Visiting Artists

Larry Berk Arts & Cultural Programs presents 


Friday, November 3 - Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3
7:00 p.m., Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery


Rita MacDonald artwork


Rita MacDonald is a visual artist exploring two related bodies of work. In one, she works with images of decorative patterns found in architecture to make large-scale wall drawings that are temporary and site-specific. In the other, she uses images of decorative patterns found in clothing to make small-scale, often highly detailed, graphite drawings on paper.

She has exhibited at Wave Hill and Lehman College in the Bronx, Smack Mellon and Storefront Ten Eyck in Brooklyn, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. MacDonald has completed several public art commissions including two permanent mosaics in subway stations. Through The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY she received a grant to publish an artist book which is now included in several large collections, including the libraries of both the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. and Yale University in New Haven, CT.


Rita MacDonald artwork


Past Visiting Artists

2016: Kevin Hays  
Kevin Hays

Master Class: Thursday, September 8, 2016
4:00-6:00 pm, Quimby Theater

Concert: Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:00 pm, Quimby Theater


Kevin Hays is internationally recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists of his generation. Many of his 15 recordings as leader have received critical acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and Jazz Times, as well as a “Coup de Coeur” from the Académie Charles Cros (France). A prolific sideman appearing on over 60 records, Hays’s long list of notable musical associations include records with Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, and Al Foster.

Kevin’s performance will feature a combination of material from various sources and genres. Being an improviser, he decides on much of the program as he goes along, but it will likely include his original songs, spontaneous interpretations of jazz standards, and improvisations on classical, folk and blues themes. Kevin considers the audience to be a participant in the process and one can expect many delightful surprises along the way.



Past Visiting Artists (by year)

Fall 2016: Kevin Hays
Spring 2015: Janaki Patrik 
Spring 2014: Tim Rowan
Fall 2013: Keiko Sono
Fall 2012: Julianne Swartz
Spring 2012: Scott Freiman 
Fall 2011: Linda Montano
Spring 2011: Michael Dickman 
Fall 2009: Thomas Nozkowski
Summer 2009: Martin Olstad, Woody Pirtle, Tim Rowan, Judy Sigunick, Ed Smith
Spring 2009: Larry Grenadier
Fall 2008: Woody Pirtle
Spring 2008: Donald Brenner
Fall 2007: Will Cotton
Spring 2007: Christopher O'Riley
Fall 2006: Portia Munson
Spring 2006: Jonell Mosser
Fall 2005: Gillian Jagger
Spring 2005: Justin Kolb
Fall 2004: Ford Crull
Spring 2004: Judy Pfaff
Fall 2003: Ben Katchor
Spring 2003: Vivian Bower
Fall 2002: Milton Glaser
Spring 2002: Joan Snyder
Fall 2001: Martin Puryear
Spring 2001: Gwen Fabricant
Fall 2000: Henrietta Mantooth
Spring 2000: Grace Wapner
Fall 1999: Mary Frank







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