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.

October 2017

Princeton Artists Alliance: Politics of Water

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 3-October 28
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

The Princeton Artists Alliance has been exhibiting for more than 25 years and has often channeled its creative energies to comment on social, political and cultural issues. Curated by Kate Somers of Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery, this particular exhibition explores and visualizes global political issues related to water resources.

The Government Inspector

Wean Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 19, 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m.
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original by Nikolai Gogol

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and reservations may be made by emailing Kaye Evans at evansk@blair.edu.

Nikolai Gogol’s rollicking 19th-century satire of bad behavior begins with a case of mistaken identity as the townspeople of a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming in this timely and funny exploration of provincial corruption. The New York Times recently noted that an off-Broadway production of the “breakneck show” afforded pleasures “as old as the days when cave dwellers discovered that human stupidity was really kind of funny, as well as potentially tragic.”

Blair on Stage

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 27, 8:30 p.m.

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

November 2017

Brian Emery: Placescapes

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 30-November 25; reception on November 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.

Brian Emery’s video and photographic works use computational photographic techniques to examine the experience of place. Using various methods to composite multiple images and video together, Mr. Emery portrays notions of urban fabric over time.

Fall Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 17, 7 p.m.

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

December 2017

Will Rothfuss: Repurposing Art

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 28-January 6; reception on November 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.

In both his two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage works, Will Rothfuss appropriates the imagery and vocabulary of modern art to explore the relevance of image-making in a postmodern era. He recycles existing materials, including men’s shirts, old master reproductions, magazine clippings, glass and wire. By juxtaposing dissimilar elements, his pieces build narrative meaning and aesthetic form.

Christmas Vespers

First Presbyterian Church in Blairstown
December 8, 4:30 & 7 p.m.

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

January 2018

Danielle Austen: Echoing Cascades

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
January 8-February 3; reception on January 11 @ 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.

Danielle Austen’s photography focuses on journey, exploration and discoveries. Her photographs often incorporate the mystical element of water as a means of investigating its movement and exploring the interplay of light, patterns and tones, as well as the abstract imagery it creates. In this series, the artist pairs images that show a correlation between the vibrancy of color and the dramatic and dynamic nature of black-and-white elements.

February 2018

Annual Blair Academy Faculty Art Show

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 12-March 10; reception on March 1 @ 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.

Crazy for You

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 15, 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.
Music & lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; book by Ken Ludwig

When city-slicker Bobby Child comes to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre, he instantly falls for Polly Baker, the theatre owner’s daughter. Of course, the attraction is not mutual, so through tricks and mistaken identity, Bobby sets out to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. The rich Gershwin score includes “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

March 2018

Bruce Dehnert: New Works

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
March 26 to April 21; reception on April 5 @ 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.

The sculptural works in this exhibition explore various mythologies as explained through written or oral storytelling. Using architectural motifs and figurative elements, the works represent numerous familiar or archetypal characters. The artist uses clay as a primary medium, often allowing the raw, fired material to “speak for itself” as a way to convey direct meaning when, perhaps, there isn’t such a thing.

April 2018

Grandparents' Day Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 18, 10:30 a.m.

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

Spring Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 26, 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 26-May 22; reception on April 26 @ 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 2018

Annual Student Film Festival

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 3, 7 p.m.

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

Noises Off

Wean Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 10, 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m.; May 13, 2 p.m.
by Michael Frayn

In “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on-and-offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. The New York Times called the Tony-nominated production “spectacularly funny” and “the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy." Over the years, Noises Off has been recognized by a host of prestigious honors, including an Olivier Award for best play and a London Evening Standard Award for best comedy.

Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
May 17, 18 & 19, 7:30 p.m.
by Anne Washburn

This imaginative dark comedy begins with the collapse of civilization and a group of survivors trying to remember the plot of The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture lead the group to become a traveling troupe that provides live entertainment in a post-apocalyptic society trying to retain the past. Seventy-five years later, pop culture has become myth and legend. The New York Times called Mr. Burns "downright brilliant" and asked “when was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?