Document Type

Grant Application

Project/Presentation Title

Fall 2010 Visiting Artists Series


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Project Period

FY 2010 -2011

Event Sponsor

Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series

Project Abstract/ Summary

Summary of program requiring funding (title; featured artist(s); speaker(s); scheduled date(s): The New Media and Intermedia MFA Programs are requesting funds to help support a fall lecture series. The following visiting artists will share their expertise in the following areas: an evening lecture with a question and answer period to follow, classroom visits and direct oneon- one student meetings and/or critiques. The following two artists have been selected because of the quality and engaging nature of their work. The artists' desire to interact with the students in a learning environment and to engender excitement about the arts on Campus was another qualifying factor in their selection. The fall lntermedia Lecture Series has many benefits to the University of Maine and the local community. Some academic programs that will directly benefit from the lecture series include: Music, Theater, English, Film Studies, Sculpture, Art and Performing Art. The contributions of the Visiting Artist Speaker Program include: but are not limited to: exposure to distinguished and contemporary artists, educationally beneficial engagement opportunities, and interaction with professionals from a variety of ethnic, cultural and critical backgrounds.

Karen Montanaro is a solo performer, an award-winning choreographer, and the innovator of "mimedance" (the fusion of two classical art forms). Karen studied ballet at the Cantarella School of Dance, the Ram Island Dance Center and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany, Upon moving back to the Unites States, Karen also danced principal roles with the Portland Ballet Company. For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with mime master, Tony Montanaro. She currently tours the world with her one-woman show entitled "Tanzspiel." Ms, Montanaro is a teaching artist and offers residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States.