Division of Creative Arts news & updates | October 2022

Dear Colleagues,

It is good to have all of us back on campus and I hope the fall semester is progressing well for everyone. We thought it appropriate at this time to introduce new faculty to the Division of Creative Arts and to celebrate some of the achievements of our accomplished faculty over the past few months. We have also included information about upcoming events, funding opportunities and more.

I also wish to announce that I will be stepping down as Division Head at the end of this semester and going on leave in the spring. Professor Aida Wong will be taking over the Division leadership position in January 2023.

In the meantime, keep me and Director of Arts Engagement Ingrid Schorr informed of your and your students’ events and accomplishments so that we may continue to spread the word across the Division, the University and beyond.

With all best wishes,

Charles McClendon

Head of the Division of Creative Arts

Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art

Welcome to new Creative Arts faculty

Ethnomusicologist Bradford Garvey has joined the Department of Music as assistant professor. His 2019 dissertation was based on fieldwork with Arab men's praise singing troupes in rural northern Oman.

Julia Glenn has joined the Department of Music as associate professor of the practice of music and the Lydian String Quartet as second violinist. She joins the quartet from the Tianjin Juilliard School, where she served as violin faculty and was a member of the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble. Mark your calendars for November 5 at 8 pm for Julia’s Brandeis debut with the Lydian Quartet at Slosberg. The program includes the world premiere of Eric Chasalow's String Quartet No. 2.

Mitsu Salmon has joined the Department of Theater Arts as assistant professor in physical theater and movement for the stage. She has presented her original performance and visual works internationally, at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, Highways, Performance Space 122, Hebbel Am Uffer (Berlin), London Performance Art Festival and Urbanguild (Kyoto). 

Faculty News: selected accomplishments


  • Toni Shapiro-Phim co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance and contributed chapters to the journal Music & Minorities, and the books Genealogy of Bassac and Dancing Transnational Feminism.


  • Sonia Almeida exhibited work at Franz Josef Kai Gallery (Vienna), and Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (Tours, France), and received a research grant from FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation).
  • Gannit Ankori was interviewed for the film "Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo."
  • Tory Fair was promoted to full professor and held a solo exhibition, "Portable Window," at Maine College of Art & Design.
  • Ariel Frieberg's exhibition Love + Salt, supported by a grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies, is on view at Brookline Arts Center Garden through mid-November 2022.
  • Peter Kalb reviewed Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation for Panorama.
  • "Days Are Where We Live," an exhibition of work by Susan Lichtman, opened on September 28 at the Fahrenheit Madrid gallery and is on view through November 5.
  • Charles McClendon's chapter on "Religious Construction in Gaul in the Early Middle Ages" will be published in December in the Cambridge Guide to the Architecture of Christianity.
  • Two works in Sheida Soleimani's series "Levers of Power" were included in the International Centre of Photography’s exhibition A Trillion Sunsets; A Century of Image Overload. Sheida also created a large-scale solo exhibition for the On the Wall series at Providence College and was featured in the New York Times Style Magazine (August 9, 2022).
  • Joe Wardwell was one of six international artists featured in Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms, at the ICA Watershed in East Boston.
  • Jonathan Unglaub contributed a chapter to Close Reading; an article in the journal Art History; and to the catalog for "Poussin and the Dance" at the National Gallery, London.
  • Aida Yuen Wong contributed to the Yuan Jai Reader, General History of Taiwanese Art (Taipei: Taiwan Art History Association) and to Nan nü : men, women, and gender in early and Imperial China.


  • Eric Chasalow was awarded a commission from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and will compose a song cycle for a large chamber ensemble, electronics and soprano. 
  • Karen Desmond gave the Sacred Music at Notre Dame Spring 2022 Calvin M. Bower Lecture.
  • The Brandeis Chamber Singers, directed by Robert Duff, gave a performance tour of Paris and Normandy.
  • David Rakowski was a composer in residence at Yaddo. 
  • The Lydian String Quartet performed at Duke University as a guest of the Ciompi Quartet’s summer chamber music series.
  • Mark Berger performed eight concerts as a Third Dimension Music Festival artist.
  • A commissioned piece by Yu-Hui Chang was performed in the Boston/Tufts Etudes Project at Tufts University. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project also commissioned a piece from Yu-Hui.
  • The Winsor Music series presented premiere performances of new works by Eric Chasalow and Yu-Hui Chang.


