COFAC Theme

Arts Without Boundaries - A boundary is a dividing line that separates, it limits connection and creativity. This year COFAC will provide artistic explorations outside the typical boundaries of a specific artform, to find common threads that unite and connect, rather than divide and limit.

College of Fine Arts and Communication 2019-20 theme

Theme Scholar 2019-2020

COFAC's theme scholar for the 2019-20 academic year is Desirée D. Rowe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. As theme scholar, Dr. Rowe will lead us in breaking down barriers between disciplines that allows for unforeseen connections that enrich the experience for all. Learn more about Dr. Rowe's background and research visit: COFAC Theme Scholar.

Podcast Series: Arts Without Boundaries

This semester, the theme podcast series will continue with another line up of incredible faculty, staff, and students. Participants are asked to think and to plan outside the typical boundaries of their specific artform, or even beyond “art” in general, to find common threads that unite and connect, rather than divide and limit. The theme will be explored through a series of concerts, plays, dances, recitals, speeches, exhibits, presentations, written forms, or films focusing on the ways that each of our individual disciplines informs and relates to the others.

SPECIAL EPISODE: "THE SHOW MUST GO ON(Line)"

ELIA POWERS, Associate Professor, Mass Communication

The coronavirus pandemic wiped out events across the world this spring. The arts were hit especially hard. Theaters, concert halls and art galleries shuttered. But artists didn't stop sharing their work. Performers recorded music online that's been shared by millions. Visual artists created digital exhibitions. What's lost when artists can't gather and we can't be in the audience? How can collaboration take place online given the technological limitations? In this podcast, faculty members who teach young artists in  COFAC explain how they adjusted to their new reality. LISTEN


 

EPISODE 15: DIANA SáEZ

Diana Sáez, Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music, shares how singing has become a transformative art. Sáez tells us how she works to challenge the traditional forms of choral music, by mixing very different styles as well as using music as an activist to change the status quo. (Transcript)

EPISODE 14: JOE KRAEMER

Joe Kraemer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Media and Film, has partnered with students and faculty across the university to create films that serve as important public service announcements, but that also tell a compelling story. On this week’s podcast, Kraemer tells us about his upcoming project, It Takes Courage, focusing on campus sexual assault. (Transcript)

EPISODE 13: SCOTT MCDANIEL '05

Scott McDaniel, a graduate from the Department of Electronic, Media & Film, is now a wildlife filmmaker and the executive director for a local wildlife non-profit, Susquehannock Wildlife Society. McDaniel works to break down the barriers between science and film while amplifying the voices and stories that need to be told. (Transcript) *THE Wildlife Conservation Film Festival EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

EPISODE 12: GRACE SCIANNELLA '21

Grace Sciannella ’21 acting major from the Department of Theatre Arts, tells us how the characters in the upcoming performance of Lasso of Truth, push the boundaries of gender roles, science, and sex. Lasso of Truth tells the story of the creation of Wonder woman in a world where woman are more powerful than men. Come see Grace in Lasso of Truth, March 5–12, at the Center for the Arts Studio Theatre. (Transcript)

EPISODE 11: AARON ZIEGEL

Dr. Aaron Ziegel, Associate Professor from the Department of Music, tells us about the upcoming concert, PRISM: A Musical Collage, Saturday, March 7, 2020. PRISM is inspired by the sculpture above the front entrance to the Center of the Arts that casts rainbows of colors throughout the grand hall from one light source. Similarly, this concert works to break down barriers between the different kinds of music making, performing together as a musical collage with theatrical lighting to match the music. Tickets available tuboxoffice.com. (Transcript)

EPISODE 10: SHODEKEH

Shodekeh, COFAC’s first Innovator-In-Residence, explains what it means to be a vocal percussionist and breath artist who pushes the boundaries of the human voice within and outside the context of Hip Hop music and culture. As an innovator, Shodekeh works with all seven of the college’s disciplines, from animation to museum studies, his art, much like his breath, has no bounds. (Transcript)

EPISODE 9: ERIN LEHMAN

Erin Lehman, Director of Holtzman and Center for the Arts Galleries, tells us how she works to push the intra-university boundaries by bringing together voices and ideas from across departments and colleges. Open Jan 31–April 25, Stacy Levy: Collected Watershed exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort. (Transcript)

EPISODE 8: LAURA BUSTILLOS JÁQUEZ

Laura Bustillos Jáquez, documentary filmmaker and photographer from the border of Mexico and the United States, sits down with Lea Ramsdell to discuss what it means to be a transnational woman of color, in the film industry with a focus on telling the story of immigration and social reconstruction movements within the U.S. – Mexico border, Africa, the Caribbean, and the world. (Podcast transcript)  Click for full length podcast  (Full length interview transcript)

EPISODE 7: MARK GUILIANA | BILL & HELEN MURRAY JAZZ RESIDENCY GUEST ARTIST

Award winning percussionist, composer, and visionary, Mark Guiliana sits down with Dave Ballou, professor in the department of music, to talk about music genres and how his instrumental music pushes against boundaries of genres, allowing instincts to lead the way. (Transcript)

EPISODE 6: MALCOM PURKEY

Actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, and theatre artist, Malcolm Purkey comes to us from South Africa inspiring interdisciplinary collaboration. In this week's podcast, Purkey tell us about his current project, Icarus at the Border. Working closely with faculty from the department of theatre arts, Purkey imagined a multimedia performance based on Greek mythology into reality. (Transcript)

EPISODE 5: ALISON SEIDENSTRICKER

Alison Seidenstricker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance, shares her experience dancing across artistic boundaries with her students. Learn about her collaborative initiative with the TU Dance Company and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Dance Company. Performance: EMERGE, Nov 20-25, 2019. (Transcript)

EPISODE 4: JENNIFER POTTER

Dr. Jennifer Potter, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, shares her experience in as an intercultural communications scholar, who not only pushes the boundaries, but breaks them down. (Transcript)

EPISODE 3: MICHAELA FRISCHHERZ

Dr. Michaela Frischherz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, pushes the boundaries of intellectual promiscuity and the co-mingling of disciplines through political activism. (Transcript)

EPISODE 2: KALIMA YOUNG

Dr. Kalima Young, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Media and Film, gives us a sneak peak of the films featured in the 2019 fall film series, Arts without Boundaries: Breaking Binaries and Borders. Spanning several genres, this year’s film series explores the way boundaries shape our sense of belonging and our conceptions of citizenship. (Transcript

EPISODE 1: MARCY LIGHTFOOT

Marcy Lightfoot, the new Career Coach for the Media, Arts, and Communication Career Community (MAC), tells us how she works to expands the boundaries of the career center to meet the needs of students pursuing careers in these unique fields. (Transcript)