How do departures from tradition in dance or painting affect audience and reception? Where does the value of craft and material skill vary across popular and academic forms of art? The College of Fine and Applied Arts will explore these questions and more at the March 3 Uncorked and On Topic discussion on “Mastery.” Featured faculty members are Patrick Hammie, a professor art and design, and Endalyn Taylor, a professor of dance, two accomplished artists who regularly navigate such questions in their choices of medium, form and venue. The program begins at 5:15 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theatre Foyer, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Laurie Hogin, a professor of art and design, will moderate.
Uncorked and On Topic is in its second year, featuring faculty members of different disciplines engaging in an intellectual exchange about the arts. The final program is scheduled for April 14 on “Mega.” All Uncorked and On Topic events are free and open to the public.
Hammie received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Connecticut. Since 2007, he has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. In 2008, he was awarded the Alice C. Cole Fellowship in Studio Arts from Wellesley College, which supported a year’s research and culminated in his exhibition “Equivalent Exchange.” He has since had a solo exhibition at Purdue University and received the Tanne Foundation Award for excellence in visual arts. Hammie keeps a full schedule of exhibitions, public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide where he displays his love for art.
Taylor earned an M.F.A. from Hollins University of Roanoke, Virginia. She joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1984 and became a principal dancer in 1993. She has performed for such dignitaries as Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, the late Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela. In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in “Carousel” and went on to perform in two other Tony Award-winning musicals, “The Lion King” and “Aida.” As the director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Taylor was invited to bring 10 of her students to the White House to participate in a new arts initiative of the Obamas.