Festival of the Arts


Axis Gallery
Beatnik Studios
Insight Coffee
Verge Center

The Festival of the Arts is five days of creative performances, exhibits, lectures and master classes, showcasing the region's creative and cultural excellence. The Festival highlights what our students learn in their classes and continues that exploration, appreciation, expression, action and creativity outside the classroom and into their futures as alumni.

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Festival of the Arts 2015

Wednesday, April 8

  • Nammour Symposium - WELL | Terrace Suite 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
    This year’s Nammour Symposium will center around Sac State’s One World theme of happiness. The symposium will feature panel presentations of students that were winners of the essay competition.
  • "Time and Place" Panel Discussion & Reception - Library Gallery, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    A panel discussion will be conducted by visiting artists associated with the Refusalon Gallery: Amy Berk, Paul Bridenbaugh, Charles Linder, and Cheryl Meeker. Reception to follow in Art Sculpture Lab.
  • "A Masterpiece of Impermanence: The Tibetan Sand Mandala at Sacramento State" - Sequoia Hall 316, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    A lecture co-presented by Sacramento State professors, Dr. Pat Chirapravati and Dr. Jeffrey Brodd, to discuss the recent construction and dissolution of a sand mandala on the Sacramento State campus. A short film detailing the various stages of the February event will accompany the lecture.
  • Guest Artist Lecture: Photographer Kota Ezawa - University Union | Hinde Auditorium, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Bassoon Studio Recital - Music Recital Hall, 7 p.m.
    Students in the bassoon studio at Sacramento State perform a variety of solo and ensemble literature. Free admission.

Thursday, April 9

  • Nammour Symposium - WELL | Terrace Suite, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
    This year’s Nammour Symposium will center around Sac State’s One World theme of happiness. The symposium will feature panel presentations of students that were winners of the essay competition.
  • Poetry Reading by Brenda Hillman - Library Archives Reading Room (Special Collections), 3 - 4 p.m.
  • "River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region" - University Library Gallery, 3 p.m.
    Lee M.A. Simpson, Sacramento State professor of history and director of the General Education Honors Program, is author of Selling the City: Women and the California Growth Machine, 1880-1920, and Fair Oaks, California. She edited two other volumes of local history, Sacramento’s Oak Park and East Sacramento. Her current research explores the work of various judges in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals to preserve courthouses. 

    Chris Castaneda, professor of history at Sacramento State, has conducted extensive research on the history of the U.S. energy industry with a focus on natural gas. He is author of several books, including Gas Pipelines and the Emergence of America’s Regulatory State: A History of Panhandle Eastern Corporation, 1928-1993 and Invisible Fuel: a History of Manufactured and Natural Gas in America, 1800-2000.
  • U-Create! - Downtown Sacramento, 5 - 9 p.m.
    The first-ever U-Create! is street faire that will take place at Verge Center for the Arts, Axis Gallery, Beatnik Studios and Insight Coffee Roasters to celebrate faculty and student projects. President Gonzalez will be giving the keynote speech at 5:30 p.m. to officially kick off the Festival of the Arts! 

