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Fine Arts Spotlights

French Club Wins Grant for French Kitchen Garden

Thanks to its award-winning French Club , Le Cercle Francophone , Jacksonville University has joined the ranks of Texas A & M , University of Florida , Tulane University , University of California-Davis and George Washington University in receiving a $ 2,000 grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States . The grant was awarded to Le Cercle Francophone as the grand prize for the France on Campus Awards .
These annual awards were created to support student initiatives that explore French and Francophone ( French-speaking ) culture in new and creative ways . The awards are intended to help student organizations lead major France-related projects on their campuses by providing a unique combination of funding and mentoring . With this support , awardees are expected to showcase French and Francophone culture to new audiences on their campuses and beyond .
Le Cercle Francophone was awarded first prize for a proposal called “ A French Potager in Jacksonville ,” and the club will work with the Gardening Club to transform the existing Healthy Campus Garden , located behind the Swisher Library , into a French kitchen garden . Suggested by assistant professor
of French and LCF faculty advisor Tamara Caudill , the award-winning proposal was written by LCF president Alessandra Ravelo . The resulting project will feature French flowers and herbs , a Zoom workshop led by a French gardening expert , and other French elements .
“ The idea for this project came from seniors Armany LeBlanc and Elizabeth Florida , who have worked so hard on the Healthy Campus Garden ." Caudill said .
Additional collaboration on this project was supplied by Nisse Goldberg , professor of biology and marine science and Gardening Club advisor .
According to Caudill , the garden will embody French culture and will tie into the university ’ s French curriculum . “ Seeing as the French like to marry practicality with beauty , a jardin potager will include more decorative elements like flowers and herbs , alongside heirloom vegetables , grown in attractive patterns . Currently , the beds are mostly bare for winter .”
In terms of curriculum , the garden will be incorporated into Jacksonville University ’ s intermediate French II ( FREN202 ) course . The course is centered around the study of the classic novella “ Le Petit Prince ” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry . With its important subplot of the prince ’ s devotion to his beautiful rose , the gardening motif is a natural addition .
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Prof. Edelen collaborated with Nick McNally, Assistant Professor of Illustration and JU Alumni Michael Csorba ’20 to execute a promotional spot for Bay Allergy & Asthma, and was lead designer and animator for a recent video promoting the international non-profit Plant with Purpose, explaining their approach to regenerative agriculture and reforestation. Dr. Laura Winn, Assistant Professor of Art History, participated as panelist for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville’s Romancing the Mirror exhibition. Dr. Erich Freiberger, Professor of Philosophy, was invited to present his paper “Shakespeare’s Transformation of Plato: The Platonic Intertexts in Hamlet” to an international conference on Literature and Philosophy: Research Methods, Figures and Forms of Thought. The conference was organized and sponsored by the Institute of Polish Literature at the University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy at the Charles University in Prague. Dana Tupa, Professor of Art and Stein College Associate Dean, signed with The Gallery at Flat Rock, near Asheville, NC, and mounted solo exhibition with Spillman Blackwell Fine Art Gallery in New Orleans. The exhibition focuses on chrysalis forms as symbiotic metaphors for grief and change. Her traditional focus of ceramic simulations will combine with wood, glass, and metal to create a 30-part installation of wall works. Recent commissions include a contract for a seagoing art quilt (Miami, FL private collection) and a contract with Blackberry Farms Interior Design for a 5-piece Petoskey stone wall work installation (March, 2022) to serve as the premier focal point in a Naples, Fla. establishment. Prof. Tiffany Leach, Associate Professor and Visual Arts Department Chair, exhibited work in the virtual exhibition If She Could do it All, She Would with the Spilt Milk Gallery of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Tamara Caudill, Assistant Professor of French, had her peer- reviewed pedagogical essay, “Lay, Lady, Lay: Introducing Marie de France in the Survey Classroom” published in The Once and Future Classroom, Spring 2021, Vol. XVII, Issue 1. Dr. Scott Watkins, Professor of Piano, joined the newly-formed chamber music ensemble, Amici Musicorum, led by Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven White, for a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, arranged for chamber ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg. The performance was sponsored by The Roanoke Opera and was recorded at The Jefferson Center for the Arts in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Shannon Lockwood, Associate Professor of Music, maintains an active year-round role in the music education community, teaching cello for the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra beginning string summer camp and coaching students on Florida All-State Orchestra materials at the LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Camp. Lana Heylock, Associate Professor of Dance, created a new global collaboration between Jacksonville University MFA Choreography and the Institute of Classical and Modern Dance (ICMD) in Mumbai, India. This new project for the JU MFA Creative Synergies course emphasizes global collaboration, world perspectives and the sharing of intercontinental viewpoints via a series of mentoring sessions via Zoom with students at ICMD. Dr. Erich Freiberger, Professor of Philosophy, presented his paper, “On Hunting and Acting in Plato’s Sophist, Statesman and Republic” at a virtual seminar session of the 2021 Renaissance Society of America Conference. Tiffany Leach, Associate Professor of Art and Chair, Department of Visual Art, partnered with Word Revolt Gallery to organize JU Object Design Exhibition featuring ceramics, glass and sculpture of Jacksonville University faculty and select student work from the new Object Design curriculum. Erik DeCicco, Assistant Professor and Department of Theatre Chair, participated in the 30th Annual Theatre Symposium, a competitive gathering of theatre scholars and practitioners to present his paper, “Insurrectivity: The Theatricality of Insurrection.” The symposium topic was focused on the subject ‘Theatre and Politics’ and included activities in performance and advanced arts-based research designs. Howard Hanson, and gave a performance of a recently discovered, unpublished work. Watkins’ edition of this new music by Hanson will be published this summer by Carl Fischer Music. Dr. Tamara Caudill, Assistant Professor of French, presented a session entitled “Il faut cultiver notre jardin: Creating a French-style Potager on campus” to the American Association of Teachers of French annual convention in July. Dr. Scott Watkins, Professor of Piano, was selected to give a lecture at the annual conference of the College Music Society held in Rochester, New York. He presented his research on American composer Assistant Professor of French, Dr. Tamara Caudill, presented a paper at the 78th South Central Modern Language Association Annual Conference: “It’s All About Sex: Guigemar, Lecheor, and the Reception of the Old French Narrative Lay”. Jacksonville University ceramics program has participated in Empty Bowls events in Jacksonville for 18 years. This year, led by the charge of Associate Professor of Art and Chair, Department of Visual Arts, Tiffany Leach, Jacksonville University faculty and students partnered with Word Revolt Gallery to co-host our very own Empty Bowls event. All proceeds benefitted Feeding Northeast Florida to serve local families in need. JU faculty and students from the Object Design program created 125 bowls for the event. w w w .j u . e d u / s t e i n c o l l e g e 14 w w w .j u . e d u / s t e i n c o l l e g e 15