William Simpson Fine Arts Series
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.
Come share an evening with three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian Angelique Kidjo, who will speak on the topic of “Spirit Rising: Live Your Dreams.”
Kidjo electrifies audiences around the world with the strength of her voice and the power of her words. Kidjo has consistently spoken out in support of human rights and female empowerment globally. In 2014, Kidjo topped the Billboard World Music Charts with Eve, earning her the first of three-consecutive Grammy Awards for Best World Music Album. That same year, Kidjo published her memoir, Spirit Rising.
Most recently, Kidjo was named a joint winner of the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2016. The Arts & Humanities Speaker Series has been made possible through the generosity of Carlton ’63 and Lucille Sedgeley. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of Conferences and Special Events at (413) 748-5287.
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, 2014), winner of a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and Underlife (CavanKerry Press, 2009). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. The executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, O’Neil also serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ board of directors and teaches at Salem State University.
A book signing and refreshments will follow the event.
Jorge Costa’s work explores the disintegration of our environment and the potential for the collapse of industrial civilization. His subject matter derives from a compilation of found images synthesized with his own graphic work. He is interested in processing images, such as dump fields, crumbling infrastructure, polluted sites, etc., as they create potential for expanding his understanding of what is actually happening to the biosphere today. The process becomes a site for research, meditation, dissemination, and a lab for exploring the resonance of form. His work also explores the tensions of surface dynamics through a process of experimentation with a variety of mixed media. The multilayered “surface film” is often unstable and is left to unpredictable possibilities.
Basquette Quese, starring Iman Lizarazu, is a poetic tale about a clown in a war to fall asleep! In her classic comedic battle, Iman cooks up hilarious strategies to exhaust herself. Winner of the prestigious International Clowns Festival Jury Prize, in Milano, Italy, Iman’s performance totally mesmerizes the audience. She delivers original, invigorating, tender, and genuine entertainment with her world-renowned physical comedy, brilliant mime, dance, and juggling.
Suggested donation: $5;
students and senior citizens: $2
Though the nights are getting colder and longer, trombonist Emmett Goods and his Latin Jazz ensemble heat up the campus with an evening of grooves and inspiration. Come enjoy these local treasures and find yourself dancing by concert’s end.
For the past year, students from the High School of Commerce Photography Club in Springfield, Mass., have been developing personal photographic essays about their lives in Springfield. Supported by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, the students have learned about the historical and contemporary use of images as a way to catalyze social change. Weekly writing assignments asked students to think about the social justice issues that were most important to them. Shooting assignments sent the students out into their community to document their surroundings. Students were most drawn to telling their personal life stories through their images. This exhibition will display these young photographers’ final photographic essays.
No, our main character is not a presidential candidate! But his incredible skills at deflection and invention could make him one. Our charming young man, Dorante, has newly arrived in Paris with but one flaw: He cannot tell the truth. He quickly gains a manservant, whose own condition is that he cannot tell a lie and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he mistakes for her friend, Lucrece. Unknown to our hero, Clarice is already engaged to his best friend, Alcippe, and all of these misunderstandings are compounded by Dorante’s breathtakingly intricate and unending lies. Audiences were delighted by our David Ives authored All in the Timing pieces last spring, and so we bring you even more brilliant hilarity from this master of comedy.
Suggested donation: $5;
students and senior citizens: $2
Produced by special arrangement with
Dramatist Play Service, Inc., New York.
Guest company, Jody Weber Dance, performs an original evening-length repertory piece that investigates social change originating during the time of Henry David Thoreau’s writings at Walden Pond, and the industrial explosion as seen at the Lowell Mills, less than 30 miles away. Of Looms and Lilies asks us what effects the proliferation of material wealth generated by the industrial revolution have on our personal and spiritual lives. Other original works, created by guest artists, will be danced by the Springfield College Repertory Dance Company.
General Admission: $5; students: $4;
senior citizens and children: $3
|Holly Murray, Co-chair
|Alexandra Ludwig, Co-chair