Arts in the News

The Pioneer Valley, home to the Five Colleges, is one of the most culturally vibrant regions of the country. In any given week, you can attend a wide array of concerts, movies, theatre and dance performances, and art exhibitions. Check the MHC events calendar and the Five College calendar to find out what’s happening. 

Astrid Schween
Former Cello Lecturer Astrid Schween takes up her new position on the Cello faculty at Juilliard.
Hero image of hidden treasures manuscript.
Found by Music students and LITS staff: two medieval musical manuscripts hiding in plain sight on campus.
Mount Holyoke College Makerspace
The Makerspace prepares future leaders by combining technology and the liberal arts to teach and engage students studying every academic discipline.
LEAP 2016
From solar cells and architecture to an athletic app and teaching, students spoke about their internships and research at the 2016 LEAP presentations.
Adrianne Greenbaum Professor of Music, Flute; Klezmer Ensemble
The music of nationally acclaimed klezmer and classical flutist, Professor Adrianne Greenbaum of MHC is featured on the Florida Atlantic University website
Mount Holyoke College student Jessica Taylor '17 with Senator Elizabeth Warren
Many Mount Holyoke College students pursue internships in the Pioneer Valley, which offers exciting opportunities.
Adrianne Greenbaum
Adrianne Greenbaum’s efforts to rediscover and perform generations of lost Jewish family music were hailed in a recent article.
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Mount Holyoke’s new minor in entrepreneurship, organizations, and society is attracting students with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.
Paul Staiti
The formal portrait is a strategic way of keeping a president’s legacy, says MHC professor.
Photo credit:  GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS
Olabode Omojola, professor of African music at MHC, is the lead organizer for the African Cinema Symposium and Festival.
This is a 1933 photograph of four Mount Holyoke athletes in bloomers and short-sleeved blouses.
A newly uncovered collection of athletic apparel provides a rare glimpse into some of the earliest athletic wear for women — and the students who wore it.
Vanessa James outside near an iron fence
Vanessa James’ design for the off-Broadway production of a new play, “Van Gogh’s Ear,” about the artist, incorporates extravagant detail and materials.
PHOTOS BY GINA PALERMO: Link to Queens Chronicle Article
Article featuring Mount Holyoke graduate Mariam Dingilian's solo piece "Static: Rewind"
Bingyao Liu ’19 playing the Chinese dulcimer
Music was just a hobby for Bingyao Liu ’19. Then she came to Mount Holyoke, founded the area’s first Chinese music ensemble and discovered klezmer music.
Renowned writer, MHC prof. to give book reading
Gionfriddos reads from his new book, Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night, which he coauthored with Jeannie Gionfriddo, columnist for the Holyoke Sun.
Photo of Gina Siepel
“I like that Mount Holyoke students are integrating their liberal arts curiosities and criticality with their artistic work.”
Tracy Keya and Janet Slocum in Mount Holyoke makerspace
From clothes that light up to vacuum-formed chocolate molds, the Mount Holyoke College Makerspace offers tools and training to create and collaborate.
Holly Mitchell ’13 has won the 2017 Amy Award for her accomplishments as a poet and her potential for future success.
Image of students performing in Metamorphonics
A multidisciplinary performance piece will use music, dance, film, and video design to explore the role of technology in our lives.
This is a graphic of Africa.
The African cinema festival, a first in Western Massachusetts, will showcase films from the continent that span countries, decades and genres.
The Chorale will perform at Syracuse University’s 13th Annual Invitational Choral Festival under distinguished conductor George Vance.
Ajay Sinha, Mount Holyoke College
Films, one of India’s many rich artistic traditions, are far more sophisticated, creative, and self-aware than the “Bollywood” moniker implies.
2013: Tian Hui Ng signed on to compose and record a film score because he wanted to give the MHC Symphony Orchestra a rare chance to do professional work.
Tayllor Johnson ’15. Photo by Dan Warner.
Tayllor Johnson ’15 says poetry has led her to amazing places, helped her inspire others to create social change, and—most recently—landed her a job offer.
Professor Robin Blaetz in the Williston Library reading room
Mount Holyoke College’s Robin Blaetz discusses Joan of Arc through the ages on a BBC podcast
Molly Paige FP’18 is directing “Bull in a China Shop,” the new play by Bryna Turner ’12.
Molly Paige FP’18 rekindled a love of theater when she came to Mount Holyoke. Now she’s directing “Bull in a China Shop,” the new play by Bryna Turner ’12.
Composer and Digital Music Artist Thomas Ciufo
The Music Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Ciufo as the Innovation Hire in Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.
This is a three-part photograph, featuring Ellen Chilemba, the winning team of the International Business Ethics Case Competition, and Rick Feldman.
With the help of programs like the new entrepreneurship minor, Mount Holyoke students bring home prizes and wins from entrepreneurial competitions.
Dean of Faculty Jon Western (far left) and Acting President Sonya Stephens (far right) present the Faculty Awards to (from left) Douglas Amy and Kavita Khory (politics), Peter Scotto (Russian) and Michael Davis (art history).
