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2017 to 2018 Season Schedule

Continuing a tradition of more than fifty years, the Festival of Fine Arts has planned an exciting new season filled with diverse, vibrant events showcasing the arts. Whether you prefer music, art, theatre, or dance, there will be something for everyone in this season’s offerings.

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Myths, Legends, And Fairytales

Myths, Legends, and Fairytales

FSC Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor

Taken from literature or passed down through folklore and campfire tales, join Beth Gibbs and the Chamber Singers as they explore Myths, Legends, and Fairytales in this extraordinary concert event. You will notice a great many stories from different ages – and a great variety of nations to be explored – as we present stunning music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ola Gjeilo, and many others.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Monday, October 30 at 7:30 PM
Music
Bandtastic IV

Bandtastic VI: Band Day Encore

FSC Bands and Guest Performers, Jo Jossim, Artistic Director

What an evening! Now in its sixth year, this annual concert event proves that dazzling new works – as well as traditionally-charged older works – all combine to create a concert that simply must utilize a virtual theatre-in-the-round. By turning Branscomb Auditorium and its many theater spaces into a “virtual theater,” we enjoy performances ranging from classical and jazz genres to popular and rock favorites! Come help Jo Jossim treat Branscomb with a fast-paced delivery of unique musical styles.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Friday, November 3 at 7:30 PM
Faculty Artist Series
A Journey Through Song

Disruption and Conversation: Jerry N. Uelsmann, 50 Years in the Darkroom

Following the Melvin Gallery’s first-ever spring Pop-Up exhibition, we are pleased to present a retrospective of Jerry N. Uelsmann’s fifty-year career. Long before the invention of Adobe Photoshop, Uelsmann created photomontages by exposing multiple film negatives onto a singular sheet of photo paper in the darkroom, opposing the prominent idea that the final image should be unaltered and composed entirely in-camera. His incomparable precision resulted in seamless, transformative dreamscapes that trick the eye into momentarily believing what is seen.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • September 22 to November 3
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 22 at 7:00 PM

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Special Events

Special Event
The Nutcracker

Florida Dance Theatre Presents: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

Lakeland’s own professional dance company, the Florida Dance Theatre, brings its celebrated annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium. Performed with charm and perfection by the dynamic dancers of FSC’s company-in-residence, this breathtaking production features colorful scenery, dazzling costumes, and entrancing choreography. As a special treat, community children join the professional dancers, creating a family-friendly, feel-good performance. What a perfect seasonal gift for the entire family!

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 PM
Special Event
imperial symphony orchestra’s opera Gianni Schicchi

Imperial Symphony Orchestra Presents: A Night at the Opera - Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Florida Southern College, is pleased to present this year’s annual Night at the Opera, Puccini’s delightful comic opera tale, Gianni Schicchi. Spinning a charming story based on greed, deception, and of course – love – the cast members create an unforgettable work based on an incident from Dante’s Divine Comedy, where the lead character, Gianni Schicchi, is condemned to hell for impersonating the rich Buoso Donati. What a tangled web we weave! Come join the ISO’s remarkable cast of characters, outstanding artistic staff, extraordinary orchestra, and FSC’s students, faculty, and alumni in this beautiful show.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

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Special Event
Julian Gargiulo

Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra: An Evening of Brahms

Founded in 1491, the Staatskapelle Weimar is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world with its history closely associated with some of the area’s best known musicians, including Johann Hummel, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss – and many others. In 1756, the orchestra was made the primary musical institution of the German city of Weimar and to this day, remains that city’s musical beacon to the world. On this rare North American tour, the orchestra will feature Brahms: an early overture; the Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 77; and the triumphant Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 68. Come join us for a stunning tribute to Johannes Brahms.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Music Events

Music
Music Under The Stars

Music Under the Stars

FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor; FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director

Accompany us as we pursue our remarkable Music Under the Stars event at the L.N. Pipkin Bandshell! Join Jo Jossim, our celebrated director of FSC’s outstanding Symphony Band, and Paul Butcher, master of FSC’s Jazz Ensemble and its rich instrumental traditions, as they move their ensembles through the paces of this annual event, performing music that embraces old and challenges new performance traditions. And don’t forget the introduction of FSC’s youngest members of the next generation of band conductors!

