To Be At Bennington

More than 300 alumni returned to campus last week representing the classes of 1943 to 2013. And as it is so often the case, what it is to be back at Bennington defies articulation but is most evident in the experience of being here. This video captures some of the experience, the programs, the people who came back and found everyone they needed here. Enjoy.

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75th Anniversary

In October 2007, more than 400 alumni, parents, and friends converged on Bennington's campus to celebrate 75 years of pioneering education. Faculty, students, and alumni offered a variety of workshops, and Helen Frankenthaler '49 exhibited her rarely seen sculptures. In her keynote address, President Coleman shared how Bennington is leading the way for a new liberal arts.

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Contact: Alumni Relations | 802-440-4330

September 23–25, 2016

Recreate, reimagine, reconnect with the Bennington you remember and engage in the Bennington of today with the backdrop of the gorgeous Green Mountains. As 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA), we are commemorating work in the Visual Arts, Dance, and Drama divisions with special programming.

Activities commence at noon on Friday, September 23, and continue through the afternoon on Sunday, September 25. The schedule is still in development and subject to change.

Throughout the Weekend

  • Student-led campus tours
  • Crossett Library alumni works display Alumni music installation curated by Susie Reiss ’79
  • Alumni pre-VAPA female painters display
  • Alumni art exhibition curated by Todd von Ammon ’09
  • Bennington student and faculty works in progress
  • Discounts with local businesses

Friday

  • Open classes in dance, anthropology, digital arts, media, music, and more
  • (Re-)Launch reception for the Bennington Review
  • Readings
  • Off-site Milestone Reunion gatherings
  • Open mic night

Saturday

  • Screening of Academy Award–nominated documentary short, Body Team 12, by Bryn Mooser ’01
  • Diversity and Inclusion conversation with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, moderated by Lydia Brassard ’08
  • Entrepreneurs panel moderated by Blaine Graboyes ’95 and Adnan Iftekhar ’97
  • “Caregiving between the Generations” conversation facilitated by Diane Cameron MFA ’99
  • “Bennington Today” address by President Mariko Silver
  • Faculty sessions
  • Open studios, rehearsals, and works in progress by students and faculty
  • Class and decades reunion dinner
  • Alumni bands including Una Ika Ai with Maia Friedman ’09 and the Nektones with Sam Clement ’08 and Matt Scott ’06
  • Off-site decades gatherings

Saturday (VAPA 40th events)

  • STEAM conversation with Babette Allina ’81 and others
  • Screening of the dance film, Emergent Forms, by Susan Sgorbati ’72 MFA ’86
  • Performance by Josh Blackwell ’95, Alexander Huberty ’95, and Daniel Roberts MFA ’14
  • Studio dance pieces by Finn Murphy ’14, Kaya Lovestrand ’14, and Emma Villavecchia ’14; Marie Blocker ’10; Emily Climer ’12; Katie Martin ’04; and Zornitsa Stoyonova ’06
  • Assemble pages for a VAPA Reader in the Word and Image Lab, organized by Ian Dolton-Thornton ’11
  • Usdan Gallery exhibition reception to celebrate work by Amanda Church ’76, Martha Grover ’02, Ethan Knechel ’08, Cyle Metzger ’08, Helen Mirra ’91, Odili Donald Odita MFA ’90, Devin Powers ’05, Tom Sachs ’89, Lauren Seiden ’03, Alison Veit ’11
  • Screening of Before the Sun Explodes by Debra Eisenstadt ’91 and preview of Lane 1974 by SJ Sharp Chiro ’87

Sunday

  • Student works showcase
  • Apple picking
  • Off-site outings

Registration

Please register by September 9.

Registration fee covers the weekend’s events including: Friday night’s Bennington Review reception; breakfast passes to Commons on Saturday and Sunday; BBQ lunch on Saturday; VAPA 40th anniversary alumni art exhibition reception and class—decade dinner on Saturday; entrance to all performances, screenings, presentations, and classes. There will be additional class gatherings with cash bar throughout the weekend.

Ways to Register

  • Online: Register and pay online using our secure registration form (and see who’s attending)
  • Phone: Call 800-598-2979 and ask for Arden Jordan ’16

Lodging

Blocks of rooms have been reserved under Bennington College Reunion at The Knotty Pine (until August 8), The Paradise Inn (until August 23), and The Williams Inn (until August 23). Please call them directly—and soon—to make your reservation for the weekend.

Or visit bennington.com for a list from the Chamber of Commerce

Join

Transportation

Sign up for transportation options between Albany, NY, and campus on the registration form. There will be complimentary shuttles between Bennington hotels and campus.

Questions?

Contact reunion@bennington.edu or call 800-598-2979.

2016 Reunion Committee

Penelope Perkins Wilson ’45 — Barbara Ushkow Deane ’51 — Charlene Solow Schwartz ’54 — Catherine Orloff Morrison ’55 — Ruth Ring Harvie ’56 — Riva Magaril Poor ’56 — Hadassah Houtz Hoffman ’57 — Ellen Bernstein Murray ’62 — Alice Ruby Travis Germond ’65 — Barbara Glasser ’65 — Mary Kelley ’65 — Barbara Kent Lawrence ’65 — Simone Yehuda ’65 — Danielle Forestier ’66 — Kathy Gregg ’66 — Ellen Taussig ’66 — Elizabeth Richter Zimmer ’66 — Carolyn Heimburger Gannon ’67 — Tracy Harris ’67 — Kate Lynn Rantilla ’67 — Barbara Gioseffi Richman ’67 — Beebo Rantoul Turman ’67 — Susan Paris Borden ’69 — Alan Kornberg ’74 — Susan Braus ’76 — John Cuetara ’76 — Nicholas Stephens ’77 — Kent Hikida ’85 - Amy Schweitzer Hikida ’85 — Marri Davis ’86 — Gilbert Mendoza ’86 — Chris Boscia ’87 — Kathryn Aichele-Samardick ’88 — Kate Brandt ’90 — Kevin Krakower ’90 — Limore Gruber Ricciardi ’90 — Tracy Katsky Boomer ’91 — Amanda Spooner Frank ’92 — Mimi Gaber Kantor ’92 — Nicole Barnette ’93 — Dixon Justin ’93 — Jordana Moskowitz Baldwin ’93 — Brendan Frank ’94 — Aryn Chapman ’95 — Joanne Lembo ’95 — Mary Early ’97 — Adnan Iftekhar ’97 — James Simon ’97 — Taliesin Thomas ’98 — Jessica Phillips Johnson ’99 — Matty Wilder ’00 — Sara Scripps ’01 — Alethea Root ’02 — Molly Fite ’03 — Chrissy Souder ’04 — Matthew Scott ’06 — Joanna Dillon ’07 — Suzanne Brundage ’08 — Sam Clement ’08 — Rachel Hunter ’08 — Lydia Brassard ’08 — Juliet Tondowski ’09 — Kevin Lloyd ’10 — Emily Tareila ’10 — Kellin Cavanaugh ’11 — Jay Schunter ’11 — Eissa Saeed ’12 — Bobby DeLanghe ’13 — Amira Hankin ’13 — Ousseynou Diome ’14 — Scott Milliman ’14 — Andrea Tapia ’15 — Genelle Rankin ’15 — Arden Jordan ’16 — Ben Simpson ’16

Your Milestone Reunion

Bennington celebrates an all-class Reunion every three years, but highlight the milestone reunion years celebrating together:

  • Pioneers = 1936-1946
  • 65th: 1950, 1951, 1952
  • 60th = 1955,1956,1957
  • 50th = 1965, 1966, 1967
  • 40th = 1975, 1976, 1977
  • 25th = 1990, 1991, 1992
  • 20th = 1995, 1996, 1997
  • 10th = 2005, 2006, 2007
  • 5th = 2010, 2011, 2012

If you would like to serve on the Reunion Committee to share your programming ideas and other feedback, please contact Marie Leahy, Director of Alumni Programs, or call 802-440-4363.