MAC Awards $23,717 in Grants to Support University Arts, Literary Initiatives


MACnoshadowCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 12, 2014 – The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) recently awarded five grants totaling $23,717 to support a variety of arts initiatives in the coming year at Southeast Missouri State University.

MAC awarded $7,700 to support the Jazz Dance Residency Program, $2,000 to help with the printing and distribution of the University Press’ “Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley,” $3,920 for the 14th annual Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Concert Series, $4,525 to assist with two exhibits in the 2014-2015 series at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, and $5,572 to help cover production costs for the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of “Macbeth.”

$7,700–Jazz Dance Residency Program

The grant supporting the Jazz Dance Residency Program will allow Southeast’s dance program to host the artistic works of Paula David, Big Muddy Dance Company and Nan Giordano, Giordano Dance Chicago. Both artists are nationally recognized and are Midwest-based dance companies.

David, the artistic director of Big Muddy Dance Company, was named one of the most influential St. Louisans of 2011, and the company was recently awarded Readers’ Choice-Best Local Dance Company by “Go Magazine” of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Giordano Dance Chicago was featured in the March 2013 issue of Dance Magazine and received positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times as well.

Each guest artist will work with students for an intensive one-week residency. They will teach two master classes for Southeast students and area community members. Each master class will be free and open to the public. In addition to the classes, both guests will set an acclaimed piece of choreography that will be performed in a main stage dance concert. The choreographers will hold open auditions for the choreographic work to the dance community and will lead rehearsals for the work which will be performed during the Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2014-2015 season.

$2,000–University Press’ ‘Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley

 This grant will help with the printing and distribution of two semi-annual issues of the University Press’ “Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley,” including the printing of extra copies to be distributed at no cost to community college, college and university libraries throughout Missouri. Funds also will help cover the cost of a guest speaker during the fall 2014 semester. The speaker will be a past contributor to “Big Muddy” who will speak about his or her area of expertise or deliver a reading of creative work in a venue open to the public.

$3,920—Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Concert Series

This award will help support the 14th Annual Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Concert Series, which provides the southeast Missouri region with five orchestral concerts in 2014-2015.  Highlights of the upcoming season include a Spanish/Latin American themed opening concert with guest artist Viviana Guzman, and the season will conclude with Beethoven’s iconic “Ninth Symphony.”

$4,525—Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

MAC awarded this grant to assist the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum in presenting two exhibits – “Sparky Campanella: Horizon” and “Crystal Wagner: Immersion” — during the 2014-2015 exhibition series Modern Directions. The series consists of six exhibitions that consider contemporary art from different artistic viewpoints and media.

“Sparky Campanella: Horizon” is scheduled for Sept. 5-Oct. 26. In his latest series, called simply “horizon,” Campanella’s large-scale photography presents a world of sharply defined horizon lines, stark splits in nature or between the natural and the manmade, with the division situated cleanly in the middle of the photo.  Fifteen 40-inch by 50-inch photos from this series will be on exhibit.

“Crystal Wagner: Immersion” is scheduled for Nov. 7–Jan. 25. Wagner’s installation work combines two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking. Her work offers a very organic feel to it. Using items like police caution tape, chicken wire and tablecloths, the artist crafts multi-layered and complex forms that occupy walls, floors, and everyday spaces. Wagner will create a site-specific installation encompassing the entire gallery.

$5,572—Production of ‘Macbeth’

This award to Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance will help cover production costs for “Macbeth,” scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov.1 and Nov. 6-8 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. This award will assist in hiring a guest costume designer, Christina Marullo, for this performance.  Marullo will give the community direct access to her talents, teaching and performance abilities. She will present master classes, rehearsals and a performance open to the public.

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