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Current Events

Julia Wolfe/Symposium on Poetic Histories, Sunday 9 April 2017, 2-5PM

All events listed below will take place in the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on the Drew campus are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Julia Wolfe ( or Leslie Sprout, (, Associate Professor of Music and chair of the Music Department.

Drew Artist in Residence, composer Julia Wolfe, welcomes her artist-colleagues Beryl Korot (early pioneer in video art), Suzanne Bocanegra (performance/installation artist) and R. Luke DuBois (conceptual composer/new media artist) to join her in a discussion on documentary expression in contemporary art. These renowned artists draw from real-life events, different communities, and cultural questions to create compelling “poetic histories.” The symposium includes performance, discussion, and an up-close encounter with the artists.


Beryl Korot 2:00-2:30pm

R. Luke Dubois 2:30-3:00pm

Coffee Break 3:00-3:30pm

Suzanne Bocanegra (with featured performer Anne Gridley) 3:30-4:30pm

Q & A with Panel Speakers 4:30-5:00pm

Refreshments  5:00-5:30pm

Beryl photo Beryl Korot a pioneer of video art and of multiple channel work in particular. By applying specific structures inherent to loom programming to the programming of multiple channels, her work brought the modern world of video technology into conversation with the ancient hand loom. She has created a body of work on handwoven canvas which encoded a visual language based on the grid structure of woven cloth and is currently creating drawings which incorporate digital embroidery.

SuzanneBocanegra©PeterSerlingSuzanne Bocanegra is an artist living and working in New York City. Her piece “When a Priest Marries a Witch, an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Paul Lazar” premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC in May 2010 and travelled to the Wexner Center, the Tang Museum, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, James Cohan Gallery, as well as the Chocolate Factory Theater, the Prelude Theater Festival in NYC and the Fusebox Theater Festival in Austin.

Gridley_Anne_7564_xretAnne Gridley is a performer, dramaturg, teacher, and artist. As a founding member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma, she toured nationally and internationally [Poetics: a Ballet Brut, No Dice, Romeo and Juliet, Life & Times: Episodes 1-5]. Since 2014, she has performed with a variety of companies, including: Caborca [Hamlet, The Entitlement, Distant Star]; Jerome Bel [The Show Must Go On, Ballet: NY]; 7 Daughters of Eve [12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens]; and Human Head Performance Group [Due to Events]. She is currently writing a show for herself, with the working title of Anne is Bag.

R. Luke Dubois R Luke Dubois_photois a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR.
Click here to read Julia Wolfe’s 2004 interview with Suzanne Bocanegra in BOMB – Artists in Conversation.

Julia Wolfe/Arts & Letters Salon, Sunday 23 April 2017, 12-2:30 p.m.

Arts & Letters Salon: Telling History through a Musical Lens
An Intimate Discussion with Acclaimed Composer Julia Wolfe
A special event for the Caspersen School’s Arts & Letters community, made possible by the generous support of Werner Kofler T’03, G’05.

Location: Seminary Hall
$10 for alumni and friends; free for the on-campus community
RSVP online by April 15

Julia Wolfe/Bang on a Can Residency, 24-26 April 2017

All events listed below will take place in the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on the Drew campus are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Julia Wolfe ( or Leslie Sprout, (, Associate Professor of Music and chair of the Music Department.

Monday 24 April

7-9PM Steel Hammer – An Inside Look: A Discussion with Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars on the Making of Steel Hammer 

In this lecture-demonstration, Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform music and discuss the building of this new work, which explores the quintessential American worker ballad John Henry and its implication for labor history then and now.  Q&A following the talk.

Tuesday 25 April

1:15-3:45PM Open Reading of Student Works (ART 270/MUS 260: Special Topics in Documentary Expression, co-taught by Julia Wolfe and Associate Professor of Art Rebecca Soderholm) and Q&A with the musicians

Wednesday 26 April

3:30-6:30PM Open rehearsal for 8PM concert, plus Q&A with the musicians

8PM: Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer


Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant: Fall 2015 Classes, Programs, and Events

October 3: Performance of “Urban Renewal,” Artist-in-Residence Kyle deCamp, 7:30 pm, Directing Lab, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, free admission

October 7: Sociology Club screening of documentary film “The Baby Box,” 6:30-8:30 pm, BC 101

October 21: Dance and Peacebuilding Workshop, Mariah Steele, 4:30-8:00 pm, Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center, free admission (reservations required, contact Kim Rhodes)

October 22-December 9: Kyle deCamp’s 2-credit course “Explorations in Spatial Topics” (see Fall 2015 DANCE listings for more information on registration)

November 2: Student and Faculty Mini-Grant Deadline for January and Spring 2016 projects

November 10: Faculty Research Talk, Louis Hamilton, “‘MISSING’? The Search for Street Shrines in Rome using GIS,” 4 pm, BC 218