Venue: L.N. Pipkin Bandshell
Rain Location: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Music
Myths, Legends, And Fairytales

Myths, Legends, and Fairytales

FSC Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor

Taken from literature or passed down through folklore and campfire tales, join Beth Gibbs and the Chamber Singers as they explore Myths, Legends, and Fairytales in this extraordinary concert event. You will notice a great many stories from different ages – and a great variety of nations to be explored – as we present stunning music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ola Gjeilo, and many others.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Monday, October 30 at 7:30 PM
Music
Bandtastic IV

Bandtastic VI: Band Day Encore

FSC Bands and Guest Performers, Jo Jossim, Artistic Director

What an evening! Now in its sixth year, this annual concert event proves that dazzling new works – as well as traditionally-charged older works – all combine to create a concert that simply must utilize a virtual theatre-in-the-round. By turning Branscomb Auditorium and its many theater spaces into a “virtual theater,” we enjoy performances ranging from classical and jazz genres to popular and rock favorites! Come help Jo Jossim treat Branscomb with a fast-paced delivery of unique musical styles.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Friday, November 3 at 7:30 PM
Music
Rhythms of the Heart

Window to the East

FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor

Showcasing music inspired by – or written by – Asian composers, Kira Omelchenko and her FSC Symphony Orchestra present an evening of music which provides a glimpse into the Eastern Hemisphere, featuring works by Ivan Borodin, Claude Debussy, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Tan Dun. In addition, music faculty artists Mark Thomsen (tenor) and Fen-Fang Chen (pipa) join the orchestra in collaborative performances. Included on the program will be pieces that will include Puccini’s Intermezzo Sinfonia, In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin, and White Landscapes, Opus 47a, by Yoshimatsu.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM
  • Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 PM
Music
A Spirit Of Gratitude

A Spirit of Gratitude

FSC Concert Choir, Beth Gibbs, conductor

We are grateful for so many things in our lives, and this concert is designed to help us remember our blessings and to express that gratitude through song. At the beginning of this Thanksgiving week, we ask that you join Beth Gibbs – and FSC’s Concert Choir – as they present A Spirit of Gratitude, featuring music by classic and contemporary composers alike, including the Italian, Antonio Vivaldi – and the extraordinary Englishman, John Rutter.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Monday, November 20 at 7:30 PM
Music
The Christmas Gala

Joys of the Season: The Christmas Gala

FSC Music Department

Highly anticipated each year, the Department of Music’s Christmas Gala has become an essential music tradition for the community. This year’s edition, Joys of the Season: The Christmas Gala, offers a wonder-filled array of musical favorites performed by Department of Music students, faculty, and guests, including members of FSC’s Dance Program. Come join the holiday fun and festivities in beautifully adorned Branscomb Auditorium!

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 PM
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choral group

A Love Story

Beth Gibbs and the FSC Choral Department

Love is definitely in the air! And for this concert, also on the stage, as both the FSC Chamber Singers and FSC Concert Choir combine forces in a remarkable evening of choral music designed to highlight various types of material. Each choir will present music on the universal theme of love – and its many facets – featuring various genres and styles, including composers like Norman Dello Joio, Z. Randall Stroope, and René Clausen.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music
The Gondoliers By Gilbert And Sullivan

“The Gondoliers” by Gilbert and Sullivan

FSC Opera Theatre, Mark Thomsen, director; FSC Opera Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor

Two newly married, personable gondoliers discover that one of them is the heir to the throne of the kingdom of Barataria. Due to an error of identity in their youth, either one of them could be the heir, so they agree to share the duties of ruling the kingdom until the rightful heir is identified. Complicating the situation, they discover that the rightful king was married to the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro while they were infants. Discover how these two charming Gondoliers manage this rather unusual wrinkle in their life.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music
Jazz Fusion

Jazz Fusion

FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director

Dynamic jazz professor Paul Butcher leads this youthful FSC Jazz Ensemble through a potpourri of jazz styles that will delight and entertain. From the classics to the modern era, this group’s repertoire features both big band sounds and small combo excitement, regardless of the era. Tonight, we will enjoy the surprise visit of a guest artist who will treat us all to an evening of music characterized by enthusiasm, passion, and spirit.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music
Vesperae Solennes De Confessore, K. 339

Vesperae Solennes De Confessore, K. 339

FSC Choral Concert, Beth Gibbs, conductor

Written in 1780, Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339, is one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most beloved choral works, composed for liturgical use in the Salzburg Cathedral as his final choral work for that venue. Join Beth Gibbs, FSC’s Chamber Singers, and FSC’s Concert Choir for an evening of beauty, elegance, and admiration of this fine sacred composition, as well as for other shorter compositions that provide context, variation, and similarities.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music
Elements Of Nature

