News & EventsFriday, December 19, 2014
Filed under: arts
Outside the west entrance to WCC’s Morris Lawrence building, shooting skyward like the fountain in the pond adjacent to it, is a brightly polished stainless steel sculpture. The artwork evokes the nature surrounding it and the music emanating from the building next to it, the unmistakable signature style of famed Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman.
An exuberant crowd filled Towsley Auditorium Nov. 11 for WCC’s Second Annual Student Talent Show. With 20 acts on the program, the evening showcased everything from hip hop to ballet to poetry to gospel drumming.
On the first floor of the Crane Liberal Arts and Science building, a group of students is standing around, sketchpads in hand, studying a row of very large and colorful pictures of prehistoric animals. Geology students? Maybe. Biology class? Could be. But this particular group is an illustration class closely examining the styles of the various artists who contributed to this exhibit.
It’s 2:45 on a Wednesday afternoon and Stephanie Mae is reminding her 450 Facebook friends that she’ll be on the air at Orchard Radio in 15 minutes. Mike Pickett and his buddy, Matt Gilson, are on the mics behind her rehashing the Tigers’ heartbreaking loss the day before and the controversy surrounding star slugger Miguel Cabrera. They are surrounded by posters of Led Zeppelin, Rob Zombie, and Pillar of Autumn, among others, and are oblivious to the parade of students, faculty, and staff walking past the half-wall windows that give them a birds-eye view of the Student Center first floor.
On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as the Berlin Wall, that impenetrable symbol of the Cold War, fell when East Germans flooded through an opened checkpoint. WCC art history instructor Elisabeth Thoburn, who lived behind the Iron Curtain for 25 years, will give a lecture at WCC on that historical event and its impact on Dresden, the town where she grew up.
WCC will celebrate the diversity of its students and the Ann Arbor area with a day of music, fashion, food, and dance on Saturday, Oct. 10. The “World Cultural Celebration” runs from 2:00pm to 8:00pm in the Morris Lawrence building.
Some students in WCC’s 3D animation program get work even before they graduate.
Note: The class has been canceled.
The latest edition of the Huron River Review, WCC’s award-winning literary journal, has just been published. The eighth edition is a 160-page glossy montage of prose, poetry, photography, and illustrations. Contributors come from all walks of life at WCC: students, staff, and faculty, both active and retired.
Once again, Washtenaw Community College is offering an opportunity to attend the Montreal World Film Festival, which will be held Sept. 3-7. The July 9 registration deadline is fast approaching for one of North America’s premier cinematic events.