OU Together: COVID-19 Resources
The University of Oklahoma is planning for a resumption of in-person classes at regular capacity university-wide for the fall 2021 semester.
OU TOGETHER serves as a centralized, evolving resource for our Norman campus operations. Please visit frequently for the latest information. Find information about COVID-19 resources and masking protocols here.
Five Moons Dance Festival
Five Moons Dance Festival runs Aug. 27-29, 2021. This inaugural festival celebrates the legacies of Maria Tallchief (Osage), Marjorie Tallchief (Osage), Rosella Hightower (Choctaw), Moscelyne Larkin (Shawnee-Peoria),
and Yvonne Chouteau (Shawnee). These five American Indian ballerinas were born or raised in Oklahoma, and their courage, passion and perseverance propelled them to perform on the world's greatest stages and leave a lasting mark on the dance world.
The Five Moons Dance Festival will include an opening reception, a symposium featuring a series of panel discussions and educational events honoring the Five Moons' legacy, and will culminate in a performance at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 in Elsie C. Brackett Theatre on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus. The performance will feature artists from the OU School of Dance, Oklahoma City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the American Indian community, and an original work by guest choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland.
You don’t want to miss this incredible weekend
honoring five inspirational women!
Tickets are required for all events.
Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund
The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts offers the largest and most comprehensive fine arts program in the state of Oklahoma. We are immensely proud of our students, and ask that you join us in assisting them with a helping hand through the newly established Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund.
With your help, we can make a difference!
School of Music Professor Zoe Sherinian Receives Best Oklahoma Feature Award for Documentary Film at deadCenter Film Festival
Sakthi Vibrations illuminates the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre, which uses the Tamil folk arts to develop self-esteem and economic skills in young Dalit women.
Zoe Sherinian, professor of ethnomusicology and chair of the Division of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music in General Studies at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, was named the recipient of the Best Oklahoma Feature Award for the documentary film Sakthi Vibrations at the deadCenter Film Festival award ceremony, held June 13 in Oklahoma City.
The 21st edition of the annual deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma’s largest and most celebrated film festival, featured a record-breaking slate of 180 films from around the world. The winners of each of the 16 categories were chosen by an independent jury of film industry professionals, including highly regarded producers, directors, writers and actors. “Sakthi Vibrations was selected for the Festival because it is a beautifully crafted film with an incredible story and message,” stated Sara Thompson, director of programming at deadCenter Film. “Dr. Zoe Sherinian has done a wonderful job sharing the story of the Sakthi Centre and we were beyond thrilled at the opportunity to share it with our audiences.”
Sherinian’s award-winning ethnomusicological documentary seeks to reveal and analyze the outstanding model used by the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre for Dalit (outcastes or untouchables) women’s development that integrates folk art performance with social analysis, micro-economic sustainability, leadership and community development.
“We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Zoe Sherinian on the receipt of the Best Oklahoma Feature Award for Documentary Film at deadCenter Film Festival,” said Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. “Dr. Sherinian is a respected educator, writer and researcher, and her work to shine a bright light on the Dalits who utilize folk arts, drumming and dancing to transform themselves and the lives of others is of great significance to all in the struggle against caste and gender oppression.”
OU Artist-in-Residence Paul Moore to Receive Nation’s Highest Award for Sculpture
Paul Moore, artist-in-residence, and professor of figurative sculpture at the University of Oklahoma, is the recipient of the nation’s most prestigious award for sculpture in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the art form.
The National Sculpture Society will present Moore its Special Medal of Honor at its annual conference this summer. Throughout the society’s 127-year history, only 45 special honor awards have been given to accomplished artists, architects, historians, and philanthropists. Moore will be the 28th artist to receive this award, joining past recipients such as Daniel Chester French, who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Paul Manship, renowned for his sculpture of Prometheus in New York's Rockefeller Center.
“For decades, Paul Moore has brought our state’s history to life through his breathtaking bronze works of art.” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “At OU, he has immortalized some of our university’s most iconic figures, which will stand sentinel on our campus grounds for generations to come. He is incredibly deserving of this prestigious honor.”
Over the past four decades Moore has produced awe-inspiring bronze sculptures that stand gracefully and thoughtfully in museums; in private, international, and corporate collections; and at universities and memorials around the world.
As OU artist-in-residence, Moore has sculpted many prominent works across the university, including the sculpture of President George Lynn Cross in front of Evans Hall and the Seed Sower statues featured on all three of OU’s campuses.
Outside the university, Moore’s Achievements culminated in the completion of his 20-year masterpiece project, the Oklahoma Centennial Land Run Monument.
A full season of drama, dance, opera and musical theatre is taking shape at the University of Oklahoma’s University Theatre. With renewed energy, the 2021-2022 theatre season offers a dynamic lineup full of love, new beginnings, extraordinary dance and a bit of fantasy. Our new theatrical season will entertain, touch, enliven, and inspire all as we return to our theatres to share in the joy of live performance. It will be a Season to Celebrate!
Season subscriptions go on sale Aug. 17. For more information, please visit THEATRE.OU.EDU.
Clíona Smith Earns National Performing Arts Design Award
Clíona Smith, a senior design major in the Peggy V. Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, won the Richard Hay Undergraduate Scene Design Award at a recent competition hosted by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
As winner of this award, Smith, from Atlanta, will exhibit her portfolio at the upcoming USITT Conference and Stage Exposition in March and receive a cash award.
Smith submitted her scenic design portfolio on OU University Theatre’s productions of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Così fan tutte, and Cabaret, along with model building and artwork. Her additional design work while a student at OU includes Helmerich School of Drama Lab Theatre’s Men on Boats.
“The entire School of Drama is so proud of Clíona,” stated Seth Gordon, Director, Helmerich School of Drama. “This award is among the most prestigious and competitive a design student can receive in this country. USITT is the main service organization in the design and technology field, and so for Clíona to receive this just as she enters the profession is a wonderful affirmation of her talent, hard work, and skill.”
The USITT Scene Design Award honors a college student who displays a strong sense of design aesthetics and competency in a wide variety of scenic design-related skills. Candidates must demonstrate a strong execution of artistic and technical ability and display competency in the design process and the realized production.
USITT is the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. Since 1960, USITT connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students. Today, the Institute boasts thousands of members at all levels of their careers and has embraced the new technologies being used in entertainment. USITT is now the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry.
Dean Mary Margaret Holt Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, has been selected for a lifetime achievement award in honor of her significant contributions to ballet excellence in higher education.
Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate
The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (AME) Graduate Certificate is a program meant for students interested in building a career in the arts in an exciting but ever-changing marketplace. The program is built on a flexible structure of fine arts, arts entrepreneurship, and MBA courses that develop the skills needed for career success and creative impact. Offered by the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Price College of Business.
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