|Saturday, April 25, 2015
Hannah Han, Arch ’15, Art ’15
Presents: Honor Thesis Show “Atmosphere & Light”
437 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042
Artist’s Statement: Early 2014, I was introduced to the works of J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)and was moved by his ability to capture the mood of nature in his later atmospheric paintings. Painting in his style, I was able to focus on the dynamic qualities of light; how it bounced, spread, and seeped according to its surroundings – these characteristics changed the way I handled paint. The paint became light, the process became my art. I wanted my paintings to evoke the emotions people feel when confronting nature—without painting nature itself. Later, I found myself moving away from Turner’s style to my own. Reflexively, my previous studies in expressive/gestural paintings and drawings gave this series of work an identity different from Turner’s.
Hannah Han is a senior at Lehigh University where she double majors in architecture and art. She has studied painting under Professor Berrisford Boothe for three consecutive years.
Zoellner Arts Center’s Notations Series Features
US Poet Laureate
TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at 7:30 PM in Baker Hall
“Billy Collins writes lovely poems…Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.” — John Updike
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University continues its fifth year of the innovative series–Notations: Lectures and Other Presentations–with highly-respected representatives from a variety of literary genres. Former (2001-2003) U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion” and a former US Poet Laureate. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Tickets are $10 for the public; Free with Lehigh University ID; Tickets required for all; Visit http://www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. A collection of his haiku, titled She Was Just Seventeen, was published by Modern Haiku Press in fall 2006. He has also published two chapbooks, Video Poems and Pokerface. In addition, he has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006, and edited Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, with paintings by David Allen Sibley (November 2009). His most recent book is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013.
Here is a video illustration of his poem, “The Art of Drowning,” directed by Diego Maclean.
Included among the honors Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also been awarded the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize — all awarded by Poetry magazine. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. In April 2013, Collins was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.
In June 2001, Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.
All lectures are presented in collaboration with the Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program. Billy Collins is supported by the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing with additional support from the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.
For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 or visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, or online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
For readers interested in getting to the bottom of this page, here is Billy Collins’ TED talk:
The multiple Emmy award-winning veteran journalist Bill Moyers has been selected as this year’s Tresolini Lecture speaker. Moyers’ talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 8 p.m.Tuesday, April 7, in Baker Hall of the Zoellner Arts Center. Metered street parking is available near the center, or for $4 in the attached garage.
The Rocco J. Tresolini Lectureship in Law was established in 1978, in memory of one of Lehigh’s most distinguished teachers and scholars, Rocco Tresolini (1920-1967), who served as professor and chair of the department of government. Moyers will be the latest in a long line of luminaries to deliver the Tresolini Lecture. These include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, former Vietnam War-era strategic analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Presumed Innocent author Scott Turow, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Watergate-era White House Counsel John Dean, Bush v. Gore attorney David Boies, and Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck.
Tresolini Lecture co-organizer Richard Matthews, NEH Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science, said he can think of no social critic better qualified to discuss the current state of democracy in the United States.“Over the course of decades, Bill Moyers has been for the United States what Socrates was to Athens: a voice of reason challenging citizens to pursue a more just political community,” Matthews said.
Distinguished University Professor of Political Science Ted Morgan, who sought Moyers as a speaker, said that he frequently employs Moyers’ videos, and that they have been critically important in his teaching, particularly in his class on the relationship propaganda, Media and American Politics.”
“For a verylong time,” Morgan said, “Moyers has been about the only option for television viewers interested in getting important critical information and perspectives on the enormous problems we face as a society. His very presence has been a model of what our democratic society so desperately needs from its mass media.”
‘An essential voice in our national conversation’
A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times and one that resonates with multiple generations. He’s earned praise from many colleagues, including NBC newsman Brian Williams, who described him as not only an essential voice in our national conversation, but also “the living antithesis to an era of shocking superficiality in our discourse and media.”Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He later served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970,
Moyers is credited with bringing aboard extraordinary writers such as Pete Hamill and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such ground-breaking public affairs programs as NOW with Bill Moyers (from 2002 through 2005) and Bill Moyers Journal (from 2007 through 2010). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; as well as Healing and the Mind; The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets; Genesis; On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying; Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home; America’s First River; and Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.
His latest media venture is Moyers & Company, which is available on air and online at BillMoyers.com. The program provides “conversations on democracy” and explorations of contemporary culture, with a focus on activism and social justice.
Moyers has received multiple awards for his body of work, including more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.
Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later, he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.” In 2005, Moyers received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity. He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America; The Power of Myth; Healing and the Mind; The Language of Life; Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times; and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011.
