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ArtsFest 2015

Art & Transformation

ArtsFest is a gathering of writers, artists, thinkers and performers. This 14th annual celebration showcases the creative and performing arts and talents of members of the DePauw and Greencastle communities and visiting artists.

What do we mean when we say art and transformation? Isn’t all art supposed to be ‘transformative,’ to bring us spiritually, intellectually and emotionally to another place? We encounter art, and on the other side of that encounter, we emerge transformed. We view the world, and ourselves, differently.

Art is supposed to change us, yes.

But art is also itself an act of transformation. The transformer must be first transformed. The artist must change a raw medium—stone, words, notes, paint, bodies—into something new: the expression of the artist’s vision. Stone becomes sculpture, notes become music, bodies become dance. Art changes us, yes, but we also change art. We create and we interpret, and both acts are transformative.

And recursive. We also make and interpret the art of transformation. We make stories about how we make stories. We paint images of metamorphoses. We act out our own transformations.

Our visions are visions of change.


Julian Science and Math Center, atrium

Bodies and Biology: Transforming Human Cells, An Art and Biology Collaboration

Ten students in Professor Cynthia O'Dell's advanced photography class created a 26' long photographic collage incorporating cell imagery provided by Biology Professor Pascal Lafontant.

Medium: Archival Pigment Print on Matte Canvas

Wednesday, Oct. 28 

7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, auditorium 

Kelly Writers Series: Karen Joy Fowler 

Fowler is the author of four story collections and seven novels, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Jane Austen Book Club, a New York Times Notable Book, spent 13 weeks on the Times bestsellers list.

Thursday, Oct. 29

11:40 a.m. 
Peeler Art Center,

Aesthetics Panel with Amity Reading, John Berry and Andy Cullison 

3 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, Alcove 

Materials of Art: The Science Within

Professor Hilary Eppley's First Year Seminar, Materials of Art: The Science of Making Things Beautiful, will present their work and discuss scientific concepts behind their artistic creations.

4:15 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, auditorium  

Lecture with artist Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Using the methodologies and processes of both disciplines, she translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology into woven sculptures. Her method of translation is principally that of weaving – in particular basket weaving – as it provides her with a simple yet highly effective grid through which to interpret data in three-dimensional space. 

8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Inn at DePauw 

Jazz at the Duck

This week will feature Randy Salman, Jesse Whitman, Kenny Phelps and Steve Snyder. Our ArtsFest set will feature transformations of popular music into jazz pieces. Music from Earth, Wind and Fire, The O’Jay’s, The Association, The Beatles and more.

Saturday, Oct. 31

8 p.m.
Inn at DePauw, Social Center 

Performing Arts Series: Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project 

Composer and cellist Jon Silpayamanant '96 is joined on stage by percussionists, mandolin and various wind instruments performing “Klingon Opera.” The evening’s entertainment also features opening act the Bootleg String Ensemble, a DePauw student group who play highly charged chamber music arrangements of classic Rock and Pop songs. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.

Sunday, Nov. 1

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
GCPA, Great Hall

Art Attack for Children

An afternoon of hands-on art activities for children as well as special performances including singer-songwriter Bobbie Lancaster.

3 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge Auditorium 

DePauw University Orchestra
Orcenith Smith, conductor

The great Germanic tone poem "Death and Transfiguration" by Richard Strauss is the featured music on this orchestral program, which also includes "Javelin," a minimalist work by American composer Michael Torke written for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. While Torke's piece shows how minimal musical gesture unfolds from the tiniest seed to reveal a magnificent musical theme, Strauss's music reveals an emotion-filled story of a man's life through its transfiguration to a soul in the afterlife.

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4:15 p.m.

Peeler Art Center, auditorium

Feminist Disruptions and Enhanced Subjectivities: Women Graffiti Artists’ Transformation of the Chilean Urban Landscape 

Professor Guisela Latorre (The Ohio State University, Dept. of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies) will lecture on feminist graffiti artists and urban muralists post-dictatorship Chile.

MonDAY, NOV. 2

4:15 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, auditorium 

Creating a Potter's Paradise: Ceramics and Cultural Production in Modern Japan

Join Professor Meghen Jones for a talk that will explore the historical, cultural, and ideological factors making ceramics a universally recognized and prized form of creative expression in Japan. 

7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall

The Transformation of Little Women 

Communication and Theatre Professors Susan Anthony and Tim Good will discuss the transformation of the novel Little Women into other art forms – including play and opera. DePauw Theatre students will present scenes from Good’s adaption of the novel – directed by Good and Anthony, with assistance from Lindsay Bartlett '07. Students from the School of Music will present scenes from Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women, accompanied by pianist Amanda Hopson. 

The School of Music will present Adamo's full opera March 2-5, 2016.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

11:40 a.m. 
Peeler Art Center,
University Gallery 

Highlights from the Permanent Art Collection, 
curated by Taylor Zartman '15, reception

Zartman will speak briefly about artworks she recently curated from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection in conjunction with ArtsFest. Snacks provided.

2:20-3:50 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, auditorium

Transforming the Metropolitan Opera

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist James B. Stewart '73 and Prof. Eric Edberg discuss Peter Gelb's controversial attempts to transform the Metropolitan Opera and reach new audiences in the 21st century, as well as Stewart's process writing "A Fight at the Opera," his March 2015 New Yorker piece exploring the Met's cultural and financial challenges and as well as criticisms of Gelb's initiatives and management. This session of Edberg's "State of the Art" class will include video clips of some recent productions, and is open to all members of the campus community.

