USF Common Read Experience


Creative Works Showcase

Monday, April 6

The Creative Works Showcase is a culminating event of the Common Reading Experience (CRE). Students may propose individual or group works inspired by or related to the theme from the 2014-2015 CRE book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. The purpose of the Showcase is to use an art form(s) to expand upon a book theme and express or communicate about it artistically in the selected verbal/nonverbal form so that others can appreciate or learn more about the theme/book.

Faculty Mentors

Creative Writing: Hunt Hawkins

Dance: Bliss Kohlmyer

Video: Margit Grieb

Theatre: Marc Powers

Visual Art: Wally Wilson

Music: Karen Bryan

Each showcase entry will have a performance/showing/reading that is reviewed by the faculty mentor. After the review, the faculty mentor will meet with the proposer(s) to assist in the final presentation from which a selection of creative works will be included in the Creative Works Showcase. Students will develop their work from one or more of these six creative areas: visual art, video, theatre, dance, music, creative writing.

Schedule of Events

Gallery Opening “DessART”
March 30, 2015 12:00 -1:00 pm / Centre Gallery, Marshall Student Center

  • Dessert reception featuring student performances

Art Walk
April 6, 2015 11:00 – 3:30pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm / Begins at Centre Gallery, Marshall Student Center

Gallery Closing
April 10, 2015 3:00 -5:00 pm / Centre Gallery, Marshall Student Center

  • Announcement of the 2015-15 Common Reading Experience Book
  • Popcorn reception

Visual Art

Eliana Bello
Nouhaila Beytour
Alexis Nicks
Tina Piracci

Creative Writing

Laiselys Barreto Paez
Malinda Fusco
Danielle Kaminski-Slater
Brittany Perry
Lorena Walker


Emily Hansel
Jessica Stroh
Jessica Zizzo


Alyson Agemy
Teague Bechtel
Brett Copeland
Richard Jimenez
Tyler Kline
Giovanni Perez
Eli Ponder-Twardy
Samuel Round
Jose Ruiz


Sean Hamilton

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  • Students are encouraged to propose projects related to/inspired by the Common Reading Experience book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats either as individuals or groups under one of the following areas: visual art, video, theatre, dance, music, creative writing.Each individual or group will have an opportunity to have their creative work reviewed by a faculty mentor and a representative selection of the creative works will be included in the creative works showcase.

    Fall 2014
    Nov. 3, 2014 Submit proposals prior to enrollment for directed study or IDS 2912
    Spring 2015
    Jan. 9 Last day to register for IDS 2912 or directed study
    Feb. 9 * Deadline extended Last day to submit a proposal for credit or non-credit
    Feb. 9 Receive email with faculty mentor info
    Feb. 10 – Mar. 16 Faculty mentors available to meet
    Mar. 16 Last day to show final project to faculty mentor
    Mar. 17 Final selections confirmed
    Mar. 17 Last day to confirm participation (signed form turned into mentor)
    Mar. 26 Rehearsal Schedules Posted
    March 28 Artworks delivered to Centre Gallery no later than 5:00PM
    March 30 Opening Reception: Centre Gallery, 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    Apr. 6 Art Walk: 11:00 – 3:30; 7:00 – 9:00pm
    Apr. 10 Closing Reception: Centre Gallery, 3:00 – 5:00PM

    Guidelines for Everyone:

    • Read Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen
    • Create your art piece or performance piece
    • Write an artist’s statement that includes the following:

      • Statement of Purpose
      • Reaction to the book
      • Relationship to the themes in the book
      • Artistic Process

    • Artists must attend all rehearsals

    Guidelines by Discipline:

    Creative Writing

    • Submit a writing sample of no more than 500 words to the faculty mentor when applying to participate
    • Create a written piece no longer than 500 words
    • You may use any writing style you wish


    • Create a video that is no longer than four minutes
    • You may use hardware and software available from the Digital Media Commons in the Library


    • Create a dance piece that is no longer than four minutes in length


    • Create a theatre performance that is no longer than four minutes in length


    • Original musical compositions or arrangement of pre-existing works are acceptable
    • Maximum duration is four minutes
    • Any genre or media will be accepted
    • Rehearsals and performances of compositions are the responsibility of the composer
    • Composers need to recruit musicians, rehearse performances, and ensure that all performers are at required rehearsals


    • 2D artworks: No larger than 20×24 inches
    • 3D artworks: No larger than 4 feet in any one dimension

    Additional Details:

    • Complete and turn in confirmation of participation in the Showcase

    If your work is selected to be in the Showcase:

    • Properly mount your artwork based on consultation with the faculty mentor
    • Be present to prepare the show for the exhibition (typically the Saturday before the opening of the show)
    • Be present to take down the show and restore the gallery to the way it was (typically the Friday after the show closes)
    • Be on time

    If your work is selected to be in the Showcase in Theatre I:

    • Attend all rehearsals in Theatre I
    • Be on time
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