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Community Day at Allen Art Museum

OBERLIN.-Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum is hosting two free public events on Saturday, December 3. From 10-noon there will be a workshop for children called “Make Your Own Museum.” And in conjunction with the exhibition Trace Elements, Museum Notes, the Allen’s fall concert series, coordinated by Gabriel Golden (’06) and featuring works by members of the contemporary music faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, will present its 2nd concert of the season at 2:00 pm.

The morning Community Day will feature a free workshop for children where they will learn what it is like to be a museum curator by building their own miniature exhibitions. Student docents will lead tours of the museum’s permanent collection, placing an emphasis on how the galleries are organized. The workshop will take place in the East Gallery from 10 am - 12 noon.

The Museum Notes: Focus on Faculty concert will feature the compositions of Tom Lopez, associate professor, chair and director of TIMARA, Ross Feller, assistant professor of composition and Jeffrey Mumford, composer in residence, all at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The works of Lopez and Ross will also highlight dance performance with choreography by Holly Handman-Lopez and Kora Radella, Instructor of Dance, Kenyon College, respectively. The concert will take place in the Sculpture Court from 2 – 3:15 pm.

Tom Lopez has appeared at festivals and conferences around the world as a guest lecturer and composer. He has been a resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Copland House, Villa Montalvo, and Djerassi. His compositions have received critical acclaim and peer recognition; including a Grant for Young Composers from ASCAP and CD releases by Vox Novus, SCI, and SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States).

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1955, composer Jeffrey Mumford has received numerous fellowships, grants, awards and commissions, including the "Academy Award in Music" from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, commissions from the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and inclusion in the 2005 NEO Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Theodore Presser Co. publishes him.

Ross Feller’s awards and honors include the ASCAP Raymond Hubbell Composition Award, significant grants from the Paul Sacher Stiftung, and the Illinois Arts Council. His compositions have been performed throughout the USA and Europe including the Park West (Chicago), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Weiler Concert Hall (New York City), De Ijsbreker (Amsterdam) and Roxy (Basel). Feller co-founded Double-Edge Contemporary Dance and Music with choreographer Kora Radella.

Trace Elements: New Work at Oberlin features new works by artists Rian Brown, Johnny Coleman, Pipo Nguyen-duy, John Pearson, Sarah Schuster, and Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2006. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue have been organized by Curator of Western Art Stephen D. Borys, with the assistance of Jennie Hirsh (former Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Oberlin) and curatorial interns Susanna Newbury (OC'05) and Alexander Grogan (OC'O5).

The Allen Memorial Art Museum, located in downtown Oberlin at 87 N. Main Street, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit our web site at or call 440.775.8665.

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