Rhyme N Reason Poetry Slam – 11/6/15

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Dance and Peacebuilding Workshop with Mariah Steele – 10/21/15

This workshop focuses on how and why dance is well suited to reaching peacebuilding goals – such as healing trauma and building community through development of empathy, trust, reflection, tolerance and conflict resolution skills – as well as best practices. Mariah’s research is based on a case study of Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s Fall and Recover, a dance performed by two professional dancers and eleven survivors of torture and asylum seekers to Ireland. The process of making and performing Fall and Recover was not only incredibly healing for the participants involved, but also helped spread awareness about torture and asylum issues in Ireland and abroad. Other artists with such healing, community building or peacebuilding goals can learn a lot from this example. Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant

October 21, 2015 from 4:30-8 pm (dinner will be served) in Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

FREE ADMISSION, but reservations required, contact Prof. Kimberly Rhodes ( to reserve a spot by Monday, October 19

Sociology Club Film Screening – 10/7/15

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A performance by Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence Kyle deCamp: URBAN RENEWAL – 10/3/15


Kyle deCamp is a “Bessie” winning artist who creates and performs works at the crossroads of artistic disciplines, drawing on rich and varied perspectives to explore the interactions of art, history and individual lives. URBAN RENEWAL is a multimedia solo performance on perception, public policy, and the significance of the buildings we live in, from a child’s rigorously unsentimental point of view. Kyle deCamp maps an experience of growing up in Chicago in the chaotic 1960s, caught in the crosshairs of power and history. The performance vividly animates childhood on a block razed by the last demolition of urban renewal in Hyde Park. URBAN RENEWAL premiered at Crossing the Line Festival/FIAF NYC and has been performed at Theatre de la Cite Paris 2013, Saratoga Film Forum, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Automata Arts Los Angeles, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, OnEdge Festival Chicago, and University of North Texas Denton.

For more information about Kyle deCamp please visit:

Free admission

The performance will be followed by a conversation with the artist
Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant and the Department of Theatre and Dance

Photograph of URBAN RENEWAL by Ellie Markovitch

October 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Directing Lab, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Drew University

Past Events

Artist-in-Residence Valerie Hegarty presents year-end work: Campus Cutouts – Opens 4/22/15

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Recreated Daniel Drew Portrait and Mead Hall Shutter (Studio Shot), 2015

The Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant presents year-end work by Artist-in-Residence Valerie Hegarty: Campus Cutouts, 2015.

The show runs from April 22 – August 24, 2015.

Opening Reception: April 22, 2015 at 4:30-6:30pm
Brothers College, First Floor
Discussion with the artist at 4:45pm
The reception is free and open to the public

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Selected weekend and by appointment
For more information please call 973-408-3757

Queer Games, Straight Design: Queer Possibility and Straightwashing in FrontierVille and World of Warcraft – 4/30/15

043015queergamestraightdesignPresented by Edmond Y. Chang
Assistant Professor of English
Drew University

Thursday, April 30, 2015
4:30-5:30 PM
BC 101

Given the recent media attention and continuing backlash against women gamers, journalists, and game studies scholars, this talk argues why gender, sexuality, and feminist critique matter in and for games and gaming culture.  As media scholar Lisa Nakamura argues, “[M]uch of the pleasure of videogames comes at the expense of women and people of color, both literally and figuratively.”  For example, the blogger of Not Quite Literally posted a provocation titled “World of Warcraft is Inherently Queer” arguing that the virtual space of games like WoW offer an “other” space where “the boundaries of gender [and sexuality] are expanded, eviscerated, and recreated into something entirely new.”  Through a close reading and close playing of Zynga’s FrontierVille and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, this presentation hopes to antidote the assumption that the virtual is “inherently” queer and to interrogate the ways that gender and sexuality in games is both subversive and normative.

Explore how language shapes our cultures using theater – 4/17/15

Are you the same person now here in college as you were in high school?

Join us for a theater event exploring how language shapes our cultures.

The students of the Academic English program under the direction of Jennifer Ostrega, will be presenting scenes with from a play, with discussion led by Pathway English students.

Lunch to follow
Friday, April 17, 2015
Crawford Hall, EC

Please RSVP to Liz Kimball at if you would like lunch.

Multidimensional Poetics: A workshop with Cecilia Vicuña – 4/13/15

vicuña.JPGAt this workshop, we will play and explore language combinations involving the body and collective participation.

