Visual and Performing Arts Articles & Blogs

Liam Day and Jaime Silverman sitting on chairs in the theatre at Clark University
April 23, 2018
Clark University shone brightly at this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional event, with juniors Jaime Silverman and Liam Day each earning awards for their contributions to Clark Musical Theater’s fall production of “The Little Mermaid.” The Region 1 Festival, which drew theater students from...
Pauline Wan, seated to left of James Dye, talking to him in his studio and looking at artwork on desk
April 6, 2018
When the Worcester Art Museum opens a five-month-long exhibition of local artist James Dye’s work on April 7, the art criticism of two Clark University undergraduates also will be on display. James Dye's award-winning "Temples of the Burdened Host." Read more about Dye's and other upcoming exhibitions and art criticism by...
Sara Cogan and artist Catherine Wilcox-Titus sits on stools and look over artwork placed on the kitchen counter
April 6, 2018
Undergraduate students in last fall’s “Art, the Public, and the History of Worcester: ArtsWorcester,” a Problems of Practice (POP) course taught by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history, are seeing their efforts bear fruit this spring. The students researched contemporary artists to be featured in eight solo...
Toni Armstrong stands and looks out a window
March 23, 2018
Toni Armstrong ’19 didn't come to Clark University to take it easy.  In her three years here, the art history/ancient civilization double major has indulged her curiosity and demonstrated her talents and passions in ways that span multiple disciplines. This kind of workload would be daunting for anyone, but Armstrong has...
Lynn Frederiksen posing in dance pose in front of brick wall in dance studio at Clark
February 21, 2018
Scholar, choreographer and Clark University Visual and Performing Arts adjunct professor Lynn E. Frederiksen ’79, M.A.’82, has a lifelong passion for dancing across cultures — an interest that led her to co-write a one-of-a-kind multimedia resource on Chinese dance. After graduating from Clark, Lynn Frederiksen worked at...
Painting of LIttle Colorado River by Ann Rosebrooks
February 2, 2018
Twenty Clark University students are involved in three ArtsWorcester exhibitions opening tonight, either as artists or as art critics. The 14th Annual College Show in ArtsWorcester’s Aurora Gallery includes the work of 17 Clark students. Two other solo exhibitions showcasing the work of New England artists — photographer...
Clark Theatre Rehearsal - Clark University
October 27, 2017
About a decade ago, Theatre Arts Professor Gino DiIorio had an idea while reading work submitted by students in his Playwriting class. “I kept saying, 'This isn’t bad. We should get it up on its feet.' Then I thought, why don’t we put it up on its feet?” And the biennial New Play Festival was born. The fifth festival,...
Clark-University-John-Garton-On-Roman-Time-photography
September 19, 2017
Associate Professor John Garton, art historian and painter, returned from Italy this past summer with an idea for an exhibition. But when his show opened last week at the Traina Center for the Arts, there wasn’t an artifact or canvas in sight. “On Roman Time: Minute by Millennium” comprises 28 photographs Garton took while...
Alex Hayes paints a brick wall at the Elm Park Community School in Worcester a shade of pink as part of a mural for POW WOW Worcester.
August 29, 2017
For the next week or so, you’ll find Alex Hayes ’16 surrounded by that which he loves – art and the Worcester community. “Art is a part of my life,” he says, peering up at a three-story brick wall at Elm Park Community School that artist Kristin Farr is transforming for POW! WOW! Worcester. The mural festival, in its...
Lisa Musumba sitting outside at Clark University
May 30, 2017
Clark University undergraduate Lisa Musumba ’19 of Nairobi, Kenya, has found a way to apply her multicultural experience and interdisciplinary education to help Spanish-speaking children in Worcester celebrate their heritage. Musumba, who is majoring in media, culture and the arts and minoring in English and Spanish,...
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
Hollywood star Lauren Adams looks on while student actor and director interact
May 19, 2017
Students in the spring Advanced Digital Production course at Clark University might have felt a little intimidated when they heard who would be critiquing their semester-end film projects: a Hollywood actor and two professional filmmakers. But they soon learned how valuable such an experience could be. “In critiquing...
Clark University associate professor Kristina Wilson, center, with "Cyanotypes" exhibit co-curator Nancy Kathryn Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, and Hannah Jaffe '16.
May 17, 2017
Kristina Wilson, associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University, received a prestigious Award for Excellence in recognition of her groundbreaking new scholarship as co-curator of "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," a unique and popular exhibition...
Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
May 10, 2017
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant Henry'...
Mitchell Gamache Screen studies
April 25, 2017
By his own description, Mitchell Gamache ’17 has always been a “visual kind of guy.” So, it felt natural for him to major in screen studies when he enrolled at Clark University. “Growing up, I made short films with my friends and studied graphic design in high school,” he says. “When I got to college, I wanted to continue...
Phat Tran standing next to building at Clark University
April 21, 2017
Whether he’s walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or just across campus to meet with an adviser in the Alumni and Student Engagement Center, Phat Tran ’19 knows he’s striding toward a successful future. The screen studies and management major credits a combination of factors for his confidence – a love of...
Rachel Polinsky stands next to Richard Freund on the green at Clark University
April 19, 2017
A Clark University alumna had a front-row seat for an international news story that PBS’ NOVA is featuring on April 19: archaeologists’ discovery last summer of a Holocaust escape tunnel built by Jews near Vilna, Lithuania. Richard Freund speaks at Clark in March.
Leah Bodin '18
April 18, 2017
If you’re ever looking for Leah Bodin ’18, chances are you’ll find her doing one of two things: playing softball or filming videos. Bodin, a screen studies major and student-athlete on Clark’s women’s softball team, unites these passions by making promotional videos for the Athletics Department with sports information...
John Aylward at the piano, Clark University
April 12, 2017
John Aylward, associate professor of music composition and theory at the Clark University Department of Visual and Performing Arts, received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is one of 173 current fellows representing scholars, artists, and scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, selected from among more than...
Sasha Kohan
April 10, 2017
FADE IN: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE BEDROOM – NIGHT SASHA, a 2016 Clark University graduate, hesitantly approaches an open laptop placed on a desk. Its screen glows back at her as she reads an email, her eyes growing wider. DISSOLVE TO: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE LIVING ROOM – NIGHT Sasha enters room with laptop, shows screen...
Alli Jutras
April 4, 2017
I am one of the first. Of what, you ask? One of Clark’s first eight majors in Media, Culture and the Arts, a new, interdisciplinary program introduced last semester where I focus on art as the center of my major while still immersing myself in other subjects. After my first semester at Clark, I transferred to the Maine...
3 Piece Meal band members posing
March 29, 2017
In 2015, Clark University students Akiba Davis ’16, Asir Arif ’18 and Diego Baraona Calvo ’17 added “groovy beats” to the annual International Students Association International Journey event. A year later, the trio — transformed into 3 Piece Meal — created “Tomorrow’s Forecast,” their first studio album released Feb. 8 on...
Daysha Williams '17
March 6, 2017
Daysha Williams’ Clark University experience has been a series of serendipitous moments. She first arrived on campus intending to pursue a career in public relations, but registered for a First-Year Intensive course called “How to Act Right on and off the Stage.” In that class, she met Raymond Munro, professor of theatre...
R Baldwin, a student at Clark University
February 24, 2017
Upon arriving on campus, R Baldwin ’19 fell in love with the atmosphere at Clark University: the freedom to pursue an academic interest alongside students and faculty who push you to be your best. “Clark is really good about giving students flexibility in their education, which I think is extremely valuable,” Baldwin says...
Clark-University-Ravi-Coltrane-Geller-Jazz
February 7, 2017
Critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, and composer Ravi Coltrane is the featured artist for the 2017 Geller Jazz Concert and recipient of the 2017 Selma B. Geller Foundations of Jazz award. The concert will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts. Tickets, which are $25...

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