RASHOD OLLISON – Music & Culture Critic and Memoirist

Rashod Ollison is an award-winning music and culture critic and native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been a staff critic at The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. He is a 2000 graduate of The University of Arkansas, where he earned a B.A. in creative writing and journalism with a minor in African-American studies. His literary debut, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, is a memoir published in 2016 by Beacon Press.

Apr. 5  @ 1:30 pm – Master Class with Graduate Creative Writing Students

Thompson Hall 331


Apr. 5 @ 5:30 pm – Dinner with UCA Creative Writing Faculty

Location TBD


Apr.  5 @ 7:30 pm – Public Reading followed by Q&A and Book Signing

College of Business Auditorium 107


Apr. 6 @ 11:00 am – Q&A with Creative Writing Students

Thompson Hall 331


Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music, all the while generating worldwide acclaim and controversy. His repertoire, from the complete works of J. S. Bach, to film scores, his own original works, and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements, is probably the most diverse of any organist. He regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. His International Touring Organ is a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world. He received a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School in New York in 2006 and is the first organist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for a solo album.

Apr. 2 @ 3:00 pm – Organ Demonstration/Workshop

Reynolds Performance Hall


Apr. 3 @ 1:40 pm – Public Lecture

Snow Fine Arts Center 140


Apr. 3 @ 7:30 pm – Public Performance

Reynolds Performance Hall 

This is a Ticketed Event. Tickets are FREE for UCA STUDENTS.

General Public may purchase tickets at tickets.uca.edu


Frank Ticheli’s orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and others. He is also well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is a professor of Composition and, from 1991 to 1998, he was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony. He received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from the University of Michigan.


Mar. 14 @ 4:00 – Light Coaching and Q&A with UCA Wind Ensemble

Snow Fine Arts Center 120


Mar. 14 @ 5:15 pm – Light Coaching and Q&A with Hendrix College Wind Ensemble & Choir

Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College


Mar. 14 @ 7:00 pm – Dress Rehearsal 

with Hendrix Wind Ensemble and UCA Wind Ensemble

Reynolds Performance Hall


Mar. 15 @ 9:30 am – Individual Student Composition Sessions

Trieschmann Office #1, Hendrix College


Mar.  15 @ 1:40 pm – Public Lecture for UCA/Hendrix College Students and Faculty

and Area Music Educators and Students

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Mar. 15 @ 4:00 pm – Individual Student Composition Sessions

Snow Fine Arts Center 105


Mar. 15 @ 7:30 pm – Gala Concert with UCA and Hendrix College Wind Ensembles

Reynolds Performance Hall


Mar. 16 @ 9:25 am – Meet with Advanced Music Theory Class

Snow Fine Arts Center 131


Mar. 16 @ 11:00 am – Wrap-up Individual Student Composition Sessions

Snow Fine Arts Center 105

MICHAEL BURRITT – Composer and Percussionist

Having performed on four continents and nearly forty states, Michael Burritt is one of the world’s leading percussion soloists. He is in frequent demand, performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. He is also active as a composer, with two concertos, numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion, as well as two books of études to his credit. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are frequently required repertoire on international competitions. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he is currently a professor of Percussion and head of the department.

Mar. 8 @ 1:40 pm – Public Presentation 

Commissioning music and working collaboratively with composers 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 


Mar. 8 @ Times TBD – Individual Lessons with Percussion Students

Snow Fine Arts Center


Mar. 8 @ 6:00 pm – Marimba Master Class 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 


Mar. 8 @ 7:30 pm – Open Rehearsal with UCA Percussion Ensemble

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Mar. 9 @ Times TBD – Individual Lesson with Percussion Students

Snow Fine Arts Center


Mar. 9 @ 10:00 am – Composition Clinic 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 


Mar. 9 @ 11:00 am – Rehearsal with UCA Percussion Ensemble

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Mar. 9 @ 1:00 pm – Orchestral Percussion Workshop 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 


Mar. 9 @ 6:00 pm – Open Rehearsal with UCA Percussion Ensemble

Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall


Mar. 10 @ 10:00 am – Dress Rehearsal with UCA Percussion Ensemble

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Mar. 10 @ 3:00 pm – Marimba Clinic 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 


Mar. 10 @ 5:00 pm – Showcase Performance with UCA Percussion Ensemble 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, winner of the Dorset Prize and the IPPY Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2017, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, AGNI, and many other journals and anthologies. In 2016, her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she is a freelance writer and editor.

Feb. 13 @ 4:00 pm – Master Class with Graduate Creative Writing Students

Thompson Hall 331 


Feb. 13 @ 5:30 – Dinner with UCA Creative Writing Graduate Students and Faculty

Location TBD


Feb. 13 @ 7:30 pm – Public Reading followed by Q&A and Book Signing

College of Business Auditorium 107


Feb. 14 @ 11:00 am – Craft Talk and Q&A

with Undergraduate Creative Writing Students

Thompson Hall 331


Since 1980, the Lydian String Quartet has inspired critical acclaim worldwide. Their interpretive mastery of standard and contemporary repertoire has resulted in prizes at international competitions in Canada, France, England, and in New York (Naumburg Award for Chamber Music), and concerts throughout the United States and abroad. Their recordings reflect their diverse and far-reaching repertoire, from works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ives, and Schubert to contemporary American composers including Harbison, Hyla, and Wyner. The Quartet hosts a biennial composition prize, and is on the faculty of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Feb. 6 @ 1:40 pm – Public Lecture 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Feb. 6 @ 3:00 pm – Chamber Music Master Class 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall 


Feb. 6 @ 5:15 – Dinner with Students 

Christian Cafeteria 


Feb. 6 @ 7:00 pm – Individual Master Class 

Snow Fine Arts Center, various locations 


Feb. 7 @ 11:00 am – Performance 

Conway High School, 222 Prince St. 


