Monday morning arts news, March 6


Tuesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 11

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Two spring exhibitions are now openThis Is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect and True Likeness. Visit your museum! Galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8

• Department of Performing Arts and Technology: Wind Ensemble in concert. 7:30 p.m. Stewart Theatre.

Thursday, March 9

• Department of Performing Arts and Technology: Dance master class, free to NC State students, faculty and staff. Contemporary Limón with Eliza Zeevalk. Carmichael Dance Studio 2307. Learn more and register. 5:45 p.m.

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Co-curators Lia Rose Newman and Tom Stanley come together to discuss the inception and curation of True Likeness. 6 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Thursday, March 16 (during spring break)

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Staff-guided tour of This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect. 6 p.m.


• Rich Holly was recently interviewed by one of his former students, Pei-Ching Wu, now an associate professor of music at Taipei National University of the Arts. She is the host of “Pei-Ching’s Percussion World” radio show in Taiwan. The recording is now available online (select 20230223); you’ll start hearing Rich (in English) about two minutes into the program.

• The Crafts Center has announced a new health/wellness program called the My INTENT Project. Through a series of wellness exercises, participants will learn to make a bracelet using their own special word.

• The spring issue of Roundabout magazine from NC State Student Media is now in racks on campus. The theme is “The State of the Art,” and includes articles about Arts and STEM (with a shout-out to last fall’s Arts and Your Major Month organized by Emily Kasprzak, director of the Arts Village) and another about University Theatre.

• Gary Beckman, director of entrepreneurial studies in the arts, co-produced a documentary that won a Silver award in the Education, Art & Culture Strategy category of the 2023 Anthem Awards. Title: Getting to the GRAMMYs and Beyond: An Insight to Student-Professor Collaborative Albums/Music Video Projects for Promoting Ecological Advocacy and Social Impact.

• Crafting + Connecting: Join the Women’s Center and the Counseling Center two Tuesdays a month for a communal healing space for students to make crafts and connect with peers. Tuesday, March 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Talley Student Union, room 5210.

• Don’t forget: Day of Giving 2023 takes place on Wednesday, March 22.

• The 2023 Student Art Sale is approaching. The sale returns to an in-person event this year, followed by an online sale. The registration deadline is March 24, and the live sale takes place on Friday, April 21, 3 to 6 p.m. in Talley Student Union. Not only can students sell their original artwork (and keep 100% of the proceeds), all student artists who submit work are eligible for cash awards in categories for 2D, 3D, and computer-rendered art or photography. See all the details.

• Cash awards for creatives: The Creative Artist Award recognizes original work in music, dance and theatre created by full-time NC State students. The deadline for dance and music submissions is Monday, April 17, 2023.

• In recent days, we have lost two beloved individuals, Milton Bliss and Betsy Buford, who played important roles in the history of the arts at NC State. Milton Bliss died at age 95. He was a longtime music faculty member, the choral director, and the founder of the Grains of Time. You can read about Milton in this 2009 Technician article published on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Grains and in the fall 2018 #creativestate magazine article (page 34) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Grains. And did you know that Milton was a dancer? In 1995, he participated in NC State LIVE’s extended artist residency with David Dorfman Dance and performed as part of “The Athletes Project.” Among her many accomplishments, Betsy Buford was the deputy secretary of the NC Department of Cultural Resources during the third and fourth Hunt administrations, then the director of the NC Museum of History for five years. In 1985, Betsy agreed to serve as the first chair of the Theatre Endowment Board, the inaugural fundraising effort for the arts at NC State, establishing the first endowment fund to support the two programs now known as University Theatre and NC State LIVE. She was a longtime member of the Friends of the Gregg board, beginning at its inception. Betsy and her husband (Dr. Donald Mathews) served as honorary chairs of our first arts gala in the spring of 1998, and she was the second recipient of the Bowers Medal of Arts (the first being Henry Bowers himself).


• Technician: University Theatre’s ‘Urinetown’ offers artful satire, criticizes capitalism. Technician writer Shelby Bryson praises Urinetown and calls the production “equal parts hysterical and dystopian.”

• Technician: Creative Artist Award in Theater highlights budding playwrights. Technician assistant culture editor Jameson Wolf writes about NC State’s Creative Artist Awards for the performing arts, interviewing University Theatre’s Mia Self and student playwrights.

• Arts writer Byron Woods posted a four-star review of University Theatre’s production of Urinetown on Facebook.

• IndyWeek: Aldwyth’s Retrospective Is Filled with Delightful Contradictions. “This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect is the most comprehensive Aldwyth exhibition to date and a much-deserved recognition of a brilliant artist of the Carolinas.”

• Technician: Dare and Do! exhibit highlights achievements and involvement of women throughout NC State’s history. Technician writer Esme Chiara talks with the creators of an exhibit in D.H. Hill Jr. Library that celebrates 100 years of women attending NC State.

• Technician: Feminist Book Club uses literature to start conversations. Technician writer Savannah Woodman introduces a new book club.

• The Nubian Message: Cecilia Vicuña’s Purpose for Art. Nubian Message contributor Leila Ganim writes about the life of a Chilean sculptor and poet, based in New York, who gained fame later in life and asks the question, “what is the purpose of art?”

See a two-month list of campus arts events and exhibitions, posted on the first day of each month.