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The Making of an Exhibition
About the blog and exhibition contributors
Richard Guy Wilson
Curator
 
Richard Guy Wilson
Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History,
Chair of the Department of Architectural History


Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia where he is also Chair of the Department of Architectural History. His specialty is the architecture, design, and art of the 18th to the 20th century both in America and abroad. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan. He taught at Michigan and Iowa State University before coming to Virginia in 1976. Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellowship, prizes for distinguished writing, and, in 1986, was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. A frequent lecturer for universities, museums, and professional groups, Professor Wilson has also published widely. He is the author or co-author of 14 books that deal with American and modern architecture and has worked as a curator on major museum exhibitions on the American Renaissance, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the Machine Age.
Karol Ann Lawson
Guest Curator
 
  Karol Ann Lawson
Guest Curator

Karol Lawson is a graduate of the University of Virginia (M.A. 1983 and Ph.D. 1988) and Sweet Briar College. A specialist in American art, she has been a curator and museum administrator for over 20 years and also teaches Museum Studies and Arts Administration at the undergraduate level.
Brian Cofrancesco
Curatorial Intern
 
  Brian Cofrancesco
Curatorial Intern

Majoring in Architectural History and pursuing minors in Architecture and Historic Preservation, Brian Cofrancesco greatly enjoys history, especially researching the history of his hometown. His interests in architecture and the past led him to apply for the position of undergraduate assistant for this exhibition. At the University, he is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and President of the service club Circle K International. He is also a trombonist in the Cavalier Marching and Basketball Pep Bands and a bass clarinetist in the U.Va. Concert Band.
Elizabeth Hicks
Curatorial Assistant
 
  Elizabeth Hicks
Curatorial Assistant

Liz Hicks is a 2007 Virginia Tech graduate with a dual degree in Art History and Classical Studies. She first came to the University in the spring of 2008, where she worked as a curatorial intern at the Art Museum. In the same year, she completed the Summer Language Institute program in French at the University and more recently (since October of 2008) has rejoined the curatorial staff at the Museum as a full-time assistant, working on exhibitions and related events. Her interests and area of research have focused primarily on ancient art and history but she is excited about the opportunity to study objects belonging to diverse periods of art.
Judith Shatin
Composer, sound artist, community arts partner, and educator
 
  Judith Shatin
Composer, sound artist, community arts partner, and educator

Judith Shatin is a composer, sound artist, community arts partner and educator. She is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded and directs the Virginia Center for Computer Music. She composes in genres ranging from chamber, choral and orchestral to digital and multimedia. A recipient of four NEA Fellowships, she has been honored with awards from the American Music Center, Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program, Meet the Composer, the New Jersey State Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, among many others. Shatin’s music is performed worldwide and at festivals such as the Aspen, BAM Next Wave, Grand Teton, Havana in Springtime, and West Cork Festivals. Called “highly inventive… on every level; hugely enjoyable and deeply involving” (Washington Post), her music has been commissioned by ensembles ranging from the Kronos Quartet to the National Symphony. She has held residencies at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden, Mishkan Amanim in Israel, and in this country at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her music reflects her fascination with the sounding world around us as well as a fresh approach to acoustic instruments. Her music can be heard on the Capstone, Centaur, Innova, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Michael Kubovy, a U.Va. Professor of Psychology with whom she has co-taught “The Mind of the Artist,” and “Psychology of Music.”
Robert Arnold
Filmaker
 
  Robert Arnold
Filmaker

Robert Arnold was born in New Jersey in 1954. He received the BFA in 1977, and the MA in 1980, in Sculpture, before turning to film theory and practice, earning a Ph.D. in Film Theory from the University of Iowa in 1994. He has published several articles in academic film journals and has won numerous awards for his experimental film and videos, which have been exhibited widely at international festivals. His recent video installations are in major collections including the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. He has taught filmmaking and film theory since 1985. For the past eight years, he was Professor of Film Production at Boston University and also served as Visiting Professor of Video and Installation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań , Poland. He is currently Director of the School of Film & Photography at Montana State University in Bozeman. He is a recipient of a 2004 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency and a 2001 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. He resides in Bozeman with his spouse Katie Travis and daughter Maya Rain.