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Center for the Arts at Albright College

 

Contact us:
Center for the Arts: (610) 921-7715
Box Office: (610) 921-7547
boxoffice@albright.edu

Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

60 minutes before a Concert Series/
Star Series Performance and 90
minutes before a Domino Production.

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Center for the Arts 

ABOUT US

The Mission for the Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts at Albright College is a gathering place at the heart of our academic community that fosters an on-going dialogue about the arts that is relevant to the intellectual, cultural, and personal lives of our students.  With its unique interdisciplinary environment of classrooms, studios, galleries, and performing spaces, the Center for the Arts provides a nexus for artists and their audiences that supports the wide variety of artistic and scholarly activities in which we engage.  We invite both our academic and community partners to join us as we continue to explore the ever-changing values and ideas of our society, through the Liberal Arts tradition of experiential learning.

Faculty

Staff


Art Department

Richard Hamwi, Chair  was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Richard Hamwi studied at Queens College, CUNY (BA -Cum Laude), the University of New Mexico (MA), the University of California, Santa Barbara, (MFA) and the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.).  His first one person exhibit in New York City was in 1976 at the Parsons-Dreyfuss Gallery.  Since then he has had over thirty solo exhibits including galleries and museums in NYC, Washington, D.C., and State College, Pennsylvania.  His work has also been shown extensively in juried group exhibits including: “Art of the State: Pennsylvania, 2005 and 2007, State Museum of Pennsylvania; The Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition; Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition; and “The Art of Drawing,” Staempfli Gallery, NYC.

Richard’s work is included in several permanent collections including the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; The Phillips Collection; and The Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He has had residencies at several artists’ colonies including the Yaddo Colony, the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center.

Gary Adlestein

Barbara Fahy is professor of history and art history at Albright.  She has a BA, MA and Ph. D in history and an MA in art history.  Her research focuses on the relationship between image and theological content in the ceiling paintings by Rubens in the Jesuit Church in Antwerp.  The ceiling was lost in a fire in the 18th century but we know the works through drawings and prints by Rubens and other artists.  She has given papers and published on this subject in conferences in Cleveland, Denver, San Antonio, Omaha, Exeter in England and Athens in Greece.

She was an NEH recipient in art history at Columbia University and a participant in an art history seminar in  Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum and at the Hague.  She has received Albright College’s Lindback distinguished teaching award and teaches art history courses in ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art for the art department.  She also directs students in the art history program and has directed several honors projects in art history.

Archie Perrin

Tom Watcke , is a professor of art, teaches sculpture, drawing, photography, and painting.  Over the years, Watke has held more than 15 solo exhibitions of his photography, sculptures, drawings, and paintings, and he’s been in more than 25 group exhibitions.  In 2001 he was awarded Albright’s Dr. Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Annual Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. 

Today, much of his work incorporates manipulated photographic images that he uses to provide commentary on political and social issues.  For a recent faculty show at the Freedman Gallery, for instance, he created a large installation in remembrance of everyone who had lost their lives in the war in Iraq up to that point.  The piece took up an entire wall, and viewers were invited to express their own thoughts and feelings in a book that accompanied the exhibit. 

Kristen Tabone Woodward received her BFA degree in Printmaking from Syracuse University in 1991 and her MFA in Studio Art from Clemson University in 1993.  Her mixed media drawings combine painting and printmaking, and often utilize found collage materials.  Woodward joined the faculty in the Art Department at Albright College in 1998.  She currently teaches all levels of drawing, painting and printmaking, and team teaches interdisciplinary courses on Latin American graphic art, and women in the arts. 

