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Fine Arts at Carthage

The View from an Artist

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and minds of Carthage artists and visiting performers.


  • Riley Peterson ’20

    In April of 2017, the Carthage Philharmonic and local string students performed with Simply Three, a professional strings trio. This marked the first time local string students collaborated with a professional artist in a performance at Carthage College. One of the students who participated in the event was Riley Peterson ’20. At that time, Riley was in high school at Tremper, and now, she is at Carthage about to perform with two-time Grammy Award Winner Mads Tolling and the Mads Men. I was lucky enough to speak with Riley about the upcoming performance and her unique journey at Carthage.

  • Wind Orchestra, Japan Tour 2020

    For the past six years, the Carthage Wind Orchestra has gone to Japan on tour to perform their music. Dr. James Ripley, conductor of the orchestra, accompanied the group on their trip to Japan. Dr. Ripley conducts the Carthage Wind Orchestra, Carthage Band, and the chamber winds group AMATI. He also serves as principal guest conductor of the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra at Sakuyo University in Kurashiki, Japan. Upon returning to Kenosha, the Wind Orchestra will be holding a concert featuring music from their tour. The Japan Tour Home Concert consists of a variety of music including the North American premiere of Jocelyn Hagen’s work written for the tour, “Shieldmaiden”. The concert will take place Sunday, January 26, at 2 p.m. in the A.F. Siebert Chapel.  This week, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Ripley to get insight into the Wind Orchestra’s time in Japan, the upcoming concert, and his inspirations as a conductor.

  • The Handbook

    This past Saturday, Nov. 2, I had the privilege of attending Carthage’s 11th annual New Play Initiative, which welcomed the production of “The Handbook.” The world premiere of the show took place Friday, Nov. 1 in the Wartburg Theatre, and will continue its performances through November 9. “The Handbook” was written by Laura Schellhardt and directed by Professor Neil Kristian Scharnick.

  • BettyAnn Mocek'78

    This year, Carthage will celebrate 150 years of enrolling women in the institution. As part of this celebration, the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art welcomes “The Women of Carthage Alumni Exhibition”. The exhibition will feature a vast range of work from recent graduates and long-standing alumni, including accomplished artist BettyAnn Mocek ’78. BettyAnn graduated Carthage with a bachelor’s degree in Majors in Arts and Religion. She was also a recipient of the prestigious Carthage College Leadership Award in 1978. Mocek’s success at Carthage has continued to the present, as she showcases her unique and enlightening artwork. BettyAnn and her fellow Alumni will showcase their work at the opening reception for The Women of Carthage Alumni Exhibition, which will take place October 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art. I was lucky enough to interview BettyAnn about her time at Carthage, the pieces she will be showcasing in the gallery, and the role of women in art.  

  • The Handbook

    As part of Carthage’s 11th annual New Play Initiative, the college welcomes the world premiere of “The Handbook”, written by Laura Schellhardt and directed by Professor Neil Kristian Scharnick. The production will take place on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wartburg Theatre located in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center. Performances will continue through the weekend with performances on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. and the following weekend November 7 through November 9 at 7:30 p.m.