Arts & Culture

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Playful colorful letters spell out the exhibition logo, the Chicken and the Egg
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

The Chicken and the Egg

Before there is writing or drawing, there is simply image. The artists in this exhibition embrace a holistic approach to artmaking, marrying symbolic freedom to mature narrative, in a creative domain unconstrained by imposed rules of language or material. This liminal space yields divergent and imaginative formal outcomes from comics to sculpture, textile to paint, often in hybridized forms. Co-curated by Professor Amanda Burnham.

Lecture February 8 at 6:30 p.m. followed by reception

Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040  |  February 2 – April 13 (closed March 17 – 24), Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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An earthy, organic sculpture sits on an outdoor table
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

The Old Family: Exhibition from MFA Candidate Caroline Creeden

Creeden uses traditionally domestic materials like quilts, clothing, and textiles to explore the complexity of women's and children's roles in perpetuating racial hierarchies in antebellum America. Using video and photography, she documents in-situ placement of objects at sites holding memories of this time period and her own family history, to connect the past with present spaces.

Artist talk February 14 at 12 p.m. in the Holtzman MFA Gallery

Holtzman MFA Gallery, CA 2040  |  February 2 – March 15, Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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A wordmark logo for the Emerging Aesthetics exhibition in multi-color jewel tones
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

Emerging Aesthetics: TU MFAs in Studio Art

This group exhibition presents examples by current MFA in Studio Art students at Towson. The MFA degree combines art history, art criticism, art theory, aesthetics, and contemporary practice through creative research and writing that explores our current cultural environment and expands student’s visions for creative problem solving and the production of individual original artwork in diverse media.

Holtzman MFA Gallery, CA 2040  |  February 2 – March 15, Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Cots sit around in a circle with drawing on them in the Dream Refuge art installation
Asian Arts and Culture Center presents:

Dream Refuge for children imprisoned

While children safely slumber in this healing space by Na Omi Judy Shintani, visitors gain insight into the experiences of Japanese American children incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II, Native American boarding school children denied their culture and taken from their communities, and the Central American children imprisoned, separated from their families, and living in squalid conditions at the U.S. border.

Visitors are invited to bring offerings (origami, small toys, paper flowers) and leave messages on an altar in the exhibit to honor the imprisoned children. The items will be used in future ceremonies and will not be returned.

Asian Arts Gallery, CA 2037  |  February 7 – May 18 (closed March 17 – 24), Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Artist Na Omi Judy Shintani smiles at the camera
Asian Arts and Culture Center presents:

Na Omi Judy Shintani: Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Join artist, Na Omi Judy Shintani, to learn about the stories that inspired her installation, Dream Refuge for children imprisoned, the roles that research and protest play in her work, and her hopes for embracing all children as our own, as ourselves, as our future.

Visitors are invited to bring offerings and leave messages on an altar in the exhibit to honor the imprisoned children. The items will be used in future ceremonies and will not be returned. Some examples of past offerings include origami, small toys and paper flowers.

Asian Arts Gallery, CA 2037  |  February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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A fun, colorful, youthful illustration of a woman at home
Asian Arts and Culture Center presents:

Mini-Exhibition: Children’s Book Art by Japanese American Illustrators

Delight in the imaginative worlds of award-winning children’s book illustrators, Melissa Iwai and Katie Yamasaki, while learning about courage, love and adaptation by an incarcerated Japanese American family; intercultural sharing among immigrant families; and multicultural Zen-inspired stories. Become energized by to support the welfare of children, intercultural understanding, healing, and peace.

Vitrines outside the Asian Arts Gallery  |  February 7 – May 18

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Artist Sakura Maku smiles at the camera in front of a light background
TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents:

Sakura Maku Artist Lecture

Sakura Maku is a Japan born artist who grew up in the States and currently lives in New York. In her work, Maku extends the comic strip into dimensional space, activating walls, floors, and ceilings like a giant open book. Her paintings are maps for drawings, comics, and prints that often looks like pieces of drawings and prints taped together, woven with paint. She earned an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.

Lecture followed by the opening reception for The Chicken And The Egg exhibition.

Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032  |  February 8 at 6:30 p.m.

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Musicians Natalie Groom, Kat Robinson, and Qun Ren stand with their instruments
TU Department of Music presents:

Flexing the Cannon: Works for Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon

Explore a mix of classical, contemporary, jazz, and tango works of huge emotional breadth written for clarinet, horn, and bassoon. Performers include Towson University clarinet professor Natalie Groom and guest collaborators Kat Robinson (horn) and Qun Ren (bassoon). Hear five world premieres of commissions designed as “flex” chamber music (chamber music that can be played by many combinations of instruments) and crafted with meaningful messages.

The program is about 60 minutes without intermission.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  February 12 at 6 p.m.

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Canon Michael McCarthy conducts the National Cathedral Choir in white choir robes
TU Department of Music presents:

Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust Classical Music Residency: Washington National Cathedral Choir

In conjunction with The Peggy and Yale Gordon Guest Artist in Classical Music, the Department of Music is pleased to host the Washington D.C. National Cathedral Choral Scholars under the direction of Michael McCarthy for a residency between February 15-23, 2024 on the campus of Towson University. The residency will include a concert by the National Cathedral Choir and Mr. McCarthy on Saturday, February 17th.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  February 17 at 7 p.m.

