Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Serving as one of the most active and significant cultural centers in Western New
York, we shape the future of the arts by training the next generation of artists and
arts advocates. Our outstanding faculty and staff work together every day to create
excellence in research; to present the finest in the visual and performing arts from
the local to the international levels; and to engage our students and audiences as
participants in the creation of the best the arts have to offer. View our calendar
of events, browse our departmental web sites, and come for a visit. Feel free to contact
me directly for more information.
This month we're featuring the leaders of our four units in the College of Visual
and Performing Arts. From left in the photo are Jefferson Westwood, Director of Rockefeller
Arts Center; Karl Boelter, Director of the School of Music; Bob Booth, Chair of Visual
Arts and New Media; (Ralph Blasting, Dean of the College); and Tom Loughlin, Chair
of the Department of Theater and Dance. Each in his own way, they are outstanding
artists, producers, teachers, and scholars. They work together to create a dynamic
and supportive environment in which their students and faculty can accomplish their
best work. Collectively, they have over 50 years' experience in their positions and
over 100 years of membership in the Fredonia community. The exhibits and performances
they oversee contribute greatly to the cultural vitality of our community and have
a positive economic impact on our regional economy. Their energy, commitment, and
vision have made the College of Visual and Performing Arts what it is today.
Carl Lam has had a great run at SUNY Fredonia, and his senior year has been the icing
on the cake the he built. Carl graduated on May 17th with a triple major: Applied Music, Journalism, and Audio Production. This year,
he was awarded a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the SUNY Fredonia
Lanford Presidential Prize for outstanding service.
Coming from Hamburg, New York, Carl said that he “never expected to love Fredonia
as much as I do now.” Carl began as a Music Education major, but found that he needed
to free up time in his schedule for more activities. “The BA in Music is a perfect
major to combine with something else,” he said – and proceeded to add two majors,
co-host a radio show, write for the newspaper, and serve on more committees than will
fit here. Carl says that “everything changed” when he was invited to play in the
Chamber Orchestra during his first week at Fredonia. He felt connected to a student
group, was elected to the Student Association, and just kept joining committees from
there. Best Fredonia experience? “Performing with Yo Yo Ma comes to mind immediately.
That was the coolest experience I’ve ever had.”
Carl will begin a Master’s degree program in College Student Personnel at Canisius
College this fall – although he’s also interested in Meteorology……
Best of luck, Carl!
Ralph J. Blasting, Dean
Rockefeller Arts Center Expansion begins!
Construction has started in earnest on the 40,000-square-foot expansion of Rockefeller
Arts Center. Our loading dock is gone, as we prepare to add five new art studios,
a new scenic paint shop, three dance studios, two acting classrooms, and a cafe. And
that's just the new space. Phase Two includes renovation of our current spaces to
incorporate the latest technology for graphic and theatre design. Get all the details,
including a live webcam of the construction site at:
Support / Giving
Our work would not be possible without the generous support of donors like you. Donations
can fund scholarships for our students and programs for the entire community.
Our giving liaison is June Miller Spann of the Fredonia College Foundation. She has helped many donors make a unique difference to the arts at Fredonia. Contact
June by email or telephone at 716-673-3321.
To make an online gift now, just click below: