Arts Events for February 2014

Note: While we make every effort to keep this listing up to date, event details are subject to change. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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IDENTIFICATION: Amy Kollar Anderson

January 13 - February 10

ArtStreet Studio D Gallery
Created specifically for ArtStreet, this exhibition from Ohio artist Amy Kollar Anderson includes paintings and an interactive station designed to encourage the viewer to explore empathy for others. The work is inspired by the study of mirror neurons, the birthplace of empathy, and how they connect us to the actions and feelings of others. Any moment of empathy, where someone takes one small action to decrease violence, is a green dot in our community. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Difficult or Impossible to Understand or Explain Away . Casey Roberts
Considering New Parameters . RC Wonderly

January 16 – February 13

Gallery 249, College Park Center
Indianapolis-based artist Casey Roberts uses the Civil War era process known as cyanotype to illustrate the fantastic landscape, representing nature’s subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in the relationship with mankind. UD alumnus RC Wonderly’s unconventional use of raw materials continues to drive the motivation behind his new and elegant body of work. By focusing on one traditional element of drawing—the line—Wonderly explores the physicality of the lines themselves. Curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones.
Department of Visual Arts 937-229-3237

UD Theatre Program presents 'Speech and Debate'

January 31, February 1, 2, 6, 7 & 8

8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sunday, February 2) Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
In this fiercely funny dark comedy with music, three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon, discover they are linked by a sex scandal that has rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper. By Stephen Karam; directed by Linda Dunlevy.
General reserved seating: $12
UD students, faculty, staff: $7
Kennedy Union Box Office 937-229-2545

'The Rosary Illustrated' by Margaret Werlinger

February 2 - March 2

Marian Library 7th floor Gallery
Soft and sensitive, Werlinger narrates the twenty mysteries of the rosary in watercolor, her favorite technique. Learn more >>
Marian Library Gallery 937-229-4214

Creative Culture Exchange: Empathy in Action

Tuesday, February 4

7-8:30 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
Rescheduled from Jan. 28. A creative and conscious reaction to Amy Kollar Anderson's exhibition IDENTIFICATION, where we will debate and challenge the power of the artistic mind as a transformative agent against the silence that plagues our national violence epidemic. With Dr. Tony Talbott (Political Science and Human Rights), Tonya Folks (Be Free Dayton, Erin Peery (Consciousness Rising, Glenna Jennings (Visual Arts) and Issa Randall (visual artist). Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Campus Cultural Connections: Asia Contending with the West

Wednesday, February 5

3 - 4:15 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
This multimedia presentation explores how Asian countries have grappled with Western cultural influences during the past 150 years. Scholars Laura Sextro, Hsuan Tsen and Heather MacLachlan will present case studies focusing on the decorative arts, painting and music in Vietnam, Japan and Burma/Myanmar. Learn more >>
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages 937-229-3490

Created Equal Film Series: 'The Abolitionists'

Friday, February 7

8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
'The Abolitionists' vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Presented by ArtStreet and University Libraries. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Arts Series: Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana, Piano

Sunday, February 9

3:30 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
An elite, juried pool of international young talent is invited to compete at the quadrennial Van Cliburn Piano Competition. This year’s Silver Medalist is the 21-year-old Italian, Beatrice Rana, who also received the popular Audience Award. Even before this achievement, Rana was named “The One to Watch” by International Piano Magazine last year. Come be a part of history and witness the beginning of this promising star’s rise. Supported in part by the Arts Series Endowment, established by Kenneth and Mimi Kuntz.
General admission: $20
UD faculty, staff, alumni, seniors: $15
UD students, youth: $10
UD Arts Series 937-229-2545

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Buses, Water Fountains and Lunch Counters
What Do You Know About Jim Crow (and Who Cares in 2014)?

Wednesday, February 12

7-9 p.m. ArtStreet Studio E
Led by Dr. Leslie Picca and Dr. Ruth Thompson-Miller. We'll examine the contemporary images of American life after slavery ended and before the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and how these images compare to reality. We'll also explore how this moment in history impacts every single one of us today. Dr. Ruth Thompson-Miller is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Dr. Leslie Picca is an Associate Professor of Sociology. They have numerous articles written together on racial relations, and are the authors of an upcoming book on Segregation Stress Syndrome (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers). Register now >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Created Equal Film Series: 'Slavery By Another Name'

Friday, February 14

8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
'Slavery by Another Name' is about the huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Presented by ArtStreet and University Libraries. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Voices of Spring: Songs of Revolution, Remembrances and Renewal

Saturday, February 15

4 - 5:30 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Vocal and instrumental artists-in-residence of the Department of Music present an eclectic program of music and commentary from significant historical and contemporary sources. The artists will introduce music from diverse genres to inform listeners about symbolic perspectives on the social and cultural implications of religious rites, human rights and written text. Learn more >>
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages 937-229-3490 

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band 

Sunday, February 16

3 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre  
Patrick Reynolds and Jeff Lehman, conductors.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Dayton Jazz Ensemble 

Monday, February 17

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Ballroom 
Willie L. Morris, III, director.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

METAMORPHOSIS: The Inner Beauty Project by Tim Arroyo

February 18 - March 16

ArtStreet Studio D Gallery
Opening Reception: Tuesday February 18, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Chicago-based artist Tim Arroyo expands on his Inner Beauty Project, based on an observation of the unwillingness to be photographed and shedding one's outer layer. This inherent beauty is captured through the process of photographing the subject in infrared, revealing a beauty from within. This project was developed to show there is beauty in all people. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Healthy Body/Healthy Mind with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Wednesday, February 19

7-9 p.m. McGinnis Center
Having trouble focusing? Feeling overwhelmed? Please join us for a round-robin style experience that will allow participants to experiment with movement styles and philosophies that uniquely engage the body with the mind. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

A Strange Likeness : Perspectives on Contemporary Photographic Portraiture

February 20 – March 20

Gallery 249, College Park Center
Reception: Thursday February 20, 5 - 7 p.m.
A Strange Likeness is an exhibition by several contemporary artists whose work examines the methods and usages of the photographic portrait. Each artist’s approach is conceptually varied, while maintaining the traditional components of what makes up a photographic portrait. Their ideas and concerns fluctuate from the personal to the universal, immediate and mediated experience, and from the genuinely intimate to the invasively voyeuristic. What emerges from the work in this exhibition is a questioning of the validity and honesty of photographic portraiture and its power to shadow, as much as it reveals, a truthful depiction of the person in front of the camera. Curated by Julie Jones.
Department of Visual Arts 937-229-3237

Created Equal Film Series: 'The Freedom Riders'

Friday, February 21

8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B 
'Freedom Riders' tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.
Presented by ArtStreet and University Libraries.
Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Guest Artist Recital: Eric Swanson, classical guitar

Sunday, February 23

3 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Art and the Culture of War: Toward the Un-War Memorial

Tuesday, February 25

7 p.m. Kennedy Union Ballroom
Presented by the University of Dayton Speaker Series in partnership with the Department of Visual Arts. Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist, professor and director of Art, Design and the Public Domain at Harvard Graduate School of Design, returns to Dayton to engage local communities in a talk that explores ways to overcome cultures of aggression and to enhance understanding about global interdependence. The University of Dayton will host Wodiczko’s free public lecture on art activism and local/global efforts towards peace. Krzysztof Wodiczko has created site-specific slide and video projections using architectural facades and monuments as backdrops for over thirty years. These politically-charged works of art, which have been shown in over a dozen countries around the world, speak to issues of human rights, democracy, violence, alienation, and inhumanity. Learn more >>
UD Speaker Series 937-229-2245

Creative Culture Exchange: Media, Art and the Right to Feel Beautiful

Tuesday February 25

7-8:30 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
In modern society, the power of media perception and who and what determines "beauty" continues to influence generations of individuals. We will debate how art can continue to fight the skewed imagery in television, film and technology through imaginative and socially conscious means. Presented in conjunction with the ArtStreet Studio D Gallery exhibit 'METAMORPHOSIS: The Inner Beauty Project.' Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

University Jazz Band and Flyer Lab Band 

Tuesday, February 25

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre 
James Leslie and Matthew Anklan, directors.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

ArtStreet Wednesday Workshop: Sweet Talk with Crystal Michelle, DCDC

Wednesday February 26

7-8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio D
Join guest artist Crystal Michelle in the first of three arts experiences that will explore the richness of language and its relationship to our physical forms. Participants will explore the language of the body for themselves through dance and improvisatory techniques. Register now >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

University Orchestra

Wednesday, February 26

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Featuring the winner of the 2013-14 UD Concerto-Aria Competition, Jonathan Payne (horn), performing the Concerto No. 2 in E flat, K. 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Sexual Differences-Gender Bias-Human Rights: The Evolution of a Society - (Homo)Phobia, (Homo)Sexual, (Homo)Sapiens

Thursday, February 27

5 - 8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
A presentation by the Department of Global Languages and Culture, this provocative and timely presentation examines important issues of gender equality, societal stereotyping and cultural habits and assumptions. A film screening of Bent (1997) will be followed by discussion and a reception. Learn more >>
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages 937-229-3490

Created Equal Film Series: 'The Loving Story'

Friday, February 28 

8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Presented by ArtStreet and University Libraries. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101