Arts This Year

Blair’s lively arts scene features student concerts and theatrical productions, professional art exhibits in the Romano Gallery, annual Bartow Series performances and workshops, and more. Our community celebrates the arts, and we encourage everyone to experience and participate in our many on-campus arts events.

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September 2016

Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
September 1-October 1; reception on September 15 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

This exhibit features portraits of victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and nuns. The large black-and-white photographs, which appeared in Carmine Galasso's 2007 book, Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse, are accompanied by quotes from victims and survivors from across the United States. Published by Trolley books in London, Mr. Galasso’s book was named one of Photo District News’ “photo books of the year” in 2007.

October 2016

Slow Burn

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 3-October 29; reception on October 6 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Julia Hechtman’s landscapes focus on intimate encounters. Her artistic process erases geographic specificity and replaces it with suggestions of places and times for personal reckoning.

Blair on Stage

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 21, 8:15 p.m.

Blair’s singers, instrumentalists and actors perform works from their repertoires in this Parents’ Weekend show.

Middletown

Wean Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 27, 28 & 29, 7:30 p.m.
by Will Eno

Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for most-promising new play of 2010, Middletown was described as “delicate, moving, piercing, tart, funny and gorgeous” by The New York Times. A touching and funny examination of small-town America, the play centers on a developing friendship between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, and examines the intersection of lives in the journey between birth and death.

November 2016

City Perspectives

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 1-December 3; reception on November 10 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

By exchanging specific foregrounds and general backgrounds, artist Chris Semergieff’s urban landscapes examine neighborhood composition and skyline views, generating a narrative focused on the relationship between personal and collective experiences created by our accumulated development.

Fall Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 18, 7 p.m.

Blair’s vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires.

December 2016

The Garden in the Summer: Botanical Studies in Oil

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
December 5-January 7; reception on December 8 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Whether painting the human figure posed or in motion, landscapes or still life, James Gloria captures forms spontaneously and directly, exploring materials and methods ranging from watercolor to cast plaster. This most recent work is a series of plein air paintings using an impasto of marble dust and oil to capture the fresh and raw nature of flowers, with surface effects that encompass both abstraction and realism.

Christmas Vespers

First Presbyterian Church in Blairstown
December 9, 4:30 & 7 p.m.

Blair’s String Orchestra and Singers perform as part of this traditional Christmas service.

Winter Student Film Premiere

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
December 12, 7 p.m.

A variety of films produced by students during the fall semester are screened at the festival.

January 2017

No Borders

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
January 9-February 4; reception on January 19 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

For Buddhist practitioner Bennett Bean, the distinctions between mediums are less important than the interplay among them. This show highlights cross-pollination in the artist’s work in ceramics, painting, rug-making and photography, some of which is housed in the permanent collections of the Whitney, Smithsonian and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among others.

February 2017

Annual Blair Academy Faculty Art Show

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 9-March 9; reception on February 9 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

At this annual exhibit, faculty members showcase their talents in a range of mediums.

In the Heights

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 16, 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m.
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant American community in New York City’s Washington Heights, a neighborhood full of hopes, dreams, traditions and music. The play’s characters navigate challenges and changes in a production that won 2008 Tony Awards for best musical, best score, best choreography and best orchestrations.

March 2017

Visitors Part 2

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
March 25 to April 22; reception on March 30 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Monica Bernier’s recent paintings draw imagery from abstracted figurations she developed into a wordless comic book entitled Visitors. In her work, natural elements such as sky, trees and ground take on caricatured qualities accentuated by broad matte brilliant color that suggests a “flatlands” landscape.

Vocabulary of Trees

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
March 25 to April 22; reception on March 30 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Robert Braczyk’s open-form wood sculptures integrate many aspects of the artist’s interests, abilities and experiences. Highlighting fundamental material differences, his work applies formal breakthroughs of welded iron sculpture to wood.

April 2017

Grandparents' Day Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 19, 10:30 a.m.

Blair’s Singers, Chamber Choir and Orchestra present works from their repertoires.

Spring Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 27, 7:15 p.m.

Blair’s vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 27-May 23; reception on April 27 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Displaying student work of all different mediums, this show celebrates the accomplishments, hard work and dedication of Blair’s talented fine artists.

May 2017

Annual Student Film Festival

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 4, 7 p.m.

Student-produced films are screened and awards presented for the best work of the year.

Much Ado about Nothing

Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
May 11, 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m.
by William Shakespeare

In one of the Bard’s most popular comedies, soon-to-be-wed young lovers Hero and Claudio conspire with Don Pedro to bring together lovers/haters Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing.”

Frankenstein 2029

Action taking place in & around Bogle Hall
May 18, 19 & 20, rolling admission beginning at 7 p.m.
by Lafayette College professor Suzanne Westfall & Lafayette College student Gavin Knox ’17

This play explores Mary Shelley’s creative process, weaving together the story of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature from the 1800s with the twists and turns of a 2029 adaptation in which “Frankie” runs his own neurotech corporation and artificial intelligence Prometheus. As the 19th and 21st centuries collide in Frankenstein 2029, alternative and sometimes contradictory versions of the story emerge in this cross-curricular collaboration utilizing student and faculty work in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and music. The play will be directed by Professor Westfall’s former student, veteran Blair theatre and English teacher Micki Kaplan McMillan.
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