Welcome to the fall 2022 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.

Art Exhibition

INorDINateLY EXubeRANT and Other Functions of/for Art

September 12 - November 11
William Blizard Gallery

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

Reception: Thursday, September 15, 4-6 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery

In collaboration with the artist collaborative, Habitat for Artists, this exhibit explores the dynamics of both public and private art making. The exhibit includes a working habitat, an anthology spanning 15 years of the collective, and a maker/collaboration space open to all.

a room filled with various art installations
Music Concert

An Evening with Kina Zoré

Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Marsh Memorial Chapel

Kina Zoré (named after a celebratory dance from Mozambique) has performed across North America with award-winning songwriting and virtuosic instrumental performances in the Afrobeat style. Zoré is Mozambican-native Helder Tsinine's vehicle for preserving the beautiful and endangered cultures of that country. Many of Tsinine's song lyrics depict critical social issues—war, HIV/AIDS, famine, and more—that continue to affect Mozambicans and many others worldwide.

Musician Kina Zoré on stage singing and playing guitar

Poet and Essayist Dawn Lundy Martin

Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:15 p.m.
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room A/B, Flynn Campus Union

Join acclaimed poet, critic, and essayist Dawn Lundy Martin for a selection of readings from her award-winning writing. Her poetry collections include Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015), winner of the LAMBDA Award for Lesbian Poetry; Discipline (2011), chosen by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Prize; and A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (2007), which was selected for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize by Carl Phillips and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Of Good Stock, Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017) Maggie Nelson wrote: "Dawn Lundy Martin's poems read like a real-time excavation of what poetry can and can't do; how the past is never past; how to stand in a blur, the 'griefmouth' of personal and collective pain, and somehow make thought, make fury, make song."

Martin is the co-editor of the seminal anthology Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/Radical WRITING (2018) and The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (2004). She also co-founded both the Third Wave Foundation and the post-theorist Black Took Collective. She has received the Academy of American Arts and Science's May Sarton Prize for Poetry as well as grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is a professor of English in the University of Pittsburgh's writing program, where she also serves as the director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, which she co-founded with Terrance Hayes in 2016.

This event is being held in conjunction with the annual SEAT (Social justice, Equity, Accountability, Transformation) at the Table Week at Springfield College, Nov. 7-11.

photo of Dawn Lundy Martin looking down
Theater Performance


By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Martin Shell and presented by Springfield College Theater

November 11-13 
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is to seek the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically accurate ether trip.

Here's lookin' at you, America.

Suggested Donation: General: $5; Students and senior citizens: $2
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

three female student actors in costumes
Art Exhibition

Student Art Show

November 28 - December 9
William Blizard Gallery

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

Reception: Thursday, December 8, 4-6 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery

Showcasing the work of undergraduate studio and design and graduate art therapy/counseling students.
Front gallery: Graduating student exhibition, featuring the work of Angel Stewart, undergraduate art therapy; and Bee Gigli, graduate art therapy/counseling major.
Rear gallery: This exhibition showcases the work of the undergraduate studio and design classes. Artwork includes ceramics, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, painting, design, sculpture, digital art, and photography.

black and white abstract painting

CommUnity Dance Concert

December 9-11
Featuring the Springfield College Dancers and Guest Artists
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Join us for an exciting evening of faculty and guest artist works featuring the Springfield College Dancers. The concert will feature a new choreographic work by international Dutch artist Didy Veldman. Veldman has created more than 45 works for 27 international companies, including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Goteborg Ballet, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. The evening will also feature a diverse array of works by Springfield College dance faculty Tatiana Desardouin (from the Passion Fruit Seeds Dance project), Kodee Van Nort, Maureen Shea, and Sarah Zehnder.

Friday evening's performance will be followed by a Q&A with the choreographers and dancers.

Tickets: General admissions: $5, students: $4, senior citizens and children: $2

Reserve your tickets now!

three female dancers leaping during a performance
Featuring the Springfield College Community Chorus and Springfield College Band

Annual Winter Concert

Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Marsh Memorial Chapel

Join members of the Springfield College Department of Music for their annual winter concert featuring the Springfield College Community Chorus, the Springfield College Band, and soloists from across the music program. Seasonal music and other popular favorites will get you moving and singing along.

students members of the Springfield College band palying during a cocnert

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) 748-3490 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 2022: 

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

Justine Dymond

Christopher Gagne, Committee Chair
Sarah Zehnder Martin Shell 
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