Short-Term Visiting Fellows

The Willson Center Short-Term Visiting Fellows, nominated by UGA faculty,bring distinguished artists, scholars and performers to the arts and humanities community at the University of Georgia. Visiting Fellows conduct intensive workshops for faculty and students, and give public presentations of their work.

Short-Term Visiting Fellows for 2014-2015

Amanda D. Concha-Holmes Amanda Concha-Holmes

Host: Meredith Welch-Devine (Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies)
Date: October 20-24

Amanda Concha-Holmes’ work as a visual and ecological anthropologist embraces the notion of applied documentary filmmaking to further human understanding of and collaboration in multispecies encounters through evocative ethnography. During her 5-day residency at the University of Georgia, she will spend her time working with various colleges and student groups across campus. This will include such activities as a classroom presentation with students in the College of Environment and Design and an afternoon brownbag discussion with the New Media Institute’s Journalism majors regarding her use of innovative media technology.  In addition to these activities, Amanda will schedule one-on-one mentoring sessions throughout the week with students interested in further developing the use of videography and photography in their own work.


Stephen Burns Stephen Burns

Host: Brandon Craswell (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Residency Date: November 10-14
Performance Date: November 14, 8pm
Performance Location: Ramsey Hall, Performing Arts Center

Stephen Burns is a versatile artist equally at home as a trumpeter, conductor and composer. Burns’s residency will culminate with a public recital on November 14 at 8 pm in Ramsey Hall at the Performing Arts Center. This recital will fall at the end of the Spotlight on the Arts Festival, and will incorporate collaborations with the dance department, the trumpet studio, as well as the faculty brass and voice departments.  Burns’s visit will involve many interactions with the faculty and students at the School of Music, including morning warm-ups with the trumpet studio, private trumpet lessons, as well as rehearsals with piano, voice, dance, the trumpet studio, and faculty brass.


Red Priest Red Priest

Host: Caitlin Hubbard (Performing Arts Center)
Date: November 12, 8pm
Location: Hodgson Concert Hall

Named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has performed hundreds of sold-out concerts at festivals and in concert halls throughout the world. They’ve been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones, and Cirque du Soleil, and called “outrageous yet compulsive” and “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says, “Simply amazing. Any group that can make you rethink a masterpiece and also make it fun is rare indeed.” You’ll love their extraordinary virtuosity and uniquely imaginative approach to musical performance.


Helen Armstrong Helen Armstrong

Host: Julie Spivey (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: January 12-16

Helen Armstrong is Assistant Professor of graphic design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she is Graduate Director of the MFA in Experience Design, Creative Director of the Miami Augmented Reality Center and faculty affiliate of the Institute for Interactive Media Studies. She also editor of Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field (2009) and is currently working on Digital Design Theory: Essential Texts for the Graphic Designer. Armstrong has an MA in English literature, an MA in Publications Design and an MFA in Graphic Design. In addition to teaching, Armstrong also works as principal and creative director of her firm, Strong Design. Her design work—for such clients as Sage College of Albany, USInternetworking, and New College of Florida—has won regional and international awards. Her work has been included in numerous publications in the United States and the United Kingdom, including How International Design Annual, The Complete Typographer, The Typography Workbook and Design Elements.


Mequitta Ahuja Mequitta Ahuja

Host: Katie Geha (Lamar Dodd School of Art)
Date: January 27, 2pm
Location: Lamar Dodd School of Art, room N150

Mequitta Ahuja will examine the paintings and drawings on view in her LDSOA exhibition as well as discuss works from a number of other exhibitions including Crystal Bridges’ State of the Art, her 2013 solo show at Thierry-Goldberg Gallery in New York and Portraiture Now at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. She will explain her process and artistic references and provide some biographical information that pertains to her work and career including her heritage and upbringing, her participation in artist in residence programs, and her recent travels to Italy.

