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Leandra Urrutia - Windgate Artist-in-Residence Lecture

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at noon at the ZMA


Urrutia is the Windgate Artist-in-residence at the School of Art and Design for four weeks during spring semester 2024. In this lecture, the artist will share insights regarding new works created during her residency in the context of her evolving creative practice. See the Project Walls listings and her lecture on February 29th above for more on this artist. 

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College of the Arts Spring Faculty Research Forum

Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the ZMA

  • This year's COTA Spring Faculty Research Forum will include the following presentations:

    Dasha Chapman: Grounding Practice: Dancing Haiti on Tè Glise

    In this talk, Dr. Dasha A. Chapman discusses her first monograph, Grounding Practice: Dancing Haiti on Tè Glise, a multi-sited dance ethnography that traces the ways Haitian dance functions as a place-making practice through the teachings of six Haitian dancers in the years following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the compiling difficulties since.

    Ed (Edward) Eanes: The Flashback Project

    This presentation concerns the sustainability of an “Intangible Cultural Heritage ” (ICH, UNESCO, 2015b) with a focus on the band, Flashback, in Owings, South Carolina.  This includes a description of the bi-weekly gatherings of the musicians who focus primarily on Old Time Music. The presentation will also address the community of listeners who support this tradition with personal donations as well the prospects for the preservation of this tradition.

    Matt Haffner: Half Light – An Exhibition of Mixed Media Work

    Abstract: Half Light is an exhibition of large-scale, site-specific installations, alongside mixed media artworks that address the artist’s personal narratives combined with mythology and historical folklore. These works use humble materials and simple processes elevated through innovation, attention to detail, and meticulous craft. This exhibition takes visitors on a visual journey of quiet landscapes at dusk that are interspersed with surreal and otherworldly experiences.

    Ming Chen: Essential Vectorworks Skills for Scenic and Production Designers: Drawing, Modeling, Rendering, Drafting, and Presenting

    The first book in the field of scene design that explores the application of state-of-the-art technology both as the subject of inquiry and as the method of content delivery. It aims at challenging traditional scenic and production design curricular in universities by mingling the teaching of various key scenic design skills in a single setting and with higher efficiency to meet today's industry demands for creative, competent, efficient, and competitive designers.

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Mindful Drumming

Thursday, April 18, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the ZMA


Mindful Drumming is an experiential workshop based on the healing power of meditative drumming and mindfulness practices. Both traditions have been used by cultures around the world to help people better attune to themselves and others. Attend this hour-long workshop to learn and experience how drumming and mindfulness can help you relax, feel more alive, and even reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Instruments will be provided, and no musical experience is required.

  • This workshop will be led by Greg Stevens, a Licensed Psychologist and the Associate Director of Clinical Services at the Kennesaw State University Counseling and Psychological Services. Before training as a psychologist, Greg performed as a musician for over a decade. During his doctoral training, he had the unique opportunity to learn about meditative drumming and develop an ongoing therapy group with a colleague that incorporated this with mindfulness. He has since continued leading Mindful Drumming therapy groups and workshops for the past seven years.


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Virtual Artist Lecture: Ato Ribeiro

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at noon


Ribeiro will discuss his artistic practice and his newly commissioned work on view at the ZMA. Ribeiro is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of media including sculptural installation, drawing, and printmaking. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and spent his formative years in Accra, Ghana. He is currently serving as a 2022/2023 MOCA GA WAP Fellow and was recently a 2022 Atlanta Artadia Awardee and a MINT 2021 Leap Year Artist.  Ribeiro was the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award recipient, Artist in Resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and received Fellowships at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, The Studios at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Madison, ME among others. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his M.F.A. in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.