Virtual Arts - Week of May 20th


Congrats and Thanks!

From the words of Steve Carell, Denison class of 1984 and guest speaker for our virtual Conferring of Degrees, Know that the education you received here will be a strong foundation for whatever the future may bring.

We certainly never anticipated when we began this year, that our in-person time together would be shortened. Senior recitals, shows, exhibitions, projects, concerts and productions planned for spring turned into virtual learning and recording experiences. As difficult as it was, our faculty and students rose to the occasion and continued making art. It has been an honor to share this art with you during this semester. We will continue to share with you over the summer as art lives on! 

Enjoy the video of our Conferral of Degrees and more videos honoring our 2020 graduates.

Stop Motion Animation

Chris Faur, Director of Collaborative Technologies for the Fine Arts, shares students’ work for his Stop Motion Animation course. In this course students learned all aspect of stop-motion animation by watching and creating a wide range of projects during the semester.  Faur shared, “Due to the coronavirus, students had to shift this animation practice to their homes and work with the limited supplies and equipment they had on hand, instead of more professional campus supplies. Their animations reflect the creativity and ingenuity of these student animators. They took what they have learned in the class, online, and on their own, to create animated works that they are proud of.” Visit Stop Motion at Denison for an overview of the class and more information, and click on each link below for student works.

Choral Groups Perform To Denison

When called on to be a part of Denison’s Conferral of Degrees, members of both our Concert Choir (including some community members) and Chamber Singers stepped up and began recording the parts to Denison’s Alma Mater. Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Harris Ipock, brought this virtual performance of To Denison together for our Conferring of Degrees ceremony.

Bluegrass & American Roots Music

Adam Schlenker, Coordinator of the Denison Bluegrass Program, didn’t let remote learning stand in the way of recording an album with his students this semester. Recording online and apart from each other is tricky and students used everything from iPhones to built-in mics on earbuds to record these parts. They managed to arrange/record ten Hank Williams songs and write/record five original songs. Adam shared, “It was an uphill experience at times and took a fair amount of post-production work to paste it all together but it was worth the effort.” Enjoy Bluegrass & American Roots Music…A Tribute to Hank Williams.

Cinema Sampler

Students have majored in Cinema at Denison since 1968, making ours one of the oldest cinema programs in the country. We teach students the production of film and video as art forms. Students learn the process of producing creative works of cinema utilizing both film and digital equipment. The goals of the major are to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of production in connection with an understanding of Cinema as an art form.

Enjoy this video sampler of some of the work done in Associate Professor and Chair of Cinema, Marc Wiskemann’s, CINE410 course this year. 

Featuring clips from films by Alex Dethero (‘20), Charlie Dykstal (‘21), Maggie Heiser (‘20), Ebony Marshall (‘20), Drew Pisano (‘20), David Rivas (‘20), Shengbo Shi (‘21), and Zack Wang (‘20)

Dance Seniors 

The Dance Department at Denison is excited to congratulate our seniors and undergrads on their accomplishments this year!  As the announcement attests, we emphasize embodiment as a means of and method for knowing and responding to each other and our environment. When we went to remote learning in the middle of our spring semester, faculty and students worked ingeniously to create virtual classes that supported continued moving and embodied learning.  We welcome new and returning students into this innovative, flexible, and creative environment.

Coming May 29, 8pm 

Denison ensemble-in-residence and Grammy Award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion present a new work composed for them by four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman. This livestream performance of Elfman’s new work, Percussion Quartet, will be complemented by exclusive, never-before-seen interview footage with the composer captured via video conference call on March 23, 2020, as well as live Q&A by the members of Third Coast Percussion. Denison University is a co-sponsor of this performance.

Posted Date 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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