As we say goodbye to 2022, we celebrate the many successes that marked the past year. From worldwide recognition to alumni dominating the industry. Our wildly creative, gifted and hardworking UNCSA artists made their marks in 2022.
Below are the moments that dominated our year at UNCSA.
UNCSA opened its first newly constructed residence hall in 50 years. The new hall is a modern facility that will invigorate the residential environment for current and future students. To commemorate the opening, UNCSA buried a time capsule with contributions from each department, which will be opened on the 100th anniversary of UNCSA.
Rachel Williams was named the new dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA on July 1. Williams, an artist, teacher and advocate who has experience in visual arts, feminist theory, women’s issues, and community engagement, comes to UNCSA after more than two decades at the University of Iowa where she was associate professor and department chair of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Studio Art.
Lissy Garrison was named the new vice chancellor for advancement at UNCSA on Jan. 10, 2022. Garrison brings a wide range of experience in fundraising and arts leadership, including 11 years in higher education development and 15 years as executive director of the contemporary ballet company Ballet Nouveau Colorado.
The Division of Student Affairs hired Tasha M. Myers as the inaugural director of the new Office of Intercultural Engagement in August. She is the first employee in the university’s history solely dedicated to EDIB.
UNCSA selected nationally-recognized firms Little and Steinberg Hart as the design team that is leading Phase One of the multiphase, comprehensive renovation of the historic Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.
The Hollywood Reporter ranked the School of Drama at UNCSA No. 4 on its list of the “Top 25 Drama Schools in the World(opens in new tab),” for the second year in a row.
The costume design program in the School of Design & Production is among the Top 10 of its kind in the U.S., according to The Hollywood Reporter(opens in new tab). The program has been in the Top 10 since the list began in 2018.
The School of Filmmaking was ranked No. 10 on The Hollywood Reporter's "Top 25 American Film Schools" list and the graduate-level film music composition at No. 14 on its list of the "The World’s Best Music Schools." Additionally, UNCSA was recognized by Variety in its list of “30 Top Film Schools," ranked No. 10 on TheWrap's "Top 50 Film Schools" list and included in MovieMaker's list of best film schools.
The film is written and directed by alumnus Angus MacLachlan,(opens in new tab), co-produced by School of Filmmaking Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies Lauren Vilchik and stars several alumni.
“Black Ice,” an interactive virtual reality (VR) short film created at the School of Filmmaking at UNCSA, was selected to screen at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW).
Alumni from the schools of Drama, Dance, Filmmaking, and Design & Production at UNCSA are nominated for Emmy Awards for work on popular television programs.
Three UNCSA alumni received four Tony Award nominations, and numerous alumni worked on Tony-nominated productions.
Several alumni from the School of Music were nominated for 2023 Grammy Awards.
Design & Production alum Paul Tazewell was nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design for “West Side Story.” Additionally, multiple alumni appeared in films nominated for Academy Awards for best picture.
“Sammy, without Strings,” a student film from the School of Filmmaking, won the best narrative student short award and had its world premiere in competition at the Austin Film Festival.
Will Gyves of Winston-Salem, a 10th-grade ballet student in the School of Dance, was selected for the 2023 Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international ballet competition.
UNCSA and The Posse Foundation(opens in new tab) selected six high school seniors to attend UNCSA as inaugural Arts Posse Scholars, following a rigorous search, interview and audition process.
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, in partnership with the Hispanic League(opens in new tab), presented a residency with The Frontera Project(opens in new tab) — an interactive, multilingual theater experience created and performed by a company of Mexican and U.S. artists.
The National League of Cities(opens in new tab) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families announced the selection of Winston-Salem, in partnership with Forsyth County, as one of nine sites nationwide competitively selected to participate in a pilot peer-learning cohort for its newly launched initiative.
The Fellowship at the Media and Emerging Technology Lab (METL) has served practicing artist Karine Fleurima well.
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December 20, 2022