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CAI partners with BPAC to bring artists to Buffalo

Published April 20, 2017

UB’s Creative Arts Initiative is partnering with the Burchfield Penney Art Center to bring composer Laura Kaminsky and visual artist Rebecca Allan to Buffalo for “The Inspiration Between Music and Art,” a multimedia residency taking place April 27-29 at SUNY Buffalo State.

The residency, being held in conjunction with the “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West” traveling exhibition on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, is designed to forge creative exchanges between artists and students.

During the residency, Kaminsky and Allan will discuss how music, art and literature link with workshops and presentations about the development of chamber operas, partnerships and the research, creative and logistical processes needed to bring these works to fruition. Both artists also will continue their creative efforts on new works-in-progress.

All events are free to UB faculty, staff and students.

For a full schedule of residency-related events, visit the Burchfield Penney’s website.

Kaminsky is a composer of opera, orchestra and chamber works, and vocal and choral music performed in the U.S. and abroad. Her scores address social and political issues, the natural environment and climate change, identity, AIDS, visual art concepts and specific artists.

She is composer-in-residence at American Opera Projects, as well as professor at large and head of the composition program at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, where she served as dean from 2004-2008.

Allan is a visual artist, writer and former Western New York resident known for abstract paintings inspired by landscape ecology, botany and geology. Her work explores watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France and Norway. Exhibiting in the U. S. and abroad for more than 25 years, she has had work featured in more than 40 solo and 23 group exhibitions.