Visual Arts Department Presents BFA Senior Exhibitions

March 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of Visual Arts proudly announces three upcoming 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions scheduled in March and April. The exhibitions will be held in the Fletcher Hall Gallery (formally the University Art Museum on the second floor of Fletcher Hall) for the first time after a decade of exhibiting at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

The first of three exhibitions opens Wednesday, March 25 (with an evening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.) and will run through Wednesday, April 1. Admission is free and open to the public.

The first exhibition features the work of nine graduating seniors including Brittany Boudreaux, Dylan Faul, Robert Richard, and Molly Thornton concentrating in Graphic Design, Lacey Hargroder in Ceramics, Shaniqua Pierre-August in Photography, Brittany Salsman in Media Arts, Aaron Taylor in Computer Animation, and Cayla Zeek in Painting. Additional information will be forthcoming for the two exhibitions and participating artists scheduled April 16 – 21 and April 24 – 29.

Visual Arts Department majors are required to complete two three-hour courses throughout the senior year devoted to the development of independent studio research and to the preparation of professional skills and career goals. The two semesters are structured to foster self-discovery through rigorous and sustained studio experimentation, moving toward the cultivation of a body of work and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition.

Fletcher Hall is located at the corner of East Lewis Street and Girard Park Circle. Inquiries may be directed to the Visual Arts Department at 337-482-6056.

UL Performing Arts Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts is proudly presenting a production of William Shakespeare’s acclaimed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28 in Burke Theatre on UL’s campus. An additional performance has been added on March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at Admission is free for UL students, faculty, and staff.

After nearly a decade, Professor Sara Birk, the director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, claims that it was high time for a Shakespeare play to be produced by UL Lafayette’s Performing Arts program. “Giving actors who are training as theatre artists exposure to and experience with this material is absolutely critical,” Birk says. “Actors will be expected to be familiar with this kind of material, so to create an opportunity for our students to delve deeply into this kind of work is important.”

Shakespeare is known for his use of colorful and often ambiguous language, sometimes leaving audiences bewildered at the meaning of poetic lines. Birk admits that the language is always a challenge when conquering Shakespeare’s work. She feels a great responsibility to help craft a performance that is accessible and will allow people to find the life and entertainment in the piece. Prof. Birk says, “The actors are doing a beautiful job of handling the language of the play and creating performances that are emotionally connected and lively.” Andre LaFleur, a UL student actor in the play, says that although Birk has chosen to give the production a prohibition America look, none of the language was spared, as the director is truly a purist. Being no stranger to this type of writing, LaFleur argues that there is much depth in Shakespeare’s language that is thrilling for an actor to discover but challenging to convey to an audience.

Nevertheless, audiences will be able to both comprehend and enjoy the play. It encompasses elements of magic, fantasy, and comedy with a splash of true Shakespearian drama. “People can relate to love and the joys and heartache that [Midsummer] provokes in us,” Birk says. Due to Shakespeare’s universality and timelessness, his plays have a relevant message for contemporary audiences. The director revels in the fact that the cast of over 20 UL students truly claimed the show as their own, making their performances funny, enjoyable, and truthful. The production is in the midst of adding lights, sound, costumes, and all the other elements that will come together to create what is sure to be a brilliant production of a great play.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of Festival of the Arts, a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community. The festival will run March 14 – 29 at various locations on campus and around Lafayette.

College of the Arts presents Festival of the Arts and ArTech Fusion

March 2, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL College of the Arts will host the annual Festival of the Arts March 14 – 29 at various locations on UL’s campus and around the community. The Festival of the Arts is a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community.

This year’s festival will include a fashion runway show, live music performances, a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, public lectures, artist workshops, a fountain installation, and so much more. For a complete list of events, go to

The College of the Arts will also present ArTech Fusion on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. This event will feature performances and talks that promote and highlight the dynamic relationship between the arts and technology. Tickets for ArTech Fusion can be purchased online at or by calling 482-6224.

The third annual ArTech Fusion will take place Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. ArTech Fusion will feature performances and talks that promote and highlight the dynamic relationship between the arts and technology, specifically the relationships between digital, handmade, and hybrid art. Premiere performances will feature video, dance, building, stop motion, theatre, and music. The College of the Arts will honor the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Eddie Cazayoux, FAIA.

