Theatre Season Continues with “Into the Woods”

UMW's production of "Into the Woods" opens Friday, Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

The opening night of the University of Mary Washington production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" was Friday, Nov. 2.  Performances of the Department of Theatre & Dance production will continue through Nov. 18 in duPont Hall's Klein Theatre. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $20 for students and senior citizens. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. After a run-in with a witch who claims she can help, they are sent on a journey through the woods to find four magical items: a slipper as pure as gold, a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, and hair as yellow as corn. While on this adventure they encounter many well-known fairy tale characters that have their own reasons for being in the woods. All of them are searching for something, but soon they come to realize that what they had all along might be better than what they find. “Into the Woods” is a collaboration between … [Read more...]

Kenny Rogers Performs with UMW Philharmonic

Kenny Rogers

Country music legend Kenny Rogers performed with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, April 21. The concert was part of the William M. Anderson, Jr. Celebrity Series. Over the course of his 52-year career, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums, with 24 No. 1 hits. He has received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including three Grammys, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and five Country Music Association awards. With hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille” and “She Believes in Me,” Rogers boasts a multi-genre background, including jazz, folk, rock, country and pop.  The full program of the performance with the orchestra will be announced from the stage. “We are honored to share the stage with an artist of his stature and know that the experience will be rewarding for all of us,” said Kevin Bartram, director of the … [Read more...]

UMW Theatre Ended Season with ‘Hedda Gabler’

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The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre and Dance concluded its 2011-12 season with a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” adapted by Jon Robin Baitz. Performances ran from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 22 in Klein Theatre. “Hedda Gabler,” set in Norway in the late 1800s, tells the story of George Tesman, a scholar and aspiring professor, and his new wife Hedda.  Hedda’s life with George has left her bored and dissatisfied, so when Eilert Lovborg, George’s academic rival and Hedda’s old flame, re-emerges as a successful writer, Hedda decides to stir up trouble. Little does Hedda know that her desire for an exciting life will lead to an end that no one could have foreseen. Since the first performance in Munich, Germany, in 1890, “Hedda Gabler” has had numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad. The most recent Broadway production, revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre in 2009, starred Tony Award winner … [Read more...]

UMW Art Students Win Awards

Katie Rosinski won the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for her work "Housed"

The University of Mary Washington Department of Art and Art History announced the recipients of its student awards at the Thursday, April 5 opening of the Annual Student Art Exhibition at the duPont Gallery. Senior Katie Rosinski of Ocean Pines, Md., was given the Melchers Gray Purchase Award for her work “Housed,” which will become part of the university’s permanent collection. Rosinski also was given the Anne Elizabeth Collins Award. Senior Hilary Galbreaith of Richmond, Va., was given the Emil Schnellock Award in Painting, for her painting “x:y.” The following students received awards of distinction at the exhibition’s opening ceremony: senior Alexandra Atkeson of Falls Church, junior Christina Bendo of Leesburg, senior Elizabeth Botha of Reston and junior Jacqueline Stern of Locust Grove. The event was judged by Rebecca Cross, owner and curator of Cross Mackenzie Gallery in Washington D.C., who selected works for the exhibition from more than 100 submissions. The … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosted Spring Open House

Melchers Spring

Gari Melchers Home and Studio hosted a spring open house on Sunday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event was free and open to the public who had the opportunity to experience the formal gardens exploding with color as well as the verdant woodland paths and trails. Both the house museum and studio were open for tours throughout the day. Amateur and professional artists are invited to use the grounds of Belmont as their own plein-air workshop.  Artists in all media are welcome, as well as photographers and those who want to enjoy the day as observers.  Picnicking on the grounds is also encouraged. Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Va., a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open … [Read more...]

Seven UMW Professors Named to Princeton Review’s “Best 300″ List

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Seven University of Mary Washington professors have been named to the Princeton Review’s inaugural publication of “Best 300 Professors.” The list of best professors, announced Tuesday, April 3, features 300 teaching faculty members from 122 public and private colleges and universities. Profiled in the publication are Beverly Almond, adjunct professor of English; Dan Hubbard, associate professor and chair of accounting and management information systems; Miriam Liss, associate professor of psychology; Jeffrey McClurken, associate professor and chair of history; Warren Rochelle, professor of English; Gregg Stull, professor and chair of theatre; and Steve Watkins, professor of English. The Princeton Review partnered with MTV to choose “challenging and inspiring” educators from across the U.S. The publication is available in bookstores. “We are thrilled to have seven professors recognized among the top in the nation,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “Our more than 350 talented … [Read more...]

UMW President Richard V. Hurley Receives National Recognition Award

President Richard V. Hurley

The College Orchestra Directors Association has recognized University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley for his support of the university’s collegiate orchestra program. UMW Philharmonic Director Kevin P. Bartram presented Hurley with the national award during the orchestra’s “March Musical Mix” concert on Saturday, March 17. The College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) is the largest professional organization of collegiate orchestra conductors across the country. The award honors individuals within member colleges and universities who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of college and university orchestras. National CODA President Anthony Holland said that Hurley “surpasses expectations as a supporter of the Arts and of his community. It is apparent that President Hurley has demonstrated extraordinary faith in the ability of the UMW Philharmonic to promote the institution as a community partner. He sets an example for all of … [Read more...]

UMW Galleries Presents Exhibition and Spring Lecture Series

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, offset lithograph, 30 x 38 inches © 2012, University of Mary Washington Galleries

The University of Mary Washington Galleries will present the exhibition “Making an Impression: Prints from the Permanent Collection” through Friday, April 27 at Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The opening reception for “Making an Impression” was held Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The exhibition highlights prints from the UMW Galleries’ permanent collection of art, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. In conjunction with the exhibit, the UMW Galleries will feature two lectures that will take place in Combs Hall, Room 139. Eric Denker, senior lecturer in the education department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will present the lecture “Ink, Wood, Copper Stone: Identifying the Techniques of Prints,” on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.  The presentation will focus on the origination, duplication and originality of prints and will include … [Read more...]

UMW Department of Theatre & Dance Continued Season with “Moon Over Buffalo”

Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 2011-12 season with a production of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.”  Performances will be Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. in Klein Theatre, duPont Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. “Moon Over Buffalo” takes place in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1953.  Stage actors George and Charlotte Hay are performing “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory at Buffalo’s Erlanger Theatre when they receive word that Hollywood film director Frank Capra plans to attend a matinee performance. Chaos ensues as the Hays prepare for Capra’s arrival in hopes of starring in his new movie. “Moon Over Buffalo” premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on Oct. 1, 1995, and ran for 309 performances. Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett were nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and Best Actress in a Play in 1996 for their … [Read more...]

UMW Galleries Hosts New Exhibition

Allison Long Hardy, Daydream, pen, graphite, colored pencil, India ink on paper, 2011, 38 x 26 inches

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting two exhibitions: “Crowded Spaces: Allison Long Hardy” from Friday, January 20 through Sunday, February 5 at the duPont Gallery; and “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2012” from Friday, January 20 through Friday, February 24 at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The opening receptions for both exhibitions were held on Thursday, January 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the duPont Gallery and the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. Anne Timpano, director of University Galleries, presented a purchase prize and $2,000 in awards at the reception for the “Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2012” exhibition. Admission is free to the receptions and exhibitions. “Crowded Spaces” showcases the work of artist Allison Long Hardy, adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UMW. The exhibit explores the ebb and flow of crowds; how crowds exist, move and dissipate as a cohesive unit; and how communication travels through crowds. Hardy’s works of pen, … [Read more...]