Feb. 7 @ 7:30 pm – Public Recital

Quartets by Mendelssohn, Adès, and Schubert 

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall

Past Artists in Residence

Fall 2016 Artists in Residence

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Fall 2015 Artists in Residence

Sculptor Dan Steinhilber (Sept. 2-12 and Oct.27, 2015)

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Dan Steinhilber is an established mid-career artist, living and working in Washington, DC. Steinhilber has exhibited work in galleries, museums, sculpture parks, and not-for-profit spaces, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Hirshhorn Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Mattress Factory Art Museum (Pittsburg), The Cheekwood Museum of Art (Nashville, TN), The Brigham Young University Museum of Art (Provo, UT), and Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY). Steinhilber is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptures Grant and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He was chosen to participate in the prestigious United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program.  He has work included in many major public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida. Steinhilber received a BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and an MFA from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Sept. 2-12, Outdoor public art installation, Baum Gallery Lawn, McCastlain Hall

Sept. 10-Oct. 23, on view Dan Steinhilber Solo Exhibition, Baum Gallery, McCastlain Hall

Sept. 10, 4-6 pm, Reception, Baum Gallery, McCastlain Hall

Sept. 12, 11 am-1 pm, Unveiling celebration, Baum Gallery Lawn, McCastlain Hall

Sept. 12-25, on view Dan Steinhilber outdoor public art exhibition Primary Developments,

Baum Gallery Lawn, McCastlain Hall

Oct. 27, 1:30 pm, Public lecture, McCastlain Hall 143


Creative Nonfiction Writer Dinty W. Moore (Sept. 15-16, 2015)

Dinty W. Moore is author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals (Random House 2015), as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, and The Normal School among numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.

Sept. 15, 7:30 pm, Public reading and book signing, Stanley Russ 103.

Sept. 16, 10-10:50 am, Craft talk/Q & A with students, Thompson Hall 331

Sept. 16, 11-11:50 am, Workshop with graduate students, Thompson Hall 331


Journalist Gene Foreman (Sept. 23-24, 2015)

Gene Foreman managed newsroom operations of The Philadelphia Inquirer (1973-98), where, during his tenure, the newspaper won 18 Pulitzer Prizes. Earlier he was the managing editor of two Arkansas dailies, the Pine Bluff Commercial (1963-68) and the Arkansas Democrat (1968-71). He also has been a reporter and assigning editor at the Arkansas Gazette, a copy editor at The New York Times, and the senior editor in charge of news and copy desks at Newsday. He was president of the Associated Press Managing Editors in 1990 and was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors from 1995 to 1998. After retiring from The Inquirer, Foreman taught journalism ethics and news editing at Pennsylvania State University through December 2006, serving as the inaugural Larry and Ellen Foster Professor in the College of Communications. He is a graduate of Elaine High School in Phillips County and Arkansas State University.

Sept. 23, 6:30 pm, Evening reception, Buffalo Alumni Hall, UCA

Sept. 23, 7 pm, Panel discussion with journalists Jerry Dhonau, Bill Lewis, Jerry McConnell, and

Roy Reed, Buffalo Alumni Hall, UCA

Sept. 24, 9:25-10:40 am, Q &A with Broadcast Announcing class, Stanley Russ Hall 123

Sept. 24, 1:40-2:30 pm, Q & A with Society of Professional Journalists,

Stanley Russ Hall 108

Sept. 24, 4:05-5:20 pm, Q & A with Media Law and Ethics, Stanley Russ 108

Sept. 24, 7:30 pm, Public lecture: “Why Journalism Ethics Matter,” College of Business 107

Sept. 25, 9:00-9:50 am, Q &A with Advanced Reporting class, Stanley Russ Hall 102

Sept. 25, 912:00-12:50 pm, Q &A with News Editing class, Stanley Russ Hall 102


Ceruti String Quartet (Sept. 29-30, 2015)

Since its inception in 1994, the Ceruti Quartet has brought chamber music to audiences of all ages in performances described variously as “spirited, richly colorful, and incisive” and “intimately poetic.”  They have presented recitals in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Goethe Institut in New York City; the National Assembly in Seoul, Korea; the Gertrude C. Ford Center (University, MS); the Peace Center for the Arts (Greenville, SC); and the Teatro Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil. They have been featured artists for the Memphis Chamber Music Society; the Bechstein Hall Concert Series (Little Rock, AR); and both the Fine Arts Center and the Governor’s School for the Arts (Greenville, SC).  In addition to its formal concerts, the Quartet has been dedicated to fostering chamber music in the next generation of audiences and musicians through teaching/performing residencies in Tennessee, South Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, and New York.

Sept. 29, 1:40-2:30 pm, Public presentation for students, Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall

Sept. 29, 2:40-4:10 pm, String Quartet masterclasses , Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Sept. 29, 4:20-5:35 pm, String Ensemble rehearsal, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Sept. 29, 7-9 pm, Solo instrument masterclasses, Snow Fine Arts Center

Sept. 29, 9-9:45 pm, Discussion with students, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Sept 30, 11 am-12 pm, Conway High School outreach, West Campus Band Room

Sept. 30, 4 pm, String Ensemble rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Sept. 30, 7:30 pm, Public concert (in partnership with Conway ArtsFest),

Reynolds Performance Hall (free, no tickets required)


Third Coast Percussion (Oct. 1-3, 2015)

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering vibrant performances for audiences of all kinds. This “brilliant” ensemble (The Independent) champions the works of John Cage, Steve Reich, George Crumb and Philippe Manoury, among others. Third Coast has also commissioned new works by David T. Little, Marcos Balter, Ted Hearne, and Augusta Read Thomas. Founded in 2005 in Chicago, the ensemble has performed more than 100 concerts across the country and was recently named ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame.

Oct. 1, 9-10 am, WAVES workshop for 5th-Grade Students (Group A),

Reynolds Performance Hall

Oct. 1, 11 am-12 pm, WAVES workshop for 5th-Grade Students (Group B),

Reynolds Performance Hall

Oct. 1, 1:40-2:30 pm, Public presentation on entrepreneurship for students,

Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Oct. 1, 6-7:30 pm, Masterclass for UCA percussion students,

Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Oct. 1, 8 pm, In C rehearsal, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Oct. 2, 10 am-12 pm, Composers Forum workshop, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Oct. 2, 1-2 pm, Masterclass with UCA Percussion students,

Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, Public concert in partnership with Conway ArtsFest,

Reynolds Performance Hall (free, no tickets required)

Oct. 3, 11 am, In C (composer Terry Riley) flash mob in partnership with Conway ArtsFest,

Simon Park, Downtown Conway


CORE Performance Company (Nov. 5-13, 2015)

Celebrating 34 years of Dance-Making through risk taking, innovation, community building, collaboration, mentoring and investigation, the internationally acclaimed CORE Performance Company will make its Arkansas premiere a new work, Gaman: Honor the Innocent, a richly-layered performance of contemporary dance, theatre, art and music recognizing the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. This project was funded, in part, by a major grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National ParkService, Japanese American Confinement Sites Program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additional support for Gaman has been received from Alternate ROOTS, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.