Tickets are $5 for UL students, $10 for UL faculty, and $20 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at or by calling (337) 482-6224.

Full List of Festival of the Arts events:

Sunday, March 1 – 31:

Ashley Nason Exhibit

Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher Hall 202, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 9 – 22:

High School Art Exhibit (Lafayette District)

Gallery, Fletcher Hall 207, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 14:

SOAD Design Day

Fletcher Hall 202, 8:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Faculty Chamber Music Recital

Angelle Hall Choral Room 153, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17:

H2 Sax Quartet (Guest Artist)

Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18:

Tribute to Eddie Cazayoux (Oubre; LaSala; Tate; Smith)

Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays – Saturdays, March 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Burke Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20:

Pliny Fisk

Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

ArTech Fusion

Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21:

UL Chorale and Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Angelle Hall, 6:00 p.m.

L’eau de la Danse (Fountain Installation)
The Great Lawn of the University Art Museum, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 22:

David Small (Guest Artist)

St. Barnabas, 3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 23:

William Tate

Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

SOAD Fashion Show
Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25:

Barbara Minor (Artist Workshop)

Fletcher Hall Metals Studio, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Barbara Minor

Fletcher Hall 134, 11:00 a.m.

VIAR Senior Show #1

Gallery, Fletcher Hall 207, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 26:

Dr. Cain Budds (Guest Artist – Guitar)
Angelle Hall Choral Room 153, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27:

Big Band Concert (Percussion)

Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28:

UL Wind Ensemble

The Bayou Church, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 29:

A Day of Percussion

Angelle Hall

Wind Ensemble to Premiere African Drum Performance “Congo Square”

February 23, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Wind Ensemble will present the premiere of “Congo Square” on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall. This performance is for African Drum Quartet and Wind Ensemble.

Composer James Syler will be on campus two days before the event to interact with UL students, and author Freddi Williams Evans will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. Her book Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, served as an important resource and inspiration for Syler’s new work. During Syler’s visit to campus, he will hear his new piece for the very first time, in rehearsal with UL students.

Dr. William Hochkeppel hopes that this will be an event that interests many members of the UL and Lafayette community. The first band to perform is the Symphonic Winds conducted by Dr. Eric Melley, which features music by Holst and others. After intermission, the UL Wind Ensemble (conducted by Dr. Hochkeppel) will do a program of five works. After an opening Fanfare, the premiere of “Congo Square” will take place. A few program highlights include: Ecstatic Fanfare by Steven Bryant, Overture for Winds by Felix Mendelssohn, Fantasia in G Major by J.S. Bach, and Dance for the New World by Dana Wilson.

The UL Band is a member of the consortium commissioning project by San Antonio composer, James Syler, who also wrote Storyville (two historic places in New Orleans jazz). While The University of MD has the honor of the world premiere on the very same day, UL’s performance in Angelle Auditorium takes place just one hour later.  The work will also be featured at the new “Music For All” Regional Festival in March, when the Wind Ensemble is the featured ensemble.

Guest Artists Project Trio to Perform with the UL Symphony

February 2, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The internationally-acclaimed “Project Trio” will will present a concert on Friday, February 20, 7:30 pm in Angelle Hall Auditorium.  From beat box flute “Inspector Gadget” to the “William Tell Overture”, you won’t want to miss this special performance. They will be joined by the UL Symphony and over 100 pre-college string students from all over Louisiana as part of the annual “String Day Concert” at UL.  The trio will present workshops throughout the day for UL music students and pre-college string students prior to 7:30 pm concert.  This event is sponsored by the UL Concert Series and UL Symphony.

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”
Gramophone Magazine recently singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”

The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.

