Celebrate the Arts 2019-2020

National Endowment for the Arts

 

Tippcanoe Arts Federation Indiana Arts Commission

 

The Visiting Artist Series is funded in part by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Event dates/times are subject to change. For the most updated event information, please visit Wabash.edu/calendar.

All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

All events are open to the public.

Wabash College's highest priority is the well-being of its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. In following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the College urges members of its community and guests to exercise excellent hygiene and recommends that individuals with a cough or fever stay home from on- and off-campus events and public gatherings. We also ask for your patience in the event we have last-minute cancellation of events and other activities.

Ticket Information

Admission is FREE to all events. Free ticket are only required for Theater Productions and Visiting Artist Series events.

Ticket information:  www.wabash.edu/boxoffice

For further questions please contact: finearts@wabash.edu

All events are subject to change. Please visit www.wabash.edu/calendar for the latest calendar information.

 

 

SPRING 2020

 

Thursday, January 30
Visiting Artist Series: Steel Betty
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
Tickets are Required

Distinctively Austin. 

Steel Betty lives at the crossroads of what makes Austin, Texas the engine driving traditional music in America. Flavors of bluegrass, folk, blues, Tex-Mex, Old Time music, and classic country, are a reflection of today’s American music scene. 

Steel Betty, the hip, virtuosic trio, embraces Austin’s eclectic culture and brings this lively music out of Texas for the rest of the country to experience. David McD (guitar, vocals), Maddy Froncek (banjo, upright bass, vocals), and Micah Motenko (mandolin, piano, vocals) are multi-instrumentalists capturing the sounds and harmonies of Austin like no other ensemble. Music of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, spirituals, the Conjunto tradition, and more highlight Steel Betty’s performances. 

The trio often conducts workshops for aspiring musicians and students and has a wonderful, interactive program for schools introducing children to the great variety and depth of music from their part of America.

 

Thursday, February 6
Electronic Music Soundscapes Concert
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 6 - Friday, April 10
Art Gallery Opening: Noli Me Tangere: Lamentations
Artist: Kelvin Burzon
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ending: Friday, April 10
Eric Dean Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m., Saturday, 10-2 p.m.

WARNING:

This exhibition contains mature content.

Parent/adult discretion is advised.

 

The Eric Dean Gallery and the current exhibition, Noli Me Tangere: Lamentations by Kelvin Burzon, will be closed to the public through March 30 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and continued vigilance in helping to keep our community safe and healthy.

 

 

Noli Me Tangere, “touch me not” or “don’t thread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines the intersection of homosexuality and religion. Named after a seminal novel by Philippine hero and martyr: Jose Rizal, the photographs extend a conversation concerning repressions brought by religion, culture, and politics. Rooted in the artist’s Filipino Roman Catholic upbringing, the genesis of the series can be charged to the signing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015. This political juncture underlines the interchange between church, state, and marginalized groups they oppress. The often chaotic and conflicting intersections between these entities manifests itself in variations within the artist and members of the LGBTQ+ community. A veneration of sorts, the series borrows the visual language of religious art made new with accents of queer visual vocabulary. The work recontextualizes Catholic narratives and imagery by the insertion of queer community members and allies. It aims to carve a space for an alternative narrative and representation, and aims to interrupt our intrinsic communal understanding of the religious canon. 

Artist Biography: Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist and educator whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. He graduated from Wabash College and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University’s School of Art + Design. His work has been exhibited abroad and all over the country and is a part of several permanent collections including The Kinsey Institute and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He’s presented his work at several conventions including the Society of Photographic Educations regional and national conferences and The Filipinx-American Library retreat in San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

 

Wednesday – Saturday, February 26-29

Theater Production: Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka
Director: Heidi Winters-Vogel
Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
Tickets are Required

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.

 

Tuesday, March 17
Glee Club Campus Concert
This event has been cancelled.

 

Thursday, March 19
President's Distinguished Speaker Series: Luke Messer
This event has been cancelled.

 

Monday, March 23
Brigance Forum Lecture by Dave Tell
Baxter Hall, Room 101
8:00 p.m.
This event has been cancelled.

 

Thursday, March 26
Music Student Recital
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, April 2
Wamidan Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.This event has been cancelled.

 

President's Distinguished Speaker Series: Kathleen Parker
Monday, April 6
This event has been cancelled.

