March 03, 2005 Volume 26, No. 20
Exhibition to celebrate educators, area arts culture
Binghamton University, in partnership with 12 public school districts and 11 colleges and universities, will participate in an upcoming exhibit celebrating the creativity of area art educators.
“The Art Educator, Reshaping the Thinking of Our Community,” opens with a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Avenue Art Gallery, 114 Washington Ave., Endicott. The event is free and open to the public.
Focusing on how art educators utilize personal creativity to help their students develop their own creative, critical and innovative thinking skills, the exhibition features the work of 43 artists, including Ronald Gonzalez, professor of art at Binghamton University.
“I’m pleased to have been invited to participate in this exhibition,” said Gonzalez. “It’s so important for students to see how ideas are translated into materials and different ways of critical and emotional thinking. The creative work of artists who are also educators allows students to make valuable connections on a personal level as they pursue their own work.”
Chip Kinne, director and co-curator of the Avenue Art Gallery, says the exhibition is part of a bigger movement within the Greater Binghamton area. “The arts are being strongly promoted as one of the vehicles to help stimulate the overall economy,” Kinne said. “Ronald Gonzalez is an important contributing partici-pant in both educating our younger citizens and in helping to redefine our community through the fine arts movement. He has shown his sculptures around the United States and earned recognition for his work and what he does with his students.”
Gonzalez will show “Self Portraits With Scythes,” a series of small self-portraits.
The exhibition will run through March 31. For more information, contact the Avenue Art Gallery at 785-7396.
Spinning to benefit B.C. Humane Society
Campus Recreational Services/Wellness Services will host an indoor cycling (spinning) event to benefit the B.C. Humane Society from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the EG-Aerobics Room 5/6. Refreshments will be provided by Sodexho. Prizes, sponsored by Campus Recreational Services and Campus Activities and Orientation, will be awarded each hour. Each ride lasts one hour with a three-hour maximum per participant. Entry fee is $5 per hour, per participant, or $4 with a bag of cat litter — clay, non-clumping — payable the day of the event. Straight donations and used cell phones and printer cartridges will also be accepted. Tax donation receipts will be mailed to donors. All funds collected will be donated to the B.C. Humane Society. For more information or to sign up, contact Nuala Mabe at 777-2958 or e-mail.
Cinema Department continues spring series
Binghamton University’s Department of Cinema continues its spring 2005 Film and Video Artists Series on Thursday, March 10, with The Bird People, a film that investigates the social construction of nature, centered on ornithology, and its amateur counterpart, bird watching.
On Wednesday, March 16, Bruce McClure will screen four of his short films including Crib and Shift, Circle Jerks, Presepe and Chiodo. Using four modified 16 mm film projectors, McClure will create a cinematic light performance by superimposing and manipulating the film frame.
On Monday, April 4, James Benning will present his new film, Thirteen Lakes. The film focuses on 13 American lakes, including Salton Sea, Lake Powell and
Lake Michigan, along with their
geographical and historical rela-tionship to the landscape. It shows Benning as he searches for locations and films the first two shots for his own film. After the screening, Benning will discuss his work methods, his relationship with the United States, as well as his opinions about himself as an artist and filmmaker.
On Tuesday, April 19, the series will feature the best of the Black Maria Film and Video Fest-ival. This independent annual festival consistently features in its juries well-known cinema luminaries. It offers an excellent opportunity to experience the latest offerings in the independent film and video arena.
On Wednesday, April 27, Martin Arnold, one of Australia’s most distinguished experimental film-makers and a newly hired Binghamton University faculty member, will present four of his latest films. Arnold’s work has been featured in publications and recog-nized in exhibitions at prestigious American and European museums and festivals.
All films will be shown at 8 p.m. in LH-6, and the series is free and open to the public. The series is funded in part by the Experimental Television Center, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. The series is co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office. For more information, contact the Cinema Department at 777-4998 or Vincent Grenier at 777-4997.
Winter Concert set for March 5
The Binghamton University Orchestra presents its winter concert, “Sound the Horn,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Anderson Center’s Osterhout Concert Theater. Student soloists Greg Cecere, Emie Epelman, Patrick Lokken and Albert Jacobsen play in Robert Schumann’s “Concert-piece for Four Horns and Orchestra.” Also on the program is Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D.” Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for faculty, staff and seniors and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center box office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 777-ARTS, online or at the door. For more information, call 777-2592 or visit
Musica Nova concert March 6
Violinist Patricia Sunwoo and Pianist Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe collaborate in a “Musica Nova” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in FA-Casadesus. The high-voltage, eclectic program includes compositions written in the last 50 years. A featured work is the “Violin Sonata” by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Corigliano, composer of the score to the movie The Red Violin. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for faculty, staff and seniors and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center box office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 777-ARTS, online or at the door. For more information about this concert or other events in the 2004-05 season, call 777-2592 or visit
Assessing Program Outcomes Workshop Offered
Assessing Program Outcomes will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at 218-222 Water St., third floor, in Binghamton
Taught by June Mead, children, youth and families evaluation specialist at Cornell University, the class gives practitioners a set of practical tools for demonstrating and reporting progress along the way to successful accomplishment of program outcomes. It focuses on how to design and conduct outcome evaluations tailored to the organization’s information needs and program objectives. The cost is $135. For more information or to register, call 777-4447 or e-mail