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Voice Students Win Awards at NATS State Auditions
Nine students participated in the Musical Theatre category competition.
   November 20, 2023

The College of Arts + Architecture had nine students compete in the recent Musical Theatre Student Auditions for the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Signing (NATS), which took place on November 10 and 11 at Meredith College in...

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Theatre Professor's Urban Circus Troupe Wins Knight Foundation Award
Nouveau Sud Project receives 2023 Knight Art + Tech Expansion Fund grant.
   November 15, 2023

The Nouveau Sud Project, the urban circus initiative founded by Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz, is a recipient of a 2023 Knight Art + Tech Expansion Fund from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation created the Knight Art + Tech Expansion Fund “to support the long-term sustainability of Charlotte’s arts community by providing practitioners with the...

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Honoring the People Who Worked on the Land
Dance and music students perform African American Ring Shout at historic sites.
   November 10, 2023

On a recent sunny afternoon, a cool breeze blew through the trees, picking up fall leaves and making them dance through the air. As leaves swirled, students in stunningly colorful outfits sang and clapped, encircling a magnificent oak tree in a vibrant ring of music and movement. UNC Charlotte dance and music students had traveled to Historic Rosedale, a former plantation in Charlotte, to...

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Alumni Win Major NC Architecture Award
Craig Kerins ‘04 and Robby Johnston ‘03 founded The Raleigh Architecture Co in 2012.
   November 6, 2023

Architecture alumni Craig Kerins ‘04 and Robby Johnston ‘03 of The Raleigh Architecture Company were awarded the prestigious 2023 Kamphoefner Award by AIA North Carolina. One of the...

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Silent Horror Film Gets a Puppet Remake
Department of Theatre's "The Caligari Project" is an unusual rendering of a cult classic.
   November 1, 2023

On November 2, the Department of Theatre debuts The Caligari Project, bringing puppets to the Black Box Theater for the department’s most distinctive production of the year, written, designed, and directed by Tom Burch. It has been more than five years since Burch, associate professor of scenic design, taught a puppetry class in the Department of Theatre. In February 2018, students...

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Alum's Interactive Mythic Murals are Washington, D.C. Public Works
Antoine Williams '03 has created four "Mythic Futures" murals.
   October 31, 2023

In collaboration with The Nicholson Project, alumnus Antoine Williams ‘03 has created four multimedia public artworks located in different quadrants of Washington, DC. Each Afrofuturist mural of the series Mythic Futures features a...

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Professor Creates for Baltimore Black Choreographers Festival
Ashley Tate's work shines a light on marginalized populations.
   October 30, 2023

Assistant Professor of Dance Ashley Tate recently presented her work, ​​"When A Black Man Walks," at the 3rd Annual Baltimore Black Choreographers Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. Held October 13-15, the festival was a weekend of performances, panels, and workshops designed to highlight Black choreographers. The Black...

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PRX Launches Professor's "Magic in the United States" Podcast October 24
Heather Freeman's podcast exploring magical beliefs and practices is funded with an NEH grant.
   October 17, 2023

A new podcast by Professor of Digital Media Heather Freeman, published by public media organization PRX, launches on Tuesday, October 24. Over three seasons, Magic in the United States will unveil the secrets of magical and spiritual America by exploring enchanted beliefs, practices, and...

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Architecture Professor’s Plaza Design Wins Award
Rachel Dickey’s “Bleachery Heritage Plaza” is in Rock Hill, S.C.
   October 10, 2023

The “Bleachery Heritage Plaza,” designed by Associate Professor of Architecture Rachel Dickey and completed in 2022, has received the 2023 BLT Built Design Award for Cultural Heritage Landscape in the Landscape Architecture category. The annual international competition recognizes “the most pioneering and ground-...

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Alumna’s Painting Featured in Vice President’s Residence
A painting by Carmen Neely ‘12 hangs in Kamala Harris’s home.
   October 6, 2023

Just five years after Carmen Neely ’12 completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at UNC Charlotte, she was giving solo gallery exhibitions in major U.S. cities like New York and Miami. Since then, she has added Chicago (where she currently lives), Paris and Düsseldorf, Germany, to the growing list.  

But among her many accomplishments, the installation of her painting in the...

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