Nov. 9, 7:30 pm, Gaman: Honor the Innocent, a dance work commemorating the 70-year

anniversary of the closing of the Japanese American Internment Camps,

Reynolds Performance Hall (Ticketed event. Admission is charged, but free to UCA students)

Nov. 11, 7:00 pm, Gaman: Honor the Innocent,

Grand Hall, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR


Fiction Writer Cristina García (Nov. 19-20, 2015)

Cristina García is the author of six novels: King of Cuba; The Lady Matador’s Hotel; A Handbook to Luck; Monkey Hunting; The Agüero Sisters, winner of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize; and Dreaming in Cuban, finalist for the National Book Award. García has edited two anthologies, Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature and Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature. She is also the author of three works for young readers, Dreams of Significant Girls; The Dog Who Loved the Moon; and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010.

Nov. 19, 7:30 pm, Reading and book signing, College of Business Auditorium 107

Nov. 20, 10 am, Interview with Toad Suck Review editorial staff, Thompson Hall 331

Nov. 20, 11 am, Craft talk/Q & A with students, Thompson Hall 331



Playwright Terrence McNally (Dec. 2-4, 2015)

TerrenceMcNally-B W PhotoTerrence McNally’s most recent plays include Unusual Acts of Devotion at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Deuce with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes on Broadway and Some Men at off-Broadway’s Second Stage. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Companion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) Master Class, and for his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman (Kander & Ebb) and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, The Stendhal Syndrome, Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play), and It’s Only a Play. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is twice the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play.

Dec. 2, 7:30 pm, “A Night with Playwright Terrence McNally,” Mr. McNally will attend one-act

plays written by him and directed by and starring UCA students. Mr. McNally will participate

in a talkback after the performances.

Bridges Larson Theatre, Snow Fine Arts Center.

Dec. 3, 3 pm, Craft talk/Q & A with students, Studio Theatre, Snow Fine Arts Center

Dec. 3, 7:30 pm, Public lecture, “A Writer’s Life in the Theatre,”

College of Business Auditorium 107

Dec. 4, 5:30 pm, “Contemporary Opera and Social Justice, an Interview with

Terrence McNally,”

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Visitor Center,

2120 W. Daisy L. Gaston Bates Drive, Little Rock


Spring 2015 Artist in Residence

Spring 2015 Artists in Residence Brochure

Jeff Nelsen (horn) and Nina Yoshida Nelsen (soprano) 


•Jan. 21, 2015, 10 am-noon, Horn and voice lessons, Recital Hall, SFAC

•Jan. 21. 2015, 2-2:50 pm, Brass area masterclass (Jeff Nelsen only), Recital Hall, SFAC

•Jan. 21, 2015, 3-4:30 pm, Voice lab with students (Nina Yoshida Nelsen only), Recital Hall, SFAC

•Jan. 21, 2015, 3-4:30 pm, Horn lessons (Jeff Nelsen only), SFAC 126

•Jan. 21, 2015, 7:30-9:30 pm, “Fearless Performance” seminar I, SFAC Recital Hall

•Jan. 22, 2015, 9 am-noon, Horn and Voice lessons, Recital Hall, SFAC

•Jan. 22, 2015, 1:40-2:30 pm, “Fearless Performance” seminar II, SFAC Recital Hall

•Jan. 22, 2015, 4-6:30 pm, Chamber music masterclass, Recital Hall SFAC

•Jan. 23, 2015, 9 am-12 pm, Horn and Voice lessons, Recital Hall, SFAC

•Jan. 23, 2015, 2-3 pm, “Fearless Performance” seminar III, SFAC Recital Hall

•Jan. 23, 2015, 7:30 pm, Public recital, SFAC Recital Hall

Canadian horn player Jeff Nelsen has, for the past twenty years, been living his dreams full out and fearlessly. A professor at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Jeff’s passion is helping others reach their dreams through “Fearless Performance,” a seminar designed to alleviate performance anxiety. Nelsen has performed for Broadway shows, toured with Michael Bolton and Barry Manilow, recorded dozens of movie soundtracks, and performed in the horn sections of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Montreal, Vancouver, and National Symphonies, and the Balkan Gypsy funk band of Slavic Soul Party.

Mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen has appeared at the New York City, Sarasota, and Santa Barbara Operas and at London’s Royal Albert Hall as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly.  She has also performed roles including Cherubino, Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and the title role in Carmen with companies including the Utah Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Providence, and the Komische Kammeroper of Munich. Concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Carnegie Hall) and Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Santa Barbara and Peoria Symphonies). She is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and was a National Finalist in the vocal competitions of the Jensen Foundation, the Loren L. Zachary Society, and the Metropolitan Opera.


Borromeo String Quartet

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•Feb. 11, 2015, 4-6 pm, Masterclass for string groups, Recital Hall, SFAC

•Feb. 11, 2015, 7:30-9:30 pm, Individual masterclasses, various locations, SFAC

•Feb. 12, 2015, 10:30 am-12 pm, Informal concert/presentation, Conway Senior High School

•Feb. 12, 2015, 1:40-2:30 pm, Presentation for UCA students, Recital Hall, SFAC

•Feb. 12, 2015, 7:30 pm, Public concert, SFAC Recital Hall


Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most important string quartets of our time. Audiences and critics alike champion the Borromeo’s ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often-heard repertoire, while making even the most challenging new music approachable. Through the pioneering use of laptop computers instead of traditional sheet music, the Borromeo is redefining the classical music landscape. Whereas previous artists have only had access to their individual parts, this new technology enables each musician to perform entirely from full four-part scores, a revealing and transformative experience, which has never before been possible.


Ellen Hopkins (Young Adult Writer)

Photo Ellen Hopkins by Sonya Sones•Feb. 17, 2015, 7:30 pm, Public reading and book signing, COB Auditorium 107

•Feb. 18, 2015, 11-11:50 am, Craft talk/Q & A, 331 Thompson Hall

•Feb. 18, 2015, 4:30-5:30 pm, Presentation for young adults, Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club, 1405 Robins Street

Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and nine NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, including Perfect, Fallout, Tricks, Glass, Identical, Impulse, Burned, and Crank.  She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing.  Hopkins mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  In 2012, she founded Ventana Sierra, Inc., a charitable organization whose mission is to help disadvantaged youth into safe housing and working toward career goals through higher education, vocational training, and the arts.


