This summer, the University of Florida brings a world of creativity, culture and performance to campus and Gainesville with Creative B. Creative B is art, film, dance, media, theatre and research centering around one common goal — to be creative this summer! Introduced in 2010 by the Office of the Provost, Creative B is designed to delight, educate and entertain with a wide variety of live cultural performances and interdisciplinary summer activities.
Here is a look at this year’s activities. To view this information in a calendar format, click here.
University of Florida School of Art + Art History Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting Julia Morrisroe will work in collaboration with UF art and engineering students on the creative innovation of two murals on the water reclamation tank located on South Gale Lemerand Drive on UF’s campus. Morrisroe’s murals will reflect the local community’s focus on the natural environment, the springs, wetlands, and watersheds, with UF’s technologically focused science and engineering research.
Due to the scale of the water tank, Morrisroe will create two murals. Currents of Data, created as part of Creative B 2017, will be on the southeastern side of the tank, while Waterfall of Data, a complimentary mural created as part of Creative B 2018, will be on the northwestern side of the tank facing Gale Lemerand Drive.
Production on Currents of Data will begin in October 2017 and will be open and visible to the public.
Artists Sandra Murphy-Pak and Michel Rae Varisco each create work in response to the impact that ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) has on their lives. Murphy-Pak’s journey creating art without the use of her hands has led her to explore bold colors and forms that reflect her inner universe; while Varisco’s caregiving journey led her to an expressive pictorial language composed of vibrant small-scale patterns and symbols. Presented with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine; supported by the UF Creative B program.
Join us for a panel on art and ALS, a degenerative neurological disease affecting voluntary muscle movement. Artists Sandra Murphy-Pak and Michel Rae Varisco are joined by medical experts in a discussion of ALS and creative activity as a response of individuals and families affected by the illness. The discussion is followed by a reception.
Former professional football player Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, shortly before learning his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. This film chronicles a family’s remarkable response to devastating challenges. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Unlimited- A creative response to living with ALS, supported by the UF Creative B program.
Swamp Dance Fest! 2017, directed by Assistant Professor of Modern Dance & Choreography Trent D. Williams, Jr. The Swamp Dance Fest! is a transformative four-week dance intensive intended for pre-professional and professional dancers between the ages of 18 and above. The mission of the festival is to develop dancers with a wide range of technical skills and artistic sensibilities, preparing them for the vast range of performance, choreography, and learning opportunities available to them in today’s dance field. Swamp Dance Fest! combines a rigorous schedule of classes in Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, Dance Entrepreneurship and Composition. In addition, rehearsals, performances, artists’ talks, dance films, and special projects, culminating in a performance of works created during the festival, performed by students and guests. This year’s faculty include Trent D. Williams, Jr., Stefanie Batten Bland and Juel D. Lane.
The UF Constans Theatre becomes the setting for this highly imaginative glimpse at how theatre makes its magic. This new comedy by the author of The Electric Mr. Burns immerses the audience in the middle of episodes from 10 out of 12-hour technical rehearsals of a new play, allowing the audience to eavesdrop on backstage conversations over headsets as the actors and production team try to manage their personal and professional lives. New York Magazine called 10 Out of 12 “Exceptionally funny and moving” and the New York Times found it “a wholly original love song to the maddening art of the theater.”
Creative B Movie Series
Friday nights in July, July 7-28
Friday nights in July, the Florida Museum and Creative B will host FREE movie screenings and explore the balance between science and art. In honor of the Florida Museum’s 100th anniversary, this year’s films incorporate a time-travel element and include a discussion with our expert panel. Audience members will have the opportunity to see classic films about time travel and discuss physics, astronomy and forensics before the film with the panel. Panel discussions will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. The Florida Museum’s permanent exhibits will also be open to the public for extended hours until 10 pm.
Join the College of Journalism and Communications for a hands-on experience in the new Media Effects and Technology Lab. This new lab features a variety of virtual reality (VR) experiences that offers participants the opportunity use specialized equipment to interact with a virtual environment, as well as experience 360-degree videos controlled by participant’s movements. In addition, there is a special area where physiological responses to media content (i.e. skin arousal, eye-tracking and facial expressions) can be monitored for research projects. The Lab uses both virtual reality and augmented reality to determine the best and most effective communication techniques.
Intro to Research Class!
What do artists, engineers, biologists, educators, physicians, writers, historians, and other scientists and scholars have in common? Want to learn how to get involved in undergraduate research?
Research @UF Summer B
M/W 6th Period
For ALL majors. Research @UF is a course for all majors that provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and interactive overview of the diverse research conducted by UF faculty. Panels of UF faculty will discuss their individual journeys to becoming a researcher. Students will learn basic skills and how to find a research project.
HUM 2930 x 4C22 or IDS 2935 x 4D40