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Student Art Festival: Eco vs Ego

STUDENT ART FESTIVAL: ECO vs EGO

2022-2024: SAF In-School Artist-in-Residence Program

January 18 – February 24, 2024: Student Art Festival Exhibition & Public Programs

What provides humans with what we need to thrive? Eco.  What sustains us physically and mentally?  Eco. What is the fabric that weaves everything on earth into one magical whole?  ECO!

 Why do humans risk their future in order to set themselves apart from nature?  Ego.
 What makes us think we are different from all other life forms?  Ego.
 What gives us the right to take from the earth as if it all belongs to us?  EGO!

-Edwina von Gal

Student Art Festival: Eco vs Ego explores our symbiotic relationship with nature. Led by landscape designer and guest Thought-Leader, Edwina von Gal,  the Student Art Festival (SAF): Eco vs Ego asks students, school teachers, and artists to delve into topics such as Needs/Survival: Shelter, Food, Water; Infrastructure & Growth; Anthropomorphism & Symbolism; and Biophilia, through the practice of art, design, horticulture, and performance.

Core to the Festival, is the SAF In-School Artist-in-Residence program (SAF AIR). SAF AIR began in 2021 with 6 local artists helping over 150 students in 5 different schools to create work for the 2021 SAF: Past-Present-Future. The program has grown in 2022 to 23 artists working with all 14 participating schools to research, experiment, and produce works throughout the 2022-2023 school years, culminating in a Festival of exhibitions and performances in January and February 2024.

SAF AIRs include: Pamella Allen (Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator), Keren Anavy (Visual Artist), Cliff Baldwin (Musical Artist), Sean Barret (Montauk Seaweed Supply Co.), Darlene Charneco (Visual Artist), Viv Corringham (Vocalist & Sound Artist), Andrea Cote (Multi-disciplinary Artist), Lionel Cruet (Multi-media Installation Artist), Mare Dianora (Interdisciplinary Artist), Denise Silva-Dennis (Artist & Educator), Jeremy Dennis (Fine Art Photographer), Courtney Garneau (Surfrider Foundation), Brianna Hernandez (Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator), Matthew Jensen (Conceptual Landscape Artist & Photographer), Liz Joyce (Puppeteer), Laurie Lambrecht (Visual Artist), Brett Loving (Excavator Artist), Tucker Marder (Interdisciplinary Artist & Landscape Designer), Cheryl Molnar (Visual Artist), Mamoun Nukumanu (Artist & Bio Art Designer), Jody Oberfelder (Director, Choreographer & Filmmaker), Beau Bree Rhee (Visual Artist & Choreographer), Alexandra Talty (Journalist & Reporter), & Rosario Varela (Abstract Landscape Artist).

In addition to the SAF AIR, Guild Hall has also partnered with several neighboring non-profits who share and consistently act-upon the values within this year’s theme, Eco vs Ego. Each organization will take part in the SAF AIR program by either working in-school with an SAF AIR, or welcoming the SAF AIR and their assigned schools for a field trip on their site. Partnering organizations include: Ma’s House & BIPOC Artist Studio, Peconic Land Trust, Montauk Seaweed Supply Company, Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, Surfrider Eastern Long Island, Folly Tree Arboretum, and Project MOST. As the program develops throughout 2022-2024, Guild Hall’s Learning + Public Engagement department (L+PE) will present several showcases and public programs with Thought-Leader, Edwina von Gal, to platform the creativity and partnership of our students, schoolteachers, and SAF AIRs, all building up to the Festival in January and February 2024.

Through the Student Art Festival, Guild Hall provides opportunity and a platform for all involved to “think like an artist.” By pairing East End artists with local schools, we invest in the local creative economy, encourage the next generation of creative thinkers, and in reference to Guild Hall’s founding mission, to be “a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation,” connect the tenets of creative production to civic action. 

ABOUT GUILD HALL | STUDENT ART FESTIVAL

The Guild Hall Student Art Festival (SAF) is a beloved tradition that encourages and celebrates the artistic achievement and imagination of students, Kindergarten to Grade 12, on the South Fork of Long Island. Platforming student art from Bridgehampton to Montauk, this festival includes a monthlong Museum exhibition of student work, expertly curated and hung by Guild Hall staff, student performances in our John Drew Theater, and several public programs and events.

