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Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous (LASER)
Fleming Museum auditorium

John C. Franklin, Musician, Professor and Chair, UVM Department Of Classics
Glynnis Fawkes, Artist, Cartoonist, and Archaeological Illustrator
Creston Lea, Electric Instrument-Maker and Writer

With a focus on the artistic and scholarly collaboration that resulted in the spring 2018 production of Euripides’ play Helen, these three charismatic Vermonters will discuss their areas of research and practice, providing a glimpse into their distinct creative processes. Fleming curator Andrea Rosen will facilitate the conversation with the speakers and audience. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Glynnis Fawkes
is a cartoonist and archaeological illustrator.  She has worked on excavations in Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and Israel and has illustrated John Franklin’s Kinyras the Divine Lyre (Center for Hellenic Studies), Eric Cline’s Three Stones Make a Wall (Princeton), and William Hansen’s The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales, Legends, and Myths (Princeton).  Her cartoons have been published on The New,, and in SevenDaysVT and the Vermont Quarterly.  She’s been nominated for an Ignatz award and won the Award for Excellence twice at the Society for Illustrators MoCCAfest in NY.  Her books Persephone’s Garden (Secret Acres) and Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre (Disney/Hyperion) will be published in September. Website.

John Franklin is Professor of Classics at UVM. He began life in composition at the New England Conservatory of Music (B.M. 1988), including a year of electronic music at the MIT Media Lab. He switched to Classics for a PhD from University College London (2002). His research has dealt mainly with ancient Greek and Near Eastern musical traditions. Unlike two previous “recompositions” of Greek drama (Aeschylus’ Libation Bearers , London Festival of Greek Drama 1999; Aristophanes’ Clouds, Edinburgh Fringe 2000), Euripides Helen was composed directly on the lyre, which he started learning for this production. Copies of a CD, The Cyprosyrian Girl: Hits of the Ancient Hellenes (2006), are under his desk for the taking. Profile.

Creston Lea moved to Vermont in 1996 after receiving an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. His book of short stories, Wild Punch, was published in 2010. He has been building electric guitars professionally under the name Creston Electric Instruments since 2004, finishing 50-60 per year in his Burlington shop. He lives in the South End with his wife and two kids. Website.

Andrea Rosen is the curator of the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, including recent shows on historical and contemporary miniatures, Victorian fashion, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Afro-Atlantic sacred art, and Surrealist photography. Rosen holds a Masters in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University, with a focus on art since 1960, and Bachelors in Studio Art from Smith College. She is the founder and organizer of the Vermont Curators Group, a venue for collaboration among curators from diverse institutions across the state.


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Roaring Ocean (detail), Glynnis Fawkes

Behind the Schemes: When Helen of Troy came to UVM
MARCH 5 – MAY 10, 2019
Fleming Museum of Art, Media Niche

In the spring of 2018, the UVM Classics Department produced the Greek tragedy Helen by classical Athenian playwright Euripides. Seven Days praised the effort, saying the production was “an unusually inventive rendition.” The play entailed extensive collaboration, involving UVM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community artists and actors. The exhibition Behind the Schemes: When Helen of Troy came to UVM features visual artifacts from the production, documenting the interdisciplinary scholarship and artistry that made it both unique and noteworthy.

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