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Exhibit: 'Mapping Municipality,' a BFA Thesis by Kelsi Giguere

Sun, May 6 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Hampden Gallery

Opening reception for "Mapping Municipality," a BFA Thesis exhibition by Kelsi Giguere, is being held Sunday, May 6, 2-4 p.m. The show runs through May 10.

Artist's statement: The subject matter of my work is heavily influenced by my environment and location. Holyoke, a planned industrial city, owes both its success and downfall to human actions. Born and raised in this city, I have a personal motivation to understand the complex reasons for its deterioration. Through painting, sculpture, and installations, my work challenges assumptions and explores the relationships between people and places.   

I often use found materials and mundane objects; working with found objects allows me to build unanticipated relationships and create meaning. I have always been fascinated by the memories an object carries. Transforming and arranging objects challenges what is expected and generates conversations that extend beyond the objects themselves. Mapping Municipality is an installation that confronts the viewer with uncommon relationships; shoes become stand ins for people while bricks suggest place. The viewer is challenged to make meaning from these relationships. The weight of material and the placement of objects creates a dialogue and pushes the significance of the connections.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-0680
Contact email: 
laprade@umass.edu

Exhibit: 'Bittersweet' by Kelly Potter

Sun, May 6 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Hampden Gallery

Opening reception for "Bittersweet," an BFA thesis exhibition by Kelly Potter is being held Sunday, May 6, 2-4 p.m. 

Artist's statement: "Bittersweet" is a body of work that encompasses my memories and experiences living close to wild animals and plants from my hometown in the Berkshires. I work in oil painting and clay sculpture to create life-sized representations of coyote, deer, bittersweet vine, and other common flora and fauna of the Northeastern landscape. I am interested in the complicated power relationships that exist between humans and nature, particularly those surrounding plant and animal species that have a strong capacity to adapt and thrive in our increasingly industrialized environment.

My fascination with coyotes began as a child when I heard their eerie cries from the darkness outside my bedroom window. I found excitement looking for traces of these mysterious animals in the forests of my backyard. Now, I spend my free time looking for animal trails throughout Western Massachusetts, which usually follow mountain ridges and industrial power lines where the trees are cut and wild black raspberries grow. Remnants of bones, feathers, and tracks give clues to animal presence. Following these trails, I begin to learn about the way these animals live and how surprisingly close they are to suburban homes. By exploring the patches of undeveloped land that exists between our streets, I hope to better understand how these animals adapt to the ever-growing urban development and congestion of human activity on the natural world. I aim to translate these observations and experiences into my artwork in a way that accurately represents the animals in their environment, and the ways in which they live among us.

Potter was born in the Berkshires, where she spent her childhood exploring the outdoors. Potter’s artwork is inspired by her love of the forests and wildlife from where she grew up. When she is outside of her studio, Potter spends her time in the woods following coyote trails and exploring the caves and rivers of Western Massachusetts. She is currently completing a BFA in studio art with a concentration in painting. While Potter’s primary focus is painting, she also creates sculptural and functional works in clay, drawings in charcoal, and digital illustrations.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-0680
Contact email: 
laprade@umass.edu

16th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

Sun, May 6 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Renaissance Center 650 E. Pleasant Street Great Meadow Amherst, MA 01002

Come join the fun at the 16th Annual Community Renaissance Festival. 

Phoenix Swords  

Falconry with Marla Isaac

Games with Mutton and Mead

Accidental Wedding Performed by our Buffoon

Blacksmithing  

Renaissance Buffoon

SCA Heavy Combatants of the East Kingdom

Bob Melnik of Green River Woodcraft

The Harper and The Minstrel

Alta Luna Consort and AyreCraft

The Boar's-Head Tavern Band

Pelham Elementary Band

Hair Braiding - Meadow Street Styles

Tarot Readings by Mrs. Miller

Weaving by WEBS  Book Sale  

Karen Crowns & Pillows

Jewelry making with Kate of Antika Nueva  

Music fun with Robie Bones

Amherst English Country Dancers

Food and drink by UMass Fairy Glen

Tudor Bowman and Bowyer Demos

Playing in the Past

Keep checking back for an updated schedule, map, and list of performers.

Campus: 
Other
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-577-3600
Contact email: 
ecmclane@umass.edu

Conversation: 'Understanding and Implementing Universal Design for Learning'

Wed, May 9 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Location: 
Furcolo Hall Room: W016

The Center for Student Success Research invites you to participate in four conversations with experts about students with disabilities and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) through a Campus Climate Improvement Grant.

Do you realize that course design can make a positive difference in the classroom and co-curricular experiences of students with disabilities? Wondering how to shift away from relying on individual accommodation letters to more inclusive approaches? UDL offers a framework for designing courses and activities that fully enables all students, regardless of ability, to engage substantively in their learning and demonstrate their knowledge. Faculty, staff and graduate students from all disciplines and areas of the university are invited to participate in this conversation series addressing these issues. You can join us for one specific conversation or sign up for multiple sessions. Fifteen participants who attend the most conversations will receive two books on students with disabilities in higher education and Universal Design for Learning in higher education. Breakfast is included.