Over the past three years, Guild Hall has made significant advancements to the SAF. Through close collaboration with schoolteachers and artists, we explore an annual theme, produce work for exhibition, and link the tenets of creative production to civic participation. Beginning in 2020, a centralized theme, Made By Water, was given to the SAF, allowing 2,000 students to collectively explore concept-based creative production in the visual, literary, and performing arts. In 2021, this approach was strengthened with the addition of the SAF In-School Artist-in-Residence program, connecting seven locally-based artists with seven schools to produce unique original interdisciplinary works in-tandem with the 2021 SAF theme, Past-Present-Future. As Guild Hall enters a transitionary year, with a landmark capital enhancement project to our entire campus, the Learning + Public Engagement team has reevaluated, and once again, advanced the SAF. Beginning in 2022, the SAF will move toward a biennial festival titled, Eco v Ego. The time gained through a biennial format will allow a creative and educational focus on “process over product,” a larger investment in the SAF In-School Artist-in-Residence program, and the addition of an inaugural Thought-Leader from Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts.

ABOUT GUILD HALL | LEARNING + PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Guild Hall, one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the county to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nine decades, Guild Hall has embraced this open-minded vision and provided a welcoming environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings. Art and artists have long been the engine of Guild Hall’s activities and the institution continues to find innovative ways to inspire creativity in everyone.

The Learning + Public Engagement (L+PE) department manages all Guild Hall educational initiatives on site, and in schools, the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council (the first paid teen arts program in the region), and the Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artist-in-Residence Program. Through programming that uses our exhibitions, theater roster, and rich artistic history, Guild Hall’s L+PE department strives to create experiences for all our communities to think like an artist: to see and respect a world of various colors and shapes, to experiment with harmony and dissonance, and to value process over product. This means that while a focus on technique, play, and history are foregrounded, problem solving, media literacy, communication, collaboration, design, and critical thinking are the underlying goals of all our educational initiatives.

Michael Spyres & Bel Canto Boot Camp: A Bel Canto Journey

Michael Spyres & Bel Canto Boot Camp: A Bel Canto Journey
with Resident Artists
Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, pianists

Michael Spyres joins Bel Canto Boot Camp in a journey through his favorite bel canto repertoire including opera and song. As a tenor with an extraordinary range (traditionally called a baritenor), the world of repertoire for the non-treble voice is his proverbial oyster! A voice like this does not come along all that often – you do not want to miss this!

Joining Mr. Spyres in concert will be emerging artists who will spend a week in-residence at Guild Hall with Bel Canto Boot Camp.

ABOUT GUILD HALL & BEL CANTO BOOT CAMP RESIDENT ARTIST SERIES

The Guild Hall & Bel Canto Boot Camp Resident Artist Series is a collaboration between the Learning + Public Engagement department at Guild Hall of East Hampton and Bel Canto Boot Camp. With the shared values of creative authenticity, artistic development, and community engagement, the Series supports an emerging generation of opera singers. By providing individualized training from Bel Canto Boot Camp mentors and masterclasses with international artists, the series aims to support a new generation of emerging opera singers and to increase awareness and appreciation of the unamplified voice. 

The 2022 Season will include intimate recitals with tenor Jack Swanson, a program of scenes and arias in collaboration with Cape Town Opera South Africa, and baritenor Michael Spyres in concert, featuring his favorite bel canto arias and songs. He invites Resident Artists who will be in training at Guild Hall to join him in operatic ensembles giving our audiences the opportunity to see the stars of today and tomorrow in performance together.

COVID-19 Protocol: All guests over the age of 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

The Potions of Love: Bel Canto Arias and Ensembles

The Potions of Love: Bel Canto Arias and Ensembles
with Brittany Smith, Juan Hernández, and other Resident Artists
Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, pianists

Five emerging artists join Bel Canto Boot Camp for an evening of beloved Bel Canto Scenes & Arias. Selections from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore ground the recital with performances by South African soprano Brittany Smith, and Puerto Rican tenor Juan Hernández.

Brittany Smith and Juan Hernández come to the series summer residency through the joint efforts of Guild Hall and Bel Canto Boot Camp. Prior to their arrival in East Hampton, they will participate in BCBC’s training program in New York City in preparation for their role debuts of Adina and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Following their residency at Guild Hall and the East Hampton recital they leave for Cape Town where they will rehearse with the rest of the local L’elisir d’amore cast before embarking on a 10-city tour of South Africa. The summer residency marks be

Miss Smith’s first visit to and performances in the U.S.A. Cape Town Opera presents Mr. Hernández in South Africa for the first time.

The rest of the summer residency roster will be filled after live auditions in New York City in May. Singers interested in auditioning can find information and application form here. In line with BCBC’s priorities on inclusivity and equity, no cost is incurred to the auditionee to apply or audition, and virtual options are on offer for singers not based in New York.

ABOUT GUILD HALL & BEL CANTO BOOT CAMP RESIDENT ARTIST SERIES

The Guild Hall & Bel Canto Boot Camp Resident Artist Series is a collaboration between the Learning + Public Engagement department at Guild Hall of East Hampton and Bel Canto Boot Camp. With the shared values of creative authenticity, artistic development, and community engagement, the Series supports an emerging generation of opera singers. By providing individualized training from Bel Canto Boot Camp mentors and masterclasses with international artists, the series aims to support a new generation of emerging opera singers and to increase awareness and appreciation of the unamplified voice. 

