With the arts having been designated a “center of excellence” at BGSU, the fifth annual arts extravaganza—renamed ArtsX last year—will be, fittingly, a celebration of excellence in the arts.
The University’s arts programs will be on display from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Fine Arts Center, which will be the scene of numerous performances, demonstrations, exhibits and sales.
The annual Faculty/Staff Exhibition will open that evening with a reception in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Art Gallery. Providing accompaniment in the gallery foyer will be six quartets and ensembles from the College of Musical Arts.
Meanwhile, groups from the Department of Theatre and Film will present half-hour performances in Room 2000—the painting studio. In Room 206, the Creative Writing Club will hold a writing contest in response to an artwork.
Other clubs and organizations, from the Art History Association to the University Film Organization (UFO), will be hosting activities throughout the building as well. The Art History Association plans a trivia game show in the hallway outside Room 115, while UFO will showcase student film work in Room 204. In addition, visitors may purchase handmade jewelry created by members of SMAC, the Student Metal Arts Club, and see demonstrations of jewelry making and other processes, all in Room 101.
Also among the many organizations on hand will be the Juggling Club; the Comic Book Club, which will have an interactive drawing event across from rooms 201 and 203; the Sculpture Club, with a stone-carving demonstration starting at 5 p.m. and a bronze pour at 7 p.m.; the Computer Art Club, experimenting with digital origami, and the Student Art Glass Association, with continuing demonstrations in rooms 1200 and 1206.
Cody Peyton, an undergraduate art student, will be an individual exhibitor. He will do an ongoing drawing performance inside a constructed room in the building’s front, main lobby, viewable from the second-floor rail overlooking the lobby.
Other highlights will include a traditional Japanese tea ceremony from 6-9 p.m. in the Nakamoto Gallery; an interactive arts quiz given by University Libraries throughout the evening in the first-floor entryway near Room 110, and, outside the building, Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) buses displaying design and poetry.
“As the Wolfe Center for the Arts nears its groundbreaking, we look to ArtsX as one of the signature events to showcase the interaction and collaboration between the varied visual and performing arts entities on campus,” said art faculty member Dennis Wojtkiewicz, an organizer of the event.