10/11/18 — Please join the ILR and the Oak Hammock community on October 31 at 3:30 in the Oak Room at Oak Hammock to hear Dean Onye Ozuzu talk about her vision for the arts at University of Florida. The talk is entitled Art as Catalyst in a Dynamically Evolving Platform for Life.
Onye P. Ozuzu, joined the University of Florida senior leadership team as the dean of the College of the Arts on August 1, 2018. Ozuzu will be responsible for formulating and articulating a shared vision for the College of the Arts, leading fundraising efforts and managing the college’s budget and personnel.
A dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator and researcher, Ozuzu has served as dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago since 2015 and was previously the chairperson of the department of dance.
During her tenure as dean Columbia College, she oversaw the school’s $31 million budget, 524 faculty members, 110 staff members and 4,700 students. She provided direction to the nine department chairs of art and art history, business and entrepreneurship, creative arts therapies, dance, design, fashion studies, music, photography and theatre. Additionally, Ozuzu served as chair of a subcommittee on diversity, equity and inclusion.
As a dancer, Ozuzu’s work has focused on the body as technology and explored the intersectionality between many movement forms from tennis to ballet, West African dance to Hatha Yoga, and freestyle House to salsa among others. Her choreography has been performed both nationally and internationally in places such as Manhattan, New Orleans, Senegal and Cuba.
Her most recent work, Project Tool, has focused on the interrelationships between body, task and tool through the process of building wood-sprung dance floors. Project Tool is a 2018 Joyce Award and a 2016 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist recipient as well as a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project.
“I have dedicated much of my work as a dance artist to cultivating space for diverse dance forms to exist in pluralist relationship to one another,” Ozuzu said. “This has fed into my administrative work where I have fostered balance of visionary and deliberate progress in the arenas of curricular, artistic and systemic diversity, cultural relativity, collaboration and interdisciplinarity. To put it more directly, choreography is composition, composition in collaboration with humans and their energy in time and space; it is systems thinking, as is leadership. I look forward to entering the COTA community of artists and educators as a member and to working together on a deepening impact of the arts at the University of Florida.”
This talk promises to be an exciting and engaging look into the future of the arts at UFL. Please join us on October 31 at 3:30.
10/1/18 — PLEASE NOTE: THE SIDNEY IVES OPERA CLASS STARTS AT 1:00 PM, NOT 1:30 AS PUBLISHED IN THE BULLETIN
1/1/18 — These are the ILR members serving on the 2018 Board of Directors:
Susan Wiltshire — President
Ron Bern — Vice President
Anne Eiler — Treasurer
Karen Merrey — Secretary
Trudi Di Trolio
Sara Lynn McCrae, Ex Officio
Julie Ann Ariet, Ex Officio