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The Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University will display a Juried Photography Show in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Oct. 19, to Friday, Nov. 13. The opening reception will be Monday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit will include a display of artistic photographs taken by University students and faculty during the past year. Photos from University-sponsored Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips will be featured in a special section.

Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at the University, initiated the Juried Photography Show after being inspired by photographs his students took on a trip to Italy last semester. His goal is to showcase the variety of activities and projects in which the campus is involved, including the fact that Waynesburg students travel all over the world.

“A lot of people are afraid to do art, because picking up a paint brush can be scary. But we all take photographs,” said Heisey. “I’m hoping to see that people are surprised by the photos they’ve taken.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call 724-852-3274 for more information.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host guest Noel Witts as part of the University’s Performing Arts Series Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Witts, professor of performing arts at Leeds Becket University in the United Kingdom, will perform a reading of the life and works of Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet made famous for his literary works, including “Under Milk Wood,” “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

The reading will incorporate Thomas’ poems and prose along with a discussion of his native city, Swansea, in Wales.

Witts is a documentary playwright who has created three works on Russian and Soviet history and a dozen documentary theater programs for BBC Radio 3. He is the author of “The Twentieth Century Performance Reader” and “Tadeusz Kantor.” He is a native of Wales whose family knew the Thomases.

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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band Fall Concert, “Great Music for the Wind Band,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band will perform a variety of American musical pieces, including “As Summer was Just Beginning,” “God’s Country” and three songs from the movie franchise “Star Wars.”

“The fall concert showcases an early ensemble sound from the group, but it also gives the ensemble and the audience an initial opportunity to share some great wind band repertoire early in the year,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at redpries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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The Waynesburg University Music Program will offer its first Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, Oct. 1, at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Experience a variety of musical styles with performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, the James D. Randolph Kiltie Band, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Oct. 9. The Opening Reception for the exhibit, which will feature artist Andrew Walker’s work, will be Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Walker seeks to address issues of illness in addition to the recovery and transformation of human beings and of the environment with his artwork.

Using a wide variety of mediums, Walker creates awareness of urban blight and environmental damage, but also provides insight into the potential for relief from these struggles. Walker attaches digital images of wounds and organs to wood and metal sculptures, and he also creates large-scale prints and installations. In addition, Walker’s art utilizes photography, painting and computer manipulation.

Walker’s own health problems, which include skin cancer and organ transplants, are the focus of several of his pieces. His artwork is intended to find great beauty in what is traditionally considered ugly and illustrate how art and science can improve humans’ lives. By including altered images of his own skin cancer and layering digital images together, Walker works to document the beauty and sickness of people and their environment.

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