With more than 95,000 follows on Twitter, Moyers has taken advantage of the social media platforms to offer ongoing commentary on current events. Click here to follow Moyers on Twitter. Click here to see his Facebook page.
arts@Lehigh has always been a program that supports the arts community on campus and in the South Bethlehem arts district. The arts@Lehigh mission began in 2005 with a provost initiative which supported artistic, creative and aesthetic innovation among students and faculty, as well as collaborations with the community. Financial support, advocacy and communications were the focus of the ArtsLehigh mission. While the funding for ArtsLehigh program ended, we continued to support the arts by advocating and facilitating arts integration on campus, and sharing information about upcoming events and opportunities for the campus and neighboring community. Hence, the subtle name change from ArtsLehigh to arts@Lehigh.
From the beginning, we have been experimenting with multiple communication platforms and sharing what we know with as broad a reach as possible and reasonable. Our weekly newsletter email is a brief curated list of events and activities that happen in the upcoming week. The newsletter is linked to many web-based resources; helping campus programs and local arts organizations share information and build their own communication circles. There are limitations to the newsletter. We are only permitted to send it to the college of arts & sciences email lists. But even with the limitation, we have good friends in the community who share the newsletter to their email lists.
With the limitations of reach, we also needed to put some boundaries on the content; sharing activities that happen on campus and within a walkable distance from campus. There are rare exceptions to this cap; usually faculty or student art work in locations beyond our imposed perimeter.
The blog began as a way to increase reach by providing a platform for more extensive information to be linked in the newsletter, and as a way to provide shareable information in between newsletter releases. We enhance Zoellner Arts Center press releases by adding links for further reading, video and photos when available. We have an extensive portfolio of social media platforms through which we share the links to the blog, as well as support the social media efforts of other campus and community arts communications.
Two weeks ago, the Director or Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs for Lehigh University – Silagh White, with the blessing of the University Communications office made a video to support the “Our Lehigh” welcome campaign for our next president, John Simon. The content of the video was a quick tour of the arts venues in South Bethlehem – which all have Lehigh University connections. The response to the video was mostly positive. The feedback was enough to realize that there is so much art to cover, that maybe a weekly video to support the arts would help extend the reach and add more fun to the mix of communication efforts.
To celebrate the 300th post on the arts@lehigh blog, we share a big announcement.
Here’s a little behind the scenes revelation for our readers. For the last year, all of the arts@Lehigh communications have been coming from a one-person production effort. Of course, some of the information for the newsletter comes from helpful people who share information for their programs. There was a preferred anonymity behind the collected “we”.
So. This one-person communications team for the arts@Lehigh is revealing herself because she’s about to put her face on more videos. The videos will be rough, but will hopefully improve with each edition. Maybe she’s going to start writing in the first person. Maybe.
Curtis Stigers, the voice behind the Sons of Anarchy theme song, performs at Zoellner Arts Center tonight at 7:00 PM.
Following a two-month European tour
“Rock ‘n’ roll and jazz share so many of the same artistic bloodlines that it’s remarkable the two don’t fuse more often into the kind of inspired marriage of visceral clout and intellectual savvy conjured by the singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers.” – The New York Times
Tickets are $35/25 and available here.
In conjunction with the concert, there will be a free pre-show lobby performance at 6pm with Doug Hawk, the Lehigh Valley’s own funk/jazz/R&B artist fills the role of vocalist, keyboardist and principal composer in his myriad of groups. He presents a unique style, which can be described as historically soulful yet progressively hip.
Given his string of hit singles, millions of records sold and a 23-year recording career that has touched every continent and nearly every genre, one might expect Curtis Stigers to be very busy. The energetic singer/songwriter/saxophonist regularly barnstorms concert halls, festivals and clubs everywhere from Moscow to Manhattan, accompanied one night by his quartet, another by big band or orchestra. He has released new work nearly every year since he started recording, frequently collaborating with his musical heroes. Along the way, this musician who began his career playing standards in a Boise hotel lobby while moonlighting as drummer in a punk rock band has redefined the constitution of contemporary jazz.
Stigers’ repertoire is not so much eclectic as it is a reflection of his appreciation for the fundaments of tone and craft, for quality. (He credits his mentor, the late soul jazz pianist Gene Harris, for his first lessons in the art.) Though much has been made of Stigers’ perceived transformation from pop to jazz artist, in retrospect the progression of his work seems both organic and practical. “Pop used to be jazz. Jazz has always been about reinvention,” Stigers notes.
Throughout, Stigers makes it all look easy. “Hooray For Love [his latest CD] is the embodiment of what happens when everything works,” raves Critical Jazz. “Nothing short of amazing.”
Perhaps because he has penned so many notable songs himself, as well as writing with the likes of Carole King and Barry Mann, Stigers has come to recognize the small, perfect things that are a great melody and lyric, and how to capture them on paper and on tape. But it is his rich singing voice — singular, balletic, at turns mournful and playful — that has landed him on records with the likes of Al Green and Shawn Colvin, in studios with venerated producers like Larry Klein, Danny Kortchmar, and Glen Ballard, and onstage with a plethora of legends, including pop and rock greats Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, and The Allman Brothers, and jazz giants Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Gerry Mulligan, Randy and Michael Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Toots Thielmans, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, and many more. The voice, of course, is the thing: hearing Stigers’ confident, nuanced delivery is akin to seeing a celebrated actor lose himself in a role.
