A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation
Florida SouthWestern State College will host electronic musician and media artist Stephen Vitiello in the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. Vitiello’s appearance is the latest installment in the college’s ongoing ArtS- PEAK@FSW lecture series, bringing internationallyrenowned artists to speak at the college and to the Southwest Florida community. A pilot participant in the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Program in 2012, Vitiello (and collaborator Taylor Deupree) released the double-vinyl album “Captiva” based on fieldrecordings including audio-tracks “From the Main Studio” and “From The Fish House.” Vitiello recalls: “The presence of Rauschenberg’s history and maybe his welcoming ghost were always felt… if possibly not heard [on these recordings].” He will provide both an overview of his work and a recounting of his experiences while in residence at the Rauschenberg compound on Captiva Island, Fla. Collaborating on music projects and performing with Pauline Oliveros, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Yasunao Tone and visual artists including Tony Oursler, Joan Jonas and the late, great Fluxus artist and “Father of Video Art” Nam June Paik, Vitiello has composed for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations for more than two decades
In an exciting collaboration of art and technology, Jeff Thompson, director of the Visual Arts and Technology program at Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.), has been named artist-in-residence at Nokia Bell Labs. Artist-in-residence opportunities like this exist to invite artists, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment to create and develop new and innovative projects. Thompson is the first artist-in residence in a recent revival of arts and technology collaborations at Bell Labs, initially embodied as the Experiments in Art and Technology program in 1967. E.A.T. artists experimented with new technologies like video projection, wireless sounds transmission and Doppler sonar, which had never been seen in the art of the 1960s. Thompson, who teaches courses in visual arts and technology within the College of Arts and Letters, plans to take open-ended time to dive deep into his work and creative practice at Bell Labs. He is specifically hoping to work on several large-scale pieces about wifi, data and memory, and the intimate relationships we have with our computers and phones.
Long Beach City College (Calif.) has named Olympic gold-medalist Misty May-Treanor as the director of volleyball operations. May-Treanor will oversee the LBCC men’s and women’s volleyball program and serve as head coach for the indoor women’s volleyball team and the newly created women’s beach volleyball team. LBCC is set to launch beach volleyball in the 2016-17 school year. “We are thrilled to have an athlete of Misty’s caliber lead our volleyball program,” LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said. “She is an icon in her sport and a longtime Long Beach resident with deep roots in our community. She will serve as an inspiration to our students and a strong leader in our athletics department.” “I’m excited to join the LBCC family,” May-Treanor said. “My family lives in Long Beach and I want to help the next generation of players in my community. I’m very excited to help the players at LBCC and advance the volleyball program.” In her career May-Treanor has excelled in both indoor and beach volleyball. She is the most decorated athlete in beach volleyball history, earning three gold medals for beach volleyball at the Olympics Games (2004, 2008, 2012) as well as three gold (2003, 2005, 2007) and one silver (2011) medal at the Beach Volleyball World Championships. As an indoor volleyball champion, she won one bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 1999, one NCAA Division 1 Championship at Cal State Long Beach in 1998 and two California State Championships at Newport Harbor High School (1991-1995). She graduated from CSULB, where she received a BA in kinesiology/fitness. There she also received the Honda-Broderick Award for the nation’s collegiate female athlete of the year, and she was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. May-Treanor also earned a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine. Previously, she has served as a member of the women’s volleyball coaching staff at Irvine Valley College.