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Colby-Sawyer College to Host Artist and Scholar Lecture Series to Promote the Arts and Proposed Fine & Performing Arts Center

NEW LONDON, N.H., Sept. 10, 2010 – Colby-Sawyer College will launch the 2010-2011 Artist and Scholar Lecture Series on Sept. 14 with a noontime event featuring New London's most celebrated artist, Tomie dePaola, the internationally renowned author and illustrator of children's books.

This yearlong series of presentations by artists and art historians seeks to inspire people and raise awareness of the arts and introduce the community to Colby-Sawyer's proposed new fine and performing arts center campaign. Community members are invited to attend and admission is free.

“The Artist and Lecture Series highlights the vitality of the arts and the college's rich history as a cultural center for the Lake Sunapee Region,” says Jon Keenan, professor of Fine and Performing Arts. “We hope to engage people with a series that features a wide range of artistic talent and captivating topics in the arts, as well as builds interest and support for a dynamic new arts center with the potential to inspire and strengthen our community.”

Tomie dePaola's presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Sawyer Center Lobby Gallery will focus on his extraordinary career as the author and illustrator of more than 200 children's books. His books include the Strega Nona series, the autobiographical 26 Fairmount Avenue series, and one of his personal favorites, Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. DePaola's work has been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.

This second event of the series will feature highly esteemed art historian Robert T. Singer, founding curator of the Pavilion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). His presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in Sawyer Fine Arts Center's Gordon Hall will explore depictions of animals, birds, fish and bugs in 2,000 years of Japanese painting, sculpture, ceramics and lacquer, which he describes as “among the very finest — the most alive and often humorous — of any culture in world history.” Singer leads LACMA's Department of Japanese Art and oversees 12 rotating exhibitions in the pavilion each year in the painting, woodblock print and netsuke galleries.

The series continues with presentations by some of the college's talented artists and art historians. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Sawyer Center Lobby Gallery, art historian Brian Clancy, an assistant professor of art and architectural history in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, will discuss the upcoming exhibition of master prints from the college's Permanent Collection.

In his lecture “You Found What in the Basement?: Rediscovering Colby-Sawyer's Print Collection,” Clancy will address the history and significance of this extraordinary collection, which includes works by Dürer, Rembrandt and Kandinsky; Japanese ukiyo-e landscapes and portraits by Hiroshige, Hokusai and Utamaro; and a surprising collection of 20th-century American etchings.

Professor Keenan and his students in the college's Ceramics Program will host the Empty Bowls Project — an international initiative that raises funds and awareness in an effort to end hunger and food insecurity — on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., outside of the Ware Campus Center. For many years, the students and faculty in the Ceramics Program have donated their handmade bowls to the project to raise funds for New Hampshire's food pantries, for the Doctors without Borders program in Haiti, and other charitable organizations. Keenan has taught courses in ceramics and Asian art history since 1990.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Julie Vogt will present “How to Make an Original Halloween Costume” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Ware Campus Center. Vogt, who finds that store-bought costumes rely on trite stereotypes and commercial brands, will demonstrate how to create a costume inspired by hobbies and passions that use a materials-first strategy for design. Accessories will be given away in the demonstration. Vogt, who specializes in theater and drama, recently joined the department as an assistant professor and will teach courses in acting, theater appreciation, and directing and stage management.

Associate Professor of Art Bert Yarborough will lead a discussion of the Colby-Sawyer Art Faculty Exhibition, which features recent work in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, with special emphasis on his own work as a painter. His presentation takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 12 to 1 p.m., during the exhibition, at the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery. Yarborough has taught classes in drawing and painting at Colby-Sawyer since 1997.

Mary Mead, adjunct assistant professor of printmaking, presents a discussion of “Artists Who Make Prints” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Hicks Alumni Lounge at the Ware Campus Center. She joined the college in 2009 and teaches introduction to art and courses in printmaking.

Professor of History Randy Hanson will discuss “Mexican Art from Outsiders to Contemporary” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, 12 to 1 p.m. at the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery. Hanson, an expert on Mexican culture and history, draws on his years of experience and travel in Mexico and his interest in the arts for this illuminating presentation.

Assistant Professor of Photography Nicholas Gaffney will give an artist's talk and slide show on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Alumni Lounge at the Ware Campus Center. His talk will touch on photographs he has made in the last 10 years, with an emphasis on his most recent work. Gaffney joined the college in 2008 and teaches courses in photography and digital art.

Artist in Residence David Ernster demonstrates his creative and technical virtuosity in clay on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio in the lower level of the Sawyer Fine Arts Center. David Ernster has taught classes as an adjunct professor in the Ceramics Program since 1999 and recently joined the faculty as an artist in residence.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Brandy Gibbs Riley will present “Graphic Design: National Visions within a Global Dialogue” on Tuesday, April 12, 12 to 1 p.m. in Gordon Hall at the Sawyer Fine Arts Center. She will engage in a discussion of contemporary graphic design — and national identity — within a global community. Gibbs Riley, who joined the college in 2007, teaches a variety of graphic design courses.

To learn about other events at Colby-Sawyer College, visit the public events calendar.

-Kimberly Swick Slover


Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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