- Compulsory Measures
- EVAC (Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration Project)
- The Fine Print
- Forced to Flee
August 26 - October 18, 2020
These artists embrace repetition and ritual as mindful strategies to ascertain meaning. Featuring Jorge Benitez, Kristy Deetz, Al Denyer, Joan Elliott, Reni Gower, Steven Pearson, Jennifer Printz, and Tanja Softić.
All of the artists participated in individual and group interviews to give us more insight into their processes.
Compulsory Measures Artist Talks
EVAC (Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration Project)
November 1 – December 20, 2020
Using storytelling and art, the EVAC Project bridges the gap between civilians and veterans by educating the public about life in the military. EVAC curators interview veterans from all five branches of the armed forces, who served from WWII through the post-9/11 period. Printmakers interpret the audio recording of a veterans’ personal military experience. The resulting prints are displayed with excerpts of the veterans’ transcribed audio, so that the viewers can relate the artistic interpretations to the veterans’ story. The process of storytelling and interpretation central to EVAC makes it a project uniquely positioned to promote empathy from multiple groups – the artist and viewer for the veteran’s experience, and the veteran for the artist’s realization of their stories.
Curated by Professor Lee Fearnside,
Professor Joe Van Kerkhove, Dr. John Schupp
Pennsylvania State Representative Karen Boback
Dr. Kathleen Owens, Interim President, Misericordia University
Free Public Programs
11/5 11:45am-12:20pm: Curator Lee Fearnside, Artist Emily Sullivan-Smith, and Veteran Kirsten Battocchio will talk about the creative collaborative processes of visualizing veterans' stories.
11/10 and 11/17, 11:45am-12:20pm: 2-part visualization workshop with Joseph Van Kerkhove (EVAC Co-Curator and artist)
Part 1 is on November 10. EVAC Co-Curator and featured artist Joseph Van Kerkhove will lead participants through the process of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as the first step of transforming veterans' stories into visual images. Participants will then listen to an audio excerpt from one participating veteran’s interview, and have a break between sessions to create 3 sketches of interpretations of the story excerpt they heard.
Part 2 is on November 17. Students will present their sketches, and EVAC Co-Curators will lead a group critique of the students’ work, focusing on process and next steps.
11/12, 11:45am-12:20pm: Art during and about Vietnam – Lee Fearnside, Sarah Forgey (U.S. Army Art Collection
EVAC Co-Curator Lee Fearnside and Sarah Forgey, curator of the Army Art Collection at the US Army Center of Military History will talk about oral histories and visual interpretations of veterans' stories.
The Fine Print
January 15 - March 14, 2021
Co-curated with Raven Fine Art Editions (Easton, PA), this exhibition highlights the artistic contributions of 22 contemporary African-American printmakers.
All are welcome to join any of our related free online programs:
Spoken Word Workshop: Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm
Learn to create and perform original poetry with Philadelphia-based teaching artist Lamot "Napalm" Dixon!
Poet Lamont Dixon is dedicated to providing language arts education programs for young and old. All of his techniques are guided by this philosophy: children are imaginative, receptive, creative individuals. Lamont remains committed to the idea that the individual mind for child and adult is its own university of arts.
Lamont, aka Napalm Da Bomb, has been a prominent presence on the music/poetry scene for many years, one who often mentors young artists. As a performance poet/teaching artist, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as "vibepoetics" - an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic language arts education. Lamont’s poetry has been published in many magazines, his latest book of poetry is Come Ride My Poems and he also appears on various jazz CDs.
Virtual Artists Studio Tour: Tuesday, February 23, 7:00pm
One of the works from The Fine Print will be added to the University's permanent collection. All are welcome to join this conversation to meet some of the featured artists and learn more about collecting works by African American artists.
Non-students can contact Lalaine Little to schedule a private viewing of the exhibition.
