Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra

Exhibition by Julie Comnick


The Arts in the Technological Revolution: What’s at Stake?

Panel Discussion Moderated by Julie Comnick

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Hardesty Arts Center



Dr. Noam Faingold

Dr. Joli Jensen

Dr. Rodney Clark


Dr. Noam Faingold

Composer Noam Faingold is the Director of Tulsa’s Barthelmes Conservatory college preparatory program, receiving his PhD in music composition from King’s College London in 2015, as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellow. Noam teaches film music history at The University of Tulsa, and designed and directs the music composition programs at Barthelmes and Tulsa Community College. This summer he will be teaching his Barthelmes musicianship curriculum at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Noam curates the OK Electric music festival, co-chairs the Education Committee as a board member of Chamber Music Tulsa, and is the 2016 Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association commissioned composer. His music has been described as “…lyrical…”, “…exhilarating…”, and “…a tour-de-force of Jazz melded with Classical…” by the New York Times, the BBC, Downbeat Magazine, and The Tulsa World among others.


Dr. Joli Jensen


Joli Jensen is the Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication at the University of Tulsa, where she teaches courses on media, culture and society. She is the author of Is Art Good for Us? Beliefs about High Culture in American Life (Rowman & Littlefield 2002); Redeeming Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism; (Sage 1990) and The Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization and Country Music (Vanderbilt 1998) as well as book chapters and research essays on media criticism, communication technologies, communication theories, the social history of the typewriter, and fans and fandom.

Her forthcoming book Writing No Matter What: Advice for Academics (University of Chicago, 2017) addresses issues she encounters as director of the TU Faculty Writing Program, which she founded. Dr. Jensen received her PhD in 1985 from Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois. She has also taught at the University of Virginia, and the University of Texas-Austin. More about her at www.personal.utulsa.edu/~joli-jensen/


Dr. Rodney Clark

Dr. Rodney L. Clark is the Superintendent and Principal at Langston Hughes Academy for Art and Technology. Dr. Clark is a native Tulsan and graduate of Booker T. Washington. He has a B.A. degree in Theatre from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a M.F.A. degree in Film from Howard University (Washington, D.C.). He also has an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University (Stillwater). He has 11 years experience as an Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Theatre from Tulsa Community College and Berea College in Kentucky. He also has 4 years of experience as an Administrator at Tulsa Public Schools. Dr. Clark is an author, playwright, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and rancher who enjoys directing plays and inspiring youth.


Moderator: Julie Comnick

Julie Comnick’s paintings and drawings engage the pictorial languages of representation and narration to pose questions about social circumstances and practices. Her exhibition record includes solo shows nationally at contemporary venues including the Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK; Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa AZ; Space Gallery, Denver, CO; The Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington, DC; Zg Gallery, Chicago IL; and Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT; group exhibitions internationally; and reviews in prominent publications including the Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and Dialogue Magazine. Her work has been supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Julie lives in Prescott, Arizona, where she holds the position of Studio Arts Faculty in the Arts & Letters department at Prescott College, and teaches interdisciplinary courses in painting, drawing, art theory and public art. She received an MFA in Painting from Montana State University and a BA from The Evergreen State College.

Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra is a painting and video project which explores the gradual dissolution of culture in contemporary society through the symbolic ruin of a personal and cultural icon, the violin. Using the violin as a metaphor, Comnick raises questions about the relationship between advancing technology and diminishing cultural heritage. The audience is invited to consider what makes the instrument precious in his or her own experience, and the impact of its loss.