Lawrence Jenkens began heading the University of NC at Greensboro’s Art Department in 2010. For decades he’s been fascinated by the art and architecture of fifteenth-century Italy, and he’s taught multiple aspects of Italian art from the late medieval period through the Baroque. David Ford began by asking what changed in Italian art from the 15th to 16th centuries.
Roy Nydorf is an award-winning Triad artist. Based in Oak Ridge, the Guilford College professor of art has exhibited nationally and internationally, with works in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art among many others. In May of 2012, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art presented an exhibit titled Four Decades. It was the first major survey Roy’s work, including drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture.
The world's largest percussion organization is the international Percussive Arts Society. In 2012 their “Day of Percussion” with clinics and performances all day long took place on the campus of Wake Forest University. Outstanding college and High School percussion ensembles from across the state, acclaimed soloists and professional percussion ensembles performed a wide variety of music, and world class clinicians covered a broad spectrum of topics.
Throughout the 80s, Jason Ringenberg pioneered the fusion of punk rock and country as front man for the Country Hall of Fame band Jason and the Scorchers. Today he’s inspiring children to appreciate nature through song as Farmer Jason. His family music recordings have won major awards from Disney, Parents’ Choice, the Los Angeles Times and more. His most recent CD is titled Nature Jams out on the myKaZoo label. Jason spoke with David Ford about it by phone from his farm in Bon Aqua, Tennessee, just west of Nashville.
Nonprofit arts organizations typically rely heavily on fundraising to survive. Last November a small theatre company took a large step toward changing the ways in which they raise money in the 21st Century. No Rules Theatre Co. (NRTC), dual-headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, and Arlington, VA, announced that it had raised more than $100,000 for two things at one time – its own organization, plus a new community arts fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation. No Rules artistic director Joshua Morgan spoke with David Ford about the unique fundraiser and he began by asking him why raise money for non-profits other than his own.