6 p.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall 

Piano Masterclass with Seymour Bernstein

The legendary Seymour Bernstein—renowned pianist, teacher, composer, writer, lecturer and one of the most sought after clinicians in this country and abroad – travels to Greencastle for a two-day visit at DePauw during our 14th annual ArtsFest.  Student pianists Shiyu Shu ’17 and Eric Heaton ’17 have been selected to perform for Bernstein in this master class, one of three public events in which he will participate during the 10-day campus-wide festival. 

7:30 p.m. 
GCPA, Moore Theatre

Performing Arts Series: Actors From the London Stage performing A Midsummer Night's Dream

Actors From The London Stage is a self-directed group of five individuals. They perform Shakespeare’s plays with a very basic production, using minimal props, no set, and the actors never leave the stage. Each actor plays multiple roles and frequently shifts characters while on stage, offering an intriguing and often comedic effect. 

In addition to performing the great comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the company members will visit more than a dozen classes while on campus and conduct an acting workshop for students.

Sponsored by the Gilbert S. Lance Fund, Amy Braddock Fund, Grannon Fund and the English Department.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

10:20 a.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall

Student Recital Hour

This recital, coordinated by Patrick Rutledge '16, encompasses the theme of Art and Transformation through various solo and chamber ensemble performances. The repertoire is drawn from a variety of musical genres, including musical theater, string chamber music and pop. Incorporating multimedia elements and the music of some of the biggest musical icons of the 20th and 21st centuries, not only will this recital provide representative examples of transformation as it exists in various musical contexts, but it will also demonstrate the transformative power of music in society and culture.

11:30 a.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall 

Lecture Demonstration with pianist Seymour Bernstein

11:30 a.m.
Memorial Student Union Building, ballroom 

UPDATED 10/27: 
This event is now scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Research Faculty Forum: Professor Eric Edberg "A Shift in Being: Music, Improvisation, and Transformation"

Eric will share how embracing the process of free improvisation transformed his relationship with music making and eventually his performing and teaching career. He'll perform free improvisations, joined by special guests, and discuss distinctions in the literature about differing approaches to improvisation, as well as recent connections he has been exploring between music improvisation, theatre improvisation, and work being done by Sandford Robbins of the University of Delaware and Werner Erhard on personal transformation.  

For more information, email Jeff Kenney, faculty development coordinator.

6 p.m.
Almost Home,
17 W. Franklin 

ArtMusic@Almost Home
Live music performed by students from the School of Music. 

 7 p.m.
Ashley Square Cinemas

Film Studies Film Series screens Seymour: An Introduction

The 2014 documentary by Ethan Hawke, Seymour: An Introduction introduces us to Seymour Bernstein, a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. It’s an engaging exploration of the creation of both art and a rewarding life. Co-sponsored by the DePauw School of Music.

8:30 p.m.
Emison Lobby 

Seymour Bernstein Post-Film Forum

Following Seymour: An Introduction, Film Studies and the School of Music will host a forum led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart '73 and featuring Seymour Bernstein. Co-sponsored by the DePauw School of Music.

Thursday, Nov. 5

11:30 a.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall

Life Lessons Learned Through Jazz with Judson Green '74

In addition to his evening concert with Eighth Element, there will be an exceptional opportunity to meet with Judson Green in this open workshop using jazz as a platform to entertain and teach lessons on leadership, creativity and change. 

4 p.m.

Artist Marc Swanson

7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge Auditorium  

Green Guest Artist Concert: Judson Green and Eighth Element

An impressive talent as a composer, pianist and 21st-century musician, Judson Green '74 infuses his love for music in a jazz-inspired concert of his original compositions.

General admission: $10 in advance, $15 day of event
Tickets for seniors, children and all students are free.
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Friday, Nov. 6

11:40 a.m.
Peeler Art Center, upper gallery

Yaakov Israel: A Lunch and Lecture with Professor Cindy O'Dell and Rabbi Mark Covitz

Join Cindy O'Dell, professor of art and art history, and Rabbi Mark Covitz, Jewish Life Coordinator, for a discussion centered on the artistic as well as the spiritual qualities found in Yaakov Israel's photographs. Snacks provided.

4 p.m. 
PCCM, Watson Forum

The Media Fellows Program presents "Transformation in the Contemporary Entertainment Business" with Writers David '73 and Julie Chambers

David and Julie Chambers will discuss aspects of transformation in the television, film and book industry. Not only will they tackle the issues of structural changes in the industries themselves and how those changes affect the work of writers and producers, but also the ways in which entertainment industries help transform society and the ways that society transforms the industry.

6-8 p.m.
Music on the Square

First Friday

The Greencastle Arts Council First Friday "Music Sampler" will feature Claude Cymerman (piano); Kevin Kinney (harp, flute, charango); Ashley Moeller, singer; and Chris Wurster (guitar), and an open mic at Bagos Coffee Shop hosted by Jeremy Black of Rockology, starting at 8:30 p.m. For more information, email Ron Dye.

Saturday, Nov. 7

6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reese Hall Lobby 

Soups and Sounds
Sponsored by the Union Board 

Come enjoy seasonal soups as DePauw students share music, writing, dance and performance art during this annual open mic night event. Interested in performing? Contact DePauw's Union Board at

Sunday, Nov. 8

3 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge Stage

DePauw University Choirs

The DePauw University Choirs, led by conductor Kristina Boerger, celebrates Art &Transformation with a program of songs that have evolved throughout the centuries from some of the very first four-part harmonies written in the West to song texts from Shakespeare's plays set to vocal jazz arrangements by Sir George Shearing. A company of thespians, under the direction of Amy Hayes, part-time assistant professor of communication and theatre, will collaborate with the musicians to preface the dramatic adaptations with a scene from the play that is the source of the lyrics.

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