Woodward resides in Reading, PA, with her husband and three cats, and exhibits her work throughout the countryTo see more of her work, click here

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Music Department

Adlai Binger, Chair along with Alycia Soper ’09, Angela D’Andrea ’11, David Bierly ’09, and Corey Buller ’11, participated in the Student/Director Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association – Pennsylvania conference held at Penn State University, State College, August 2 – 5, 2008.  In this first ever undertaking, 101 Pennsylvania high school and college/university students with their respective choral directors rehearsed together for two days before presenting a concert that opened the conference.  This unique and extremely successful experience permitted college/university students to serve as role models for the high school students, while the directors provided leadership and mentorship within the ensemble.  The concept integrated superbly with the theme of the 2008 ACDA-PA conference titled “Building Bridges, Creating Community.”

Rebecca Gass Butler

Jeff LentzJeffrey Lentz According to music critic, David Patrick Stearns, “Jeffrey Lentz is carving out one of the most singular careers in opera.” He has graced the stages of many of the world’s finest opera and concert houses, including London’s Barbican Hall, Carnegie Hall, Theatre de La Monnaie, The Glyndebourne Festival, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Zuid, Opera Pacific, and the Garsington Festival. In 1996, Jeffrey made his European debut at the Opera de Monte Carlo performing the title role in Lowell Liebermann’s World Premiere opera THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.  In 2002, he made his West End Theatre debut at London’s Almeida Theatre in the World Premiere of John Casken’s opera, GOD’S LIAR. His performances on PBS include the World Premieres of both Andre Previn’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and the Dratell/Torke/Beaser triptych entitled CENTRAL PARK for GREAT PERFORMANCES as well as a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER broadcast of New York City Opera’s stunning production of Benjamin Britten’s PAUL BUNYAN. In 2004, Jeffrey received a GRAMMY AWARD nomination for his work in Ed Thomas’ haunting opera, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS.  That same year, he made his professional directorial debut at Opera Pacific creating a sublime production of Bernstein’s CANDIDE with projected scenery by the visionary, award winning theatre designer, Jerome Sirlin.  In 2006, Jeffrey debuted at the Kennedy Center as Peter Quint (under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel) as well as the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile in productions of Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW.  In 2007 he returned to the Kennedy Center, this time at the directorial helm of a breathtaking production of Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT that was one of only three college productions selected to participate in their 2007 American College Theatre National Festival.  Later that summer, Jeffrey returned to Glimmerglass Opera to play the role of Heurtebise in Philip Glass’ opera ORPHÉE under the baton of Anne Manson.   In May 2009, he made his debut at the Teatro Avenida with the Buenos Aires Lirica as Tom Rakewell in their critically hailed production of THE RAKE’S PROGRESS under the baton of Alejo Perez.  Jeffrey makes his home in Wyomissing, PA in order to serve as Artist in Residence for the Departments of Theatre and Music at nearby Albright College. 

Robin Zaremski (Music Business)

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Theatre Department

Julia Matthews, Chair

Paula TrimpeyPaula Trimpey serves as assistant professor of theatre and fashion design at Albright College. She received her M.F.A. from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where she was a member of the Hilberry Theatre Company.

Paula has designed costumes and served as costume director for the Tuacahn Fine and Performing Arts Center in southern Utah. She has also worked with touring Broadway shows through Troika Entertainment. In addition, for 18 years she held various positions and designed shows for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, which won a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2000.

 

Wayne E. Vettleson has been the resident Lighting Designer/Technical Director for the Domino Players for the past twenty years.  He completed his graduate work at Syracuse University just before arriving at Albright in 1988.  His wife, Pam, was the 16th student in Albright history to receive a 4.0 GPA.  Wayne also designs for Ephrata Performing Arts Center and is a member of Local #97 of I.A.T.S.E.

