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  • Art as action, with Phillip Marsh

    Art as action, with Phillip Marsh

    “One love.” It’s a radical lyric. Phillip Marsh grew up as hip-hop music was emerging in popular culture. But the music and Rastafarian philosophy of Bob Marley was his guiding beacon. Phillip’s neighborhood outside Washington, DC, was a tough one. He had some run-ins with the law. “Made some choices,” … Continued

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  • Artist Kidd Graves gives BLM art extra dimension

    Artist Kidd Graves gives BLM art extra dimension

    Every artist has a story. Kidd Graves ’20 arrives for the planning meeting for the large plywood storefront at Elsewhere Museum. What’s the message, the tale to tell? The artists gather round, wearing masks or social distancing. They build on their discussions from the weekend before: it’ll be the narrative … Continued

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  • Paint it loud, with Essence Foster

    Paint it loud, with Essence Foster

    Near the Lewis St. corner, Essence Foster has completed her work, an image of a woman created with charcoal, spray paint, and a collage of magazine clippings. Through a mask, Essence speaks with the other artists, as dusk approaches. Essence, who already holds a bachelor’s degree, is on the pre-med … Continued

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  • Nejla Harris draws from the Black experience

    Nejla Harris draws from the Black experience

    If you were walking on South Elm Street on June 22, you’d have seen Nejla Harris putting final touches on her art work: the faces of two Black males. “Breathe for those who don’t get a chance to.” – Londrelle “Black love, Brown pride.” – Nipsey Hussle These quotes set … Continued

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  • SNL adds UNCG alumna Lauren Holt to cast

    SNL adds UNCG alumna Lauren Holt to cast

    Lauren Holt ’13 graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in studio art, but according to her former professors, she was always a comedian. “She brought a totally different mood to every class with her humor,” says School of Art Assistant Professor Leah Sobsey. “She kept us laughing.” After college, … Continued

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  • High Notes

    High Notes

    Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim scholar in mid-nineteenth century Fayetteville, was a topic of alumna Rhiannon Giddens’ discussion on campus last autumn. She has composed an opera on him, which was scheduled to debut this spring in Charleston, but its premiere will have to wait. That fall evening, she … Continued

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  • Turn up the front burner

    Turn up the front burner

    UNCG alumna and guest curator Ashlynn Browning ’02 MFA assembled a stellar lineup of artists for the “Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting” exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Featured are 25 painters from throughout the state working in a variety of media and styles, … Continued

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  • Cool jazz legend

    Cool jazz legend

    Jazz icon, band leader, and composer Dave Brubeck was born 100 years ago.  This fall, the biggest Brubeck centennial celebration in the world will be hosted at UNCG, with an opening concert by the Brubeck Family Quartet, followed by several days of performances, reflections, discussions, choreography, and social events.  While … Continued

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  • London Calling: Dominick Amendum

    London Calling: Dominick Amendum

    What do you do when you come off the high of having worked on the first national tour of the smash Broadway hit production of “Wicked?” Well, you begin work on a high-profile, international stage production of a wildly successful animated film.  This February, the Dominion Theatre in London will … Continued

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