Spectrum


  • Literature

    Ryan Teitman, Poet
    October 8, 2018 / 7:30pm
    Mukaiyama University Room, Frame-Westerberg Commons
    Free

    Ryan Teitman is the author of the poetry collection Litany for the City (BOA Editions, 2012). His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, the Southern Review and The Threepenny Review, and his reviews appear in The Rumpus, The Millions and Kenyon Review Online. He’s received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He worked as a newspaper reporter in and around Philadelphia before receiving an MFA and MA from Indiana University and a PhD rom Penn State.

    Baily’s Beads Annual Literary Magazine Celebration
    Dr. Nancy McCabe, Advisor
    January 23, 2019 / 7:30pm
    Mukaiyama University Room, Frame-Westerberg Commons

    Baily’s Beads, Pitt-Bradford’s literary magazine, has been named Best University Magazine three times by the American Scholastic Press Association and has twice been named one of the top 12 student magazines in the country by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

    This year’s issue will be unveiled with refreshments, prizes, readings by Baily’s Beads contributors and an open mic for anyone who wants to share original work. Selected among the best fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction submitted by students, faculty, alumni, and area writers, the work in Baily’s Beads showcases the diverse talents of Pitt-Bradford and the surrounding community.

    Beth Ann Fennelly, Writer
    March 19, 2019 / 7:30pm
    Mukaiyama University Room, Frame-Westerberg Commons
    Free

    Beth Ann Fennelly, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi, has published three books of poetry, a book of essays, and a novel, The Tilted World, which she co-authored with her husband, the writer Tom Franklin, that is set during the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River. Her most recent book is Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, published by W.W. Norton in 2017. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart and a Fulbright to Brazil, and her work has been reprinted in more than 50 anthologies, including three editions of Best American Poetry. She’s a contributing editor for The Oxford American and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.
    www.bethannfennelly.com

    Visual Arts

    Mirrored: Artists’ Self Portraits
    September 10-October 25, 2018
    KOA Art Gallery, Blaisdell Hall
    Opening Reception October 4, 2019 / 7pm

    Selected from the extensive collection of Gerald Mead, a noted Buffalo collector and educator, this exhibition consists of artworks in various media and stylistic approaches. Since the works either depict or refer to the artist who created them, they can broadly
    be described as “self-portraits.” The diversity of the decades-spanning works in the exhibition underscores the rich tradition of self-portraiture in the history of art and the continuation of artists’ exploration of this genre in contemporary practice. The artists
    included in the exhibition are Laylah Ali, Harvey Breverman, Ellen Carey, Hollis Frampton, Les Krims, Chunwoo Nam, James Pappas, Walter Prochownik, Jason Seeley and Cindy Sherman, among others.

    Exhibit your own portrait!

    Faculty and staff, students and community members are invited to submit a self-portrait no larger than 11x14 for an exhibition to run in tandem with this exhibition. All artwork is due September 21, and work must be framed and ready to hang. Drop-off work to Courtney Mealy in Room 155 Blaisdell Hall.

    Pitt- Penn Overlap: Full Circle Collaboration
    December 3-14, 2018
    KOA Art Gallery, Blaisdell Hall
    Opening Reception, December 5, 2018 / 7pm

    Pitt-Bradford and Penn State University will participate in a collaborative experience centering on the intersectionality of identities and inclusion in the art world and arts education. Conversations that question and challenge students in the digital arts, studio arts, arts education, and gender and sexuality courses will be filmed in an immersive 360 degrees and shown through virtual-reality experiences. In addition, students will weave together ideas to formally create and install a visual tapestry that illustrates their own personal
    and political ideas and experiences. The exhibition will take place in tandem at both universities.

