibit, now at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury. His photographs for the art of action commission have just been published in a new catalog that profiles each of the commissioned artists.