The Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The Arts Alliance was created to promote and support cultural and arts-related activities and programs at the college for the enrichment and enjoyment of the Southern Maryland Community.
What does the Arts Alliance do?
- Sponsors the River Concert Series
- Funds arts-related grants for St. Mary’s College faculty members and guest artists
- Awards cash prizes to outstanding St. Mary’s College students in the arts
- Organizes arts outreach programs to schools and community groups
- Supports the development of the college art collection
2020-2021 Arts Alliance-Sponsored Events
The Arts Alliance provides grants for St. Mary’s College faculty to produce arts-related programming. Due to the pandemic, some of these events will be presented virtually.
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Director of the Boyden Gallery and Fine Art Collection, Dr. Erin Peters, presented an exclusive virtual introduction to the College’s collection for Arts Alliance members.
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Ancient art historian Kimberly Cassibry, Associate Professor at Wellesley College, spoke on ancient casts and the politics of replication in relation to the College’s cast collection.
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cory Gundlach, Curator of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, discussed authenticity and African art.
The Ping vocal ensemble produced an audio visual performance of a medley from the popular musical "Hamilton." Watch it here.
Due to Covid-19, the original plan for the 12th Annual Film Series "Cuba: Post-colonial, in Diaspora" is being revised. Stay tuned for updates.
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m The 15th Annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture offered "Laughing to the Polls," traditionally put on before every major presidential election, and featured comedian Jordan Klepper.
The next Twain Lecture will be hosted on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Please check back for updates.
Thursday, January 28, 8:15 p.m. Stephen Schottenfeld will read from his novels "Bluff City Pawn" and "This Room Is Made of Noise" via Zoom.
Zoom ID: 91753924075 Password: 282567
Thursday, February 18, 8:15 p.m. Ecuadorian-born immigrant José Torres-Tama will discuss his art and activism, including "Taco Truck Theater" and "Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers" via Zoom.
Zoom ID: 93065345591 Password: 887018
Monday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. As part of An Evening to Honor the Legacy of Lucille Clifton, Award-winners Li Young Lee and Leah Naomi Green will highlight their collections of poetry.
Thursday, April 1, 8:15 p.m. Fifty Years of Poetry at St. Mary’s College of Maryland - hosted by Professor Emeritus Michael Glaser. This event will celebrate stories about the culture of reading, studying, creating, exploring, and sharing that are newly published in the anthology A Community of VOICES. Featured will be Judith Hall, Grace Cavalieri, Kaia Sand, Michael Glaser and Karen Anderson, among others via Zoom.
Zoom ID: 94677601630 Password: 675204
2021 Awards Convocation
St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Awards Convocation is a yearly event that recognizes and celebrates members of the College community who are highly accomplished and who can be considered paragons in areas that include service, leadership, teaching and academics.
Established in 1992 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize excellence in studio art work in the Annual Student Exhibition. In 2004, the award was named in honor of the Arts Alliance chair, 1988-1993.
This year's recipient is KD Sexton is from Huntingtown, Maryland, and aspires to be a freelance artist and illustrator.
Established in 1992 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize excellence in creative writing. In 1999, the award was named in honor of the Arts Alliance chair, 1993-1998.
This year's recipient is Olivia Sothoron, of Frederick, Maryland, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies. She is news editor for The Point News and an intern with the Office of Integrated Marketing, where her writing has been published in several issues of Mulberry Tree magazine. She is president of the Softball Club. Olivia begins the MAT program in July and plans to teach middle-school English.
Established in 1991 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize excellence in music. In 2004, the award was named in honor of the Arts Alliance chair, 1998-2003.
This year's recipient is Isabelle Harsch, of Davidson, North Carolina, is a double major in political science and music.
Established in 1992 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize excellence in theater. In 2009, the award was named in honor of the Arts Alliance chair, 2003-2008.
This year's recipient is Blake Johnson, of Takoma Park, Maryland, is an Orientation leader and coordinator. Blake is involved in theater and plans to work in theater as a profession.
Established in 2008 by the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize a junior or senior film and media studies major for artistic accomplishment and academic excellence in the classroom.
This years recipient is Spencer Rabinowitz is from Reisterstown, Maryland. Spencer plans on a career in making films and is grateful for his professors who have helped him study and better appreciate film as an art form.
(chaired by Susan McNeill)
This program helps to facilitate high school student workshops in poetry, visual and performing arts, music, and theater hosted throughout the academic year on our campus and taught by St. Mary’s College faculty.Throughout the academic year of 2019-2020 St. Mary’s College hosted over 360 students, and provided them with a glimpse into what a liberal arts education would look like. The students are submerged into one of the workshops alongside our faculty members, and often members of our student body.Chair Susan McNeill takes us on a deeper dive into three of the sections that were taught this academic year, which were poetry, visual arts, and theater.
In a new collaboration, Prof. Jeff Coleman’s poetry workshops joined with Prof. Karen Anderson’s Voices Reading Series to bring videos of noted poets to kick-off the workshops. In these videos, experienced poets discussed their route to becoming writers and passed along advice to the aspiring student poets.
In October, visual arts students participated in workshop programs based upon the Boyden Gallery Exhibition Antigua and Barbuda: Environmental Justice as a Civil Right. The exhibition featured the art and envisioned architecture of the two-island nation which had been decimated by Hurricane Irma. In hands-on exercises, during the workshops, new Boyden Gallery Director Erin Peters worked with the students on gallery curation and collection-preservation exercises. A third hands-on experience in color theory was led by Prof. Carrie Patterson.
The spring semester’s visual arts workshops were centered on and inspired by the Boyden’s exhibition Robots, Rayguns, and Alternate Views of Reality: Experiencing Art Through the Sci-Fi Paperback Collection in the SMCM Archives which showcased the collection of sci-fi novels donated by the family of the late Prof. Tom Barrett. The exhibition explored science fiction-inspired art forms in graphic cover art, literature, film, and music. St. Mary’s County author Ellynne Davis and illustrator Joyce Judd, who have collaborated on several book projects, led two hands-on workshops on book illustration, while, Professor Carrie Paterson reprised her color theory class in a third hands-on class.
Inspired by the Halloween season, Prof. Amy Stieger’s fall theater workshop featured scenes from the College’s production of Macbeth, and a “talk-back"interaction which included, dramaturgist Prof. Leah Mazur and SMCM actors. In February, Professor Steiger conducted a play-writing master class which led the students through several dramatic exercises culminating in a series of short sketches.
- Monthly e-newsletter with up-to-date information on campus arts and cultural events
- Discounted tickets to select events
- Invitations to exclusive members-only events
- A College parking permit for use for parking on campus during the academic year (September-May)