Visual and Performing Arts Articles & Blogs

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'...
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
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...
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
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 at Clark University
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...
Clark-University-professor-John-Aylward
February 7, 2017
Clark University Associate Professor of Music John Aylward was awarded a 2017 commission by the Fromm Music Foundation. One of 12 composers chosen by the Harvard-based foundation, Aylward’s commission offers him the chance to compose a new work and a subsidy to have his collaborating musicians bring that music to life.
Sculptures and artwork in a gallery are part of the "Home" exhibit at Clark University.
January 13, 2017
Clark University will host a spring art exhibition, “Home: Self, Spirit, Space,” featuring the work of graduate students and renowned artists from throughout New England. “The artists in this exhibition offer various perspectives on this universal longing for 'home' — the quest for a sense of safety, peace, acceptance, and...
Clark University alumnus John S. Winkleman speaks at Mount Sinai Hospital in front of a display of his artwork
January 12, 2017
Walking down Lexington Avenue in New York recently, John S. Winkleman ‘77 noticed a familiar piece of art hanging in a storefront window. Looking more closely, he recognized it as one of his sketches. The anniversary celebration of the Our Town newspaper included a display of artwork by John S. Winkleman '77.
Clark University's Creative Arts Networked Communities event was held Dec. 1
December 16, 2016
Follow your passion. Be persistent. And if you want to make a career in the arts, don’t neglect the business side of the profession. These were some of the pieces of advice panelists shared with Clark students and other attendees Dec. 1 as Clark University kicked off its ClarkCONNECT community focusing on the Creative Arts...
Fileona Dkhar '17
December 7, 2016
In every Studio Art major’s life, there comes a time when your art has to leave the safe confines of the studio and make its way into the world. Through Studio Topics, my capstone course, my classmates and I have reached that time. While the class is the most intimidating I’ve taken at Clark, it provides the freedom of...
Soldiers take a break from fighting during the Vietnam War (National Archives photo)
December 2, 2016
“I didn’t set out to make this film at all,” Soren Sorensen told the audience at the Nov. 9 screening of his documentary, “My Father’s Vietnam.” Sorensen, a visiting lecturer in the Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Department, would go on to describe the experience of bringing to life the story of his father,...
Raechel Segal on stage in "Night Watch."
December 1, 2016
As a Theatre Arts major, I can’t make many promises. I can’t promise that, come graduation, I won’t be wandering the streets begging for a slice of bread, “Les Miserables”-style. But here’s what I can guarantee: As an involved member of Clark’s theatrical community, I’m meeting the people I should and getting connections I...

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