Facilitator: Erin DeSilva, instructional designer, Dartmouth College

Questions? Contact Cathy Manly, cmanly@educ.umass.edu, or Zeke Kimball ekimball@educ.umass.edu.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free admission, registration required
Contact email: 
Cmanly@edu.umass.edu

Reception & Award Ceremony - Annual Junior Senior Art Exhibition

Repeats every day 6 times.
Mon, May 7 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Tue, May 8 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Wed, May 9 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Thu, May 10 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, May 11 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Sat, May 12 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Herter Art Gallery, 125-A Herter Hall

Come celebrate with us and some light refreshments! Open to the public, free admission!

The Annual Junior Senior Exhibition and Awards Ceremony Department of Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst at HERTER ART GALLERY Show Duration: May 7th – 12th , 2018

Closing Reception and Award Ceremony: Saturday, May 12th , 10:30 A.M.

The University of Massachusetts Department of Art is pleased to announce the Annual Junior Senior Exhibition to be held at Herter Art Gallery from May 7 to 12th, 2018. There will be a public Reception and Awards Ceremony at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 12th, beginning in the gallery and continuing in Room 231 Herter Hall, upstairs from the gallery.

The Annual Junior Senior Exhibition is a juried show featuring selected works by advanced students in the Department of Art. The jury is comprised of department faculty as well as guest jurors who are invited to campus. The work reflects the broad range of disciplines pursued in the department and includes animation, ceramics, intermedia, painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. This show provides the public with a great opportunity to see an array of contemporary art practices and experience the lively and diverse creative research of the art program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public as well as to all Five College students, faculty, and staff.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Directions and parking info: 
Herter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Herter Hall west of the Fine Arts Center. Public parking is available at all times behind the Robsham Visitors Center and at meters along Haigis Mall. Nights and weekends parking is also available in Lot #71, west of the Whitmore Administration Building.
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free admission
Contact email: 
hertergallery@umass.edu
Campus contact: 

Studio Productions

Repeats every day 2 times.
Wed, May 2 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Thu, May 3 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Spring Theatre Studio Productions


MOTHERING HER MEMORIES
written and directed by
Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk ‘18

Linnea and her daughter Heather must navigate a notable shift in their relationship, when the progression of Linnea’s Alzheimer’s prompts Heather to take on a more maternal role.

RED BIKE by Caridad Svich
directed by Marty Bongfeldt AC ‘19
featuring Alana Young ‘18

What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were eleven years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now.

May 2 and 3 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Free and open to the public, no reservations

Campus: 
Smith College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.

Brown Foundation Research Lecture

Mon, Jul 23 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Wright Hall - Weinstein Auditorium

Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the Co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI; NIMHD P60MD006909) at the University of Washington. IWRI is one of 16 National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Comprehensive Centers of Excellence and one of two devoted to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) research in the country. Walters has more than 20 years of experience in social epidemiological research on the historical, social and cultural determinants of health among AIAN populations as well as chronic disease prevention research (e.g., HIV, AOD, obesity). Walters has presented at more than 350 national and international conferences; was an invited speaker for Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) at the NIH; and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Walters received her B.A. (sociology) in 1987, her M.S.W. (clinical) in 1990, and her Ph.D. in 1995 all from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the Co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI; NIMHD P60MD006909) at the University of Washington. IWRI is one of 16 National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Comprehensive Centers of Excellence and one of two devoted to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) research in the country. Walters has more than 20 years of experience in social epidemiological research on the historical, social and cultural determinants of health among AIAN populations as well as chronic disease prevention research (e.g., HIV, AOD, obesity). Walters has presented at more than 350 national and international conferences; was an invited speaker for Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) at the NIH; and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Walters received her B.A. (sociology) in 1987, her M.S.W. (clinical) in 1990, and her Ph.D. in 1995 all from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Campus: 
Smith College
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public

P:T Presents The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? by Edward Albee

Sat, Apr 28 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Abbey Hall, Abbey/Buck DR

A play about Martin, his wife Stevie, and their gay son Billy, whose lives crumble when it is revealed that Martin is having an affair with a goat. Three performances: 4/27, 4/28, and 4/29, at 8:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
Not accessible
Event contact: 
Sarah Dauer
Contact email: 
dauer22s@mtholyoke.edu

Choral Society Commencement Concert

Sat, May 19 2018 - 9:15pm to 10:15pm
Location: 
Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst College Choral Society’s annual Commencement Concert on Saturday, May 19 at 9:15 PM in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and seating is by general admission.

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its Commencement Concert in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert features all of the choral ensembles performing music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to modern motets. The combined choirs will reprise a section of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with collaborative pianist Benjamin Tibbets.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, beginning at 8:15 PM; during Commencement registration in the Alumni House; or in advance, by contacting Greg Brown at gwbrown98@amherst.edu or 413/542-5990.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free.
Campus contact: 

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