Series of Visual and Performing Arts Programs
William Blizard Gallery, Visual Arts CenterOpen weekdays 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission to events is free (unless otherwise indicated).
The new season of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College will entertain and inspire.
Experience the arts with magnificent work from artists and performers from both inside and outside the Springfield College community. Attendees will be dazzled by dance performances and theater presentations, captivated by art exhibitions and thought-provoking film, and delighted by concerts and literary events.
Programs are open to the public and most events are free of charge.
View the full William Simpson Fine Arts Series brochure here.
For more information, contact:
|Ronald Maggio||Carol Mitchell, Chair||Martin Shell||Margaret Lloyd||Christopher Haynes||Cynthia Nazzaro|
|(413) 748-3753||(413) 748-3187||(413) 748-3443||(413) 748-3217||(413) 748-3277||(413) 748-3158|
Schedule of Events
September 3 – October 3
Scratching the Surface
By Julie Fraenkel
William Blizard Gallery
Julie Fraenkel describes her work as an allegory. She creates mixed-media pieces out of paper-mâché, and employs the human figure, often archetypal human forms, especially those that are associated with myth. Fraenkel works to show the essence of ephemeral human experience, making the internal become visibly external and revealing the physical embodiment of psychological states.
Gallery reception for artist and public:
Sep. 15, 3-5 p.m.
Map to William Blizard Gallery
October 5thConcert: Big Band Swing!
The O-Tones Big Band
7 - 9:30 p.m.
This new expansion of the popular O-Tones band includes the full complement of horns, playing the classic swing arrangements of Goodman, Miller, Sinatra, and Bublé. A beginner's swing dance lesson will take place at 7 p.m., followd by two sets with dancing and refreshments from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes, and come enjoy the fun!
A Better Life
Directed by Chris Weitz
Fuller Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Academy Award nominee "Demian Bichir gives one of the year's best performances" in the 2011 film A Better Life,"according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. As an undocumented garden worker and single dad, Bichir struggles to earn a living, reconnect with his teenage son, and keep the boy from being lured into L.A. gang life. Critics have called this film from Chris Weitz, director of About a Boy,"compelling," "intelligent," "powerful," and "heartfelt." Ann Hornaday of washingtonpost.com states that A Better Life "illuminates the conversation [about immigration policy] with context, compassion, and understanding."
Following the film, Carol Mitchell, professor of English and film, will moderate a panel of local experts who will respond to the human, political, and societal aspects of the film, as well as the legal implications of the proposed national immigration bill. Audience questions will be welcomed.
This event is part of the "Experiencing Humanics Through Film" program of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics.
October 15 - November 8
By Simone Alter-Muri, EdD in collaboration with Gene Hall/Dream Studios
William Blizard Gallery
Morph Code melds the morphing of images and the dichotomy of data collection between using prisoner tattoos to "count" individuals, while "dis-counting" personal identities. The exhibit is developed from multifaceted research about genocides, particularly the Holocaust, as well as barcodes and environmental issues. Within the exhibit, Alter-Muri also explores the idea of surveillance in everyday life, as well as the dehumanization of people and nature during genocides.
November 14 - 17
By Kate Fodor
Director: Martin Shell,
professor of theatre arts
Fuller Arts Center
Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.;
Sunday 2 p.m.
Meena Pierotti's job is making her unhappy. Luckily, there's a pill for that. Well, not yet. But Meena has joined the clinical trial for a new drug targeting workplace depression. Things get messy, however, when she falls in love with her doctor, who himself is trying to enroll into a drug trial targeting heartbreak. Can pills cure Meena? Can Meena cure Phil? A comedy about big love, big dreams, and Big Pharma may be just what the doctor ordered!
This performance contains some mature language.
Suggested donation: $5; Students and seniors: $2
December 6 - 8
Dance it Forward
Director: Cynthia Nazzaro, professor of dance
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.;
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Featured in this richly textured program is a piece created by guest artist James Morrow and performed by our students in an Africanist, hip-hop fusion style. Dance alumna Anna Seagrave brings a new work which is inspired by the habits and culture of women's work. It will be performed by Seagrave and members of her Providence-based Larkspur Dance Company. Faculty member Michelle Marroquin performs a solo of traditional classical Indian dance and a high energy swing jazz piece, commissioned in 2010 and created by Nicole Kedaroe, closes the program.
Don’t miss an experience that promises to have you moving in your seat.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be reserved by calling (413) 748-3158.
General Admission: $5, Students: $4, Senior citizens and Children under 12: $3Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center Map Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
Annual Holiday Concert
By SC Glee Club and Band
Fuller Arts Center
The talented Springfield College music ensembles present this perennial favorite, combining holiday music, popular favorites, choral selections, special requests, refreshments, and good cheer!