Renowned Playwright Creates New Work Through Student Collaboration

A group of Westmont students is getting a unique opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed playwright, crafting a new production students will eventually perform in February. The Westmont Theater Arts department has commissioned playwright Erik Ehn to develop a new play as part of his ongoing Saint Play series. Eighteen students will meet with… [Continue Reading]

Concert Features Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra

Westmont’s Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra will present a joint concert this week on campus. The free, public concert will be Friday, Nov. 18, at Deane Chapel, 8 p.m. The wind ensemble will be under the direction of new Westmont music instructor Paul Mori. The 20-piece large ensemble is made up of brass, woodwind and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes Internationally Acclaimed California Artist

Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery will display the works of California painter R. Kenton Nelson beginning next month in an exhibition titled “Narrative Idealism.” The free exhibit runs Nov. 10-Dec. 16 at the gallery, which is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will also be a public opening reception and book signing… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Theater Season Begins with a Focus on Shakespeare

The Westmont theater season opens next week, Friday, Nov. 4, with Shakespeare’s achingly beautiful history play “King Richard II” at Santa Barbara Trinity Episcopal Church. It is the first in a yearlong season of events that centers on contemporary, international approaches to Shakespeare’s plays. The Lit Moon Theatre Company and Westmont College Repertory Theatre are… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Welcomes Fall With Choral Festival Concert

Three local high school choirs will join voices with singers from Westmont later this month for the Fall Choral Festival Concert. The concert is Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Adams Professor of Music and Worship Michael Shasberger will direct guest choirs from San Marcos, Paso Robles, and… [Continue Reading]

Lecture to Uncover the Creativity Behind Producing a Shakespeare Play

Two Westmont theater arts professors will offer their creative insight and discuss the artistic choices involved in staging a Shakespearean play. John Blondell and Mitchell Thomas will host the opening 2005-2006 Westmont Downtown Conversation, Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The lecture is entitled: “Sad Stories of… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Unveils Unseen Works from Renowned Artist

Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery kicks off the 2005-2006 season by celebrating the legacy of one of America’s best-known artists. Richard Diebenkorn: Unseen Santa Barbara Works will be open to the public Aug. 25-Nov. 4. Diebenkorn(1922-2003) lived most of his life in California, becoming a modern master equally adept at abstract expressionism, landscape and figurative work…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Art Students Receive $10,700 Grant for “Stations of the Life of Christ”

Students in Westmont’s art department have received a $10,700 Worship Renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a project titled “Stations of the Life of Christ.” Students will create a series of 14 images interpreting moments in Christ’s life that speak to Westmont’s identity as a Christian liberal… [Continue Reading]

Artists Interpret 'The Power of Word'

“The Power of WORD,” a theme show judged by Art Historian Richard West, will be on exhibit May 19 through June 30 in Reynolds Gallery. An independent curator, West is the former director of both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Frye Museum in Seattle. An artists’ reception, open to the public, is… [Continue Reading]

'Painted Faith' Wins Design Award

Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery took second place in the 25th annual American Association of Museums (AAM) Publications Design Competition. Art Instructor Scott Anderson designed the exhibition poster “Painted Faith.” He also created “The Art of Education” exhibition catalog for the faculty show, which received an honorable mention.