Elements of Nature

FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor

Wind is a true element of nature, and the Symphony Band traditionally flourishes through its properties. Artists have continually been inspired by nature’s glory, and it is this point of departure that the Symphony Band brings to the stage this spring. Come celebrate the bounty of nature through sounds – with an evening of music inspired by mother earth. Among the pieces to be shared are “Niagara Falls” by Michael Daugherty and “Mother Earth” by David Maslanka.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music
Symphonic Dances

Symphonic Dances

FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor

Celebrating the conclusion of the Festival of Fine Arts performance season, the FSC Symphony Orchestra presents a vibrant evening of symphonic music designed to showcase this mighty musical medium through various dance expressions and styles. In addition to Jacques Offenbach’s delightful “Can-Can” from Orpheus and the Underworld and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story Symphonic Dances, the winners of FSC’s third annual orchestra concerto/aria competition will offer impressive collaborative performances.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
  • Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 PM

Faculty Artist Series

Faculty Artist Series
Fancy Dances

Fancy Dances

The FSC Faculty Brass Quintet

From Allemande to Zumba, dances have inspired composers for centuries. Often composers use dance forms to expand their own musical language, taking dance rhythms beyond the ordinary. The members of the FSC Faculty Brass Quintet explore the many variants of dance forms from the Baroque to Modern, featuring music by Anthony Holborne, Ian MacDonald, and Leonard Bernstein’s final composition, Dance Suite.

Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

  • Monday, November 6 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Faculty Artist Series
Sing Me A Story, Read Me A Song

Sing me a Story, Read me a Song

Christina Dominski-Sale, mezzo soprano; Mark Thomsen, tenor James Caraher, piano

Whether it’s a romantic duet, a vengeful aria or a funny song, composers often draw their inspiration from novels, short stories, poems – or historical figures and events.  Composers such as Richard Strauss, Jules Massenet, and Irving Berlin have created a musical retelling of stories by authors such as Shakespeare, Goethe, or Victor Hugo; or of historical figures, such as Annie Oakley. At one time in the not-too-distant-past, a former U.S. President used a song of the time as a kind of “theme song” for a Presidential election. Discover in this concert the rich emotional and historical tapestry of song.

Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

  • February 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Faculty Artist Series
A Music Faculty Showcase: Special Edition Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat

A Music Faculty Showcase: Special Edition Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat

FSC Music Faculty

Receiving its premiere 100 years ago, Igor Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale) tells the age-old story of how to deal with the devil. Although its completion coincides with the conclusion of World War I, the Soldier’s Tale is not a commentary on the war. Based on the Russian folk tale, The Runaway Soldier and the Devil, Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz created a libretto to accompany the music in which the rhythms continually shift and change. The work was originally written for seven musicians, a narrator, actors, and a dancer.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Faculty Artist Series
For The Love Of Music: An Evening With Rita Fandrich And Friends

For the Love of Music: An Evening With Rita Fandrich and Friends

Artists: Rita Fandrich, piano
Fernando Traba, Betsy Traba, Stacey McColley, Richard Sparrow, and Dione Sparrow

How thrilled we are this year to offer a beautiful performance by our extraordinary piano artist-in-residence, Rita Fandrich! A member of the full-time faculty for decades, Professor Fandrich taught generations of students; performed as a soloist and chamber musician on campus, in Florida, and throughout the country; and served as an academician in countless local, regional, state, and national institutions, competitions, and organizations. We are proud to present her this evening in a lovely performance with some of her closest musician friends, highlighting Mozart in a work of masterful variety and inspiration – and Poulenc in a delightfully witty work, rich in jazz and romanticism.

Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

  • Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Faculty Artist Series
Treasures For The Violin And Piano

Treasures for the Violin and Piano

Artists: Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin; Keiko Andrews, piano

Oh my – how we missed her last season! Fortunately, she agreed to return to our recital season this year, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Once again, tapping on her extraordinary piano colleague, Keiko Williams, Rimma Bergeron-Langlois will explore and exploit the extraordinary repertoire for violin and piano, exciting us with her virtuosity, inspiring us with her artistry, and impressing us with her formidable musicianship and artistry. Rimma – welcome back! We are so proud to have you return!

Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Faculty Artist Series Events
Celebration Of Composers’ 2018 Anniversaries: Bernstein, Debussy, And Joplin

Celebration of Composers’ 2018 Anniversaries: Bernstein, Debussy, and Joplin

Artist: Fen-Fang Chen, artistic director

In any year characterized by hordes of unknown anniversaries, how wonderful to see that we are nevertheless visited by celebrations that are also truly meaningful, such as the 100th anniversaries of composers’ deaths (Claude Debussy and Scott Joplin) and the 100th anniversaries of composers’ births (Leonard Bernstein). This year, Fen-Fang Chen leads us on a delightful journey through a few of these anniversaries, extolling the virtues (and occasionally the imperfections) of those composers. She will be joined by a variety of colleagues, all willing to display the positives – and negatives – of their composers.

Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Faculty Artist Series
A Celebration Of The Flute!

A Celebration of the Flute!

Artists: Colleen Blagov, flute; Cheryl Tschanz, piano

What instrument carries with it so much brilliance, fun, etherealism, and poetry? Why – the flute! As noted by our extraordinary flute colleague, Colleen Blagov, the flute speaks volumes, and at so many levels. We are fortunate this year to engage our remarkable flutist in a special performance for the Faculty Artist Series – with an extraordinary pianist, Cheryl Tschanz. The two have promised to explore all realms of possibility – in terms of flute and piano – and to provide us with an evening of flute guaranteed to keep us enthralled and delighted!

Venue: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.

Theatre Arts and Dance Events

Theatre Arts and Dance
dividing the estate playbill

Dividing the Estate

By Horton Foote
Directed by Paul Bawek

Winner of the 2008 Obie Award for Playwriting, Dividing the Estate is a human comedy about a rapacious Southern family tangling over their 100-year-old Texas estate in the face of their declining wealth and a looming financial crisis. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface as the members of the hilariously dysfunctional Gordon family go head to head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the pie.

Venue: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

  • October 5 to 8 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
Theatre Arts and Dance
theatre masks

Greater Tuna (A Second Stage Production)

By Jaston Williams. Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
Directed by Mary T. Albright

Greater Tuna is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike – are portrayed by a small cast playing multiple roles, making this satirical send-up of small town morals and mores both crazy and delightful.

Venue: Frank Lloyd Wright Theater-in-the-Round

  • November 2 to 5 at 10:00 PM (Sunday at 7:30 PM)
Theatre Arts and Dance
students engaged in modern dance

FSC|Dance: Fall Into Dance 2017

Erin LaSala, artistic director

This year’s Fall Dance Concert is a diverse and inspired program featuring the artistic choreographic talent of FSC faculty and renowned guest artists in styles ranging from neoclassical ballet to contemporary modern dance. FSC Dance: Fall Into Dance 2017 showcases the talents of Florida Southern College’s talented and versatile students in an exhilarating evening of dance that creates a nonverbal exchange of dialogue between the artists and audience.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 12 at 2:30 PM
Theatre Arts and Dance
theatre masks

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shelove and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Scott Cook; Musical direction by Shannon Kropf

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent – and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the 2000 year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Pseudolus struggles to win the hand of a beautiful courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.

Venue: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

  • November 16 to 19 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
  • November 30 to December 3 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
Theatre Arts and Dance
theatre masks

Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Directed by James Beck; Musical direction by Christianne Roll

With a Pulitzer Prize and ten Tony awards, this Rogers and Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest musicals of the twentieth century! Set in an island paradise during World War II, South Pacific tells two parallel love stories of couples confronting the dangers of prejudice and war with an unforgettable score, featuring popular standards like Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, and Bali Ha’i.

Venue: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

  • February 15 to 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
  • February 22 to 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
Theatre Arts and Dance
theatre masks

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare (adapted by Paul Bawek)
Directed by Paul Bawek

Effectively adapted by director Paul Bawek in this Florida Southern College “edition,” Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a classic political tragedy that is reset in a women's prison in the present day. This remarkably strapping work about power and honor will continue to explore the story of the amazing conspiracy against an overly ambitious Caesar – and the race to “rule the world.”

Venue: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

  • April 5 to 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
  • April 12 to 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
Theatre Arts and Dance
students engaged in ballet

FSC|Dance: Momentum

Erin LaSala, artistic director

In dance and in life, momentum is the key. While this theory exists as an omnipresent tool for dancers, their physicality can be expressed in countless ways through various forces. From classical ballet to contemporary dance, FSC|Dance: Momentum builds in excitement from the moment the curtain rises. This performance features an abbreviated reconstruction of the classical ballet Pequita, as well as several premieres of original choreography by faculty and guest artists, all performed by the talented and versatile students of the FSC Dance Program. Join us for this exciting evening of dance.

