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Bard College at Simon’s Rock February Line-Up: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of February. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus offers residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar.

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Monday, February 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.— McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture: Joan Countryman: “They Can Steal Your Money, But They Can't Take Away Your Education”

Longtime and well-respected education administrator, Joan Countryman, visits Bard College at Simon’s Rock to discuss W. E. B. Du Bois’ influence on education and democracy. Her experience ranges from work with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to education leadership at schools, colleges, and academies nationwide. Countryman’s publications include Black Images in American Literature (1977), Writing to Learn Mathematics (1992), and “Is Gender an Issue in Math?” in Math and Science for Girls (1993).

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.— McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Concert: Shahzad Ismaily

Alumnus Shahzad Ismaily '88 will be joined by music faculty member, John Myers, in the first event of this year's Bridges Visiting Artists Signature program. The program will feature three new pieces composed for solo guitar and solo electric bass, as well as several experimental improvisations for drumset, synthesizer and piano.

Composer and musician Shahzad Ismaily, currently working in New York City, wrote the score for Frozen River, which won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in drama. It was also nominated for two Academy awards. He has performed, collaborated, or recorded with a diverse range of artists, including Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Will Oldham, Marc Ribot, Sigur Ros, Iggy Pop, Min Tanaka, Tom Waits, and John Zorn.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Monday, January 18 — Friday, February 12, 2010— The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Grier Horner: “Firebombing”

“Firebombing” is an exhibition of Grier Horner’s paintings from an ongoing series about the bombing of Dresden, Germany during World War II. A retired associate editor of the Berkshire Eagle, Horner has had portraits and surreal landscapes exhibited in galleries and museums in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

For more information about the artist, visit

Friday, January 22 — Sunday, February 14, 2010— The Gallery at Liebowitz
“Illumination: The Diversity of Contemporary American Ceramic Art Today”

“Illumination” is an exhibition of ceramic artwork by 25 internationally recognized artists representing 14 states. “Illumination” focuses on the diversity of form, surface and subject being created by some of the leading contemporary ceramic artists in the country. Curated by Bard College at Simon’s Rock Assistant Professor of Art, Ben Krupka, the exhibition features work ranging from functional pottery to large-scale abstract sculpture to figurative work. Subjects range from pieces that have a narrative focus, to ones that are politically charged or erotic, to the quiet contemplative study of the balance of form, beauty, design and mechanics. “Illumination” spans the discipline of contemporary American ceramics by presenting a diversity of clay, glaze, surface treatment, and firing techniques including mixed media. This exhibition promises to invigorate, educate, delight and illuminate.

Participating artists and academic affiliation or gallery:
Tom Bartel - Assistant Professor, Ohio University
Susan Beiner - Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Paul Chaleff - Professor, Hofstra University
Sam Chung - Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Joe Davis - Assistant Professor, Marietta College
Josh Deweese - Professor, Montana State University
Kathy Erteman - Studio artist, New York, New York
Julia Galloway - Professor, University of Montana
Sergei Isupov - Studio artist, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Yih-Wen Kuo - Professor, Northern Illinois University
Tyler Lotz - Assistant Professor, Illinois State University
Jeffrey Mitchell - Studio artist, Seattle, Washington
Daniel J. Murphy - Professor, Utah State University
Ted Neal - Assistant Professor, Ball State University
John Neely - Professor, Utah State University
Richard Notkin - Studio artist, Helena, Montana
Lisa Orr - Studio artist, Austin, Texas
Peter Pinnell - Professor, University of Nebraska
Tim Rowan - Studio artist, Stone Ridge, New York
Kevin Snipes - Studio artist, Archie Bray Foundation
Brad Schwieger - Professor, Ohio University
Jeff Shapiro - Studio artist, Accord, New York
Chris Staley - Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Karen Swyler - Assistant Professor, Green Mountain College
Matt Towers - Professor, University of Hartford

The Gallery at Liebowitz is open Friday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.
To schedule an off hour visit, call 413.528.7389.

30 % of each sale will directly support the college’s art program.
Contact: Margaret Grant Cherin and Ben Krupka.

For more event information, please visit our Events page. Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.