Archive for the ‘Visitors’ Category

The Sun Ra Arkestra


The Sun Ra Arkestra
Thursday, February 18 at 8 PM
The Morton Theatre


The spirit of famed jazz musician, composer, poet, and bandleader Sun Ra is alive and well in the present day manifestation of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, featuring a mix of classic Sun Ra big-band compositions and arrangements alongside Allen’s own compositions and arrangements that are deeply rooted in the spirit of Sun Ra.

Marshall Allen, 91, joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and led Sun Ra’s formidable reed section for over 40 years. He assumed the helm of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995 after the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Mr. Allen continues to reside at the Sun Ra Residence in Philadelphia, composing, writing and arranging for the Arkestra much like his mentor, totally committed to a life of discipline centered totally on the study, research, and further development of Sun Ra’s musical precepts.

This historic evening at the Morton Theatre will commence with a rare performance by Athens’ own Flicker Orchestra, which provides live music for classic silent films.

Presented by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia, and the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English at UGA in celebration of the centennial year of Dada and experimental art for all time.

For more information about the Sun Ra Arkestra visit

Famed jazz musician, composer, poet and bandleader Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama. He began performing professionally as a teen and, after moving to Chicago in 1945, immersed himself in jazz and the blues. Along the way, Sun Ra was influenced by space, religion and radical social movements—all of which found their way into his music. A prolific composer and record label owner, he took to wearing colorful, outlandish costumes with his band members.

One of the first, and the oldest surviving African-American built, owned, and operated vaudeville theatres in the United States, the fully restored Morton Theatre opened in 1910 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


3-color 11″x17″ silkscreen poster designed and hand-printed by Ry McCullough available at ICE – $20 while supplies last!

All photography by Jason Thrasher








ICE Conversation Series: George Scheer


ICE Conversation Series: George Scheer
Tuesday, October 20 at 4 PM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

How do you describe a space that never stops changing? The Elsewhere Museum, once a thrift store, is a living museum that hosts 50 artists from all over the world year-round. Join visiting artist George Scheer, Director of Elsewhere Museum, to talk about this unique and ever-evolving art space.

ICE Conversation: Eddie Whelan


ICE-Conversation: Eddie Whelan
Wednesday, September 2 at 4:30 PM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

Join Eddie Whelan, UGA alumnus, former ICE Project Grant recipient, and AUX video curator for an informal conversation about his work and career. Eddie pushes the boundaries of video, sound, photography, and animation in his work with bands (Grass Giraffes, Modern Skirts, R.E.M., Mekon), fashion industry (Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, David Sims), and Internet art. For more visit:

ICE Conversation: John Michael Boling


ICE Conversation: John Michael Boling
Wednesday, October 22 at 10 AM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

UGA alumnus and ICE Fellow John Michael Boling talks about his diverse experiences as a media artist, associate director of Rhizome, and leader of an Internet startup.

Idea Lab is the UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. For more information visit

ICE Conversation: Amanda Concha-Holmes


ICE Conversation: Amanda Concha-Holmes
Wednesday, October 23 at 4 PM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

Amanda Concha-Holmes, Willson Center Visiting Artist, works as a visual and ecological anthropologist to embrace the notion of applied documentary filmmaking. She promotes the use of art, sound, videography and an inclination for anthropological insight to improve collaborative conservation projects that raise awareness of intersections of power dynamics. Website:

Idea Lab is the UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. For more information visit

ICE Visiting Artist: Cassie Meador


ICE Visiting Artist: Cassie Meador
Monday, April 7 at 4 PM
Miller Learning Center Room 214

“I often think that I became a dancer because I grew up in a family of scientists. My parents, a neurologist and a biology professor, encouraged me to explore my surroundings. I have learned that, like the scientific process, the creative process allows us to work at the edges of what is knowable.”

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is pleased to host Cassie Meador, a choreographer, performer, and educator who explores environmental issues through dance and community engagement.

Cassie Meador is the Artistic Director of Dance Exchange, founded by Liz Lerman in 1976 and now regarded as one the most innovative and creatively expansive dance companies in the world. Her work is imbued with a passion for her surroundings, a belief in the human capacity for change, and a conviction that art can be a potent form of research and communication.

While at UGA, Meador will talk about future collaborations and recent work, including How To Lose a Mountain, a multi-year project that began with a 500-mile walk from Washington, DC to a site of mountaintop removal in West Virginia to trace the sources of the energy that fuel her home.

Along the way, she and Dance Exchange artists visited power plants, led movement and outdoor education workshops called Moving Field Guides, and collected stories from community members in a series called 500 Miles/500 Stories. Meador and her artistic collaborators returned to the studio to build an evening-length work that premiered in 2013 and was supported by the National Performance Network and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised Augusta, Georgia, Meador received her B.F.A. in dance from The Ohio State University. She joined the Dance Exchange in 2002 and assumed the role of Artistic Director in 2011.

For more information about Cassie Meador and Dance Exchange, please visit

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. ICE is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.