Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Our outstanding faculty and staff work together every day to make SUNY Fredonia a premier institution in the education and artistic training of aspiring artists and scholars. We seek 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. 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. View our calendar of events, browse our departmental web sites, and come for a visit. Feel free to contact me directly for more information.
2013 Marion Sonnenfeld Awards
Nicole Peets (left) and Allison McCarthy (right) are this year's winners of the Marion Sonnenfeld Award. They were honored at a luncheon on November 11th. Both are seniors: Nicole is studying Music Education and Allison is pursuing a BFA in Acting. The award is in memory of the late Professor Marion Sonnenfeld, a German teacher at Fredonia who was the first woman Distinguished Teaching Professor and the first woman Dean of Arts and Humanities on our campus. The award is presented each year to outstanding female students who exemplify leadership, hard work, and a good sense of community. Congratulations, Allison and Nicole!
Phil Hastings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media. Phil is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited internationally. He is a 2012 New York Film Academy Film/Video Fellow and was an invited artist in the 18th Biennale of Sydney where his film Steadfast was screened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His personal films include animation, experimental, and narrative modes of working and draw on his background in sculpture. Read more...
Abigail is a senior double-majoring in Dance and Communications, with an emphasis on Public Relations. A native of Buffalo, Abigail started dancing at 2 and knew she wanted to make it a lifelong activity by the time she was 12. At Fredonia, she is Assistant Director of the Fredonia Dance Ensemble, under the leadership of Professor Helen Myers. Having applied to six colleges, Abigail says that Fredonia seemed like—and is—a great fit because it is small enough so that her professors know her well, and has the academic and artistic challenges she was looking for. Read more...
Expansion of Rockefeller Arts Center
Ralph J. Blasting, Dean
We’re in full swing with classes, performances, and activities happening every day. Click on the “Calendar of CVPA Events” at the left to find times, locations, and ticket prices. Many of our events are free, and we welcome you to join us. Highlights coming up are Moon Over Buffalo in the Marvel Theatre through Oct. 26th, Xing Perspectives in the Marion Gallery to Oct. 13th, and more music events than I can describe. ARTURO SANDOVAL is appearing on November 11 and tickets are almost gone, so call now for that special event. Upcoming in November are the Faculty Art Exhibition, the School for Scandal, the Western NY Chamber Orchestra, the Hillman Opera….well, you get the picture. Feel free to contact me at any time.