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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-15-Harris-art.pngSydney Harris, a senior art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open her senior art exhibition with a reception Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which is open to the public, will be on display through Thursday, March 29.

Harris’ exhibit will showcase a variety of styles, including ceramic, jewelry, paintings, drawings and digital prints.

“It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have worked so hard for the past couple years to reach this point,” said Harris. “I am so proud to be able to show all of my hard work to the public [and] see how far I have truly come on this journey here at Waynesburg.”

Harris shared that her favorite work in the display is a series of pieces that combine glass with pottery. Pottery is one of her passions that she has been studying for many years.

“I learned from a past teacher about this technique where you melt glass into the pottery and it makes this crackle effect,” said Harris. “These pieces show my love for nature in its simplest forms.”

Harris gives much credit to her success and learning over the past few years at Waynesburg to her professors.

“They have been so supportive and without that kind of a positive environment, I cannot even imagine where I would be today as an artist,” she said. “I am proud to say that I am a part of this program and will always speak highly of it to others.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-852-3247.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-2-PAS-Aint-I-A-Woman-Poster.jpgWaynesburg University will host The Core Ensemble for a Performing Arts Series (PAS) installment, “Ain’t I a Woman,” Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Core Ensemble, a series of chamber music theatre works that combines several performance elements and focuses on celebrating diversity, has visited Waynesburg University before. Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, arranged this visit and is confident that the group will live up to expectations.

“Core Ensemble was with us a few years ago in our Performing Arts Series presentation “Of Ebony Embers,” said DePriest. “It is certain that we will experience a similar success with this year’s PAS presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman!” The individual performers are [professionals] in every sense of the word, and the collective ensemble shows tremendous mastery of their art.”

DePriest said the event gives students, faculty and staff the unique opportunity to have an exciting performance, with many musical and theatrical elements, brought right to them.

“Often, we are limited by time and logistics in terms of the number of art, theater and music events to which we can travel to attend,” she said. “The Performing Arts Series brings these professional artists to us.”

For more information about the Performing Arts Series, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420, or email rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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Waynesburg University will offer fine arts studies for community members through its new Fine Arts Academy, beginning this spring.

The Fine Arts Academy is open to anyone who shows motivation to study in comprehensive collegiate music and art settings. Curriculum includes weekly lessons on major instrument/voice, as well as classes in written music theory, aural skills and art.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Andrew Heisey, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts. “We have great professors and great facilities. I want people to be able to come and see what we have here.”

Heisey will be teaching the first pottery class this spring. Eventually, he hopes to include more professors, as well as local artists, who can teach their skills in art and music.

This spring marks the Fine Arts Academy’s soft opening, to gauge interest in the community. Heisey said he is planning a camp program for this summer, and the Academy will be fully pursued in the fall.

Classes will be held Saturday mornings, and students will have the opportunity to schedule additional private lessons. All classes follow the Waynesburg University calendar from September to April.

Academy students will have the opportunity to participate in both solo and chamber ensemble performances near the end of each semester, as well as in large ensemble concerts throughout the year.

For a complete schedule of classes and tuition and fees, visit waynesburg.edu/arts-academy or contact Heisey at 724-852-3274.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-24-Colleen-Nelson.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host a visiting artist exhibit from Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 23. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The visiting artist will be Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, most people don’t know that Nelson is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which Heisey described as “almost Post-Impressionist style,” will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

“In her written work, she frequently documents our community, and her artwork is no different,” said Heisey. “She has been creating images of historic Waynesburg for years.”

Heisey hopes students learn from Nelson’s unique style, as well as her resiliency in pursuing her artwork.

“One thing I hope people will glean from Ms. Nelson’s work is that you can always fulfill your dreams,” he said. “Never let someone tell you that you cannot do what you love. Even though Colleen makes her living writing for the papers, she still can follow her passions in the visual arts.”

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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will revive its Annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. The symposium will be held in the Marsh Center on the University’s main campus beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and ending at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Colonel Lowell Graham will serve as the guest clinician for the event. Graham is currently the director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was formerly the commander and conductor of the United States Air Force’s premier musical organization in Washington, D.C., earning the position of senior ranking musician in the Department of Defense.

Graham is president-elect of the American Bandmasters Association and president and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Additionally, he has been inducted into the University of Northern Colorado School of Music “Hall of Honor” and was a recipient of the Award of Distinction for Contributions in Music Education from the Illinois Music Educators Association, among many other awards.

He has released recordings on six labels, including Naxos, Telarc, Klavier, Mark, Altissimo and Wilson that have been recognized for both their artistic and sonic excellence. These recordings have been recognized in Stereophile’s “Records to Die-For” list and The Absolute Sound’s “The Super Disc List,” as well as one having won a Grammy.

Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado, in addition to a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from The Catholic University of America.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will function as the clinic band for the workshop experience. Repertoire will include “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, “Tempered Steel” by Charles Rochester Young, “Incidental Suite” by Claude T. Smith and “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa/Brion & Schissel.

The opportunities to register as a conducting fellow, observer or ensemble member still exist. The fee to observe is $10 for high school students and as low as $30 for adults.

Those interested are asked to complete the online registration form at forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=909839.

For other information or inquiries, contact Dr. Ronda Depriest, director of the Music Program and professor of music, at 724-852-3420 or rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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