This Week at SOTA
NKU School of the Arts - Oct. 15, 2020
Interconnected Design Lecture Series
Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville, in partnership with AIGA Louisville, AIGA Cincinnati and AIGA Nashville, are proud to announce Interconnected, a new, state-wide design lecture series for the 2020-21 academic year. This year’s focus — Black Voices in Design — aims to diversify and decolonize our pedagogical practices and design curricula.
NKU’s Visual Communication Design (VCD) is proud to be collaborating on Interconnected. Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. EST to hear from Britt Davis, Senior Designer for the Atlanta Falcons (AMB Sports + Entertainment).
About Britt Davis:
Born and raised in the artsy city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Britt Davis has always been drawn to the arts. From building intricate LEGO sets to drawing sneakers from Eastbay magazine, her childhood was full of creativity and design. Today, Britt's designs are fueled by creative innovation and driven by the opportunity to use design as a platform to inspire others. Britt is an Alumna of North Carolina State University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Industrial design and still enjoys participating in Alumni Association events. She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her educational accolades are matched by her professional experiences, which include designing for ESPN, Viacom, SB Nation, WNBA, NASCAR, multiple universities and professional sports teams, and individual athletes.
Norse Artist Series Continues
From Indiana's Governor, Eric Holcomb
As you may recall, one of the first "official" acts I made as Governor was building a full-court basketball court at the Governors Residence. This weekend, we installed a backboard on the Brown County Cabin garage.
And, then... to be able to read/review this incredible book on the front porch. Thumbing through it I can almost hear the guns come alive, smell the surroundings all the while itching for the ball.
Even among all the challenges of the day.... proof... Life is good!
Chris Smith, lecturer of photography, along with photographer Michael E. Keating, has been on a virtual press tour for their new book "Chasing Indiana's Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project." The book is currently available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.
Music Faculty Elected to NATS Exec Committee
SOTA Hosts Community Conversations
SOTA has launched the SOTA Summit Series, a new virtual roundtable. Led by SOTA’s Michael Hatton and Daryl Harris, the series hosts guest professionals in the arts to prompt conversation and the exchange of ideas.
The first topic kicked off on Oct. 7 with Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases. Harris and Hatton talked with Gee Horton, a visual artist and Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence, Jaime Morales-Matos, a music director of Central Ohio Symphony, and Darnell Pierre Benjamin, a dancer, director, choreographer, educator with Pones and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
The next session begins on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss Arts in the Age of Me Too: Women in the Arts. Guests include Meghan Bennett, NKU faculty member and a classical flautist, Kim Popa, NKU alumna and executive director and co-founder of Pones, which provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance, and Kayla Upthegrove, NKU alumna and the first African American female jazz saxophonist to work in Greater Cincinnati.
The final session of the Summit Series is on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The final topic focuses on Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts. Along with a student panel, Ronnie Gladden breaks down his diversity leadership work and research. Gladden coined the term, transgracial theory, which embodies the intersection of the transgender and transracial phenomena.