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Artist in Residence Media Archive

Fall 2021 

 


CECILIA LÓPEZ | soprano | NATHAN SALAZAR | piano | SEPT. 7-10

Cecilia Violetta López is a world-class soprano, named by Opera News as one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars.” Known for her portrayals of heroines such as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, she has performed at major opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, among others. López, a Mexican American native of Rupert, Idaho, got her musical start at a young age singing mariachi music that she learned from her mother.

Nathan Salazar is a collaborative pianist who has performed in Europe, Russia, and throughout the U.S. at premiere performance venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Salazar, a native of Santa Fe, performs and coaches with Serenata of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Boston Lyric Opera where he is an emerging artist.

Public Concert: Cecilia López, Soprano with Nathan Salazar, Piano
Sept. 10, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Reynolds Performance Hall
Watch the Public Concert Here!

 


JOEY TARTELL | trumpet | SEPT. 20-23

Joey Tartell, Professor of Trumpet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, enjoys a career as an in-demand lead trumpeter performing with most of the major symphony orchestras in the U.S., as well as with Maynard Ferguson’s band, the Canadian Brass, and the Boston Brass. Tartell is also a thought leader within and an advocate for the arts through his podcast, “The Open Bell” and his ongoing blog, “The Tartellog.”

Public Concert: Joey Tartell with the UCA Jazz Ensembles
Sept. 23, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Reynolds Performance Hall
Watch the Public Concert Here!

 


MARITA GOLDEN | fiction writing | SEPT. 28-29

Marita Golden is an acclaimed author of 17 works of fiction, nonfiction, and anthologies. As a teacher of writing, she has served on the graduate faculties at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Johns Hopkins University. Her books include the novels The Wide Circumference of Love, After, and The Edge of Heaven. Her soon-to-be released book, The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women is due out in October.

Public Reading: Marita Golden with Q & A and Book Signing
Sept. 28, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | College of Business Auditorium, 106
Watch the Public Reading Here!

 


IVALAS QUARTET | strings | OCT. 7-8

The Ivalas Quartet, founded in Ann Arbor in 2016, comprises violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, violist Aimée McAnulty, and cellist Pedro Sánchez. Currently, the quartet serves as the Graduate Quartet in residence at The University of Colorado – Boulder, where they study under the renowned Takács Quartet. Ivalas has performed with artists such as the Calidore String Quartet and the Imani Winds. In January 2020, they had their debut at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

Public Concert: Ivalas Quartet
Oct. 8, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Reynolds Performance Hall 
Watch the Public Concert Here!

 


JON METZGER | percussion | NOV. 2-5

Three-time Grammy nominee Jon Metzger has performed throughout the world as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes and has appeared on more than 40 recordings for the VSOP, Soul Note, Jazz Karma, Summit, and Elon Improvibes labels. A recipient of the Miles Davis Jazz Education Service Award and 30 consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards for the use of his compositions, Metzger is the Artist in Residence and Professor of Music at Elon University.

Public Concert: Jon Metzger with UCA Studio Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 
Nov. 4, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Reynolds Performance Hall
Watch the Public Concert Here!

 


TIFFANY JACKSON  |  YA writing  |  NOV. 11-12

Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of critically acclaimed YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, and her 2020 title GROWN. With over a decade of experience in the television industry, Jackson has worked at various networks and media companies including National Geographic (focused on documentaries such as Lockdown, a prison subculture series) Roc Nation, BET, FUSE, BBC AMERICA, and EPIX.

Public Reading: Tiffany Jackson with Q & A and Book Signing
Nov. 12, 2021 | 6 p.m. | College of Business Auditorium
Watch the Public Reading Here!

 


FABIOLA JEAN-LOUIS  |  paper textile design, photography, & sculpture  |  NOV. 15-18

Haitian-born and New York-raised Fabiola Jean-Louis uses photography, film, ceramics, and paper to create work that examines the absence of Black and Brown people in historical imagery and seeks to restore them. Her work has been exhibited widely at the Andrew Freedman Home (Bronx, NY), Lux Art Institute (San Diego, CA), DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, IL) and, most recently, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA).

 

Public Panel Discussion
Nov. 18, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | McCastlain Ballroom
Watch the Public Panel Discussion Here!

Panelists:

Fabiola Jean-Louis uses photography, film, ceramics, and paper to create work that examines the absence of Black and Brown people in historical imagery and seeks to restore them. Her work has been exhibited widely at the Andrew Freedman Home (Bronx, NY), Lux Art Institute (San Diego, CA), DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, IL) and, most recently, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA) and Metropolitan Museum (NY).

 

Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr. received his BFA at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; his MFA at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and is continuing to work towards completing his EdD at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Primarily a stone carver, Massey works with a variation of stones from alabaster, soapstone, limestone, marble, and granite. He also casts in iron, bronze, aluminum, as well as fabricating steel for incorporating with many of his stone works.

 

Crystal C. Mercer. Black, Queer, Create(her), businesswoman and conduit for culture and community. Crystal C. Mercer is a celebrated fiber artist, activist, published author, playwright, and poet. She utilizes theatre, poetry, and textiles to communicate ancestral messages and tell social justice narratives. In every thread of her being, she is weaving a tapestry of her ancestors, draped in Afro-futurism.

 

Dr. K. Adele Okoli holds her doctorate in African American Studies and French from Yale University, where her dissertation was awarded the Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize in African American Studies and the History of Art. Her work in Francophone and Creolophone Studies centers on discourses of race, gender, and desire, particularly in Haitian, Louisianan, and nineteenth-century French literature, art, and culture. Dr. Okoli’s work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Nineteenth-Century French Studies and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, as well as non-academic venues including The Haitian TimesThe Luxembourg Review, and The Paris Review. She also teaches and writes on fashion history and theory.