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.

2016 Arts and Humanities Speaker Series

Angelique Kidjo ​"Spirit Rising: Live your Dreams"

Thursday, October 13
7 p.m.
Field House

Angelique Kidjo

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.

Poetry Reading

January Gill O’Neil
September 20
7:30 p.m.
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room

Headshot photograph of January Gill O'Neil

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.

Art Exhibition

Visual Tension and Pathways to Consciousness by Jorge Costa

September 26-October 27
William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Thursday, October 27, 3-5 p.m.

The art of Jorge Costa

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.

Presented by Springfield College Theater

Basquette Quese Theater Performance

October 5
7:30 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Performance by Iman Lizarazu
Presented by Springfield College Theater

Poster for Basquette Quese staring Iman Lizarazu

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


Latin Jazz Project with Emmett Goods

November 2
Townhouse Conference Room, 7:30 p.m.

Emmett Goods promotional shot playing the trombone

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.

Art Exhibition

Our Lives, Our Springfield, Our World

Photo Essays from the High School of Commerce Photography Club
November 7-23
William Blizard Gallery

Gallery reception for artist and public: Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Photograph from the collection of essays being displayed

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.

Theater Performance

The Liar by David Ives

Adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Presented by Springfield College Theater
Directed by Martin Shell

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 10-12, 8 p.m.;
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.

Springfield College student performing in a play

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.

Student Art Exhibition

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

November 28- December 16

William Blizard Gallery*

Gallery reception for artists and public:
Sunday, December 4, 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 self portrait in the student art exhibition
Dance Performance

Of Looms and Lilies

December 9-10
8 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

By Weber Dance and new works by
Springfield College Repertory Dance Company

Of Looms and Lilies poster

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

Dance Performance

Student Dance Concert by Springfield College Choreography Students

December 12
7 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Join us for an informal dance concert of works created during the fall semester in dance classes.

Admission is free.

Springfield College Dancer during her recital

Springfield College Annual Holiday Concert

December 15
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.

Holiday concert
Art Exhibits Theater Literature Music Dance
Holly Murray, Co-chair
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Martin Shell
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Rebecca Lartigue
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Alexandra Ludwig, Co-chair
(413) 748-3463
Cynthia Nazzaro
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