BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Creative
Arts Initiative (CAI), an innovative program launched earlier this
year dedicated to creating and producing new artistic work, has
announced its first class of residencies and a full schedule of
events for the 2016-17 academic year.
The inaugural class of nationally and internationally recognized
artists and performers represents a university-wide commitment to
creative expression by offering on-campus residencies tied to
programs and events that extend to arts, cultural, community and
educational organizations throughout Western New York.
With the cooperation of many community partners, these
residencies are part of CAI’s effort to enhance the standing
of UB and the wider arts community as pioneering leaders in the
creative arts by presenting unique opportunities for students and
residents to meet and interact with world-class artists.
UB faculty members Diane
Christian and Bruce Jackson have pledged a $1 million bequest
in their mothers’ names to support undergraduate and graduate
studies in creative and performing arts at UB through the Julia
Jackson Scholarship in Creative Arts and the Ruth Christian
Graduate Fellowship in the Arts.
Additional information about CAI and the residencies is
available at buffalo.edu/cai.
This year’s artists-in-residence are:
Nugent, an internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher and
choreographer. In residence Sept. 11-17, Nugent will present master
classes to all levels of UB dance majors, as well as three master
classes open to the community. She will also create a new piece of
choreography for the Zodiaque Dance Company, the UB resident
student dance performance group, to be performed in the fall 2016
and spring 2017 semesters at the UB Center for the Arts.
- “Faust: A Music Theater Collaboration” between Neil
Wechsler and Nathan
Heidelberger is an hour-long staged reading for two actors
taken from selections from Goethe’s Faust I & II. There
will be two evening performances at the Burchfield Penney Art
Center as part of the Musical Feast concert series on Feb. 3 and 4.
In preparation for the final performances, Heidelberger and
Wechsler will make presentations to students at UB, SUNY Buffalo
State College, Nichols School and Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Reading sessions and rehearsals will be open to the public.
Liu, in residence Jan. 29-Feb. 5, is an internationally
renowned multidisciplinary artist commissioned to present a new
work specifically designed for the atrium at the UB Anderson
Ebner’s work has been exhibited and collected by museums
nationwide. She draws from contemporary American vernacular to
create works that transform everyday happenstance into the iconic.
From Feb. 20-March 5, Ebner will work a series of screen prints
inspired by local imagery and the themes and aesthetic of the 19th
century printmaker, Currier & Ives. Her goal is to create a
series of prints centered on the complexity of America’s
social fabric that provides a glimpse into contemporary American
life. She will also share her advanced printmaking techniques with
UB students and the public.
- As part of a partnership between CAI and the Albright-Knox Art
Martin, an adjunct professor at New York University’s
Tisch School of the Arts, will present her first museum solo
exhibition at the Albright-Knox from Feb. 25-June 25. Her CAI
residency will cover the same period and include the execution of a
mural on Buffalo’s East Side, in connection with the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative, which
seeks to take inspiring work beyond the museum and directly to
communities. Martin’s residency will include opportunities
for UB students, members of the public and, particularly, East Side
residents to interact with the artist. Dates and venues have yet to
About the Creative Arts Initiative
The Creative Arts Initiative is a university-wide initiative
dedicated to the creation and production of new work upholding the
highest artistic standards of excellence and fostering a
complementary atmosphere of creative investigation and engagement
among students, faculty, visiting artists and the community.
Through its artist-in-residence program and its innovative,
interdisciplinary offerings for students, CAI is raising the
profile of UB and Buffalo in the world of artistic expression and
revitalizing its proud tradition as a leader in contemporary