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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.

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

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
90 minutes before a Domino Players’ production, 60 minutes before all other shows.

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2018-2019 Program

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MG: Main Gallery
PS: Project Space

Exhibitions and programs at the Freedman Gallery and in the visual arts are proudly sponsored by: The Silverweed Foundation, The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Family Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.

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October 2018

Susan Crile: Incarceration in the Era of Impending Fascism

October 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 21, 2018 at 1:00pm

Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Thur., Aug. 30–Friday, December 14, Freedman Gallery (MG) Acclaimed artist Susan Crile is no stranger to controversy, having won a landmark court case against the IRS, Crile v. Commissioner, for a dispute related to taxation of artists. In 2003, when photos of prisoners being tortured at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq began to surface on the Internet, she began to focus her creativity towards awakening a global consciousness regarding incarceration and inhumane practices of prisoner torture. The Abu Ghraib series,…

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Anna Chupa: Altar/Alter

October 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Freedman Gallery, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Thur., Aug. 30–Sun., Oct. 21, Freedman Gallery (PS) Anna Chupa, professor of photography and chair of the department of Art, Architecture, and Design at Lehigh University, has spent 20 years documenting the evolution of the altars created by New Orleans Voodoo priestess Miriam Williams. Along with a suite of aluminum print images of Williams’ altars, Chupa will install an altar of her own that honors the Catholic Feast of St. Joseph, a tradition brought to New Orleans by thousands of…

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Music Faculty Showcase

October 21, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Memorial Chapel, 13th and Union Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States
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Experience Event. Includes performances by Jeffrey Lentz, tenor; Tamara Black, soprano; A.J. Merlino, percussion; Lars Potteiger, piano; and an organ duet by Adlai Binger and Karen Eddinger.

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Café Hispano

October 24, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on September 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on October 8, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on October 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

McMillan Student Center Main Lounge, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States

The Café Hispano be led this year by Andrea Olivares Beltrán and/or Belén Pérez Simarro, Visiting Instructors of Spanish. During this afternoon/evening coffee break, we encourage everyone who is interested in practicing his/her Spanish to stop by the Campus Center near Jake’s Java and engage in some informal conversation with Andrea, Belén, and Albright students who study Spanish.

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“pause-café”

October 25, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on September 20, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on September 26, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on October 4, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on October 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on October 25, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on October 31, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on November 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 4:00pm

One event on November 29, 2018 at 4:00pm

McMillan Student Center Main Lounge, 13th and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612 United States

The French Division of the Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures Department is pleased to announce the resumption of the "pause-café" conversation table. It will be led this year by Benoît Boutruche, Visiting Instructor of French. During this afternoon coffee break, we encourage everyone who is interested in practicing his/her French to stop by the Campus Center near Jake's Java from 4:00-5:00 pm and engage in some informal conversation with Benoît and Albright students who study French.

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Arts Near Albright

There is a thriving arts scene in the Reading Area. If you are looking for something that’s not offered at the Center for the Arts try one of these organizations:

The Goggleworks

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a prime example of adaptive reuse in architecture, and derives its name from the original structure from which it evolved. Where there is now a hub of community activity bringing people together in the arts and culture, there once stood a leader in the safety industry whose groundbreaking innovations spanned over a century.

The Berks Arts Council

Berks Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and promote all of the arts, to develop an appreciation of the arts, and to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Berks County. The Arts Council presents the Berks Jazz Fest, the Bandshell Concert Series, the Pagoda Awards, the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts re-granting program, the Music Composition Program, and provides art exhibition opportunities for member artists.

The Reading Symphony Orchestra

The Reading Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to provide and promote high quality symphonic music to the citizens of Reading and Berks County through:

Classical subscription concerts
Pops concerts
Concerts for students
Youth orchestras
Educational and community outreach programs

The Reading Public Museum

The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning, is to collect, preserve and interpret objects of art, science and civilization in order to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations.

Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center

The Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center are the main performance centers in downtown Reading, hosting national and international performers and performances.

The Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks

The Freyberger Gallery is Penn State Berks’ fine arts gallery. It is located in the Perkins Student Center.

Departments

Art Department
Arts Administration Department
Music Department
Theatre Department
Fashion Department


Center for the Arts Staff 

David Tanner photoDavid 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.

photo of Alana CoatesAlana CoatesCurator of Collections & Exhibitions, Freedman Art Gallery

Marisa McGrath, Box Office Manager

Jeremiah Propst, Assistant Technical Director