Author: Andy Sherwin

Woodbury Museum hosts a ‘Revolution’

If, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said in his Essays, “Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind,” then the new exhibit at the Woodbury Art Museum could inspire enough marches to inspire entire albums full of theme music. Now open, and running until Dec. 17, “Art Through the Cultural Revolution” features the art of the Chinese collective known as the Cave Artists Group, a group of painters, woodcutters and artists of other mediums that worked and studied under Jin Zhilin, a former student at the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts. During Mao’s revolution, the artists learned from impoverished peasants in order to work in unique, albeit common, mediums, as opposed to the elsewhere-common oil painting, considering how difficult and impractical oil painting was in the Chinese countryside. The exhibit not only features original work from some of these artists, including Jin himself, but also exhibits two documentary films, as well as photographs from the time period of the art’s creation. The collection, owned by filmmaker and military history lecturer Dodge Billingsly, was put together over the course of nine years and various trips to China. For more information about both the exhibit and the museum, call 801.863.4200, visit www.UVU.edu/museum or visit the museum on the second floor of University Mall in...

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Art and golf: an unbeatable combination

Peanut butter and chocolate. Strawberry and cheesecake. Glenn Beck and tears. But miniature golf and fine art?  If you had dared dream of such a combination and woke up unfulfilled at the thought of such a union’s absence, the good people at the 337 Project have made sure that eighteen holes of artist-designed putt-putt is at your fingertips. Located in the Salt Lake Art Center through Sept. 16, the hybrid course/exhibit features a full-size, fully-playable mini-golf course. While players are required to wear slipcovers over their shoes, it’s a small price to pay to literally walk amongst art and participating up to par (or above it, if you’re not much of a putter). Co-sponsored by the UVU Honors program, the course does a terrific job of deflating the stereotypical pretensions that some may think of when they consider going to a museum. “The [337 Project] has been continually successful in showing fantastic art while bringing the community together. Every hole was a new experience, with new interpretations and new emotions. It was thought-provoking yet fun, a difficult combination to achieve,” said UVU senior Tess Seymour, who played the course on Aug. 26. “We are all ver y grateful to the Utah and national artists that took the time to create such a fun atmosphere and incorporate their brilliant minds and creativity. It really has changed my views on art;...

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Come to the Touchstones opening social

Touchstones, UVU’s student-run literary journal, is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2010 volume. The journal, which is published at the end of both fall and winter semesters, features the fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and art of UVU students. While each issue is supervised by a creative writing faculty member, the journal is designed, edited and produced entirely by students. It is also possible to participate in Touchstones without submitting original work. The journal is looking for additional staff members. “Besides staff for tech editor, art editor, prose and poetry editors, we also appreciate readers.  While readers can still submit, they can’t be credited in the current issue, and regular staff members are not allowed to submit, so that’s something to consider,” said Sievers. Readers help go through the submissions and assist editors with deciding which pieces and works will be published in the journal. Called Reading Night, the event takes place on campus and is a great way to both participate in the production of the journal, as well as read original student-written work. TOUCHSTONES is holding an opening social on Sept. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in LA 116 for all students interested in working on the staff. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://Research.UVU.edu/Touchstones or email...

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Ring in Ramadan with an on-campus iftar dinner

Ramadan, the Arabic name for the ninth month on the Islamic calender, is a religious observation for those of the Islam faith, wherein Muslims fast from eating, drinking and sexual activity during the daylight. The fast, which this year began on Aug. 11 and will continue through Sept. 10, is traditionally begun with the Ramadan iftar dinner. The International Center is sponsoring a program that will allow both observant Muslims and the culturally curious to participate in the month’s traditional kickoff. The program will also celebrate faculty members Biology Associate Professor Ruhul Kuddus and Associate Vice President for Academic Administration Mohammed El-Saidi. Their service contributions to local Muslim groups reflect the passionate support within their community, as well as the community at large. The meal served will be in compliance with “halal,” Islamic dietary guidelines similar to Jewish kosher or the LDS Word of Wisdom. The program will be held at 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at Centre Stage. Visit Campus Connection to purchase tickets, which are $5. Contact the International Center at 801-863-8342 or stop by WB-147 for more...

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The Idiosyncrasies Of Uvu Campus

While our cross-town counterparts, BYU’s Cougars, have a lovely campus, we Wolverines have been graced with incredibly unique facilities.  While students at Utah’s other universities study on more “traditional” grounds, that’s just … well, it’s boring. Because UVU has grown so steadily since its establishment as Central Utah Vocational School in 1941, our campus is as eclectic as our student body. A campus with a history like ours is accompanied with a number of eccentricities. As you’re spending more time at the grounds, you may find yourself curious as to some of the more interesting things you’ll encounter. Here’s a handy guide to a few of the more fascinating things you may see around. Q: Why does UVU have an art museum in a shopping mall? Isn’t that sort of … what’s the word … ironic? A:  UVU’s Woodbury Art Museum is indeed located on the second floor of the University Mall, just up the street from campus. Orrin and Wally Woodbury, the owners of the Woodbury Corporation and the namesakes of the museum, donated space on the second floor of what used to be JC Penney. A proposed on-campus Center for the Arts building may eventually be the home of the Woodbury, but for now, you can enjoy a cinnamon roll and a corn dog in the food court before heading upstairs to check out the museum’s expansive...

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