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UB Arts Collaboratory Spring Season Inspired by Students and Local Emerging Artists

by Jackie Hausler

Opening Doors to Community, the season is presented at the UB Center for the Arts, the Anderson Gallery and local off-campus locations in collaboration with venues such as 500 Seneca and Eleven Twenty Projects


BUFFALO, N.Y. — ­­The University at Buffalo Arts Collaboratory continues to reimagine the artistic landscape in Buffalo, presenting a full spring season of programming that engages audiences by spotlighting the work of UB students, faculty, alumni, visiting artists and the community.

The spring season includes an immersive student workshop and performance with an original Saturday Night Live writer; a new and creative use of the UB Center for the Arts (CFA) atrium through a monthly arts salon-meets-project incubator; alumna art installations that span two atriums, connecting the UB CFA with the Anderson Gallery as part of the Art in the Open series; a survey of work from a Buffalo native painter and poet; an interdisciplinary convergence of mixed-media and performance vignettes by students; and a collaborative storytelling project highlighting the history of The Marble Temple, a piece of lost architecture in Buffalo.

Leveraging creative and interdisciplinary opportunities in the arts, the spring Arts Collaboratory season brings artists together in new and experimental ways, demonstrating the power of collaboration. All events are free and open to the public.

“The Arts Collaboratory is a space that encourages the creation of new work that crosses boundaries, expanding outward and engaging directly with various collaborative constellations across the University at Buffalo and the wider Buffalo community,” stated Bronwyn Keenan, director of the Arts Collaboratory. “This season showcases a range of artists working in different media, often together and within the thriving arts hub that is Buffalo. Convening and connecting has been my guide in creating a laboratory for the arts—one that would be in and of the world.”

Alan Zweibel, BA ’72, will lead a creative research theatre workshop that centers on his career, creative process and his play, “Bunny Bunny.” Zweibel will actively share his expertise and contribute insights to help explore the interdisciplinary rehearsal process and production of the play - about his friendship with Gilda Radner - with UB students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Work In Real Time is a monthly arts salon-meets-project incubator – inspired by “Shark Tank” for artists - taking place in the atrium of the CFA. Artists can submit to participate in this playful public competition, which provides a platform for experimentation. Selected artists will have the opportunity to present works in progress and implement new directions, practices, or collaborations of their artistic ideas.  “Work In Real Time” judges will award a total of $1,500 to winning projects each month.

This Arts Collaboratory season also includes:

  • “Embodied Landscape” is an immersive exhibition and collaborative performance using film, dance, and transmedia storytelling by Maryam Muliaee from the Department of Media Study and Naila Ansari from the Department of Theatre and Dance.
  • “I have a baby whose name is no one” is an interdisciplinary convergence of mixed-media and performance vignettes conceived by Mary Grace Sullivan, MFA candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance and Hanyu Liao, MAH candidate in the Department of Media Study.
  • “Sally Cook: 1960-Present” brings together major paintings from Cook’s earliest abstract canvas dating back to 1960 to her most recent figurative works. The exhibition also highlights her work as a poet and her painterly engagement with the poet Emily Dickinson, who provides an ongoing inspiration for Cook. Additionally, Responses to Sally Cook is an event designed for students to interact with the work of the locally renowned cross-disciplinary artist.
  • “Annie Bielski: Strutting, Fretting” uses materials including paint, canvas, curtains, unfinished quilts and bedding. Bielski MFA ’19, continues her exploration of the body, gender, and a self-conscious concealing and shameless revealing in her often large-scale stretched and draped paintings.