William Simpson Fine Arts Series

William Blizard Gallery, Visual Arts Center

The William Blizard Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Center on the second floor of Blake Hall. The gallery is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.

Spring 2016 Schedule of Events

The Mechanics of Introspection

Art Exhibition

January 29-March 25

The Mechanics of Introspection 

By Kris Ludwig

Artist and Springfield College adjunct faculty member Kris Ludwig creates oil on wood and canvas paintings that depict broken manmade objects. The objects—damaged, crushed, and decaying, yet caught in a defining moment of resistance—are meant to capture the human spirit.

William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Thursday, March 24, 3-5 p.m.

 

Art Exhibition

January 29-March 25

Contemplative Clay

By Viki Gable

With a prolific career as a professional potter, teacher, and art therapist, sculpture ceramic artist Viki Gable creates portraits and figures, each with a distinct form yet still sharing a common aesthetic and acting as an important part of her healing.

William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Thursday, March 24, 3-5 p.m.

 

Contemplative Clay

Dance Performance

Dance Performance

February 14

Live Simulcast of Gala Dance Concert 

Celebrate dance through this special simulcast of a live gala concert from the New England Region American College Dance Association Conference, hosted at Springfield College.

Enjoy performances by dance students from colleges and universities throughout the Northeast.

The performance starts at 1:45 p.m., with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union, 1:15 p.m.

 

Concert

February 25

Rising Tide Coffee House

Join Rising Tide as band members Brad Alm, Steve Saunders, Jacques Hooten, and Springfield College string instructor Ann-Marie Messbauer perform a mix of classic rock from the ’60s and ’70s, contemporary hits, and old blues tunes.

Refreshments will be served.

Townhouse Conference Room, 7:30 p.m.

 
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Theater Performance

Theater Performance

March 31-April 3

All in the Timing

By David Ives and others
Presented by Springfield College Theater
Directed by Martin Shell

Join us for a hilarious evening of theater featuring short comic plays, including five brilliant sketches from the "maestro of the short form" David Ives. A wonderful cast of energetic student and faculty actors will perform in this collection of fast and ferociously funny comedies. Just the tonic for these toxic times.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc. New York 

General admission: $5; students and senior citizens: $2

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Poetry Reading and Musical Performance

April 5

Reading and Performance by Joy Harjo

Born in Tulsa, Okla., Joy Harjo is an award-winning, internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Alicia Ostriker, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, has called Harjo’s work “visionary justice-seeking art [that] transforms personal and collective bitterness to beauty, fragmentation to wholeness, and trauma to healing.”

A book signing and refreshments will follow the event.

Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union, 7 p.m.

 
Joy Harjo

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

April 8-22

Digital Natives
By Graduating Undergraduate Senior Art Majors

Paintings, digital arts, drawings, sculpture, photography, and ceramics reflect learning throughout the advanced education of undergraduate art majors.

William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Sunday, April 10, 3-5 p.m.

Film Screening

April 12

My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic By Sherri VandenAkker

Join Sherri VandenAkker, a professor at Springfield College Boston, for the screening of her documentary My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic. The feature-length film offers a shocking yet moving look at women’s alcoholism. It chronicles the progression of the disease in VandenAkker’s mother, Bette, a nurse, wife, and mother who died under horrific circumstances in 2007.

A Q&A will take place with VandenAkker following the screening.

Townhouse Conference Room, 7 p.m.

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Dance Performance

Dance Performance

April 15-17

Springfield College Dancers Annual Concert

The Springfield College Dancers will perform contemporary, jazz, ballet, and tap works.
General Admission: $4; students: $3; senior citizens and children ages 12 and younger: $2

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

 

Concert

April 21

Singing Through The Years: A Reprise By Young@Heart Chorus

The Zanetti School Children’s Chorus and the Springfield College Community Chorus join the world-renowned Young@Heart Chorus as they return to Springfield College. Featuring a range of music, this concert will celebrate the joys of singing for people of all ages.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Tickets are required for entry to this complimentary event. To reserve a ticket, call (413) 748-3277.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7 p.m.

 

Concert

Art and Soul

Art Exhibition

April 30-May 14

Art and Soul By Graduate Art Therapy/Counseling Majors

Art and Soul features paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and ceramics skillfully done by graduate art therapy/counseling students.

William Blizard Gallery 

Gallery reception for artist and public: Saturday, May 14, noon to 2 p.m.

 

Dance Performance

May 2

End-of-Semester Dance Concert

Enjoy this dance performance by Springfield College dance students, which will showcase works created during the spring 2016 semester.
This event is free and open to the public.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7 p.m.

Dance Performance

For more information, contact:

Art Exhibits Film Theater Literature Music Dance Other members
Holly Murray Jody Santos Martin Shell Margaret Lloyd Christopher Haynes, Chair Cynthia Nazzaro Alexandra Ludwig
(413) 748-3684 (413) 748-3664 (413) 748-3443 (413) 748-3217 (413) 748-3277 (413) 748-3158