 

Thursday, April 9
Brass Ensemble Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

 

Monday, April 13
146th Baldwin Oratorical Contest
Korb Classroom, Fine Arts Center 
7:30 p.m.

The Baldwin Oratorical Contest is the oldest continuous public speaking contest west of the Alleghenies. This event will be the 146th Baldwin Oratorical Contest.

 

Tuesday, April 14
Jazz Ensemble & Combo Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday – Saturday, April 22-25
Theater Production: Public Enemy by Henrik Ibsen in a version by David Harrower
Director: James Cherry
Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
This event has been cancelled.

 

Friday, April 24 - Friday, May 12
Art Gallery Opening: Senior Art Majors Exhibition
Artists: Wabash Art Majors Class of 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Eric Dean Art Gallery, Fine Arts Center
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m., Saturday, 10-2 p.m.
Also open for Graduation Weekend, May 10-12, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Wabash senior Art Majors will exhibit their work. This exhibition represents a final rite of passage for these talented men who have dedicated their academic focus to the visual arts.

 

Sunday, May 3
Chamber Orchestra Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.


 

Prior Events

FALL 2019

 

President's Distinguished Speaker Series: U.S. Senator Mike Braun
Tuesday, September 3
Salter Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are Required

The President's Distinguished Speaker Series presents U.S. Senator Mike Braun.

Senator Braun graduated from Wabash in 1976. He majored in economics and as President of the Student Body. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1978. Senator Braun is the founder and CEO of Meyer Distributing and owner of Meyer Logistics. Meyer's corporate headquarters is located in Jasper, Indiana. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2018.

 

President's Distinguished Speaker Series: Will Shortz
Friday, September 6
Ball Theater, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are Required

The President's Distinguished Speaker Series presents Will Shortz.

Will discusses his favorite crosswords and puzzle makers, how crosswords are created, their curious history, and his lifelong passion for puzzles in general. He will also answer questions about puzzles and conduct audience participation word games. This is an informative, fun, brain-stimulating, interactive program for all ages!

 

Friday, September 13 - Friday, December 6
Art Gallery Opening: Unholding
Artist: Jessica Mohl
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m
Ending: Friday, December 6
Eric Dean Art Gallery, Fine Arts Center
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m., Saturday, 10-2 p.m.

Unholding is an exhibition of metal work and silverpoint drawings by Jessica Mohl. This recent body of work investigates the pattern of cycles and impermanence found in nature. Mohl draws on the beauty of overlooked ephemera, from seedpods to cocoons, to create drawings and sculptures using traditional metalsmithing techniques.  

Artist Biography: Jessica Mohl received her BFA in the Fine Arts and Crafts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of North Texas. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions and has been published in the Lark Books series 500 Metal Vessels. She primarily works with non-ferrous metals and uses traditional metalsmithing techniques.  In her work, she explores the beauty and mystery of growth and cycles in the natural world. She currently lives in Indiana and teaches jewelry and metalsmithing classes at Purdue University.
 

Art Gallery Opening: The Bellbird’s Morning Song
Artist: Damon Mohl
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m
Ending: Friday, December 6
Eric Dean Art Gallery, Fine Arts Center
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m., Saturday, 10-2 p.m.

The Bellbirds' Morning Song surveys a range of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures created for recent short films by Damon Mohl. The exhibition includes full-scale and miniature sets, costumes as well as detailed props, all of which function as individual works as well as the physical remnants of broader ephemeral cinematic ideas. 

Artist Biography: Damon Mohl is a Wabash College assistant professor of Art specializing in studio and digital production courses that range from drawing and painting to various approaches to digital filmmaking and experimental animation. He received his BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. With his graduate-level research focused on filmmaking, his thesis film was nominated in the experimental category for a Student Academy Award and screened in the regional winner’s showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. In the past seven years, his work has screened internationally in over thirty countries. 

 

Thursday, September 26
LaFollette Lecture
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

The LaFollette Lecture Series was established by the Wabash College Board of Trustees to honor Charles D. LaFollette, their longtime colleague on the Board. A successful businessman, Mr. LaFollette was a devoted friend of the humanities and the arts. 

The LaFollette Lecture is given annually by a Wabash College faculty member who is charged to address the relation of his or her special discipline to the humanities, broadly conceived. 
A reception will follow in Littell Lobby.