Highlights of the Trio’s 2014-15 season include engagements with the Detroit, Dallas, St. Louis, and Charleston Symphonies, the Illinois Philharmonic, and season opening concerts with the Evansville Philharmonic and WCF Symphony. This season, the Trio will participate in residencies/performances at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Mercyhurst College and Concordia College and other venues throughout the Germany, Italy, and United States.
Recent performance highlights include appearances and collaborations with the Charlotte, San Diego, Toronto, Milwaukee, Saint Louis and New Jersey Symphonies, the Britt Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Their international tours have included concerts in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong. In May 2013, the Trio completed a landmark tour of the former Soviet Union sponsored by the US Department of State.
Project Trio was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR Music’s series, Heavy Rotation, where hosts around the country share a favorite new song. They selected Sweet Pea, from PROJECT’s 2012 Random Roads Collection album, as “one of the best new tunes out there.” In addition to TV and live radio appearances on such programs as Soundcheck on New York’s WNYC, and Sirius XM among others, their music can be heard in Nike and Smart Car commercials. Greg Pattillo recently demonstrated his beatbox style for Jay Leno and performed with the Tonight Show orchestra.
PROJECT Trio’s discography includes six recordings, four live EP’s, and a DVD, PROJECT Trio: Live In Concert. All of these projects are self produced on the ensembles record label, Harmonyville Records. When Will Then Be Now and their catalog-spanning Random Roads Collection, debuted at the top of both the Billboard Canadian and US classical and jazz charts. Like all of the other PROJECT Trio’s recordings, both soared to the top of the iTunes charts. Following up on the success of their first two CDs, Winter in June and Brooklyn, their third disc, Project Trio was acclaimed by Jazz Review as “a glorious celebration of the music of our time.”
The members compose and arrange all of their own music, which they publish on their Harmonyville label. Their repertoire includes pieces for trio as well as several works with orchestra. With a goal to further expand the repertoire for their unique combination of flute, cello and bass, the Trio is collaborating with composer Adam Schoenberg on a concerto commissioning project for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and launched the annual PROJECT Trio Composition Competition, now in its second year.
The Trio is dedicated to arts education, teaching the art and joy of jamming on classical instruments and opening minds to what instruments can do. Engaging younger audiences, PROJECT Trio has performed and led workshops for over 300,000 students on four continents and is instantly recognizable to students of all ages as a result of their YouTube following and appearances on popular TV shows on Nickelodeon and MTV. With specialized curricula for age groups from elementary students through college, their educational programs are adapted to meet the National Standards for Music Education. Taking note of the group’s success in building new audiences, Chamber Music America invited the members to make a presentation on successful audience engagement techniques for the 21st Century at the January 2014 CMA conference in New York City. In the summer, the group runs multiple camps focusing on composition, arranging, improvisation, and 21st century chamber music. The camps are annually held at the Britt Festival in Southern Oregon and New York City.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Pattillo, Stephenson, and Seymour met at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where they were honored with the 2013 CIM Alumni Achievement Award. Founded in Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 2005, the Trio got its big break in 2006 when Greg Pattillo’s Beatbox Flute video went viral on YouTube, receiving millions of views in its first week. PROJECT Trio has since become one of the world’s most exciting instrumental ensembles.

Stunning Student Artwork on Display at Two Locations

January 30, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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“Shared Impressions: An Exhibition of Student Prints from the Department of Visual Arts” is on display at two locations – The Dean’s Gallery in Fletcher 202 and the first floor of Dupre Library toward Jazzman’s Coffee Shop. The prints in the exhibitions consist of lithographs, intaglios, silkscreens, and woodcuts by students of Brian Kelly and were produced in the printmaking classes in the department of visual arts from the last 3 semesters. The work in the exhibition explores a wide range of image exploration from the narrative, surreal, landscape and abstract. Be sure to check out the stunning work of the department’s talented student artists before the exhibitions close.

Dean’s Gallery: January 30 – February 14

Dupre Library: January 30 – February 23

UL Opera Theatre to Hold Auditions for Les Misérables

January 13, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette Opera Theatre in collaboration with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra are presenting the great musical, Les Misérables in the spring. Production dates are in April 2015. Open auditions will be held for all casting in the Ducrest-Gilfry auditorium in Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus. All roles are currently open.