The 2022 Season will include intimate recitals with tenor Jack Swanson, a program of scenes and arias in collaboration with Cape Town Opera South Africa, and baritenor Michael Spyres in concert, featuring his favorite bel canto arias and songs. He invites Resident Artists who will be in training at Guild Hall to join him in operatic ensembles giving our audiences the opportunity to see the stars of today and tomorrow in performance together.

COVID-19 Protocol: For indoor programs, all guests over the age of 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

Yemandja: Behind the Work

Join us for this in depth conversation with Angélique Kidjo, Naïma Hebrail Kidjo, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, and Mary Jane Marcasiano about the exciting world premiere production of Yemandja.

Yemandja premieres at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA on March 4 & 5. Learn more and buy tickets at
https://massmoca.org/event/yemandja-world-premiere/

“…there is Yemandja in every culture.” — Angélique Kidjo

Global superstar and four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo stars in Yemandja, a new music theater work that is at once family drama and historical thriller, redolent of Greek tragedy and infused with themes of love, betrayal, honor, free will, and the horror and injustice of slavery. Named for a Yoruban deity, this MASS MoCA co-commission is a panoramic work of magical realism, a parable about gods and humans that illuminates through song what can happen when people are robbed of their culture.

Created in residency at MASS MoCA, Yemandja is written by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, with visual design by artist Kerry James Marshall, and features a cast of 10 performers plus four musicians.

Last year, Kidjo was honored as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women from around the world and named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2021.” Read the Time tribute by Alicia Keys here.

Yemandja
Conceived by Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail & Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Book & Lyrics by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Music by Angélique Kidjo & Jean Hebrail
Developed with and Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Production Designer Kerry James Marshall
Music Director Darryl Archibald
Lighting Designer Kathy A. Perkins
Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson
Costume Designer Mary Jane Marcasiano
Choreographer Beatrice Capote
Sound Designer Kumi Ishizawa
Dramaturg Iyvon E.
Sensitivity Coach Ann James
Casting Andrea Zee

Yemandja is co-commissioned by MASS MoCA, ArtsEmerson, The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, Brown University Arts Institute, Cal Performances, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Holland Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Schwarzman Center. Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film.

*Yemandja program description by MASS MoCA*

Recorded and edited by Patrick Dawson for Guild Hall

New York is Burning by Les Ballet Afrik presented with The Church and Works & Process at the Guggenheim

New York is Burning
Les Ballet Afrik
with Omari Wiles

Show and Tell Presentation at The Church, Sag Harbor

Commissioned before the pandemic, New York Is Burning was to honor the 30th anniversary of the of the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which received critical acclaim for its depiction of New York’s LGBTQ Ballroom scene and of voguing as a powerful expression of personal pride in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. In uncanny resemblance and just as Paris Is Burning did for New York in the 1980s, New York Is Burning reflects the aspirations, desires, and yearnings of a diverse group of dancers in a city again beset by health, race, and financial crises. Led by choreographer and dancer Omari Wiles, the founding father of the House of Oricci and a legend within the Ballroom community, New York Is Burning centers on the artists for whom the dance company serves as a surrogate family including Kya Azeen, Eva Bust A’ Move, Algin Ford-Sterling, Alora Martinez, Shireen Rahimi, Milerka Rodriguez, Yuki Sukezane, and Yuhee Yang. 

New York Is Burning is commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim and at the peak of the pandemic received Works & Process bubble residencies at Catskill Mountain Foundation and Kaatsbaan Cultural Park. Works & Process bubble residencies were made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. New York Is Burning is also supported by at Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process and Destination” residency at The Church, Sag Harbor, in partnership with Guild Hall and Sag Harbor Cinema.


COVID-19 PROTOCOL: Attendees must be fully vaccinated and must show proof on arrival. Face masks are required.

Third Bird: Show and Tell Presentation at The Church

Libretto by Isaac Mizrahi
Music by Nico Muhly
Choreography by John Heginbotham

With a cast of 8, Third Bird tells the story of a flying bluebird, a swimming duck, and a running ostrich and celebrates each of their unique strengths. The work was commissioned by Work & Process – an organization led by Producer Caroline Cronson and General Manager Duke Dang, that nurtures and champions new works, amplifies underrepresented voices and performing arts cultures, and offers audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Works & Process has previously worked with Isaac Mizrahi on a highly successful production of Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic Peter & The Wolf.

