Fall arts festival at the new U quarter
From eNews, October 2, 2003
Imagine bee-shaped sculptures the size of your head, glowing molten-red and moving inches from your reach. Sculptor Allen Peterson will create dozens of these iron models, and dancers will carry them on 5-foot poles during the Oct. 10-12 grand opening of the University of Minnesota West Bank Arts Quarter. "Cross-pollination" blends the skills of sculptors, dancers, and musicians, and is part of the Arts Quarter Collective Fall Arts Festival on Friday, Oct. 10, 4:30-7:30 p.m. The festival is just one of several events going on that weekend to celebrate the opening of the University's Regis Center for Art and the completion of the quarter that brings all the U's arts disciplines together in one place. "When you put dancers, actors, musicians, and visual artists in a room together, you can literally watch the creative and intellectual sparks fly," says Steven Rosenstone, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "Add a few historians, political theorists, and social critics to the mix, and look out--the place will ignite! That's what the Arts Quarter is all about." The grand opening gala for the new art center will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 to 11 p.m. Events that evening will include the "Art Moves: Department of Art Faculty Exhibition" in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. On Sunday, Oct. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., the West Bank Arts Quarter open house will include performances, child-friendly activities, and tours of the four buildings that make up the district--the Regis Center for Art, Rarig Center (built in 1971 for theater), Ferguson Hall (music, 1985), and the Barbara Barker Center for Dance (1999). For event location and parking information, see www.cla.umn.edu/wbaq/location.html.