This is an exciting time to be leading the College of Fine Arts at the state's flagship academic institution. Our more than 1,100 stu-
dents and nearly 100 faculty members are some of the best in the world. The college is proud of its contributions to the arts and to the
overall quality of the educational experience at UF
The college has led the way in fostering creativity through the arts since its inception as a part of the School of Architecture in 1925.
From the early days of the Florida marching band to the Digital Worlds Institute's large-scale, live multimedia performances that unite
global cultures in artistic expression through the Internet, the college has uniquely linked people, their ideas and aesthetic expression.
Beyond their role in unifying and inspiring, the arts are increasingly recognized as valuable contributors to local and national econ-
omies. In addition, students in the arts are increasingly tapped as a source of innovation that fuels our rapidly evolving society. Future
leaders are those who can make connections, intuit and master the art of thinking creatively. Universities help develop individuals who
can imagine our future society. At UF, the College of Fine Arts embraces that role.
The college has long fostered the abilities that allow one to generate the bold new solutions that become the innovations of the
future the skill set of the creative mind. Through its schools, centers, institute and affiliates, the college has strengthened the
arts, as well as the university's research and academic offerings. By forging numerous interdisciplinary partnerships involving stu-
dents and faculty from programs in engineering, journalism, liberal arts and sciences, medicine, agricultural science, Latin American
Studies, African Studies, the Harn Museum of Art and University of Florida Performing Arts Center, the college has expanded the
reach of its programs from across campus to across the globe.
All of our programs whether music, dance, theatre, art history, museum studies, two-dimensional or three-dimensional art -
serve to educate, inspire and foster creativity in the students of the University of Florida and the greater community. The generous
support of our alumni and friends makes all this possible. Please consider joining those energized and inspired contributors who are
investing in the College of Fine Arts and in Florida Tomorrow.
Dean, College of Fine Arts
The Promise of Tomorrow
The University of Florida holds the promise of the future:
Florida Tomorrow a place, a belief, a day. Florida Tomorrow is
filled with possibilities. Florida Tomorrow is for dreamers and
doers, for optimists and pragmatists, for scholars and entrepre-
neurs, all of whom are nurtured at Florida's flagship university:
the University of Florida, the foundation of the Gator Nation.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the College of Fine Arts, we
believe it's an opportunity, one filled with promise and hope. It's
that belief that feeds the university's capital campaign to raise
more than $1 billion.
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the university, cer-
tainly. But its ripple effect will also touch the state of Florida, the
nation and the entire world. Florida Tomorrow is pioneering research
and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile environment for
inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the forefront to address
the challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.
UF College of Fine Arts
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
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Florida Tomorrow is a place
where visual and performing arts education challenges students'
imaginations to reveal the many facets of our evolving world.
Connecting the World
Students involved in the College of Fine Arts not only have the
opportunity to train with world-class faculty on the Gainesville
campus, but to travel beyond traditional space and time boundar-
ies as they collaborate and build meaningful relationships with a
global community through the work of the Digital Worlds Institute.
Inside the institute's Research, Education and Visualization
Environment, or REVE, is a 52-foot-wide screen serving as a pan-
oramic digital chalkboard. It combines art studio, engineering
lab and inventor workshop into one collaborative space where
students can create and perform simultaneously in both physi-
cal and virtual space with artists, dancers, musicians and allied
professionals located simultaneously in other countries. The arts
collaboration has proven to be dynamic and fruitful.
Dancers and musicians working with Digital Worlds Institute
have produced a globally distributed performing arts series, "In
Common: TIME," which united students with ethnic and indig-
enous musicians, artists and performers on five continents in a
real-time shared virtual environment. The project highlighted
each region's traditional culture while it created a new artistic
collaboration that would not exist without the technological plat-
form of global connectivity.
"The implications of the college's creative work and the insti-
tute's work with technology go beyond the personal experience of
any musician, dancer or designer," says James Oliverio, founder
and director of Digital Worlds Institute. "We're literally joining
people across continents in real time to collaborate on projects in
the arts. It's a new paradigm for interaction."
