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

1/22/18
The Wooster Group, an innovative company of theater and media artists, will present four free performances of the critically acclaimed “The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons’ A Record Album Interpretation” as part of its upcoming residency in the University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative (CAI):
12/16/17
Olivier Pasquet is a composer, music producer, sound and visual artist. He is using his CAI residency to create an interactive sound and light installation for the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex.
1/15/18
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 is using 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.
1/15/18
Olivier Pasquet is a world-renowed music producer, sound and visual artist. Pasquet is using 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 will be open to the public Feb. 12-17, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 pm nightly. Pasquet will be present throughout this period to engage with visitors and answer questions.
1/15/18
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 the public exhibition of her work, Ettinger will engage with groups of students from across the University at Buffalo throughout her residency. She will interact with graduate students in the Department of Art in two ways:
1/15/18
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 the public exhibition of her work, Ettinger will engage with groups of students from across the University at Buffalo throughout her residency.
1/15/18
Israeli-born painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer Bracha Ettinger is a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. Etthinger's CAI residency will include an exhibition of her work at the UB Anderson Gallery along with the creation of an associated catalogue featuring photographic reproductions of Ettinger’s work and essays by prominent scholars in psychoanalysis and art history. The April 21st Opening Reception marks the beginning of the exhibition.
1/15/18
Israeli-born painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer Bracha Ettinger is considered to be a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. This exhibition of her work at the UB Anderson Gallery will be accompanied by the creation of an associated catalogue featuring photographic reproductions of Ettinger’s work and essays by prominent scholars in psychoanalysis and art history.
1/15/18
Israeli-born painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer Bracha Ettinger is a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. Etthinger's CAI residency will include an exhibition of her work at the UB Anderson Gallery along with the creation of an associated catalogue featuring photographic reproductions of Ettinger’s work and essays by prominent scholars in psychoanalysis and art history.
1/15/18
Israeli-born painter, philosopher, psychoanalyst and writer Bracha Ettinger is a prominent figure among both the French painters' and the Israeli art's scenes. Etthinger's CAI residency will include an exhibition of her work at the UB Anderson Gallery, April 21-July 29, 2018. In advance of the opening of the exhibition, Ettinger will give a public lecture in order to educate a broad audience about her work and its relationship to urgent contemporary social and political developments. This lecture will be free.
12/16/17
Conductor, composer and violinist Jaakko Kuusisto enjoys an extensive career that was launched by a series of successes in international violin competitions in the 1990s. Jaakko Kuusisto’s CAI residency will culminate with the performance of his brand-new trumpet concerto, by BPO Principal Trumpet Alex Jokipii. JoAnn Falletta leads this unforgettable musical experience.

Past Events

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.
5/1/17
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.    
5/1/17
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
5/1/17
The musicians involved in The Faust Project opened up their limited rehearsal time to allow the public to "peak behind the curtain."
5/1/17
Wechsler and Heidelberger worked with young writers at Just Buffalo's Writing Center.
5/1/17
Wechsler and Heidelberger led discussion about Faust, hosted by the Analytical Psychology Society of WNY.
12/1/17
UB English Department colloquium presentation with Neil Wechsler and Nathan Heidelberger, including a scene reading with new, original music.
12/1/17
During their residency,Weschler and Heidelberger will be sharing their expertise and thier experience with students through in-class presentations:
12/1/17
UB Theatre & Dance Department opens their season with the Zodique Dance Company Fall Concert featuring Jennifer Nugent’s new work.
11/11/16
Center for the Arts, Drama Theater Stage
9/18/16
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.
12/4/17
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
12/4/17
Music by Steve Reich & Georg Friedrich Haas with special guests UB students and faculty, February 12, 2016
12/4/17
Open to the Public. FREE tickets required.
10/13/17
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. 
10/13/17
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.
10/13/17
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.
12/1/17
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.