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Denise Levertov’s poem “City Psalm,” adapted as a visual haiku by illustrator Ohara Hale. Prints and original Levertov audio at the link:

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Michelle Perrin Blair (DMA student from the orchestral conducting of Franz Anton Krager) is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Sisterhood Chapter HD of Houston, Texas.

The PEO Scholar Award was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. This year, there were over 600 applicants for this award.

The PEO Sisterhood was founded on January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. It is a philanthropic educational organization interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members. 

Blair currently serves as both the General Manager of the Moores School Orchestras and the Assistant Director of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble. She also recently received the Richard and Nancy Schissler Fellowship in Orchestral Conducting.

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Congratulations to UH School of Art Assistant Professor Abinadi Meza, who was just awarded the Rome Prize! Meza composes sound for stage and film. His performances, sound installations and radio transmissions have been presented at international venues including Matadero, Madrid; Full Pull Festival, Malmö; Utzon Centre, Aalborg; Sveriges Radio, Stockholm; Hipersonica, São Paulo; Radio Kinesonus, Tokyo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. 
His recent installation, Vein of Sky brings the sound of the planet to the earth’s surface at Houston’s Hermann Park until March, 2015.

Congratulations to UH School of Art Assistant Professor Abinadi Meza, who was just awarded the Rome Prize! Meza composes sound for stage and film. His performances, sound installations and radio transmissions have been presented at international venues including Matadero, Madrid; Full Pull Festival, Malmö; Utzon Centre, Aalborg; Sveriges Radio, Stockholm; Hipersonica, São Paulo; Radio Kinesonus, Tokyo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

His recent installation, Vein of Sky brings the sound of the planet to the earth’s surface at Houston’s Hermann Park until March, 2015.

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Vein of Sky is a sound installation based on environmental phenomena such as air temperature, humidity, light, the movements of plants, trees, birds and clouds. These phenomena are recorded and translated into sound using sensors and custom software.

Vein of Sky was commissioned by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts for the 2014 CounterCurrent Festival, and is also featured in the Centennial Art Project: Art in the Park, at Hermann Park, Houston.

countercurrentfestival.org/event/vein-sky
www.hermannpark.org/centennial-year…art-in-the-park

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From stocking stuffers to the spectacular, this curated list offers original gifts and experiences from the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance and the nationally-ranked Creative Writing Program.

Check back often or follow us on Twitter to see new items added daily between now, the Christmas holiday, and throughout the 2014!

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Write On
These eco-friendly, handmade pencils were created by UH graphic design student Katya Vassilyeva for the preview of the Blaffer Art & Design shop which officially opens in fall of 2014 at Blaffer Art Museum. Each pencil is one-of-a-kind and made of recycled materials. Purchase several for a special someone’s stocking. $5. Available online.

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Paving the Way
With the purchase of a Blaffer Art Museum paver, your name (or loved one’s name) will be permanently etched in stone at the museum’s entrance, identifying its namesake as a generous supporter of Blaffer Art Museum. Your gift of a paver helps Blaffer fulfill its mission as a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Gifts to the museum also help to ensure that Blaffer’s exhibitions and programs remain free and open to the public. For more information about pavers and memberships to the museum, please visit Blaffer Art Museum online.

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We’ve Got You Covered
This iPhone 5/5s case was designed by artist and designer Crystal Sim when she was a graphic design student at UH. The case is inspired by Sim’s signature ‘doodle drawings’ which caught the eye of the design panel when selecting a student to create the brand for the Blaffer Art & Design concept. Her concept will debut with the shop in fall 2014.

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In His Own Words
Princeton Miles has spent much of his singing career surrounded by voices. The University of Houston senior was a member of the acclaimed UH Moores Concert Chorale, as well as the spinoff chorus, Men of Moores.

Now, the classically trained vocalist and music business major is stepping out on his own in more ways than one. He’s now a solo act and is writing his own music. And, he’s exploring new musical territories that balance his choral training with his passion for pop and contemporary R&B.

Miles’ debut EP is due in October, but audiences can get a preview of his talents as a singer-songwriter on the single “Hear Me.” Produced by UH alum Emile Robinson, the track showcases Miles’ soulful vocals and emotional lyrics. To continue this story, click here.

To hear samples from Hear Me and purchase the EP, visit iTunes.

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The Great Escape
Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind is the catalog based on an exhibition that was presented at the 54th Venice Biennale, co-presented by Blaffer Art Museum. The book traces Ginzburg’s artistic exploration of Hyperborea, the mythical region first described by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus as the land of the Golden Age, a place thought to exist in a state of pure bliss and eternal springtime despite its supposed location in the extreme north. Available online.


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Serving Greatness
Christine Ha received her MFA degree in Fiction and Nonfiction in the UH Creative Writing Program in 2012. As if that wasn’t enough of an accomplishment, Ha competed for and won the title of MasterChef on the nationally-televised program of the same name. Now, the writer and chef is the author of Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food, available on Amazon.

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Knot Today

The Knotty Knot was inspired by Blaffer Art Museum's exhibition Tony Feher, currently on a national tour. UH graphic design student Kristin Liu created this flexible and functional pillow that can be used to add a pop of color to a room or even worn out on a chilly day if you are feeling like making a bold statement. Available online.

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Away We Go
Go back east and back in time with this comedy of remarriage. This holiday season, The UH School of Theatre and Dance offers the gift of two-for-one when you Purchase a pair of tickets to see their of the classic “The Philadelphia Story.” The play runs April 18 – 27 at the Wortham Theater, UH. To purchase online, click here and to save 50%, enter the code UHARTS.

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Buy the Book
It’s no secret that the nationally recognized UH Creative Writing Program has some of the most notable authors among its faculty. This year, professor Robert Boswell’s novel Tumbledown was released, and recognized by the New York Times for showcasing Boswell’s “dazzling technical skill, intelligence and moral seriousness.” Available on Amazon.