139 W. Main Street
Columbus OH 43215
In the Fall of 2017, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center (CAC) will host a large juried exhibition of contemporary works by Ohio artists, in a challenge set forth by guest curator, local poet and writer, Steve Abbott. Framed by a nod to synesthesia, “SIGHT OF MUSIC” will present visual representations of the aural arts, exploring how we interact with music as a central aspect of our humanity. These works will examine music's place in everyday, cultural, creative, and imaginative contexts—its major figures and historical evolution; its range of instrumentation; its forms and styles of presentation, as well as the venues in which it is experienced; its well-known compositions and lyrics; its varied moods, tones and modalities; and the multiple ways in which we respond to it.
Dr. Melanie Corn, President, Columbus College of Art & Design
Dr. Corn is the first female president in CCAD’s 136-year history, and is now one of only six women serving as presidents of member institutions of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Dr. Corn’s academic and pedagogic work combines interests in contemporary visual culture and theories of gender and sexuality, and her graduate art history work focused on the visual crisis surrounding the AIDS epidemic. She received her BA in Art History from Stanford University, her MA in Art History from University of California Santa Barbara where she also completed doctoral coursework and exams, and her EdD in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Dr. Corn serves as the provost (Senior Vice president of Academic Affairs) for California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. As chief academic officer at CCA, Dr. Corn has been responsible for the faculty, curriculum, and the strategic academic vision for the college. In recent years, she has worked to strengthen faculty development and governance, champion diversity efforts at the college, improve academic assessment efforts, and lead the implementation of new degree programs that take advantage of CCA’s home in a major center of cultural and social innovation
Dr. Christopher Purdy, Host and Broadcast Producer, Classical 101
Dr. Christopher Purdy joined WOSU Public Media in 1992. He is currently the host of Classical 101 by Request; Musica Sacra; Essential Classics; Opera and More; Music in Mid-Ohio and is host of the Columbus Symphony Broadcast Series and Concerts at Ohio State. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the Classical 101 Blog (wosu.org/classical101) and is host and producer of the podcast series Opera Abbreviated. Christopher hosts All Sides Weekend for WOSU 89-7 NPR News on alternate Fridays at 11 a.m.
Much of his time is spent out in the community, where Christopher is a popular speaker for a wide range of events, from corporate meetings to special education classes. He has been the regular pre-concert speaker for all Columbus Symphony Classical series concerts for many years. His post-performance talks for Opera Columbus have long been popular. Pre and post-concert talks have been given for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Columbus, The Chamber Music Connection, for the Vail Series at Denison University, Columbus Maennerchor, New Albany Symphony and at convocations for the School of Music at The Ohio State University.
Christopher was born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts. He’s a graduate in music from Boston University and pursued graduate work in Arts Administration at New York University. In 2008 he graduated from the School of Music at the Ohio State University with a doctorate in music, a specialization in opera production and stage direction. He has directed operas for Opera Project Columbus, conducted by Alessandro Siciliani, and has staged opera scenes at OSU.
Christopher has two degrees in music, and studied clarinet and voice. He has no talent for performing music whatsoever. It’s all he can do to find middle C on the piano. Nor does he claim any academically based expertise in music history and performance practice. He does however, have a way of communicating what knowledge he has with a great love and enthusiasm for the art for and its listeners.
Music has been fundamental in the evolution of humankind. It has served as an outlet for human responses to the patterns and sounds in nature as well as the innate complexity of the human brain. Music has defined local and national cultures, reinforcing shared bonds between and among people. It has reflected social mores and class distinctions. And music has constantly evolved since early humans began to use the most basic materials to express themselves and reinforce the community of tribe or clan. Branches and bones became flutes; stretched skins became drums; seashells and animal horns became wind instruments; animal entrails became stringed instruments. And as technology advanced, musical instruments became more refined and more complex. With the development of electricity and then radio, music moved beyond the immediacy and intimacy of a common space into far-flung places where individuals or families could share the experience of music created by others without having to leave their homes. Musicians were able to reach audiences via recordings that allowed repeated listenings to the same performance. The electrification and amplification of musical instruments allowed musicians to reshape the fundamental structures of folk, blues and jazz forms into rock 'n' roll. Electronic music adapted the hum and buzz and whir of technology into sounds that could be used as ambient wallpaper or the pulsing of nonstop dance music.
Rare is the person who is not attracted in some way to music. We are drawn by its rhythms, melodies, and/or harmonics. We attend performances of it, relax to it, move to it, sing or hum along with it. We perform it, download it, and collect it. We incorporate it into our most significant communal interactions—weddings, funerals, worship, parties, military ceremonies, political events. Music fills our concert halls, churches, nightclubs, dance halls, homes, cars, and earbuds. It floats quietly in department stores and small businesses as well as in our heads in pleasant refrains or annoying loops that are nearly impossible to stop. It conjures memories and emotions that we experienced at formative times in our pasts. We share it with others as a way of defining ourselves. Simply put, music is the soundtrack of our lives.
Steve Abott, Sight of Music Curator
A native of Columbus, Steve Abbott was a founding member of The Poetry Forum, now Ohio’s longest-running poetry series. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other journals, The Connecticut Review, Rattle, Spoon River Poetry Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, A Narrow Fellow, Big Scream, Pavement Saw, Pudding, Slipstream, and Santa Clara Poetry Review as well as in several anthologies. His third chapbook, The Incoherent Pull of Want, was published by Night Ballet Press this spring. He recently served on the Ohio Arts Council panel selecting Ohio’s first Poet Laureate.
