Arts at BGSU to be showcased Dec. 7

The name has gotten smaller, but what’s now called ArtsX keeps getting bigger.

After three years as the Arts Extravaganza, the fourth annual event has expanded to highlight work by creative writing and architecture students, as well as performances and demonstrations of art, music, theatre, film and dance.

It will all be on display from 6-10 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) in the Fine Arts Center, where the emphasis will be on collaboration across the arts, said Dr. Allie Terry, art history and a coordinator of ArtsX 2007. Admission to the public event is free.

Many of the scheduled activities will continue throughout the evening, including readings of student poetry and other creative writing in Room 206 and an installation in Room 1102 by members of the BGSU Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

One of the University’s most recent technology ventures will be featured in Room 1106, where live music and dancing will be available in a “Right-Brained Throw Down: First and Second Life Fusion.”

Second Life is a three-dimensional, virtual world where BGSU has purchased its own “island” on which to create an educational environment. Real people control digital representations of themselves, or avatars, in Second Life, and communicate with others through voice or text chat.

Outside the Fine Arts Center, in the southeast courtyard, will be two performances of composer Phil Kline’s holiday installation piece “Unsilent Night,” at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Kline has described his work as “an outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boombox tape players. It’s like a Christmas caroling party except that we don’t sing, but rather carry boomboxes, each playing a separate tape which is a ‘voice’ in the piece. In effect, we become a city block-long stereo system.”

Presenting the performances is Praecepta, a student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., that promotes new music activities on campus and in the Bowling Green community. Because “Unsilent Night” exists in an open-ended format accessible to anyone with a portable and reliable cassette or CD player, Praecepta is seeking community volunteers to participate. For more information and technical requirements, contact Drew Dolan, the organization’s president, at

Praecepta will also present musical works in collaboration with student filmmakers from 6-7 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center.

Also outside, near the building’s main entrance, visitors may view wraps and other art created for Toledo’s TARTA buses by BGSU design students.

Inside the main entrance, in the lobby and the entrance to the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, music will be provided by several groups from the University’s College of Musical Arts. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform from 6-6:35 p.m., followed by the Early Music Ensemble from 6:45-7:20 p.m., the Sinfonian Brass from 7:30-8:10 p.m., the HeeBeeBGs vocal ensemble from 8:15-8:40 p.m., the Jazz Quartet from 8:45-9:15 p.m. and, from 9:20-10 p.m., the Student Loan, a group of four current students and alumni.

The 58th annual Faculty/Staff Exhibition, showcasing the work of more than 40 artists, will be ongoing in the Bryan Gallery, as will “Trench Cuisine: A Rock Band’s Recipe for Semi-Success” in the Willard Wankelman Gallery. The latter exhibit is a multimedia presentation by Cleveland artist and musician Craig Matis, exploring his experiences as composer, director and performer for the rock band Trench Cuisine.

Also performing throughout the evening will be representatives of the of the theatre and film department, in Room 2000. Students in the course “Acting: Songs and Arias” will sing at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., while the Plastic Shatners, an improvisational troupe of undergraduates, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. At 8 p.m., the nine freshmen and transfer students comprising New Voices Oh Seven will reprise their performance from this fall’s Newcomers Showcase on campus.

In other activities at specific times, the Sculpture Club will host an iron pour in Room 1112, the sculpture studio, at 8 p.m.; fibers demonstrations will be given in rooms 203 and 205, also at 8 p.m., and short films by the University Film Organization will be screened in Room 204 from 7-9 p.m. Times have not been finalized for a traditional Japanese tea-room ceremony in the Hiroko Nakamoto Gallery or for a performance of “AIR,” a collaborative piece by faculty members Nina Assimakopoulos, flute; Tammy Starr, dance, and Greg Mueller, sculpture.

Other ongoing activities will include:
• An art history trivia game, presented by the Art History Association outside rooms 115 and 116;
• Digital arts animations and video screenings in Room 1101;
• A drawing exhibition in Room 1104 by students from the Arts Village residential learning community;
• A juggling troupe and a display of two-dimensional digital art integration, both in the building’s Wing C hallway;
• Glass demonstrations by members of the Student Art Glass Association in rooms 1200 and 1206;
• A “Tee-Party,” T-shirt printing by the Print Society in Room 1211;
• Metals demonstrations in Room 101;
• An “Enter the Amazon”-themed children’s activity center, staffed by members of the Student Art Education Association in rooms 130 and 132;
• An exhibition of paintings and drawings by students in the Two-Dimensional Art Association in Room 2002;
• A silent auction by the Graduate Art Student Organization in Room 2004, and
• A giant comic mural that visitors can help create in the hallway across from rooms 201 and 203, courtesy of the Comic and Cartooning Club.

Selected work by undergraduate students will be displayed throughout the center, and graduate student studios will be open to the public as well. In addition, student organizations will be selling their wares on both floors of the building.

December 3, 2007