  • Cameron Anderson designed a world premiere opera, RUR A Torrent of Light, at the Tapestry Opera in Toronto.
  • Adrianne Krstansky performed in a reading of THE REMAINS, by Ken Urban, for New Dramatists and in Speakeasy Stage Company's production of People, Places & Things.
  • Dan Padgett is the new accompanist for THA 105: Singing for Musical Theater and THA 22: Undergraduate Singing. Dan is a member of the progressive chamber ensemble Cordis, and his recordings can be found on various podcasts and all streaming platforms. 
  • Robert Walsh directed the world premiere of GRAND HORIZONS by Bess Wohl at Gloucester Stage. 

Comings and Goings

  • Nancy Scott (FA) has retired from Brandeis.
  • Judith Eissenberg (MUS) has retired from Brandeis and will continue teaching chamber music at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
  • Katie Ball '22 is the new program administrator in the Department of Music, replacing Cheryl Nalbach, who has relocated to the Berkshires.
  • Armine Arvetisyan is the new program coordinator for CAST, replacing Barbara Strauss, who has taken a new role in the departments of English and Anthropology.
  • On leave in fall 2022: Karen Desmond (MUS), Emily Frey (MUS), Tom King (CAST), Joe Wardwell (from teaching) and Aida Wong (FA). In spring 2023: Karen Desmond, Peter Kalb (FA), Tom King, Charles McClendon (FA) and Joe Wardwell.

Administrative Changes

  • Aida Wong will serve as head of the Division of Creative Arts, beginning in spring 2023.
  • Jonathan Unglaub will serve as co-chair of Fine Arts beginning in spring 2023. 
  • Erin Gee is chair of Music for the 2022-23 academic year.

Museum Memberships

For the academic year 2022-23, students, faculty and staff in the Division of Creative Arts have free admission to three world-class art museums: the ICA Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and (new this year) the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. For more information, please visit the Arts Engagement website.

New Courses for 2022-23

FA 171B: Buddhist Art (Jiyeon Kim)

FA 177B: The French Connection in Modern East Asian Art (Aida Yuen Wong)

ENG/MUS 55b: Poetry and Music (Sarah Mead and Ramie Targoff)

MATH/MUS 121b: Music and Mathematics (Erin Gee and Jonathan Touboul)

MUS 161b: Junior Seminar Spring 2023: Race and the American Musica (Emily Frey)

MUS 183b: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Bradford Garvey)

MUS 206b: Seminar: Music, Identity and Activism (Taylor Ackley)

THA 23A: Movement for the Stage (Mitsu Salmon)

THA 122b: Butoh (Mitsu Salmon)

THA 146a:Theater and the Holocaust (Dmitry Troyanovsky)

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Upcoming Events from the Division of Creative Arts

MusicUnitesUS Presents: The Garifuna Collective

October 24-29


Lydian String Quartet Fall Concert

November 5

Slosberg Music Center

Spring Awakening

November 11-13

Spingold Theater Center

Post-Bacc Pop-up Exhibition

November 30, 2022-January 20, 2023

Kniznick Gallery, Women's Studies Research Center

Senior Midyear Exhibition

December 7, 2022 – January 24, 2023

Dreitzer Gallery, Spingold Theater Center

Brandeis Year of Climate Action

The mission of the Year of Climate Action, sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, is to catalyze and deepen our understanding of climate change as a social justice issue through curricular and co-curricular programming throughout 2022-23.

Related activities from the Division of Creative Arts include:

  • "Without Blinking: A Devised Participatory Performance About Climate Action," presented by the Department of Theater Arts in collaboration with Sojourn Theatre, September 23-24, 2022.
  • FA 5a, Sculpture: Utilizing Waste Stream Materials, taught by Tory Fair, fall 2022.
  • The theme of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts (April 25-30, 2023) will be climate action.
Learn more about the Brandeis Year of Climate Action

WATCH: Interview with Sojourn Theatre members about the making of "Without Blinking: A Devised Participatory Performance About Climate Action." 


Need support for any stage of the grant lifecycle? Contact Judy Appel, grant administrator for the School of Arts and Sciences, at judyappell@brandeis.edu.

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THEATER ARTS: Assistant Professor in African American Theater and Performance

FINE ARTS: Assistant professor of Fine Arts specializing in Latin American, Latinx, or Afro-Latin art

2022-23 Creative Arts UDRs

CAST: Meli Jackson

Fine Arts: Pilar Duvivier, Aria Smith (Studio Art); Lauren Podhorzer, Angela Sun (Art History); Jennifer Podhorzer (Architectural Studies)

Music: Grace DeRoche, Davina Goodman

Theater Arts: Laya Fridman, Jubin Roh, Kieran Whitney

Lead UDRs

Mello Wilsted (fall), Angela Sun (spring)

Learn more about the UDRs
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