David Saltz
Executive Director

Professor and Department Head, Theatre and Film Studies

David Saltz is Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, and Executive Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration. He is a specialist in modernist theatre and performance, performance theory, the philosophy of art, and directing. His primary research focus has been the interaction between live performance and digital media. He was Principal Investigator of Virtual Vaudeville, a large-scale research project funded by the National Science Foundation to simulate a nineteenth century vaudeville performance on the computer. He has explored the use of computer technology extensively in his own work as a director and teacher. Along those lines he established the Interactive Performance Laboratory at UGA, has directed a series of productions incorporating real-time interactive digital media, and has created interactive sculptural installations that have been exhibited nationally. Before coming to Georgia, Dr. Saltz taught at State University of New York at Stony Brook and The College of William and Mary.

Mark Callahan
Artistic Director

Senior Academic Professional

Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration and serves on the faculty of the School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. Callahan’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Club Internet, MAMA: Showroom for Media and Moving Art in the Netherlands, the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia, and used in concert by R.E.M. as a large-scale video projection. He is a co-principal investigator of “Enhancing imaginative and collaborative STEM capacity through creative inquiry,” a three-year project supported by the National Science Foundation and a member of the editorial board of Ground Works, a new journal for arts research in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).

Elizabeth Boyce
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

DMA Student, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Elizabeth Boyce is a doctoral student studying viola performance under the tutelage of Professor Margaret Snyder. Prior to moving to Athens, Elizabeth received her Master of Music degree from University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Music degree from Grand Valley State University. In addition to her love for music, Elizabeth’s passions include farming, food, and community service. Having grown up on her family’s farm in Chelsea, Michigan, these passions took root in Elizabeth at an early age. As a graduate research assistant, Elizabeth hopes to combine her two worlds of music and food, aspiring to pursue these ideas through the lens of community service.

Brandon LaReau
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

PhD Student, Theatre and Film Studies

Brandon LaReau is a researcher, historian, and award-winning performer working on his PhD in Performance Studies. His research includes Ancient Egyptian festivals and texts, the performance of power in the ancient world, and the applicable parallels with modern displays of power and expressions of kingliness. Other research interests include military history, veterans experiences, and musical theatre. He holds a BA from Christopher Newport University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU he worked closely with the University President and Provost in an effort to bring more recognition and funding to the Arts departments.

Annie Simpson
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA Student, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Annie Simpson is an MFA student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Her work, though distinctly photographic, is a combination of made photographs, repurposed archival photographs, found text, and writing. She explores landscape and longing in the American South, specifically landscape as a cultural construction and its place in discourse about public history. Her current work interrogates the use of landscape as a tool to maintain “lost cause” mythology, pointing to how it was used to center violent master narratives and assert white supremacy. Annie has received awards and fellowships from the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and Monument Lab in Philadelphia, PA.

Carmon Colangelo
Founding Director, ICE (1999-2006)

Ralph J. Nagel Dean
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis

From 1997 to 2006, Carmon Colangelo was the director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA. A widely exhibited artist known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes, Colangelo’s work has been featured in many solo shows and group exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, England, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and across the United States. His work has been collected by many of the nation’s leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Colangelo joined Washington University as the first dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts in July 2006. As dean, Colangelo oversees the School’s four academic units – the College of Art, College of Architecture, Graduate School of Art, and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design – as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, home to one of the nation’s finest university collections of modern art. Colangelo also serves as a member of the University Council and as the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts.

Bala Sarasvati
Charter Member, ICE Advisory Board

Professor and Modern Dance Program Coordinator, Department of Dance
Jane Willson Professor in the Arts

Bala is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) specializing in the application of movement theory to dance training and performance. She holds BS and BFA degrees from the University of Utah, MA and MFA degrees from The Ohio State University. She has served on the faculty for the Jose Limon Dance Institute, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Seattle Dance Centre. Her dance training approach has been presented at El Contro Laban 2002 and Global Laban 2008, both in Rio de Janeiro and at Laban Centre London, UK; and International Council Kinetography Laban, Laban Centre, London. Bala has served as guest artist at numerous universities and intensive summer dance programs and choreographed over forty full-length dance pieces. Her choreography has been shown throughout the US and China, and in Brazil, Taiwan, France and Costa Rica. She has presented choreography at Judson Church and St. Mark’s Church in New York City; Seattle Bumbershoot Art Festivals, Seattle, WA; Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC. In addition, she has presented choreography at National Dance Association and National American College Dance Festival conferences, and performed at two National Society for Literature and Science conferences. Shakti-The Force of Destiny, one of the many interactive computer and dance projects, was presented as a Cultural Olympiad Event during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Her dance for camera, Springbreak, was selected for the Quinto Festival International Video Danza ’99, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has served on the board for the National American College Dance Festival Association 1995-2001 and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC Board of Directors. Bala served as Head, Department of Dance at UGA from1998-1999 and 2000-2006.

