We hope you will join us for the William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College.

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 delighted by concerts and literary events.

All programs are open to the public, and most events are free of charge, unless otherwise indicated.

Art Exhibition - February 8-April 12

Close Encounters

Fafnir Adamites, Kim Carlino, Jorge Costa, and Maggie Nowinski

William Blizard Gallery, Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

In this exhibition, the work of four artists will unfold in an evolving and improvisational visual and material dialogue. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, the artists will develop their work, responding to the site as well as to each other. The resulting installation will change and grow over time through processes of accumulation, aggregation, and proliferation. There will be opportunities for viewers to participate in the evolving installation as well as hear talks and attend workshops by the artists. Like “William Blizard Gallery” on Facebook for upcoming details on the exhibit.

A closing reception for the artists and the public will be held Thursday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery.

Close Encounters Artwork
Poetry Reading - March 6

Reading by Duy Doan

The Forum, Harold C. Smith
Learning Commons, 7:30 p.m.

Duy Doan, a Vietnamese-American poet, is the author of We Play a Game and winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, Slate TriQuarterly, and at the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day. A Kundiman fellow, he received a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Boston University, where he later served as director of the Favorite Poem Project. Doan has taught at Boston University and Lesley University. He lives in Austin, Texas.

A book signing will follow the reading.
This event is free and open to the public.

Jess X Snow
March 29, Marsh Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m


Chris Haynes and Friends: A Farewell Concert 

Help us bid farewell to long-time music Professor Chris Haynes, who will be joined onstage by Alexandra and Erika Ludwig, Norma Jean Haynes, Jim Henry, Paul Kochanski, Anand Nyack, J.J. O’Connell, Jason Smith, and Kaye McKinstrey. The night will feature world, folk, and American traditional music and is not to be missed!

Join us for a reception after the concert. For more information, call (413) 748-3277. This event is free and open to the public.

Chris Haynes and Friends
Theater Performance - April 11-14

Death of a Salesman

By Arthur Miller 

Presented by Springfield College Theater
Directed by Martin Shell
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
“I don’t say he’s a great man…but he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person. . . A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.”

         Considered one of the greatest plays of the 20th century and as relevant today as ever, Arthur Miller’s classic drama tells the story of a worn-out salesman, Willy Loman, who is crumbling under the weight of the American dream. It’s 1949 in Brooklyn, and during a pivotal 24 hours, Willy tries to reconcile the optimism of his youth with his unfulfilled dreams. Memory, truth, and lies intermingle, as he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn. What betrayal undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed the adoration of his sons? Professor Martin Shell will play Willy, acting alongside his students in this emotion-gripping drama, winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Suggested donation: $5
Students and Senior Citizens: $2

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, Inc.

Death of a Salesman
Dance Performance - April 12-13

Chinese dance scholar, Binbin Li

Connecting Cultures
through Dance

Judd Gymnasia, Union West
Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m.

Chinese dance scholar, Binbin Li, showcases a new choreographic work investigating the relationships between props and dance that go beyond basic storytelling to create deeper meaning and universally recognized emotions and ideas. International students, as well as current Springfield College dance students, will be performing this new work. 

A Q&A with Li will follow the performance.
This event is free and open to the public.

Binbin Li
Art Exhibition April 19-28

Graduating Undergraduate Senior Art, Art Education, and Art Therapy Majors Exhibition

William Blizard Gallery, Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A reception for the artists and the public will be held

Sunday, April 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery.

This exhibit showcases art work of graduating seniors in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Graduating Undergraduate Senior Art Show
Concert - April 23

Annual Spring Concert

Springfield College Music Department
Marsh Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

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

This event is free and open to the public.

Dance Performance - May 3-5

Springfield College Dancers

Annual Spring Concert

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

The Springfield College Dancers will perform choreographed works created by its members that span contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballet, and tap dance genres.  

Dancers of Fuller Arts
Art Exhibition - May 3 - 18

Graduate Art Therapy/Counseling Majors Exhibition

William Blizard Gallery, Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A reception for the artists and the public will be held
Saturday, May 18, from noon-2 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery.

This exhibit showcases the artwork of graduate students of art therapy. 

Art Therapy Artwork

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.


Art Exhibits Theater Literature Music Dance
Jessica Poser
(413) 748-3041
Martin Shell
(413) 748-3443
Rebecca Lartigue
(413) 748-3189
Christopher Haynes, Chair
(413) 748-3277
Sarah Zehnder
(413) 748-3158