Continuing Events

Through Feb. 3

Rachel Eng: Irreversible Results

The Trout Gallery, Weiss Center for the Arts
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This exhibition investigates the phenomenal aspects of the natural world and also responds to our current climate situation. Using different materials—some with inherent meaning and others transformed—the pieces in this exhibition question our human curiosity, empathy and potential for change. Rachel Eng is Dickinson’s newly appointed assistant professor of ceramics.

Through Feb. 17

William Kentridge: Universal Archive and Journey to the Moon

The Trout Gallery, Weiss Center for the Arts
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955) revisits images that appear frequently in his work—coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees—through a sequence of prints that progresses gradually from identifiable forms to seemingly abstract marks. The images are printed on dictionary pages, which juxtapose creativity with authoritative text to examine the nature of rational thought and knowledge construction. This exhibition was organized by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Alva Greenberg, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council. Complementing Universal Archive, Kentridge’s live-action/animated short film Journey to the Moon is projected continuously in the gallery. William Kentridge’s films are provided courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/London.       

Thursday, Feb. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.

Andrew Wyeth’s Black Paintings by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

Room 235, Weiss Center for the Arts

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is an associate professor of American art and an affiliated faculty member in Africana studies, cinema studies and women & gender studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sunday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital: Brian Rotz, Organ

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, corner of Bedford and High

Contributing Faculty in Organ Brian Rotz showcases the many colorful aural sounds of the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in an eclectic recital of music spanning across several centuries. Works featured will include Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod,” John Cook’s Fanfare, J.S. Bach’s Passacaglia, Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and several of Brian’s own imaginative arrangements.

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Friday, Feb. 9-May 12
Artist’s Lecture and Reception: March 1

Lalla Essaydi: Photographs

Lalla Essaydi, Harem 14c (detail), 2009, chronographic print.

Lalla Essaydi, Harem 14c (detail), 2009,

The Trout Gallery, Weiss Center for the Arts
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lalla Essaydi’s career as an artist encompasses painting, mixed media, video and photography to explore the image of woman in Islamic society. Raised in Morocco, Essaydi spent many years in Saudi Arabia and was educated in Europe and the United States. Her photography provides a contemporary reflection on an iconography rooted in Orientalist imagery of 19th-century artists such as Ingres, Delacroix and Gérôme. This exhibition features a recent series of pictures Essaydi made in a former harem in Morocco, often swathing her subjects in robes and covering their skin in henna calligraphy that echoes the decorative surfaces that wall the complex. “In my art,” Essaydi says, “I wish to present myself through multiple lenses—as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite the viewer to resist stereotypes.”

Feb. 11-28
Memorial Reception: Sunday, Feb. 11, 12:30-4 p.m.

Barbara Diduk: Clay Life

Barbara Diduk with her ceramics.


Goodyear Gallery, Goodyear Building (Cedar St. entrance)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 3-5 p.m., Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

A retrospective of works by the late Barbara Diduk, Charles A. Dana Professor of Art at Dickinson, covering the depth and breadth of a brilliant life in clay and in the classroom.
The reception immediately follows Diduk's memorial service, to be held Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m., in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium.

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Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m.

The Adipositivity Project

Substantia Jones


Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

Substantia Jones, founder of and photographer for The Adipositivity Project, discusses her decade of body-politics activism, promoting fat acceptance and physical autonomy by subverting that most commonly-used tool of the angst industrial complex: photography.

"Jones offers a radically different vision of love. Real, raw and big."  —Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post

"Her artistic, unretouched, mostly nude photos of people she prefers to simply call "fat" fully expose all the soft curves, ripples, and layers we've been taught to hide, fear, and judge—and suddenly, it's hard not to see them as beautiful."  —Pietra Guglielmetti, Glamour magazine

"The Adipositivity Project, created by photographer Substantia Jones, shows fat people, and oftentimes fat Black and/or queer people, in its photos to challenge the belief that fat bodies are not worthy of love."  —Kiley Peterson, The Oberlin Review

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Friday, Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m.

Arts Collective Juried Exhibition



Goodyear Studios, second floor project space    

This juried exhibition, presented by the Arts Collective, highlights works submitted by students and juried by Emily Bayless, an artist and educator currently teaching at Millersville University.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

Faculty Recital: James Martin, Baritone

James Martin, baritone


Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts

Baritone James Martin, who joined the music faculty last fall, will present a celebration of jazz, spirituals, modern American art music, ragtime, gospel and Broadway that includes the poetry of Langston Hughes, the muse and bard of the Black-American experience. The recital will highlight some of America’s most influential musical artists, including Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller and Stevie Wonder, as well as lesser-known innovators, including Hale Smith, Harry Burleigh, Howard Swanson, Anthony Davis, Moses Hogan and Dorothy Rudd Moore. Martin will be accompanied by pianist Lynn Raley from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. The program also features contributing faculty member Michael Cameron on cello. 

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Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

The Dickinson College Artists-in-Residence Program Presents the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Diva Jazz Orchestra


Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

Artists-in-Residence DIVA Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert of jazz standards and original works, followed by a time to meet the audience. This concert is partially made possible by the Cecil Andrew and Adeleine Ewing Fund. DIVA Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. See associated event below.

“The band punched, kicked, roared and swung with a disciplined abandon and an unaffected joie de vivre.” —JazzTimes

Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

Film and Panel Discussion: The Girls in the Band

Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts

Artists-in-Residence DIVA Jazz Orchestra will screen the 2013 documentary The Girls in the Band, a poignant look at female jazz and big-band instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day. A panel discussion will follow.


All events are open to the public and are free, unless otherwise noted. Events listed in the Calendar of Arts are subject to change. Please contact the appropriate department prior to an event to confirm that it will take place as listed.