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

This fall, we are showcasing a variety of visual and performing art events that will be largely virtual and publicly available online. Events include virtual gallery exhibits, physical art shows, dancers against racism workshop series, drive-in dance concert, author readings, music workshops and guest artists, concerts by the Springfield College Band and Chamber Ensemble, as well as live-streaming theater.

All virtual programs are open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 21- Nov. 13, Virtual and Live Exhibit, William Blizard Gallery

What We Made: Art in the Time of COVID

Virtual and Live Exhibit 
William Blizard Gallery 

What We Made: Art in the Time of COVID showcases a selection of creative work that has come out of this challenging time, with a focus on the resilience and creativity of the Springfield College community, and the importance of our voices in times of uncertainty. Creative work from faculty includes painting, collage, digital art, video, photography, sculpture, ceramics and poetry.

The William Blizard Gallery will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are limited to five people at a time. The gallery is currently open to Springfield College students, faculty, and staff only.

Virtual Exhibit Now Open

Art in the Time of COVID
CANCELLED

West African Dance and Discussion with Tara Murphy (all levels)

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Tara Murphy
October 7, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

West African Dance with Jason Aryeh (all levels)

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Jason Aryeh
October 12, 2-3:30 p.m.

Indigenous People's Day Celebration with Jessica Moore of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Jessica Moore
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 pm

Fiction Reading by Allison Amend

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 pm 

William Simpson Fine Arts Series Zoom ID: 559 865 5454

Allison Amend will read from her fourth novel, Credence, which explores the impact of a hate crime on two very different faith communities and follows the victims and perpetrator as they wrestle with their religion, their community, and their place in contemporary America.

Amend is the author of the IPPY award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novels A Nearly Perfect Copy and Stations West, the latter of which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her third novel, Enchanted Islands, was on the longlist for the International Dublin Award. She teaches creative writing at Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y.

Allison Amend
October 19, 7 p.m. – Virtual Concert; October 20, 1:15 p.m. – Virtual Talkback/Discussion

Musical Guest Artist Performance and Discussion Featuring Mehmet Ali Sanlikol

October 19, 7 p.m. – Virtual Concert (Access Zoom Here)
October 20, 1:15 p.m. – Virtual Talkback/Discussion (Access Zoom Here)

In this exclusive virtual concert, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol will take listeners on a journey of Turkish musical traditions through the lens of his one-of-kind compositional approach. There will be a discussion during the performance of the history associated with instruments played and various musical styles introduced. A more extensive talkback with the composer will be offered the following day. 

A musical polymath, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol has composed for, performed, and toured with international stars and ensembles from across a wide musical spectrum. Sanlıkol’s unique blend of jazz composition and Turkish music has been praised by the Boston Globe as “a true fusion of jazz and folkloric Turkish language and colors.” Sanlıkol pairs Turkish instruments, such as zurna (double reed wind), ney (end-blown flute), kös (large kettledrums), and nekkare (small kettledrums) with the jazz orchestra/combo to perform his Turkish music-influenced compositions

Mehmet Ali Sanikol
Oct. 26, 1:35-2:35 p.m. (all levels); Oct. 27, 2:45-4 p.m. (intermediate level)

Jazz Fusion with Brittany Monachino

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Brittany Monachino
October 27, 7:30 p.m.

Poetry/Fiction Reading by DeMisty D. Bellinger

October 27, 7:30 p.m. 

In cooperation with the Office of Multicultural Affairs 
A S.E.A.T. at the Table week of programming on social justice issues

William Simpson Fine Arts Series Zoom ID: 559 865 5454


DeMisty D. Bellinger has a Master of Fine Arts from Southampton College and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Nebraska. She has published works in many journals and anthologies, including Contrary Magazine, Okay Donkey, The Rumpus, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, and The Best Small Fictions: 2019. Bellinger also has a poetry chapbook, Rubbing Elbows, (Finishing Line Press) and in 2021, her full-length collection, Peculiar Heritage, will be published by Mason Jar Press. A Milwaukee native, Bellinger lives in central Massachusetts and teaches at Fitchburg State University. Visit her website at demistybellinger.com.

DeMisty D. Bellinger
October 28, 1:35-2:35 p.m. (all levels); October 29, 2:45-4 p.m. (intermediate)

Dancehall with Alysia Douglas

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, students in the Springfield College Dance program will perform in both virtual and live events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Alysia Douglas
November 4 & 5

Latinx dance with David Olarte

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
November 4 at 1:35 to 2:35 p.m.
November 5 at 9:30 to 10: 30 a.m.

