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April 1, 2024

Welcome to the monthly arts newsletter from the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division at Alfred university. This newsletter highlights stories and news from faculty, staff, students and alumnx in addition to recent and upcoming on campus arts events and programs.

MFA Thesis Exhibitions and Senior Shows

Save the Dates! Spring thesis exhibitions and senior shows are scheduled. MFA exhibitions will open every Saturday evening from April 6 -27, and Friday May 3, with receptions from 6-8pm on the first day of the exhibition. Senior Shows are scheduled to open with the annual large reception on Saturday, May 4 from 4-8pm.


Alfred Summer Arts 2024 registration now open

Registration is open for Alfred Summer Arts 2024. Whether you’re looking for that last-minute holiday gift, or want to treat yourself to an unparalleled experience, Alfred Summer Arts has something for everyone.


Screenwriter, author, music industry pioneer Sophia Chang to deliver Pamela Lavin Bernstein Women of Influence lecture

The Pamela Lavin Bernstein Women of Influence Lecture Series, presented by Alfred University’s Judson Leadership Center, will be offered on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. Screenwriter, author, and music manager-producer Sophia Chang will deliver the keynote.


Alfred University announces 2024 Marlin Miller Outstanding Seniors

Alfred University students Brian Ngatunga and Emilia Donenberg Smith have been selected to receive the 2024 Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Award. The pair were chosen from among 21 exceptional nominees and five finalists for the prestigious honor.


Alfred Ceramic Art Museum awards Ackerman Internship to SOAD student Diabou Hubbard

Diabou Hubbard, a third-year student in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, has been awarded the spring 2024 Jerome Ackerman Internship at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.


Alfred University sculpture students participating in UAP summer Art Makers Apprentice Program

During the summer of 2024, Alfred University students Joseph Langford and Alyssa Nicholson will serve as student apprentices for Urban Art Projects (UAP) in the Hudson River Valley.


MARISOL production members participate in Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival

Members of the production team for Alfred University’s theatrical production of MARISOL attended the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival (KCACTF)/Region 2 Festival 56, held Jan. 24-27 in Pittsburgh, PA.


Arts Faculty Search Candidate Public Lectures

Arts Faculty Search candidates will give public lectures. Students, faculty, staff and the public are encouraged to attend.


Alfred University faculty, students, alumni are participants at 2024 NCECA Conference

Alfred University will be well represented at next week’s 2024 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference, which opens Wednesday, March 20, in Richmond, VA, and runs through Saturday, March 23. More than 80 Alfred University alumni, faculty, and students are taking part in the four-day event, highlighting the impact, strong relationships, and intersections Alfred University has in the field of ceramic art.


Alfred University hosts Allegany All-County Music Festival

The Music Department/Division of Performing Arts at Alfred University hosted the Allegany All-County Music Festival #3, March 15 and 16 in Miller Theater.


Alumna Leana Quade competes on Season 4 of ‘Blown Away’

Leana Quade M.F.A. ’17 is one of 10 glass artists on Season 4 of “Blown Away,” Netflix’s popular glassblowing competition. All 10 episodes of Season 4 were released on March 8 and can be streamed on Netflix.


Eric Jones ’97 creates snow sculpture honoring Bills’ players

Eric Jones ’97 used his art as an expression of empathy toward Buffalo Bills’ placekicker Tyler Bass, whose late missed field goal sealed the Bills’ fate in a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chief in a January 22 playoff game in Buffalo.


Artwork by Kerry Dayton ’89 included in four-woman show in Saratoga Springs

Alumna Kerry (Gotzmann) Dayton ’89 has work in a four-woman art exhibition opening in April at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.


Foundations Professor Mary Johnson to exhibit in Cleveland

Artwork by Mary Johnson, Director of Foundations in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, will be part of a two-person exhibition, “Microcosmic Orbit,  at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland, Ohio.


Alfred University theatre professor Jonathan Ziese to lead online workshop at NY Thespian Festival

Jonathan Ziese, assistant professor of theatre at Alfred University, will lead a workshop during the NY Thespian Festival, scheduled for April 5-6 at Long Island University-Brooklyn.


Daisy Wu completes musical arts residency in Minnesota

Zhongbei Daisy Wu, master of the guzheng and clinical associate professor of music and language at Alfred University, concluded an enriching musical arts residency at Carlton College and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The five-day residency, from Feb. 14-18, included four concert performances, a lecture, and a master class.


Upcoming Events


Pamela Lavin Bernstein Women of Influence Speaker Series: Sophia Chang

Apr 02, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell Campus Center, Room Nevins Theater

The Women’s Leadership Center hosts several high profile speakers to discuss topics related to leadership, women, career strategies, or social/global issues. Our speakers are at the top of their game, and represent all fields of human endeavor. This month, we welcome NYC-based screenwriter and author Sophia Chang.


The Little Dog Laughed

Apr 04, 7:30 pm - Apr 06, 9:00 pm
Black Box Theater, Room CD Smith III Theater

A 2006 comedy by Douglas Carter Beane and directed by Kolton Bradley opens on April 4th. Performances on April 4,5 and 6 at 7:30pm in Miller Theatre


Snodgrass Show #6: elekhlekha

Mar 25, 12:00 am - Apr 08, 12:00 am
Harder Hall, Room TSI Harland Snodgrass Gallery

The sixth exhibition in the TSI Harland Snodgrass Gallery will take place from March 25th to April 8th.


MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Apr 06, 6:00 pm - May 03, 4:00 pm
Harder Hall, Room Robert C. Turner Gallery and Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

MFA Thesis exhibitions in the Cohen Gallery (4/6), Robert C. Turner Gallery and Fosdick-Nelson Gallery open weekly on Saturdays with receptions from 6-8pm April 6 - May 3 (Friday reception). Galleries open and exhibitions on view Saturdays - Tuesdays weekly.


