Photo ID:  U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri (higher resolution available upon request)
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WINSTON-SALEM – Six large, framed photographs of students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) are now gracing the walls of the office of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in Washington, D.C.

“Although these pictures had only been put up less than 24 hours before, the staff was already exclaiming on the response from the visitors,” said UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri. “How many thousands of people will see these photographs and the name of our school this year?”

The photos, from various programs and productions at UNCSA, were taken by photographers Donald Dietz (five photos) and Allen Aycock (one photo).

Sen. Kay Hagan and
UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri

They are part of a loan of artwork to Sen. Hagan’s office: photos from UNCSA and artwork from the collection housed at the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, given by UNCSA Board of Trustees Emeritus Member Thomas S. Kenan III.  They will be on display for one year.

Sen. Hagan’s legislative assistant, Katie Davidson, coordinated the loan with Jim DeCristo, UNCSA’s director of economic development and external affairs.

Chancellor Mauceri is in Washington to conduct The Gershwins’® Porgy and BessSM   March 20-April 3 at the Washington National Opera (WNO) at the Kennedy Center. He and DeCristo met with Sen. Hagan about UNCSA last week.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.  Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.