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Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013

Art, theater, film highlight IU's annual Summer Festival of the Arts

May 6, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The third annual Summer Festival of the Arts, which is quickly becoming one of Indiana University's most anticipated summer traditions, begins today.

Summer Festival of the Arts

The festival offers 113 days of arts programming, continuing through Aug. 26. Events are held at venues across campus including IU Cinema, IU Art Museum, Jacobs School of Music, Lilly Library, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Wylie House Museum, Grunwald Gallery of Art and Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center.

The festival began in 2011 as a way to support the creation of new arts events. The event also showcases the many cultural offerings that help make the community such a vibrant arts destination for townies and tourists, as well as those attending the various camps, conferences and workshops held over the summer on the Bloomington campus.

Summer Festival of the Arts is also a complement to IU's summer tuition initiative, which helps students save money and graduate on time by attending summer school.

"We're looking forward to the return of Indiana University's Summer Festival of the Arts, which is rapidly becoming one of the university's most anticipated annual traditions," said Valerie Pena, associate vice president and chief of staff for the IU Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations. "The festival reflects the breadth and depth of cultural activity that's available on campus during the summer, and highlights the close connection between the arts and our academic mission."

While a complete list of Summer Festival of the Arts activities can be found online, highlights include:

  • Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, Grunwald Gallery of Art, May 17 to July 13. Contemporary art exhibition featuring paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, wearable art, metalwork, books, sculpture, fiber art and video installations by a mix of local, national and international artists. Cost: Free.
  • "Arnie the Doughnut," Studio Theatre, 11 a.m. June 22 and June 25 to 29; July 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and July 9 to 13. Arnie, a loveable chocolate doughnut with sprinkles, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's finally selected by a new owner. But when the mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Cost: $10 for general tickets.
  • Slapsticon, IU Cinema, June 27 to 30. The cinema is the new home for the internationally acclaimed festival dedicated to the exhibition of rare silent and early-sound film comedy. Cost: $99 for festival pass, $30 for day pass, free for children 15 and younger.
  • Festival Orchestra concert, conducted by Arthur Fagan and featuring Menahem Pressler, Musical Arts Center, June 14. Pressler's performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 will kick off the Jacobs School of Music's annual Summer Music Festival. Cost: $15 for general tickets, $8 for students.
  • "Treasures of the Mathers Museum" exhibition, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, through July 27, with holiday closures. This exhibition showcases the breadth and richness of the museum's collection in celebration of its 50th anniversary, enhanced by additional digital content accessed on site through an IQ-Table on loan from the university's Advanced Visualization Lab. Cost: Free.
  • "Three Remarkable Women" art installation, IU Art Museum, through Aug. 4. This installation uses Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun's 1803 "Portrait of Mrs. Chinnery" and selected materials from the Lilly Library as a lens for an interdisciplinary study of the history, politics, art, literature and music of the time. Cost: Free.
  • "The Grolier Hundred" book exhibition, Lilly Library, through Aug. 24. IU's rare books library contains all but one of the "One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature" list selected by the Grolier Club, a collection donated to the library by philanthropist J.K. Lilly Jr. Cost: Free.

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