Join us for the
Arts for Life
Museum of Art
Paul Creative Arts Center
Friday, October 8
Remarks by Kenneth Fuld, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and special guest, Commissioner Van McLeod of the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by October 1
(space is limited).
Why is this the year of the arts at the University of New Hampshire? Fifty years ago Isabel Paul donated funds to build the Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC). By now, all of you who have visited PCAC over the years know this boxy, brick building pretty well. It’s where you can see the work of artists, experience plays and dance performances, and listen to live music. It’s way more than a building—it’s about people and creativity, it’s about art. Learn more about the yearlong roster of signature events celebrating Arts for Life at the PCAC Web site.
Deborah Kinghorn, chair, theatre and dance:
“In the beginning it was just tough to get everyone together at the same time, let alone talk about a celebration of the arts. But when we started talking, we realized that an incredible amount of art has been produced and created here. What is special for us in theatre is to have our alumni come back and work with us as professionals and as mentors for our students. Brian Swasey ’95, a New York City-based producer and director/choreographer, will direct Rent; and Mike O’Malley ’88 wrote a play, Diverting Devotion, and well, it’s great. I think it’s important for all of us to take a moment and look around and see, really see, the creative work that’s all around us—the art work, the music, the dramas that we watch—and appreciate that there was a person, an artist, who created it. What I really appreciate is the sense of support that we in the Paul Creative Arts Center have experienced from across the University. We really are all interconnected. That has been truly wonderful.”
Robert Stibler, chair, music
“This is about the role of the arts in society and in our individual lives. But I’ll tell you what has us really excited is the chance to perform with our former students. We’ve got great alumni and they’re all over the country and they’re coming back. In December Professor William Kempster will direct Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123—with great alumni soloists. In February, I’ll perform on trumpet along with three former students—all trumpeters. We’ll be doing pieces by Bach and Handel. Then, in January, Barbara Bonney, world renowned lyric soprano, will perform a concert of art songs with Professor Arlene Kies accompanying her on piano. One of the most wonderful rewards for us as faculty members is to have this opportunity to work with our former students, to have them come back, now as accomplished performers, and join us on stage to perform music. It’s a very moving experience for both parties.”
Scott Schnepf, acting chair, art and art history
“For the past 50 years, the fine arts have been, and continue to be, an ongoing success story. Throughout the year, we’ll feature the work of artists who teach here now, of those who’ve taught here, and of our students who have gone on to forge their own artistic careers. This will be a year of contemplation and inspiration and, most certainly, great conversation. Our Salon Series will feature talks by Sigmund Abeles, Arthur Balderacchi and Melvin Zabarsky, and also by alumni such as John Jacobsmeyer, James Aponovich, and Gary Haven Smith. This year, collectively, we’ll get to tell and share this wonderful story.”
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