    Light and Shadow: Woven Paintings by Rick Minard
    January 11-24, 2019
    KOA Art Gallery, Blaisdell Hall
    Opening Reception January 11, 2019 / Noon

    In his newest endeavor, Rick Minard decided to return to the figure as the centerpiece of his woven paintings but instead of exploring relationships as in his previous work, he wanted to explore the effect of light and shadows. The same figure is painted separately, with one the focus on highlights and the other on shadows. Minard said he is intrigued by the idea of taking the two opposing aspects of the same person and weaving them together to make a whole entity.
    www.rickminard.com

    The Veterans Book Project Monica Haller
    February 7-March 14, 2019
    KOA Art Gallery, Blaisdell Hall
    Opening Reception February 7, 2019 / 7pm

    The Veterans Book Project is a library of books authored  collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their printed format, the book provides a place or "container" that slows down and materializes the great quantity of ephemeral images on files that live on veterans' hard drives and in their heads. Each book re-deploys volatile images with the aim of rearticulating and refashioning memories. It stands both independent of and in concert with the larger collection.
    www.veteranbookproject.com

    Music

    Silent Films with Live Piano Accompaniment Donald Sosin, piano
    September 11, 2018 / Noon
    Bromeley Family Theater, Blaisdell Hall
    Free

    Enjoy a program of hilarious comedy “shorts” from the Golden Age of Silent Film, screened in high definition in the Bromeley Family Theater. Live music is provided by Donald Sosin, one of the foremost composers and performers  
    of silent film music working today.

    Buffalo Gamelan Ensemble
    October 18, 2018 / Noon Studio Theater,  Blaisdell Hall
    Free

    Experience the centuries-old musical tradition of Javanese gamelan. Performed on gorgeous, handmade instruments, gamelan features vibrant rhythms and complex, shimmering textures. The Buffalo Gamelan Ensemble offers an intimate and interactive look at this fascinating music.

    Vocal Arts ensemble Directed by Dr. Joshua Groffman
    December 4, 2018 / Noon
    Studio Theater, Blaisdell Hall
    Free

    The Vocal Arts Ensemble presents its annual holiday performance.  Join us to get into the spirit with a program of holiday songs drawn  from traditions around the world and closing with a selection of our favorite carols.

    April 11, 2019 / Noon
    Studio Theater, Blaisdell Hall
    Free

    The Vocal Arts Ensemble features student vocalists as  soloists and choral singers. Now in its ninth year, the  ensemble performs a spring concert of both traditional works and contemporary compositions.

    Chamber music performance: Christiana Reader & Alex Peh
    February 12, 2019 / Noon
    Studio Theater, Blaisdell Hall
    Free

    Christiana Reader, viola, and Alex Peh, piano, present a program of chamber pieces inspired by landscapes. Dr. Reader has held positions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and the Wichita Symphony Orchestras and has served as artistic director of the new music ensemble twenty.21. Dr. Peh has performed in venues such as the DiMenna Center,  Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Abrons Arts Center in New York City; the Kennedy Center and Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. 

    Celebration of the Arts
    April 18, 2019 / 5:30pm
    Blaisdell Hall
    Free 

    At Pitt-Bradford, we celebrate students and their work from all areas of the arts: music, theater, creative writing, and visual art, in this unique end-of-the-year event. Throughout Blaisdell Hall and its exhibition spaces, numerous capstones, performances, and visual and digital art will be presented and displayed. Poets, actors, writers, singers, dancers and musicians of all kinds are invited to perform during the open mic.  
    Refreshments will be served. 

    Theater

    The Division of Communication and the Arts presents 
    Julius Caesar

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert
    November 15 – 17, 2018 / 7:30pm and November 18 / 2pm
    Studio Theater, Blaisdell Hall $6 General / $2 Students

    Rome has a problem. Its leader is strong, charismatic and can really draw a crowd. But there’s something off about him. Or so thinks Brutus, Cassius and a bunch of other honorable folks who are pretty sure they can see the very bad place things are heading. And desperate times call for, well, you know. For the good of the Republic the knives come out -- and then things get really messy.

    Celebrating Women’s History Month,
    the Spectrum Series presents
    TELL ME WHAT’S COMING
    March 5, 2019 / 7:30pm
    Studio Theater, Blaisdell Hall
    Free

    New York punk queen and poet Patti Smith collides with Sam Shepard in 1972 Greenwich Village. The result is a cyclone of creativity that marked the second half of the 20th century. From squaller to iconic status, their paths are tracked through song and story. A special
    presentation in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

    The Division of Communication and the Arts Spring Student Theater Performance
    April 4-7, 2019
    Site-Specific Theater

    This spring the theater program will be finding an interesting and unexpected space to haunt, somewhere out in our larger community. Stay tuned for details!