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Fine Arts at Carthage

Arts and Creativity Festival

Carthage celebrates arts and creativity March 13-18. Joins us for a signature events and exceptional performances. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to stay informed on impromptu arts events across campus, like our Draw-a-Thon and Student Recitals.

Signature Events:

Music 


Tuesday, march 13

Calefax Reed Quintet Concert  
7:30 p.m. in the A. F. Siebert Chapel 
Calefax is a close-knit ensemble of five reed players united by a shared passion. For more than three decades they have been acclaimed in the Netherlands and abroad for their virtuosic playing, brilliant arrangements and innovative stage presentation. They are the inventors of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They provide inspiration to young wind players from all over the world who follow in their footsteps. Calefax can be defined as a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.

 

saturday, march 17

The Brahms Project: Wael Farouk Solo Piano Concert 
7:30 p.m. in the A. F. Siebert Chapel 
Commemorating the 120th anniversary of Johannes Brahms’ death, the Brahms Project continues into the 2017-2018 season. In a series of solo and group performances by Prof. Wael Farouk and the Carthage Faculty Trio, the project celebrates the immense repertoire of music that Brahms created over his illustrious career. 

 

sunday, march 18

The Carthage Philharmonic Concert
1 p.m. in the A. F. Siebert Chapel
Under the direction of Professor E. Edward Kawakami, the Carthage Philharmonic features a variety of instruments including strings, winds, and percussion. The ensemble performs from standard orchestral canon while providing additional opportunities to perform in smaller chamber ensembles. 

Art


Thursday, march 15

Annual Juried Student Art Show Opening Reception 
4:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Lab (VPAL)
Each year, students from the Art Department submit works to be specially juried by a guest artist or critic. Pieces are judged on quality, creativity, and variety of media. Students selected to be featured in the gallery are eligible to win awards, including “Best of Show” and a special “Purchase Award.”


thursday, march 15

At Home Exhibition — Opening Reception 
4:30 p.m. in the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art 
Chicago artists Gwendolyn Zabicki and Ann Toebbe paint through the pat routines and relatable spaces of home life. With images reciting the daily tedium of chores and household activities, the substance of “At Home” is a reflection on social and anthropological constructs of our domiciliary spaces. The subtle wryness of Ms. Zabicki’s surfaces reflect upon the systemic congruency between cleaning a mirror and painting an image of that very same act. Ms. Toebbe’s deceptively flat paintings, drawings, and collages conflate complex compositional spaces from experience and memories of domestic settings


Friday, march 16

Art in Public Spaces: Building Community Colloquium 
10 a.m. to noon in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium 
Is there a public art for our times?  What might it be?  Who should be paying for it?  Who should be deciding what is on display in our public spaces?  What should we be asking of our public art, when the public is evidently composed of communities with different views of history, and different hopes for the future? The colloquium will bring together artists, scholars, and arts administrators to investigate these questions as they apply to our immediate community, to the region, and our nation.

Theatre


march 16-18

Silent Sky
7:30 p.m. March 16-17; 3 p.m March 18 in Wartburg Theatre
Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, “Silent Sky” explores women’s role in society and the social progress that accompanied the scientific discoveries at the turn of the century. A poignant tale of empowerment, “Silent Sky”invites audiences to experience how Leavitt and her colleagues fought to change the world’s perception of both the world around them and what lies beyond.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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