Robert Hupp (Theatre Director)

robert-hupp•March 12, 2015, 6:30 pm, Public lecture: “Non-profit Theatre in America,” Bridges/Larson Theatre, SFAC

•April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 7:30 pm, Lucky Stiff, directed by Robert Hupp, Bridges/Larson Theatre, SFAC


Robert Hupp is in his fifteenth season as producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre. His directing credits for The Rep include, among many others, Red, Death of a Salesman, and To Kill a Mockingbird. He also directed Les Miserables for Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre Company and the American premieres of Glyn Maxwell’s The Lifeblood and Wolfpit for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in New York City. Robert directed several works for the Obie Award-winning Jean Cocteau Rep, including premieres of the Bentley/Milhaud version of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy and Eduardo de Filippo’s Napoli Milionaria.


Rhythm and Brass 

R&B car •March 19, 2015, 9 am, Open rehearsal, SFAC Recital Hall

•March 19, 2015, 10:50 am, Session with composition and arranging students, SFAC Recital Hall

•March 19, 2015, 1:40-2:30 pm, Public lecture: “Rhythms of the Game,” SFAC Recital Hall (a discussion of baseball star Bernie Williams’ book about the connection between music and athletic performance)

•March 19, 2015, 7:30 pm, Public concert, Ida Waldran Auditorium

•March 20, 2015, 10 am, Masterclass: The art of chamber music, Band Room, SFAC

•March 20, 2015, 12pm, Masterclass: Jazz Band coachings, Band Room, SFAC

•March 20, 2015, 2 pm, Masterclass: Brass pedagogy, Recital Hall, SFAC


Performing on trumpets, horn, piano, trombone, tuba and percussion, Rhythm & Brass has accumulated an extensive repertoire from the Baroque tradition to chamber jazz and beyond, including commissioned works by some of today’s most creative contemporary composers.  While maintaining a full touring schedule, Rhythm & Brass has also performed at numerous special events including a 1994 New York concert debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with celebrated jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. Rhythm & Brass has also been featured at the New York Brass Conference, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, and at Kentucky’s Great American Brass Band Festival.


Roman Borys, Cello

Roman Borys Photo Beebe crop•April 23, 2015, 4 pm, String masterclasses, SFAC Recital Hall

•April 23, 2015, 6 pm, Dinner with students, Christian Cafeteria

•April 23, 2015, 7:30 pm, Chamber music masterclass and Q & A, SFAC Recital Hall

•April 25, 2015, 7:30 pm, Roman Borys in concert with the Conway Symphony Orchestra, Reynolds Performance Hall (tickets required)


A founding member of  the Juno Award-winning  Gryphon Trio, cellist Roman Borys is one of Canada’s most active chamber musicians and producers. Since 2008, Roman has been Artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, programming over 100 concerts per season for the Society’s annual Chamberfest. He is a passionate advocate of audience development initiatives such as Listen Up!, a project that teaches kids how to combine musical composition and poetry. A native of Toronto, Canada, Roman Borys studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. Borys now teaches at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.

Fall 2014 Artist in Residence

Fall 2014 Artist in Residence Brochure

Patrick Dougherty, Sculptor (Sept. 2-20) 

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•Sept. 2-20, Community Construction of Outdoor Sculpture, Baum Gallery Lawn

•Sept. 18, 1:40-2:30 pm, Public Lecture/Q & A, McCastlain Hall 143

•Sept. 20, 11 am, Public Unveiling and Community Picnic, Baum Gallery Lawn

Internationally-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty weaves large-scale architectural forms from saplings, sticks, twigs, and other natural materials. Over the last 30 years, he has built more than 230 of these works in public spaces worldwide.  The artist relies on groups of volunteers to assist him with gathering natural materials relevant to the local landscape and with constructing his unique sculptural environments. During his three-week residency, the artist and volunteers will build a site-specific installation on the lawn in front of the Baum Gallery. His final creation will remain in situ on UCA’s campus for up to two years. Volunteers can sign up at uca.edu/art/baum/; no sculpture experience is needed.


The AIDS Memorial Quilt (Sept. 29-Oct. 3)

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•Sept. 29-Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 (M-F: 9 am-5 pm; Sun: 1-3 pm) On View: The AIDS Memorial Quilt, Harrin Hall, 2nd floor lobby

•Oct. 3, 3 pm, Public Lecture by Dr. Raymond-Jean Frontain, “Peter McGehee: Living with and Writing about AIDS,” Harrin Hall, 2nd floor lobby

•Oct. 3, 4 pm, Student-led tours of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, sponsored by the Art History Association (AHA!), Harrin Hall, 2nd floor lobby

The AIDS Memorial Quilt, the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS, began with a single panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3’ x 6’ panels (the size of a standard coffin), commemorating the lives of those who have died of AIDS. These panels are sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world. Two 12’ x 12’ blocks honoring Arkansans who died of AIDS will be on display. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt helps teach compassion, fosters healing, and inspires action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.

Bernard Cooper, Memoirist, Novelist and Short Story Writer (Sept. 30)

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•Sept. 30, 1:40-2:30 pm, Craft Talk/Q & A, Thompson Hall 331

•Sept. 30, 7:30 pm, Public Reading and Book Signing, College of Business Auditorium 107

Bernard Cooper writes memoirs and fiction about sexuality, familial relationships, loss, AIDS, and growing up gay in the Los Angeles of the 1950s and 60s.  Cooper has written two collections of memoirs, Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum, as well as a novel, A Year of Rhymes, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. He is completing a collection of essays entitled My Avant Garde Education due to be published in 2015. Bernard Cooper has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CORE Performance Company (Oct. 1-4)

High ResCORE Performance Company in Picasso Monochrome in Black, White & Gray (c) John Ramspott copy

•Oct. 2, 1:40 pm, Open Rehearsal/Q & A, Baum Gallery Lawn

•Oct. 3, 5:30 and 6:30 pm (two performances), Public Performance of original dance work performed in and around the Dougherty sculpture installation on the Baum Gallery Lawn. CORE will be joined at the 5:30 performance by consumers from Independent Living Services and Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, facilitated by UCA Occupational Therapy students.

CORE is a contemporary dance company made up of individual artists who develop and perform new choreography that evolves through experimentation, improvisation and collaborations with artists working in different media. CORE embraces the process and challenge of performing in non-theatrical performance settings, including art galleries, outdoor public art spaces, informal studios, and public gathering spots, in an effort to blur the line between audience and artist. CORE will conduct workshops for and perform with adults with developmental disabilities from Conway and Little Rock, aided by UCA Occupational Therapy students.  It is the goal of this project, not only to enhance the quality of life for this largely invisible population of our community through inclusion, but also to help the wider Conway and UCA communities to see ability, not disability.

