BenningtonWorks Schedule

Join us for BenningtonWorks, a daylong celebration of our collective works-in-progress. This is a unique chance to visit the studios and classrooms where your friends and classmates have been hard at work this term—and share in their most recent projects. Further details forthcoming.

Session 1

10:00 - 11:00 AM

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. Students: Catalina Adragna ‘18, Luciana Arbus-Scandiffio ‘20, Olivia Black ‘19, Nathan Copperwheat ‘18, Emily Dorsey ‘17, Julia Herrera ‘18, Syeda (Rumana) Mehdi ‘18, Ignjat Milenkovic ‘19, Matthew Tuckner ‘19; VAPA D208

Mallet Percussion Ensemble: Michael Wimberly's students will perform their own marimba pieces as well as those composed by professionals. Students: Paul Birtwistle '20, Maeve Bustell '20, William Giambalvo '20, Katherine Parker '17, Charlie Smith '20, Melodi Var Ongel '17; 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. Students: Yulia Andreeva-Freimon '18, Benjamin Lee '18, Fiona Eden '18, Lia Eversfield '19; CAPA Symposium

Session 2

11:15 am - 12:15 PM

Bennington in New York: Highlights from the Museum Fellows Term: Faculty Member and Program Director Liz White with 2017 Museum Fellows. 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. Students: Grace Bullock ‘18, Nejla Katica ‘18, Roma Lucero ‘18, Drew Lucia ‘18, and Davide Yepes ‘18; 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. Students: Nam Phuong Doan '18
, Asad Malik '19, Ethan Muller '20, Emily O'Donnell '20, Isabella Poulos '18, 
Davide Yepes '18; 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. Students: Amanda Bacon '19, Shana Crawford '17, Jorja Rose '18, Sarah Gross '18; Tour starts in Dickinson Reading Room

East Coast Curriculum Open Rehearsal: Presented by faculty members Dina Janis (director) and Maya Cantu (Dramaturg Tutorial Advisor), 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. Tori Nation and Rob Ascher will discuss their roles working as dramaturgs on East Coast Curriculum, as well as introduce the world and themes of the play, and its relationship to Lucy Thurber’s Hill Town Plays. Students: Assistant Director; Cat Adragna '18, Dramaturgs; Tori Nation ‘18 and Rob Ascher ‘19, Cast; Michaela Brown '18, Louis Celt '21, Daniel Coelho '19, Erin Gildea '18, David Guzman '21, Lilianna Hogan '18, Kaiya Kirk '20, Sam Mistry '18, Edie Salas-Miller '20, Phoebe VanDusen '19, Nick Williams '20, Viva Wittman '18, Stage Manager; Paul Birtwistle '20, Assistant Stage Managers; Cy Wolfe '20, Liv Fassanell '21, Michalina Aniol '21, Sound Design; Teddy O'Mara '18, Costume Design; Mira Darham '19; Margot Tenney, VAPA [please note that the location has changed] 

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, Alexander Ging ’19, Adi Kang ’19, and Sabrina Melendez ’20 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. Students: Chloe Amos '17, Emma Flowers '18, V Gonzalez '19, Rosie Hoffman '20, Zoe Huey '17, Odessa Jacobson '19, Eve Mefferd '20, Lucy Nielsen '19, Dani Robbins '17, Lily Rutledge '19, Joana Rita Santos '18, Rachel Yanku '20; VAPA Dance Studio E303

Open Sessions 

2:45 - 4:30 PM

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. Students: Ariana Chaves '18, Isa Coleman '17, Sara Emerson '19, Trevor Harrington '19, Zoe Huey '17, Cole Krasner '18, Flannery McDonnell '19, Jahsiya Oliver '19, Bennie Ritsch '19, Chloe Shelford '17, Mary Alice Steward '18, Sundara Ziegler '18; 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. Students: Anna Demchenko '20, Izzy Ioffreda '21, Jenna Litton '20, Zofia Noble '20, Hunter O’Brian '19, Julian Rosenbloom '21, Maria Salim '21, Maddie Shepardson '19; The Pod in VAPA