Monday, April 13, 2015
4:30 PM in Crawford Hall, EC

A reception will follow

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet and visual artist who divides her time between New York City and Chile.  In her multilingual oral performances, she involves the audience in the creation of a communal poetic event, destabilizing the traditional boundaries between audience and performer.  Her published works include SABORAMI (1973), Precario/Precarious (1983), PALABRARmás (1984), Unravelling Words and the Weaving of Water (1992), Cloudnet (1999), and Instan.  She is also the editor, with Ernesto Livon-Grossman, of The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Initiative, the Casement Fund, and the Spanish Department

DASA presents The Descent: Fashion Show – 4/11/15

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Art and Environmentalism: from Brushstroke to Bulldozer to Biodiversity – 2/28/15

All are welcome to join us for this public Symposium on Art and Environmentalism!  Highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental art, the Symposium includes three speakers that make unique contributions to how we view, shape, conserve and care for the environment today.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10am-4pm in ARTS 106

Layout 1Mark Prezorski is the landscape curator at Olana — the home, studio and designed landscape of renowned Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). Mark considers Olana an earthwork and is working to restore Olana’s artist-designed landscape to Church’s original vision along with continuing conservation efforts heralded by Church’s pioneering work on canvas and in nature.  Read more about Prezorski here.


Layout 1An artist whose work recalls the earthwork artists of the ’70s in its scale and environmental concerns, David Brooks is also an ongoing volunteer with conservation biologists in the Amazon basin region of South America.  For Brooks, the scientists’ multi-disciplinary approach — which takes into consideration geologic, ecologic, cultural and economic factors — is a model for his own artistic practice.  Read more about Brooks here.


Layout 1Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering.  Her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology and assumes subversive and playful forms such as feral packs of robotic dogs programmed to sniff out soil contaminants.  Read more about Jeremijenko here.


Breakfast  10:00-10:30am

Mark Prezorski  10:30-11:30am

Student Visits and Lunch  11:30am-1:00pm

David Brooks  1:00-2:00pm

Natalie Jeremijenko  2:00-3:00pm

Questions to the Panel Speakers and Refreshments  3:00-4:00pm

Organized by Valerie Hegarty, Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Rhodes, Associate Professor and Chair of Art History at (973) 408-3757 or

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – 2/4/15

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Image courtesy of LMCC

Please join us for an evening lecture from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with Melissa Levin, Director of Cultural Programs, and William Penrose, Program Manager, Artist Residencies.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the variety of programs offered by LMCC, specifically about their artist residency programs.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond such as:  A nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines.  LMCC’s Workspace program encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
ARTS 106 at 4:30pm

All are welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.

Valerie Hegarty: Coming Home  –  January 8-30, 2015

"Parent's Bedroom," 2014, Valerie Hegarty
“Parent’s Bedroom,” 2014, Valerie Hegarty

The Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant are proud to present mid-year work by Artist-in-Residence, Valerie Hegarty.

Korn Gallery, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:30-4pm
Selected weekends and by appointment

For more information please call (973) 408-3758





An evening with two U.S. Marine veterans: Writers@Drew & Combat Paper – 11/20/14

klay-and-keefe-imageJoin us for an evening with two very talented U.S. Marine veterans.  Funded by the Mellon Grant, David Keefe, Director of Combat Paper NJ, will share a presentation about his organization, which teaches papermaking and printmaking to veterans to help them communicate their experiences visually.  And in partnership, Writers@Drew and the Casement fund present author Phil Klay, who will give a reading from his recently published collection of short stories about his military experiences called Redeployment.  Both guests will join in a Q&A after their presentations.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 4:30pm
Founders Room, Mead Hall

All are welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Casement Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant, and the English Department

Photos courtesy of David Keefe

New Growth Instagram Photo Contest – November 1-14, 2014

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Valerie Hegarty: Artist’s Talk – 10/9/14

studio2A talk with Valerie Hegarty, the 2014-2015 Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:30pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106

Light refreshments will be served after the talk

Photos taken by Bill Cardoni


 Interactive Workshop on the Classical Dance of India – 10/2/14

Sabrina DanceCo-sponsored by the Comparative Religion Department, South Asian Students Association, & Asia Tree House

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7-8:30pm
Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

Facilitated by Sabrina D. MisirHiralall
Doctoral Candidate, Pedagogy and Philosophy, Montclair State University

Sabrina MisirHiralall’s forthcoming dissertation focuses on how she uses Kuchipudi Indian classical Hindu dance to educate non-Hindus about Hinduism with postcolonial realities in mind.  She recently published The Postcolonial Reality of Using the Term ‘Liturgical’ to Describe Hindu Dance in the Journal of Research on Christian Education.  In this workshop, MisirHiralall will provide a short lecture, demonstration, and hands-on learning of gestures and their meanings.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sabrina MisirHiralall at

Photos taken by Ryan Genualdi

Public Art & the Environment: A Panel Discussion – 9/22/14

Anne Percoco: "New Growth" - Photo by Bill Cardoni - Drew University

In conjunction with Anne Percoco’s New Growth project

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:30pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106

Moderator: Anne Percoco

Artist Panelists: Katie HoltenMarie Lorenz, and Justin Shull

Respondent: Ryan Hinrichs, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and Sustainability & Chair, Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Photos taken by Karen Mancinelli