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Gary Barton

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Gary Barton became the chair for the Department of Art at Brigham Young University in January 2015 when the Visual Arts Department split to become the Departments of Art and Design. Professor Barton has taught art at BYU since 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree in printmaking from BYU in 1989, and received a master’s degree in art from Ohio State University in 1994.

Professor Barton has served as 2-D studio area coordinator, associate chair of the Department of Visual Arts, and the director or associate director of several study abroad programs. He also served on the Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship Committee, the London Center Study Abroad Committee, and the University Rank and Status Council. Professor Barton served as an Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications from 2010 to 2013.

His work has been shown extensively in national and international exhibitions, and he has received numerous grants and awards including the Award for Excellence in Creative Works from the College of Fine Arts and Communications, the Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship, and the Joseph E. White Teaching and Learning Fellowship from BYU.

In 2013, Professor Barton had the opportunity to deliver the keynote address for the College of Fine Arts and Communications April Convocation. In July of that year, he addressed BYU students at a campus devotional.

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Wade Hollingshaus


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In July 2015, Wade Hollingshaus became the chair of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. He is an associate professor in the TMA critical studies faculty, the head of dramaturgy studies, and an affiliated faculty with BYU's Scandinavian studies program. Dr. Hollingshaus received a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts education from BYU, a master’s degree in Scandinavian studies from the University of Washington, and a PhD in theatre history, theory, and criticism from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to his assignment as Department Chair, Dr. Hollingshaus led the assessment efforts of the TMA department to integrate the Aims of a BYU Education into TMA's assessment measures and outcomes. He also served for three years on the college curriculum committee, and has been involved in the department's preparation for the 2017 NAST accreditation and site visit.

Dr. Hollingshaus is a member of the Performance Philosophy research network, and currently serves as liaison for the American Society for Theatre Research with the Theatre Library Association. Dr. Hollingshaus often presents at professional conferences, and his work has been published in Theatre Topics, Scandinavian Studies, and The Journal of Finnish Studies. His book, Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie, was published in 2013. He also co-edited and co-authored a special section in the 2015 issue of Theatre Topics entitled "Performance Philosophy Pedagogy."

In 2014, Hollinghaus received the Excellence in Theatre Education Award at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is also the chair of the region's National Playwriting Program.

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Eric Gillett

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At the split of the Visual Arts Department, Eric Gillett became the chair for the Department of Design at Brigham Young University. He is an associate professor of graphic design, and has taught at BYU since 1998. As a faculty member at BYU, he has served as the department Rank and Status Committee Chair and the Futures Committee Co-chair. Associate Professor Gillett has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from BYU, and a master’s degree in design from the University of Utah.

Prior to becoming a faculty member, Associate Professor Gillett worked with Adrian Parry Design, and concurrently served as the Art Director for Salt Lake Magazine. From 1994 to 1998, he was employed at Toolbox Creative Services, and before coming to BYU, taught part-time at the University of Utah.

Associate Professor Gillett’s work is regularly featured in several national and international design publications, and in 2014, he was featured in Creative Quarterly as a winner in the Professional Fine Art Category. The following year, he received multiple Merit Awards at the 2015 Graphis New Talent Annual as a faculty advisor.

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Kirt Saville


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Kirt Saville became the Director of the School of Music at Brigham Young University in June 2015. He has been at BYU since 2008, and is the associate director of bands and a professor of music and music education. At BYU, he has helped review and revamp the music minor, the graduate music education curriculum, and the curriculum redesign of other courses. Dr. Saville received his bachelor’s degree in music education from BYU, his master’s degree in woodwind performance from North Texas State University, and his doctorate from Utah State University.

Before joining the faculty at BYU, Dr. Saville was the Director of Bands at Sky View High School and Lehi High School. Under his direction, the Sky View Symphonic Band was selected as the Utah Honor Concert Band for three consecutive years. He also taught at Utah State University before becoming the director of bands, clarinet instructor, and chairman of the Department of Music at Washburn University, where he taught for twenty-two years. Under his direction, the Washburn Symphonic Band performed three times for the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference, and was invited in each year of eligibility to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Convention.

Dr. Saville has conducted honor bands in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Utah, and he performed with the Washburn University Faculty Woodwind Trio and the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra. He also served one year as the College Representative to the Kansas Bandmasters Association, and served for a year as the conductor for the band and orchestra programs at the University of Tianjin in China. In 2008, Dr. Saville was invited to perform as part of the International Double Reed Society Annual Conference.

In addition to teaching at BYU, Saville serves as the Higher Education VP for the Utah Music Educators Association and also directs the Utah Premier Brass.

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