2013 Artists

2013 Lougheed Artists

TC BoyleCelebrated writer and SUNY Potsdam alumnus T.C. Boyle '68, is one of America's most prolific and inventive novelists, and one of the College's most celebrated graduates. He is the author of works such as "World's End," "The Tortilla Curtain," "The Women," "Wild Child," "When the Killing's Done" and "San Miguel." His short stories regularly appear in major American magazines, including The New Yorker,Harper's and The Atlantic Monthly, as well as on the radio show, Selected Shorts. He is the winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Carrie Mae Weems is a groundbreaking multimedia artist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, whose works have been featured at MoMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Met, among others. Her award-winning photographs, films, and videos have been displayed in over 50 exhibitions in the United States and abroad and focus on serious issues that face African Americans today, such as racism, gender relations, politics, and personal identity. She collaborated with composer Gregory Wanamaker, a professor of composition and theory at The Crane School of Music, on a new multimedia performance, "A Story Within a Story."

Sharrell LuckettVisiting director Sharrell D. Luckett, an award-winning theatrical maven, worked with students from the Department of Theatre and Dance to present "Ruined," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage. The production depicts a rainforest bar and brothel in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, is a preeminent lecturer on contemporary art. Smith is well known for her clear, insightful and accessible writing style. She not only writes about contemporary art but also about the visual arts in general, including decorative arts, popular and outsider art, design and architecture.

The Rochester-based group Bush Mango Drum & Dance immerses people of all ages in the music, movement, culture and community inspired by West African drum and dance.

The 2013 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor, Maestro Christof Perick, conducted the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Benjamin Britten's monumental War Requiem. The concert coincided with the 100th celebration of the composer's birth. The American Boychoir also visited campus to perform in the concert, along with visiting soprano soloist Christine Goerke, joined by Crane vocalists Donald George, tenor, and David Pittman-Jennings, baritone.

Chakaia BookerAcclaimed sculptor Chakaia Booker, whose works recycle discarded tires into complex assemblages, fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization and gender in her artwork.

The Department of English and Communication offered an Emerging Writers Series and a Writers Craft Series, including the authors and poets, Michael Dumanis, Vievee Francis, Ryan Vine, Julia Story, Robert Foreman and Laura van den Berg

Called "the Latino poet of his generation," Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball, is the recipient of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. The Republic of received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Steven Assael is an American painter recognized nationally as one of the leading representational figurative artists of his generation. His portrayal of the human image is empathic, ennobling, and psychologically penetrating.