Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Huskies Perform at Collegiate Marching Band Festival

On Sunday, October 4, 2015, The Bloomsburg University Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Gifford Howarth, performed at the 2015 Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, PA. 

Four thousand performers and six thousand spectators, most of them high school marching band members, were in attendance. 

This year's show features a clever medley of songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, and Paul Simon. If you haven't yet caught this season's show in person at a Huskies football game, you can see the Festival performance on Youtube.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Theatre Prof Directs, Reflects

The following post by David Miller of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance is reprinted with his permission from his personal blog, Projects and Ponderings. Check it out!

There so many times during my teaching that I think and often say out loud to my students, these are not just theatre skills – these are not only directing, acting, playwriting skills – these are life skills. 

Some of the skills that I teach are simple rules that apply to the course and to life: Don't ask your professor for stapler; Don't explain that you were confused by the guidelines when in reality you didn't read the guidelines (or you didn't read the guidelines closely enough); Don't use comic sans. But the bigger lessons are the ones that I find more fascinating. For example, how are directing skills life skills? I am interested in this question perhaps because I continue to learn the lesson myself. I know that my "director's toolkit" is available to me in my day-to-day life. I may not use it as often as I would like, but it is always available to me.

An visual and textual
approach to Neighborhood 3,
a directorial unifying tool.
A successful director unifies the group. They do so by balancing a strong vision with incredibly active listening. They honor the creative ideas around them and ultimately serve the project more than themselves. They are, in short, effective leaders. An effective leader/director asks lots of questions. The most important question is, "why?" This is a question asked of oneself as well as one's fellow artists. We make a choice on stage – an acting choice, a design choice, a blocking choice. How is that choice serving the intent of the playwright and the specific approach we are taking in this production? How does this integrate with the other choices that we are making? Are we excited about the choice or are we excited about the fact that got choice is right for this play and this production? An effective director must be a conscientious choice maker and lead others to be conscientious as well.

An effective director must integrate their heart into the work. Theatre practitioners are, after all, human. Directors are humans, leading other humans. As J. Donald Walters reminds us in The Art of Leadership, "Genuine leadership is of only one type: supportive. It leads people: It doesn't drive them. It involves them: It doesn't coerce them. It never loses sight of the most important principle governing any project involving human beings: namely, that people are more important than things."

We must be reminded that our stumblings as leaders are allowed and expected. We too are human. We too are concerned that we do well. But as a good director, and by extension, a good human, we concern ourselves with the fears and insecurities before our own.  "Assume that everyone is in a permanent state of catatonic terror." says Frank Hauser in Notes on Directing. This will help you approach the impossible state of infinite patience and benevolence that actors and others expect from you."  It's good to think of the other point of view. That's a directing skill. That's a life skill.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Haas Gallery hosts exhibition

Currently exhibiting her one person show at the Haas Gallery of Art is Margi Weir, a multimedia artist from Detroit, Michigan who teaches multiple disciplines of art media at Wayne State University.

The exhibition runs through October 8. Ms. Weir will present a gallery talk at 1:15 pm on that date, and  the closing reception will run from 11 to 2 pm. All are invited.

Ms. Weir's work is  complicated, big, boldly colorful, and deeply meaningful. She writes:

In my work I use a computer to repeat images that I stitch together visually in order to make an appealing pattern, often resulting in tapestry-like, spatially flattened compositions. Through decorative patterning, the work of art draws the viewer into a slowly unfurling narrative that invites a discussion about ecology and/or sociopolitical realities of the contemporary world around us. Meaning is implied by the juxtaposition of images. Conclusions are left to the viewer in the hope that a continued questioning will be inspired by the work of art. 

These images are exhibited in several formats. I frame the digital prints on rag paper. I enlarge the images and combine them with acrylic paint, vinyl, and resin on panel for large scale layered paintings or, for very large installation work, I apply vinyl directly on the walls, windows, or floors of a gallery space. 

Visit the Haas Gallery to learn more!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Queering Our World

In anticipation of the Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference that will be held on campus Nov 7 & 8, 2015, assistant professor Dave Kube, Graphic Design, has juried a show entitled Queering Our World.

The group show will be held at The Gallery at Greenly Center, 50 E Main St, Downtown Bloomsburg, from Tues, Oct 12 to Fri, Nov 6. There will be a reception on Nov 6, 6-8pm. Queering our World features 13 artists from various locations who explore and expose voices of the queer community, bringing visibility to the spaces, aesthetics, and challenges. Through the exploration of domestic spaces, simple objects, queer fairy tales, and other visual aesthetics, these artists work to carve out a space in which queer can find representation through varying degrees of visual language.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Music Prof to Perform during Papal Visit

Dr. Amelia Garbisch of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance is one of a small ensemble of professional singers who will perform at the Saturday evening concert during the Papal visit to Philadelphia. During the live, nationally broadcast concert Dr. Garbisch will be singing back-up for Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, and others. The Philadelphia Orchestra will also perform.

According to the Washington Post:

The following afternoon in Philadelphia, Mark Wahlberg will host the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Aretha Franklin will perform for Pope Francis at the event, the archdiocese said, as will the Fray. Comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline a pre-show on the parkway before the festival begins.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Machines Bearing the Weight of Delicacy

The work of Chad Andrews of the Department of Art and Art History is currently on display at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT (through October 25). The museum's website describes Mr. Andrews' work as follows.

Using silicone and a caulking gun, artist Chad Andrews creates wall drawings of trucks, tractors and implements taken from his life on a farm for Machines Bearing the Weight of Delicacy. The physicality of materials, process and assemblage play a vital role in his imagery. These ephemeral, one-time installations are destroyed at the end of the exhibition, and will never be displayed again. Catch them before they’re gone!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Exhibition Features 3 Pieces by BU Art Professor

Foundress (2014).

Hand dyes, discharged rayon, silk organza, muslin,
machine quilted, hand embroidered, hand made
paper (abaca), acrylic paint
71" x 34 1/2"
Photo: James Grimsley
Professor Meredith Grimsley, Department of Art and Art History, will have three pieces featured in the exhibition Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art. They are “Foundress,” “Same Old Wounds: Begets” and a performance piece called “Same Old Wounds: Legacy."

Professor Grimsley writes:

Foundress (detail). Photo: James Grimsley
"Each generation within a family inherits not only genetics,but patterns of behavior. With my use of both unsettling and alluring imagery, I reveal the psychological impact of family dysfunction. This work discusses a balance between beauty and distortion and the endurance of the human spirit.The nest in Foundress is that of a Yellow Jacket. Each year a single queen known as the foundress begins a new nest. Legacy perseveres to rekindle her hostile swarm. Correlating the nature of these creatures with thoughts of dysfunctional family legacies, I see that, within families, significant events, words and behaviors occur and are absorbed into our daily routine without examination. Some happen in a breath while others linger endlessly corroding or correcting our core."

The exhibition runs from September 18, 2015 through March 12, 2016 at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.