Mount Holyoke professors of art history, politics, international relations and Russian were honored for their outstanding teaching and scholarship.
Lindsay Pope 07: conducts the University of North Texas Concert Choir and is Conducting Associate to the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
Photo of Bryna Turner ’12
“Bull in a China Shop,” the off-Broadway play by Bryna Turner ‘12 about Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks will be produced at MHC in December.
Image of props for MacBeth
Mount Holyoke College senior Jenny Daniels will direct an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth April 14 to 17.
Professor Hui in a red shirts sits at his shiny black piano.
Ng Tian Hui and MHC’s Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere of “Invitation to Die-In” is featured on public radio.
David W. Sanford
Mount Holyoke professor David Sanford’s latest work, “Black Noise,” will be premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Boston and Amherst.
Bode Omojola
Ethnomusicology professor Bode Omojola, celebrates King Sunny Ade's 70th birthday with an homage to his music and legacy.
At the end of Senior Symposium 2017, everyone gathered in the Kendade atrium to toast the presenters.
Senior Symposium was both serious and joyful as the class of 2017 presented their research to appreciative audiences from the College and beyond.
Image of Ellen Chilemba ’17.
Glamour Magazine selected Ellen Chilemba ’17 as its College Woman of the Year grand-prize winner.
Students found inspiration in bioluminescent animal communities. Each pair of students explored the idea of communication using costuming and choreography.
A collaboration between two classes: Peter Klemperer’s iDesign Studio (Computer Science) and and Elizabeth Pangburn’s Costuming II (Theatre).
New York Times article details Kirsten Moffett Reoch ’90's participation in the restoration project at the Park Avenue Armory’s Veterans Room.
Image copyright Henry Segerman
Henry Segerman will speak about his book “Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing” and demonstrate how technology can make abstract ideas tangible.
Image of the Big Broadcast
A date change won’t dampen the much-anticipated show’s 2017 performance, to be held March 5.
Astrid Schween
Cellist Astrid Schween describes the process of auditioning for the J.S.Q. and "the moment they popped the question".
Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), The Science Pictures: Water Pattern, 1982.
Spencer Smith, physics, curates a new show of Berenice Abbott photos that integrates physics with art and brings both subjects to new audiences.
The College’s Makerspace is a central location for the campus maker culture.
Thanks a generous grant, MHC’s new MEDIAL Project is integrating arts and technology and giving students resources to create, exhibit and perform.
Music School of Delaware opens Hockessin branch
Karen Jordan: assigned to the Music School of Delaware's satellite location in Hockessin.
 Rie Hachiyanagi Professor of Art Studio
Mount Holyoke College’s Rie Hachiyanagi is featured on the cover of World Sculpture News for her transcendent paper art.
Feller Rutahichura, the Vice Governor of North Kivu state, speaks with community members in the village of Ittebero, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dean Jon Western and photographer Pete Muller, Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor of International Relations, will discuss conflict, culture and masculinity.
Chloé Zhao ’05
“The Rider,” a film by Chloé Zhao ’05, won the Art Cinema Award, the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
Anisha Pai '19 is this year’s Mount Holyoke College’s candidate for the Kathryn Irene Glascock '22 Intercollegiate Poetry Competition.
Anisha Pai '19 is the first Mount Holyoke winner of the annual Glascock poetry contest since 2009 and one of only 20 since the contest began in 1923.
MHSO 2013
Midwinter Dreams, a performance of music, art, and dance, explores the stuff dreams are made of.
Metamorphonics 2016
A multimedia extravaganza that included live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video
Alumna Sarah Mullervy ’03 was part of a team that won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for the animated Peter Rabbit series on Nickelodeon.
Sarah Mullervy ’03: helped lead the team that won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for the animated Peter Rabbit series on Nickelodeon.
Thomas Ciufo, Assistant Professor of Music
“I’ve always been drawn to music and sound. My fundamental engagement with listening to and creating sound informs my work, research and teaching.”
Invitation to a Die-In
A Moving Musical Memorial to Unarmed Black Men Killed by Police commissioned by Music director Ng Tian Hui.
DJs at Mount Holyoke’s WMHC discuss the benefits of a historically female-run college radio station and the consequences of on air diversity.
This Art Museum exhibition featured shimmering curtains of color—sculptures made by acclaimed artist El Anatsui from recycled liquor bottle tops.
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Shelby Baier White ’59 has been awarded the 2018 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for her lifelong commitment to charitable work.
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"Written on the Body" choreographed by Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman
Paul Staiti
Art historian and portrait expert Paul Staiti says the Obamas’ selection of African-American artists for their official portraits is a political choice.
The Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is a living, curated collection of plants that can be used, much like the Art Museum or library, for classes of all disciplines.
Eva Snyder ’17
“Mount Holyoke allowed me to team up with experienced professors who helped me build a brand for myself as a musician and writer.”
Elizabeth Holloway Marston, Mount Holyoke class of 1915, was one of the inspirations for Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman smashes the superhero glass ceiling in more ways than one, says film studies professor Robin Blaetz.