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The inaugural events in a new conversation series in the arts at UAlbany, “The Creative Life,” continue with two additional artists in the spring. Violin virtuoso Regina Carter will appear on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Renowned American painter David Salle will appear on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the same location. Both artists will be interviewed on stage by WAMC’s “Roundtable” host Joe Donahue followed by a Q & A session. The events are free and open to the public.

“Our guests will span the creative disciplines, including writing, music, dance, choreography, visual arts, architecture, theatre, and filmmaking,”

- Janet Riker,
Director of the University Art Museum.

The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany
is an exciting new initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum, all of which are housed and function on the main campus of the University at Albany. Other guests in this inaugural year of the series have included author Joyce Carol Oates and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover who appeared in September and October 2016, respectively.

Presented by the University at Albany Foundation, the series features live onstage interviews conducted by WAMC’s 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 all of the programs. 

The goal of the series is to highlight guests who 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.

Regina CarterFebruary 11 (Saturday): 
Regina Carter, jazz violinist

Conversation — 4:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center


Classically trained, Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. She studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Oakland University.  She lived and played in Germany and Detroit before moving to New York City to play with the New York String Trio for six years.  She then launched her career as a band leader, releasing several albums of contemporary jazz, and drew attention for her work on the recording of Wynton Marsalis’s composition “Blood on the Fields” which won a Pulitzer Prize. She toured with Marsalis in 1997 and went on the road with jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson in 1998.  In 2001, Regina became the first jazz musician and the first African-American to play the 250-year-old Guarneri violin once owned by Niccolo Paganini when she performed in a special benefit concert and recorded her CD, Paganini: After a Dream, a mix of classical music and jazz. In 2006, she was selected as a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Award.”  Her current project is “Simply Ella,” celebrating the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, which she will perform at The Egg at 8 p.m. on February 11. (For ticket information contact The Egg Box Office at 518-473-1845.)

DAvid Salle, photo by Robert WrightMarch 23 (Thursday): 
David Salle, internationally renowned painter

Conversation — 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center


David Salle is an internationally renowned painter whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Museum and National Galarie of Berlin, among many others.   He also has a long-standing involvement with performance working extensively over the last 25 years with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas.  Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, and Art News, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. He is a regular contributor for Town & Country Magazine. His collection of critical essays, How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016 and was described by author Salmon Rushdie as "a brilliant series of reflections on how artists think when they make their work." 

Reception immediately following in UAlbany’s  Performing Arts Center, Futterer Lounge.
The University Art Museum will be open until 7 p.m. on the evening of March 23rd

Major support for “The Creative Life” is provided by The University at Albany Foundation with additional support from the Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and University Auxiliary Services.

More information can be obtained by calling the Performing Arts Center’s box office at (518) 442-3997, or the Writers Institute at (518) 442-5620.