Friday, March 29, 2013

Desperately Seeking Creativity?

"Many people see artists as shamans, dreamers, outsiders, and rebels. In reality, the artist is a builder, an engineer, a research analyst, a human relations expert, a project manager, a communications specialist, and a salesman. The artist is all of those and more--combined with the imagination of an inventor and the courage of an explorer."

--Steven Tepper, Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and Research Director of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

"Is an MFA the New MBA?" Check out this brief article from Fast Company to read more.

And while we're on the subject:

Please join Haas Gallery of Art and the Department of Art and Art History for an exhibition of student work:

Human Nature 
Student Art Show

Juried by Interim Professor of Drawing, Lisa Corine Von Koch

March 26 – April 9, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 2013, 7 pm – 9 pm

Haas Gallery of Art 
Bloomsburg University

The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm and Saturdays Noon until 2pm.

For more information about Haas Gallery, this exhibition and future exhibitions, please refer to the Department of Art and Art History's webpage:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Themes in Art Exhibition on Display in Old Science Hall Lobby

There are many methodologies that can be employed in analyzing and investigating the meaning of art objects. One such line of investigation that affords insight and allows for a multi-cultural approach is to investigate cultural themes in art.

The current exhibition, now on display in the Old Science Hall lobby, is the final phase of a small group project assignment for the Art & Art History Department’s Museum Exhibition class.

View of Themes in Art Exhibition
Each group was assigned a theme in art – death, war, religion, pleasure, and survival –and provided with artifacts predetermined by the instructor, Professor Heath Patten. Their task was to create and install a display for their objects with appropriate lighting, props, and didactic signage. Each group was evaluated on their success in display preparation, installation, artifact documentation, and integration of their artifacts into the theme.

The assignment was intended to engage students with artifacts and to have them consider the ways in which art objects are presented and interpreted for the public. Additionally, this project was designed to teach students how to handle, conserve, inventory, and describe art objects through the lens of a museum curator. This assignment not only gave students experience with art objects, but it also provided lessons in group dynamics and problem-solving as well as issues of cultural sensitivity when dealing with foreign, past and present, art objects.

The exhibition will be on display through March 14, 2013. Come visit the exhibit and enjoy the students’ hard work.

--Contributed by Professor Heath Patten

Monday, March 4, 2013

Community Comes Together in "Flood Stories, Too."

Though the 2011 flood that devastated Bloomsburg and its surrounding areas has left us, members of the community are still strengthening bonds formed from the traumatic experience. Flood Stories, Too., a new play co-produced by the Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, is a community response to the devastation.

Written and directed by Gerald Stropnicky, Emeritus member of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Flood Stories, Too. is a collection of personal narratives and stories of local residents’ experiences with the flood, artfully crafted into a two-act play.

“You’ll see through different monologues that almost all of the actual events are taken from stories that people have given us,” said Phil Czekner, Bloomsburg University student and actor in the production.

Many stories were gathered by Mary Reinsburrow, another Bloomsburg University student and actress in the production. Characters featured in the multitude of stories range from unconcerned students to victims themselves to volunteers, even including Mayor Dan Knorr and Bloomsburg University’s President, Dr. David Soltz.

While Flood Stories, Too. is indeed based on dozens of people’s flood stories, they weave seamlessly together to create an all-encompassing sense of unity.

“Even though we all had our own experiences, as a community, we all had one shared experience as well,” said Reinsburrow.

Those involved in the production, such as Reinsburrow and Czekner, want to foster the healing process now that the devastation is subsiding. Considering the flood occurred during the fall 2011 academic semester, nearly every student was affected in one way or another. A crucial element in the healing process is the removal of barriers between the university and the town.

“There is a bond between the university and the town and even if it is edgy at times during events such as Block Party, there are good people on both ends and they should be connected,” according to Czekner.

Overall, the recollections that will be explored in Flood Stories, Too. are all connected with the underlying themes unity and recovery.

 “Bloomsburg is a flood place. But we need to understand that things do get better and you do recover and move on,” said Czekner.

Flood Stories, Too. (a “pay what you wish” performance) opens Thurs., Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg and continues Mar. 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m., Mar. 9 and 16 at 2:00 p.m., and Mar. 10 and 17 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets for Flood Stories, Too. are general admission and are not available for online purchase.  If you would like to make advance reservations, please contact the Box Office, Tuesday - Saturday, 2PM - 6PM at (570) 784-8181, email, or obtain them in person at the BTE Box Office, 226 Center Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

Contributed by Kathryn M. Saulinas

Friday, March 1, 2013

Bloomsburg Explores ... Community, Arts, and the 2011 Flood

From Dr. Christina Francis and Bloomsburg University's Institute for Culture and Society:

In conjunction with the BTE/BU Players upcoming “Pay What You Wish” performances of Flood Stories, Too, the Institute for Culture and Society (sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts) has organized a series of complementary talks and programs to take place March 8th through March 14th.  These programs will highlight some of the specific issues and people involved in the 2011 flood, as well as some perspectives on the value of art that responds to and includes its community in the creative process. Please join us! These events are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 8th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, McCormick 1303
Arlene Goldbard, nationally-recognized author/speaker/activist, presents “Tell It! How Shaping Our Stories Shapes Our Lives and Communities”

Saturday, March 9th, 4:30 pm, Alvina Krause Theatre (AKT)
Arlene Goldbard, nationally-recognized author/speaker/activist, & Gerard Stropnicky, director/writer of BTE’s Flood Stories, Too., present
"What Happens When Communities Participate in Telling Their Own Stories"

Sunday, March 10th, 12:30-2:00 pm, Moose Exchange, Grille Room
Gerard Stropnicky presents “Flood Stories, Too.: Context and Process”

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Moose Exchange, Grille Room
Panel 1) Jennifer Whisner, PhD, Asst. Professor of Environmental, Geographical & Geological Sciences, presents “Climate Change and Flooding”
Panel 2) Rita Inklovich, Red Cross; Kathy Lowe, Agape; & Lee Sokoloski, Chief of Police, Bloomsburg, present “The Role of Response Services to the 2011 Flood”

Thursday, March 14th, 6:30 – 7:45 pm, Hartline Rm 108 (Auditorium)
“Psychological Responses to Natural Disaster: Stress, Community, Resilience”

  • James Dalton, PhD, Professor of Psychology
  • William R. Harrar, PsyD, BU Director of Counseling
  • Joseph G. Tloczynski, PhD, Professor of Psychology
  • Jennifer M. Yarnell, MCAT, PhD, Instructor of Psychology & private practitioner
  • Jodi Weiskerger, LSW, Private practitioner 
  • Moderator: Nancy D. Giles, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Organized by the Institute for Culture and Society
Sponsored by the BU College of Liberal Arts