Leonard V. Ball, Jr.
Charter Member

Professor Emeritus, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Leonard Ball joined the Composition and Theory faculty at UGA in 1987 and led the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music. His works were performed across the United States, in Europe, South America, and Japan. His electronic work has focused on interactivity involving dancers (movement) and sound. Dr. Ball held the degrees Bachelor of Music in theory and composition and Master of Music in composition from Kansas State University. His Doctor of Musical Arts in composition was earned at the University of Memphis. His principal teachers were T. Hanley Jackson, John Baur, and Donald Freund.

Chris Cuomo
ICE Advisory Board

Professor, Philosophy and Women’s Studies

Chris Cuomo holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Formerly a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Cuomo’s research focuses on ethics, feminist philosophies, race, sexuality, environmental ethics and art. She is the author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing and The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love & Knowledge, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an American Philosophical Association Book Award and coeditor of The Feminist Philosophy Reader. Dr. Cuomo has been awarded grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Charles Phelps Taft Center.

Lauren H. Fancher
ICE Advisory Board

ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art)

Lauren H. Fancher is a writer and artist with deep roots in the arts in Athens, Georgia. Currently the Operations Coordinator and Board President for ATHICA, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, she had a previous career working with the University System of Georgia with technology and libraries. She has an educational background in studio art (BFA, UGA) and interactive design and development (MEd, UGA), and as a result, her artistic practice has a focus on interactive design and digital media, including writing, video, sound, music, and performance. In addition, she has a focus on community and collaboration in the arts, starting with her work coordinating art exhibitions as part of the artists’ collective Apparatus and continuing through her work with ATHICA. She has published articles and book chapters on topics related to visual arts, technology, and libraries and has had work exhibited around the state.

Connie Frigo
ICE Advisory Board

Associate Professor of Saxophone, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Connie Frigo is an accomplished saxophone soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and speaker. She is an Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Georgia, and inaugural Chair of the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Committee on the Status of Women, where her leadership has overseen the launch of a women’s mentoring program. Career highlights include six years with the U.S. Navy Band and seven years with the New Century Saxophone Quartet. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Netherlands). She is a steadfast organizer of interdisciplinary events with a focus on the creative process and engaging new audiences, resulting in meaningful intersections of performers, composers, socially-conscious non-profits, students, concerned and active citizens, and arts leaders. As a chamber musician, she received support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Copland Fund, Meet the Composer, and Chamber Music America. Frigo has recordings with Channel Classics and Mark Custom Records.

David T Gay
ICE Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Mathematics
Director, Euclid Lab

David Gay works on problems in low-dimensional geometry and topology. “Low-dimensional” means dimensions two (think of life on a surface), three (think of your ordinary daily life, but maybe when your stick your hand through the ceiling it pops out through the floor) and four (think of the actual world you live in, space-time). On a day-to-day basis he confronts the problem of communicating complicated, but essentially visual, geometric ideas, and often this problem itself has an intrinsically appealing aesthetic. David also works on multiple math outreach projects, most notably as senior mentor for Camp Euclid, an online high school math research program run by Euclid Lab. Before joining the math department at UGA, David has held positions at the University of Iowa, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the University of Cape Town, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, the Nankai Institute of Mathematics, and the University of Arizona. He completed his PhD at the University of California Berkeley in 1999 under the supervision of Robion Kirby.

Moon Jung Jang
ICE Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Moon Jung Jang is a graphic designer, visual artist, and teacher. She received an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and is an associate professor of graphic design at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Her primary research involves narrative systems such as Multiple Narratives in Visual Form, Polyhedralness as Multiple Narratives, and Color Value in Space-Time and promotion design for socio-cultural events and art exhibitions such as symbol, logotype, book, and poster design. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions, Disturbed Boundaries (2009), A Minor Arc (2010), and % (2012). Her graphic design has appeared internationally and nationally in many exhibitions such as The Tranava Poster Triennial (Slovakia); The International Poster Triennial (Japan); The International Poster and Graphic Arts Festival of Chaumont (France); The Golden Bee Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design; Print Regional Annual Competition (USA); Annual UCDA Design (USA); 365: AIGA (New York, USA); AIGA SEED Award GALA (Atlanta, USA).

Peter Van Zandt Lane
ICE Advisory Board

Assistant Professor of Composition, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Director of the Dancz Center for New Music

Peter Van Zandt Lane’s music has been praised by critics for its “depth, character, and pleasing complexity” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and has been recognized for its “appeal to musicians and audiences, no matter their personal musical aesthetic” (Asymmetry Music Magazine). He composes for chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and often integrates live electronics into his concert music. Dr. Lane holds composition degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and studied composition with Melinda Wagner, Eric Chasalow, David Rakowski, and Lansing McLoskey. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Dancz Center for New Music at the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music, and previously held teaching positions at Brandeis University, Wellesley College, MIT, and Harvard.

