The Arts

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 [...]

Ellis Finger

May 27, 2014

Educational Entrepreneur of the Arts: Ellis Finger Reflects on 31 Memorable Years

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Ellis Finger helped make Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts a multimedia mecca. Over 31 years the building’s only director presented everything from a hip-hop Romeo and Juliet to a Nosferatu set in yuppie-plagued, AIDS-spooked Manhattan. Aided by college colleagues, he developed a repertory company of jazz all-stars and a global [...]

Ellis Finger

May 23, 2014

Ellis Finger Recognized for Many Years of Service

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Ellis Finger, retiring director of the Williams Center for the Arts, was recognized at Lafayette’s annual pre-Commencement reception, dinner, and awards ceremony. Read his citation below. Read more about Commencement H. ELLIS FINGER When you arrived here in 1973 to teach in the foreign languages department, little did you know that you would spend most of [...]

Natasha Trethewey

March 18, 2014

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Inspires Students

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“In a time of erosion of civil discourse, poetry is a sacred language that enables us to still connect,” said Natasha Trethewey during her visit to campus March 12. View more images of Trethewey’s visit on Flickr Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States, presented the annual John L Hatfield ’67 Lecture hosted [...]

Chanel Mowatt '17 and Darius Glover '14

March 12, 2014

Photo Gallery: College Theater Presents Clybourne Park

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Lafayette College Theater presented its production of Clybourne Park last week in the Williams Center for the Arts. View more images of Clybourne Park on Flickr The show was part of a theater series during Black Heritage Month examining the changing racial makeup of American cities across many generations. It was supported by Lafayette’s START [...]