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National Cathedral Choir members sing at the Washington DC Cathedral
TU Department of Music presents:

Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust Classical Music Residency: Washington National Cathedral Choir

In conjunction with The Peggy and Yale Gordon Guest Artist in Classical Music, the Department of Music is pleased to host the Washington D.C. National Cathedral Choral Scholars under the direction of Michael McCarthy for a residency between February 15-23, 2024 on the campus of Towson University. The residency will include a joint concert with the Towson University Choirs and Choral Scholars under the direction of Mr. McCarthy and Dr. Diana Saez (Director of Choral Activities at Towson).

Harold J Kaplan Concert Hall, CA 3042  |  February 23 at 7 p.m.

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A modern dancer gracefully bends backward during a performance
TU Department of Dance presents:

Dance Majors' Performance Project

An evening of dance works by the BFA in Dance: Performance & Choreography majors highlighting their expressive movement and artistic voices.

Dance Studio Theatre, CA 1003  |  February 22 – 23 at 7 p.m., February 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

An extreme close up on a cello
TU Department of Music presents:

Conversations | Faculty Chamber Music Concert

In this special concert our performing faculty will bring you music from a rich variety of styles and musical eras.

Recital Hall, CA 3066  |  February 28 at 7 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Architectural Innovation at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace: Engineering of the Stoa  |  March 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Artist Krystle Lemonias  |  March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Asian Arts & Culture Center

Journeys in Children's Book Illustration  |  March 5 at 5:30 p.m.

CoLab

Invisible Architectures Exhibition at the Current Space Gallery  |  March 6 – April 6

Communication Studies

3rd Annual Communication Studies Symposium  |  March 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Dance

Refracted Senior Seminar Dance Concert  |  March 28 – 30

Electronic Media and Film

Let's Collaborate  |  March 27 at 12 p.m.

Music

Joseph Gotoff Faculty Recital  |  March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Sanborn Winner's Concert  |  March 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Prism 2024  |  March 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Improvisation and Experimental Music Night  |  March 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra In Concert!  |  March 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Choral Collage  |  March 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Theatre

How to Catch Creation  |  March 7 – 14

Becoming Wendy  |  March 7 – 9

The Bear and Key Exchange  |  March 27 – 30

Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Lecture: Artist and Conservator Adriana Benavides  |  April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition: Undergraduate Juried Exhibition  |  April 5 – 13

CoLab

Invisible Architectures Exhibition at the StartUp at the Armory Gallery  |  April 12 – May 16

Communication Studies

Public Speaking Competition: How My Cultural Identity Has Shaped Me  |  April 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Dance (Community)

Aerial Workshop with Jayne Bernasconi  |  April 27 at 12 p.m.

Music

Murray Jazz Residency Guest Artist Drew Gress  |  April 3 – 5

Student Composers Concert  |  April 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Lieberman Scholarship Award Convocation  |  April 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Die Fledermaus or The Revenge of the Bat  |  April 19 – 21

Percussion Ensemble  |  April 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Talent Award Winners Convocation  |  April 23 at 11:00 a.m.

The New Music Ensemble Presents Leneida Crawford and Joseph Gotoff  |  April 24 at 8:00 p.m.

3rd Annual Towson University Honor Orchestra Festival  |  April 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Jazz Showcase  |  April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Brass Showcase  |  April 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Theatre

The Liminal Collective Presents: An In-Between  |  April 4 – 6

One Acts | 11:50 and The Reaper Files  |  April 17 – 20

CircUs  |  April 21 at 3 p.m.

Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Lecture: Artist and Curator Jackie Milad  |  May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition: Senior Show  |  May 3 – 16

51st Annual Spring Pottery and Art Sale  |  May 10 – 11

CoLab

Invisible Architectures Exhibitions at the Maryland Art Place  |  May 9 – June 29

Dance

TU Dance Company Concert  |  May 1 – 5

Firebird  |  May 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Dance for the Camera Screening  |  May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Electronic Media and Film

Dance for the Camera Screening  |  May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

End of Semester Screenings  |  May 17 – 18

Music

World Music and Steel Pan Ensembles  |  May 1 at 6:00 p.m.

TU Improvisation Ensembles  |  May 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Early Music and Chamber Music Ensembles Recital  |  May 2 at 8:00 p.m.

A Choral Evening of Songs and Poetry  |  May 4 at 7:00 p.m.

I Dream a World: Choral Songs of Peace and Hope  |  May 5 at 3:00 p.m.

TU Classical Guitar Soloists and Ensembles Concert  |  May 7 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Symphonic Band  |  May 8 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Wind Ensemble and 'Pershing's Own Army Band' in Concert  |  May 9 at 7:30 p.m.

TU Wind Ensemble In Concert  |  May 9 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Jazz Orchestra  |  May 10 at 8:00 p.m.

TU Wind Symphony In Concert  |  May 12 at 12:00 p.m.

Theatre

A Year With Frog and Toad  |  May 3 – 11

 

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Galleries and Art Spaces

Center for the Arts Gallery

Center for the Arts Gallery

Located on the third floor of the Center for the Arts, this gallery showcases some of the region’s finest artwork. Open to the public.

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Exhibit at the Holtzman Gallery

Holtzman MFA Gallery

Located on the second floor of the Center for the Arts, this gallery focuses on thesis exhibitions and new work by students and invited guests. Open to the public.

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Sculpture Walk

TU’s public art collection features outdoor sculptures around campus. Begin the walk at the Center for the Arts.

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