The opening performance for the 39th Annual New Music Festival features artist and performer Sha Sha Higby, hosted by the BGSU School of Art. Higby studied art, made dolls and pursued the art of puppetry and sculpture in her early years. She has received many prestigious grants that have enabled her to study the arts of carving, mask-making, puppetry and dance throughout Southeast Asia. She has entranced audiences with her mesmerizing puppetry/dance performances throughout the world at major venues since 1974. The school is also featuring an exhibition of her costumes Oct. 9-Nov. 4 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.