Prints of Darkness: shadow cast impressions


Artist’s Statement

The practice of engaging the shadow as the progenitor of form has directed my architectural scholarship and artistic investigations for over twenty years. The shadow is born of one thing yet reveals another as its transparent and immaterial essence animates the surface upon which it falls. It is this phenomenological quality of the shadow, once severed from the object that ignites my imagination and informs my creative process.

The work of this exhibition, “Prints of Darkness,” derives from a recent series of drawings, Tracing Time to Measure Space, in which I record the passage of time at three intervals—morning, noon and night—by sequentially tracing the shadow of an architectural object as it is constructed in one day’s time.   The object is then dismantled, releasing the shadow to exist as a singular composite drawing of individual moments frozen into a single image, a “shadow map,” from which new iterations of the shadow may be formed.  In this process, I use pencil on Mylar and purposely allow my hand to smear the graphite. Sections of the drawing are then erased to articulate highlights against the complex pencil wireframe. The resulting palimpsest retains the evidence of the process while revealing something new.

When anticipating my 2013-14 artist’s residency at the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI), I was concerned about how I might express the ephemeral effect of the graphite “smear” via the techniques of printmaking. With great insight, Professor Curlee Holton suggested that my focus should be with finding the “smear” that is inherent to the printmaking process, rather than seeking to replicate the effect of the smear. And so, in collaboration with Jase Clark, EPI Master Printer in Training, I began to conceive the potential of the printmaking process as a means of reflecting or re-casting my shadow drawings.

In this exhibition, the latent image of the shadow revealed in my drawings assumes new substance and form, translated through a variety of printmaking methods, including calligraphy, etching, silkscreen, viscosity, embossing, and laser cutting. Whereas my shadow drawings are projections of their objects, my prints became their inverse or reflection, shadow cast impressions—Prints of Darkness.

~ Anthony Viscardi

Rally 4 Peace

Rally4PeaceAbout seven years ago, a small group of amazingly dedicated teachers at Northeast Middle School (a Bethlehem area public school) started an effort to support their students with an anti-bullying assembly. They created an after school club where students could explore topics, and develop original work to showcase in an all school assembly. Students explored multiple forms of artistic expression: spoken word, song, rap, poems, visual art, video, and others.

The in school assembly is the capstone of a week long effort to promote a positive school climate. Following the MLK holiday, the entire school gets into the spirit of peace:

Tuesday was “Mismatch Day” – because no one is perfect and everyone has their differences.

Today was ‘Pajama Day” – to warm up to a new friends. Students were encourages to get to know someone different.

Thursday will be the day each homeroom celebrates their team building.

Friday is a school pride day. School colors and support for all the students involved in the Rally 4 Peace will end the week on a high note.

This year, the school is taking the Rally 4 Peace on the ROAD! In addition to performing for their school this Friday, they will present their talent at Lehigh University on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00 in the Fowler Black Box in the Zoellner Arts Center.

To get an idea of the kind of work these kids are capable of producing, check out this 4 minute video at the link here.

One final thought.
If adults are having a hard time untangling all the issues of race and injustice, imagine how challenging it would be to sort through all of this with the complications of pre-teen social adjustments. While it’s great that these students are finding their voice and the courage to share their views, it’s up to us to be present to hear them.

The event is sponsored by the Lehigh University Office of Admissions and the Council on Equity and Community, with generous technical support from the Zoellner Arts Center. We earnestly hope that a significant representation of Lehigh is present for this event.

HDS Arched Glory

If you wandered by the main entrance to Chandler-Ullmann, you might have spotted a wooden design stretching from the fountain to the outer rim of the plaza. The sculptural arch was one of the outcomes of a new initiative envisioned and launched by professors Anthony Viscardi and Nik Nikolov. The Hammerschalg Design series invited architects and designers to campus to engage with students in lecture and workshop with a variety of materials and techniques. Students engaged in projects in Chandler-Ullmann and the new Mountaintop Research facility.

“This was an amazing project as the final HDS design build series this semester.  Two days of great student engagement, persistent faculty involvement and elegant spatial construction, truly a fine example of the architecture of Play. We are very proud and delighted”

~ Anthony Viscardi, executor and director of the Hammerschlag Design Series
Professor of Architecture, Lehigh University

We invite you to take a closer look at the design and marvel at its intricacies of construction.

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Vega Quartet returns as Artists-in-Residence

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The Vega String Quartet with on-stage cabaret on January 23 and Four Generations on January 25, 2015

Zoellner Arts Center welcomes back the Vega String Quartet with two performances in Baker Hall. The first show is a cabaret performance on January 23 which allows patrons to sit on stage while enjoying dinner or refreshments on-stage. The cabaret dinner begins at 6pm with $62 tickets. Following the dinner, there will be two performances, first at 7pm, and second at 9pm with a $25 ticket. On January 25 the group returns for an afternoon recital titled Four Generations with a $12 ticket. Both performances are held in Baker Hall.

