Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Join prospective students, their families, and our immediate community for a vibrant showcase of works-in-progress.

BenningtonWorks will highlight the close collaborations between faculty and students that set the innovative and rigorous tone of a Bennington education.



Register online to attend BenningtonWorks.

Hotels in Bennington (and the neighboring townships of Williamstown and Manchester) tend to fill up quickly during Vermont’s fall foliage season. Please plan your travel soon.


Schedule: Design a day tailored to your interests

Sunday, October 8

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast 
Please check in at the registration table in Newman Court (VAPA) for your welcome packet on your way to breakfast in Greenwall auditorium.
Newman Court - Greenwall Auditorium 

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Welcome Remarks                                                                                                                                                     Mariko Silver, President, and Hung Bui, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, will give welcome remarks. 
Greenwall Auditorium 

10:00 - 11:00 AM Session 1 

  • Poetry's Progress: Mark Wunderlich and students in his “Reading & Writing Poetry: Emotions and the Reader” will read from recent creative work. They will also be available to discuss creative writing and literary studies at the college.  VAPA D208
  • Mallet Percussion Ensemble: Michael Wimberly's students will perform their own marimba pieces as well as those composed by professionals. Jennings Music Building, Room 120
  • Learning in Motion - Dance Works: Students will present original work they are preparing for the fully-produced Martha Hill Dance concert in November or for the Work-in-Progress concert in December. VAPA Dance Studio E303
  • Languages in Action: Session organized by Ginger Lin. Students working in a range of fields including Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish will present their original research and talk about community outreach, study abroad, and life after Bennington. CAPA Symposium

11:15 am - 12:15 PM — Session 2

  • Bennington in New York: Highlights from the Museum Fellows Term: Faculty Member and Program Director Liz White with 2017 Museum Fellows: Grace Bullock ‘18, Nejla Katica ‘18, Roma Lucero ‘18, Drew Lucia ‘18, and Davide Yepes ‘18. Launched in January 2015 with a pilot grant from the Mellon Foundation, and now in partnership with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Bennington’s Museum Fellows Term is an immersive educational opportunity in which students spend five months in New York City, gaining professional work experience at a major cultural institution, visiting exhibitions, studying multiple aspects of the art world with Bennington faculty, and meeting artists, curators, and other arts and culture leaders. Museum partners over the first three years have included the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in 2018 will include The Studio Museum in Harlem. VAPA D208
  • Future Studio: Creative Entrepreneurship: Robert Ransick, Charles Crowell, and current students will talk about their work this term. Future Studio is a creative studio that seeks to incubate the next generation of enterprise leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists together. The studio believes that cross-sector engagement from the arts, business, non-profits, and beyond is essential for tackling complex challenges and remaking the systems that govern our world. The studio provides all participants with the capacity to approach their work as creative and generative, moving away from traditional problem-solving techniques focused on what we don’t want towards a generative ideation and futurist methodology focused on creating what we do want. CAPA Symposium
  • In Their Element: Scientists at Work: Curated by Hugh Crowl, Katie Montovan, Betsy Sherman, Janet Foley, and Tim Schroeder. Students will share their current explorations in particle physics, mathematics, environmental studies, and science communication. Specifically, Amanda Bacon will share her work restoring one cloud chamber and creating a second, which highlight both a part of Bennington College's history and a central concept in particle physics. Shana Crawford will share her work on the taxicab geometry problem in mathematics. Jorja Rose will discuss scientific journalism at Bennington in a joint project between the Bennington Free Press and Betsy Sherman's course "Alternative Facts: the Undoing of Science in America." Sarah Gross will present results of her work using yeast to understand what genes are affected by PFOA, a local pollutant. Tour starts in Dickinson Reading Room
  • East Coast Curriculum Open Rehearsal: Presented by Dina Janis, Maya Cantu, and students. East Coast Curriculum, by Lucy Thurber, is a modern-day riff on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde with liberal arts college as the theme. A play about love, sex, politics, feminism, friendship, family and the fear, ecstasy, and absurdity of being young. Margot Tenney, VAPA [please note that the location has changed] 

12:30 - 1:30 PM   

Student Center Dining Hall

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Open House: Student Life, Academic Services, Field Work Term, and Campus Safety
Cricket Hill Admissions Office and Porch 

1:45 - 2:45 PM

Field Work Term BenningtonWorks Panel
Faith McClellan, Director of Field Work Term and Career Development, will moderate a conversation in which three students share their FWT experiences.                                                                                                        Tishman Lecture Hall

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Open Dance Rehearsal
MFA Teaching Fellow Rebecca Brooks, working with twelve dancers, will open this last half-hour of rehearsal for observation.
VAPA Dance Studio E303

2:45 - 4:30 PM — Open Sessions  

  • Art Installation-in-Progress: Students working with faculty member Josh Blackwell’s “Advanced Workshop for Painting and Drawing: The Contemporary Idiom” will be in the process of installing student work. Barn East Gallery
  • Architecture Open House: "Bennington Campus: Real and Imagined": An exhibition of student-generated models and drawings of past, present, and future campus structures curated by Donald Sherefkin. Students will be present and at work on current projects for the course. The Pod in VAPA

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Campus Tours 
Meet at the flagpole. 

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Campus Tours 
Meet at the flagpole. 

All day: 

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Open House: Financial Aid
Barn 104


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