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Sixth annual Art-A-Rama Week

Posted: 07/09/2012

Art-A-Rama, Skidmore’s multi-day celebration of artists and their works, has gotten bigger and better each year, according to Katie DeGroot, director of Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program. The sixth annual Art-A-Rama Week gets under way Monday, July 9, with a series of free public events.

DeGroot sees Art-A-Rama as a way to introduce students and the community to contemporary artists whose work challenges and expands their understanding of the creative process. Toward that end, she annually invites a noted artist to give an illustrated lecture during Art-A-Rama Week. This year’s featured artist is Terry Adkins, who will lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in Filene Recital Hall. A visual artist, musician, activist and cultural practitioner, Adkins is known for his abstract and lyrical “recitals” — sculpturally based installations that include music, video, literature, and ritual actions.

A panel discussion on the various pathways to life as a working artist, titled “So How Did We Get Here,” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the Payne Room of the Tang Museum. Participating artists will be Kyle deCamp, Chris Harvey, and Jane Fine.

The classroom and studio are the key venues in which visiting artists connect with students. To strengthen this connection, DeGroot launched the popular series of Brown Bag Lunch talks. She calls them “a wonderful platform for discussion about what is art, how to make art – materials, the whole process.” She believes these conversations “lead to a better understanding of what it is like to be an artist.” This year’s brown-bag lunches schedule includes the following:

    Monday, July 9, 12:30 p.m.—Kyle deCamp
    Tuesday, July 10, 12:30 p.m.—Chris Harvey
    Wednesday, July 11, 12:30 p.m.—Jane Fine        
    Friday, July 13, noon—Holly Block, executive director, Bronx Museum of Art

All brown bag talks will be in Saisselin Art Center, room 308. The public is welcome.

A final public event is the opening reception for “Terry Adkins: Recital,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.