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. 

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Olabode Omojola, professor of African music at MHC, is the lead organizer for the African Cinema Symposium and Festival.
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.
Photo of glowing costumes in the production Underwater Community
Students in the iDesign Studio class in Computer Science and the Costuming II class in the Theater Department teamed up to create this short production.
This Art Museum exhibition featured shimmering curtains of color—sculptures made by acclaimed artist El Anatsui from recycled liquor bottle tops.
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.
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.
Yuchen (Angel) Xiang ’20
Yuchen “Angel” Xiang: is interviewed about how she helped the MHC Art Society organize the first Five College Art Conference.
Paul Staiti
The formal portrait is a strategic way of keeping a president’s legacy, says MHC professor.
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
Adrianne Greenbaum’s efforts to rediscover and perform generations of lost Jewish family music were hailed in a recent article.
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.
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"Written on the Body" choreographed by Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman
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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.
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
excerpt from poem by Irene Glascock
Emma Ginader ’15, who is finishing a volume of poems as her thesis, will represent Mount Holyoke College at the Glascock Poetry Competition March 27.
The students studying stage combat chose scenes from actual plays, such as “Macbeth,” or wrote their own to perform during their battles.
Mount Holyoke is one of few colleges to offer a class in stage combat, an important skill for actors as well as a fun opportunity for non-theater majors.
Diana Wells of Ashoka will speak at Mount Holyoke College’s Global Challenges Conference on Feb. 16, 2018.
This year’s Global Challenges Conference focuses on changing global–local inequalities and features keynote speaker Diana Wells of Ashoka.
Metamorphonics 2016
A multimedia extravaganza that included live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video
Students dance in Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman’s dance, Falling
Working collaboratively as choreographers, Coleman and Freedman have received choreographic commissions from many companies and colleges.
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.
Holly Mitchell ’13 has won the 2017 Amy Award for her accomplishments as a poet and her potential for future success.
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Shelby Baier White ’59 has been awarded the 2018 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for her lifelong commitment to charitable work.
Pilobolus Rehearsal
Matt Del Rosario from Pilobolus Dance Theater rehearsing FCDD students in the high energy work "Megawatt" for the Faculty Concert in November
Astrid Schween
Cellist Astrid Schween describes the process of auditioning for the J.S.Q. and "the moment they popped the question".
Singers in the 2013 "The Big Broadcast!”  Photo by Olivia Lammel ’14
The MHC Jazz Ensembles will present a swing-era radio show with vintage commercials, news, clothing, hairstyles, and vocal and instrumental jazz favorites.
Music Department Prize Winners at the Annual Department Picnic
At the department's annual picnic, we celebrated of a year of music-making and the outstanding work of our students, including the 2017 prize winners.
Best-selling author Luvvie Ajayi
Mount Holyoke College marks 50 years of the Association for Pan-African Unity and Black History Month with a month-long celebration.
Digital arts in action: Younghoo Cho ’19 took Acoustic Ecology and Sonic Art, taught by music professor Thomas Ciufo, in the new digital music lab in Pratt Hall last fall.
A speaker series from the new Digital Arts Initiative brings world-class scholars and artists to campus to discuss how arts and technology interact.
Seep Sleep
Kinsun Chan explains how he strives to give students the experience of dancing with a real dance company
Bode Omojola
Ethnomusicology professor Bode Omojola, celebrates King Sunny Ade's 70th birthday with an homage to his music and legacy.
Image of Ellen Chilemba ’17.
Glamour Magazine selected Ellen Chilemba ’17 as its College Woman of the Year grand-prize winner.
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.
Students discuss an art project during the "X-Section" opening.
Two distinct curricular worlds— art and robotics—collide in a cross-disciplinary project between studio art and computer science.
Hero image of hidden treasures manuscript.
Found by Music students and LITS staff: two medieval musical manuscripts hiding in plain sight on campus.
Photo of Hannah Goodwin
“Just when I’m settling into a particular conviction, a student will say something that opens up a whole new way of seeing things.”
PHOTOS BY GINA PALERMO: Link to Queens Chronicle Article
Article featuring Mount Holyoke graduate Mariam Dingilian's solo piece "Static: Rewind"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music School of Delaware opens Hockessin branch
Karen Jordan: assigned to the Music School of Delaware's satellite location in Hockessin.
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.
Phot of Keith Hamilton Cobb
Cobb's residency will focus on fostering honest, difficult conversations about race in America across the color barrier.
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.
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.
iDesign Studio class
Mount Holyoke’s IDesign Studio demystifies technology, sparks artistic creativity, fuels entrepreneurial spirit and encourages risk-taking across academia.
Knowledgeable teachers of the Vaganova method of classical ballet are dedicated to contributing to the development of quality ballet training.
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.
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Directed by Jennifer Weber: This production re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography.
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ng Tian Hui
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ng Tian Hui, performs an all-women-composer program at its second annual Mary Lyon Concert.
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.
National Dance Institute works with dance students
Invited as part of the LYNK initiative, MHC Alumna Calia Marshall shows students how to engage with dancers of all skill levels in the art form
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.
Invitation to a Die-In
A Moving Musical Memorial to Unarmed Black Men Killed by Police commissioned by Music director Ng Tian Hui.
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.
Identity and The Arts: Five College Art Conference
Organized by MHC Art Society members: Renee Portes '18, Yuchen (Angel) Xiang '20, Kateri Svec '19, Yeji Seo '20, Anne Bevin '20, Maryl Phair '20.
Discussing Motion Control
Film studies students explore motion-controlled videography in the MHC Makerspace.
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.
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.
Lindsay Pope 07: conducts the University of North Texas Concert Choir and is Conducting Associate to the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
Adeline Mueller
From "Shuffle Along" to "Hamilton," race has been a part of in the development of the American musical from the beginning, says professor Adeline Mueller.
The Chorale will perform at Syracuse University’s 13th Annual Invitational Choral Festival under distinguished conductor George Vance.
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.
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
Writer and activist Luvvie Ajayi and Mount Holyoke’s Kimberly Juanita Brown will each be speaking on Feb. 22.
Luvvie Ajayi and Kimberly Juanita Brown will each speak on Feb. 22, as the celebration of Black History Month continues at Mount Holyoke College.
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.
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.
DJs at Mount Holyoke’s WMHC discuss the benefits of a historically female-run college radio station and the consequences of on air diversity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Ciufo teaching in the digital music lab
Thomas Ciufo built a music technology lab to teach students of all musical backgrounds new ways of exploring and creating sound.
Midsummer Nights Dream 2018
April 19-22 one of Shakespeare's most endearing comedies.
2017-2018 Department Award Winners
We are MUSIC PROUD of our 2017-2018 department award winners!
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.
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.
Chloé Zhao ’05
“The Rider,” a film by Chloé Zhao ’05, won the Art Cinema Award, the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
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.
Image of vineyard by Deirdre Haber Malfatto
Clara Kann ’12 demystifies the journey of wine from grape to bottle, and traces her own career back to the MHC science class she didn’t want to take.
Ìrìn Àjò, an opera composed, written and directed by Five College music professor Bode Omojola
The production composed, written, and directed by Olabode Omojola, featured a diverse student cast, acclaimed soloists, drummers, and the MHC Orchestra.
Photo of Ligia Bouton
“I encourage students to be fearless as they forge a deeply personal interdisciplinary practice and find independent solutions to visual problems.”
"History has its eyes on you:" The first president and the 44th.
View the new paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama through the eyes of Paul Staiti, an expert on presidential portraits.
 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.
Artist Joan Jonas ’58 in her studio. Photo by Joe Lawton.
Joan Jonas ’58 is representing the U.S. at Venice Biennale.
Photo of laser-cut woodblocks made in the Makerspace
Interdisciplinary learning in the arts? Two 15th-century prints, two laser-cut woodblocks, a print press, two hands. Read a blog by Yiqi Chen ’21.
Photo shows a painting of people playing Baroque music.
Professor Robert Eisenstein organizes a Baroque concert featuring the music of the court of Indian monarch Serfoji II.
Photo of Stephanie Council
“These students’ intellectual curiosity, alongside their commitment to making a positive impact in the world, is the ideal atmosphere for choral artistry.”
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.
This image shows the sculpture while it was being created, as well as the laser cutter which was utilized.
Art and architecture students collaborate with the Botanic Garden to design and build a sculptural fountain for Mount Holyoke's 2018 Spring Flower Show.
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.
MHSO 2013
Midwinter Dreams, a performance of music, art, and dance, explores the stuff dreams are made of.
Image of students dancing
Poorna Swami: I am a writer and avid reader of poetry, which is a series of 'movement odes,' emerges from my fascination with language and movement.
Mount Holyoke College's Chamber Singers
Judges listened to MHC's Glee Club and Chamber Singers in a blind audition and chose them to perform before an audience of conductors and music educators.
Image of Sarah Hastings ’15 in her tiny house.
Sarah Hastings ’15 is turning her passion into purpose, and she's doing it by building an ‘environmentally-conscious’ 190-square-foot dwelling.
Latrina Denson (center), associate dean of students, received the Mary Lyon Leadership Award from Heidi Friedman (left), director of human resources, and Acting President and President-elect Sonya Stephens (right).
Mount Holyoke recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the staff in making the College the extraordinary place it is.
This is a photo of Cassandra Peltier smiling in front of a blue background.
Just months after graduating, Cassandra Peltier ’18 been named executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Photo of Gina Siepel
“I like that Mount Holyoke students are integrating their liberal arts curiosities and criticality with their artistic work.”
Students in the connected courses of professors Kavita Khory, politics, and Nieves Romero-Díaz, Spanish
Interdisciplinary classrooms fuel a passion for learning in faculty and students alike.
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.”
Photo of a collection of theatre costume sketches
A day of Tudor Tailor workshops hosted by the theatre arts department drew a crowd eager to study 16th-century clothing with a 21st-century eye.
This is an aerial view of the Mount Holyoke campus, gothic style buildings against greenery, with a lake in the foreground.
A year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Mount Holyoke continues to offer scholarships to those affected.
Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend quilter, with some of her artwork
The first solo exhibition of Gee’s Bend quilter Mary Lee Bendolph’s bold designs and remarkable expression of African-American quilting opens Jan. 23.
New York Times article details Kirsten Moffett Reoch ’90's participation in the restoration project at the Park Avenue Armory’s Veterans Room.