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Frank Ballard founds the National Puppetry Institute at UConn
1975 Frank Ballard founds the National Puppetry Institute at UConn.
BIMP joined SFA
The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry officially became part of the SFA.
Ballard Institute presents “Puppets Through the Lens”
April 27, 2008
A nation-wide group show of puppets, sets, and moving images from commercial film, the avant-garde, television commercials, and cyberspace. Featuring the work of Janie Geiser, Rufus and Margo Rose, Bil Baird, Basil Milovsoroff, Jim Henson, Ralph Chessé, Larry Smith, Jim Napolitano, Tim Lagasse, Brad Williams, Christine Papalexis, Sandow Birk, Rene Zendejas, Michael Bannon, Frank Ballard, Jeff Sias, Laura Heit, Bernd Ogrodnik, Theodora Skipitares, Marty Robinson, and Paul Zaloom.” — BIMP postcard.
John Bell assumed Directorship of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
The new Director ”focused on eight specific components of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, including the collection, the Museum, the library and archives, the tours, workshops, public relations and personnel and volunteers.[BIMP] now has over 2,000 puppets, making it one of the most extensive puppet collections in the world.” — School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut. Annual Report 2008/2009: Executive Summary. Storrs: School of Fine Arts, 2009.
Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future
Dean David Woods served the School and the University from 2000 to 2012. His successor, Dean Brid Grant, served from 2012 to 2015.
The timeline team extends our thanks to both of these leaders. Their enthusiastic support has made this timeline possible. Please visit our Acknowledgments page to learn about many other contributors.
First Puppetry Alumni Reception Held
The reception was hosted ”at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on the Depot Campus. … During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Ballard Institute focused on two new exhibits in the Ballard Museum: ‘Punch and Judy: Hand Puppets, Politics and Humor;’ and ‘Frank and Elizabeth Haines: An American Puppet Company in the 1930’s.’ ” — School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut. Annual Report 2009/2010: Executive Summary. Storrs: School of Fine Arts, 2010.
SFA’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated
April 30, 2011
Festivities began with a concert to re-dedicate and celebrate the completion of the restoration of the University’s carillon.
The beautiful spring weather was ideal for a celebratory procession to an outdoor reception at the Benton Art Museum.
Following the reception came an “Arts Walk” featuring student presentations of a variety of art forms.
The evening concluded with the annual awards ceremony recognizing outstanding students, faculty and staff.
Dean, with input from Department Heads, submits Hiring Plan for Faculty for the School of Fine Arts to Provost.
Out of three million dollars available for distribution across the University, SFA was allocated $800,000 for nine new positions, three in Music, two in Dramatic Arts, and one in Art and Art History in addition to a search already approved, a joint appointment with the Women’s Center. The Provost also provided funds for support of a joint appointment with Business and Engineering in the area of Digital Media. The funding for the Digital Media position will be based in the School of Fine Arts. All positions expected to be filled in August, 2012.
School of Fine Arts reached its $12 million goal for the 2006 Capital Campaign
Dean Woods announced that the School of Fine Arts reached its $12 million goal for the Capital Campaign of the University of Connecticut Foundation begun on July 1, 2006. SFA was the only school at the University of Connecticut to have reached 100% of its Campaign goal. Woods thanked faculty and staff for a 55% participation rate in the ”Close to Home” campaign and Paul Goldberg of the Foundation for his tireless efforts on behalf of the School.