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DePauw's annual celebration of the arts is a showcasing of the artistic talents of the DePauw and Greencastle communities, and includes participation by students, faculty, staff, visiting guests and local residents.


“A horizon is a boundary beyond which lies a destination we cannot see – a metaphorical line of demarcation between a current, known state and an unknown future.”




Baggage Claims

This exhibition presents the work of an international group of 18 artists who explore the impact of the vast scale of population mobility. While baggage has always symbolized migration and freedom, in the context of the current global atmosphere it has become an emblem of uncertainty, fear, and change. On an intimate level, baggage transports and holds personal belongings, and by implication is a rich metaphor for individual and family histories. The term baggage also carries significant psychological meaning, referring to the burdens or blessings of those things in life that cannot be left behind. Baggage Claims is the first exhibition to present a new body of work by contemporary artists who are examining these timely themes.

Baggage Claims is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, c2 - curatorsquared. The exhibition began a national tour in 2018.This presentation of Baggage Claims is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Efroymson Family Fund, The Janet E. Prindle Institute for Ethics, the Asian Studies Program at DePauw University, and the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at DePauw University.

Peeler Art Center



Keith Allyn Spencer Exhibit

Keith Allyn Spencer was born and raised in the American desert Southwest border region. An emphasis with the middle letter of my name helps diminish the perpetual mix-ups with similar named persons: Kevin, Karl, Kurt, Kenny, Kanye, and Pete. Currently, I reside with my family (wife, two sons, and a black Wiener dog mix) in Granville, Ohio navigating towards long-term job security, cul-de-sacs, and organic groceries.

Kent received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2011) and a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso (2003). Recent group exhibitions consist of Skylab Gallery (Columbus), Present Company (NYC), New Galerie at Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Simon Oldfield Gallery (London), and BigMedium (Austin). Recent solo shows include Ditch Projects (Oregon), The Composing Rooms (Berlin), Welcome Screen (London), Juicys Gallery (NYC), OFG.XXX (Dallas), Target (Indiana), and Domino's Pizza (Rhode Island).

“Me As a Parent”

Keith Allyn Spencer explores painting expansively. Party table covers, fabric softener sheets, clay hardened by heat, fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, and junk drawer items rendezvous. Spencer’s works catalyze ways to meander, poke around, test, & trespass.

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Efroymson Family Fund.




Putnam County Student Art Show

Works by students in K-12 from area Putnam County School Districts are on display throughout the Peeler Art Center to help celebrate ArtsFest 2018: Art & Horizons. Stop by Peeler to view anytime between October 26 and November 5 during normal building hours. 

Peeler Art Center Lobby    

Ongoing, Beginning Tuesday, October 30


Scientific Horizons

See examples of how science allows us to peer beyond the horizon of human perception. View microscopy images from the lab of Pascal Lafontant (DePauw Biology), and interact with molecules studied in the lab of Dan Gurnon (DePauw Biochemistry) using the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. Co-sponsored by the Tenzer Technology Center.

Roy O. West, First Floor

Sunday, October 28

1:45-3:45 pm

Art Attack

Green Center for the Performing Arts


4:00 pm

ArtsFest Gala Concert

Students, faculty and staff campuswide join in collaboration and celebration of DePauw University’s seventeenth annual ArtsFest. For opening weekend, the School of Music’s major student ensembles — band, choirs, jazz ensemble and orchestra — present a gala concert inspired by the ArtsFest 2018 theme, “Art and Horizons.”

DePauw University Band ~ Craig Paré, conductor
Jess Langston Turner ~ Agua Nocturna

DePauw Jazz Ensemble ~ Steve Snyder, director
Bob Meyer ~ Artscape
Bill Cunliffe ~ El Optimista

DePauw University Choirs ~ Eric Schmidt, director
Daniel Elder ~ “Lullaby” from Three Nocturnes, performed by the University Chorus
Peter L. van Dijk ~ Horizons, performed by Chamber Singers
Jake Runestad ~ We Can Mend The Sky, by DePauw University Chorus & Chamber Singers

DePauw University Orchestra ~ Orcenith Smith, music director
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ~ Capriccio Espagnol

General admission: $5
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.

Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium


6:00 pm

Tokyo Gate One Trio

Music on the Square


7:30 pm

Faculty Select Series: Tony Weinstein

In response to this year’s ArtsFest theme, “Art and Horizons,” faculty pianist Tony Weinstein and his wife and chamber partner Karina Avanesian, turn to horizons within. During the nineteenth century, music for the piano-four-hand became a medium through which the entire musical world could be captured. For DePauw’s Faculty Select Series, the Weinsteins demonstrate the expanded horizons of the four-hand piano repertoire with performances of Schubert’s great Fantasia in F minor, a masterpiece specifically composed to elevate a genre that had been, up to that point, seen as a pleasant diversion or an acceptable activity for a date; Brahms’s arrangement of the famous Schumann Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello, which allows two players one instrument to share the interplay of the variety of colors and textures it normally takes four to produce; and the ultimate band-in-a-nutshell, Nadezhda Rimsky-Korsakov’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy – interpreting the sounds of an entire orchestra through the tips of twenty fingers.


Tuesday, October 30


Panel Discussion, Baggage Claims

Join panelists Angela Castaneda, JD Grove, and Craig Hadley for a discussion on our concepts of home and a tour of our current traveling exhibit, Baggage Claims.

Peeler Art Center Auditorium

Tuesday, October 30

7:00 pm

Ex Machina

In this Academy Award winning science fiction thriller, Caleb (Domhall Gleeson), a 26 year old programmer at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the reclusive CEO. When Caleb arrives at the remote location, though, he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl (Alicia Vikander). Free and open to the public.

Ashley Square Cinema

Wednesday, October 31

10:20 am

School of Music Recital Hour

The DePauw School of Music presents a special recital hour looking at the horizon between life and death as well as the natural and supernatural.  Join us for a special Halloween inspired hour of music.



11:30 am

Faculty Scholarly and Artistic Forum:

Jeanette Pope (Geosciences), RSVP

Hoover Hall, Hamilton Room


4:15 pm

Uruguayan poet Silvia Guerra

Peeler Art Gallery, Auditorium

Thursday, November 1

11:30 am

Ensemble Chartreuse Open Rehearsal



4:15 pm

Artist Talk with Avery Lawrence, Baggage Claims

Artists Avery Lawrence will give a talk about his work, in particular, his work in the current traveling exhibit on display, Baggage Claims. 

Peeler Art Center Auditorium


8:30 pm

Jazz at the Duck

The Fluttering Duck


11:30 am

Lecture with Alexandra Bell

Alexandra Bell is a Brooklyn-based artist. She will deliver a public lecture on her "Counternarratives" series. "Counternarratives," is a series of massively enlarged New York Times articles edited to expose the media's ideological biases and racial assumptions. By posting these edits in everyday public spaces in New York City, Bell is working to reshape the public imaginary around the construction, consumption, and circulation of information. "Counternarratives demands that we reconsider the ideological patterns and social effects of the news and the politics of information more broadly.

PCCM, Watson Forum

Saturday, November 3

5:30 pm

International Student Association Bazaar

Sunday, November 4

7:30 pm

Performing Arts Series: Moira Smiley

Moira Smiley is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist whose music has been featured in films as well as on PBS and BBC television. In addition to her solo work and work with her group VOCO, Smiley has also toured with such well known groups as the Irish band Solas, Jayme Stone’s The Lomax Project and Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices. Smiley’s vocal work can be heard on over sixty albums as a primary artist or as a guest on recordings made by other musical collaborators. Smiley’s November 4 concert is the closing event in the annual DePauw ArtsFest celebration and in honor of the 2018 ArtsFest theme “Art and Horizons” Ms. Smiley will be performing music from her latest album, “Unzip the Horizon.”