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Tropos: A Celebration of Art and Music

Author: Lori Quick

Posted on Sep 6, 2019

Category: News and Notices

The UNB Art Centre celebrates the University of New Brunswick's acquisition of Tropos by Saint John artist Deanna Musgrave with a special afternoon reception on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.  This event will take place in the 3rd floor link between the Currie Center and the new Kinesiogy building on the UNB Fredericton campus. 

The event will feature an artist talk by Deanna Musgrave and the presentation of Tropos (2009/19) a musical pieced composed by Andrew Reed Miller with musicians Nadia Francavilla, violin; Robin Streb, viola; Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass and Joël Cormier, percussion.  Opening remarks will be given by UNB’s President Emeritus John McLaughlin.

Tropos references the water cycle and the troposphere in order to draw attention to the current global concerns about the environment. The painting was originally shown at the UNB Art Centre during the 80th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at the University of New Brunswick in 2011. Originally conceived as a multi-media installation, it was designed as an exploration of the viewer’s experience as part of Musgrave’s Master of Interdisciplinary Studies research. Musgrave’s impressive painting focuses on colour, motion and visualized sound and integrates optical effects and luminous sequences to create a fluctuating, ebbing and flowing experience.

Deanna Musgrave graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She earned her Bachelor of Education in 2008 and a Diploma in University Teaching in 2009 from the University of New Brunswick. In 2019, she received her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Brunswick.

The viewing of the artwork will be accompanied by a musical composition performed by Andrew Reed Miller which was composed as part of the initial multi-media presentation of the artwork.  Originally from New York, now living in Saint John, New Brunswick, Miller has been a professional musician for over 25 years. Since the early 2000s he has focused his talents on composing experimental music featuring electronics and extended instrumental techniques. He is currently principal bassist for Symphony New Brunswick and is the founder and artistic director of Resonance New Music Inc., an organization dedicated to the pursuit of contemporary music.

This event will be accompanied by a reception and is located in the 3rd floor link between the Currie Center and the Kinesiology Building.  Parking is available on Peter Kelly Drive but both buildings can be accessed via either Peter Kelly Drive or MacKay Drive.  Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.  The galleries are open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and for special events.  Because of special programming this fall, we will resume Thursday evenings in 2020.

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Contact: Lori Quick

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