Emergence of language; Rumination of an artist

Apr 06, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert Turner Gallery

Come see Archer River's opening show Emergence of language; Rumination of an artist in Robert C. Turner Gallery on April 6th 6pm-8pm!


TRANSGRESS - Micah Alhadeff

Apr 06, 12:00 am - Apr 09, 12:00 am
Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Room TSI/Harland Snodgrass Gallery

MFA Thesis exhibitions in the Cohen Gallery (4/6), Robert C. Turner Gallery and Fosdick-Nelson Gallery open weekly on Saturdays with receptions from 6-8pm April 6 - May 3 (Friday reception). Galleries open and exhibitions on view Saturdays - Tuesdays weekly.


Process Blue

Apr 06, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

MFA Thesis Exhibition 2024 Opening Reception April 6th 6-8pm Fosdick-Nelson Gallery


Wolfbat Wearable Sculpture Workshop

Apr 07, 12:00 pm - Apr 20, 8:00 pm
Harder Hall, Room 429

This is a two-week, come-and-go-as-you-please workshop hosted by artist Dennis McNett. McNett has held these workshops across the country in which participants create wearable sculptures in the form of full head coverings. There is no fee and all supplies will be provided. These workshops culminate in a procession with McNett's 12-foot puppets and costumes, happening this year on Hot Dog Day. McNett will give a public lecture on April 10 at 4pm in Holmes Auditorium


DB Amorin Artist in Residence

Apr 11, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Institute for Electronic Arts

Resident Artist DB Amorin, interdisciplinary media artist who explores audio-visual non-linearity as a container for intersectional experience, will give a public presentation on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30pm in Holmes Auditorium. Amorin emphasizes the generative role of error as an opportunity for creation, resulting in media-centered projects driven by DIY methodologies, lo-fi translations, and persistent, inquisitive experimentation with available materials.


AU Orchestra Spring 2024 concert

Apr 12, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Miller Theater

Friday, April 12, 7:30pm Miller Theatre The AU Orchestra presents Music from the Movies The Alfred University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Lisa Lantz will perform its annual Spring Concert featuring violin soloist, Candy Zhou, performing Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Dances.”


Alfred University Chorus Concert Spring 2024

Apr 13, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Miller Performing Arts Center, Room Miller Theatre

The Alfred University Music Department Chorus will perform their Spring concert Saturday, April 13 in Miller Theatre, with show time at 7:30pm.


Undergraduate Research Forum

Apr 18, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Joyce Walton Center

The Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) provides all Alfred University undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring, the URF brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, staff, peers, and external audiences. The URF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. AU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research and answer questions about their work from audience members and guests.


Visiting Arts & Scholars

Apr 18, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Powell Campus Center, Room Nevins Theater

This Spring, the School of Art & Design's Foundations Division has held the Theodore International Randall Chair and welcomed Simeen Farhat to Alfred. Please come and hear Simeen talk about her artistic practice.


Alfred Art Walk

Apr 18, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alfred, NY

Alfred Art Walk is a collaborative monthly venture created by the galleries in the Village of Alfred and on the campuses of Alfred University and Alfred State College in an effort to foster dialogue within the local arts communities.


Jazz Ensemble Concert

Apr 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TerraCotta Coffeehouse

AU Jazz Band performing at the Terra Cotta Coffeehouse on Hot Dog Day: April 20 at 1pm


Rounding the Corner: First-year Graduate Students

Apr 25, 12:00 am - Jul 25, 12:00 am
Cohen Gallery

Rounding the Corner opening reception at the Cohen Gallery on Thursday, April 25 with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run through July 25.


Lecture by Lio Bonaccio

Apr 26, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Binns Merrill Hall, Room 106

2024 Art History Thesis Presentation by Lio Bonaccio Friday April 26th, 2:30-3:30 pm in Binns-Merrill 106. Refreshments will be served!


Pop Ensemble

Apr 26, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Miller Theater

The AU Popular Music Ensemble will present their spring concert on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 in the Miller Theatre.


Motherboard : Foundations Exhibition

Apr 27, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Harder Hall, Room 225

An Exhibition of work made by Foundations students throughout the 23-24 academic year will be on view in Harder Hall 225 with a reception on April 27 from 4-6pm


Student Recital

Apr 28, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Miller Theater

The Alfred University Music department will present their spring student recital on Sunday, April 28 at 3pm in the Miller Theatre.


Michael Betancourt Artist in Residence

May 02, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Institute for Electronic Arts

Resident Artist Michael Betancourt, will give a public presentation on Thursday, May 2 at 4:30pm in Holmes Auditorium.


Spring 2024 BFA Exhibitions

May 04, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harder Hall, Room Cohen Center, Binns-Merrill Hall

Each year, candidates of the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees showcase their work in a large, facility wide exhibition. Studios are transformed into gallery space, and the entire class exhibits their work throughout the School of Art & Design.


Bill and Jack and Other Friends

Feb 22, 12:00 am - Jul 30, 12:00 am
Alfred Ceramic Art Museum

Opening reception of the Spring 2024 exhibition will take place on February 22 from 5-7pm. Bill and Jack and Other Friends features the recent acquisition of sculptures by Jack Earl along with companion works from the permanent collection. The exhibition is on view through July 30, 2024.


Open Draw Every Friday

Jan 26, 12:00 am - Apr 26, 12:00 am
Brick Residence Hall, Room Basement

Free Weekly Figure Drawing sessions. Fridays at 5:30pm in the Brick basement during the semester.

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