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

 

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Dancers on stage
November 6 & 7

"Drive-In" Dance Concert

November 6 at 7 p.m. (with Concert Talkback)
November 7 at 2 p.m. (with Concert Talkback)

November 7 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Raindate: Sunday at 3 p.m.

 

Be a part of an evening to remember at Springfield College as members of the dance program present their first-ever socially distanced Drive-In Dance Concert, premiering exciting new choreographic works by internationally recognized dance faculty! View this free dance concert from the comfort and safety of your vehicles in parking Lot 9. Registration online in advance is required to reserve your parking spot. Parking spots limited. 

 

Dancers in a parking lot.
November 10, 4:30-6 p.m.

West African Dance with Jason Aryeh (intermediate)

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

Jason Aryeh
November 12, 13, and 14

Springfield College Theater Play Production

Presented by Springfield College Theater
Director: Martin Shell

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Saturday at 2 p.m.
William Simpson Fine Arts Series Zoom Webinar ID: 559 865 5454

Join us from home for a live theatrical presentation on Zoom! Student actors on the Springfield College campus join their classmates studying across the globe in a story chosen specially to feature the intimacies of our cameras and the hunger to connect with each other. Our title will be announced soon, and the link to join any of the four performances will be posted here as well.

 

 

 

Stage photo
November 13, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Tutting with Matthew Gibbs (all levels)

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

 

Matthew Gibbs
December 1-11; William Blizard Gallery

Virtual Student Art Exhibition

December 1-11

William Blizard Gallery 

The student exhibition will showcase the work of graduating master’s students, graduate students in art therapy, graduating Visual and Performing Arts undergraduate students, as well as students’ work in studio arts classes. Pieces will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, computer graphics, video installation, mixed media, and ceramics.

The William Blizard Gallery will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are limited to five people at a time. The gallery is currently open to Springfield College students, faculty, and staff only.

 

Megan Hoyt Art
December 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; December 3, 4:30-6 p.m.

Horton-Ailey with Lakey Evans-Peña

Dancers Against Racism Series: Move for the Movement
October-December

This fall, the Springfield College Dance program invites the community to join in virtual events led by guest artists using dance as a platform and lens to discuss racism. Classes will consist of both movement and discussion. All classes and discussions will be accessible via Zoom.

Zoom ID for all guest classes: 939 8624 2373

Learn more about the guest artists.

Lakey Evans-Peña
Virtual Concert Thursday, December 3, 4 p.m.; Virtual Talkback Discussion Friday, December 4, Noon

DJ Raydar Ellis Virtual Concert and Masterclass

Virtual Concert
Thursday, December 3, 4 p.m.

Virtual Talkback Discussion
Friday, December 4, Noon

William Simpson Fine Arts Series Zoom ID: 559 865 5454


Brian “Raydar” Ellis is an accomplished educator, DJ, producer, and MC. Since 2008, he has worked as an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music and a DJ and producer for Revive Music Group, an innovative repertory group that combines jazz and hip-hop influences. Equal parts hip-hop connoisseur and jazz aficionado, Ellis masterfully combines the two genres and creates music that people can add to the soundtrack of their lives. Ellis has worked extensively with nonprofit groups like the Boys & Girls Club and legendary music organizations like the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

DJ Raydar
Tuesday, December 8

Virtual Band Concert and Music Student Showcase

Tuesday, December 8

William Simpson Fine Arts Series Zoom ID: 559 865 545

In a new format, a recorded concert featuring music and videos by members of the Springfield College Band will be showcased on Tuesday, Dec. 8 as part of the annual winter concert. Christopher Gagne, assistant professor of music, along with student members of the band, will introduce some of the performances live via Zoom and allow the virtual audience to discuss the music and ask questions.

The band will perform a mix of jazz and contemporary music, which will include songs embracing themes of social justice and inequality.

The full recorded concert will be available on the Springfield College website after this event.

Students playing intruments

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, Chair
(413) 748-3443

Rebecca Lartigue
(413) 748-3189

Justine Dymond 
(413) 748-3902

Christopher Gagne
(413) 748-3277

Sarah Zehnder
(413) 748-3805