Students explore art mediums


Students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts showcase their talents Monday at the second annual Convocation.

By Haley Galvin

DeKALB — Back for its second year, the College of Visual and Performing Arts brought together all art forms in one celebration at the Second Annual Convocation Monday night in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

In 2017, Dean Paul Kassel came up with the idea to bring all three sections of the Visual and Performing Arts College together in one performance. The event featured acts from each school: the School of Art and Design, the School of Theater and Dance and the School of Music. Being a success last year, the Convocation returned with acts including a tap dance, scenes from “Blue Stockings,” an opera performance and a steel drum band.

Students from the School of Art and Design had booths set up in the lobby before and after the performances, along with small presentations in the Convocation itself, to demonstrate their skills. Graduate student Emily M. Rangel-Cascio used a pottery wheel and crafted pots in the lobby as audience members walked by.

“We are getting a lot of exposure for our club and ceramics department, and we wanted to do a demo as well,” Rangel-Cascio said.

The event offered attendees the chance to see all schools the College of Visual and Performing Arts has to offer. The School of Theater and Dance featured a scene from “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” depicting a breakup between two characters.

“[The students are] talented, dedicated and amazing.” Kassel said. “It is a bunch of great talent in one place at the same time.”

Each performance in the show was selected by the show’s directors and students of the related college. Kassel said each act was selected from a previously performed show, such as a scene from a play or a dance from a recital. Each presentation is a small excerpt of what the college has to offer.

Andy Dolan, director of marketing and communication, said the Convocation benefits not only those watching but the students participating as well. Musicians will often have to collaborate with actors and vice versa at some point in their careers and studies, and this helps them prepare for a cohesive experience.

“They are collaborating across [the arts],” Dolan said. “It helps them get used to interacting with students of other arts.”

The Convocation has something for all audience interests, displaying each discipline and showcasing the talents of the students.

“It’s art for everyone and everyone for art,” Kassel said.