May 19, 2022

UMW Music Well Represented at Root Signals Electronic Music Festival

Facets of Love JUThe University of Mary Washington was represented by Department of Music faculty, students and alumni at the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida. Root Signals is sponsored by the Division of Music at Jacksonville University, and the Department of Music at Georgia Southern University and featured guest percussionist Tony Steve for the three-day festival of electronic music and media art.

Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, performed his song cycle Facets of Love to close the festival on Saturday, September 12th. The performance featured Paige Naylor ’14: soprano, Becky Brown ’15: harp, Mark Snyder ’97: guitar, piano, synthesizer & electronics. The poems for Facets of Love were penned by Jeanine Casler, a faculty fellow at Hobart, Northwestern’s Women’s Residential College and the video was created by Anna Weisling, the Music Technology Specialist at The Juilliard School in New York. The first movement can be viewed below:

Junior Music major Austin O’Rourke performed his composition Hazel Colored Nebula during the Emerging Composers Concert on Thursday night, September 10th. His performance of this piece on UMW’s 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day can be viewed below:


Becky Brown (UMW Music graduate 2015) performed her multimedia self-portrait composed during her spring 2015 independent study, Hold Still for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter on the Saturday September 12th afternoon concert. Her performance of this piece on UMW’s 2015 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Day can be viewed below:

Stephen Hennessey (UMW Music graduate 2014) performed his work for processed guitar and electronics composed during his spring 2014 independent study, Ausgang during the Emerging Composers Concert. His performance of this piece on September 9,2014 can be heard below:

A Digital Kind of Paintbrush

A sprawling American beech tree outside of Woodard Campus Center doubles as an artists’ canvas for art students at the University of Mary Washington. This fall, Assistant Professor Jason Robinson’s eight advanced video technique students created imaginative digital designs through one-minute films projected onto the tree. The technique, called projection-mapping, requires careful consideration of the […]

“Always…Patsy Cline” Returns to Klein Theatre

Two Fredericksburg area students will give encore performances when the University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance brings back the production of “Always. . . Patsy Cline” beginning Wednesday, July 9 at Klein Theatre. Patsy-Cline-Taryn Snyder “Always…Patsy Cline” is based on the true story of Louise Seger, a fan of Patsy Cline, who gets the chance to meet Cline when she comes to her hometown for a show. Louise and Patsy become fast friends, bonding after the show over the troubles of life. Their friendship grew through a series of letters and phone calls that continued until Cline’s untimely death. The musical features many of Patsy Cline’s hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “I Fall to Pieces.” Senior theatre major Taryn Snyder, who grew up in Fredericksburg before moving to Rochester, N.Y., plays the role of Patsy, while the role of Louise Seger is played by fellow senior theatre major Emily Burke, who graduated from James Monroe High School. Performances will be July 9-12, July 16-19, and July 23-26 at 7:30 p.m., and July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 2 p.m. UMW’s original production ran in Klein Theatre for three sold-out weeks in February. “Never in the history of our program have we experienced such a demand for tickets,” said Director Gregg Stull, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this thrilling production to the greater Fredericksburg community this summer.” Virginia Patterson Hensley, known as Patsy Cline, was a country singer from Winchester, Va., who crossed over in the 1960’s from country and western into the pop-music charts. She died at the age of 30 in a plane crash in 1963. Ten years later, Cline became the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her plaque in the Hall of Fame reads: “Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity.” Emily Burke plays Louise Seger. “Always…Patsy Cline” is directed by Stull, with musical direction by Christopher Wingert. Scenic design is by associate professor Julie Hodge and costume design is by associate professor Kevin McCluskey. Lighting and sound designs are by guest artists Catherine Girardi and Anthony Angelini. Tickets are $40 for standard admission, $35 for students, senior citizens, UMW alumni, and the military and $25 for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111 or visit

Spooky Action Theatre to Produce Kristen LePine’s Play

Spooky Action Theatre in Washington, D.C. will present a Workshop Production of Kristen LePine’s play Dire Wolves.

The yet unproven presence of dire wolves rears its head in Evansville, Indiana, as six characters heed the call and face ancient fears within, in an interwoven play that encourages us to confront our wild nature or forever live in the realm of tamed comfort. Dire Wolves was commissioned by the Hub Theatre. This performance will be directed by Kristy Simmons.

Kristen teaches in the UMW Department of Theatre and Dance and has an MFA in Dramatic Writing.

The Details
What: Dire Wolves by Kristen LePine
When: Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m.
Where: Spooky Action Theatre Company, 1810 16th St NW; Washington, D.C. 20009
Cost: FREE

Snapshot of an Artist

Professor Rosemary Jesionowski teaches her students techniques that are being applied by practicing contemporary artists.

Kristen LePine Performs at Intersection Arts Festival

Kristen LePineOn Saturday, March 2, Kristen LePine performed a monologue that she wrote for 360º of America: FORCE MAJEURE at the Intersections Arts Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. The performance was followed by a discussion with wine.

Rosemary Jesionowski’s Exhibition Open at Randolph-Macon

Rosemary Jesionowski, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, currently has a solo exhibition, Mapping Nowhere, on view at Randolph-Macon’s Flippo Gallery in Ashland, Virginia.  This is her third solo exhibition in the past year.  The body of work is a continual investigation of place, land, and how we identify ourselves through location.  How do we define ourselves by where we live?  How do others define us?  How does place define or even change us?  These images simultaneously reference a personal experience of place and an investigation of the relationship between people and place.  The exhibition will be on view through April 5.


See more of Jesionowski’s work on her website.

Opening Receptions for Art Exhibits Tonight

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting two exhibitions: “Double-Booked: Works by Brian Davis and Lauren Jacobs” at the duPont Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 10 and “The Art of the Book” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery from Friday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Feb. 22.

The opening receptions will be held tonight from 5 to 7 p.m., with the reception for “Double-Booked” at the duPont Gallery and the reception for “The Art of the Book” at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Lauren Jacobs, Falling of Heaven (Detail), 2012, upcycled book, acrylic paint,
wool, silk, beads, wire, tree moss, 8.5” x 12”

“Double-Booked” features the works of adjunct instructors Brian Davis and Lauren Jacobs. In his work, Davis explores the tension between transcendence and cliché in installations, sculptural objects and multimedia works that include video and software. Through her mixed media sculptures, Jacobs creates surreal representations of the relationship between the body, emotion, wilderness and architecture to explore consciousness and its limits.

An artist based in Woodbridge, Va., Davis teaches sculpture and new media at UMW, and has taught at the George Washington University and Winthrop University. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in general studio from Winthrop University and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Florida.

Jacobs, whose art has appeared in more than 40 exhibitions, teaches fine and applied art courses at UMW, the Art Institute of Washington and Northern Virginia Community College. She received a bachelor of fine art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a master of fine art degree from the Cranbook Academy of Art.

Robert The, The Art Crisis, 2003–08, cut up hard cover book,7 11/16 x 4 13/16 x 7/8
© Robert The

Robert The, The Art Crisis, 2003–08, cut up hard cover book,
7 11/16 x 4 13/16 x 7/8
© Robert The

In the 20th century, book art emerged as a major form of artistic expression with its own set of artists, critics, leaders and history. Contemporary book art varies in form and content, from the creation of new book forms to the manipulation of existing books. “The Art of  the Book” demonstrates the diversity of book art through the work of 11 artists: Cara Barer, Julie Chen, Brian Dettmer, Linda K. Johnson, Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Emily Martin, Laura Russell, Gretchen Schermerhorn and Robert The.

Both galleries are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed during university holidays and breaks. Free parking for gallery visitors is designated in the lot on College Avenue at Thornton Street. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit

Mark Snyder’s Harvey featured on RTQE

MS_Rice_Dryer2-300x273Assistant Professor of Music Mark Snyder’s multimedia work Harvey was featured on RTQE, (Remember those Quiet Evenings), a Sunday evening program of electronic, experimental, classical, and improvised conduct for survivors or the 20th century hosted by Gregory Taylor which has aired since 1986 on Sunday evenings on WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin.

UMW Emeritus Professor Receives VCA Fellowship

Steve Griffin, professor emeritus of art at the University of Mary Washington, is a recipient of a 2012-2013 Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Commission of the Arts. The Virginia Commission of the Arts awards fellowships annually to artists residing in Virginia in recognition of creative excellence and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence. Griffin is one of five Virginia artists honored in the field of painting. Each artist will receive a fellowship of $5,000. Griffin, an accomplished photographer, painter and printmaker, was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts professional fellowship in 2011. His work has appeared in more than 150 local, regional and national exhibitions. Griffin joined the UMW faculty in 1983 and taught printmaking, photography, drawing and design courses for 25 years. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Artist Fellowships from the Virginia Commission of the Arts are offered on a rotating basis to Virginia artists in the disciplines of crafts, photography, sculpture, fiction, music composition, choreography, painting, works on paper (prints and drawing), poetry, playwriting and filmmaking. The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The commission distributes grant awards to artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, educators and local governments and provides technical assistance in arts management.