The Arts

The class discusses the vaulting in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

May 14, 2015

Photo Gallery: History of New York Architecture

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Students got a firsthand look at some of New York City’s most architecturally significant buildings when Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History, led members of his History of Architecture class on a walking tour of mid-town Manhattan last month. The tour is an example of the kind of academic and career opportunities […]

Alex Merriman ’17 as Frankenstein's creature, carries a recently murdered William Frankenstein.

April 28, 2015

Frankenstein 2029: The Future Meets the Past

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More than 1,000 people descended upon the Williams Arts Campus last week to explore Frankenstein 2029, a groundbreaking multi-venue, multi-era, multimedia-infused performance piece. Based on Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, the production challenged both the boundaries of live performance and what it means to be human in an ever-accelerating technological world. More than 80 students, faculty, staff, […]

Professor Lee Upton

April 20, 2015

Professor Lee Upton Discusses Latest Book of Poetry

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Just in time for National Poetry Month, Lee Upton, professor of English and writer-in-residence, has published her sixth book of poetry, Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles. In order to provide a unique perspective on the book and Upton’s creative process, Owen McLeod, associate professor of philosophy, read the volume and compiled the questions […]

Frankie sticker

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 […]