Jericho Brown, Poet and Novelist (Oct. 2-3)


•Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, Public Reading and Book Signing, College of Business Auditorium 107

•Oct. 3, 11 am, Craft Talk/Q & A, Thompson Hall 331

Jericho Brown is a poet and novelist whose first book, titled Please, won the American Book Award. According to the author, it “delves into double-edged father-son relationships, acquiring an education, historical racism, the exigencies of escape, and being a gay black man in the U.S. South.”  His second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.   His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Best American Poetry.  He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.

William D. Lindsey, Author (Oct. 28-30)

Bill Lindsey •Oct. 28, 2:40-3:55 pm, Lecture/Q & A, Advanced Communications Theory class, Thompson Hall 115

•Oct. 28, 7:30 pm, Public Lecture and Book Signing, College of Business Auditorium 107

•Oct. 30, 8-9:15 am, Lecture/Q & A, Social Studies Context and Arkansas History, Irby Hall 115

•Oct. 30, 10:50 am-12:05 pm, Lecture/Q & A, Social Studies Context and Arkansas History, Irby Hall 115

Dr. William D. Lindsey will be visiting the Department of Communication to discuss his new book Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher (Univ. of AR Press, 2013), which focuses on the practice of communicating health information during the time of Wilson R. Bachelor, a 19th century doctor from Franklin County, Arkansas.  Comparisons between historical and contemporary understandings of health literacy will be explored. Bill Lindsey is a Little Rock native who has a B.A. in English from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.A. in English from Tulane University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in theology from University of St. Michael’s College of the Toronto School of Theology.

Spring 2013 Artists in Residence

Miranda July

Miranda July: Writer, Filmmaker, Artist

Feb. 13, 10:50 am-12:05 pm, Q & A with students, Win Thompson Hall room 331

Feb. 13, 7:30 pm, Public reading and book signing, College of Business room 107

  Miranda July is a writer, filmmaker, and artist. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty countries. Her latest book, It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011), documents her encounters with thirteen strangers she met through the PennySaver online classified ads. July wrote, directed and starred in her first feature length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. Miranda July’s most recent film is The Future (2011), which she wrote and directed and starrs in. In 2007, July and visual artist Harrell Fletcher created a participatory website (learningtoloveyoumore.com) and a companion book, Learning to Love You More (Prestel), which asked the general public to complete assignments that promote creative thinking through the arts.

In conjunction with July’s visit to Conway, the Baum Gallery will collaborate with Hendrix College’s online web project, Guiding Us to You (hendrixmurphy.org/guidingustoyou), inspired by the assignments of LTLYM, to “allow participants to become part of a collaborative, literary, and artistic community.”


Louis Menendez

Suzanne Mentzer

Louis Menendez: Collaborative Piano

Susanne Mentzer: Mezzo Soprano

Mar. 5, 3:00 pm, Louis Menendez, Collaborative piano master class, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 6, 7:30 pm, Suzanne Mentzer & Louis Menendez, Opera recital with collaborative piano, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 7, 1:00-3:00 pm, Suzanne Mentzer, Opera master class, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Acclained as one of New York’s most inventive musicians, Manhattan-born Louis Menendez is highly regarded as a collaborative artist, conductor, pianist, educator, and composer. As an internationally recognized collaborative pianist, Menendez is highly sought after by singers and instrumentalists alike for his wide knowledge of vocal and ensemble repertoire, his ability to coach lyric diction and intonation in singers, as well as assist musicians with notes, rhythms, and entrances. Menendez has assisted operatic artists such as Sherrill Milnes, Birgit Nilsson, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti. In chamber music, he has worked with such artists as violinist Yo Yo Ma and flutist James Galway.

A dedicated educator and administrator, Menenedez currently serves as adjunct professor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, and has served as Artistic Director of the Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre; Music Director for Sarasota Opera’s Studio Artists; Founder and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Concert Opera; Founder and Director of the Apprentice Coach Program at Sherrill Milnes’s “Voice Experience”; and has been on the coaching staffs for the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, the California Music Festival in San Francisco, and Martina Arroyo’s “Prelude to Performance.”

 Susanne Mentzer, one of today’s foremost mezzo-sopranos, is recognized for her generous vocal and interpretive gifts, and widely admired for her versatility from the recital and concert stage to the operatic arena. For more than twenty years, she has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, and has been fortunate to have appeared with nearly every great opera house and orchestra on four continents. Her current and recent appearances include Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ in Madrid, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in Tucson, the role of the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre St. Louis, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Houston Ballet, Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the role of Nell Quickly in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra Munich (recorded on the Pentatone label), Jade Boucher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (soon to be released by EMI), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, both with the Houston Grand Opera, and Concepsion in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnol with the Houston Symphony. A mentor to young singers, she serves on the board of the George London Foundation and the W. M. Sullivan Foundation. Mentzer also taught for twelve years as a Professor of Voice at The Sheperd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. As an arts advocate, she writes a blog for the Huffington Post.


Bruce Adolphe

Bruce Adolphe: Composer

Mar. 19, 4:00-5:00 pm, Open rehearsal with faculty and student groups performing the works of Mr. Adolphe, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 19, 5:00-6:30 pm, Dinner with music faculty and students, UCA Christian Cafeteria

Mar. 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, Continued coaching of ensembles working on and performing Mr. Adolphe’s works, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 20, 10:50-12:05 pm, Class visit with Music Theory IV, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 20, 1:40-2:30 pm, Lecture demonstration: “Imagination in Performance,” Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

(open to all students)

Mar. 20, 2:40-3:55 pm, Meeting with Orchestra students, Snow Fine Arts Center room 120

Mar. 20, 4:05-5:30 pm, Meeting with String Chamber Music students, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 20, 7:30 pm, Public concert of Mr. Adolphe’s chamber music, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 21, 1:00-2:30 pm, Meeting with student composers, Snow Fine Arts Center room 302

Mar. 21, 5:30 pm, Bravo! fundraising cocktail party

Mar. 21, 7:00 pm, Bravo! fundraising dinner with 30-minute presentation including Piano Puzzlers (tickets and information about Bravo! events may be obtainted by calling (501) 450-3293 or e-mailing jdmiller@uca.edu), Reynolds Performance Hall

  Bruce Adolphe is a composer, educator, performer, and author whose music is performed worldwide by renowned artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Fabio Luisi, Sylvia McNair, the Washington National Opera, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra the Beaux Arts Trio, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Brentano String Quartet, the Miami Quartet, the Currende Ensemble of Belgium, and more than sixty symphony orchestras. A key figure at The Chamber Music Societry of Lincoln Center since 1992, Adolphe is the founder and director of the Society’s Meet the Music family concert series as well as the Society’s resident lecturer. He has appeared as a commentator on Live From Lincoln Center television and as a regular lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The author of three books on music, including The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination (Oxford 2013), he has taught at Yale, Juilliard, and New York University. Since 2002, he performs his Piano Puzzlers weekly on public radio’s Performance Today, hosted by Fred Child. With cellist Julian Fifer, Adolphe co-founded The Learning Maestros, a company dedicated to creating new works and related curricula that integrate music with other disciplines, including science, literature, history, and issues of social conscience.

