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April 13, 2015

Frankenstein 2029: Academic Fusion, Audacious Theater

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Allie Jones '18 portrays Max Forrestal.

January 6, 2015

Photo Gallery: Theater Presents Song of Extinction

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Song of Extinction, a play by E. M. Lewis, was performed as readers’ theater in the Williams Center Gallery. Michael Pestel’s exhibition, Requiem, Ectopistes Migratorius, which explored the extinction of the passenger pigeon, served as both the setting for the actors and an environment for the audience. The play was directed by Michael O’Neill, professor […]

Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert

December 10, 2014

Photo Gallery: Student Ensembles Celebrate the Holidays with Winter Performances

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The Music Department celebrated the holidays with winter concerts by its student ensembles. Students from any major can perform in a variety of groups including Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marquis Consort, and Percussion Ensemble. These are images from the Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concerts. […]

Kayleigh Yerdon ’18 on the harp

November 13, 2014

Photo Gallery: High-Flying Performance

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Earlier this week, the Contemporary Music Ensemble presented Avian Requiem, an evening-length semi-theatrical piece. The work was composed by ensemble members and director Kirk O’Riordan, assistant professor of music, and includes transcribed bird songs, improvisation, live and pre-recorded electronics, and spoken texts. The concert featured special guests President Alison Byerly and Williams Center Gallery artist-in-residence […]

CaPA Scholar Julia Cambell '15 performs during the CaPA Cabaret.

October 27, 2014

CaPA Challenges Budding Artists to Stretch their Limits

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When he was a child, Evan Kenagy ’16 (Ridgefield, Conn.) would sit on the porch with his great aunt at her home in North Carolina and watch the birds that visited her bird feeder. In a recent letter to her, he included a small drawing of a chickadee. The drawing brought some joy to the […]

Sandra Steingraber

September 10, 2014

Roethke Festival Examines Debate Over Fracking

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The Roethke Festival will present a symposium Sept. 19 and 20 focused on the hot-button issue of hydraulic fracturing, more commonly referred to as fracking. “With broad public interest in the Marcellus Shale gas boom and its implications, and a new pipeline proposed for the Lehigh Valley and Hunterdon County, it is crucial to come together […]

Hollis Ashby

August 4, 2014

Hollis Ashby Named Director of the Performance Series

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Hollis Ashby, former associate director of Cal Performances at U.C. Berkeley, has been named director of the Performance Series at the Williams Center for the Arts. The appointment is effective Sept. 2. Ashby succeeds Ellis Finger, who founded the Performance Series in 1983 with the opening of the Williams Center and retired June 30. “Throughout […]

Professor Karina Skvirsky

July 25, 2014

A Fulbright for Combining Fact and Fiction

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Art professor Karina Skvirsky will teach and create a film in Ecuador placing her great-grandmother in a historical narrative. In 1906, Karina Skvirsky’s great-grandmother, Maria Palacios, traveled from Choata, in Ecuador’s highlands, to coastal Guayaquil to work as a domestic for a wealthy family. Two years later, a North American engineering team finished a national railway […]

Genna Asselin ’15 puts the finishing touches on “The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa.”

July 25, 2014

Genna Asselin ’15 Helps Create Print Featured in Yale Art Gallery

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Genna Asselin ’15 (Mendham, N.J.) had a hand in creating a professional print which has been placed in the Yale Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Asselin, an art and chemistry double major, worked on “The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa” by painter Audrey Flack with Curlee Holton, Roth Professor of Art and director of the Experimental Printmaking […]

Madison Murray ’16 prepares a piece for framing.

June 18, 2014

It’s Alive! The Arts, Science, and Engineering Combine in Frankenstein 2029

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Ben Williamson ’16 was searching for something big, a project that would allow him to explore his passion for graphic design and digital photography. Ed Kerns, Eugene H. Clapp II ’36 Professor of Art, had the answer: Frankenstein 2029. Co-produced by Kerns and Suzanne Westfall, professor of English/theater and interim director of the arts, Frankenstein 2029 involves over […]