OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

college of liberal arts

OSU Theatre to present the haunting tale 'Desdemona' Feb. 4-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present Paula Vogel’s haunting tale, “Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief,” on Feb. 4-7.

The play, a witty drama based on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” is directed by OSU Theatre Arts student Sam Zinsli. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 4-6, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, in the OSU Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. 

The production continues the 2015-16 theater season, “All the World’s a Stage – Celebrating Shakespeare.”

“Desdemona” tells the story of three of Shakespeare’s most memorable female characters while exploring themes of sex, violence, love and trust. In the play, set on the island of Cyprus, Desdemona, Bianca, and Emilia share their hopes, frustrations, and fantasies as rivalries emerge and tender friendships are forged.

“Paula Vogel uses the familiar story of ‘Othello’ to address important topics like sexuality and gender roles for women in society,” said Zinsli.

The production features the work of OSU students Annie Parham as Desdemona, Bria Love Robertson as Bianca and Diana Jepsen as Emilia. 

Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for students/youths; and $4 for OSU students. There is no reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ beginning Jan. 25, or by calling the Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. For more information or for disability accommodations please contact the Theatre Box Office or visit http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

Story By: 
Source: 

OSU to host internationally-recognized printmaker Jan. 26-29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Artemio Rodriguez, an award-winning artist, author and printmaker, is visiting Oregon State University as an artist in residence Jan. 26-29, as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. 

Rodriquez’ visit will include an artist’s talk on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., to be held in the Memorial Union, Room 13, on the Corvallis campus. A reception will follow the talk, and the event is free and open to the public.

During his time at OSU, Rodriguez will work with printmaking students to create an edition of an original relief print. The print will be one of three offered for purchase at an event in mid-May to honor and raise money for the art department’s Norma Seibert Printmaking Scholarship.

Rodriguez has worked in a variety of mediums, but is best known for his linocut prints, some of which are now part of distinguished collections at the Hammer Museum, the San Diego Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and others.

A native of Michoacán, Mexico, Rodriguez migrated to the U.S. in 1994. He received recognition from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs as an emerging artist and subsequently as an established artist.

After several years of working in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas of California, he opened a print shop near downtown Los Angeles, which he still owns. He recently returned to Mexico to live in Pátzcuaro, in his native state of Michoacán, where he founded a printing press, teaches his printmaking methods to Mexican artists, and co-owns a gallery.

Rodriguez is the author of several books, including “Posada,” “One Hundred-Fifty Years,” “American Dream,” and “Loteria Kind of Things.” He was awarded a grant from Creative Capital, a U.S.-based organization that provides financial support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in various disciplines.

Story By: 
Source: 

Yuji Hiratsuka, 541-737-5006, yhiratsuka@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Evil Forest

Evil Forest

Triumph

Triumph

Journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar to read Jan. 15 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar will read at Oregon State University on Friday, Jan. 15.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. 

Tobar is the author of “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free.” The book chronicles an official account of the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. The 33 miners chose Tobar to write a single history of the event and the book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction.

The Boston Globe said of the book: “Héctor Tobar’s masterful re-creation of the 2010 San José Mine collapse shows 33 ordinary men challenged to pull together as dire circumstances and diverse personalities pull them apart.”

Tobar is a longtime journalist who has worked for The New Yorker, LA Weekly, and in multiple positions at the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote hundreds of articles and contributed to the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

His other novels include “The Tattooed Soldier” (1998) and “The Barbarian Nurseries” (2011), which was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and won the 2012 California Book Award gold medal for fiction. His nonfiction work in 2005 includes “Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States.”

In 2006, Tobar was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. He earned a master of fine arts in fiction at University of California, Irvine, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.

The reading is part of the 2015-2016 Literary Northwest Series, sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. The series brings Pacific Northwest writers to OSU and is made possible with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music.

Story By: 
Source: 

Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Héctor Tobar

Hector Tobar

OSU's Fairbanks Gallery to exhibit 'VČELA: Blood & Honey'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “VČELA: Blood & Honey,” an exhibit of sculpture, installation and language by artist Craig Goodworth, opens on Monday, Jan. 11, in the Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

A reception and artist’s talk will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit draws from the forests of the Willamette Valley and central Europe as well as village folklore and ecological concern. With elements of sculpture, installation and poetry/performance, Goodworth connects to place, memory, object and land. The exhibit is the result of his research and art practice, and explores such questions as art’s role in helping one feel physically connected to land, and how aesthetics can witness to crises that arise in the natural world.

The exhibit includes nine bronze casts from a decayed bee box that Goodworth collected in the Slovak Republic near the Hungarian border. Apiology, or the study of bees, is both an historic tradition of work and fare, and a contemporary icon for crisis in the natural world. The nine bee frames were cast directly, burning out the original forms, at the Bratislava Academy of Fine Art and Design in the summer of 2015. They are part of a larger project, titled “Blood and Honey,” that addresses ancestry and land.  

