Events – English Department
Art Show & Design Challenge
Join us for the Rochester College Art Show and Design Challenge will take place in the RC Theatre at Rochester College. The event will include two art competitions for high school students. One will be an art show for which students are able to submit two works. A panel of judges (consisting of a combination of current/retired faculty, professional artists, and art majors) will evaluate the works for craftsmanship, engagement, and meaning. The other competition will be a design challenge related to the Exodus theme for the school year. Those participating will draw a number to determine an order and then select from a limited amount of media (such as graphite, charcoal, acrylics, colored pencils, pastels, and self-hardening clay), which will continually be lessened as selections are made. However, students will also have the opportunity to acquire options (such as swapping out items with another student) by answering questions about art.
Then one of the following topics will be designated as the inspiration for a design: deliverance, justice, community, oppression, the miraculous, escape, provision, and freedom. Students will then have 15 minutes to plan for a design, followed by 15 minutes to receive feedback and suggestions from a college art student or alumni, art teacher, or professional artist. Then students will have 1 ½ hours to complete a design that communicates the designated topic. When time is up, students will explain their work to the same judges for the art show, who will take time to consider a winner based on craftsmanship, effective use of medium, and communication of the designated idea. During the judges’ deliberation, students will have an opportunity to examine the art on display from fellow high school students as well as the college art show.
The event will draw to a close with a presentation of awards (including a $25 gift certificate from Green’s Art Supply for the winner of the art show and a $25 gift certificate from Green’s Art Supply for the winner of the design challenge), after which students will collect their art. The $15 entry cost covers both competitions. See below for registration information. Also, students interested in attending the theatrical production of Proof at 7:30 on Feb. 10 can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Register »
Evening with James Matthew Wilson
Join James Matthew Wilson for an evening art, poetry, and Lenten reflection. Wilson will perform his sequence of poems, The Stations of the Cross, accompanied by music and art inspired by this ancient Lenten pilgrimage of the Church, the Via Dolorosa, which has been prayed by Christians for centuries. This free event is open to the public. Rochester College students will receive Chapel credit.