In 2013, UCA commissioned a new work by Bruce Adolphe, Mary Cassatt: Scenes from her Life, inspired by paintings by the artist in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.


David Gillingham

David Gillingham: Composer

Apr. 16, 7:00 pm, Wind Ensemble dress rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 17, 1:40-2:30 pm, Open lecture/workshop/meet and greet for alumni music students from other universities, and public school music educators, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Apr. 17, 7:15 pm, Pre-concert remarks by Composer, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 17, 7:30 pm, Wind Ensemble Concert, Reynolds Performance Hall

Composer David Gillingham has an international reputation for works he has written for band and percussion. Now considered standards in the repertoire, many of his works are regularly performed by nationally-recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, and many others. Gillingham’s works have also been performed by nationally-known artists, including Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). A Professor of Music at Central Michigan University, Gillingham is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991), and a Research Professorship (1995). He has also received the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music every year since 1996.

In 2013, the UCA Department of Music commissioned Gillingham to compose a work that would recognize and celebrate the centennial of the UCA Band program in 2014. The resulting work, Crossover, was inspired by the book Proof of Heaven by neurosurgeon Eben Alexander who experienced a profound afterlife experience.


Alexander Markov

Alexander Markov: Violinist

Apr. 17, 2:40-4:40 pm, Violin master class and open Q & A, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Apr. 18, 7:00-9:30 pm, Conway Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 19, 2:30-5:00 pm, Conway Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 19, 7:30 pm, Conway Symphony Orchestra concert, Reynolds Performance Hall

Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile musicians. A gold medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Phiharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Montreal Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. One of the few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital, he is featured in the internationally acclaimed film about great violinists, The Art of Violin, directed by the legendary film director Bruno Monsaingeon.

Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and in double concertos with his father. The father and son team still perform together in duo-program repertoire in concert halls worldwide. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982.


Fall 2013 Artists in Residence


Jen Lewin cropped

Jen Lewin

Oct. 3            1:40-2:30 p.m.            Public Lecture                                                                           MCC ALH

Oct. 3-5         6-10:00 p.m.              Public display of The Pool                                                       Alumni Circle
                                                            Presented during Conway’s Annual ArtsFest  

                                                         Public display of The Chandelier Harp       Simon Park, Downtown Conway

                                                           Presented during Conway’s Annual ArtsFest                                                                                                                                               

For the past 15 years, visual artist Jen Lewin has created large, immersive, interactive art pieces for the public. From sound and light sculptures that inspire people into play, to woven fiber video curtains that reflect movement, to giant, robotic yet ethereal moths that dance based on human touch, Lewin utilizes technology as an artistic medium in order to make her work exciting and compelling to 21st – century audiences.

Trained as an architect, Lewin’s pieces often approach the scale of buildings and rooms. She creates experiences and environments that are both part of, and integrated into, a physical space. For example, her work The Pool, which will be installed in UCA’s Alumni Circle, spans almost a quarter acre and involves 120 interactive, glowing, outdoor light platforms that, when stood upon, interact with each other. Her work, Chandelier Harps, for instance, creates sound when viewers break light beams using their hands. Because of the sensitivity of the software, the harp is able to tell how fast a person is moving as well as the height of their hand as if intersects the beam. The resulting complex sounds grow and swell over time.

Lewin received her BA in architecture and computer-aided design from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and MPS in interactive design at the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. Her works have been exhibited at Burning Man in Nevada, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the Gwanglu Design Biennale in South Korea, and the New York City Javitz Center, to name only a few. Lewin recently collaborated with sculptor Claes Oldenberg as the LED lighting consultant for his monumental sculpture Paint Torch, installed in Lenfest Plaza in Philadelphia in 2011.



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Cassatt String Quartet

Oct. 2            4:30-6:30 p.m.                       Quartet Masterclasses                                     SFAC RH

7:30-9:30 p.m.                       Solo Instument Masterclass                             SFAC RH

Oct. 3            11 a.m. – noon                       Conway High School Outreach Activity

1:40-2:30 p.m.                       Presentation and Q&A for Students                 RPH

2:40-3:55 p.m.                       String Ensemble Rehearsal                              RPH

7:30 p.m.                                Public Concert                                                RPH

(world premiere of Mary Cassatt: Scenes from her Life by BRUCE ADOLPHE

                                                         Presented during Conway’s Annual ArtsFest) 

Oct. 4            6:30 p.m.                                Public Concert                              Crystal Bridges Museum, Springdale

(followed by post-discussion/reception with the audience)


Formed in 1985, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet performs throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with past appearances at New York’s Alice Tull Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. Their music has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio, Boston’s WGBH, New York’s WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada’s CBC Radio and Radio France.

Their numerous awards include a Tanglewood Chamber Music Fellowship, the Wardwell Chamber Music Fellowship at Yale (where they served as teaching assistants to the Tokyo Quartet), first Prizes at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, two top prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, two CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, a recording grant from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and commissioning grants from Meet the Composer and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2004, they were selected for the centennial celebration of the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Pasadena, California.

Equally adept at classical masterpieces and contemporary music, the Cassatt has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists/composers including pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, soprano Susan Narucki, flutist Ransom Wilson, jazz pianist Fred Hersch, didgeriedoo player Simon 7, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, distinguished members of the Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets, and composers Louis Andriessen and John Harbison. The Quartet has played the music of many contemporary composers including that of John Duffy, Andy Tierstein, Dan Welcher, Julis Wolfe, Margaret Brouwer, and Mary Jane Leach, among others. With a deep commitment to nurturing young musicians, the Cassatt has had residency experience in Princeton, Yale, Syracuse University, the University at Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania. For seven years running, they have conducted residencies for high school students in Odessa, Texas, through a project called “Cassatt in the Basin!” where students benefit from individualized coaching, master classes, and presentations in music theory, history and composition.