Friday, January 16 is UL Lafayette night. Only UL Lafayette students may attend. This begins at 5pm. Saturday, January 17 are auditions for the community which includes men and women of any age and children. These begin at 10am. Callbacks will be Sunday, January 18th starting at 2pm. You must sing a musical theatre selection which is not from Les Misérables for the preliminary auditions. Please bring sheet music. A pianist will be provided. For callbacks, you may be asked to sing music from the show. Any questions? Call 337-482-5939 or email Shawn Roy, the director, at

Associate Professor Steven Breaux Selected for International Traveling Exhibit

December 3, 2014 by Travis Guillory  
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Associate Professor Steven Breaux is part of an exhibition travelling to 5 sites in 2014-2015 including Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, University of Maine and the University of Moncton, Quebec Canada, where he was a member of a panel discussing the issues of the exhibit.

The travelling exhibition is currently at:

Galerie la Colline et Centre d’exposition de la Petite Eglise, Edmundston, New Brunswick in conjunction with Musée historique du Madawaska, Edmundston, New Brunswick and is on display from October 9  to November 16, 2014.

l’Acadie mythique

Archives and museums in Nova Scotia and northern Maine are collaborating to present the first exhibition of a group project bringing together five Acadian archives and historical museums, sixteen artists and five exhibition venues across the geographic territory of Acadian communities. The exhibition l’Acadie mythique is a project of Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It consists of contemporary artworks created in response to historical objects and documents found in collections of the participating archives. Each individual artist has selected an object or objects to interpret in the medium of their choice. The word “mythique” refers to shared cultural narratives that often focus on universal themes such as creation, genesis and human beings’ relationship to natural and supernatural forces. Over time, the events of Acadian history have possessed their own near-mythological power to engender great narratives. L’Acadie mythique is a unique occasion for artists from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Louisiana to come together around the central theme of “l’Acadie mythique”. It provides them with an opportunity to investigate old and new ways that art can give visual form to the question of Acadian identity, and creates a space where artists explore individual visions of one of the great founding cultures of the New World.

The 10 sites in five cities:

14 June – 13 Sept. 2014
Archives acadiennes de l’Université du Maine à Fort Kent, ME
Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel, Lille, ME

9 Oct. – 16 Nov. 2014
Galerie la Colline et Centre d’exposition de la Petite Eglise, Edmundston, New Brunswick.
Avec le Musée historique du Madawaska, Edmundston, New Brunswick

15 Feb. – 15 May, 2015
Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton en collaboration avec La Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Moncton, New Brunswick

15 June – 1 Sept. 2015
Galerie Le Trécarré, Pointe de l’Église, Clare, Nova Scotia
La Galerie Père Comeau avec le Centre acadien de l’Université Saine-Anne, Clare, Nova Scotia

12 Sept. – 15 Nov. 2015
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Avec le Musée acadien de l’Ile du Prince Édouard, Miscouche. I.P.E., Nova Scotia

School of Music presents Christmas Concert

November 24, 2014 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s School of Music will host its annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 3, 6:30pm in Angelle Hall Auditorium. This concert will feature the UL Chorale and Chamber Singers, UL Wind Ensemble, and UL Symphony Orchestra. It will include a world premiere of a new setting of the text “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten. Come join us for an evening of beautiful and inspiring holiday music! Admission is FREE.

The UL Chamber Singers will also be singing at Sneaux Day right before the Christmas Concert. Sneaux Day is December 3 from 4-6pm at Martin Hall Circle. There will be ice skating, free jambalaya and hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, and, of course, caroling by the UL Chamber Singers. Kick off the holiday season with these two fantastic FREE events!

Click here to go to the Facebook event for the Christmas Concert.

New York Cabaret Singer, Georga Osborne, Presents Broadway Concert

November 18, 2014 by Travis Guillory  
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New York cabaret artist/Broadway performer, Georga Osborne and her pianist Steven Watkins will perform Saturday, November 22 at 7:30pm in Burke Theatre. Georga has won numerous cabaret award in New York and has appeared in the original cast of Meet Me in St. Louis on Broadway. She has also toured extensively through the United States and abroad in musical theatre. Her solo show mixes humor with beautiful singing and moving ballads. Admission is free for UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff, $15 for general public, and $10 for seniors. Osborne will also give a masterclass for our students on Sunday, November 23 at 1:30pm in Burke Theatre.  All are invited to attend, free of charge.

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