Goodworth began drawing individual honeybees in the spring of 2013 in his home in the Chehalem Valley of Oregon. In a previous installation, Goodworth used 90 individual bee drawings. This more recent exhibit expands on the subject. In “VČELA: Blood & Honey,” he has compiled an even larger drawing, expanding it to wrap around the gallery and crossing the boundary from the paper on the wall to the walls themselves.

Accompanying the works are poems Goodworth wrote in 2014 and 2015 while he was living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and in the foothills of Europe’s Carpathian Mountains.  

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit concludes on Feb. 2.

Source: 

Doug Russell, 541-737-5009, drussell@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Včela Study #33, graphite and resin on paper

Včela Study #33,

Joan Didion biographer Tracy Daugherty to discuss his work Dec. 2 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a conversation with Joan Didion biographer and OSU Professor emeritus Tracy Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Daugherty’s latest book, “The Last Love Song,” is a biography of American author and journalist Didion. The book, which was published in August by St. Martin’s Press, debuted at No. 11 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction.

“The Last Love Song,” is the first printed biography about the reclusive Didion, a narrative that traces her life from her youth in Sacramento to her marriage and partnership with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, and beyond.

Keith Scribner, an author and professor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, will interview Daugherty about his work at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a book signing will follow.

Daugherty is a professor emeritus of English and creative writing at OSU, where he helped found the Masters of Fine Arts program in creative writing. He is the author of four novels, five short story collections, a book of personal essays and three literary biographies. “Hiding Man,” his biography of Donald Barthelme, was a New York Times and New Yorker notable Book of the Year. 

His first collection of literary essays, “Let Us Build Us a City,” will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2016. He recently completed several new short stories and novellas and has begun research on a new biography.

The event is being presented by the OSU Foundation. The Alumni Center is located at 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Story By: 
Source: 

University Events, 541-737-4717, events@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Tracy Daugherty

Tracy Daugherty

Oregon State University Opera Workshop presents scenes from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Opera Workshop will present “An Evening of Opera,” Tuesday, Nov. 24, in OSU’s new Learning Innovation Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in LInC Room 128, 165 S.W. Sackett Place, Corvallis.

The program will be Acts I and II of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” sung in English and set in a 1950s “Mad Men” era theme. The storyline involves Figaro, his fiancée, his boss, and a wedding day love triangle that makes his life complicated.

The performance is directed and designed by Marc Callahan, visiting professor of opera and voice. Oregon State student Anna Patch is the assistant director. Music is directed by David Servias. The costume and set crew is comprised of Callahan and Patch with assistance from DeMara Cabrera, Alec Zinsli, Ken Richardson, Kathi Halloran and Taylor Siling.

The role of Figaro will be sung by Mason Cooper. The role of Susanna will be shared by Emma Nissen, Logan Stewart, Carolyn Poutasse, Jenna Skarphol and Taylor Siling. Other roles are: Bartolo by Jeramie Gajan; Marcellina by Larissa Zens and Diana Alarcon; Cherubino by Blair Bowmer, Anna Patch and Sara Engle; Count by David Zielke; Countess by Clarissa Clark and Grace Weaver; Antonio by Taylor Fahlman; and Basilio by Michael Ripp and Alex Weingarten.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door, with open seating. Advance tickets may be purchased online at TicketTomato.com. OSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID card. Tickets will be sold at the Learning Innovation Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the performance.

OSU Opera Workshop is a participant in Corvallis Arts for All, a program which offers up to two tickets for $5 each to participants in the SNAP Program with a valid Oregon Trail Card. 

Source: 

Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

Violinist Frank Almond to perform with Lipinski Stradivarius Nov. 17 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond will perform at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Nov.17.

Almond will perform with OSU music professor and pianist Rachelle McCabe in a concert to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his rare and celebrated instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.

The concert is part of the new SAC Presents performing arts series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

Almond made international headlines when his Stradivarius was stolen in an armed robbery following a concert in January 2014. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC World Service, and Vanity Fair, among others.

Almond and McCabe will perform some of the works from his Avie label recording “A Violin’s Life.” The recording was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and debuted on the Billboard Top Ten Classical chart in its first week of release.

The program includes the Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano by César Franck, considered a classic in the violin and piano sonata repertoire and probably Franck’s best-known composition. Also on the program is Bach’s Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BMV 1004.

Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is a former concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and has been a guest concertmaster with the London Philharmonic. He is an active solo and chamber musician, performing in the U.S. and abroad.

McCabe appears frequently as a solo recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in the U.S., Canada, Southeast Asia and England. At Oregon State, McCabe directs the piano program and is the artistic director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International and its Steinway Recital Series.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door for general admission; and $20 in advance, $23 at the door for seniors, youth and non-OSU college students. OSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID card. Advance tickets are available at Gracewinds Music and online at TicketTomato.com. Any remaining tickets will be sold at The LaSells Stewart Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.

SAC Presents is a participant in Corvallis Arts for All, a program which offers up to two tickets for $5 each to participants in the SNAP Program with a valid Oregon Trail Card. The tickets may be purchased at The LaSells Stewart Center the night of the concert.

Story By: 
Source: 

Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Frank Almond. Credit Nigel Parry, CPI.  

