The Creative Life

The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany

The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the University Art Museum, New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with WAMC Public Radio. Sponsored by The University at Albany Foundation, the series features live onstage interviews conducted by WAMC’s "Roundtable" host Joe Donahue with artists of national and international prominence in conversation about their creative inspiration, their craft, their careers and the demands of sustaining an artistic practice over time. A question and answer period closes each program.  

Creative Life guests span the creative disciplines including writing, music, dance, choreography, visual arts, architecture, theatre, filmmaking and more.  The series celebrates the depth and range of artistic practices, helps to demystify the creative process for the audience and explores what it means to dedicate one’s life to a creative pursuit.  It is also intended to bring attention to the vibrant arts community on the University at Albany campus. 

All Creative Life events are free and open to the public.  The conversations this fall will take place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus at 1400 Washington Avenue.

Major support for The Creative Life is provided by The University at Albany Foundation with additional support from University Auxiliary Services and UAlbany's Alumni Association.  

Upcoming Guests:

 
 

Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay
Tuesday, November 2 at 7pm

The designer and author are married and will be interviewed as a couple.

A UAlbany alum, designer Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest running podcasts. Millman has written six books and has two books of illustrated essays.  Her latest publication is Why Design Matters, just recently released by HarperCollins.  Her illustrated works have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company.  Millman’s artwork is included in the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Gay is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and The New York Times bestsellers Bad Feminist and Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming, is at work on television and film projects and has a newsletter, The Audacity.

Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay

Past Guests:

2021

Ruth Reichl - October 5, 2021
Chef
Food writer
Culinary editor
 

2020

Jhumpa Lahiri - January 30, 2020
Acclaimed author
Pulitzer Prize winner
Novelist and short-story writer 
 

2019

Philippe Petit - October 3, 2019
High wire artist
Star of Man on Wire

Rakim - October 28, 2019
Rapper and MC
Part of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim

Susan Orlean - March 1, 2019
Journalist
Author of The Orchid Thief

Paul Reiser - April 4, 2019 
Actor & author
Star of Mad About You

 

 

 

 

2018

Bibbe Hansen - September 5, 2018
Musician
Performance artist
Star of Andy Warhol films

Jean Shin - November 1, 2018
Noted sculptor
Art curator
Public installation artist

Esmeralda Santiago - November 8, 2018
Author & essayist
Social activist
Documentary film writer

Garth Fagan - March 28, 2018
Lion King Choreographer
Tony Award winner
Dance company founder

Patti LuPone - April 26, 2018
Actress, singer, Broadway star
Grammy & Tony Award winner
New York Times best-selling author


2017

Lois Lowry - November 10, 2017
Author of The Giver & Number the Stars
Newbery Medal winner
Leading voice of children's literature

Regina Carter - February 11, 2017
Violin virtuoso
Jazz artist and improviser
MacArthur Fellow

David Salle - March 23, 2017
Renowned painter
Film and stage designer
Author on fine art


2016

Joyce Carol Oates - September 15, 2016
Novelist, poet and essayist
Pulitzer Prize finalist
New York Times best-selling author

Savion Glover - October 15, 2016
Dancer, choreographer and hoofer
Tony Award nominee and winner
Broadway, television and film star