T. Anthony Marotta
ICE Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Theatre and Film Studies

T. Anthony Marotta specializes in performance movement, stage combat, mask design & performance, and puppetry. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee, and advanced studies of the Lecoq Physical Theatre/Mask pedagogy through the London International School of Performing Arts. Focused on the physical expressivity of the performer and performances in storytelling, he specializes in Commedia dell’Arte, mask, movement, puppetry, and stage combat teaching and performing nationally, regionally and internationally. His one-man original puppet-clown-mask piece exploring masculinity Hue Man has toured at festivals in Avignon (France), Montreal (Canada), Chicago, Portland, Atlanta, and Boulder. Anthony has performed in regional and New York venues including the Puppetry Arts Center of Atlanta, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre, as well as various venues throughout Europe. He holds a current membership in Actors’ Equity (AEA). As a member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with actor-combatant recognition, Anthony recently served as Fight Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, choreographing fights for their several summer seasons and tours, including productions of Macbeth, Richard III, Noises Off, 39 Steps and Fred Adams’ 50th Anniversary production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Anthony’s directing includes productions with regional theaters such as Neil Simon Festival, Brick Playhouse, and Rose of Athens.

Jed Rasula
ICE Advisory Board

Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor, Department of English

Jed Rasula has a BA from Indiana University, and a PhD from the History of Consciousness Program at University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught at Pomona College (California) and Queen’s University (Canada) before coming to UGA in 2001. Publications include The American Poetry Wax Museum, Imagining Language with Steve McCaffery, This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry, and Syncopations: Contemporary American Poetry and the Stress of Innovation and Modernism and Poetic Inspiration: The Shadow Mouth. Also, poetry books Tabula Rasula and Hot Wax. Work in progress: an anthology, Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity, and two critical studies, Jazzbandism and Oblique Modernism.

Meredith Welch-Devine
ICE Advisory Board

Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, UGA Graduate School

Meredith Welch-Devine is a cultural anthropologist specializing in ecological and environmental anthropology. She works at the Graduate School to advance interdisciplinary and innovative efforts in graduate education and with the Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR). Her work at CICR examines the role of the social sciences in informing and driving conservation decision-making and explores how integrative approaches can improve conservation practice. Welch-Devine’s research interests include political ecology, politics and production of knowledge, collective management of common-pool resources, and conservation policy and practice.

Andrew Zawacki
ICE Advisory Board

Professor, Department of English

Andrew Zawacki is the author of three poetry books – Petals of Zero Petals of One, Anabranch, and By Reason of Breakings – and of several chapbooks: Georgia, co-winner of the 1913 Prize; Glassscape; Lumieretheque; Arrow’s Shadow; Videotape; Roche Limit; Bartleby’s Waste-book; and Masquerade, which received the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, and elsewhere, including the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Walt Whitman Hom(m)age, 2005/1855, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association and the recipient of a Slovenian Ministry of Culture Translation Grant, Zawacki has edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 and Ales Debeljak’s new and selected poems, Without Anesthesia. His translation from the French of Sebastien Smirou, My Lorenzo, is forthcoming. Coeditor of Verse and of The Verse Book of Interviews, he has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Talisman, How2, New German Critique, Australian Book Review, Religion and Literature, and other international journals. He has a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Heather McIntosh
Ideas for Creative Exploration Honorary Fellow

Heather McIntosh (BMUS 2000) is a musician and composer of music for film and video. She is the curator of the AUX event and publishing series and served on the ICE Advisory Board. Heather created music for Examined Life, Compliance, The Rambler, Faults, Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, and Z for Zachariah. Known as the house cellist for the Elephant 6 Collective and leader of The Instruments, she has played with of Montreal, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Music Tapes, Gerbils, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Apples in Stereo, Great Lakes, The Ladybug Transistor, Linda Perhacs, Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine, Faust, Animal Collective, Cat Power, Superchunk, M Ward, The Clientele, St. Vincent, Azure Ray, Icy Demons, Japancakes, Bright Eyes, Washed Out, Dr. Dog, Norah Jones, Belle and Sebastian, Pacific UV, St. Vincent Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne.

John Michael Boling
Ideas for Creative Exploration Honorary Fellow

John Michael Boling (BFA 2006) is an artist known for pioneering works in Internet art and video. He received an ICE student fellowship to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute and was a featured presenter in the 2007 ICE Open House: Net Art. John Michael co-founded and served as Head of Product for, an online tool for collaborative research and served as Associate Director of Rhizome. He is the creator of infamous art website 53 o’s and a founding member of the influential group blog Nasty Nets. His work has been shown internationally at institutions, festivals, and DIY spaces, including The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, MASS MoCA, Galerie West in the Hague, New York Underground Film Festival, Milano Film Festival,Venice Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. His work and opinion have been featured in The New York Times, Tokion Magazine, Art News, Dazed and Confused, and Rolling Stone Magazine.