Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing, and community arts.
Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.
September 14: Artist Visit/Mead Museum
Meet Donnabelle Casis, a Filipina-American artist whose current work draws from varied sources--ancient Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, bullfighting costumes, and facial recognition software.
Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina-American artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. Her current work explores identity and its relationship to markers and patterns. Casis looks for the hidden geometries that connect disparate and discrete perspectives to form a greater whole.
She earned an MFA in painting from the University of Washington and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, and grants from the Northampton Arts Council. She was also a finalist for the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work is included in several public and private collections and has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at across the country.
Donnabelle is a member of the Curatorial Committee of The ArtSalon. She is also a board member of LiveArt Magazine.
Seating is very limited, so RSVP quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!
UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:
October 12: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT)
Founding Director and dancer, Jennifer Polins, hosts our visit to this regionally renowned center for movement training and performance practices.
November 9: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Founded in 1786, the Gazette serves more than 15,000 readers a day and is an essential daily news source for the Pioneer Valley.
December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.