Listening to Paintings: ATEC to Present Soundscapes

In a creative blending of sense experiences, students in UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology (ATEC) program will present their soundscapes to go with works at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m.

Students in Dr. Frank Dufour’s Sound Design for Interactive Applications course were commissioned by Nicole Stutzman, director of learning partnerships with schools and the community at the museum, to compose soundscapes or auditory translations for a selection of paintings from the DMA’s permanent collection.

This collaboration marks the second time ATEC students have been invited to create sound-design projects inspired by paintings, sculptures, and other art objects at the DMA and to present them at the museum with the actual art that inspired them.

This upcoming presentation will be held in conjunction with the DMA’s Late Nights program, held on the third Friday of each month, when the museum is open until midnight. General admission is $10 or less, and DMA members and children under 12 are admitted free.

The Audio Tour will start at 8 p.m. in the Center of Creative Connections. The visitors will be lead by UT Dallas’ students through the galleries of the museum to the selected artworks, in front of which the soundscapes will be then played.

Students and Frank Dufour will explain the various options chosen to “translate” art into sounds and music.

Creations Go from Graduate Class to Art Gallery

Fourteen Arts and Humanities graduate students’ works were selected for the upcoming Frames of Reference exhibition at the 14th Street Gallery in Plano. The exhibit includes digital and photographic installation art, as well as participatory artworks by the artists.

Top from left: “From Above,” Carlo Zinzi; “Salt of the Earth,” Kerry Hennigin; “The White Suit Project,” Stern Hatcher. Bottom from left: “Natural Selection,” Leah Foster; “The Voveo Bulla, a vanitas installation,” LeeDon Moore; “Having a Great Time,” Cynthia Miller.

In creating their pieces, the artists explored frameworks and contexts involving time, space, narrative and experience.

“The class has been a great experience, providing an in-depth focus on photography and installation art, which involved reinventing and transforming spaces,” said LeeDon Moore, senior graphic designer in the University’s Office of Communications, and an Arts and Technology graduate student.

The graduate student artists all submitted exhibition proposals to the gallery for review. Fourteen of the proposals were accepted, and students were awarded specific spaces in the gallery for their installations.

Frames of Reference was prompted in part by students’ expressed interest in exploring installation art in a gallery environment,” said Waligore.

Graduate students from School of Arts and Humanities professor Marilyn Waligore’s Photo/Digital/Installation course will participate in the exhibit: Jimmy Bullion, Sheila Cunningham, Leah Foster, Stern Hatcher, Kerry Hennigin, William Howell, Ilan Ronit, Melanie Levin, George McGuigan, Cynthia Miller, LeeDon Moore, Florence Wairagu, David Witherspoon and Carlo Zinzi.

Five additional students from the class will be presenting photographs and videos on campus in conjunction with the Spring Arts Festival, which runs in various buildings on campus through Sat., May 9.

“The goal of the class was to have all the students create work for exhibition,” said Waligore. “It’s been a rewarding way to end the semester, as well as the academic year.”

Frames of Reference runs May 9-29. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 14th Street Gallery, 1412 14th St., Plano (east of Avenue K).