Special Programs in the Arts

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. 

Spring 2015 Artists-in-Residence: t/b/a

  Past Artists-in-Residence:

Spring 2014: Don Byron
Spring 2014: Joe Langworth
Fall-Spring 2012-13: Brendan Burke
Spring 2012: Wendy Hollender
Fall 2011: Malcolm Cecil


 Visiting Artists

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.

Fall 2014 Visiting Artists: 

Fall 2014: Dierdre Friel
all 2014: Lucas Papaelias
Fall 2014: Grace Wapner

 Past Visiting Artists:

Spring 2014: Tim Rowan
Fall 2014 Visiting Artist: Keiko Sono
Spring 2013 Visiting Artist: Kelly Kinsella
Fall 2011 Visiting Artist: Linda Montano
Spring 2012 Visiting Artist: Scott Freiman
Fall 2012 Visiting Artist: Julianne Swartz


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.

Spring 2014 - t/b/a

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.

2014 Library Writers Guest Speaker:
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Said Sayrafiezadeh

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
11:45 p.m., College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Past Library Writers:

2013: Diane Ackerman
2011: Jaimy Gordon 

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.

Spring 2014 - RICHARD BLANCO

photo of Richard Blanco

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1:15 - 2:30 pm, College Lounge

 Previous Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum  participants include:

Spring 2013 - Jorie Graham
2011: Michael Dickman