Events

The Creative Arts Initiative is raising the profile of Buffalo and UB in the world of creative art by bringing world-class artists to Buffalo to interact with UB students and the Buffalo arts community.  

Upcoming Events

Past Events

5/18/18
Shortly after the opening of the exhibition, “BRACHA: Pietà—Eurydice—Medusa at UB Anderson Gallery—the first museum exhibition of her work in the United States—Ettinger gave a public lecture entitled, “Memory’s Wound: On Art and Ethics”, in order to educate a broad audience about her work and its relationship to urgent contemporary social and political developments. This lecture was FREE and is open to the public.
5/18/18
Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto came to Buffalo in 2015 for the US premiere of his violin concerto as part of CAI’s FinnFest residency. While here, he began a collaboration with BPO Principal Trumpet Alex Jokipii, a former Sibelius Academy classmate. That collaboration resulted in a new Trumpet Concerto by Kuusisto, which had its New York premier during his Spring 2018 CAI residency.
5/18/18
Jaakko Kuusisto joined us from his native country of Finland to talk about his life in music during free talk at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center as part of their M&T Second Fridays at the Center. The audience got a unique chance to hear this world renowned musical artist speak about his creative process, his personal relationship with BPO Principal Trupeter, Alex Jokipii, and his upcoming concerto performance with the BPO.
5/18/18
Israeli-born painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer Bracha Ettinger is a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. The exhibition “BRACHA: Pietà—Eurydice—Medusa at UB Anderson Gallery was the first museum exhibition of her work in the United States. Ettinger offered a gallery talk, in which she walked with visitors through the exhibition and discussed her own works.
5/18/18
Finnish composer Jaakko Kuusisto came to Buffalo in 2015 for the US premiere of his violin concerto as part of CAI’s FinnFest residency. While here, he began a collaboration with BPO Principal Trumpet Alex Jokipii, a former Sibelius Academy classmate. That collaboration resulted in a new Trumpet Concerto by Kuusisto, which had its New York premier during his Spring 2018 CAI residency. Prior to the concert, Kuusisto gave several free public talks about the composing process, including two talks as part of the BPOvations @ The Libraries series.
5/18/18
The May 5th Opening Reception marks the beginning of the exhibition BRACHA: Pieta⎯Eurydice⎯Medusa.
5/18/18
Bracha Ettinger, painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer, is a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. In addition to holding the first museum exhibition of her work in the United States, Ettinger engaged with groups of students from across the University at Buffalo throughout her residency. She interacted with graduate students in the Department of Art in two ways:
5/18/18
Bracha Ettinger, painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer, is a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. In addition to holding the first museum exhibition in the United States, Ettinger engaged with groups of students from across the University at Buffalo throughout her residency.
3/20/18
Olivier Pasquet is a world-renowned composer, music producer, sound and visual artist. His work is based on the writing of audio visual compositions and synesthesia. His compositions are sound-based, visual, and material. Pasquet used his Fall-Spring CAI residency to create a sound and light installation called "Lloyd's Mirror" for the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex.
3/20/18
Olivier Pasquet is a world-renowed music producer, sound and visual artist. Pasquet used his CAI residency to create a sound and light sculpture for the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex. His bespoke installation was open to the public Feb. 12-17, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 pm nightly. Pasquet was present throughout this period to engage with visitors and answer questions.
5/19/18
The Wooster Group, an innovative company of theater and media artists, presented four free performances of the critically acclaimed “The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons’ A Record Album Interpretation” as part of its residency in the University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative (CAI). Following the Saturday performance, audience members had an opportunity to ask questions of the artists about the inspiration for and development of the project.
3/20/18
The Wooster Group, an innovative company of theater and media artists, presented four free performances of the critically acclaimed “The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons’ A Record Album Interpretation” as part of its residency in the University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative (CAI). 
3/20/18
The Wooster Group, an innovative company of theater and media artists, engaged with UB Theatre students and faculty as part of its residency in the University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative (CAI). 
12/21/17
It's 1901. Lynch mobs swarm the South. Blacks flee north in hopes of opportunity. Immigrants struggle to find their place. And the Pan American Exposition, in the then-shining city of Buffalo, beckons all to glimpse a brighter future for America. AT BUFFALO: A New Musical, is an immersive and evocative musical journey through conflicting performances of race in post-Civil War America, tracking historical figures through the tumult of the exposition.
12/1/17
The Creative Arts Initiative hosted a screening of footage from Rima Yamazaki's current work-in-progress, a film about Buffalo architecture, on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, 617 Main St., Buffalo, NY. The screening was filled to capacity. It was followed by a Q&A with Yamazaki.
10/13/17
The UB School of Architecture and Planning will host a screening of Yamazaki's film Nakagin Capsule Tower: Japanese Metabolist Landmark on the Edge of Destruction (2010), Wed. Sept. 13, 6 pm - 7:30 pm, in Hayes Hall 403 on UB's South Campus. The screening to be followed by a Q&A with Yamazaki and Nicholas Bruscia, clinical assistant professor of architecture, who leads UB's study abroad program in Tokyo. This event is FREE and open to the public.
9/13/17
Imagine a performance that would involve professional musicians, children, teenagers, senior citizens, adults with developmental disabilities, and physically challenged individuals performing choreography in their wheelchairs.
9/13/17
