- Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Series
- Visiting Artists
- Larry Berk Words & Music Series
- Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series
- Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum
This unique program brings an established regional artist to campus for an entire
semester to present a series of events, open to the public.
The Artist-in-Residence Program at SUNY Ulster began in the Spring of 1999. The goal of the program is to celebrate the rich arts culture in this community and to give SUNY Ulster students and the general public the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate all forms of arts and to make the arts a part of their own lives. In 2007, the program was renamed the Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Program to honor the memory of Larry Berk, for his extraordinary work in creating several series of cultural, intellectual and artistic programs that are unique among New York State's community colleges.
The Spring 2016 Schedule
ROBERT TONNER, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Robert Tonner, artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of the Tonner Doll Company. Established in 1991, The Tonner Doll Company designs and manufactures high quality collectible dolls of all types—from classic character dolls, to well-known movie and television characters, to high-fashion dolls with stylish runway-ready clothing.
Robert Tonner's Artist in Residency:
Gallery Show of Fashion Styles, Illustrations,
Photos and Dolls
Thursday, March 10 - April -15
- Opening Slide Lecture and Presentation:
Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.,
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall
Mr. Tonner will talk about his work before the opening of his show in the gallery.
Reception in gallery immediately following the presentation.
- Lecture and Demonstration
Wednesday, March 30, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.,
Boroughs Hall 120
- "Observations of a Reluctant Businessman"
Mr. Tonner will give a lecture and demonstrate work processes in this event.
- Class Visits - March 14 - April 4
Mr. Tonner will be visiting Fashion and Art classes to review and critique work - 4 classroom visits.
The Visiting Artist Program, begun in 1999, introduces an artist of significant renown to the college and community, through an exhibition of their work at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, a special lecture and presentation by the artist, or a concert performance. All events are open to the public.
Past Visiting Artists:
Fall 2015 Janaki Patrik
Spring 2014: Tim Rowan
Fall 2014 Visiting Artist: Keiko Sono
Spring 2013 Visiting Artist: Kelly Kinsella
Fall 2011 Visiting Artist: Linda Montano
Spring 2012 Visiting Artist: Scott Freiman
Fall 2012 Visiting Artist: Julianne Swartz
The Words and Music Series, begun in 2008, is sponsored by the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc., and is dedicated to the late Larry Berk, Dean of Library and Information Services, who initiated cultural events that have brought renowned writers, artists, and musicians to the college and the community.. All events are open to the public.
2011: Julia Haines – an Evening of Harp and Sung Poetry
The SUNY Ulster Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series is a special program sponsored by The Ulster Community College Foundation, begun in 1998, that brings renowned writers to campus every fall. This is a truly unique opportunity for SUNY Ulster students and community members to hear award winning authors read from their work.
Each guest writer presents a reading of their work, open to the public, in the evening. If possible, a question and answer session in the college lounge during the day, open to students and the public, will also be scheduled.
The 2015 guest of the Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series will be announced prior to the Fall semester.
Past Library Writers:
2015: Abigail Thomas and Kim Wozencraft
2014: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
2013: Diane Ackerman
2012: Cancelled due to weather
2011: Jaimy Gordon
2010: Da Chen
2009: Michael Cunningham
2008: David Rakoff
2007: Francine Prose
2006: Carolyn Forché
2005: Billy Collins
2004: Joyce Carol Oates
2003: Gail Godwin
2001: Tess Gallagher
2000: Philip Levine
1999: Gerald Stern
1998: Gioia Timpanelli
Sponsored by The Ulster Community College Foundation, The Poetry Forum is an annual event which brings well known and award winning poets to SUNY Ulster for intimate question and answer sessions, as well as a special evening reading of their poetry. In 2007, the program was renamed the Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum to honor the memory of Ellen Robbins (1952-2006) who was on the faculty at SUNY Ulster from 1994 until 2006, and Chair of the English department, 2002-2006.
Spring 2016 - AJA MONET
featuring AJA MONET
POET, PERFORMER, SINGER, SONGWRITER, EDUCATOR, AND HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE
Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum
Ulster community College Foundation, Inc.
Tuesday, April 5, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall
Aja Monet was the youngest individual to win the Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title at the age of 19. She is recognized for combining her spellbinding voice and powerful imagery on stage, captivating audiences in the United States, France, the UK, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bermuda, and Cuba.Monet has performed at the Town Hall Theater, the Apollo Theater, the United Nations in New York City, and the NAACP’s Barack Obama Inaugural Event in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she was awarded the YWCA of the City of New York’s ONE TO WATCH AWARD—an award in honor of Monet’s work to honor women under the age of 30 who exemplify the mission of the organization, to empower women and eliminate racism.