The cabaret repertoire includes Mendelssohn, Ravel and Puccini.  The repertoire for the afternoon recital includes: Schoenberg, Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte; Kim, Where Grief Slumbers with soprano; Salerni, String Quartet No. 2; D’Ambrosio ’97, alumni compositions.

Quartet in Residence at Emory University, the Vega String Quartet is on the cutting edge of the new generation of chamber music ensembles. After their Lincoln Center debut in 2001, the New York Times raved about their “playing that had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along…the musicians took real risks in their music making…” and the Los Angeles Times praised their “triumphant L.A. debut”.

They tour throughout Asia, Europe and North America and have performed in Brussels, Cologne, London, Mexico City, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo and Vancouver. In New York, the Vega String Quartet has appeared at Weill Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and on the Bargemusic Series; in London at Duke Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. The quartet is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals in Aspen, Brevard, Highlands-Cashiers, Kingston, Mostly Mozart, Musicorda, Rockport, San Miguel de Allende and SummerFest La Jolla. They have been the quartet-in-residence at the Van Cliburn Institute, on the artist roster of Carnegie Hall’s New York City Neighborhood Concert series, and were the only string quartet on the Community Concerts Association roster.

For tickets call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tues. 12-6 pm, Wed. through Fri. 12-5 pm, Sat. 90 minutes before curtain, or online at  Senior, student, group, LVAIC discounts available.


Zoellner Press Release – The Buddy Holly Musical

Buddy Coming to Zoellner Arts Center’s Baker Hall stage on January 17, 2015

(Lehigh Valley, PA)  Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in partnership with WDIY present the U.S. launch of the Broadway musical Buddy on January 17, 2015 at 8 pm. Based on the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Not Fade Away”, “Oh Boy”, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”, The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and more. Tickets are $55-35: call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), go to or visit Zoellner Ticket Services.  Student, senior, group, and LVAIC discounts are available.

Zoellner Arts Center will partner with WDIY to benefit both the center and the local NPR station. “We have worked together for many years promoting all events at Zoellner in addition to being a season sponsor of the Lehigh University Music Department, so this was an obvious next step to increase opportunities exclusive to our listeners and supporters.  Buddy will be a major part of our upcoming pledge drive and we are thrilled that Zoellner was able to bring the musical to Lehigh Valley audiences,” said Wagner Previato, WDIY Executive Director.

The Broadway production company approached Zoellner management about using Baker and related facilities for an extended period of time to prepare for a US tour after an extended European run. “This is an opportunity to highlight Zoellner Arts Center as a premier performance facility, with a production and professional staff, we are also able to offer our services to prepare national tours,” said J. Andrew Cassano, Zoellner’s Administrative Director.

Now in its 25th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.K. and around the world. Viewed by more than 20 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide, Buddy opened in London’s West End in 1989, and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore; winning numerous awards along the way.

Top arts@Lehigh stories of 2014

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An email I received Monday inspired this post. I was asked to share the top three arts stories at Lehigh University.
Instead of picking the top three arts@Lehigh stories of 2014, I picked the top three stories in categories that represent how I think about the arts when I look around campus: guest artists, arts news, student production, faculty research, and campus arts integration.
Guest Artists – top three:
3. Smokey Robinson at the 2014 Zoellner Arts Center Gala. Mr. Robinson was generous, and in great voice.
2. Nas and Angela Davis for the MLK keynote. Yeah, that was kinda huge, even if Nas wasn’t a “Zoellner” guest artists in the sense that he wasn’t performing. Thanks to Dr. James Peterson for bringing him to Lehigh. There’s nothing like celebrity status to start social justice discussions.
1. Darlene Love – Zoellner’s Artistic Director Deborah Sacarakis really nailed the timing of Darlene Love’s show in Bethlehem the day after her final Late Night with David Letterman performance.
Top three News Stories:
3. Zoellner Administrative Director Andy Cassano led the PA Presenters conference in May 2014. We are fortunate to have a visionary leader not only for our campus arts center, but for Pennsylvania.
2. Deborah Sacarakis was honored by the Lehigh Valley Dance Consortium with the Distinguished Service Award. (April 6, 2014)
1. Andy Cassano responds to Bethlehem City Council/Mayor proposal to raise the Amusement Tax in an op-ed piece to the Morning Call.
Student Production
3. Mustard & Cheese Reefer Madness. The writer, Dan Studney came to the show on Dec 6th !
2. Marching 97 at Yankee Stadium
1. Lisa Glover – Kit Rex
Faculty Research (items picked with performance dates in mind)
3. Erica Hoelsher – Costumes and mask design for the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of Eugéne Ionesco’s Rhinoceros
2. Bill Warfield’s CD Release Party at Iridium
1. Steven Sametz with LU Choral Arts at Carnegie Hall
Campus Arts Integration
3. Increasing community school outreach. McKinley Elementary School second graders tour the campus after lunch in Rathbone Dining Hall and seeing Lightwire Theater at Zoellner. That campus engagement led to a week long residency in July with local artist, Doug Royston. In October, the entire Broughal Middle School saw Cirque Alfonse. The PBS39 covered that story here:
Both of these opportunities were the results of campus support; financial support from College of Education and College of Arts & Sciences, staff volunteer campus tour guides, and generous expertise from local artist, Doug Royston and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
2. TIE Mercy Killers & Shostakovich 7th. Mercy Killers is a heart wrenching look at the consequences of America’s health care system. The one-man play was written and performed by Michael Milligan. Experts from Lehigh faculty and administration were on hand to provide reflection and discussion after each show. Story by student Madison Gouveia in Lehigh’s Brown and White. The Lehigh University Philharmonic took an extensive semester long study of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 which was written during the 1943-1944 siege of Leningrad. Books, films and a presentation by Lehigh University Russian language and literature professor Mary Nicholas gave the musicians a deeper understanding of the piece and its relevance to current Russian culture and politics.
1. Hammerschlag Design series. Envisioned by two faculty, Anthony Viscardi and Nick Nikolov, these experience fully embraced the creative potential of the Mountaintop Learning Environment.

