Herberger Institute alumni, faculty receive grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts

June 26, 2019

The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded grants to 31 artists throughout the state, including two faculty members and six alumni from Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

The $5,000 Research and Development Grants are awarded through a competitive application and review process and support Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons and deepen the impact of their work, according to the Arizona Commission on the Arts Photo of Heidi Hogden painting a mural at Herberger Institute Day Heidi Hogden, assistant professor in the School of Art, is one of several Herberger Institute faculty and alumni who received grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASUNow. Download Full Image

The Herberger Institute recipients and their projects include: 

• Liz Guzman, BA in music, School of Music: Percussionist Guzman’s grant will support travel to the Philippine Islands, where she will study with masters of various Filipino folk music traditions. She will create a new body of work for marimba showcasing traditional Filipino folk music.

• Hilary Harp, associate professor, School of Art: Harps’s “Better Out Than In” is the third in a series of experimental gender-fluid folk tale videos created by the multimedia artist in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based artist Suzie Silver.

• Heidi Hogden, assistant professor, School of Art: Hogden’s “Desert Survival” project will comprise seven graphite drawings, five cement sculptures and four mixed media paintings. Collectively, the works aim to demonstrate the consequences of climate change through visual storytelling and humor.

• Sara Hubbs, BFA in painting, School of Art: Hubbs will experiment with complex sculpture casting methods as well as new methods of viewer engagement with her series of three sculptures called “The Gift.” 

• Saskia Jorda, BFA in painting, School of Art: Jorda will explore themes of place and cultural identity through sculptural works that employ the metaphor of mapping of territorial disputes.

• Michelle Marji, BFA in dance, School of Film, Dance and Theatre: Marji hopes to diversify the involvement in and knowledge of two areas of personal passion through a community event that combines rock climbing and hip-hop dance and will be accompanied by community story circles, art, hip hop, food and music.

• Amanda Mollindo, BFA in photography, School of Art: As a part of her long-term, interdisciplinary project titled “Beyond the Vessel,” Mollindo will engage in research that explores the history, evolution and conditions of reproductive healthcare policy and practices. Her research will include video interviews with women across the U.S., large format photographic portraits and a series of still-life photographs representing family planning techniques employed prior to the advent of modern medicine.

• Ruby Morales, BFA in dance, School of Film, Dance and Theatre: Morales will convene a group of dancers for a five-week paid training intensive and rehearsal process during which the dancers will develop a shared movement language rooted in two disparate dance styles–break dance and Cumbia–and develop a new performance piece.

The full list of grantees represents a variety of artistic disciplines and reside in communities throughout the state. This year, thanks to a new public-philanthropic partnership between the state agency and the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), and through funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, the number of available awards more than doubled, from 15 to 31.

For more information on the all 31 recipients and the grants, visit azarts.gov

Sarah A. McCarty

Marketing and communications coordinator, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


ASU School of Music announces new director of wind ensembles

June 26, 2019

Jason Caslor, associate professor and associate director of bands and orchestras in the ASU School of Music, will take the helm as director of ASU wind ensembles beginning fall 2019.

Caslor, an ASU alumnus, has served in his current position for four years, and previously worked five years as a faculty member at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and three years as conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Canada. Jason Caslor Jason Caslor Download Full Image

“Regardless of what musical skills students come to ASU with, I am able to assist them because of my varied experience,” Caslor said. “Whether they are research driven or need assistance on the orchestral side, I am able to help tailor their journey through ASU.”

Caslor, a champion of new music, has commissioned or co-commissioned over 13 works since coming to ASU. His research in digitally mediated sound technology and learning opportunities is cutting edge and aligns with the university’s emphasis on access and inclusion. In collaboration with the music therapy area, Caslor partnered with United Sound, a school-based instrumental music club for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, to offer ASU students a unique teaching and research opportunity.

Internationally, Caslor's guest conducting engagements include the National Youth Band of Canada and Canadian provincial honor bands in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Recent national guest conducting appearances include Oregon State University, the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band and All-State Band, Washington and Lee University and the University of Nevada-Reno.

He has presented research at the 2018 International Society for Music Education’s Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission in Salzburg, Austria; the Riksförbundet Unga Musikanter Wind Band Symposium in Sundsvall, Sweden; the International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Music International Conference in Wadgassen, Germany; the Internet2 Global Summit; the Manitoba Provincial Music Education Conference; and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. 

“We are pleased to name Jason Caslor as the director of wind ensembles in the ASU School of Music after an international search,” said Heather Landes, director of the ASU School of Music. “Dr. Caslor’s experience as a conductor, his research interests in improvisation and the use of technology to promote long distance collaborations and his research with United Sound align well with our school’s mission of preparing 21st-century musicians who will transform our society through music.”

Caslor completed his Doctor of Music in conducting at Arizona State University (2010), his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Manitoba (2004) and dual bachelor's degrees in music performance and music education from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2000). He first came to ASU after working with Professor Gary Hill, retiring director of bands, at a summer conducting workshop. Caslor attended ASU to study with Hill, but said he quickly learned that the ASU School of Music faculty are amazing performers and teachers, or as he calls them, “rock stars.”  

ASU’s wind band program includes the top-tier wind ensemble; wind symphony, the largest wind band on campus; and concert band, which is open to music majors and nonmajors.

Caslor said he is excited about the upcoming wind ensemble season, which will be performed in ASU Gammage and formally announced soon. Highlights for the fall semester include the first concert on Sept. 19 called “Souzapalooza” — a throwback to Gilmore, Fillmore and Souza bands with marches, overtures, guest soloists, flashy novelty pieces, some world premieres and faculty performing in a “Carnival of Venice” atmosphere. The second concert in October is a big night of band music called “It’s Just Band,” which will feature all three ASU bands, and the third concert will be shared with the Tempe Winds in November.

“One of my goals is to make sure there is a line of continuity between all three ensembles,” Caslor said. “Whether we are talking about our top players or our nonmajors, I want to make sure they are all part of the music community.”

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music