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 - September 20-November 17

EO 9066: And Then They Came for Us by Judy Shintani

William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Wednesday, September 20, 5-7 p.m.

This exhibition creates space for learning, understanding, and questioning the historical injustice that touched Judy Shintani’s family. During the hysteria of World War II, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the evacuation of 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans and their imprisonment in 10 incarceration camps. Shintani's art brings to light memories, repressed emotions, and current feelings about that time. The installation opens a window into those personal feelings and experiences. This exhibit will have interactive components for the viewer. The exhibit is dedicated to Shintani's father, Kazumi Shintani.

Judy Shintani art installment
Artist’s Lecture - September 20

Bringing Light to Unspoken Stories: The Japanese-American Incarceration Then and Now

7:30-9 p.m.
Flynn Campus Union, Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room (B),
Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield, Mass.

What does the past mean to us today and how does uncovering hidden stories help us shape a future of fairness and inclusion? Judy Shintani will talk about how her art creates space for learning, understanding, and questioning about historical injustice. The Japanese-American incarceration is not just a singular event that happened many years ago. There are similarities to the refugee crisis and discrimination that is happening today. She will discuss how art is a healing way to connect cultures and generations.

Judy Shintani standing in front of one of her artwork installments

As a narrator of culture, Shintani focuses on remembrance, connection, and storytelling. She works with whatever best expresses the story: organic and recycled materials, textiles, and ethnic remnants. Shintani often collaborates with the community for understanding and healing.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact (413) 748-3044 by Sept. 6 to discuss your accessibility needs.

Springfield College is a smoke-and-tobacco-free campus.

Concert - September 22

Celtic Fiddle with Jamie Laval

7:30 p.m.
Marsh Memorial Chapel

Nationally acclaimed performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Jamie Laval is hailed as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music,” according to the San Jose Mercury News. Laval’s unique approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music.

This event is free and open to the public.

Jamie Laval headshot
Poetry Reading - October 3

Margaret Lloyd

7:30 p.m.
Townhouses Conference Room

Margaret Lloyd has published four collections of original poetry. Her poetry honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, several Pushcart Prize nominations, a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. At Hawthornden, she finished Travelling on My Own Errands: Voices of Women from The Mabinogi, poems based on medieval Welsh mythological tales, from which she will read. Lloyd is professor emeritus of English at Springfield College.

A book signing will follow the event.

Margaret Lloyd's poetry collection book cover
4th Annual Arts and Humanities Speaker Series - October 19

An Evening with Mitch Albom

7:30 p.m.
Field House, Wellness & Recreation Complex,
Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield, Mass.

Come share an evening with New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter Mitch Albom, who will speak about his life’s work, including helping to rebuild Haiti’s future after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Albom has committed himself to helping orphaned children and running the Have Faith Haiti Mission.

Mitch Albom in Haiti

Prior to his work in Haiti, Albom’s breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, became an international phenomenon with more than 14 million copies sold. A columnist for The Detroit Free Press for more than 30 years, Albom has been named the top sports columnist in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors 13 times. In June 2013, he was inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame.

The Arts and 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. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact (413) 748-5287 by Oct. 5 to discuss your accessibility needs.

Springfield College is a smoke-and-tobacco-free campus.

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Theater Performance - November 16-19

Gnit

By Will Eno

Presented by Springfield College Theater
Directed by Martin Shell

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Watch closely as Peter Gnit, a funny enough, but so-so specimen of humanity, makes a lifetime of bad decisions on the search for his true self. This is a rollicking and very cautionary tale about, among other things, how the opposite of love is laziness. It tells the story of a womanizer’s search for love, an underachiever’s quest to be emperor, and a liar’s hunt for the truth. Gnit is a faithful, unfaithful, and willfully American version of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a classic Norwegian play that is famous for all the wrong reasons.

Suggested donation: $5; students and seniors: $2

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Student's at Springfield College during a performance
Art Exhibition - December 4-17

Student Art Exhibition

Graduating Undergraduate Senior Art, Art Education and Art Therapy Majors, and Graduate Art Therapy/ Counseling Majors

William Blizard Gallery
Gallery reception for artists and public: Sunday, Dec. 17, 3-5 p.m.

Paintings, drawings, and ceramics reflect learning throughout the advanced education of undergraduate art majors and graduate art therapy/counseling majors.

Student art during the Student Art Exhibition
Dance Performance - December 8-10

Unplugged: Embracing Difference by Sarah Zehnder and Featured Guest Artist Jason Aryeh

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Ghanaian choreographer Jason Aryeh creates an original work with Springfield student dancers, fusing traditional and contemporary African dance forms and incorporating live music that ignites the space. New faculty member, Sarah Zehnder, sets a hip-hop piece with Springfield student dancers, while also showcasing an excerpt of her New York City-based company, Zehnder Dance, which will premiere in its entirety in New York City at Triskelion Arts the following week.

General Admission: $5; students: $4; senior citizens and children: $2

Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling (413) 748-3930.

Dance Performance
Concert - December 12

Springfield College Annual Holiday Concert

7:30 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

The Springfield College Community Chorus and Springfield College band host the annual winter concert, which includes seasonal music and other popular favorites.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the Office of Visual and Performing Arts as soon as possible, at (413) 748-3930 to discuss your accessibility needs. Springfield College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus.

The Springfield College Community Chorus singing in their annual holiday concert
Art Exhibits Theater Literature Music Dance
Holly Murray
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Martin Shell
(413) 748-3443
Rebecca Lartigue
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Christopher Haynes, Chair
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Sarah Zehnder
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