GVSU announces stellar lineup for upcoming Fall Arts Celebration

An exhibit of Russian sculptor Dimitri Kaminker's work is part of the Fall Arts Celebration
An exhibit of Russian sculptor Dimitri Kaminker's work is part of the Fall Arts Celebration
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Critically acclaimed authors, Pulitzer Prize-winning poets, and celebrated artists, musicians, and dancers are among the guests who will visit West Michigan this fall as part of Grand Valley State University's Fall Arts Celebration. The public is invited to be part of the celebration, featuring nine events from September to November 2004.

The Fall Arts Celebration, initiated last year, is Grand Valley's community-wide salute to the importance of the arts and humanities in our lives, said Jon Jellema, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs.

"It brings together a slate of accomplished people from a variety of disciplines to explore ideas as they're variously formulated in art, dance, poetry, music and dialogue," Jellema said. "The whole idea is to get people exposed to and thinking about -- and certainly enjoying -- the arts and humanities."

All events are open to the public and are free unless noted. For more information, call (616) 331-2180 (number to publish).

Artist-Faculty Showcase
September 14, 8 p.m.
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center. Allendale Campus GVSU faculty ensembles will kick of the Fall Arts Celebration with an exceptional evening of music. Featured are Avatar Brass, the Perugino String Quartet with pianist Aviram Reichert, and the Faculty Jazz Trio. (The concert is sponsored by a gift of the Gearhart Family.)

Art Gallery Exhibit -- "Minimonumentalism: Heroes and Myths"
October 4-29
GVSU Art Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus

Aptly titled "Minimonumentalism," the exhibit presents small-scale sculptures that serve as models for Dmitri and Daniel Kaminkers' monumental constructions. One of Russia's leading sculptors whose work is often infused with great wit and political sarcasm, Dmitri Kaminker has colossal works in major museums and private collections throughout Russia and Scandinavia. Daniel, his son and partner on many projects, is recognized for his own award-winning work. Gallery hours: M-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (616) 331-2564. (Sponsored by the URS Corporation.) Opening Reception: October 7, 5-7 p.m., Art Gallery. The public is welcome.

Poetry Night
October 15, 7 p.m.
Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids Campus, 301 W. Fulton St.

Readings and conversation with two Pulitzer Prize-winning poets: Charles Wright, elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1999, and Rita Dove, author of the acclaimed On the Bus with Rosa Parks and the first African American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate, from 1993-95. (Sponsored by Progressive AE and Charles and Stella Royce.)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, Poetry Night has been moved to a larger hall at the Eberhard Center. Admittance is free. No reservations will be taken, but interested persons are asked to RSVP by calling (616) 331-2180 or by e-mailing Patricia Clark at clarkp@gvsu.edu.

Student Collage Concert
October 19, 8 p.m.
Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus

Dazzling performances by Grand Valley's award-winning student musicians. (Sponsored by a gift of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Barton.)

Dance Stars of the New Millennium III
October 30, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus

Dancers from some of the nation's foremost ballet companies join forces with the GVSU Dance Ensemble for two spectacular performances. Tickets: $20 general public, available at Star Tickets Plus, (616) 222-4000 or (800) 585-3737. Tickets also available weekdays at the LAT Box Office, (616) 331-2300.

Academic Lectures

Esteemed authors, historians, social activists and literary scholars will share their ideas as part of the Fall Arts Celebration. The following academic lectures are open to the public free of charge; a reception follows each.

H.W. Brands
September 22, 7 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids Campus*

H.W. Brands, distinguished professor of history at Texas A&M University, is author of the bestseller The First American and critically acclaimed biographies of numerous U.S. presidents. His talk, titled "Andrew Jackson and the American Revolution," will focus on his forthcoming book as well as his current research. (Co-sponsored by GVSU's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.)

Marge Piercy
September 29, 7 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids Campus*

Critically acclaimed novelist, essayist, and poet Marge Piercy is the author of more than two dozen books of fiction and poetry. A Detroit native known for incorporating her own experiences as well as social issues into her work, Piercy will address science fiction and utopianism in her talk, "Stories Stronger Than Fact."

Ronald Schuchard
November 4, 7 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids Campus*

Ronald Schuchard, professor of English at Emory University and author of the award-winning Eliot's Dark Angel, is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on T.S. Eliot. He will discuss the many ways in which Eliot has been read with the suggestion that Eliot may also be considered a great love poet.

Earl Shorris
November 10, 7 p.m.
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids Campus*

Earl Shorris, winner of the National Humanities Medal, is author of the groundbreaking New American Blues: A Journey Through Poverty to Democracy; Latinos: A Biography of the People; and the forthcoming The Life and Times of Mexico. He will speak on the topic "Who is an American?" *The DeVos Center is located at 401 W. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids.

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