"A Raisin in the Sun" Virtual Table Reading: Friday, March 5, 7:00pm
Courtesy of Concord Theatricals
"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansbury
"A Raisin in the Sun is a play about dreams; what it means to dream big, to lose faith in your dreams, and to discover new dreams. It is also a story about family. We meet the Younger family the day before they are getting a $10,000 insurance check from the death of the father, Walter Younger. We watch as different members of the family have different ideas of how to use the money: Mama wants to buy a house with a little garden in the back, Walter Lee Younger (their son) wants to invest in a liquor store, Ruth (Walter Lee’s wife) wants a house with some space and a nice kitchen, and Beneatha (Walter Lee’s sister) wants to go to medical school. Tensions increase as each member of the family tries to get their own way, eventually threatening to break apart their foundation completely. The stakes continue to climb as questions about identity, class, value, race and love become forefront issues, and outsiders to the family make it impossible to forget the world that the Younger family cannot seem to escape."
Cast of Characters
All Roles are open
A Black woman in her early sixties. She is the full-figured, strong matriarch of the family, widowed within the last few years. She has a certain beauty and grace that take a while to notice because she is so humble and unobtrusive about them. We see her wisdom and her life’s struggles written on her face. She is full of faith: for God, for her people and for her family. “Her bearing is perhaps most like the noble bearing of the women of the Heroes of Southwest Africa--rather as if she imagines that as she walks she still bears a basket or a vessel upon her head. Her speech, on the other hand, is as careless as her carriage is precise--she is inclined to slur everything--but her voice is perhaps not so much quiet as simply soft” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description).
She is a Black woman of about 30. We can see that she used to be exceptionally beautiful and still is, although now she wears the struggles and disappointment of her daily life on her face and in the way she carries herself. She looks like she’s tired of everything, but still takes on her own and everyone else’s responsibilities. “In a few years, before thirty-five even, she will be known among her people as a settled woman) (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). She is a consummate care-giver. She is the one who is always trying to keep everyone happy and often becomes the peacekeeper in the house. She wants the simple things in life: a home, a family and love.
A young Black woman of about 20. She is a very ambitious young woman who dreams of being a doctor. She is in college and is very fond of using big words and speaking big ideas, often to the frustration of her family. “Her speech is a mixture of many things; it is different from the rest of the family’s insofar as education has permeated her sense of English--and perhaps the Midwest rather than the South has finally--at last--won out in her inflection” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). She is often the one that gets picked on, but she is more than capable of throwing insults back, especially with her brother. She has recently become really interested in Africa and in finding her roots, probably because of the Nigerian boy, Asagai, that she has become interested in. She likes nice things and thinks she deserves them just as much as anyone else. She is convinced that she can do anything she wants to do, and is respected by those around her for that philosophy. She claims to be an atheist, yet she quotes the bible more than anyone else in the play. She is a young woman full of contradictions, perhaps alluding to how much she still needs to learn and grow.
WALTER LEE YOUNGER
A Black man of around 35. He is always dreaming of a better life for him and his family, but he doesn’t always go about trying to get it in the right way. He is very dependent on other people, in his home as well as in his business endeavors. “His is a lean, intense young man...inclined to quick nervous movements and erratic speech habits--and always in his voice there is a quality of indictment” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). We get the idea that he was once a wonderful brother, sister, and husband, but in the last few years since his father died, he has become a miserable person to be around. He is often drunk and angry, and he is quick to insult his family members when he feels like he wants control. He is a smart man and his dreams are respectable; if only he had more resources he could be a big, successful man of the times.
A Black young man in his 20s. He is from Nigeria but has come to America to go to college. He is courting Beneatha. He is a “rather dramatic-looking young man” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). He is very direct, always speaking exactly what is on his mind. He seems to not have time to play games. He has big dreams about going back to Nigeria and becoming a powerful politician and changing things for his country. He is very realistic about human experience and the way the world works.
A Black young man in his 20s. He is courting Beneatha; they met at college. He comes from the wealthiest, most successful African-American family in the area. He is very well off, and very pretentious. He takes Beneatha on amazing dates but he often offends her with his ideas of what a woman should be. He has lots of resources and not a lot of ambition to take advantage of them.