Ahuja is an artist who lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She received an MFA from UIC in 2003, mentored by Kerry James Marshall. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S as well as in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, India and Dubai. Ahuja has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 12X12, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX, BravinLee Programs in New York and Nathalie Obadia Gallery in Paris, France. Group exhibitions include: Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Collects African American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Poets and Painters at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, KS, “Undercover” at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and Usable Pasts at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In addition to exhibition catalogues, Ahuja’s work has appeared in Modern Painters, March 2007 and Art News, February 2007. Ahuja is the recipient of a 2011 Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Award, and a 2008 Houton Artadia Prize. Her work is included in several  public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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Alexandre Munz Alexandre Munz

Host: Lisa Fusillo and Joan Buttram (Department of Dance)
Date: February 20-March 8

Prior to becoming Principal Soloist at the Berlin Opera Ballet, Alexandre Munz trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School in the early 80’s before the emergence of somatic practices and modern dance in France. Ten years later, after an intense international career, Munz leads in the cutting edge of contemporary international somatic practices. He initially created S.A.F.E.™ – Spine Advanced Functional Empowerment – to self-heal from chronic pathologies and migraines developed during ballet training.

Now, as a choreographer and educator, his innovative S.A.F.E.™ pedagogy has received a grant from the French Ministry of Culture to implement a major research and development project in partnership with French national institutes, gathering health experts, high-level dancers and athletes. A scientific treatise of this work is archived at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and has been made available to the Slippery Rock University Department of Dance.

SAFE Floor™ (a somatic practice), SAFE Barre™ (a barre training based on traditional barre exercises) and Graphysiology™ (tools for dance-making which incorporate mental imagery) are based on the spine’s spiral concept and the activation of a neuromuscular reflex that allows muscles to generate contraction and relaxation simultaneously (reciprocal innervation reflex). With this interactive muscular concept, dancers automatically strengthen deeper muscles while enhancing their body-perception in tridimensional patterns. Munz’s methods are currently in use by dancers and high-level athletes in Europe and in the USA.

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Short-Term Visiting Fellows for 2013-2014

vladimir ivanovVladimir Ivanov

Host: Levon Ambartsumian (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Residency: October 31-November 9
Performance Date: November 5, 8pm
Location: Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center

Vladimir Ivanov is the Dean of the Orchestral Department at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and serves as the head of the Violin Department. He also holds the honor of being a People’s Artist of Russia. His repertoire includes a few hundred works of solo and chamber music in all genres. In addition to serving as a jury member in many international music competitions, he tours and holds master classes in Russia and abroad, traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, the United States, Denmark, Italy, South Korea, North Korea, Portugal, and Greece.

He won first prize at the Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany, in 1972 and gold medals in the Katy Popova International Festival in Pleven, Bulgaria, and the M. Ravel International Music Festival in Bordeaux, France, in 1974 and 1976, respectively.

During his residency, Vladimir Ivanov will perform with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and host a number of events. The performance will take place November 5th at 8pm in the Hugh Hodgson Hall. Chamber orchestra workshops will take place November 1, 3, and 4 within the School of Music.  A violin master class will be held on November 6 and 7, time and place to be announced. A chamber music quartet workshop will be held on November 8, time and place to be announced.

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David GeringasDavid Geringas

Host: David Starkweather (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Residency: January 21-January 23
Performance date: January 21, 8pm
Location: Ramsey Concert Hall

David Geringas was the gold medal winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1970.  A protégé of Rostropovich, he is now the most sought-after cello teacher in Europe.  His many recordings and performances demonstrate beautiful sound and beautifully expressive phrasing.  Today Mr. Geringas is one of the most outstanding cellists on the international concert stage.

David Geringas will perform on January 21 at 8pm and will be joined for this recital by pianist Ian Fountain. The event is part of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series. He will hold master classes on January 22 and 23, times and locations to be announced.


Short-Term Visiting Fellows for 2012-2013


Kopelman String Quartet

Host: Levon Ambartsumian (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)
Residency: October 2 – 10
Concert date: October 7, 2012, 3 pm
Location: Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center

The Kopelman Quartet is one of the major string quartets of the world and bears an extraordinary legacy in chamber music. Founded a decade ago by graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, the quartet is steeped in the standards and style of the classic Russian school. Their performances are marked by a rich inheritance of technical excellence, lyricism, grace, and musical integrity. While on campus, the Quartet will lead individual master-classes and quartet master-classes and hold meetings with UGA Faculty and students. The Quartet will give the Payne Memorial Concert as part of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series on Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.


