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KU Sesquicentennial and Alumni Artists to be Celebrated at Fall Show Opening and Concert

July 17, 2015

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University Foundation and the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery are pleased to announce as one of the celebrations of the University's sesquicentennial year, Shifting Paradigms: The New Arts Program and Kutztown University, featuring works of James Carroll, the program's founder and director, as well as those of five well-known alumni artists in this September 12 through October 11 show at the Miller Gallery of the University's Sharadin Arts Building. The public is invited to the September 12 opening reception from 3-5 p.m. A ticketed benefit concert by Philip Glass and Jon Gibson follows at 7:30-9 p.m. in KU's Schaeffer Auditorium.

Great times for the arts in Kutztown

For more than four decades, James Carroll has been serving the arts community at large with contemporary art programming, providing a model for educational excellence while enhancing the area's arts environment. The New Arts Program brought visiting talents who greatly influenced the alumni artists exhibiting in this show, James Clark '74, Joseph Egan '75, Paul Harryn '76, Barbara Kilpatrick '77 and Michael Kessler '78, alongside the work of James Carroll.

Shifting Paradigms celebrates a unique period in the history of Kutztown University, a time that solidified Kutztown's reputation as a premier art school. This exhibition celebrates the first ten years of the New Arts Program (1974-1984), when over one hundred seminal figures in the arts visited KU. They brought to KU students a range of disciplines that included visual artists Richard Serra, Vito Acconci, Robert Mangold, Nam June Paik and Dorothea Rockburne; composers and musicians John Cage, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk and Laurie Anderson; choreographers Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, and Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane; and writers and scholars David Shapiro, Craig Owens and Marcia Tucker.

The exhibition and catalog will illuminate the historical significance the New Arts Program has had in this region and beyond.

Concert benefitting The New Arts Program, Inc. and KU's Fine Arts program

The Saturday evening concert by Philip Glass and Jon Gibson is sponsored by Lisa and Kermit Oswald, with a reception to follow. Advance tickets for general seating are $35; tickets at the door will be $40; and student tickets with proper ID are $15 in person or at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at The New Arts Program, Inc. office, 173 W. Main Street, Kutztown, or by mailing a check to NAP, PO Box 82, Kutztown, PA 19530-0082. For additional information, call 610-683-6440.

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