Welcome to the fall 2021 season of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College. 

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, captivated by art exhibitions, and delighted by concerts and literary events.

Programs are open to the public, and most events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

William Blizard Gallery

All In

September 20 - October 29

Closing Reception: Thursday, October 28, 4-6 p.m. 

The William Blizard Gallery returns to in-person programming this fall with ALL IN, an all-inclusive exhibit of 10x10-inch artwork. Any work that is 10x10 inches, and can be hung on the wall, will be accepted. Artwork can be submitted throughout the duration of the exhibit. There also will be a space in the gallery in which we invite you to create a piece. 

For more information on how to submit your artwork, contact Jessica Poser, gallery director, at jposer@springfield.edu.

 

All In Montage of work in 10x10 form

Reading by Author Justine Dymond

Reading by Author Justine Dymond
Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The Forum, Harold C. Smith Learning Commons

Justine Dymond, award-winning fiction writer and Associate Professor of English at Springfield College, will read from her short story collection The Emigrant and Other Stories. This evening’s event will include a Q&A with the author. 

Described as “smart and subversive” and “a masterful collection from a gifted stylist,” The Emigrant & Other Stories ranges widely in setting and era, including France during World War II, Maine in the early 18th century, and Tennessee in the 21st century. 

The Emigrant and Other Stories (Sowilo Press) won the 2018 Eludia Award from Hidden Rivers Arts. In advanced praise for The Emigrant and Other Stories, novelist Allison Amend notes, “Her stories’ astonishing breadth in style, time, and place allow Dymond to examine from all angles the powerful drive that propels us away from the familiar.”Dymond’s other awards and honors include a 2020 Mass Cultural Council finalist grant, second place in the New South prose writing contest for her memoir about breast cancer titled Brave of Worms, a 2007 O. Henry Prize, a “distinguished” story in The Best American Short Stories 2006, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and a nomination for The Best American Travel Writing. Her stories have appeared in Pleiades, The Massachusetts Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Meat for Tea, Lowestoft Chronicle, and Cargo Literary. Demeter Press issued her co-edited collection Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives in 2013. She has been honored with grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Writers OMI at Ledig House, and Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. On faculty in the Department of Literature, Writing, and Journalism at Springfield College since 2008, she is currently working on a novel based on the life of a woman who was tried for infanticide in Boston in 1733. 

Justine Dymond

Reading by Author Angelique Stevens

Reading by Angelique Stevens
Tuesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The Forum, Harold C. Smith Learning Commons

Haudenosaunee writer, professor, adventurer, and storyteller Angelique Stevens will read excerpts from her award-winning creative nonfiction essays. Through sharp and lyrical prose, Stevens’s essays invite readers into vivid stories of growing up in upstate New York as Six-Nations Native American, immersing herself as a college student in unfamiliar landscapes as far-flung as Chiapas, Mexico, and the Sudan, and grappling with her sister’s addiction and suicide, among other topics. Stevens finds her inspiration in wandering—being in places that push the boundaries of comfort, experience, knowledge, and hunger. This evening’s event will include a Q&A with the author. 

Stevens lives in upstate New York where she teaches creative writing, literature of genocide, and race literatures. Her nonfiction can be found in LitHub, The New England Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and a number of anthologies. Her essay, “Ghost Bread,” won the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Alexander Chee. She won the grand prize for the Solas Award in 2019; and her essay “Remember the Earth” was short-listed for Booth’s non-fiction prize. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from Bennington College and a Master of Arts iun literature from State University of New York Brockport. Her other honors include an alumni fellowship from the Bennington College Master of Fine Arts program; fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and Sewanee Writers Workshops; a fellowship to the inaugural cohort of the Periplus Mentorship Collective; and a teaching fellowship to the Lighthouse Book Project. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences growing up in New York state. 

Angelique Stevens
Music Concert

Kalos

Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
Harold C. Smith Presentation Room, Stitzer Welcome Center, Judd Gymnasia

Join us for a night of remarkable Celtic-roots music with Kalos. Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Eric McDonald (guitar), and Jeremiah McLane (accordion) are masters of tradition who also dare to challenge that territory. The trio’s performances are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with their lively tunes. They create an environment of their own design, drawing in listeners without pretense. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, “This trio really shows how masterful musicians listen and play off each other." All members of the trio have been good friends ever since they met, and this is obvious in their live performances. Despite living active musical lives thousands of miles apart, these musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path. 

Kalos
William Blizard Gallery

Student Art Exhibit

William Blizard Gallery
November 15-December 17


Reception:
Thursday, November 18, 4-6 p.m.
 

Gallery 1: Graduate Art Therapy Students
Celebrate the work of graduating master’s students in art therapy. 

Gallery 2: Student Art Exhibit
This exhibit showcases the amazing artwork created in our visual and performing arts studio courses, including drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, and photography. 

Student art

CommUnity Dance Concert

December 10-12
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3.p.m.

Springfield College Dancers and Guest Artists

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

Join us for an exciting evening of faculty and guest artist works featuring the Springfield College student dancers. Don’t miss seeing the guest artist work of one of America’s most sought-after choreographers, Darrell Grand Moultrie, known for his work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and American Ballet Theatre, to name a few. The dance concert will also feature works by guest artists Tatiana Desardouin and Alan Franco. Desardouin is director and choreographer of Passion Fruit Dance Company, a street dance theater, and educational company, which she founded in 2016 as well as a core dancer of the pioneering street dance theater company Rennie Harris Puremovement. Franco, originally from Mexico City, is sure to energize the stage with the Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa). The concert will feature the premiere of NYC-based, Zehnder Dance's newest work and the works of several Springfield College dance faculty.

Saturday evening's concert will be followed by a Q & A with choreographers and dancers.

Reserve your tickets now for what’s sure to be an evening to remember!  

Dancers on stage

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to attend any of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series events, please contact Kellie Murphy at least two weeks in advance of the event date, at kmurphy17@springfield.edu or (413) 748-3930 to discuss your accessibility needs.

COVID Guidelines: Springfield College is following COVID guidelines shared by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit springfield.edu/covid for the latest updates.

William Simpson Fine Arts Series Committee Members, Fall 2021: 

Department of Visual and Performing Arts Art Exhibits Literature Music Dance Theater
Alexandra Ludwig, Chair Jessica Poser

Rebecca Lartigue 

Justine Dymond

Christopher Gagne, Committee Chair
 
Sarah Zehnder Martin Shell (on sabbatical)
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