 

Saturday, September 28
Glee Club Homecoming Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday – Saturday, October 2-5
Theater Production: Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon
Director: Michael Abbott
Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
Tickets are Required

Eugene Jerome is a young army recruit during World War II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

Biloxi Blues opened on Broadway in the Neil Simon Theater on March 28, 1985, and won the Tony Award for Best Play that same year.

 

President's Distinguished Speaker Series: Nicole Ver Kuilen
Thursday, October 3
Salter Concert Hall, 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are Required

The President's Distinguished Speaker Series presents Nicole Ver Kuilen.

Nicole Ver Kuilen is an amputee triathlete and subject of the documentary 1500 Miles. Nicole lost her left leg below the knee to bone cancer at age 10 and has made it her life's goal to expand access to prosthetic technology for all amputees. The founder of Forrest Stump, a nonprofit advocacy organization raising the standard of care for amputees, Nicole will talk about her journey as an amputee, the 1,500-mile journey down the west coast, and her successful summit of Cotopaxi, a 19,347-foot volcano.

 

President's Distinguished Speaker Series & Visiting Artist Series: David Sedaris
Tuesday, October 22
Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
Tickets are Required

https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/david-sedaris
https://www.davidsedarisbooks.com/

The President’s Distinguished Speakers’ Series & The Visiting Artists Series will welcome award winning author, comedian and humorist David Sedaris.

David Sedaris is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. He is the author of “Barrel Fever” (1994) and “Holidays on Ice” (1997), as well as four collections of personal essays: “Naked” (1997), “Me Talk Pretty One Day” (2000), “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” (2004), “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” (2008), “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (2013), and “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).” In 2005, he edited an anthology of stories, “Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules.” He has also regularly contributed personal essays to Esquire. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and have written several plays, including “Stump the Host”; “Stitches”; “One Woman Shoe,” which received an Obie Award; “Incident at Cobbler’s Knob”; and “The Book of Liz,” which was published in book form by the Dramatists Play Service.

Sedaris made his comic début on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, reading “SantaLand Diaries,” which recounted his strange but true experience working as a Macy’s elf clad in green tights. His original radio pieces can often be heard on the show “This American Life.” In 2001, Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In 2001, he was named “Humorist of the Year” by Time. In 2005, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album (“Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”) and Best Comedy Album (“David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall”).

 

Wednesday, October 23
Moot Court Finals
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

The finals of the 26th annual Wabash College Moot Court competition. Four Wabash students will argue a legal case before a panel of judges, including one Wabash College faculty member.

 

Thursday, November 7
Brass & Jazz Ensemble Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

 

Friday, November 15
Visiting Artists Series: Manual Cinema
Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.
Tickets are Required

Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/ video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. 

Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality. 

The End of TV depicts the promise and decline of the American rust belt, through the stories of Flo and Louise, both residents of a fictional Midwestern city. Flo is an elderly white woman who was once a supervisor at the thriving local auto plant. Now succumbing to dementia, the memories of her life are tangled with television commercials and the “call now” demands of QVC. Louise, a young black woman laid off from her job when the same local auto plant closes, meets Flo when she takes a job as a Meals-on-Wheels driver. An unlikely relationship grows as Flo approaches the end of her life and Louise prepares for the invention of a new one. Their story is intercut with commercials and TV programs, the constant background of their environment.

The End of TV premiered in June, 2017 as a commission by The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT.

 

Tuesday, November 19
Wamidan & Jazz Combo Concert
Salter Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday – Thursday, November 20 - 21
Theater Production: Studio One-Acts
Experimental Theater, Fine Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are NOT required.

The Studio One-Acts are presented by Wabash students in the acting and directing classes. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

Wednesday, December 4
The 52nd Annual Christmas Festival of Music & Readings
Pioneer Chapel
Prelude, 7:30 p.m.; Festival, 8:00 p.m.

The Christmas Festival, which started at Wabash in 1968, alternates performance of musical numbers, congregational hymns and carols, and readings from the Bible. It is modeled on the King’s College Festival of Lessons and Carols at Cambridge University in England. The musical prelude begins at 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow in the Sparks Center, Great Hall.

 

Sunday, December 8
Chamber Orchestra Concert
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.