Author: Ginger Jenne

Digital Media Discovery Evening at UConn Stamford on November 3, 2016

Are you interested in the intersection of business, design, communication, film, and entertainment?

Digital Media is a disrupted medium that is forever-evolving and transforming our culture.

Please join us at the Digital Media Discovery Evening on November 3rd, 6:00PM – 7:30PM in the Multi-Purpose room at the Stamford campus.  The event is open to high school students interested in learning more about the Digital Media & Design program.

For any questions regarding the event, please contact Matthew Worwood at


Imagine Yourself Here: An SFA Experience for Prospective Students is Monday, October 10, 2016

Imagine Yourself at UConn SFA!

Monday, October 10, 2016
School of Fine Arts
Storrs Campus

The UConn School of Fine Arts offers professional arts training in Art & Art History, Dramatic Arts, Music, and Digital Media & Design. As an SFA student, you have the opportunity to study with an outstanding arts faculty in small classes. At the same time, you have access to leading scholars in over one-hundred fields and all the resources of a top-ranked university. You can be a painter who loves biology, a drama student who is intrigued by engineering, a musician who has a passion for Africana studies, or a savvy social media user who writes poetry – why limit yourself?



UConn to Present UConn School of Fine Arts Student Short Film Festival Sept 23-25

UConn’s Theatre Studies Program, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Digital Media & Design Department, Department of Art and Art History, and the Dean’s Office of the School of Fine Arts will present the first-ever UConn School of Fine Arts Student Short Film Festival from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25 at von der Mehden Recital Hall located on UConn’s Main Campus at 875 Coventry Road, Storrs CT 06269. Admission to this event is free.

The newly created UConn School of Fine Arts Student Short Film Festival will present works by cutting-edge young filmmakers enrolled at the University of Connecticut. The categories include animation, short fiction, and documentary films. On the final night, a reception will be held in the lobby of von der Mehden Recital Hall after the screening.

The three-day schedule includes:

Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.: Animation Films, including both shorts and animated storytelling, and short-shorts and animated experiments. The screening will feature commentary by UConn faculty members and a post-screening talkback.

Saturday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.: Short Fiction Films, including films related to the themes of cause and effect and wander and seek. The screening will feature commentary by UConn faculty members and a post-screening talkback.

Sunday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.: Documentary Films, including works that reflect on personal identity and identity in the UConn community, as well as UConn faculty member Alison Paul’s new film “Equinox.” The screenings will feature commentary by UConn faculty members and post-screening talkbacks. After these events, we invite attendees to stay for a reception in the lobby of von der Mehden Recital Hall.

For more information about the festival, screening times, and scheduled presentations, see or contact Robyn Genzano at

New and Exciting SFA Fall Courses for Non-Majors

Dear Students:

You might not have heard about some of the new and exciting courses in the School of Fine Arts.   This Spring, several courses that were previously open only to majors are now open to non-majors! Please see below for the list of open and eligible courses.   For a permission number to enroll in these courses (unless otherwise noted) contact Eva Gorbants or stop by her office (Art Building room 203). There is still time to register!

Art & Art History Department

ARTH 3020 Asian American Art and Visual Culture
MW 10:30-11:45am
Interested in contemporary art and artists? Explore how Asian artists in the United States, ranging from recent immigrants and refugees to the American-born deal with issues of identity, cross-cultural connections, and community through the visual arts. View artworks, artist videos, films, and guest lectures that vividly bring these issues to life.
Professor Margo Machida:

ARTH 3440 19th Century American Art
TuTh 11am-12:15pm
Revolution, civil war, railroads, robber barons, and more. Come learn about the visual culture of the United States in the long 19th century.
Professor Alexis Boylan:

ARTH 1140-01 & 02 Introduction to Asian Art
Sec 01: MW 3:35-4:50pm
Sec 02: MW 12:20-1:35pm
Art of China, Japan, India, Korea, Cambodia, Java etc. In this multicultural course we will study major artworks produced in Asia from the bronze age to the modern period. CA 1
Professor Yan Geng:

ARTH 1141 From Sun Gods to Lowriders: Introduction to Latin American Art
Sec 01: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Sec 02: TuTh 3:30-4:45pm
Mammoth pyramids and human sacrifice; conquest and revolution; skeletons riding bicycles; the Guadalupe Virgin and Frida Kahlo — this course has it all. Discover the art and culture of Latin America from the Aztecs to today. CA 1 and CA 4-INT
Professor Robin Greeley:

Dramatic Arts Department

DRAM 2711 Introduction to Directing
MW 10:10-11:00pm
Emphasis on theory and play analysis from the director’s point of view.
Professor Derron Wood. Open to non-majors – contact Nisha Hardnett ( for a permission number.

DRAM 4122 Theatre Administration and Organization
MW 11:00-12:15pm
A survey of the organizational structure of the theatre in the United States, including community, university and regional theatres, and “on”, “off”, and “off-off” Broadway. Personnel, budgeting, unions and audience development will be covered.
Professor Frank Mack:

DRAM 4135/4135W Period Studies, “Experiencing Shakespeare”
TuTh 9:30-10:45am
This course will examine Shakespeare as an enduring cultural force whose works continually find new and exciting ways of being expressed and experienced. We will analyze Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories through printmaking workshops, puppetry seminars, Connecticut Repertory Theatre performances (e.g., King Lear), dialect presentations, and yet-to-be-released film screenings.
Professor Thomas Meacham:

Music Department

MUSI 1002 Sing and Shout! History of America in Song
Tu 11:00 – 12:45pm (Sec 1D 11:00 – 11:50am Th; Sec 2D 12:00 – 12:50pm Th)
Develop an understanding of American people, history and culture through the study and singing of American folk songs. CA 1. CA 4.
Professor Mary Ellen Junda:

MUSI 1003 Popular Music and Diversity in American Society
Tu 2:00 – 2:50pm; TuTh 5:00 – 5:50pm
An introduction to popular music and diversity in America: jazz, blues, Top-40 pop, rock, hip-hop and other genres. Musicians and their music studied in the context of twentieth-century and contemporary American society, emphasizing issues of race, gender, class, and resistance. No prior musical training or knowledge required. CA 1. CA 4.
Professor Glenn Stanley:

MUSI 1107 Steel Pan Ensemble
MW 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Performance of a repertoire that varies from the traditional calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago to today’s pop music. No previous musical experience required.
Professor Robert Stephens:

School of Fine Arts Welcomes Class of 2020 at Open House

The UConn School of Fine Arts welcomed the incoming class of freshmen to campus on Saturday, April 9th during the University’s campus-wide Open House. After welcoming them that morning to the Fine Arts complex, the Dean’s Reception followed later that afternoon at the Benton Museum. Faculty, staff, current students, future students and alumni were all in attendance.

Enjoy the gallery below and welcome the Class of 2020!