Visiting Artist Profiles 2013

T.C. Boyle


Celebrated writer T.C. Boyle is a stunning example of the power of a state university education, receiving a B.A. in English and History from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1968, an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 19th Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977.

He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he founded the creative writing program in 1978. Boyle is a New York Times bestselling author of 22 books, which have been translated into 25 languages.

His many honors/awards include the 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award for "World's End," the 1998 PEN/Malamud Award for his first volume of collected stories, five O. Henry Awards and three inclusions in Best American Stories, as well as France's Prix Médicis Étranger for foreign novel of the year. In 2009, Boyle was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Roberta Smith

NYTimes Art Critic

Art critic for the New York Times and Preeminent lecturer of contemporary art, Roberta Smith, was ranked 80 in ArtReview's guide to the 100 most powerful figures in contemporary art: Power 100, 2010.  She has written for Art in America, the Village Voice and began writing for the New York Times in 1986. She is a graduate of Grinnell College. Smith is well known for her clear, insightful and accessible writing style. She not only writes about contemporary art but also about the visual arts in general, including decorative arts, popular and outsider art, design, and architecture. Her criticism is a model for arts critique across disciplines, setting an example not only for the criticism of visual art, but also of other art forms, thus making her a pertinent lecturer to all areas. Roberta Smith received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association in 2003.

Carrie Mae Weems


During the past twenty-five years, Carrie Mae Weems has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video.  Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems.  Despite the variety of Weems's explorations, throughout it all she views it as her responsibility as an artist is to make art that is beautiful and powerful; that shouts bravely from the roof-tops and storms barricaded doors; a voice specific to our historic moment. 

Currently, her work is the focus of a major retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: 3 Decades of Photography and Video.  The exhibition began its run at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville then travels to Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, California, ending at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in January 2014.  A new video, Lincoln, Lonnie and Me-a Story in 5 Parts, is on view at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work is also included in two major exhibitions, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and Blues for Smoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles then to the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

In 2012, Weems was presented with one of the first US Department of State's Medals of Arts in recognition for her commitment to the State Department's Art in Embassies program.  That same year, she also received an honorary degree from Bowdin College.

She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 

In The Sixties (tentative title). Will be a multimedia work created for the Lougheed Festival by Carrie Mae Weems and Gregory Wanamaker with Kimberly Bouchard and Guy Thorne (and additional music by Jason Moran, Neil Diamond and Urge Overkill). Performed by The Society for New Music, Carrie Mae Weems, and students of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Video Installations and Photography by Carrie Mae Weems will be exhibited in Hosmer Gallery, Flagg Hall, and other locations around campus.

Chakaia Booker


Chakaia Booker

Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker began working with rubber tires in the early 1990s and presently continues to work in this medium. The various tread patterns, colors, and widths the tires possess create a palette. The rubber and tires are transformed into fluid materials giving them a new life and energy. Booker's work has layers of meaning loaded with social concerns.

Booker creates wearable sculptures from materials in use in her current work including her large, intricately wrapped headdress, which has become her fashion signature. "The wearable garment sculpture was about getting energy and feeling from a desired design."

Chakaia Booker currently works and resides in New York City. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,the Akron Museum of Art, The Max Protetch and June Kelly galleries in New York and others. Booker received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It's So Hard to Be Green (2000), her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.


Steven Assael


He is nationally recognized for his dynamic public lectures and demonstrations, and described by critic Donald Kuspit as an 'ultimate realist'. He teaches at SVA and Pratt in NYC and has taught master classes at many of the most prestigious institutions around the country. His paintings and drawings are exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has been reviewed in most major art publications including Art in America, ArtNet, the New York Times and American Arts Quarterly. As both a draughtsman and a painter his work directly impacts both of theses areas. He is collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, the Chicago Institute of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Poland amongst others. Steven Assael has been describes as a 'new old master' and brings superb traditional technical skill to contemporary themes.


Visiting Conductor Maestro Christof Perick*, the 2013 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor.

Christof Perick

Since 2005,  Christof Perick has been General Music Director and Chief Conductor at the Bayerische Staatstheater Nürnberg and the Nürnberger Philharmoniker.

Christof Perick conducted in Nürnberg the Philharmonic Concerts and the premieres of Entführung aus dem Serail and Aida. Furthermore he conducted performance-series of Lohengrin and Der fliegende Holländer at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden and concert-series with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, where he has been chief conductor since 2000. Christof Perick worked with top US orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal as well as in Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Seattle.

The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten's monumental War Requiem. The American Boychoir will perform as part of this large work, along with a chamber orchestra and three vocal soloists.

* The partnership of the Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund, established by Dorothy Albrecht Gregory '61, and the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund, established by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay '67, brings distinguished conductors to The Crane School of Music for festival performances by the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra, and funds travel for major Crane Chorus performances to venues outside of Potsdam.