Jeff LentzJeffrey Lentz  According to music critic, David Patrick Stearns, “Jeffrey Lentz is carving out one of the most singular careers in opera.” He has graced the stages of many of the world’s finest opera and concert houses, including London’s Barbican Hall, Carnegie Hall, Theatre de La Monnaie, The Glyndebourne Festival, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Zuid, Opera Pacific, and the Garsington Festival. In 1996, Jeffrey made his European debut at the Opera de Monte Carlo performing the title role in Lowell Liebermann’s World Premiere opera THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.  In 2002, he made his West End Theatre debut at London’s Almeida Theatre in the World Premiere of John Casken’s opera, GOD’S LIAR. His performances on PBS include the World Premieres of both Andre Previn’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and the Dratell/Torke/Beaser triptych entitled CENTRAL PARK for GREAT PERFORMANCES as well as a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER broadcast of New York City Opera’s stunning production of Benjamin Britten’s PAUL BUNYAN. In 2004, Jeffrey received a GRAMMY AWARD nomination for his work in Ed Thomas’ haunting opera, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS.  That same year, he made his professional directorial debut at Opera Pacific creating a sublime production of Bernstein’s CANDIDE with projected scenery by the visionary, award winning theatre designer, Jerome Sirlin.  In 2006, Jeffrey debuted at the Kennedy Center as Peter Quint (under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel) as well as the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile in productions of Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW.  In 2007 he returned to the Kennedy Center, this time at the directorial helm of a breathtaking production of Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT that was one of only three college productions selected to participate in their 2007 American College Theatre National Festival.  Later that summer, Jeffrey returned to Glimmerglass Opera to play the role of Heurtebise in Philip Glass’ opera ORPHÉE under the baton of Anne Manson.   In May 2009, he made his debut at the Teatro Avenida with the Buenos Aires Lirica as Tom Rakewell in their critically hailed production of THE RAKE’S PROGRESS under the baton of Alejo Perez.  Jeffrey makes his home in Wyomissing, PA in order to serve as Artist in Residence for the Departments of Theatre and Music at nearby Albright College. 

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Fashion Department

Doreen Burdalski worked twenty years in the fashion retailing industry as a Fashion Buyer and Visual Merchandising Director before beginning her teaching career.  Here at Albright, Doreen enables students to network in the fashion industry by bringing speakers to campus, planning industry-related trips, and partnering with industry to conduct experience events for students on campus. 

Currently Doreen Serves on the Educational Foundation Board for Fashion Group International Philadelphia, the largest professional fashion organization in the world.  She also serves on the American Collegiate Retailing Association Board, is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association and National Retailing Association. Doreen earned her MBA in marketing at Rutgers University and her BS in Merchandising at Philadelphia University, previously Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. 

Connie Heller-Horacek earned her Master’s in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Design and Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  She earned a Masters of Art (M.A.) in Design from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. 

Connie is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), The International Sculpture Center, the American Craft Council and the American Association of University Women.

YoungJoo Lee earned her Ph.D. in fashion design from Chung-Ang University in Korea.  She has also earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies:  Costume/Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a Master in Science in Western Clothing from Chung-Ang University in Korea.  YoungJoo earned her Bachelor of Science in Clothing Management from Chung-Ang University in Korea.

YoungJoo brings to Albright and interesting fashion background.  She has held fashion teaching positions at Seoul Mode Fashion College and Chun-Ang University in Korea.  In addition she has performed conservation work on 16th century costume and tapestry.  YoungJoo has also done research and design work on clothing for elderly and disabled people.

YoungJoo is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), The Korean Society of Costume and the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles.  She has presented her research at the annual meeting of ITAA in Los Angeles and the Annual conference of the Korean Society of Costume.  YoungJoo has also published her research in the International Journal of Costume and the Journal of the Korean Society of Costume.


Paula Trimpey

Paula Trimpey serves as assistant professor of theatre and fashion design at Albright College. She received her M.F.A. from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where she was a member of the Hilberry Theatre Company.

In the fashion industry, Paula has worked in the contracting and manufacturing of clothing for Osh Kosh B’gosh, Izod, Lacoste, Lane Bryant, Bobbi Gayle, Speedo Sportswear and American Vogue Designer, Albert Nipon.

 

Amanda Condict owns and operates Condict and Company, a graphic design studio in Barto, PA and has taught part time at Albright since 2003.

