Sacramento State once again brought live music, dance, dramatic readings and a surprise or two to the Crocker Art Museum for the second annual U-Nite – University Night Out – from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the museum, 216 O St.
This collaboration between two regional arts institutions was the brainchild of Sacramento State Professor Elaine Gale, who found quick and strong support from the Crocker Art Museum education staff.
This year, music was provided by Sacramento State’s Jazz Ensembles, the tuba/bassoon duo of professors Julian Dixon and David Wells, flautist Laurel Zucker, and professor and composer Stephen Blumberg with the group Citywater.
Dance entries included several interpretive and folk performances by Linda Goodrich and Melinda Wilson, Osvaldo Ramirez, and Lorelei Bayne and Philip Flickinger. There was also a hip-hop performance by Joe Parente and I Can Do That!
There were talks by art professors Nigel Poor, Doug Dertinger and Rachel Clarke, as well as film professor Jenny Stark; and special readings by Kim Zarins, Josh McKinney, Elaine Gale, Doug Rice, Barbara Carle and Mario Estioko.
An informal partnership has existed between the Crocker and Sacramento State for many years through the number of pieces in the Crocker collection by 65 University alumni and professors. Docents conducted tours of those works then on exhibit, including pieces by Wayne Thiebaud, Fred Dalkey, Robert Brady, Gregory Kondos and more.
“The Crocker Art Museum is very excited to host the second annual U-Nite event,” Lial A. Jones, Mort and Marcy Friedman Director of the Crocker Art Museum, said before U-Nite. “This event represents a great opportunity for the Crocker to connect with Sacramento State students and faculty, and to cultivate new museum visitors and supporters.”
Edward Inch, dean of Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters, and Jones were on hand to welcome the crowd of about 2,500.
“U-Nite is an opportunity to celebrate our faculty artists,” Inch said. “I am excited to once again partner with the Crocker on an event that links Sacramento State and the College of Arts and Letters to the region in such a positive and meaningful way.”
For more information, visit www.u-nite.info or call the College of Arts and Letters at (916) 278-6502. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
– Craig Koscho