School of Fine Arts
Welcome to the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts electronic news update! Please enjoy this sample of news and events happening in the departments of art, design, music & dance, and the Lied Center of Kansas. To find additional information about KU School of Fine Arts news and events, visit our Web site at

Art department opens gallery in KC Crossroads District
In September, the department of art in KU's School of Fine Arts opened the Red Door Art Gallery in the Kansas City, Mo., Crossroads District. The gallery is located on the corner of 17th Street and Walnut at 1735 Walnut Ave. in Kansas City. The space was created to gain greater visibility for the KU art department by showcasing a diversity of work created by current students, faculty and KU alumni.†Read more.

Department of design awarded $25,000 grant
Patrick Dooley, KU professor of visual communications, has been awarded a $25,000 grant by Sappi Fine Paperís Ideas that Matter Program. The grant will fund a print campaign that benefits the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, with the goal of working to stop the nationwide increase of childhood obesity. Thirteen others received grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Read more.

tucker Department of music & dance announces new choir director
The department of music & dance in the KU School of Fine Arts has named Paul Tucker, assistant professor, as the director of choral activities. Tucker served as associate director for four years. He is now responsible for the administration of all aspects of the choral program, the teaching of conducting to eight graduate choral conducting majors, as well as a few non-graduate conductors from other music majors. He also directs two of the 10 KU choirs. Read more.

Upcoming events at the Lied Center of Kansas

"REVOLUTION: Sweat. Dance. Rock & Roll."
Saturday, Oct. 4 Ė 7:30 p.m.

Driven by the power of rock and the heartbeat of percussion, REVOLUTION is a Broadway dance sensation thatís a sweaty mix of live music, multimedia and electrifying movement. Featuring the unique remixed styles of tap-dancing/rock 'n' roll prodigy Michael Schulster and champion Irish step-dancing martial artist Joel Hanna, REVOLUTION brings the excitement of Broadway and popular television shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" live to the Lied Center. You canít miss this high-energy performance incorporating tap dance, an original score and several cameras and screens showing live footage from the stage.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in "A Quarreling Pair"
Friday, Oct. 10 Ė 7:30 p.m.

Using sound as art, multimedia images and the artifacts of activism, "A Quarreling Pair" is a vaudeville-structured theatre-meets-dance production that centers on questions about the world, our role and our participation in it. Choosing not to draw conclusions, but to focus on the question itself, groundbreaking modern dance troupe Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is widely known for exploring provocative themes in its work. This surreal and interpretive performance examines and challenges the merit of activism through a combination of dance, music, words and video.
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, Nov. 5 Ė 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to join us for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as it celebrates the American Jewish Diaspora, performing Serenede by Leonard Bernstein with violin soloist Robert McDuffie and Symphony No. 3 by Aaron Copland among others. These composers, all writing from the same cultural experience, defined the sound of American classical music. With their program of rich, memorable classical pop, the JSO will fill the Lied Center with melodic, expressive and inspired music.
For tickets or more information to these and other Lied Series events, visit or call 785-864-2787.

Banner photos contributed by Gordon Holland, Sara Muzzy, Lied Center, Michael Bird and Earl Richardson

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