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.
Samantha (“Sam”) Kenney is an Associate Professor of Dance. When I asked her areas of expertise, she said “ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz, choreography, and dance history.” No wonder she thought that our ad for a “dance generalist” would be just the right fit. After a three-year stint at the UMass-Amherst, Sam was attracted to the new program in dance that Fredonia was starting seven years ago. She still feels that it is a perfect fit. Favorite experiences so far are the first piece she choreographed here in 2008 (“still one of my favorites”) and a trip with students to India in 2011. Sam continues to develop new pieces and loves working with students and colleagues. “I don’t like dancing solo. I always want to draw from the energy of an ensemble, and that’s the way I like to work with everything. Collaboration is the most satisfying for me.”
Featured Student February 2014:
Dani Brooks – Visual Arts and New Media
Dani says that she “didn’t know I could make art for the rest of my life until I came here.” The youngest of 9 children from Jamestown, NY, Dani first did an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts at Jamestown CC. She came to Fredonia as an Art History major, all the while making pottery. Now she’s a December grad, having double-majored in Art History and Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics. Dani is working as an assistant in the campus ceramics studio while waiting to hear about her grad school applications. “I fell in love with Fredonia as soon as I got here,” she says, mentioning the great mentorship from her professors. “I’ve never had a Fredonia professor I didn’t like.” One of her favorite accomplishments is to have revived the Student Pottery Sale in 2012 and 2013. She is leading a project to expand it to a Student Art Sale this spring. “We’re a really close-knit community. Of course, we’re in the studios until 3am, so we’re together a lot.”
Ralph J. Blasting, Dean
CONGRATULATIONS TO GRAMMY MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER KENT KNAPPENBERGER ('87).
We are extremely proud of Kent, who graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor's in Music Education, did his Master's at the Eastman School of Music, and has been teaching at the Westfield Academy and Central School for the past 25 years. Kent demonstrates a dedication to his students, his community, and the power of music that is a model for all of us. Our heartfelt best wishes to Kent and to all the students and families of the Westfield Academy and Central School. Here is the link to the Grammy Foundation announcement:
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