Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing the successes of Elizabeth Burdge, Emma Engel, and Jack Boyland, as well as faculty members Jen Cross and Ned Smyth, parent Christine Sciulli, and alumna Adriana Mather. 

Sophomore Emma Engel and freshman Elizabeth Burdge auditioned for and were accepted into the Young Artist Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. They venture into the city every Saturday to receive comprehensive dance instruction in the Graham Technique and participate in the Graham Creative Arts Workshop. They are rehearsing for a performance of “Appalachian Spring,” originally choreographed by Martha Graham with music composed by Aaron Copland.

Freshman golfer Jack Boyland played for Ross School in the league tournament on October 21 at Rock Hill Country Club. He placed in the top 20 players in the league, advancing to the county tournament, which will be held in the spring.

A work of art by Dean of Visual Arts Jennifer Cross is included in a new exhibition at Guild Hall in East Hampton titled “Landscape Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Her piece, “Landscape with Pink Chair,” is part of an assortment of works that offers different perspectives on landscapes both real and imaginary. The show runs through January 5, 2014.

An exhibition titled “Artists Choose Artists” opened at the Parrish Museum in Southampton on November 10. For this exhibition, which ushers in the Parrish’s second year, seven distinguished East End artists (including Ross Visual Arts teacher Ned Smyth) each chose two local artists (one of whom is Ross parent Christine Sciulli) to represent and celebrate the region’s unique heritage as an artist colony. The work of all 21 artists is on display at the Parrish through January 19, 2014.

Alumna Adriana Mather, ’01, took part in the Artisan Festival International: World Peace Initiative, a film festival at Guild Hall, November 1–3. Her production company, Zombot Pictures, was responsible for two of the pictures shown: Chasing Shakespeare and Eat Spirit Eat. Adriana appears in the first film and produced and stars in the latter. “I was in the first graduating class of Ross School,” said Adriana, “and I owe a great deal of my worldview to the education I received there. It is probably one of the main reasons that diversity and global consciousness are so important to me in filmmaking.”