Friday, April 10

  • "State of the Arts" Symposium - Mariposa Hall 1000, 3 - 5 p.m, registration starts at 2 p.m. outside Mariposa Hall
  • Prose Poetry/Flash Fiction Workshop & Reading - Library Gallery, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Conducted by Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Vasseur
  • "Cinematic and Literary Depictions of the Vietnam War" - Mendocino Hall 1015, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
    A lecture to be presented by Alan Miller offering a critical perspective on the nature of portraying war. The lecture comes on the threshold of the 40th anniversary of the end of US engagement in Vietnam on April 30.
  • "World War I in Art, Culture and Politics - A Centennial Commemoration" - University Union | Lobby Suite, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Dr. Mona Siegel and graduate students from the Department of History will hold a poster presentation, conference panel and reception to commemorate World War I. This project was sponsored by a student and faculty research grant and is a part of U-Create!
  • Library Gallery Reception - Library Gallery, 5 - 8 p.m. The Library Gallery will host a special reception to celebrate the works of local artist, Clay Vorhes.
    • BANDALOOP Performance - University Library,  6:15 p.m.
      A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Under the artistic direction of Amelia Rudolph, the group will perform along the outside walls of the University Library. The group will have two additional dance performances on Sunday Funday.
  • "Mechanics: Recent Work by Sokthea Chan" Gallery Show Reception - Witt Gallery, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Student Sokthea Chan will celebrate his exhibit with a gallery show reception. 
  • Joyeux Noel Film Screening - Mariposa Hall 1000, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
    Dr. Mona Siegel of the Department of History and Dr. Kevin Elstob of the Department of Foreign Languages will host a screening and discussion of Joyeux Noel, a French film depicting the 1914 Christmas Truce during World War I.  Light refresemnts will be provied.
  • New Millennium Series: Faculty, Friends & Alumni Gala - Music Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
    Celebrating Sacramento’s musical present and future, the Faculty, Friends, and Alumni Gala will present an outstanding program whose performers stretch across several generations of the our region’s diverse musicians. Featuring the 2015 winners of the Watson Chamber Music Prize, the concert will also include Sean Varah’s propulsive Cello Sextet, performed by an all-star mix of Sacramento State alumni cellists. The performance will conclude with works of Cole Porter, sung by beloved professor Claudia Kitka who will be joined by pianist Kirsten Smith.

Saturday, April 11

  • Lecture: "Water in the Literature of Gabriel García Márquez"  - WELL | Terrace Suite, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Guest Speaker: Professor Rafael Correa, Chair of the Department of World Languages at CSU San Bernardino. Sponsored by the the Department of Foreign Languages, in collaboration with the Foreign Languages Alumni Chapter. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • "Reading the Qur’an in an Egalitarian Age: Modern Muslim Values, Ancient Muslim Texts" - Mendocino Hall 1005, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Lecture presented by Ayesha Chaudhry, Assistant Professor of Islam at The University of British Columbia, on the subject of women in Islam with a focus on the Qur’an and gender. Dr. Chaudhry is author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition. 
  • Art History Symposium: “Here as Everywhere: Art of the Sixties and Seventies in Northern California” - Mariposa Hall 1000, 1 - 5 p.m. 
    “Here as Everywhere” will begin with a keynote address by Michael Schwager of Sonoma State ("Don't Hide the Madness: Bay Area Art in the 1950s and 60s"). Four scholars will then present their recent research on topics in Northern California Art: Bridget Gilman ("Urban Transformation and Aesthetic Experimentation: Responses to Gentrification in 1970s San Francisco"), Makeda Best ("Radicalizing the Artistic: Production Models, Techniques, and Forms of the Political Poster in the 1960s and 1970s"), Matthew Weseley ("Robert Colescott’s Search for Identity"), and Nicolas Rosenthal ("Painting a Cultural Resurgence: California Indian Artists in the 1960s and 1970s").
  • Sacramento Dance Sampler - Solano 1010 Dancespace, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. *
    The fifth annual Sacramento Dance Sampler features samplings from dancers of many local and Bay Area dance companies. 
  • Unmosqued Film Screening & Panel - Mendocino Hall 1005, 2:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Unmosqued is a 78-minute documentary about the Mosque in America primarily as it relates to the issues of gender, diversity, and American Muslim youth. The film will be followed by a panel discussion by Imam M. A. Azeez, Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry, Hiat Saleh, & Dr. Harvey Stark.
  • Sacramento State Alumni Reading - Library Gallery, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Guests: Elison Alcovendaz (fiction), Margie Fuston (poetry) & Tamer Mustafa (poetry) 
  • ALLoT (A Long List of Things) Film Screening - University Union | Hinde Auditorium, 6 - 8 p.m.
    Directed by John Sanborn, who made discoveries by attending his 40th high school reunion with a film crew to interview former classmates, find answers to those questions, and gain a measure of closure. The result is a highly personal video memoir that blends interviews with contemplations and meditations on the unpredictable challenges and life-altering transformations fifteen graduates from Walt Whitman High School faced in the years before they all met again. And to show us, ultimately, that life is a long list of things. 

    Music by David Meyer, a 2013 Sacramento State alum, with a recent Bachelor of Arts in Music.