Commissioned by Works & Process Third Bird was developed in a Works & Process bubble residency at Catskill Mountain Foundation in Spring 2021, made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Music for Third Bird was made possible, in part by the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation. Third Bird will receive a Works & Process LaunchPAD residency at The Church, Sag Harbor in early December 2021. The Church and Guild Hall are collaborating on a community event around Third Bird. Third Bird will have its world premiere at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum on June 3-5, 2022.

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required when visiting The Church.

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: Setting Orpheus and Eurydice

Come meet Bel Canto Boot Camp in person! In collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, BCBC explores this fall’s Met: Live in HD repertoire.  Bel Canto Boot Camp aims to unite the rich traditions of the past with the exciting productions in today’s opera house.

Join BCBC co-founders, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, as we explore the varied settings of the ancient legend of Orpheus and Eurydice – from Monteverdi to Ricky Ian Gordon via Gluck and Offenbach.

This program is presented in tandem with The Met: Live in HD screening of EurydiceA complimentary coffee from our eAT Coffee Bar will be available for all participants between the lecture and screening.


Fitted face masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Click HERE for full COVID-19 protocol.

Artist Talk: The Tile Club, Then and Now

Featuring Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society; Scott Bluedorn, Artist, Illustrator and Designer; and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum Director/Chief Curator

Guild Hall is pleased to present an evening Artist Talk: The Tile Club: Then and Now with Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society; Scott Bluedorn, Artist, Illustrator and Designer; and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum Director/Chief Curator. The talk will include insights into the history of the original Tile Club founded in 1872 as well as a discussion of the contemporary re-imagination of this club, The Neo-Tile Club, conceived by Scott Bluedorn for his 2021 Guild Hall Community Artist-In-Residence project.

The galleries and eAT Coffee Bar will be open before and after the talk.  Visitors can view the Museum exhibition, 90 Years: Selections from the Permanent Collection, which includes 12 tiles from the original Tile Club of the 1870s, and also the 2021 Neo-Tile Club: Community Exhibition installed in our Education Corridor.


Fitted face masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Click HERE for full COVID-19 protocol.

Neo–Tile Club: Community Exhibition – 2021 Guild Hall Community Artist-In-Residence: Scott Bluedorn

The historic Tile Club, founded in 1872, was a group of artists in New York City who met regularly to paint on tile, a popular surface of the coinciding decorative arts movement. Among the artists in the club were William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and architect Stanford White. When the Long Island Railroad expanded to Montauk in the late 1870s, The Tile Club was invited to ride to the eastern-most tip of Long Island and paint what they saw, making these western artists some of the first to visit the East End, initiating the long history of art in the area.

Inspired by this club, Scott Bluedorn focused his 2021 Guild Hall Community Artist-in-Residence project on the history, practice, and revitalization of The Tile Club. Throughout the 2021 summer season, Scott led 6 free workshops, some en plein-air, during which ceramic tiles were given to participants along with a demo and discussion of the history of the Tile Club. Participants were asked to donate at least one completed tile to the Education Corridor Exhibition. The exhibition and project are in tandem with Guild Hall’s current exhibition, 90Years: Selections from the Permanent Collection that includes original Tile Club paintings c. 1875, on view in the education corridor from October 30 through January 2, 2022.

We are extremely thankful to all those who participated in this project and contributed their artwork to this exhibition. We would also like to thank the East Hampton Historical Society for the use of Mulford Farm as a plein-air painting site, and to the local builders Wirth & Company, Lori and Roy Dalene, and Andrew Fetherston for donating tiles.

Community participants included Leo A., Sofia Abboud, Labbeb Abboud, Pamela Abrahams, Michele Abramsky, Paul Abramsky, Casey Chalem Anderson, Cassandra Bajan, Rachael Barash, Beth Barry, Jim Bergesen, Scott Bluedorn, Ivy Brondo, Jen Brondo, Joe Brondo, Tanessa Cabe, Lisa Claisse, Bonnie Comley, Donna Corvi, Casey Dalene, Barbara Dayton, Elaine Dia, Mare Dianora, Ollie Dianora Brondal, Nova D’Innocenza, Gina D’Orazio, AG Duggan, Andrew Fetherston, Kurt Ghie, Kimberly Goff, Laurie Hall, Gizella Harte, Janet Jennings, Miren Kova, Frankie Lane, Lenny Lane, Stewart Lane, Teresa Lawler, Alexandra Lopez, Setha Low, Sara McLaughlin, Kathleen McLaughlin, Rich Mothes, Jamie Pancella, Mark Perry, Dalton Portella, Luca R., Gabriele T. Raacke, Guilia Ratto, Adrienne Ratto, Tina Ripperger, Nora Ripperger, Caroline Scherr, Andréa Sher, Karen Solimando, Sabina Streeter, Rebecca Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Deborah Walley, and ZSG.


Fitted face masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Click HERE for full COVID-19 protocol.