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Visual & Performing Arts Events

A full calendar of events for the 2022-23 academic year is still being curated. Check back later for more events!

Fall 2022

Sentient River, a solo exhibition by Billy Friebele
Tuesday, September 6 - Thursday, October 6
Opening Reception: September 8, 5:00-7:00pm
Julio Fine Arts Gallery

Sentient River: The Environment at the Intersections of Art, Science, & Philosophy
Featuring: Billy Friebele, Associate Professor of Studio Arts; Elizabeth Dahl, Associate Professor of Chemistry; and David Gordon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Moderated by Christopher Lonegan, Teaching Assistant Professor of Studio Arts
Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm
McManus Theatre

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse, directed by Dr. Natka Bianchini
Presented by the Evergreen Players
Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm
Friday, October 28, 8:00pm
Saturday, October 29, 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, October 30, 2:00pm
Black Box Theatre

Hubble, James Webb Space Telescope, and Beyond. Visions from the deep past brought to the present, a lecture by Joseph DePasquale
Tuesday, November 1, 7:00pm-9:00pm
McManus Theatre

Everybody by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, directed by Jess Kingsley '23
Presented by the Poisoned Cup Players
Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm
Friday, November 18, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19, 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20, 2:00pm
McManus Theatre

Career Exploration: Visual Arts
Wednesday, November 30, 5:00pm

Concert Choir Concert
Monday, December 5, 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Chapel

Chamber Ensemble Recital
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm
Recital Room

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Concert
Thursday, December 8, 8:00pm
McManus Theatre

Voice Studio Recital I
Saturday, December 10, 5:00pm
Alumni Memorial Chapel

Voice Studio Recital II
Monday, December 12, 7:00pm
Alumni Memorial Chapel

Spring 2023

Smokefall by Noah Haidle, directed by Alé Terrero '23
Presented by the Spotlight Players
Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm
Friday, January 20, 8:00pm
Saturday, January 21, 8:00pm
Sunday, January 22, 2:00pm
Black Box Theatre

One-Act Plays, directed by Directing II students
Presented by the Evergreen Players
Thursday, March 30 - Sunday, April 2
Black Box Theatre

2023 Annual Student Exhibition
Monday, April 17 - Sunday May 7
Julio Fine Arts Gallery

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Dr. James Bunzli
Presented by the Evergreen Players
Thursday, April 20, 7:00pm
Friday, April 21, 8:00pm
Saturday, April 22, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 23, 2:00pm
McManus Theatre

Student, Faculty, and Alumni Achievements

Student Achievements

  • Julianna Capuano '22 (Theatre major) was accepted into the Strasberg Acting Studio—a prestigious actor training studio in NYC.
  • Phoebe Clark '22 (Studio Arts minor) was hired as a research program coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at John’s Hopkins, where she will oversee, keep track of, and administer all aspects of four studies all related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease (cognitive impairment).
  • Autumn George '22 (Art History minor) will be attending Saint Louis University, where she has received a fellowship to the graduate program in English. Her focus will be on English literature and art of the medieval period. Autumn also wrote a research paper on a medieval ivory casket in the Walters Art Museum for a Medieval Studies Capstone (ML 400) project, directed by Kathy Forni and Kerry Boeye.
  • Tatiana Tamargo '21 (Art History & Writing ID major) will attend NYU's M.A. program for Visual Arts Administration. Tatiana was also the Art History medal winner for this year.
  • John Skahill '22 (Visual Arts ID major) was featured in the Delaplaine Arts Center’s 2022 Emerging Artists Exhibition with his drawing "Balcony."

Faculty Achievements

  • Professor Mary Beth Akre was a co-juror in the Young Artist’s Showcase exhibition, a Baltimore City and Baltimore County school art exhibit and spoke at the awards ceremony. Presented by the Optimist Club of Timonium, March 1-26, 2022, at the Baltimore County public library Hereford Branch.
  • Dr. Natka Bianchini won a $2000 grant from the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts to produce/direct the play Us/Them by Carly Wijs, which will be performed in August 2022.
  • Dr. Remi Chiu gave invited talks at Yale; Fundación Nacional Batuta, Colombia; University of Pennsylvania; Georgia College; University of Georgia; Mercer College; and University of Ottawa.
  • Professor Billy Friebele was awarded three artist residencies at Azule in North Carolina; Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC; and ARTErra in Portugal. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop residency was two months long and included a solo exhibition.
  • Professor Dan Schlapbach was awarded a juror’s choice award for his work “Polaris” at the show “Small Wonders” held at the Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD, December 2-23, 2021. This was an international juried show in which 89 works were selected for exhibition from 484 submissions. Five of those 89 works were selected by the juror for the “Juror’s Choice” award. The juror was Amanda Burnham, who is the Foundations Coordinator at the Department of Art + Design at Towson University.

Alumni Achievements

  • Frida Barrera '21 (Art History major) attended King's College London this past academic year, where she has been studying for an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management. 
  • Sara McAleer '20 (Art History major) graduated this year with an M.A. in art history from Tufts University. She will be attending a certificate program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection in the fall.
  • Zalen King '19 (Evergreen Players Alum) was accepted into an MFA acting program at UC Irvine.
  • Joe Mucciolo '17 (Theatre major) was cast in the ensemble of Richard III at The Delacorte Theatre’s Free Shakespeare in the Park produced by The Public Theatre in New York City and directed by Robert O’Hara, June 21-July 17, 2022.
  • Anna DeBlasio '15 (Theatre and English major) was cast at the Arden Theatre and Walnut Street Theatre (both top-tier LORT professional theatres in Philadelphia) this past winter and spring and will join AEA (Actor’s Equity Association—the professional union for actors and stage managers) this summer.
  • Katie Fow '12 (Art History major) graduated from The Delaware Law School at Widener University after previously working as a registrar at the Sackler Museum.
  • Courtney Bancroft '08 (Art History and Psychology major) has been hired as the Director of Digital Behavioral Health at New York's largest health system, Northwell Health. 
  • Eileen Wold '00 (Studio Arts major) recently exhibited her work, “Arctic Amplification,” in a solo exhibit at Core Gallery, Seattle.

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