Art and ceramics teacher Benji Heu spins a ceramic vase. He said there isn’t always a financial incentive to pursue an arts education, but it can be rewarding either way. “You have to find a job. No one can do things just for fun!
Photo by Matt Morey
Holland College of Arts presented its Celebrate the Arts event with a variety of performances from across the arts including opera, ballet, modern dance and country music on Thursday May 5th as well as an auction until to Saturday, May 7, which will help benefit the new art annex on Frederick Street.
The new building will expand the River Campus to connect the new ceramics, painting, gallery and drawing facilities with a sculpture building between them. According to art and design professor Emily Denlinger, who helped organize the event, it’s part of the university’s plans to move all visual and performing arts to the River Campus. Currently, courses in photography, sculpture, art, and design are taught at the main campus.
“There’s an enhancement that happens in learning when you have the visual and performing arts together, and you can learn from each other and see what the other is creating,” Denlinger said. “We pride ourselves on having a very special campus for the performing and visual arts. I believe we are the only university in Missouri where all visual and performing arts are accredited programs.
She raises money and asks the governor of Missouri for help to build the new arts annex.
Art and design teacher Benjamin Heu, who teaches ceramics, said he thinks people like making clay pots because it’s different from other classes they have to take and it’s rewarding to have a physical object for your efforts.
Although there is no Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in sculpture, most students in the arts department take a course or two in sculpture, so having the building on campus is convenient. Many sculptures in the city are made by students, such as those of Melanie Reichert.
Meanwhile, the auction featured works of art by faculty, students, and professional artists from outside the university.
Many works of art have been made from Yamaha guitars. SEMO is a “Yamaha Institute of Excellence”, according to Denlinger. The school becomes a Yamaha institute based on student achievement, which comes with various equipment, she said. Thus, the pianos, as in the upper floors of Brandt Hall, are made by Yamaha.
“When a guitar is deemed ‘unusable,’ Yamaha drills holes to make it more unusable,” Denlinger said. “They distribute them to different Yamaha institutes, so that people can turn them into works of art.”
One of the guitars is painted by freelance artist Craig Thomas and is currently bidding at $110. n 2021, Thomas painted the cap Girardeau anti-flood mural. His guitar features wooden mannequins placed in various poses around the guitar. Scott Kelly, another professional artist, donated a guitar to the auction, which started with a bid of $900. The guitar paints a surreal image in which a bicycle may be falling from a waterfall or the side of a building.
Denlinger said Kelly’s artwork was priced so high because it was “phenomenal quality and a wonderful surreal piece of art”. She noted that Thomas’ work fits the theme of auction and fine art building as it expresses all the arts: dance, sculpture, music and painting.
Frames with QR codes stood intermittently throughout the auction so people could access the auctions on their phones.
During the event, a particular example of collaboration was also seen in the background of the performances, which started at 7:30 p.m. During each of the 16 sets, video footage of students in class superimposed with motion graphics was shown on a large screen in the background to complement them.
During the clarinet interpretation of Eugene Bozza’s “Italian Fantasy” played by Charles Hrdlicka, an abstract red and orange horizon seems to have moved towards the movements of its arpeggios in hesitant or fluid rhythms.
The footage was put together by students in Denlinger’s video editing class, which was then sent to Dobbins Conservatory of Theater and Dance assistant professor Chris Haug, who used software to integrate graphics into his video design class. theater lighting.
Another standout performance was a country song from musical theater rookie Evie Rodenbaugh, who played acoustic guitar and sang along to “Not Ready to Make Nice” by The Chicks.
Aliegha Ramos, senior musical theatre, one of the emcees, stepped out of her role to sing “Fly Into the Future” from David Kirshenbaum’s “Vanities.”
A photo gallery of the event is available on Arrow’s website.