    Sanborn and Meyer will both be present for a special introduction of the film and a Q&A session following the film screening.
  • Sacramento Dance Sampler - Solano 1010 Dancespace, 7 p.m.
    The fifth annual Sacramento Dance Sampler features samplings from dancers of many local and Bay Area dance companies. 
  • Piano Series Guest Artist: Agustin Anievas - Music Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
    Guest artist Agustin Anievas performs works by Schubert, Beethoven, and Chopin. Agustín Anievas began his distinguished international career as a child prodigy, playing his first important recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City when he was 12. Now, more than five decades later, he continues to share his passion for the piano in the concert world as a performer and a recording artist. He has appeared in recital and with orchestras in the major music centers of the United States, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as in Europe, North and South America, Australia, and many Middle East and Far East countries. 

Sunday, April 12

  • Sunday Funday, Sacramento State Campus, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    An open house for the College of Arts & Letters. Free admission and free parking in Parking Stucture II.
    • BANDALOOP Performances - University Library, 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    • Francophone Day - Mariposa Hall 1001
    • Interactive Musical Parade - Outside Capistrano Hall, 12:45 p.m.
    • Japan Day - Library Quad
    • Kid Zone - Outdoor Theatre
      Campus radio station KSSU, bounce house, hamster balls, & giveaways
    • Muddy Hands - Kadema Hall
    • Musical Petting Zoo - Capistrano Hall, 1 - 4 p.m.
    • SactoMoFo Food Trucks - outside Capistrano Hall, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Student Orgs. Alley - between Sinclair Road & Capistrano Hall
    • "The Cat that Walked Himself" by Sac State's Opera Theatre - Music Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m.
      Free admission. Run time: 1 hour.
    • Unveiling the Soul Open Rehearsal - Playwrights' Theatre, 1:15 p.m.
  • World Music Lecture/Demonstration: South Indian (Carnatic) Music - Capistrano Hall 151, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Demonstration: 5:30 - 7 p.m., Q&A Session: 7 - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sacramento Dance Sampler - Solano 1010 Dancespace, 7 p.m. *

Monday, April 13

  • Amnesia - University Union | Ballrooms I & II, 7 - 9 p.m.
    A new play about race and immigration, written and performed by Ariel Luckey, directed by Susannah Martin, original score by Lila Sklar, dramaturgy by Corey Fischer.

    Layering theatre, dance, spoken word and an original score inspired by hip hop, Klezmer and Mexican folk music, Amnesia tells the story of a young man who retraces his family’s migration from a small village in Eastern Europe through New York’s Lower East Side to Phoenix, Arizona, only to find that the violence his family fled cannot be so easily forgotten.

    Sponsored by:The Community Engagement Center at Sac State| Co-sponsors include: The Serna Center, WRC, PRIDE, The Multicultural Center , The Full Circle Project, First Year Experience Programs, College of Continuing Education, Rabbi Mona Alfi, Congregation B’nai Israel, College of Arts & Letters, Department of Theater & Dance

Ongoing Events

  • April 8 - 19: Avenue Q - University Theatre *
    Mature Audiences Only - Rated R for sexual situations, adult content & language. This Tony and Drama Desk award winning musical is the bawdy and hilarious story of New York's Avenue Q, where humans, puppets and even Gary Coleman (yes, THAT Gary Coleman) live and love in a world where they aren't quite as 'special' as their parents promised them they were and life's possibilities aren't as endless as they once seemed.
  • April 6 - 10: "Elegant Pit Stops: Early Public Garages of San Francisco" - Design Gallery (Mariposa Hall 4000), 12 - 4:30 p.m.
    An exhibition of architectural photographs by Sharon Risedorph, curated by Mark Kessler, Associate Professor of Design, U.C. Davis. 
  • March 9 - April 16: "LUMPEN: An Installation by Julia Couzens and Ellen Van Fleet"Robert Else Gallery, 12 - 4:30 p.m.
  • April 6 - 10: "Mechanics: Recent Work by Sokthea Chan" - Witt Gallery, 12 - 4:30 p.m.

*Tickets may be purchased from the Hornet Box Office.

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