That talent was recognized early on by music business impresario Clive Davis, who signed Stigers to a record deal after seeing him in a New York dive. A debut album sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide on the strength of self-penned hit singles like “I Wonder Why,” “You’re All That Matters to Me,” and “Never Saw a Miracle.” A year later, Stigers contributed a cover version of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” to The Bodyguard Soundtrack, which sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, The Today Show, and countless international TV shows, put Stigers directly in the spotlight of popular culture.
More accolades followed. Stigers’ 2003 release You Inspire Me was The Sunday Times (UK) Jazz Album of the Year; in 2007 BBC Radio 2 awarded him Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2010 and 2013, Deutsche Phono-Akademie named Stigers International Male Jazz Singer of the Year at the Jazz Echo Awards; he received an Emmy nomination for “This Life,” a song he co-wrote and sang for the popular television show Sons of Anarchy. Stigers also recently recorded a duet of Cole Porter’s classic “Well Did You Evah” with Family Guy creator/actor/producer Seth MacFarlane and the John Wilson Orchestra, and he made a cameo appearance in MacFarlane’s movie Ted.
But Stigers seems to be the rare artist who has not allowed his success to influence his artistry, or his sense of self. Born in Hollywood, raised in Boise, and transplanted to Manhattan, he now resides, between gigs, in his hometown back in Idaho, a place where he says he can can raise his daughter and “live a real life.” Here, between blue mountains and green fields, Stigers is able to write and discover the songs he wants to sing.
Here’s a bit of Curtis… come swoon with us at Zoellner tonight.
Most of us in the Music Department know Linda as the superhero of ensembles. In her utility belt, she deftly serves as ensemble program coordinator, designs graphics for concert promotions, coordinates instrumental scholarships, assists the orchestra, and plays flute. In her spare time (yes, she finds it), she’s a visual artist. Her work is exhibiting now in Easton, PA at the Nurture Nature Center; 519 Northampton Street. The center is open to the public on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm, and Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Don’t miss this chance to see Linda’s work.
The next Zoellner Guest Artist is a welcome respite from the droll winter weather. The American Repertory Ballet Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” accompanied by the music of Felix Mendelssohn. This is a new production by the New Jersey company this season. Artistic Director Douglas Martin has envisioned the work to focus on the characters; their stories with balance to the attention typically paid to the “dream.”
“The traditional ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream, most famously, Sir Frederick Ashton’s production, is performed in one act to Mendelssohn’s score “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,'” Martin explains. “My new version of the ballet will be in two acts. Act II is set to Mendelssohn’s score for the ballet, and the Act I is set to music from his First Symphony. I wanted to make a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that offered something new, but still choreographed in a very classical ballet vocabulary,” Martin explains. “In the studio, we’ve been working on creating very strong characters – both among the Athenians and the fairies. I love the worlds we have created, and look forward to sharing them with the public.”
Douglas Martin will also present a pre-performance lecture at 6:30pm.
The performance will be this Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at this link.
The faculty of the Department of Art, Architecture and Design recently awarded four Horger* Scholarships for outstanding performance in AAD. AAD faculty established the following criteria for the Horger award in Art, Architecture and Design.
- Awarded for dedication and excellence in studio art, architecture, design and art history
- Recipients are faculty-nominated and faculty-awarded
- Overall GPA was taken into consideration but was not a final determining factor
Heartiest Congratulations To:
Jaclyn Sands – Studio Art
Evan Orf – Architecture
Liz Phillips – Design
Lindsay Alexander – Art History
* Theodore U. Horger (known as Ted) was truly a renaissance man. His grounding was in the sciences, having received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics from Lehigh in 1961, a Masters in the same major from New York University in 1963, and after working at Bell Labs, the research arm of AT&T, followed by a two year stint in the Peace Corps in Chile, he had a life-long career with AT&T utilizing his engineering education and skills. Notwithstanding his educational and work background in engineering, he was devoted to the arts in all of its forms—music, theatre, dance and visual arts.
Throughout his lifetime, Ted pursued his interests in performing and visual arts endeavors. Despite living in central NJ, Ted traveled regularly & was a “frequent flier” at Zoellner Arts Center since 1997, attending theatre and music productions as well as guest artists events, exhibition openings and gallery lectures. During his retirement, he enrolled in classes at MoMA and NYU, further advancing his knowledge & passion for the arts.
The establishment of two permanent endowment funds from his estate: the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence Fund in the Performing & Visual Arts is a most fitting and perpetual memorial of Ted’s love for Lehigh and the visual and performing arts.