The Cassatt String Quartet will perform a free concert in Reynolds Performance Hall on Oct. 3 during Conway’s annual ArtsFest celebration. The program will feature the world premiere of an original composition, Mary Cassatt: Scenes from Her Life, by New York composer Bruce Adolphe. This composition, inspired by works of art in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, was commissioned by the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication.




Echols and Davis-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 2012)

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

Nov. 11       7:30 p.m.                    Public Reading and Book Signing                         Reynolds Performance Hall

Tickets are required. Two free tickets may be obtained through the Reynolds Box Office from 10-4, Mon-Fri, or by calling (501) 450-3265. Tickets will be released 10/10/13 for UCA students, and 10/17/13 for UCA faculty/staff and the general public. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 6:30. No re-entry will be allowed. No bags, purses, or backpacks. No cameras or video recording of any type will be permitted.

As one of the West Memphis Three, convicted of the 1993 murder of three Arkansas boys, Damien Echols is one of few on earth to know what it means to persevere through imprisonment and ultimately reclaim his freedom. There were many who stood by his side though his 18 years on death row, including such high-profile artists as actor Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins. Echols credits his wife and biggest supporter, Lorri Davis, for taking charge of his legal efforts, which led to his 2011 Alford plea deal and release. The media also played a crucial role in Echols’ fight to clear his name, bringing to light new forensics in 2007 that revealed no DNA evidence existed to link him to the crime scene.

Echols’ New York Times bestselling memoir, Life After Death, published in September 2012, focuses on his abusive childhood and brutal incarceration, as well as his stores of patience and perseverance that he drew upon to survive in prison. The book is also a deeply moving and profound account of Echols’ and Davis’ fight to prove his innocence, giving a voice to those who are persecuted for the way they look or anyone who has experienced an injustice. Their story gives hope to those who know what it’s like to struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds. Actor Johnny Depp, who has optioned the movie rights to the novel, wrote “Damien Echols suffered a shocking miscarriage of justice. A nightmare few could endure. An innocent man on death row for more than eighteen years, abused by the very system we all fund. His story will appall, fascinate, and render you feeble with tears and laughter. A brilliant memoir to battle with literary giants of the caliber of Jean Genet, Gregory David Roberts, and Dostoevsky.”

In 2012, West of Memphis, the documentary film based on Echols’ story, directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and produced by Echols and Davis in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh – both long time supporters of Echols – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released to theaters in late December.


Spring 2013

Jennifer Egan

LIsa Harper


Matthew J. Smith is a professor of communication and director of cinema studies at Wittenberg University, a liberal arts institution in Springfield, Ohio. At the conclusion of his seven-year tenure as chair, the department received the 2010 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award, the top honor presented by the Undergraduate College and University Section of the National Communication Association.

Matt specializes in teaching graphic storytelling and has taught a popular course on graphic novels for the past six years. He also leads a summer field study to Comic-Con International, where students study the intersection of fan culture and marketing, and he has taught a specialized course in the works of comics auteur Alan Moore. In addition, he teaches courses in Media Literacy, Critical Methods, and Media Law, and helped develop interdisciplinary minors in journalism and cinema studies. He co-founded the Integrated Media Corps, an on-campus internship experience, and Communication Leaders, a year-long senior leadership development program. In 2009,Wittenberg’s Alumni Association recognized him with its Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest award for teaching.

Matt holds a Ph.D. in Communication (1998) and a M.A. in English (1995) from OhioUniversity, and a bachelor’s degree in English from West Liberty State College (1993). He is co-author of five different books, the latest three in collaboration with Dr. Randy Duncan of Henderson State University. These include The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (Continuum, 2009), which is a textbook for the comics studies classroom, and Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (Routledge, 2012), which was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Educational/Academic Work. Another collaborative volume, Icons of the American Comic Book, is currently in press. Matt is a member of the Executive Council of the Eastern Communication Association and immediate past president of the Ohio Communication Association.

His wife Susan is employed by the Air Force Museum Foundation inDayton,Ohio, and their twin sons, Trevor and Kent, are third graders who share their dad’s love of comics.


September 17

9:00-9:50 AM

Craft Presentation: Organizational Communication

WTH 115

September 17

10:00-10:50 AM

Craft Presentation: Organizational Communication

WTH 115

September 17

1:30-2:30 PM

Craft Presentation: Introduction to Communication Research

WTH 114

September 17

7:30 PM

Public Presentation: “Beyond BIFF! BAM! Pow! Reclaiming Comics as the Ninth Art”

COB 107




Architects of Air build ‘luminaria’ – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.

Since 1992 Architects of Air’s luminaria have made over 500 exhibitions in 38 countries.  From Berlin to Brooklyn, Hong Kong to Hawaii, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo to the Sydney Opera House, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world.

Built in 2010, Mirazozo makes extensive use of an ‘illuminated seam’ feature where luminous seam lines create a scintillating lattice of light.

The pattern of these neon-like strips induces the viewer’s gaze to shift between different perceptions of the same view – an effect one encounters in the contemplative geometric surface design of Islamic art and architecture.

Mirazozo’s center dome is the largest open space structure that Architects of Air has built – one particularly suitable for hosting performances. Mirazozo was conceived to be very modular and to permit compact configurations.






Since 1980, CORE Performance Company has been creating and performing innovative contemporary dance. Known for its riveting, passionate and unique work, CORE has been internationally acclaimed in performance, tours and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the Republic of Georgia.


With homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, CORE creates intimate and original work that evolves through experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration with artists from different mediums.


These presentations are supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional funding is provided by Alternate ROOTS and the Ford Foundation through the ROOTS Tour & Residency Program and the Arkansas Arts Council Arts in Education Mini-Grant.




The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.


At the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.



October 3

3:30-4:30 PM

Music Discussion Session


October 4

9:00-10:30 AM

String Quartet Master Class


October 4

7:30 PM

Public Concert





Ed Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and longtime member of the band The Fugs. He has been called a bridge between the Beat and Hippie generations.

