While most of us enter an academic building and see only classrooms and commons, arts students envision the same space as a blank canvas, empty gallery or potential performance venue.
On Wednesday, students from across Temple's artistic disciplines demonstrated the power of such creative vision during an event held in the atrium of the Tyler School of Art. The evening featured performances, installations and exhibitions from the Art History, Architecture, Dance, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Music departments, as well as informational talks and film presentations.
Dancers floated down the main stairway with umbrellas, gliding into the lobby. Jazz musicians filled the atrium with improvized riffs that carried to the upper floors. Visual artists exhibited their engaging works on the building's walls and in open spaces.
Billed as a celebration of work across Temple's creative disciplines, the event was planned by a Student Advisory Committee established by Vice Provost for the Arts Robert T. Stroker. The group is part of a larger effort to raise awareness of student and faculty creative endeavors at the local, national and international level.
“The Vice Provost for the Arts Student Advisory Committee did a terrific job in planning Wednesday night’s event,” said Stroker. “I enjoyed working with such an engaged and creative group of students this semester and look forward to doing the same in the fall.”
Arts Night complements another new initiative, the TU Arts Lunchtime Series, which features performing and visual arts programs at mid-day for faculty and administrators who may not have the opportunity to attend evening arts events.
For more information, visit Temple's new integrated arts website, arts.temple.edu.