Travis, a Black child, and the 10-year-old son of Ruth and Walter. He is often used as a tool to get people to do things. He is young but seems to be a good listener and always tends to know what’s going on. He is very loved and he seems to love his family just as much. He is very curious about what is happening with this $10,000 check that everyone keeps talking about. He wants to be just like his father when he grows up, although he is aware when his father does things that aren’t appreciated by the rest of the family.
“A quiet-looking middle-aged white man in a business suit holding his hat and a briefcase in his hand” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). he is the chairman of the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. He comes over to make a deal with the Youngers. We get the idea that he is not a violent racist, and might not even think he is racist at all. He just wants to keep his life quiet and comfortable. He really seems to believe that he is doing what is best for this family by trying to keep them safe. He is a complex character who has very strong arguments to justify his visit.
A Black man in his 30s. Bobo is Walter Lee’s friend that was in on the business deal with him and Willie Harris. He is a “very slight little man in a not too prosperous business suit and with haunted frightened eyes and a hat pulled down tightly, brim up, around his forehead” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). He was somehow in on scamming Walter with Willie, but he was blindsided when Willie disappeared with his money as well. He comes in to break the bad news to Walter and we see that his life has been just as uprooted.
A Black woman of no particular age. She is the Youngers’ neighbor. She is not their favorite person. She is “a rather squeaky wide-eyed lady of no particular age” (Lorraine Hansberry’s description). She comes in with a newspaper to point out to Ruth and Mama how dangerous it will be for them to move into Clybourne Park. Her syrupy sweetness is rather fake and irritating. This role is small; she only appears in one scene, and so the scene and character are often cut altogether.
Due by Wednesday, February 10.
Actors are asked to perform a 1-2 minute dramatic contemporary monologue. Backstage is a good resource for finding monologues: https://www.backstage.com/monologues/contemporary/
Actors should record their monologues, upload them to a Cloud storage (Google Drive, One Note, iCloud, etc.) and then send a link to the video to email@example.com.
Any questions regarding auditions can be directed to Dave Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forced to Flee
March 26, 2021 - June 6, 2021
Karin Tauber, "Life Jacket Graveyard of Lesvos", 62 in x 46 in x 0 in, 2018
This exhibition consists of 36 quilts created by textile and fiber artists from around the world who have used this medium to address the global migration crisis. Curated by Dr. Susan Beryl Marks and presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.
Virtual Artists Roundtable: Forced to Flee
In conjunction with the exhibition "Forced to Flee," organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates. We invited five artists to talk about the inspirations and craftsmanship that went into their art quilts. Featuring Charlotte Bird, Kathy Loomis, Karin Täuber, Carol Vinick, and Christine Vinh. Moderated by Dr. Lalaine Bangilan Little, Director of the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery. Welcome message by Dr. Kathleen Owens, Interim President, Misericordia University.
A conversation with "Forced to Flee" artist Sandra Lauterbach
In a joint program between the Misericordia University Arts Council and the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, we explored how artists address past and contemporary global refugee crises. This conversation with quilt artist Sandra Lauterbach preceded a public screening of the Art21 episode "Borderlands" (2020, Season 10, Episode 3, https://art21.org/watch/art-in-the-tw...). Lauterbach's work, "From Generation to Generation" (2014) will be on display as part of the "Forced to Flee" exhibition from March 26 - June 6, 2020. "Forced to Flee" was produced by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
01:14 Quilts: "Wailing Wall of Krakow" and "From Generation to Generation"
10:45 Quilt: "Diaspora"
13:28 Quilt: "Peacock"
14:21 Quilt: "Red Jasmine"
15:03 Quilt: "Blink"
17:08 Quilt: "Fantasy"
18:07 Quilt: "Reflections in the Glass"
22:07 Quilt: "Spring"
22:47 Quilt: Current projects
23:00 Q&A: Fabric as medium
25:00 Q&A: Rewards of being an artist
26:40 Q&A: Textiles as craft vs fine art
29:05 Q&A: Creative process
30:53 Q&A: Training & background
32:25 Q&A: Organizing her studio
34:16 Q&A: Design wall
35:00 Q&A: Thanks and invitations
Studio Art Quilt Associates have created a virtual gallery for the exhibition that includes text, video, and audio information about the artists and the artworks on display.