Welcome to the spring 2023 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.

Please note: Masks may be required for some of these events.

Music Concert

An Evening with Say Darling

Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Marsh Memorial Chapel

Blending distinctive original songs with classic tunes that pay homage to a shared musical heritage, Say Darling evokes the funky drive of Little Feat, the moving vocals of Bonnie Raitt, and the instrumental prowess of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. Say Darling has been referred to as a "lethal combination of all-star musicians" (Manchester Ink Link) from the New England roots rock scene. The quintet can go from pin-drop silence to a cascading roar in the span of one song, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. This is sure to be a performance you won't want to miss!

photo of the five members of Say Darling
A Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit

Sourced: Origins of Inspiration

February 6 - March 31
William Blizard Gallery

Second Floor, Blake Hall
Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 8, 4-5:30 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery

In this conceptually diverse, multifaceted exhibition, the visual arts faculty will be exhibiting their creative work juxtaposed with a side of inspiration. Bon appètit!

Photo: Meghan Gaul, associate professor of graphic design

photo of three people riding motorcycles in Vietnam
Sandglass Theater Presentation featuring Shoshana Bass

When I Put on Your Glove

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

The Sandglass Theater piece about belonging, memory, and inter-generational dialogue, "When I Put on Your Glove," is a puppetry, dance, and spoken narrative piece that explores a daughter's relationship to her father's work building upon a premise that puppets are containers of memory. In it, a daughter explores what it means for her to slip into her father's art—and not just the form, but the actual pieces. This work addresses universal questions of belonging, childhood, fear of loss, death, and the complicated nature of navigating generational artistic legacy. Meeting the voice of the past with the voice of the present, and singing it into the future. For ages 14 and up.

"When I Put on Your Glove" is supported in part by an award from the Vermont Arts Council.

photo of Shoshana Glass operating a theatrical puppet

Author Jeff Parker

Tuesday, March 7, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Harold C. Smith Presentation Room, Stitzer Welcome Center at Judd Gymnasia

Jeff Parker is the author of the nonfiction book, Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal (Harper Collins), the novel Ovenman (Tin House), and the short-story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc). His many collaborative books and anthologies include: Clean Rooms, Low Rates; Erratic Fire; Erratic Passion: The Poetry of Sportstalk, A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors; Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia; Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States; and The Back of the Line. His short fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Tin House, and many others. He currently teaches in the MFA for Poets & Writers program at the University of Massachusetts. He is the cofounder and director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.

photo of author Jeff Parker looking towards the camera
An Arts Presentation Event

The ArtSalon

Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Harold C. Smith Presentation Room, Stitzer Welcome Center at Judd Gymnasia

The ArtSalon gives artists of many disciplines a forum to present their work and discuss their artistic process with the public through PechaKucha-style presentations. This format allows the artists to present for about 6 1/2 minutes each, followed by a Q&A with the audience. This ongoing series of live oral presentations about creativity, process, and finished work reveals the liveliness of contemporary visual arts in Western Massachusetts.

Presenting artists and organizations: Xuam Pham, Kimani Worghs, Make-It Springfield

Sliding scale donation to attend is $10-15 and free for students. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. Visit theartsalon.com for more information and updates.

The Art Salon backdrop on a stage
Presented by Springfield College Theater

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Martin Shell
March 31-April 2

Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,  2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Four badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. A playwright, an assassin, a former queen, and a Caribbean spy walk into a room and attempt to save the soul of France while avoiding the edge of the guillotine's blade. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.

"...a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure...wonderfully wild and raucous..."
Cincinnati Enquirer

"By turns it is drolly funny and affectingly poignant, then doubles back to satirical farce, then ends by bringing into stark relief the social commentary that it has been nurturing all night."

Suggested Donation: General: $5, students and senior citizens: $2

a young woman wearing a colonial hat and coat during a stage performance
Film Screening

The House We Lived In

Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
Marsh Memorial Chapel

A decade in the making, a young filmmaker (Tim O’Donnell ’05) confronts family, memory, and addiction as he chronicles his father‘s journey to recover lost memories following a traumatic brain injury. Using experimental approaches with projected installations, he attempts to find those missing memories in hopes of finding the dad he used to know. As memories return in the form of dreams, the family struggles with acceptance of this new version of their father.

O’Donnell is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He majored in Art Education at Springfield College and was a standout member of the wrestling team. Following graduation he was hired at Springfield's Central High School as an art teacher, eventually becoming the chair of that department. Recognized as “an absolute powerhouse of a film” by ESPN, The House We Lived In has been presented and honored at film festivals across the country, and recently won the best feature documentary award at the New Hampshire Film Festival. The film has been featured on national media outlets, such as ESPN and NPR, and has won high praise from a variety of publications.

A discussion and Q&A with O’Donnell will follow the screening.

Held in collaboration with the Graduate Art Therapy/Counseling department.

an older man standing in front of a screen with an image on it
Art Exhibition

Graduating Undergraduate Student Art Show

April 12 - 24
William Blizard Gallery

Second Floor, Blake Hall
Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closing Reception: Monday, April 24, 4-5:30 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery

This exhibit showcases the work of graduating seniors in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Works include graphic design, ceramics, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.

Painting by Wyatt DeFriesse, Art Therapy major, Class of 2023

A colorful abstract painting
Dance Performance

Annual Spring Dance Concert

April 21-23
Featuring the Springfield College Dancers
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

The spring dance concert will feature new dance works by student choreographers in a wide variety of styles from contemporary to tap. Don't miss this exciting event!

Tickets: General admissions: $8, students: $4, senior citizens and children ages 12 and younger: $2
Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (413) 748-3805

two female dancers carrying another female dancer
Featuring the Springfield College Community Chorus and Springfield College Band

Annual Spring Concert

Tuesday, April 25 at  7:30 p.m.
Marsh Memorial Chapel

Usher in the spring season with the annual Spring Music Concert, which will feature the music of the Springfield College Community Chorus, the Springfield College Band, and performances from student musicians involved in the applied music program.

two students members of the Springfield College band playing guitar during a concert
Art Exhibition

Graduate Art Therapy/Counseling Majors Exhibition

May 1 - May 13
William Blizard Gallery

Second Floor, Blake Hall
Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 2, 4-5:30 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery
Closing Reception:
Saturday, May 13, noon to 2 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery

This exhibit features work by the graduating students in the graduate art therapy/counseling program. Works include graphic design, ceramics, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.

Painting by Michaela Ciovacco, Art Therapy/Counseling major, Graduate Class of 2023

a portion of a colorful abstract painting

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to attend any of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series events, please contact Julie Calhoun at least two weeks in advance of the event date, at jcalhoun2@springfield.edu or (413) 748-3930 to discuss your accessibility needs.

COVID Guidelines: Please visit springfield.edu/covid for the latest updates on attending in-person events.

William Simpson Fine Arts Series Committee Members, Spring 2023: 

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

Justine Dymond

Christopher Gagne, Committee Chair
Sarah Zehnder Martin Shell 
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