Monday morning arts news, March 7



• The Crafts Center: Davis Choun: Pattern Assemblage. This exhibition features the work of College of Design young alum Davis Choun, a process-oriented artist who works with many different discarded or everyday materials (most notably, clothespins) to create something stunning. Through April 9. Note: The Crafts Center will be closed for spring break March 12-20.

Tuesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 12

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Visit your museum! This Saturday is the final day for the Crossed Kalunga by the Stars & Other Acts of Resistance exhibition in the Adams and Woodson Galleries. Frank Lee Craig – Near Distance is now open in the historic residence. Galleries open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gregg will be open regular hours during spring break.

Wednesday, March 9

• Dance Program: The Lunchbox Series with Francine Ott, artistic director of the Panoramic Dance Project. In this virtual 45-minute conversation, Ott will discuss consumption vs. context. Is your dance body speaking the language of honor in the community of dance culture or is it consuming creative content that is void of sustenance? Register here. 12 p.m.

• University Theatre: Strictly Speaking. Join UT for a conversation with North Carolina Theatre’s communication manager, Maya Bryant, who will speak about her work, industry and journey within the arts. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre. Register here. 6 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Thursday, March 17 (during spring break)

• Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Live from the Galleries. Join Gregg education staff for a live Zoom tour of Frank Lee Craig – Near Distance. Register here. 6 p.m.


• “Can the Arts Save the Planet?” For their annual State of the Sciences lecture event, the College of Sciences presents Eric Dorfman, director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Wednesday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. This event is being presented virtually via Zoom and in-person in the Piedmont/Mountains Ballroom in Talley Student Union. Free, but registration for either format is required by March 7.

• Explore the summer day camps available to middle and high school students in the Department of Music. Camp topics include intro to electronic music, drum major leadership, and electronic music production.

• In a nod to normalcy, during spring break, students in the Dance Program are heading to the American College Dance Association conference for the first time since 2019. Members of the State Dance Company will perform three pieces, including one by senior Delaney Galvin, who created this blog post in anticipation of the experience.

• Big Night In for the Arts returns Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. on WRAL. The four Triangle arts councils and WRAL celebrate and support the arts community of our region during the time of COVID-19 recovery. The event will feature performances from local and national talent, including Ben Folds, Jaki Shelton Green, Jabu Graybeal, Nnenna Freelon, Hiss Golden Messenger, and a behind-the-scenes tour and demo with potter Mark Hewitt.

• Did you attend the powerhouse concert by Jazzmeia Horn when NC State LIVE brought her to campus in March 2019? Her latest album, Dear Love, just hit the third week at the top of the JazzWeek charts.

• Cash awards for creatives: The Arts NC State Creative Artist Award recognizes original work in music, dance and theatre created by full-time NC State students. Each winning creative artist receives $500, and the selected works will be performed and/or workshopped in the following academic year by the appropriate performing arts program. Deadline for submission: March 25, 2022.

• The 2022 Student Art Sale is approaching. Artwork submissions are due Friday, April 1, and the sale begins on Friday, April 15 starting at noon. 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.

• You DO have Day of Giving (03.23.22) on your calendar… right?


• Spectrum News: Ballet Hispánico shares Latinx dance and culture in Raleigh. When NC State LIVE brought Ballet Hispánico to campus for a performance on Feb. 11, their visit included a Latin social dance class presented in partnership with the Dance Program. Spectrum News documented the class experience with this video.

• Technician: Behind the scenes at University Theatre: Scenic designer Jayme Mellema. Technician writer Noah Buck interviews Jayme Mellema about the process of designing “evocative, colorful sets” for University Theatre productions.

• Technician: Behind the scenes at University Theatre: Lighting and sound designer Patrick Mathis. Technician writer Jameson Wolf interviews Patrick Mathis about what it takes to create the lighting and sound that will bring Bikini Bottom to life in The SpongeBob Musical.

• Technician: UAB’s Wolfpack’s Got Talent celebrates diverse creativity of students. Technician writer Elyse Boldizar reports on the talented NC State student musicians and dancers who came together for this year’s event.

• The New York Times: DakhaBrakha, a Band From Kyiv, Saw a War Coming. This exceptional Ukrainian band performed on the NC State LIVE series in Nov. 2014. The Talley renovation was not finished, so they played in the State Ballroom instead of Stewart Theatre. But that offered the opportunity to light the ballroom fixtures with the blue and gold of the flag of Ukraine. (On a related note: Have you registered for the free New York Times subscription available to all NC State students, faculty and staff?)

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