Recent collaborations among the arts have explored the multiple levels on which visual art, sound, and language interact. This focus includes ekphrasis, the response to visual art in poetry, and the more familiar concept of synesthesia, the union of senses in which individuals experience sound or taste as colors, or shape and dimension as tactile sensation. Neither hallucination nor metaphor, synesthesia renders one form of perception in terms of another. A growing body of evidence suggests synesthesia is more common among artists and writers, including Wassily Kandinsky and Vladimir Nabokov. Walt Disney's association and dialogues with Salvador Dali fed the artistic vision that produced Fantasia, a film version of experiments in the nonliteral representation of one art form through the lens of another.
The artists in The Sight of Music use the centrality of music in human experience to explore how an essentially aural art form can be represented visually by paintings, collage, photographs, and mixed media. They engage music (that is, sounds in succession and temporal relationship) and draw on its innate elements, compositional forms, materials, cultural uses, and even subtle presence in nature to construct artworks that exist within the frame of one sense as representations of another. Collectively, they make concrete the forms that neuroimaging researchers use to explore how the brain perceives various stimuli and the links between them. In doing so, these artists create works that demonstrate how music, like visual art, occupies physical, psychological, and emotional space(s) simultaneously, and how both are places where the individual act of creation and the communal experience of it challenge and complement each other.
The Sight of Music examines where and how the arts run parallel, diverge, intersect, overlap, or merge, however briefly, to illuminate shared and distinct layers of aesthetic expression and our complex reactions to them, providing "complementary vibrations" between the visual and audial—doors of perception that swing both ways.
Opening reception: Friday, September 29, 6-8 p.m., CAC Main Gallery. Award winners will be announced during the opening reception. This event is free and all are welcome!
9/29 | 6-8 PM | OPENING RECEPTION
Meet and Greet the Artists
Award winners will be announced during the opening reception
10/6 | 7-9 PM | SIGHT OF SOUND
Presented by Dr. Anna Gawboy of The Ohio State University & Chamber Brews
An interactive concert exploring the connections between visual art and music
10/12 | 12-1 PM | CONVERSATIONS & COFFEE
Steve Abbott, poet and Sight of Music curator, and artists from the exhibition
10/14 | 7-9 PM | SOUNDSCAPES
Music for Color, Line and Form
Original compositions by the Richard Lopez Art Ensemble / A musical performance in response to previous exhibitions in the Cultural Arts Center Main Gallery
10/19 | 12-1 PM | CONVERSATIONS & COFFEE
Richard Lopez, composer
10/20 | 7-9 PM | STRATIFICATIONS
Poetry & Dance Interpreting Art and Music presented by Columbus Modern Dance & Steve Abbott
The Columbus Modern Dance Company joins 13 of Columbus' premier poets to present "Stratifications: Poetry & Dance Intrepreting Art and Music." This multi-disciplinary event will feature the work of five local choreographers offering vibrant compositions about rather than to musical pieces. Their performances will alternate with poems specifically composed in response to pieces in the exhibition, which will be projected on a screen during the readings. This layering of the multiple levels on which movement, language, and visual art interweave will be an evening of sight and sound you don't want to miss.
10/27 | 7-9 PM | PAINT BY NUMBERS
Presented by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Four singer-songwriters present original music inspired by Sight of Music followed by a live painting event with musicians from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
The Cultural Arts Center is pleased to announce the selected artists for the juried exhibition, Sight of Music. The following 36 artists were selected:
Michael Kellner, Invention E's, Collage and gouache on rives BFK
In playing around with the idea of creating silence in noisy environment, I found it interesting to quiet parts of a music score by systematically remove parts of Bach's "15 Two-Part Inventions." While I was cutting out the letters and notes, I wanted the work to feel more tactile and physically spatial to represent how music can take up space when played, so I cut into the paper to raise the painted collaged elements.
Jennifer Brown, Silence, Intaglio (dry point etching) with monotype
The Simon & Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence" is one of my favorites. It's part of the narrative of loneliness, told through the music. The empty chair in this print speaks to the absence - of sound, perhaps - or of someone... like an empty place at the table.
Suzanne Accetta, Celebration Oblique, Watercolor
My board vibrated as I brushed a stroke across my paper from the rhythms of the drums pulsating throughout the room. That drumbeat and dancing inspired me as the painting came to life. I had been give the gift and privilege to explore West African drum and dance. A smile spread across my face as I paint dancers leaping with emotion and joy to the beat of that drum. Art, music and dance had become one for me in an alloy of passion and artistry. This series began over six years ago and now includes over eighty paintings.
A Triple Ekphrasis: Writing Poems in Response to Art Responding to Music
When: Saturday October 21
3rd Floor Loft Meeting Room
with Charlene Fix
Have you ever had to grab a pen and paper in order to record a sudden flow of memories, images, and thoughts after an encounter with art? Poems born of the creative exchange with another form of art—painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture, music, film, dance and the like—are called ekphrastic poems. Let’s dive together into this old and loving sibling friction, one that often occurs specifically between visual art and poetry, to discover together how art can engender more art. Let’s write some ekphrastic poems!
In the first hour, we will look at some ekphrastic poems along with the work of art that inspired them, considering the possibilities for self-expression and intellectual exploration in this genre. In the second hour, we will meander through the Sight of Music, exploring pieces of art and writing poems. In the third hour, we will share and discuss our poems.
Supplies: Students need to bring only pens/pencils and paper or they can bring a laptop or tablet if they prefer.
To register --> http://apm.activecommunities.com/columbusrecparks/Activity_Search/49551