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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.


  • Calefax Reed Quintet bassoonist Alban Wesly

    While students learn a lot in classes and are always able to get advice from professors and the faculty in Career Services, sometimes it is best to go straight to the source and talk to someone who has a job in the field you want. For anyone considering a career in music performance, talking to any of the visiting artists, like bassoonist Alban Wesly, after their performances is invaluable. And if you’re like me and you’re not pursuing a career in music performance, well, he still has advice for us, too.

  • Prof. Daniel Steiner

    As someone who works in the Fine Arts as a non-major, I can easily say one of the best parts about the department is the welcoming atmosphere; it is this atmosphere that makes collaborations, like Silent Sky, possible. Professor Daniel Steiner is in a unique position as the dramaturg for Silent Sky, and I was able to ask him about the experience. Of course, first I had to ask around about what exactly a dramaturg is.

  • “At Home” Artists, Gwendolyn Zabicki and Ann Toebbe

    Throughout the year, Carthage invites a variety of artists to showcase their work, and answer questions students may have. These gallery openings allow Carthage students to have a conversation with successful professional artists. This March the art gallery will feature a new installment featuring works by artists Ann Toebbe and Gwendolyn Zabicki. I was able to ask Ms. Zabicki and Ms. Toebbe some questions regarding her experience as an artist.

  • Prof. William Newcomb

    This spring the theatre department is putting on a well-known piece, Into the Woods. However, before the lights go down and the actors take their positions, a lot of work needs to go into designing the costumes, scenery, lighting, etc. I was able to talk to Professor William Newcomb, Technical Director for Theatre, about the production process and his experience with preparing for this year’s mainstage musical.

  • Jessica Cepolski ‘18

    One of the best things about Carthage is the plethora of student organizations and clubs; Carthage has more than 100. Every student can find a group of like-minded students; and, new organizations are constantly being created or revitalized as interests shift. The Carthage Choir, founded in 1927, is the oldest performing group on campus, and is globally acclaimed. Every three years, Carthage Choir travels to another country to perform in a variety of venues, receive feedback on their performance, and explore countries they might not other have the opportunity to visit. Jessica Cepolski ’18 went on the Carthage Choir’s tour to Europe this year, and I was able to hear a little about her experience.