Special Programs in the Arts


The Spring 2016 Schedule

Robert Tonner, visiting artist Spring 2016

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,
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.

  Past Artists-in-Residence:

Spring 2015: Don Byron
Spring 2014: Joe Langworth
Fall-Spring 2012-13: Brendan Burke
Spring 2012: Wendy Hollender
Fall 2011: Malcolm Cecil

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.

Fall 2014 Visiting Artists: 

Fall 2014: Dierdre Friel
Fall 2014: Lucas Papaelias
Fall 2014: Grace Wapner

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.

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 2016AJA MONET

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 MonetAja 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.

Past Poets:

Spring 2015 - Tina Chang
Spring 2014 - Richard Blanco
Spring 2013 - Jorie Graham
2011 - Michael Dickman







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