A new sculpture by UNCG art professor BIlly Lee stands in front of the Guilford County Courthouse. Lee's piece, Guardian II, unveiled in September 2009, is part of a series titled Warrior, Helmet, etc.
The sculpture, which stands at Market and Eugene streets, is the first installation arising from Greensboro's Pubic Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. It is a gift to the county from the Community Foundation.
As the title implies, its form and structure alludes to a guard/figure without actually stating it, Lee says of the work. For me the power of suggestion is greater than the actuality.
His art is as iconic as his name: Andy Warhol.
Warhol created art out of the ordinary, like a can of soup, and art with the ordinary, like the humble Polaroid camera.
Hundreds of his snapshots will be on display June 6-Sept. 19 at Weatherspoon Art Museum as part of the exhibit Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids. The show features approximately 300 Polaroids and 70 gelatin silver black-and-white prints pooled from the many donated to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art and UNC Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, a division of the Andy Warhol Foundation.
The exhibition, a first-time collaboration between the three university art museums, will feature the models, actors, sports heroes and socialites who populated Warhol's world.
Warhol was one of the first artists to embrace Polaroids in the 1970s, said Elaine Gustafson, the Weatherspoon's curator of collections. He'd take pictures wherever he went, whether it was a casual encounter or a party.
Warhol's photographs offer viewers insight into his working method as well, Gustafson added. He'd photograph people when he was commissioned to do their portraits, sometimes adding white powder to his subjects to make their bone structure more prominent, she said.
A variety of programming is planned around the event, including a documentary film series exploring the rock music created in the 1970s and 1980s, during the height of Warhol's popularity. Visit the museum's web site at weatherspoon.uncg.edu for more programming related to the Warhol exhibition.
Greensboro's best college radio station? The News & Record's Readers' Choice Awards said it's UNCG's station, WUAG 103.1 FM.
WUAG also earned an honorable mention in the Triad's overall Best Station category.
Station general manager Jack Bonney '02, '06 MLS notes the signal can be heard in a radius of a few miles around campus and can be heard online anywhere at www.wuag.net.
It not only offers great music, it provides training to students.
This past year, Kris Ostrowka used his experience at WUAG to snag the sole summer internship at ESPN Radio in Connecticut. The highest level of radio, he says.
He worked on all facets of radio broadcasts and podcasts, on shows such as The Herd with Colin Cowherd and The Scott Van Pelt Show.
I learned what constitutes a good show, he says.
Now in his final semester at UNCG, he is applying those lessons to his own WUAG sports talk show, The Sports Cycle, every Monday night at 7 p.m.
[The internship] showed me where I want to end up, he says in front of the mike. He continues to build his audio resume for his next step in radio.
On a wintry Monday night, Kris has finished crafting his intros and outros, using tricks and ideas he learned at ESPN. He steps to the main console, pulls the mike closer and looks over his notes on his laptop, as the previous DJ's final song winds down.
Kris' ear-grabbing show intro kicks in. He leans into the mike. Crazy weekend in sports Kris says. And the show is off and running.
Dial it in Hear a bit of Kris Ostrowka's interview with athletic director Kim Record.
When the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition announced it needed volunteers to help create a home for a local family in need, Woody Burkhead jumped at the chance to help.
Assistant director of facilities in Housing and Residence Life, he is noted for his carpentry. I got selected. They told me where to go, what to do. Luckily, I got to work in the art tent, where TV personalities work. And he had a front row view when the family first saw their new home.
Carpentry was bred into me, Burkhead said. His grandfather and father owned an antiques and carpentry business. Burkhead used to own his own company, as well.
He has volunteered his carpentry skills for four years, with his church and with Housing Greensboro, a subsidiary of Habitat for Humanity. Mostly he has repaired rotting kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms.
A friend told him how to register to help out with the ABC network television show. There were lots of volunteers for the family. The neatest thing, in the grand scheme of things, [was] a whole area of people coming out to help seeing that many people involved, he explained.
Only six volunteer craftsmen were selected to work in the art tent.
The six and a show star, Ed Sanders, decided on a creative use for the old porch floorboards. After being cleaned, they were reused, as Sanders and the volunteers designed and created a beautiful, one-of-a-kind dining room table. In the middle there are 512 pieces, then a border around them a woven design. No bolts, no fasteners [just] mortised and glue, he said. Then they sanded and burnished it with heat and protected it with a clear coat.
Is working on the show so different from how it appears on television? It's very real. No secrets. It is what it is, he said. Although as each of the show's designers does their takes, they might do the same shot several times, he added. The episode he worked on aired Jan. 31.
At the end, the family was driven to the site. He and all the volunteers gathered to share the moment. We had a great view when they saw [the house]. Very moving. You kind of get choked up. Adding to the emotion was the fact that he knew the man who'd nominated the family for the show.
A very deserving family, he added. The mother, a Davidson County teacher, is battling cancer.
Afterward, he saw a newscast on Fox 8, he thinks where the mother was interviewed. She said the dining room table was one of her favorite parts of the house, he said. It was very special to her.
Being able to help out was very special to him.
The rankings were published in the magazine's November/December edition.
UNCG's MFA program, the third oldest in the nation, has enjoyed Top 20 rankings before, says program director Jim Clark. But the Poets & Writers ranking method is unique, with heavy emphasis put on the polling responses of more than 500 current and prospective students.
We're especially pleased that people applying to programs thought of us so highly, Clark says.
What also impressed us, in the judgment of this poll, is that we outranked such big money schools as Columbia University, the University of Houston and Washington University and prestigious state universities such as the University of Florida, the University of Arizona and Ohio State University, Clark adds. Not only were we very pleased about how high we were in the rankings, we were pleased about the people we outranked.
In addition to the overall ranking, UNCG's MFA fiction concentration ranked 19th in the nation and the MFA poetry concentration ranked 10th in the nation. The program also ranked No. 12 in postgraduate placement, No. 12 in selectivity, No. 33 in total program funding and No. 31 in annual program funding in the magazine's rankings, an exceptional showing according to the publication.
Because there are 140 full-residency MFA programs in the United States, any school whose numerical ranking is in the top 50 in any of the ranked categories the overall rankings; rankings in the poetry, fiction, or nonfiction genres; or the rankings by funding, selectivity and postgraduate placement should be considered exceptional in that category, according to the article accompanying the ranking.
Overall, UNCG's program was identified as one on the rise by the magazine, something that speaks not only to the hard work of faculty and staff, but also to the success of the program's graduates, Clark says.