Martín Espada


Called"the Latino poet of his generation," Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011), is the recipient of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. The Republic of Poetry, a collection published by Norton in 2006, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A previous book of poems, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other books of poems include A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen (Norton, 2000), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (Norton, 1993), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Curbstone, 1990).  He has received other recognition such as the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  His work has been widely translated; collections of poems have been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Vievee Francis (Writers Craft Series)

Vievee Francis is the author of two books of poetry, including the recently released Horse in the Dark, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and of Blue-Tail Fly: Poems. Her work has appeared in Best Ameri¬can Poetry 2010 and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.  An associate editor for Callaloo, a journal dedicated to African American poetry and the diaspora, she is a current faculty member for the Frost Place Festival and Conference on Poetry.  Horse in the Dark will be taught in LITR 307 in the spring.


Robert Foreman (Writers Craft Series)

Robert Foreman's fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in journals that include AGNI, Cream City Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Third Coast, Indiana Review, Massachusetts Review, and Pleiades.  His essays were listed in the Notable Essays of Best American Essays 2008 and 2010. Rob worked as the social media editor at The Missouri Review and as the nonfiction editor of Center, a literary journal housed in the University of Missouri's Center for Literary Arts. He teaches creative writing at Rhode Island College.


Ryan Vine (Writers Craft Series)

Ryan Vine's work has appeared in places like The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, the MPLS Star Tribune and The Writer's Almanac.  His honors include the Weldon Kees Award, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and finalist nods for the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize and the May Swenson Award.  He's the author of Distant Engines (Backwaters Press, 2006) and is the Rose Warner assistant professor of English at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.


Laura van den Berg (Emerging Writers Series)

Laura van den Berg's stories have appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Award. She recently published a chapbook of short stories, There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights (Origami Zoo Press, 2012).  She teaches writing at Goucher College.


Julia Story (Emerging Writers Series)

Julia Story's first collection, Post Moxie, was the recipient of Sarabande Books' 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and Ploughshares' 2010 John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and was named one of Coldfront's Top 30 Poetry Books of 2010. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review, Octopus, and Salt Hill. A native of Indiana, she now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.


Michael Dumanis (Emerging Writers Series)

Michael Dumanis is the author of My Soviet Union, which won the prestigious Juniper Prize, and co-editor of Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.  His book has been taught here in COMP 303: Poetry Writing Workshop, and will be taught in LITR 307 in the spring. Michael is the recipient of a Fullbright fellowship, as well as residencies at Yaddo and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and he is currently on the faculty at Bennington College in Vermont, where he continues to serve remotely as Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, a literary press.

BFA in Creative Writing Graduating Seniors: Sara Cantwell, John Chapman, Erica Kelso


Bush Mango Drum and Dance

Dance Troupe

Bush Mango Dance

Bush Mango Drum & Dance performs Guinean style music and dance. Many of the group's members have traveled to West Africa to study, and all have studied with numerous African born master artists in the United States.

The thirteen-member ensemble was founded in 1989 by Colleen Hendrick and Blair Hornbuckle in Rochester, New York.

In 1994 Hendrick was awarded a Lillian Fairchild Excellence in Choreography Award, and in 2006, BMDD was awarded the Cultural Organization of the Year. BMDD occupies a 10,000 square foot studio in Rochester, where they have taught students of all ages and abilities for decades. They are host to numerous Guinean artists each year and perform and teach extensively throughout the Western New York State region and beyond.

Sharrell D. Luckett

Visiting Director

Sharrell LuckettSharrell D. Luckett, Ph.D. is a theatrical maven. She is an award winning director/producer of over 60 shows and has co-penned four musicals. Luckett received her Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating with highest honors as Doctoral Marshal. She has been described as a rare talent who can teach, create, and perform with equal brilliance. Her upcoming projects include the world premiere of her one-woman show, YoungGiftedandFat, a poetry book that complements her show, and a seminal manuscript outlining the Freddie Hendricks acting method. She is also co-manager and performance director for recording artist sensation, Rahbi. Luckett's research interests include acting/directing theory, fat studies, and African American studies. She hopes to inspire and evoke passion within everyone, empowering them to make meaningful, creative contributions to the arts.

Christine Goerke


Soprano Christine Goerke has appeared in the major opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera , New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, La Scala, Maggio Musical Fiorentio, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and the Saito Kinen Festival. She has sung much of the great soprano repertoire, beginning with the Mozart and Handel heroines and now moving into dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles. She has also received acclaim for her portrayals of the title roles in Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Norma and Iphigenie en Tauride; Kundry in Parsifal, Ortrud in Lohengrin, Leonora in Fidelio, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Alice in Falstaff, and Madame Lidone in Dialogues des Carmelites. She also recently made her role debut as Brünnhilde in concert performances of Die Walküre with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Goerke has also appeared with a number of the leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Houston Symphony, Duluth Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has worked with some of the world's foremost conductors including James Conlon, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the late Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers, Jeffery Tate, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart.

Ms. Goerke's recording of Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording and Best Choral Performance. Her close association with Robert Shaw yielded several recordings included the Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, Poulenc's Stabat Mater, Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, and the Grammy-nominated recording of Dvorak's Stabat Mater. Other recordings include the title role in Iphigenie en Tauride for Telarc and Britten's War Requiem, which won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.