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Arts and creativity abound at Dartmouth. Learn how Dartmouth faculty, students, staff and alumni are making their mark on campus and around the world and about the distinguished artists visiting our campus.

Recent news highlights include:

New York Theatre Workshop to Honor Dartmouth at Spring Gala

March 24, 2017; by Charlotte Albright

nytw rehearsal

The New York Theatre Workshop plans to honor its partnership with Dartmouth's Department of Theater at its annual spring gala in New York City in May. Now in its 26th year, the NYTW's three-week summer residency at Dartmouth brings artists—both famous and emerging—to Hanover to workshop plays in progress. Read more

Louise Erdrich '76 Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

March 17, 2017; National Public Radio

louise erdrich

Dartmouth alumna Louise Erdrich '76 won the prestigious award this year for her novel LaRose, "the story of an accidental shooting—and the fraught tale of family and reparation that follows," reports NPR. This is Erdrich's second NBCC award. Read more

Students Meet, Dine With Musicians in House Communities

March 8, 2017; by Charlotte Albright

house community dinner

On a snowy Thursday night, Ryan Hickox, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and the house professor for West House, welcomes five musicians and a mix of students and faculty to his home for an evening of music, conversation, and dinner. It's part of an ongoing series of informal performances by visiting artists in Dartmouth's house communities. Read more.

Behind the Scenes

Jennifer Wulff, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, March-April 2017

raymond prado storyboards

Storyboard artist Raymond Prado '89, who has worked on big-budget franchises such as The Hunger Games and X-Men, and the Netflix series Stranger Things, works his Hollywood magic from the quiet hills of rural Vermont. Read more.


Heather Salerno, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, March-April 2017

echo brown '06

An autobiographical one-woman show by Echo Brown '06 elicits a powerful emotional response from audiences, especially black women. Read more.

A Call for Compassion

James Napoli, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, March-April 2017

william cheng

Musicologist William Cheng seeks to humanize the humanities. Academia's hallowed halls, however, need not be so cutthroat, argues assistant professor of music William Cheng in Just Vibrations:The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016). Read more.

The Men Who Captured the Art of War

February 23, 2017; Mr Porter

James Nachtwey

Mr Porter highlights the work of photographer James Nachtwey '70 in an article that praises the most heroic photojournalists of the past century. Read more. The Hood Museum recently acquired Nachtwey's complete archive featuring more than 500,000 images taken over more than 35 years documenting conditions in some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones. Read more

Starry, Starry Night: Dartmouth Idol Finalists Take the Stage

February 22, 2017; Charlotte Albright

dartmouth idol

Dartmouth Idol celebrates its 10th birthday this year. The annual solo singing competition features a 20-piece band, original musical arrangements, return visits to the stage by alumni, and talented student performers. This anniversary year features a celebrity host: comedian Rachel Dratch '88, of Saturday Night Live fame. Read more.

Acclaimed Choreographer Moses Pendleton '71 On MOMIX And Growing Up In Vermont

February 16, 2017; Vermont Public Radio


A segment on Vermont Public Radio featuring Moses Pendleton '71, who grew up on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom and at Dartmouth, turned to dance. He became a world-renowned dancer and choreographer, even choreographing parts of the Olympics ceremonies for the 1980 Lake Placid games and the 2014 Sochi games. Read more.

Math Becomes Art at NYC Exhibit with Dartmouth Roots

February 15, 2017; by Charlotte Albright

thirteen image

Daniel Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, has helped to curate "Picturing Math," an exhibit of aquatints on display in the Metropolitan Museum. The prints show formulas and equations by eminent mathematicians. Read more.

Kojiro Uwezaki A&S'93 part of Grammy Award-Winning Silk Road Ensemble

SRE grammy

Kojiro Uwezaki (far right), who received his masters degree from Dartmouth in 1993 in electro-acoustic music, celebrates backstage with his Silk Road Ensemble colleagues at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12th in Los Angeles. The Silk Road Ensemble received the award for best world music album of the year.

22 Americans Who Are Killing It in the K-Pop Industry

February 11, 2017; Buzzfeed

Kevin Oh 12

Dartmouth graduate Kevin Oh '12 is one of the rising stars in the K-Pop industry. Prior to his music debut, Oh co-founded a headphones company Axel Audio with his dad and sister, and won the South Korean television talent show Superstar K7. Read more.

Associate Professor Vievee Francis received the Kingsley Tufts Award for "Forest Primeval."

February 08, 2017; by Hannah Silverstein

vievee francis

Dartmouth professor receives this year's Kingsley Tufts award, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, honors a mid-career poet with a prize of $100,000—the largest cash award in the world for a single book of poetry. Read more.

'Stranger Things' star's speech gets crowd on feet after show's surprise SAG Award win

January 30, 2017; CNN

David Harbour at SAG speech

David Harbour '97 plays Chief James Hopper on the Netflix series 'Stranger Things'.  Read more.

For Turing Tests, Machines Write Poems, Stories, Even Dance

January 19, 2017; by Charlotte Albright

Robot illustration

Having trouble finding a dance partner who doesn't step on your toes? Or a musician to join your ensemble? Want someone to write you a sonnet or a short story? In the future, says Daniel Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, perhaps you could ask your computer to do those things. Read more.

Writing is like breathing to me, says Hollywood's queen of fiction Shonda Rhimes 

January 19, 2017; Sydney Morning Herald

Shonda Rhimes

In a feature about Dartmouth alumna Shonda Rhimes '91, the Herald notes that the prolific television writer honed her skills by writing for the college newspaper and directing student theater productions while studying English and film studies at Dartmouth. Read more.

Best College Art and History Museums In the Northeast

January 17, 2017; Huffington Post

hood facade

Rendering of new facade for the Hood Museum. 

People visit the Hood Museum of Art from across the world to see the 3,000-year-old Assyrian reliefs, the Orozco murals, and much more, notes The Huffington Post. The Hood is on its list of top college art and history museums in the Northeast. Read more.

Hood Features Iranian Painter's Works of 'Psychogeography'

January 13, 2017 by Office of Communications

Bahar Behbahani

In late 2013, Bahar Behbahani began a series of paintings inspired by her contemplation of identity. She first came to the United States from Iran in 2003. For a while, she moved between Tehran and the United States, and in 2007 relocated permanently to New York.  Read more.

Students Make Musical Instruments for Thayer's Birthday Party

January 12, 2017 by Charlotte Albright

instrument making

Much of Dartmouth's campus quiets down between fall and winter terms. But things got pretty noisy in December at Thayer School of Engineering. Participating in a four-day intensive course offered by Thayer in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts, eight students designed and built an array of musical instruments, experimenting with materials, sounds, and structures not found in a typical orchestra. Read more.


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