The arts are essential to SUNY Ulster and our community, for whom we are a rich source of programming. Home to the 500-seat Quimby Theater and Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, our College Lounge, campus grounds and hallways also become showcases for artistic expression, exploration and innovation. Whether it's an outdoor sculpture installation, a concert featuring world-class musicians, or a reading of new work by a world-renowned author, the arts at SUNY Ulster engage our senses, stir our passions and spark our intellect.
The 500 seat John Quimby Theater is the venue for student and professional theatrical productions, concerts, dance presentations, poetry readings, guest lectures and other featured events.
Dedicated in 1969 in memory of John C. Quimby, who was Chairman of the Board of Directors of SUNY Ulster at the time of his death, the theater was renovated in 2006 with new seats, lights, curtains and carpets.
Quimby Theater: VAN 127
Box office: 845.688.1959
Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery
The Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery serves as a center for creative artistic activity at the College and for the outside community. It also functions as an environment for teaching, performing, and exhibiting.
The College's permanent art collection enriches the cultural climate on campus by making additional works of a high level of artistic achievement available to students and the community. In this manner, the collection serves as a permanent visual reference source.
The College believes that the acquisition of art works and the presentation of different art exhibitions assist the College community in setting standards for judgment and perception.
Communications and Theater students present several full-scale theatrical productions
during the year.
Theater activities at SUNY at Ulster are open to all students, regardless of their programs of study. They also present original programs of Reader's Theater in December and May. In addition, both student and professional touring groups are invited to the campus.
The 500 seat John Quimby Theater has been the venue for student and professional theatrical productions, concerts, dance presentations, poetry readings, guest lectures and other featured events.
Quimby Theater: VAN 127
Box office: 845.688.1959
Spring 2013 Production:
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
April 11-13 and 18-20 at 8:00 pm
April 14 and 21 at 3:00 pm
To purchase a Theater Seat Name Plaque click here.
The Spring 2013 schedule includes:
Kenosis: Recent work by Shanti Grumbine
February 1 – February 22
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1
5 pm – 7 pm
Regional Juried Show: CUT & PASTE
Juror: Michael Asbill
March 15 – April 19
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15
6 pm – 8 pm
CUT & PASTE
Collage, Montage, Assemblage, Bricolage & Decoupage
Regional Juried Exhibition
Eligibility: Artists 18 and older working within the Mid-Hudson Valley region (Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange and Sullivan counties).
Submission Deadline: February 1
Show dates: March 15 - April 19, 2013 Opening Reception March 15, 6-8pm
Notification of Acceptance by email: February 8 Delivery of works:Friday, March 1, 10-4; Saturday, March 2, 10-12 noon
Complete information here.
Suzy Jeffers, Gallery Coordinator
Student Works 2013
May 1 – May 15
Opening Reception: Wednesday April 24
1 pm – 2 pm
Future Voices 2013
May 23 – June 7
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23
5 pm – 7 pm
Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery: VAN 265
Susan Jeffers, Gallery Coordinator
Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Series
This unique program brings an established regional artist to campus for an entire semester to present a series of events, open to the public.
The Artist-in-Residence Program at SUNY Ulster began in the Spring of 1999. The goal of the program is to celebrate the rich arts culture in this community and to give SUNY Ulster students and the general public the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate all forms of arts and to make the arts a part of their own lives. In 2007, the program was renamed the Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Program to honor the memory of Larry Berk, for his extraordinary work in creating several series of cultural, intellectual and artistic programs that are unique among New York State's community colleges.
The Visiting Artist Program, begun in 1999, introduces an artist of significant renown to the college and community, through an exhibition of their work at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, a special lecture and presentation by the artist, or a concert performance. All events are open to the public.
Spring 2013 Visiting Artist: Kelly Kinsella
Friday, March 15, 7:00 pm in Quimby Theater
Larry Berk Words & Music Series
The Words and Music Series, begun in 2008, is sponsored by the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc., and is dedicated to the late Larry Berk, Dean of Library and Information Services, who initiated cultural events that have brought renowned writers, artists, and musicians to the college and the community.. All events are open to the public.
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2011: Julia Haines – an Evening of Harp and Sung Poetry
Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series
The SUNY Ulster Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series is a special program sponsored by The Ulster Community College Foundation, begun in 1998, that brings renowned writers to campus every fall. This is a truly unique opportunity for SUNY Ulster students and community members to hear award winning authors read from their work.
Each guest writer presents a reading of their work, open to the public, in the evening. If possible, a question and answer session in the college lounge during the day, open to students and the public, will also be scheduled.
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Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum
Sponsored by The Ulster Community College Foundation, The Poetry Forum is an annual event which brings well known and award winning poets to SUNY Ulster for intimate question and answer sessions, as well as a special evening reading of their poetry. In 2007, the program was renamed the Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum to honor the memory of Ellen Robbins (1952-2006) who was on the faculty at SUNY Ulster from 1994 until 2006, and Chair of the English department, 2002-2006.
SUNY Ulster's own chorus and instrumental music groups are well known in the area for their public presentations. Two or more concerts are scheduled each year. SUNY Ulster also hosts musical events presented by nationally known musicians and performers from the area and beyond.
The Music Department presents concerts during December as part of an annual holiday tradition, and concerts and recitals end the academic year in April and May.
Herrington Benefit Concert
Concert to support music scholarships to honor the memory of Lee Herrington.
Spring 2013: February 20
SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble
Attend a concert of outstanding wind ensemble selections performed by the SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble under the direction of Victor, Izzo, Jr.
Spring 2013: April 30
SUNY Ulster Choral Concert & Guitar Ensemble Enjoy a musical tapestry of many moods and themes by the College's highly regarded chorus under the direction of Janet Gehres.
Spring 2013: May 3
Community Band/Jazz Ensemble
Members of the Community Band under the direction of Victor Izzo, Jr. join the members of the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Chris Earley in this invigorating musical concert.
Spring 2013: May 8
SUNY Ulster String Ensemble
The College's heralded String Ensemble performs its holiday concert under the direction of Anastasia Solberg.
Spring 2013: May 13
SUNY Ulster Pops Enjoy SUNY Ulster's Community Band, the SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble and invited area ensembles at this annual POPS Concert under the direction of Chris Earley.
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Tuba Christmas Join this seasonal favorite as a participant or audience member. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages perform traditional Christmas music from around the world.
Participants register at noon, rehearse at 1 pm and perform free concert beginning at 3 p.m.
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