Dreamers and doers
In stillness and movement

Twenty-one years ago, dance professors Jan Van Dyke '89 EdD and John Gamble started the NC Dance Festival to increase the audience for dance within the state. It showcases North Carolina dancers and makes stops in five communities each year: Charlotte, Raleigh, Boone, Wilmington and Greensboro. The ultimate goal is to support dancers and choreographers by building an awareness of the variety and caliber of dance in the state.

 

Melissa Pihos '11 MFA
Melissa Pihos '11 MFA

Melissa Pihos '11 MFA found a way to honor her father Pete Pihos' life, which included a nine-season football career (1947-1955) with the Philadelphia Eagles, while she worked through the grief of his 12-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. First, she started with a documentary. Then, she adapted it into a choreographed multi-media work for her fine arts degree in dance. “He lived such a rich life, with so many things happening to him and around him,” Melissa says. “I heard all these stories about him, heard about his life, and I wanted to find the truth and tell his story. I wanted to gather as much of his life as possible and try to assemble it.”

 

Maud Gatewood '54
Maud Gatewood '54

Maud Gatewood '54 is considered one of North Carolina's most important artists. Her work hangs in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. She also won many prestigious awards, including the painting award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1972 and the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts in 1984.

In promoting an exhibition of her work, the Asheville Art Museum had this to say: ”She has been described as a hard-drinking chain smoker, as blunt, feisty, tough and demanding, both of herself and of those around her. Yet her paintings are tinged with gentleness and sincerity, evocative without being literal. Most of all, the paintings reflect a passion for the landscape and a deep understanding of the human condition.” UNCG's Studio Arts Building bears her name.

 

Billy Lee
Billy Lee

Art professor Billy Lee has quite an international reach. If you travel to the UK, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hungary, Chile or sites throughout the US, it's possible you will see a Billy Lee sculpture. In addition to sculptures in public collections, Lee's work was also featured at the 2008 Olympic Fine Art International Exhibition in Beijing.

 

 

 

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