Since arriving in the US in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. During his Spring-Summer 2017  Residency, Baptista worked with Buffalo sculptor Shasti O’Leary Soudant and UB students on the creation of a unique sculpture/percussion instrument, the Beat Blossom, that was installed in the Percussion Garden at Artpark. His residency culminated in a performance marking the opening of the new permanent installation on July 30, 2017. This performance included Baptista, Billy Martin, Tom Kolor, UB music students, participants in the Sound of the Community workshop, and others.
9/13/17
Since arriving in the US in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. During his residency, Baptista worked with Buffalo sculptor Shasti O’Leary Soudant and UB students on the creation of a unique sculpture/percussion instrument to be installed in the Percussion Garden at Artpark.
12/1/17
Cyro Baptista is a Brazilian musician, recording artist, and teacher (although he disavows the title) specializing in percussion in the genres of jazz and world music. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown. During his Creative Arts Initiative residency, Baptista conducted a series of masterclasses with UB percussion students and faculty.
6/29/17
The culmination of Shantell Martin's residency will be the creation of a permanent public mural in the East Side neighborhood  in connection with the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative’s Mural Program.
6/1/17
Rebecca Allan and Laura Kaminsky led a tour of the traveling exhibit Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 
5/3/17
Following a screening of excerpts from some of her other chamber operas, composer Laura Kaminsky discussed the development of Today It Rains that she is currently composing with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. 
6/1/17
New York based artists Laura Kaminsky (composer) and Rebecca Allan (visual artist) invited students, faculty, and members of the public to learn about their creative processes by engaging with the artists while they worked.
6/1/17
Rebecca Allan is a New York-based visual artist known for her richly layered and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings. Her work investigates watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway, and is inspired by her interest in landscape ecology, botany, and geology.
5/3/17
Composer Laura Kaminsky met with students to discuss composing music and and the journey that her to compose chamber operas. Kaminsky discussed elements of the development process that include theme/storyline; music and lyrics; identifying creative partners; securing funding, etc.
5/1/17
As part of M&T First Fridays @ the Gallery, Shantell Martin and the AK’s Curator of Public Art, Aaron Ott, had a conversation in the AK’s auditorium about Martin’s work and creative process. This talk was FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Martin’s exhibition, “Someday We Can,” was also be free April 7, May 5, and June 2, 2017.
6/29/17
CAI Artist-in-Residence, Shantell Martin, shared her creative and career journey with UB students, faculty, and the public providing an opportunity learn about her work, philosophy, and creative process.
6/1/17
During her CAI residency, Martin will tour the East Side neighborhood with Arts Management students to identify potential sites for the public mural installation that will be the culmination of her residency.
6/29/17
To celebrate of the opening of her exhibition Shantell Martin: Someday We Can, Martin held a live drawing demonstration in the Albright-Knox’s Sculpture Court.
5/1/17
Acclaimed printmaker Stella Ebner, whose work has been exhibited and collected in museums across the country, will conclude her spring 2017 residency with a workshop for UB art students, along with lunch and a showing of her work for UB students, faculty, and the public.
3/20/18
Acclaimed printmaker Stella Ebner, whose work has been exhibited and collected in museums across the country, will open her spring 2017 residency with a workshop on Feb. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. in Buffalo.    
3/20/18
During her CAI Residency, internationally acclaimed teacher, dancer, and choreographer, Jennifer Nugent offered  master classes for the dance community. Dancers from as far away as North Dakota came to Buffalo to take advantage of these opportunities for artistic growth and development.
3/20/18
Center for the Arts, Drama Theater Stage
3/20/18
UB Theatre & Dance Department opens their season with the Zodique Dance Company Fall Concert featuring Jennifer Nugent’s new work.
3/20/18
The Faust Project: A Staged Reading with Live Music of Goethe's Faust, an inventive reworking of Goethe’s epic by Yale Drama Award winning playwright Neil Wechsler and former Tanglewood Music Center compositional fellow and UB alumnus Nathan Heidelberger. The Faust Project was presented in two evening performances at the Burchfield Penney Art Center as part of A Musical Feast concert series
3/20/18
Wechsler and Heidelberger led discussion about Faust, hosted by the Analytical Psychology Society of WNY.
3/20/18
Wechsler and Heidelberger worked with young writers at Just Buffalo's Writing Center.
3/20/18
The musicians involved in The Faust Project opened up their limited rehearsal time to allow the public to "peak behind the curtain."
3/20/18
During their residency,Weschler and Heidelberger will be sharing their expertise and thier experience with students through in-class presentations:
3/20/18
UB English Department colloquium presentation with Neil Wechsler and Nathan Heidelberger, including a scene reading with new, original music.
3/20/18
Music by Steve Reich & Georg Friedrich Haas with special guests UB students and faculty, February 12, 2016
3/20/18
Open to the Public. FREE tickets required.
3/20/18
Everyone in the UB community who can read music and play an instrument/sing was invited to join Ensembe Signal in a "flash orchestra" performing Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece, In C
3/20/18
Now you see them, now you don’t! Ensemble Signal brought 21 micro concerts to the UB Student Union, the Commons, and the Center for the Arts. Concerts ranged between 3-15 minutes each, depending on musical selections. 
3/20/18
Ensemble Signal teamed up with UB students and faculty to perform drumming of all kinds. Drumming on bongos, cello, and even flower pots! An audience from Buffalo's westside neighborhood, from the very young to the more "seasoned", enjoyed a dynamic performance. Some even tried their hand at a little drumming after the show.
3/20/18
Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund gave the US premier of Isola in Buffalo thanks to CAI’s Artist-in-Residence program in partnership with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
3/20/18
Renowned Finnish violinist and composer Jaakko Kuusisto visiting UB and Buffalo in October 2015 for the US premier of his Violin Concerto thanks to CAI’s Artist-in-Residence program in partnership with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.