Frank Almond

OSU Theatre opens 2015-16 season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in November

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s 2015-16 season will begin this month with a production of William Shakespeare’s enduring tale of young love, “Romeo and Juliet.” 

Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-20 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

OSU theater arts professor George Caldwell is directing the familiar tale of star-crossed lovers, which is set at the height of the 19th-century Romantic era and will feature elegant costumes and exciting swordplay.

The cast features OSU students Kolby Baethke as Paris; Daniel Barber as Mercutio; Cheyenne Dickey as a vendor;  Robert Best as Lord Montague; Dakota Carter as a Montague; Ruth Drake as a vendor; Erick Harris as Samson; Nick Diaz-Hui as Tybalt; Lindsey Esch as Lady Montague; Sedona Garcia as Benvolia; Anahelena Goodman-Flood as a friend; Brian Greer as Romeo; Alex Herrington as Rosaline; Emerson Hovekamp as a Capulet;  Jade Kasbohm as a local; Sidney King as the apothecary; Hunter Leishman as Abraham; Annie Parham as Juliet; Nate Pereira as a Capulet servant; Chase Pixley as a Capulet; Emily Upton as the nurse; Steve Walter as a Montague; and Cory Warren as the Prince.

Also featured are community actors Rick Wallace as Lord Capulet; Diana Jepsen as Lady Capulet; and Craig Currier as Friar Lawrence.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the first production of the 2015-16 OSU Theatre season, “All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Shakespeare,” and will feature a collection of plays inspired by Shakespeare. The season is being dedicated to the memory of C.V. “Ben” Bennett, a long-time OSU faculty member who died this summer. During his career, Bennett worked in technical theater, as a director, as coordinator of the University Theatre and as chair of the Department of Speech Communication at OSU.

Other productions planned for the season include Cole Porter’s jazzy musical, “Kiss Me Kate,” Paula Vogel’s “Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” 

Tickets for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are $12; $10 for seniors; $8 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ or by calling the box office at 541-737-2784. Accommodations for disabilities and group ticket sales may also be arranged through the box office.

Story By: 
Source: 

Elizabeth Helman, Elizabeth.Helman@oregonstate.edu

 

Panelists to discuss Iran nuclear deal Nov. 5 at Oregon State

Oregon State University faculty and other experts will discuss the latest news and information about the nuclear deal with Iran beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Valley Library on campus.

The event is an opportunity to explore the historical roots of the accord, consider its impact on war and peace, and discuss central issues related to non-proliferation and related international relations issues.

It is sponsored by OSU’s Citizenship and Crisis initiative, directed by history professor Christopher McKnight Nichols. The discussion will be moderated by event co-organizer Jacob Hamblin, professor of the history of science and director of environmental arts and humanities at OSU. Panelists include:

  • Nichols, who also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations;
  • Jonathan Katz, a history professor whose research has focused on Iranian history and Islamic political theory;
  • Linda Richards, instructor in the history of science, whose research has focused on issues related to human rights and the history of nuclear technologies;
  • Mark Schanfein, senior proliferation adviser at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and former employee of the International Atomic Energy Agency;
  • Susan Voss, nuclear engineer, president of Global Nuclear Network Analysis, a consulting firm, and former employee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The discussion will be held in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in the library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

Story By: 
Source: 

Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-8910, Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu

‘Contemporary Japanese Prints’ exhibit opens Nov. 9 at Fairbanks Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Contemporary Japanese Prints,” an exhibit exploring the Japanese aesthetic, will be on display Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, with a gallery talk by OSU art professor Yuji Hiratsuka at 5 p.m.

“Contemporary Japanese Prints” explores the distinctive and influential Japanese aesthetic. A driving force behind this aesthetic is Japan’s appreciation of technical skill and craftsmanship. From fashion to fine art, the physical artifacts of Japanese culture reflect this dedication to creating precious and precise art and design, exhibit organizers say.

This dedication is well-suited to printmaking, a medium where the tools, workshop, esoteric details and variety of techniques make it an art form which is process-driven. The work in this exhibition embodies both superb technical ability and the alluring Japanese aesthetic.

The artists represented in the exhibit are from all stages in their careers. Yukio Fukazawa is a 91-year-old graphic master, while Fumiko Suzuki is a 27-year-old recent graduate of art school. She is producing hand-drawn stone lithographs; her images are that of her contemporary female artists in Tokyo portrayed in intimate self-reflection.

Keisuke Yamamoto, Tomuyuki Sakuta, Sohee Kim, Azumi Takeda and Ryohei Tanaka are among the other artists featured in the exhibit.

This exhibit was curated by Miranda K. Metcalf, director of contemporary works of paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. Metcalf traveled to Tokyo in September 2014 to research and prepare the exhibition.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Story By: 
Source: 

Douglas Russell, 541-737-5009, or drussell@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

“Perhaps” by Fumiko Suzuki

Perhaps

“Golden Seven” by Hikari Hirose

Golden Seven

“A Frozen Passage” by Yukio Fukazama

 

A Frozen Passage