Liz LermanLiz Lerman

Host: Mark Callahan (Lamar Dodd School of Art and ICE [Ideas for Creative Exploration])
Residency: October 29 – November 2, 2012
Lecture: “Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules, Breaking Rules”
Date: Thursday, November 1, 4 pm
Location: Room 248, Miller Learning Center

ICE is pleased to host Liz Lerman for a weeklong residency at UGA, sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Department of Dance, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Hodgson School of Music. The program is also supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors.

Liz Lerman is a visionary choreographer, performer, educator, and writer best known for organizing highly collaborative works that cut across traditional disciplines and communities. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her recent work, “The Matter of Origins,” examines the question of beginnings through dance, media, and innovative formats for conversation supported by the National Science Foundation.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Milwaukee, Lerman attended Bennington College and Brandeis University, received her BA in dance from the University of Maryland, and an MA in dance from George Washington University. In 1976 she founded Dance Exchange, based in the Washington DC area and now regarded as one the most innovative and creatively expansive dance companies in the world. She is the author of many articles and books including “Teaching Dance to Senior Adults” (1983), “Critical Response Process” (2003) and “Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer” (2011).

Liz Lerman’s five-day residency will feature both her mastery as a choreographer and her extraordinary ability to galvanize and inspire dialogue among multiple voices – artistic, scientific, and scholarly – in all their varied perspectives. Her visit will include workshops, a public lecture, master classes in the Department of Dance, and training in the Critical Response Process, a critical feedback methodology that evolved over the past twenty years through workshops and a book that has been adopted by many artmakers, educators, and administrators.

Lerman will be joined by John Borstel, a visual artist, writer, arts administrator, and Senior Advisor for Dance Exchange. Borstel is the co-author of “Critical Response Process,” and has travelled widely to teach and facilitate this unique feedback system, which emphasizes the values of dialogue and active involvement by the artist.

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Marcus Buglermarcus bugler

Host: Joan Buttram (Department of Dance)
Residency: April 4 – 6, 2013 in connection with the Spring Dance Concert, Department of Dance

Marcus Bugler is executive dance director and choreographer for Glenbrook Studios®, a motion picture production and distribution company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Instructor and Choreographer for Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil’s production of Viva Elvis. Bugler is recognized for his skill in training actors and singers to be theatrical movers on stage and screen.

Professionally, Bugler has been a dancer with the Muny Opera in St. Louis; the Harkness Youth Dancers (performing at the White House); the Harkness Ballet (touring all over Europe); Joffrey II; the Eglevsky Ballet; and the New York Metropolitan Opera, where he was dancer, Dance Captain, Ballet Rehearsal Assistant, and finally Repetiteur in 2001.

In 2003 he moved to Las Vegas to become Artistic Coordinator for the Cirque du Soleil production of Zumanity: The Other Side of Cirque du Soleil. He was brought in as a guest artist of the Chicago Lyric Opera twice, first as Assistant Choreographer to restage the dances in the opera The Great Gatsby and in 2006, as Choreographer for Robert Carsen’s production of the opera Orfeo. Before joining Cirque, he was invited in 2003 and again in 2008 to Japan to choreograph the dances for the Ongaku-Juku production of the opera Die Fledermaus, and in 2007 for the Saito-Kinen Matsumoto production of the opera Queen of Spades, all conducted by the brilliant Seiji Ozawa.


With a dance knowledge covering a wide range of techniques, including Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Flamenco and Ballroom, Marcus teaches master classes, gives workshops, adjudicates and choreographs in dance schools, camps and conventions across the country; notably Lindenwood University and Utica College as guest faculty, Chautauqua Summer Arts Festival, Ballet School of Stamford, Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Eastern Virginia School of Performing Arts, Ballet Tennessee, the Sawnee Ballet in Georgia, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Dance Educators of America, and Soulfire Dance.

Bugler still performs on stages: as a stepsister in Peter Anastos’ ballet Cinderella and as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.

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