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Alum Named to CBJ's "Most Admired CEO" List
Devlin McNeil '00 is president and executive director of Arts+.
   June 10, 2024

Devlin McNeil had already had stints in banking and as a stay-at-home mom when she enrolled at UNC Charlotte to nurture a passion for photography that she had first developed as a student at Myers Park High School. When she graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art, she joined the staff of the recently founded McColl Center, building the arts education program there before...

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Professor Receives Graham Foundation Grant for Freelon Project
Emily Makas will co-edit a book about the life and work of architect Phillip Freelon.
   June 10, 2024

Associate Professor of Architectural History Emily Makaš, with her research partner Arthur J. Clement, has received a 2024 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The $10,000 grant will fund archival research and additional preparations for their book project,...

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CoA+A Faculty and Alumni Receive Creative Mecklenburg Grants from ASC
The grants support professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists.
   May 20, 2024

Faculty and alumni from the College of Arts + Architecture are among 54 artists to receive 2024 Creative Mecklenburg Grants from the Arts & Science Council (ASC). The grants...

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Professor's New Book Examines the Implications of Enclosed, Air Conditioned Spaces
Liz McCormick has edited an interdisciplinary investigation of a/c, design, health and behavior.
   May 17, 2024

A new book edited by Assistant Professor of Architecture Liz McCormick considers the many impacts of air conditioning on the built environment and on human health and behavior.

Inside OUT: Human Health and the Air-Conditioning Era,...

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Grad Found His Voice on Charlotte Stages
Christian Souza heads to UNC School of the Arts for a Master of Music
   May 3, 2024

“There are so many great opportunities as a result of being in Charlotte,” says Christian Souza. “Say yes to everything that you can.”

His openness to opportunity has placed Souza, who graduates this month with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, on stages and in spaces across the city and in competitions along the eastern seaboard.

As the son of a pastor, Souza “grew up...

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Professor’s New Book Brings a Theatrical Perspective to the Study of Churches and Temples
Mark Pizzato’s work integrates research across the arts, humanities, and sciences.
   May 2, 2024

Bloomsbury Publishing has today released European Churches and Chinese Temples as Neuro-Theatrical Sites, a new book by Professor of Theatre and Film...

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Grad's Next Chapter Could Be a Cinderella Story
Kiana Vazquetelles heads to the Disney College Program as a character performer.
   May 2, 2024

You could say that Kiana Vazquetelles owes her very existence to UNC Charlotte. Years before she entered the University as a freshman theatre major, her parents were themselves Niners. Vazquetelles’s father, Darren, played shortstop for the baseball team; her mother, Dee-Dee, cheered on the dance team. Both were psychology majors.

After graduating they married and remained in the...

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Design Research Class Collects Local Design History
Students publish digital book, contribute to People's Graphic Design Archive.
   April 29, 2024

As they complete their spring semester, students in Christina Singer’s Design Research class have published what will be the sixth digital book to emerge from the Department of Art & Art History’s graphic design program since Singer joined the department in 2021. CLT Graphic...

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Theatre Alumna Caridad Svich Wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Caridad Svich ’85 is an award-winning playwright of more than 40 full-length plays.
   April 17, 2024

Caridad Svich ’85 has received a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Svich, who was appointed in the field of Drama and Performance Art, is one of 188 international recipients chosen from more than 3,000 applicants through a rigorous application and peer review process.

“Humanity faces some profound existential challenges,” said Edward Hirsch...

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Professor’s Research Reconstructs Ephemeral Stages of 18th-century French Diplomacy
Matthew Gin’s Staging Sovereignty appears in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
   March 28, 2024

The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), the leading English-language journal on the history of the built environment, has published an article by Assistant Professor of Architectural History Matthew Gin. “Staging Sovereignty:...

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