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.

Art Exhibition

After the Fall

Feb. 1-March 10
William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artists and public: Thursday, March 9, 3-4:30 p.m.

The exhibit will feature paintings, prints, and sculptures created by Visual and Performing Arts faculty.

A piece of artwork by Professor of Art Therapy/Counseling Simone Alter-Muri.
Concert

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra

Feb. 15
7 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra performing during a concert.

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) is a true avant-garde orchestra, comprised of 20 talented and enthusiastic acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. With a wildly diverse playlist ranging from Bartok to Led Zeppelin, Philip Glass to Lady Gaga, HVGO is sure to please everyone in the audience! Peter Blanchette is the musical director for this concert.

Art Exhibition

55th Anniversary of VAPA: Retrospective

March 20-April 9
William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Friday, April 7, 3-4:30 p.m.

A painting by artist Bill Blizard.

This exhibition features paintings by William Blizard, founder of VAPA, and Ron Maggio, faculty emeritus.

A span of more than 30 years of art is reflected in the selected works by Maggio. Included are his most current paintings along with works from the early abstract impressionist period, and his Aria, Paradiso, and Domus series.

Blizard will display works that follow his abstract path starting from the late 50s. In addition, he will also show paintings and photographs that imagine his long-held love of the blues.

His abstract work shows the influence of action painting and abstract expressionism, including that of Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, and Willem de Kooning. 

The blues work reflects his love of that genre of music and his interest in preserving the images of the numerous blues musicians he met over the past 30 or so years.

Fiction Reading

Amity Gaige

March 23
7:30 p.m.
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union

Amity Gaige, author of O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder.

Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize in 2014. In 2006, she was recognized as one of the “5 Under 35” outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. Gaige is the winner of a Fulbright fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo artists’ retreat, and a Baltic Writing Residency. A book signing will follow the reading.

Theater Performance

Becky's New Car

March 30-April 2
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Two students participate in a theater production.

Have you ever wanted to run away from your own life? Becky Foster is caught in the middle of her ho-hum life when one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where she works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life, and the audience gets to ride shotgun in a way most plays wouldn’t dare—along her devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

This production is directed by Martin Shell and presented by Springfield College Theater. The play is written by Steven Dietz

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

Art Exhibition

Untitled: Number 10

April 17-28
William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Sunday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m.

These paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics reflect learning throughout the advanced education of undergraduate art majors.

Art supplies, including paint and pencils, laid out on the floor.
Concert

Annual Spring Concert

April 18
7:30 p.m.
Townhouse Conference Room

A Springfield College student plays the saxophone during a concert on the campus.

Join the Springfield College Music Department for our celebratory end-of-the-year concert featuring both the Springfield College Band and the Springfield College Community Chorus. Jazz, rock, and rhythm and blues will get you moving and singing along!

Dance Performance

Springfield College Dancers Annual Concert

April 21-23
Friday, 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

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

Tickets can be purchased at the door and also by calling (413) 748-3158.

Three Springfield College students participate in a dance performance.
Art Exhibition

Layers

May 1-13
William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artists and public: Saturday, May 13, noon-1:30 p.m.

These paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and ceramics reflect learning throughout the advanced education of graduating art therapy/counseling majors.

A piece of art work created by a student in the Art Therapy/Counseling graduate program.
Art Exhibits Theater Literature Music Dance
Holly Murray, Co-chair
(413) 748-3684
Martin Shell
(413) 748-3443
Rebecca Lartigue
(413) 748-3189
Alexandra Ludwig, Co-chair
(413) 748-3463
Cynthia Nazzaro
(413) 748-3158