School of Theatre and Dance choreographers Kelly Drummond
Cawthon and Neta Pulvermacher collaborated with Oliverio to
create this new form of expression using the institute's hybrid of
technology as art, filtered through a global outlook.
"Our students cultivated human connections and learned
another culture's art, music, dance and traditions from actual
members of that culture," Cawthon says. "Instead of using just
textbooks or videos, we connected right to the source."
Jill Sonke-Henderson and Rusti Brandman, co-directors of
the College of Fine Arts' Center for the Arts and Healthcare
Research and Education, made use of Digital Worlds' unique
capacities by bringing art and medicine across time and space to
Kenya and Gambia.
"Twenty-first century technologies are allowing our students
and faculty to explore the cultural diversities of our global com-
munity and the many roles of the arts in health care through
real-time interactions," Sonke-Henderson says. "It is a thrilling
and expansive way to learn."
Florida Tomorrow is a day
when society celebrates creativity and the arts for their role in
advancing the global community.
Immersed in Art
When Kristin Bonett enrolled in Workshop for Art Research and
Practice in fall 2006, all she had was a plan to major in graphic
design. The essentials of accomplishing that plan -knowing about
design principles such as composition and color were admit-
tedly foreign to her. To inform her, instructors in the School of Art
and Art History's foundation-level course had her shoot videos
and do performance art.
Such a strategy might sound unrelated to both a student's aca-
demic and artistic vision, but for Bonett it was eye-opening.
"I learned there were things I could do that I didn't know I
could do," she says.
Since its creation in 1993, the Workshop for Art Research
and Practice, or WARP, has introduced thousands of first-year
art students to contemporary art through lectures and presen-
tations, and immersed them in the process of producing and
displaying their creative work.
A semester-long synthesis of studio art, art history, theory and
basic technology, WARP is designed to empower students with
necessary lifetime tools for interpreting, understanding and cre-
ating art. As it did in Bonett's case, the course frequently pushes
students out of their comfort zones to nurture the creative impulse.
"Students are expected to apply what they learn to their own
ideas, experiment with materials, collaborate with each other, take
risks and not fear failure," says Bethany Taylor, one of the two
course lecturers. "Our biggest goal is for them to have some kind of
personal growth and to learn how their work fits into the context of
the bigger art world."
Much of WARP's activities are based in the WARPhaus, a
6,000-square-foot warehouse located off campus near downtown
Gainesville. Aside from providing space for lectures and stu-
dent exhibitions, it hosts other artists' work, concerts and film
screenings in a community setting. The continual presence of
collegiate and professional art serves as an inspiring reminder to
"Everybody in that class was aware of the multiple uses of that
building," says Benji Haselhurt, who took WARP in spring 2006.
"You can feel the energy coming off the walls, and you want to fill
those shoes that have been there before you."
Over the course of a semester, students debate artistic theory,
work on projects in different mediums and undergo intense cri-
tiques from instructors and peers.
Despite enduring long hours in the studio and brutally hon-
est critiques, Bonett says WARP helped build a strong conceptual
base to springboard her into her graphic design studies.
"Not many 18- and 19-year-olds can walk into a fine arts col-
lege and immediately have a space to put on art shows," she says.
"WARP lets you do that and so much more."
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Artist and Student
At some point during their October 2006 performance in the
University Auditorium with acclaimed Brazilian percussionist
Jorge Martins and the UF music ensemble Jacar6 Brazil, mem-
bers of Eastside High School's marching band drum line made
"They told me, 'It was the first time I knew performing music
was supposed to be fun,'" says Larry Crook, a UF professor of
ethnomusicology in the School of Music and the co-director of
Jacar6 Brazil. "It was transformative they weren't expecting a
dancing, enthusiastic audience."
For the Eastside students, the performance marked the end of
a three-month tutelage under Martins. For Crook, however, the
performance marked the closure of another successful artist-in-
residency program, a mainstay of the College of Fine Arts Center
for World Arts, of which Crook is a co-director.