Venue: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM)

Art Exhibition Events

Art Exhibitions
photography of jerry uelsmann

Disruption and Conversation: Jerry N. Uelsmann, 50 Years in the Darkroom

Following the Melvin Gallery’s first-ever spring Pop-Up exhibition, we are pleased to present a retrospective of Jerry N. Uelsmann’s fifty-year career. Long before the invention of Adobe Photoshop, Uelsmann created photomontages by exposing multiple film negatives onto a singular sheet of photo paper in the darkroom, opposing the prominent idea that the final image should be unaltered and composed entirely in-camera. His incomparable precision resulted in seamless, transformative dreamscapes that trick the eye into momentarily believing what is seen.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • September 22 to November 3
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 22 at 7:00 PM
Art Exhibitions
All-Student Exhibition

Annual All-Student Exhibition

Join us for a celebration of current work created by Florida Southern College art majors. This exhibition showcases the exceptional skills of our talented freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in all media. The breadth of the Department of Art and Art History is emphasized as we feature works in ceramics, painting, digital illustration, printmaking, and sculpture. The prestigious Florida Art Award is presented to a junior studio art major at the opening reception.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • November 10 to December 8
  • Opening Reception: Friday, November 10 at 7:00 PM
Art Exhibitions
Presences: New Work By Yolanda Sánchez

Presences: New Work by Yolanda Sánchez

Through colorful passages of fluttering brushstrokes, Yolanda Sánchez translates the sensory experiences and transience of nature onto canvas and paper. Inspired by her investigations of the underlying power of eastern philosophy and art, Sánchez’s diaphanous, gestural forms encourage the eye to twirl and rest with each mark, evoking her training in dance and calligraphy. Through Sánchez’s energetic use of line and color, viewers to this exhibition will discover their own moments of inspiration.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • January 19 to February 23, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 19 at 7:00 PM
Art Exhibitions
Senior Exhibits

Senior Graphic Design Thesis Exhibition

Each year, Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students are challenged to create a fictitious company; they are then responsible for creating its print and digital materials, products, and storefront displays in the Melvin Gallery as part of their thesis. At times humorous, clever, and surprising, the ideas presented by our students still maintain the professionalism needed to enter a graphic design field. Awards are presented at the opening reception to our top three talented students.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • March 16 to March 30, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Art Exhibitions
Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

Our final student exhibition showcases artwork created by Florida Southern College’s own senior studio art students. Each senior explores a unique central idea over the course of a year and creates a thematic body of work that conveys the technical and experiential nature of artistic expression and creation. These artists’ refreshing approaches are celebrated at the opening reception, culminating with the presentation of the John R. Reuter Award.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • April 6 to April 27, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Art Exhibitions
Annual Lakeland Art Guild Spring Exhibition

Annual Lakeland Art Guild Spring Exhibition

For over thirty years, the Melvin Art Gallery has partnered with the Lakeland Art Guild to host their annual spring exhibition. Founded in 1952, the Lakeland Art Guild is the oldest local community arts organization in Polk County. We are pleased to exhibit works created by local artists and to bring together the members of our community to recognize our homegrown talent. Join us at the opening for the announcement of awards given by select judges.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • May 11 to June 8, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Past Events

Art Exhibitions
The Essence of Europe

Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin Through Students’ Eyes: Photography and Artwork from the 2017 Study Abroad Trip

During the month of May, Florida Southern students embarked on a study-abroad trip to Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Led by Dr. Alex Rich and Professors Sarah Brewington and Eric Blackmore, our students immersed themselves in the cultures of these cities and were pushed to consider these hubs of the art world from art historical and photographic points-of-view. This mixed-media exhibition offers a collection of reflective student works created during and inspired by their travels and exciting new European experiences.

Venue: Melvin and Burks Galleries

  • September 1 to September 15
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 1 at 7:00 PM
Theatre Arts and Dance
dividing the estate playbill

Dividing the Estate

By Horton Foote
Directed by Paul Bawek

Winner of the 2008 Obie Award for Playwriting, Dividing the Estate is a human comedy about a rapacious Southern family tangling over their 100-year-old Texas estate in the face of their declining wealth and a looming financial crisis. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface as the members of the hilariously dysfunctional Gordon family go head to head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the pie.

Venue: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

  • October 5 to 8 at 7:30 PM (Sundays at 2:30 PM)
Music
Music Under The Stars

Music Under the Stars

FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor; FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director

Accompany us as we pursue our remarkable Music Under the Stars event at the L.N. Pipkin Bandshell! Join Jo Jossim, our celebrated director of FSC’s outstanding Symphony Band, and Paul Butcher, master of FSC’s Jazz Ensemble and its rich instrumental traditions, as they move their ensembles through the paces of this annual event, performing music that embraces old and challenges new performance traditions. And don’t forget the introduction of FSC’s youngest members of the next generation of band conductors!

Venue: L.N. Pipkin Bandshell
Rain Location: Branscomb Auditorium

  • Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 PM

Admission is free.