Links to Darlene Love

Building excitement around a living legend is on one hand exciting, but on the other, intimidating! There’s so much about Darlene Love to get excited about. For our readers, here is a compilation of links to Darlene Love’s impressive work and some other interesting things collected along the way:

A list of 15 videos of Darlene Love:

Darlene Love’s first performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman, 1986

Nice 3:29 video recap of her earlier work:

Articles worth reading:

John Moser of The Morning Call interview and article

Dustin Schoof of The Express Times article Singer Darlene Love says fans will be ‘shocked’ by new solo album

David Letterman Says Goodbye to a Nearly 30-Year-Old Holiday Tradition

Darlene Love on Oscars, Letterman farewell, Springsteen-annointed Album

BvmBRvlIIAA-B6f-1Rolling Stone article on Darlene Love’s new album produced by Stevie Van Sandt

Darlene Love – Love for the Holidays at Zoellner

Zoellner Press Release

Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University presents Darlene Love in “Love for the Holidays” on December 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

A founding member of the R&B girl group the Blossoms, Love has collaborated with legendary artists such as the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, among others. Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

If there is a polar opposite to an overnight sensation, Love is it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee began singing as a child in her church choir in Hawthorne, Calif. As a teenager, she joined a girl group, the Blossoms. In the early ’60s Love was a member of Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, a studio group formed by producer Phil Spector. She subsequently recorded singles as a solo artist for Spector’s Phillies label, including the hit “Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home.”

Her vocals appeared on recordings by artists such as the Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, and Dionne Warwick, and she was lead vocalist on the classic “He’s A Rebel,” credited to the Crystals. But fame eluded her until she recorded her signature tune, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” featured on Spector’s 1963 classic holiday album, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999.

The song was intended to be performed by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, but Love, as legend has it, had a go at it in the studio and nailed it. But Love’s not just an eminence during the holiday season. She is also an actress, with several major Broadway shows to her credit, including the 2002 production of “Hairspray,” the Lethal Weapon movie series, and she’s released her own projects, including 1998’s Unconditional Love and the more recent The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of Darlene Love (2011).

It’s no wonder The New York Times raves: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” In 2014, she famously sang the acceptance speech on behalf of her other backup singers at the Academy Awards ceremony for the documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom.  After the Oscars, Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo/OWN signed on to “The Darlene Love Story” starring Toni Braxton as Love. The year ends with her 28th and final appearance on David Letterman’s Christmas show on December 19, 2014 singing her signature holiday tune. In 2015, she has her first full-length album with producer Stevie Van Zandt and songs written by Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.

Tickets for the December 20 performance at 8:00pm are $58/48/38. For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Wednesday through Friday from 12-5 p.m., Tuesday 12-6 p.m., Saturday three hours before curtain, or order online  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Zoellner recognizes corporate performance sponsors: Lutron and Viamedia along with media sponsor: 99.9 The Hawk.  Tickets are $58/48/38 and available or by calling 610-758-2787, ext. 0.

Zoellner Arts Center’s Cyber Sale

Did you think Zoellner wouldn’t love the internet as much as you do? How about giving  a friend, or even yourself a gift of inspiration or a night of fun?

Since they know that everyone else in the internet universe is doing a cyber sale, they don’t want you to panic. The sale goes until this Thursday (December 4th), at 11:59pm – that’s before Cinderella’s clock runs out.

So if you’re home with the kids on the first day of deer hunting season, pull up a mouse and get clicking!



Use the code CYBER here to receive 30% off full-priced ticket purchase for events in the 14-15 season! 

From your Friends at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Please note: 30% off of full price, can’t be combined with other promotions discounts.
Discount available online only. Some restrictions apply. Bethlehem Entertainment tax and online service fees will be applied. Sale ends Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 11:59pm