Kehinde Wiley, Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, 2013. Courtesy of Hedy Fisher and Randy Shull
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Say It Loud

January 20, 2020 - May 16, 2020 / 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Say It Loud includes the work of world-renowned contemporary black artists who document and challenge dominant historical perspectives and events.

Art happens here. The arts intersect with nearly every facet of life at Denison. Students often bring a passion for the arts, and once here they find new ones.

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Michael S. Morris

Director of the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
Director of the Vail Series

Katherine Peter

Operations Manager, Michael D. Eisner Center


What's Coming Next at The Eisner Center:

2020 Fine Arts and Creative Writing Summer Scholars

Fine arts and Creative Writing Summer Scholars present their research.

Denison University is a leading college for students who are passionate about the arts and who choose the breadth of a liberal arts education over that of a conservatory.

The Arts at Denison are vibrant, masterful, and thought-provoking. Denison students collaborate and create as they learn from working artists and professional creators. More than 40 percent of Denison students take part in the arts that include music, theatre, dance, cinema, art history, studio art, and creative writing. Students who come to Denison nurturing a passion often find they grow and develop new avenues of artistic pursuit.

Home to the departments of Dance, Music and Theatre, the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts is a natural hub for the performing arts at Denison. Students and faculty from different disciplines intersect in classrooms and common areas. These encounters spark creativity and growth that elevate knowledge and ability.

Denison students learn, perform, exhibit, and partake in the arts on campus and off The Hill.

A teaching museum, the Denison Museum is fittingly located in the Eisner Center. The museum’s teaching collection includes cultural heritage, historical, scientific, and artistic objects. Exhibitions, mounted in the spring and fall of each year, are curated from these collections or from nationally toured exhibitions.

The Vail Series is Denison’s premiere performing arts series. Since 1979, the Vail Series has brought world-class musicians and artists to Swasey Chapel. These artists, like Yo-Yo Ma, Belá Fleck, and Renée Fleming, often join students in the classroom sharing advice about technique and even some sage business know-how. What’s more, the Vail Series events are free to students, faculty, and staff.

Nearby Newark offers opportunities as well. The Denison Art Space in Newark (DASiN) is a mixed-use space for the community with a flexible gallery area, two music teaching studios, and an artist-in- residence studio. DASiN highlights local artists as well as artists from around the world, working in new, innovative ways across a wide range of mediums.

The Columbus arts community is just 30 minutes away, with access to musical, classical, and improvisational theatre; orchestras and symphonies; ballet and modern dance companies; art galleries and museums; independent film venues; and programs, like those at the Thurber House, that celebrate excellence in writing.

Front angled shot of the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
Additional rehearsal space at the Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
Symphony Orchestra, Philip Rudd conductor
Bojack Horseman practice

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