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Friday courses

Fall 2018 Semester

Potpourri of the Arts [8 SESSIONS]

9:30–11:00 a.m., Moss A
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2

Each semester, Osher invites the movers and shakers of mid-Missouri’s arts scene to discuss, display, perform and showcase their work. Join us for this grab bag of arts topics.

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye

Sept. 14: Update on Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts

Join us for a lively overview of the 2018-19 season at the Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts. Ruth Ann Burke, Gail Mardirosian and special guests will share highlights of the season.

Instructors: Ruth Ann Burke is the business manager for the Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts and also serves as the executive director for Stephens’ summer theatre program, the Okoboji Summer Theatre. Gail Humphries Mardirosian is dean of the Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts; artistic director for the Okoboji Summer Theatre; and a fellow, College of Fellows of the American Theater.

Sept. 21: University of Missouri Concert Series Update

The leadership team at the University Concert Series will share a brief history of the Series, which is 111 years old, as well as information and video clips about the 2018-2019 season.

Instructors: Josh Reid is the “front-of-house” coordinator at the University Concert Series. He is also the resident lighting designer for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet and a regular guest artist/instructor at Stephens College. Robert Wells serves as interim director for the University Concert Series. 

Sept. 28: GreenHouse Theatre Project Season 8 Preview: A Resourceful Performance

Seven years ago, an idea was hatched to create a project-based theatre company that would focus on creative storytelling and artistic collaboration in nontraditional settings. Two woman – one from the U.K., the other, a native of Minnesota – found themselves dropped in the middle of America. Their new company had no money, no rehearsal space and no ‘theater,’ but the idea and motivation were there, and the community was ready for their work. GreenHouse Theatre Project has just wrapped its seventh successful season, now has a sister company in the U.K. (GreenHouse U.K.) and is more inspired than ever to continue its mission of creating ‘Innovative Theatre??????? in Unexpected Places.’ Amidst the growing cuts in arts funding, their ‘leave no trace’ model has helped them sustain and grow in the vibrant culture-hungry community of Columbia.

Instructor: Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri is a director, actor, writer, arts facilitator and arts collaborator based in Columbia. Her work focuses on physical theatre in innovative, site-specific spaces, devising new projects, adapting and reviving classic work and collaborating with artists in all mediums to create performance for the next generation. Her work has taken her across the globe, from her home base in Missouri to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She was awarded a Columbia Business Times award in 2015. She holds a degree in Theatre from St. Olaf College.

Oct. 5: A is for Author: A Fast, Fun Look at Creating Children’s Books, from A to Z

Children’s book author/illustrator Deborah Zemke??????? loves words, pictures and letters! Join her as she swoops through the “alphabet with zeal” to touch on the many aspects of making children’s books, from brainstorming beginnings to bargaining with publishers. Whether it’s turning the letter A into an alligator or flying to Saturn in a crabapple tree, Deborah celebrates the magic of drawing and writing. Her chapter book, Bea Garcia: My Life in Pictures, was named a New York Public Library Book of the Year and one in which “readers will find inspiration to write, draw, explore and imagine” (Kirkus).

Instructor: From picture books to first readers, from drawing books to humor to chapter books, Deborah Zemke has produced more than fifty books for young readers, including the popular Doodles at Dinner series. A native of Michigan, she is a longtime resident of Columbia.

Oct. 12: Early Nineteenth Century English Literature PART 1

What better way to prepare for Halloween than to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818! Along with this seminal book, we’ll trace the evolving themes and styles of English literature, from Frances Burney’s Cecelia, published in 1782, through Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, George Meredith, William Thackeray, the Brontes (including their fascinating un-published writings) to Wilkie Collin’s classic 1860 sensation novel (and treatment of women’s rights) The Woman in White. Along the way we’ll glance at Russian, French and American authors who produced classic literature in this same period.

Instructors: Mike Trial worked as a civil engineer with the Corps of Engineers for 30 years at various locations in the U.S. and around the world. He is now retired, living on the family farm near Columbia, and spends his time writing novels. Yolanda Ciolli started Compass Flower Press in 2013 as the premier imprint of her independent publishing house, AKA-Publishing, which opened in Columbia, Missouri, in 2008. The two imprints publish a range of mainstream and genre fiction and nonfiction. She is also a ceramic artist and painter.

Oct. 19: Early Nineteenth Century English Literature PART 2

A continuation of the Oct. 12 session of the Arts Potpourri. Please see a full description, above.

Oct. 26: Book Talk: Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri with Author Gary Kremer

No one has written more about the African American experience in Missouri over the past four decades than Gary Kremer, and now for the first time 14 of his best articles on the subject are available in one place with the publication of Race and Meaning: The African-American Experience in Missouri (University of Missouri Press). In this session, taking inspiration from his book, Kremer addresses issues such as the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans in Missouri, all-black rural communities, and the lives of African-Americans seeking new opportunities in Missouri’s cities. Kremer will also discuss how he first became interested in researching African American history and how his education at Lincoln University – and specifically the influence of his mentor, Lorenzo Greene – helped him to realize his eventual career path. This fascinating session by the executive director of The State Historical Society of Missouri will engage anyone with an interest in Missouri history.

Instructor: Gary R. Kremer is executive director of The State Historical Society of Missouri and a scholar of African American history. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including Race and Meaning, George Washington Carver: In His Own Words, Second edition; James Milton Turner and the Promise of America: The Public Life of a Post-Civil War Black Leader; and Missouri’s Black Heritage, Revised Edition (all University of Missouri Press). He lives in Jefferson City.

Nov. 2: ROW, ROW, ROW, Watching It Grow: Artist Talk with Leandra Spangler

ROW, ROW, ROW is a work in progress. Begun in 2014, 64 paper boats were hung in columns at Orr Street Studios and Gallery. The most recent version spans 30 x 6 x 11 feet and contains nearly 700 boats. Leandra???????Spangler will share her process of constructing the individual paper boats, layering and embellishing the surface to create unique, one of a kind pieces – times 700! – and mapping a site-specific design for the installation.

Instructor: Former art teacher turned full time artist, Leandra Spangler uses ancient techniques with a contemporary twist in sculptural basketry, hand papermaking, book binding and jewelry.