Amanda began her career as a fashion illustrator at Boscov’s Department Stores, then was the art director of a local magazine before she started her own business. What began as a freelance art studio grew to a small ad agency offering graphic design, illustration, copywriting, photography, and marketing and public relations to a broad spectrum of businesses from beauty product and housewares manufacturers to film distributors and garment manufacturers. She has worked with most of the apparel companies in the area including Elite Sportswear, Dolfin International, Henson Group, Boyertown Apparel, Precious Pups, Guardian Wear and Cool Compression at one time or another.

Amanda began her education at Kutztown University as a fine arts major and received her BFA from York University.

Susan Golembiski owns and operates Frock, an artisan retail space and custom design studio while teaching part time at Albright.  She has been working in fashion since 1980 in various capacities.

Susan was an apprentice to a Master Tailor at Evan Picone, costume designer for indie film studio MBNStudios in Philadelphia, and head seamstress for Arielle, an upscale Bridal Salon. She has participated in numerous runway shows and exhibitions, with her area of concentration being the restoration of vintage couture and creating unique bridal apparel.  Her varied experiences in the custom clothing industry enable her to teach clothing construction on all levels.


Jill Roberts manages her successful consulting business while teaching part time at Albright. She has lived in 10 U.S. cities and traveled extensively to Asia, Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia throughout her career. Jill enjoys sharing her excitement and knowledge of global business, product development, buying, trend analysis and industry tips with those just entering the field of fashion merchandising.

Prior to owning her own business, Jill worked for various successful retailers and fashion consulting offices, including Limited Express, Paul Harris, The Brown Group, AMC New York, Frederick Atkins and One Price Clothing. She has held the positions of buyer, store manager, product developer, corporate sourcing specialist and fashion director throughout her career.

Denise Shade has spent her entire career in the graphic arts industry. She designed books, magazines and educational materials for Rodale Press and Rodale Institute. She was also a consultant for Offset Impressions and production coordinator for William Fox Munroe, Inc. Denise co-teaches our "Fashion Communications" class. She works with the students to develop creative and technical computer-design skills that enable the students to create magazine layouts, retail catalogs, advertisements and other integrated marketing communications.

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Freedman Gallery Staff 

Erin Riley-LopezErin Riley-Lopez is Curator of the Freedman Gallery at Albright College in Reading, PA. From 2005 through 2009 she served as a curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, where she organized collection-based and annual Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) exhibitions. As an independent curator, her exhibitions include Privacy Please! at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2011), Acting Out at the Bronx River Art Center, Bronx (2010); Collected: Working Space 10 at Cuchifritos, New York (2010); Untitled at The Center for Worker Education, CUNY, New York (2010); and There Goes My Hero, at The Center for Book Arts, New York (2009). Riley-Lopez’s articles and reviews have appeared in might be good…a project of fluent ~ collaborative in Austin, Texas; Bootprint a publication of Boots Contemporary Art Space in St. Louis, Missouri; and KCLOG blog in Brooklyn, NY. She served as a guest blogger for art:21 and has contributed catalogue essays to The Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Center for Book Arts in New York. She serves on the Collections and Exhibitions Committee of The Center for Book Arts, New York. Riley-Lopez received her M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2005) and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College (2002). 

 

Nancy Sarangoulis, Part-time Collections Manager and Preparator


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Center for the Arts Staff


David TannerDavid Tanner, Director manages both the Freedman Gallery and the Wachovia Theatre, and coordinates the arts administration program.  In previous positions he served as the COO of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, as the Associate Director for Administration at the Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, and as the Executive Director for the Association of Midwest Museums, a professional organization serving eight states throughout the Midwest.  Tanner also taught in the Master’s program for museum studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He holds a MPA in museum administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, along with three bachelor degrees, in English, history, and paralegal studies. 

 

Lisa Korecky, Secretary

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