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.
Off-the-shelf garments, textiles and threads/yarns can be nondestructively transformed into electronic circuit components using reactive vapor deposition. Selected technologies created using vapor-coated fibers and textiles will be described, including: (1) smart elbow braces for movement sensing; (2) textile triboelectric generators that convert small body motions into stored energy; (3) thread/yarn supercapacitors that can be sewed or knitted into garments for wearable and portable energy storage; (4) fabric electrodes for bioimpedance spectroscopy; (5) wear-, wash- and ironing-resistant active heating garments; and (6) thermoelectric wristbands that convert stray body heat into stored power.
A 2010 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.), Gierre J. Godley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher currently living in NYC. He began his training under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre has also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School and Millikin University (B.S. in biology, dance minor). He has been on faculty at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Los Angeles), Fancy Feet Dance Studio (Bronx, N.Y.) and the Centre for the Dansarts (Arkansas), and is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. As a choreographer, Gierre has created works for the Steffi Nossen Dance Co., The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all-male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has performed in various national and international venues.
This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall 2018 Guest Artist Series.
The Scott H. Nagle ’85 Fund for Summer Fellowships in Asian Art and Culture supports summer research and travel on topics related to Asian art every year. The 2018 recipients were Mika Obayashi ’19 and Lorelei Dietz ’20. They will be speaking about their experiences on Friday, September 21 at 5 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. Please join us to hear about what they did in Japan this past summer.
You are cordially invited to the first Arabic movie night screening organized by The Arabic Program at Amherst College, Teer Enta (translates to "You May Go").
The movie is a great light-hearted Egyptian comedy that features a vet who falls in love with the owner of a sick puppy in his clinic. On his birthday, he finds a genie who transforms his life! English subtitles are available.
Arabic light refreshments will be served.
While in residency at Amherst, the men of PROJECT 44 will explore and examine memory: how is it manifested, retained and received. Inspired by Gierre J. Godley’s fleeting memories of his grandmother who passed in 1999, the work also investigates the male figure’s relationship to the matriarchs of his life. The work will premiere in December in Queens, N.Y.
This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall 2018 Guest Artist Series. It is open to the five college community.
Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.
Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.
The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).
The Amherst Poetry Festival returns for a sixth year, celebrating the literary legacy and contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
Anchored by the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, the 2018 festival features Ocean Vuong, the Astro Poets, Shayla Lawson, a screening of the new feature film Wild Nights with Emily, the No-No project, the art exhibition, reading Dickinson's poem "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" and much more!
A poetry master class with Amherst College writer-in-residence Shayla Lawson and Astro poet Dorothea Lasky is free to all on Saturday, September 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.
Organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum, and funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council and Amherst Business Improvement District, this year's festival partners include Mass Poetry, the Jones Library, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hope & Feathers Framing and Printing, Attack Bear Press, Union St. Records and other local businesses and organizations.