--Curated and Produced Entirely by Students, the Festival Celebrates Student Art In Its Many Forms, from Traditional to Experimental--
FLUSHING, NY, October 13, 2016 – In music, do you have a taste for romantic opera or rock ’n’ roll? (Perhaps both.) How about the idea of experiencing 1920s silent films in a modern acoustics and multimedia environment? In the visual arts, do you gravitate to traditional photography such as behind-the-scenes portraits of the New York Mets? Do you also enjoy cutting-edge performance art where viewers can interact with the work?
No matter your taste, there will be something for everyone at the first annual Queens College Arts Festival. Taking place on the Flushing campus from Saturday, October 22 through Monday, October 24, noon to 6 pm each day, the event-packed festival presents dance, fine art, photography, music, fashion, theater, mixed media and interdisciplinary works—all created by students from Queens College and other CUNY schools. In the words of its co-producers, QC students Dolores Diaz, Audrey Edelstein and Jessi Sachs, the festival is “a celebration of untapped talent that has flourished within CUNY.”
All events are free during the festival, which is being presented in partnership with QC’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the Division of Arts and Humanities. Events will take place in venues outdoors and indoors, including LeFrak Concert Hall, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, and Rosenthal Library Art Center. For daily listings, descriptions and location details, be sure to visit www.qcartsfestival.com. There, you’ll also find information on the free and open-to-the-public festival reception taking place on Saturday, October 22 at 6:15 pm in the Atrium of the Music Building.
The idea for the festival originated with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Thanks to funding from the Kupferberg family, the Center reached out to arts-oriented students last spring to discuss the idea of promoting CUNY students’ creativity.
“We continued to meet over the summer,” says Diaz, a Media Studies student in the new community-focused Social Practice Queens MA program. “All along we were encouraged to be bold and creative in how we envisioned the festival and in the art we chose.”
Diaz worked alongside her co-producers, Audrey Edelstein, a Master’s candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and Jessi Sachs, a senior specializing in fashion and textiles through the Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. All three live in Queens—Diaz in Forest Hills, and Edelstein and Sachs in Flushing.
Through word of mouth and a call for artist proposals posted on the Kupferberg website, submissions poured in from students CUNY-wide. The three producers participated in a student curators’ committee, where, says Diaz, “We had long talks about each proposal. It was a tough, in-depth process.”
More than 20 individual artists are represented, along with several arts collectives, the QC Ceramics Club, and the QC New Music Group presenting premiers of works by QC composers collaborating with student dancers and writers.
Below is just a sampling of Festival events taking place over the three days:
● Art Meets Fashion – Tapping Queen College’s historic costume collection, this exhibit at the Godwin Ternbach Museum shows the connection between art and fashion.
● Huli – a student-choreographed dance inspired by nature in the Polynesian Islands
● Are You What You Eat? Three artists use food as their collective muse to communicate that what we eat isn’t what it appears to be.
● A Soldier’s Tale – a ballet and theatrical work by Igor Stavinsky
● Hunger Bowls – Ceramic vessels handmade by QC ceramics students will be filled with soup; the buyers keep these reusable bowls and all proceeds from the sale are sent to the World FoodProgrammes.
● The New York Mets: Intimate Portraits. Gina Minielli, who recently earned her MFA in Studio Art at QC, shows her work as the team’s former official photographer.
The Queens College Arts Festival is expected to be an annual event. “We are excited and grateful that the college administrators have put their faith in us to produce an event of this magnitude,” Diaz says. “There is so much home-grown talent here.”
About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its nearly 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu.