U. of Utah to honor seven creative alumni

First Published      Last Updated Oct 02 2013 12:31 pm

Seven University of Utah alumni will be honored by the College of Fine Arts on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the annual Legacy Assembly.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni are Tom Antista and Thomas Fairclough, art and art history; Derryl Yeager, ballet; Paul Battista, film and media arts; Ann Carlson, modern dance; Brian Hulse, music; and Leo Geter, theater.

Antista is a designer, illustrator and photographer who graduated from the U. in graphic design in 1981. He opened Antista Design and later joined forces with Thomas Fairclough, a 1986 U. graphic design graduate, in Atlanta.

Yeager graduated with a bachelor's and master's of fine arts degree, both in ballet, from the U. in 1976 and 1978. He danced as a Ballet West principal dancer for six years and performed for 25 years in film, television and Broadway theater shows. He directs, choreographs and produces work for his company, the Salt Lake City-based Odyssey Dance Theatre.

Battista, an entertainment attorney, has provided legal services to more than 135 feature film, documentary and television projects and is the author of "Independent Film Producing: How to Produce a Low-Budget Feature Film." He received an master's of fine arts in film studies from the University of Utah in 2000.

Carlson graduated in modern dance from the U. in 1976 and has gone on to win two American Masters Awards and a USA Artist Award, among other awards. Most recently, she has been a guest artist at Stanford University. Her works combine choreography and performance and have been seen in theaters, galleries, museums, biological preserves and swimming pools.

Hulse, an associate professor at the College of William & Mary, is director of composition studies at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. Hulse earned a music degree from the U. in 1993, and a master's in music from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He has composed work for opera companies, films and TV shows. His CD "Pseudosynthesis" was released in 2009, and a second album is in the works.

Geter graduated from the U. with a master's of fine arts in theater in 1995. He acted in movies such as "Footloose" and "No Way Out," directed "Andy Across the Water" and directed stage shows ranging from "Kiss of the Spider Woman" to "Steel Magnolias."

The assembly, at 10:45 a.m. at Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City, will feature performances and presentations from the Fine Arts College.



Legacy Assembly

The University of Utah College of Fine Arts will honor seven Distinguished Alumni at the annual Legacy Assembly, at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City. The public is invited to the free assembly, which will include performances and presentations from Fine Arts divisions.