Random Access Gallery to Recognize Remembrance Day for Lost Species

Artwork by SUNY ESF and Syracuse University students
Artwork by SUNY ESF and Syracuse University students highlights loss of biodiversity.

Random Access Gallery will present “The Extinction Gallery,” an exhibition featuring work by Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students, with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5-8 p.m. in 117 Smith Hall. The exhibition is free and open to the public. See full details.

‘Destination Outdoors’ Alumni Exhibition

This fall the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design presented Destination Outdoors, an exhibition at the Sue & Leon Genet Gallery featuring work by alumni from the school’s industrial and interaction design (IID) program: Rob Miller ’99, Simon JJ Park ’00, Lori Jacobs ’92, Talia Horner ’15, Yun Pei Hsiung ’10, Sean Horita ’96 and Glen Walter ’80. The exhibition celebrated innovative products and creative design work specifically geared for outdoor use.

During Family Weekend in October, Park, Jacobs, and Walter returned to Syracuse for the reception and to give advice interviews and presentations to IID students about “life lessons” after graduating from the program.

Making Music in Strasbourg

Conservatoire de Strasbourg’s wind ensemble in concert
Professor Bradley Ethington applauds the Conservatoire de Strasbourg’s wind ensemble.

Professor of Music Bradley Ethington’s first visit to Strasbourg, France, to conduct the Conservatoire de Strasbourg’s wind ensemble, was a five-day whirlwind trip. Ethington conducted two evening rehearsals with the Orchestre d’Harmonie, made up of the Conservatoire’s graduate and undergraduate students, who had been practicing the music for a month. The rehearsals were followed the next day by a concert performed before a full house, with Ethington conducting. “The students were fantastic to work with and played extremely well,” says Ethington, director of bands and co-conductor of the Setnor School of Music’s Wind Ensemble. “The day after the concert, I served on a jury panel for the final conducting examinations at the Conservatoire.” He is the latest Setnor professor to teach in Strasbourg and participate in a faculty exchange with a Conservatoire counterpart. Continue Reading

Statement from the College of Visual and Performing Arts

We are saddened and outraged by the recent racist and anti-Semitic incidents on the Syracuse University campus. We reaffirm the college’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we will not tolerate behavior or language that degrades any member of our community.

Our college remains focused on providing a safe and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff. We understand that students may feel anxious and afraid or have questions and concerns, so we have created opportunities for dialogue and reflection. We are optimistic that through meaningful conversation, shared goals, and positive action, our college and the University will become even stronger. We proudly stand behind our students, who are the foundation of our belief that art, design, performance, and commentary can affect change.

Holidays at Hendricks Expands to Two Shows, Set for Dec. 8

Syracuse University invites the Central New York (CNY) community to “Holidays at Hendricks,” which for the first time will be expanded to two performances in Hendricks Chapel.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, two identical performances will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The addition of an earlier show will ensure that more guests receive an opportunity to attend this annual holiday event. Read full story.

Marine Corps Veteran Combat Photographer Adrian Weekly ’20 Finds New Opportunity at Syracuse University

It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words. For military service members who go forward into combat with a rifle and a camera, it’s more than just an adage. Syracuse University student veteran Adrian Weekly ’20 knows this all too well.

“I had enlisted in the Marine Corps to be an aviation mechanic,” says Weekly, a communication and rhetorical studies major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “Then some people found out I could draw pretty well, and I was made into a combat photographer instead.” Continue Reading

Message to the VPA Community from Dean Michael S. Tick

Dear VPA Community:

I’m writing to you this evening as a follow up to my November 13 message regarding VPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and providing a safe and supportive environment for our students. Over the past several days I have listened to and talked with a number of VPA students; I also met with students at the Barnes Center at The Arch Thursday, yesterday, and tonight. In order to provide our students with additional time and space to share their concerns or ask questions, I have cancelled my meetings for the next three days so that I can offer the extended office hours listed below. My office is located in Room 200 Crouse College; no appointment is necessary.

  • Tuesday, November 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

I welcome this dialogue as we continue to work to combat issues of racism, bias, and all other forms of discriminatory behavior on our campus.


Dean Michael S. Tick

Syracuse Stage, Department of Drama Celebrate the Magic of Love For the Holidays with ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast poster.Syracuse Stage and the Department of Drama in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will ring in the holiday season with the family musical “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Donna Drake and choreographed by Anthony Salatino with musical direction by Brian Cimmet. Preview performances begin Nov. 22. Opening night is Nov. 29, with performances scheduled through Jan. 5. Excellent seats remain for many performances and are available through the Box Office (315-443-3275) and at

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was adapted from the 1991 animated feature film. The musical opened on Broadway in 1994 and closed in 2007 after 5,461 performances. Most recently, a 2017 live action film version starred Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

Director Drake and musical director Cimmet are the creative team behind Syracuse Stage’s last two holiday hits, “The Wizard of Oz” (2017) and “Elf The Musical” (2018). Drake said she expects audiences will be enchanted by the show. “It is magical, heartfelt, and beautiful.”

Cimmet noted that the 12-piece orchestra is the largest ever for a Syracuse Stage show.

The familiar story of “Beauty and the Beast” has its origin in the 1740 French novel “La Belle et la Bete” by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Sixteen years later, Jeanne-Marie Leprince De Beaumont shortened and simplified the tale and established the basis for most future versions. The Brothers Grimm included a similar story “The Singing, Soaring Lark” in early editions of their “Kinder – und Hausmärchen.” Continue Reading

Message to the VPA Community from Dean Michael S. Tick

Dear VPA Community:

I am saddened and deeply concerned by the reports of racist graffiti found in Day Hall and wanted to reaffirm VPA’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability, or religious beliefs will never be tolerated within VPA or anywhere on campus for that matter. Our VPA community must always feel safe, engaged, connected, and supported in our classrooms, studios, performance and exhibition venues, and administrative offices. We will always strive in everything we do to create that environment.

The University offers many resources to support campus community members. I have listed these below and encourage you to use them. In addition, please know that you can contact me () or Professor James Haywood Rolling Jr., VPA’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (), to discuss any additional concerns you may have.

  • Students seeking counseling services may contact the Barnes Center at The Arch 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 315.443.8000. Additional services are provided by the Dean of Students Office, Monday through Friday, by calling 315.443.4357.
  • In addition, students can visit the STOP Bias website to report or receive support for bias-related incidents.
  • For faculty and staff, assistance is available through Carebridge, the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. Trained clinicians are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached at 800.437.0911.
  • For additional support and services, the campus community may contact Hendricks Chapel at 315.443.2901.


Dean Michael S. Tick