Founded in 1996 by Crook and School of Theatre and Dance pro-
fessor Joan Frosch, the CWA has given students the opportunity to
discover and perform music, dance and theater from a wide range
of cultures and backgrounds. The artist-in-residence program is
one of the tools for outreach and education, hosting African and
Latin American artists for stays in Gainesville marked by collabo-
ration with UF and area high school students. Notable artists who
have participated include influential African drummer Godwin
Agbeli and renowned Brazilian flutist Carlos Malta.
Guatemalan marimba players Manuel Matero and his son
Pedro TomAs were artists-in-residence for spring 2006, and,
much like Martins did with the Eastside drum line, they used the
opportunity to work with area schoolchildren. Matero and TomAs
visited music classes at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
School and taught students basic percussive pieces, with the stu-
dents learning on Orff instruments, or miniature marimbas.
Crook says the experience was a positive lesson in multicultural-
ism for both the children and artists-in-residence.
"Being exposed to a diversity of characters in an environment
is very nurturing," Crook says, adding that the hands-on pro-
gram allows for an exchange in teaching and learning styles that
students and guest artists might otherwise not get.
The artists-in-residence program equips its visiting participants
with new teaching techniques. Collaboration at the College of Fine
Arts frequently produces new compositions, often co-written with
the high school and college students.
"We like for our artists to be creative," Crooks says. "Their
residency allows them to do that. And when they can take our
students through the artistic process with them, it's great."
Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan once said, "The arts
develop skills and habits of mind that are
important for workers in the new econ-
omy of ideas."
As a leader of the "old economy,"
Greenspan was speaking of an evolution
that would create a demand for a new
type of worker an employee who holds
an MFA instead of an MBA and who is
equipped with the creative skills to forge
ahead in a technology-driven, intercon-
nected and dynamic economic future.
As a university we are tasked with
educating the leaders of tomorrow.
Increasingly, those leaders require skills
such as creativity, vision, adaptability,
effective communication and teamwork
to prepare them for jobs that haven't been
invented yet. At the College of Fine Arts,
we recognize the needs of the workplace
are linked to the goals for education. We
envision a future when the College of Fine
Arts is a recognized leader in fostering
creativity, ingenuity and innovation in stu-
dents of all disciplines to prepare them for
Here at the College of Fine Arts, we
are entrusted to develop those talents.
We embrace the notion that visual art-
ists, dancers, actors, painters, sculptors,
musicians and designers have the abil-
ity to inspire, provoke and bring joy to
their audiences. We believe art schol-
ars cultivate an understanding of and
greater appreciation for all art forms and
of the role of the arts in shaping history.
We believe that humankind as a whole is
the beneficiary of the arts, as well as of the artists who create and
express those artworks. We contend that the arts have the power
to bridge cultures and politics and ideas, to unify people through
shared appreciation and respect.
The schools of Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre and
Dance form the College of Fine Arts. The college's three centers -
Arts in Healthcare Research and Education, Arts and Public Policy,
and World Arts the Digital Worlds Institute and numerous affil-
iates combine to give faculty and students opportunities to bridge
academic disciplines and collaborate with colleagues in fields such
as medicine, engineering and liberal arts and sciences, and to link
them with colleagues around the world. Building on this success,
the college plans to redouble its efforts in forging interdisciplinary
links to foster a creative environment for UF students.
Our vision is to provide the best education possible, to provide
a challenging and creative environment to foster talent, to deliver
high-quality art from stage to galleries to the North Central
Florida community, our country and the world. The college's fac-
ulty, administration and staff aim to introduce professional and
pre-professional artists and their work to people who might not
otherwise have the opportunity to have the experience. We aim
to use the arts as a way to bring societies and peoples together,
while contributing to the local economy. We look forward to
the challenges and opportunities tomorrow will bring, and we
embrace our role indeed, our commitment to set the stan-
dard for fine and performing arts schools in the 21st century.
That aspiration, with your help, is within reach. Gifts for
scholarships, professorships and modem facilities are vital to
our mission. Contributions to the university's Florida Tomorrow
campaign will help student-artists fulfill their dreams, while mak-
ing the world a better place for all of us. Philanthropists to the
College of Fine Arts can make a positive impact now and con-
tinue touching lives for generations to come.
We invite you to join the College of Fine Arts in making our
shared vision of Florida Tomorrow a reality.