The beautiful melody of a piano echoed through Jenson Dining Hall during lunch on October 2nd. The sounds came from pianist Michael Coles, performing “Magical Piano Moments.” This event was sponsored by the Dean’s Office as part of Arts Day.
The Wilson community particpated in the annual Arts Day to celebrate the arts across the curriculum. Coordinator Philip Lindsey said, “Arts day gives the community an opportunity to see how the arts are connected with our lives and study. Arts Day is an annual event. It was a tradition that began before I started [at Wilson].”
This year highlighted various exhibitions and a number of art-related activities ranging from gallery viewings to a fashion show.
In Lenfest Commons lobby, there was “Boundaries Fashion Show” by Catherine Greene ‘13. Emily Stanton ’15 participated in the fashion show as a model. She said, “The fashion show was awesome. I felt a little bit nervous, but it was so much fun.”
A demonstration available to students was firing Raku pottery. Denise Joyal, Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics showed the intricacies of the firing process. Stanton said, “…that was really cool,”.
Even the Math Club got involved, offering a mathematical “Color-By-Number” where participants had to solve problems to draw.
“We had more community members interested in participating than expected. It was fun and educational,” said Anush Petrosyan ‘14, a member of Math Club.
Lortz Hall was the location for several all-day art exhibitions. Students taking courses in Basic Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Intro to Computer Graphics/Graphic Design I had an opportunity to exhibit their work.
Neena Gurung ‘15, a student of Basic Drawing, got a chance to exhibit her pieces. According to Gurung, “I usually used charcoal or pen to draw.”
“Other students’ exhibitions in Lortz Hall were impressive. I’m happy to see the completed works,” said Gurung.
Wilson College students were not the only participants in Arts Day. The Juried High School Student Art Exhibition opened Sep. 18 in the Bogigian Gallery, Lortz Hall.
“We dispersed events into other building such as Lortz Hall to get people out of Lenfest, and get people to see other spaces on campus,” said Lindsey.
One of the goals of Arts Day includes the opportunity for people to get out of their routines and for them to see new places.
Lindsey hopes that Wilson College Arts Day will grow in the future. “I hope more students can get involved next year,” he said.