Sanders wrote his first notable poem, “Poem from Jail”, on toilet paper in his cell after being jailed for protesting the launch of nuclear submarines armed with nuclear missiles in 1961. In 1962, he founded the avant-garde journal Fuck You. Sanders opened the Peace Eye Bookstore at 383 East Tenth Street in what was then the Lower East Side; the store became a gathering place for bohemians, writers and radicals. On January 1, 1966, police raided Peace Eye Bookstoreand charged Sanders with obscenity, charges he fended off with the aid of the ACLU. Notoriety generated by the case led to his appearance on the February 17, 1967 cover of Life Magazine, which proclaimed him “a leader of New York’s Other Culture.”

In late 1964, Sanders founded The Fugs with Tuli Kupferberg. The band broke up in 1969 and reformed in 1984. On October 21, 1967, Sanders helped The Fugs and the San Francisco Diggers in an attempt to exorcise the Pentagon. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.

In 1971, Sanders wrote The Family, a profile of the events leading up to the Tate-LaBianca murders. He attended the Manson group’s murder trial, and spent time at their residence at the Spahn Movie Ranch. There have been two updated editions of The Family, the most recent in 2002. The Process Church of the Final Judgment sued Sanders’s U.S. publisher for defamation over a chapter linking them with Manson’s activities. The case was settled by the publisher, who removed the disputed chapter from future editions. The Process Church then sued Sanders’s British publisher, but lost the suit and were forced to pay the defendant’s legal fees.

Sanders is the founder of the Investigative Poetry movement. His 1976 manifesto Investigative Poetry, published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books, had an impact on investigative writing and poetry during the ensuing decades. In the 1990s, Sanders began utilizing the principles of Investigative Poetry to create a series of book-length poems on literary figures and American History. Among these works are Chekhov1968: A History in Verse, and The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg. In 1998, Sanders began work on a 9-volume America, A History in Verse. The first five volumes, tracing the history of the 20th century, were published in a CD format with over 2,000 pages in length.

Sanders received a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry in 1983, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry in 1987. His Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century, Selected Poems 1961-1985 won an American Book Award in 1988. He was chosen to deliver the Charles Olson Memorial Lectures at SUNY Buffalo in 1983. In 1997, he received a Writers Community residency sponsored by the YMCA National Writer’s Voice through the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund.

In 1997 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. In 2000 and 2003 he was Writer-in-Residence at the New York State Writers Institute in Albany, New York.


October 16

7:30 PM

Public Reading and Book Signing

COB 107

October 17

3:00 PM

Writing Craft Lecture and Q&A

WTH 331




Born in Shanghai, pianist Jue Wang has been concertizing regularly in his native country since the age of ten. Recent First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the XVth Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition, Mr. Wang is rapidly garnering attention as a gifted young performer who has already made successful debuts at many prestigious venues around the globe.

As winner of the Santander Competition, Mr. Wang receives a generous cash prize, a recording distributed by Naxos and an extensive concert and recital tours with more than 100 performances offered through the competition. Highlights include debuts at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Additional recitals are scheduled for Hannover NDR Hall in Germany, Bilbao Sociedad Filarmónica, Zaragoza Auditorio de Congresos in Spain, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Warsaw’s Penderecki and Santander’s International Festivals, as well as venues in Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Mexico. Mr. Wang is slated for concerto performances with the Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Spanish Radio and Television, Murcia Regional, Colombia National and National Dominican Republic Symphony Orchestras.

During the 2008-2009 season, Jue Wang presented his Madrid debut recital at the Auditorio Nacional de Música and his Valencia concert debut at the Palau des Arts, performing with the Palau des Arts Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta. He gave recitals at the Úbeda International Festival, Santander Palacio de Festivales, Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany, Sintra International Festival in Portugal, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, the Córdoba Rafael Orozco International Piano Festival and performed the inaugural concerts at the Badajoz Festival Ibérico and at the Oviedo International Piano Festial “Luis G. Iberni”. Critics have praised his “self-confidence and concentration on the stage…his confidence and maturity are evident during his performances” (Diario Córdoba) and have highlighted his “Virtuoso abilities, [he] read with unusual clarity and brilliance” (Heraldo de Aragón).

In addition to the Santander prize, Mr. Wang also received First Prize at the 51st International Piano Competition María Canals in Barcelona. Mr. Wang received a Masters Degree in 2009 from the Shanghai Conservatory. He is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Marc Silverman in the Artist Diploma Program.


October 23

1:40-2:30 PM

Music Q&A with Students


October 23

7:30 PM

**Conway Symphony Orchestra Concert, featuring Pianist Jue Wang





Digby is the pseudonym of liberal political blogger Heather Parton who founded the blog Hullabaloo. She has been called one of the “leading and most admired commentators” of the progressive blogosphere.

Digby began as a commenter on the blogs of Bartcop and Atrios and launched her own blog on January 1, 2003, calling it Hullabaloo “because one function of blogs is to cause a ruckus” and decorating it with a picture of a screaming Howard Beale from the film Network. She has been joined by other bloggers on Hullabaloo, including composer Richard Einhorn, who blogs under the name “Tristero”.

Digby was a Navy brat who graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She studied theater at San Jose State College and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and for a number of film companies, including Island Pictures, Polygram, and Artisan Entertainment.

Digby won the 2005 Koufax award for blog writing and accepted the Paul Wellstone Award on behalf of the progressive blogosphere from the Campaign for America’s Future at their “Take Back America” conference. Digby had initially kept her identity secret and it was widely assumed that Digby was male until she made an appearance at the 2007 Campaign for America’s Future conference to accept the award.


November 13

7:30 PM

Public Reading and Book Signing

COB 107

November 14


Blogging Craft Lecture and Q&A

WTH 331



Genghis Barbie, the leading post post-feminist feminist all-female horn experience, is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation and beyond. Genghis Barbie delivers a visceral and unadulterated musical adventure, performing eclectic repertoire everywhere from bars in Brooklyn to Carnegie Hall. Their discography boasts four full-length albums. As educators, they present workshops and master classes at colleges across the country. Genghis Barbie aspires to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres show within one calendar year. [Velvet Barbie (Danielle Kuhlmann), Freedom Barbie (Alana Gartrell), Alpine Barbie (Laura Weiner), and Attila the Horn (Rachel Drehmann)]

Jan. 28 @ 7:30 pm

Seminar: Chamber Music, Entrepreneurship in Music,

and Performance Techniques

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Jan. 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Individual Horn Lessons

Snow Fine Arts Center, various locations


Jan. 29 @ 2:00 pm  – Brass Area Master Class

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall


Jan. 29 @ 7:30 pm – Featured Public Recital

Snow Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall