Art and Cultural Events

JANUARY

Wesleyan Market
Saturday, January 9, 9AM-1PM
Wesleyan College front campus
This fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art, and jewelry by local artisans. Music and fun educational events also offered. To find out what’s happening this Saturday and for a full vendor list, like us on Facebook. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233.Wesleyan art galleries are open in Porter Fine Arts Building 10AM – 2PM.

Chamber Musicians, WindSync
Tuesday, January 19, 7PM
Pierce Chapel
Presented by the Macon Concert Association
Fresh and energetic chamber musicians who interpret classical music, WindSync expands the wind quintet repertoire. Internationally recognized and a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. Tickets $25 adults/$10 students (478) 301-5470 or visit the Grand Opera House box house M-F, 10AM-5PM.

LIVE Jazz Concert
Thursday, January 21, 7PM
Hurdle Café, Olive Swann Porter Building
Wesleyan College students and other Macon musicians join Dr. Chenny Gan for a lively evening of jazz in celebration of  Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and Black History Month. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259.

FREE TO 10th & 11th GRADERS: I Love Math Day
Saturday, January 23, 2016
9:30AM registration in the Olive Swann Porter Building lobby. Lunch will be provided at no charge. Registration required. RSVP to Graduation Advisor by January 19. Transportation will be provided from home school. 478/ 757-3800.

Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance
Thursday, January 28, 11:15AM
Porter Auditorium
Actor Jamyl Dobson and trio (cello, piano, & percussion) celebrate the lives of the great African American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The musical score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk, and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. Free and open to the public. 

Works on Paper from Wesleyan’s Collection
January 28 – May 27
West Gallery, Porter Fine Arts Building
Wesleyan’s choice collection of watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, and multimedia on paper; many exhibited for the first time. Galleries are open M-F, 1-5PM and during Market Saturdays, 10-2PM. Free and open to the public. 

Wesleyan Theatre Club Presents: A Clothes-Minded Night of Scenes
Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30, 8PM
Grassmann-Porter Studio Theatre, Porter Fine Arts Building
Admission: Clothes for donation to WEAR in support of Daybreak. Seating is limited. (478) 757-5259 or theatre@wesleyancollege.edu


FEBRUARY

Wesleyan Art Students art exhibition
February 9 – April 8
East Gallery, Porter Fine Arts Building
Opening reception: Thursday, February 9, 6-7:30PM
Group exhibition of Wesleyan art students’ work in drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography. Galleries are open M-F, 1-5PM and during Market Saturdays, 10-2PM. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5189.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration 
Sunday, February 7, 7PM
Porter Auditorium
Wesleyan’s Confucius Institute will celebrate the most important holiday in Chinese culture—New Year!  Ring in the Year of the Monkey with a performance of traditional Chinese dances, songs and music. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5212.

Faculty and Guest Recital with Dr. Michael McGhee, Wesleyan Organist 
Thursday, February 11, 7:30PM
Porter Auditorium
Enjoy a spectacular evening of music performed on Wesleyan’s historic Aeolian organ. Michael McGhee, organ; Chenny Gan, piano; and David Johnson, violin. Repertoire includes compositions by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Guilmant, and Lemare. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259.

Wesleyan Market
Saturday, February 13, 9AM-1PM
Wesleyan College front campus.
This fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art, and jewelry by local artisans. Music and fun educational events also offered. To find out what’s happening this Saturday and for a full vendor list like us on Facebook. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233.Wesleyan art galleries are open in Porter Fine Arts Building. 10AM – 2PM.

Beijing Bamboo Orchestra
Monday, February 22, 7PM

Pierce Chapel
Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5212.

Athens Guitar Duo
Thursday, February 25, 7:30PM
Burden Parlor, Olive Swann Porter Building
Presented by the Macon Concert Association
Dusty Woodruff and Mathew Anderson perform modern and classical works with meticulous and masterful artistry and a youthfulness and freshness that pushes the boundaries of guitar performance.  Seating is limited. Tickets $25 adults/$10 students (478) 301-5470 or visit the Grand Opera House box house M-F, 10AM-5PM.

120th Annual STUNT! 
Saturday, February 27, 7PM
Porter Auditorium
2016 is the 120th annual STUNT, a student-produced musical revue and competition for the coveted STUNT cup.  Proceeds benefit scholarships. Tickets: $7 per person/$5 students. General admission tickets are available at the door. (478) 757-5257.


MARCH

15th Annual Georgia Art History Forum
Friday, March 4, 9AM – 5PM
Trice Rooms, Olive Swann Porter Building
Undergraduate art history students from all Georgia colleges and universities present their juried papers and power point presentations in concurrent sessions, 9:30-11:30 and 1-4.  The plenary talk, 11:30-12 is by Tonya Parker, Director of Education and Outreach, Tubman Museum.  The annual conference is hosted by Wesleyan and sponsored by the Georgia Undergraduate Art History Consortium. Guided gallery tours at 4PM, Porter Fine Arts Building. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5189.

Georgia Women of Achievement 25th Annual Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, March 9, 11AM
Pierce Chapel
Please join us for GWA’s 25th Annual Induction Ceremony celebrating the work of three groundbreaking Georgia women: Sarah Harper Heard (1853-1919), Ellamae Ellis League ’20 (1899-1991), and Katie Hall Underwood (1884-1977). The keynote speaker is author Maya Van Wagenen with an inspiring and uplifting message suitable for all audiences. Free and open to the public. Luncheon following the ceremony: Cost: $30 per person; $225 per table (8 seats). Online registration available at www.georgiawomen.org 

Wesleyan Market
Saturday, March 12, 9AM-1PM
Wesleyan College front campus.
This fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art, and jewelry by local artisans. Music and fun educational events also offered. To find out what’s happening this Saturday and for a full vendor list like us on Facebook. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233.Wesleyan art galleries are open in Porter Fine Arts Building. 10AM – 2PM.

Grand Ensemble MONSTER PIANO Concert
Sunday, March 13, 3PM
Porter Auditorium
A dozen, 15, as many as 18 pianists playing simultaneously on six grand pianos. Teachers and students from the Macon Music Teachers Association will perform. Free and open to the public. Donations will benefit MMTA scholarships. (478) 757-5259.

Dr. Elaine Neil Orr, Campbell-Stripling Distinguished Writer-in-Residence 
Tuesday, March 15, 11:15AM
Taylor Amphitheater
Reading: Thursday, March 17, 7PM
Benson Room, Candler Alumnae Center
Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Professor of English at North Carolina State University, Orr’s 2003 memoir Gods of Noonday reflects on her experiences as a daughter of missionaries in Nigeria, which is also the setting of her 2013 novel A Different Sun. In addition to creative writing, Dr. Orr's interests include trans-Atlantic studies and women's studies, and she has edited a collection of essays entitled Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads, and Third Culture Kids. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5181.

Senior Recital: Clarice Yiwen Zhang, piano
“Classic Meets Jazz”
March 22, 7PM
Pierce Chapel


APRIL

WOW! A Day for Macon
Saturday, April 2, starting at 8AM
Meet in Anderson Dining Hall for the day’s assignment with Wesleyan’s Lane Center for Service and Leadership. Rebuilding Macon has identified several homes in need of repair. Each paint stroke/nail driven will be a direct result of Wesleyan’s commitment to serving our community. Lunch will be catered to each location. The community is invited to join us. For information, (478) 757-3800.

Senior Recital: Melissa Rodgriguez, mezzo-soprano
April 2, 4PM
Burden Parlor, Olive Swann Porter Building

Senior Recital: Lily Xintian Jiang, mezzo-soprano
April 9, 4PM
Burden Parlor, Olive Swann Porter Building

Ceramist Jill Foote-Hutton
April 9 – May 1
McCrary Gallery, Murphey Art Building
Artist’s Lecture Friday April 8, 12-1PM
Murphey Art Building, Room 104
Opening reception Friday, April 8, 6-7PM
McCrary Gallery, Murphey Art Building
Ceramic artist, Jill Foote-Hutton’s series, Communal Narratives, is an iteration of storytelling, curating and making with interaction. Foote-Hutton specializes in community-based and social practice. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5189.

Wesleyan Market
Saturday, April 9, 9AM-1PM
Wesleyan College front campus.
This fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art, and jewelry by local artisans. Music and fun educational events also offered. To find out what’s happening this Saturday and for a full vendor list like us on Facebook. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233.Wesleyan art galleries are open in Porter Fine Arts Building. 10AM – 2PM.

Music in the Arboretum, featuring Small Potatoes 
Saturday, April 16, 7PM 
Anderson Cabin, Wesleyan Arboretum
The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso have developed a repertoire they describe as "Celtic to Cowboy." Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit." Seating is limited to 50 seats maximum for this intimate house concert. Tickets: $20 per person. Bring your finger food and beverages to enjoy before the concert. (478) 757-5262.

Lamar Lecture Series, featuring children’s author Carmen Deedy 
Monday, April 18, 6:30PM
Taylor Amphitheater
Wesleyan’s 15th Annual Storytelling Festival featuring renowned children’s author Carmen Deedy and Wesleyan Education Department storytellers. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5262.

Wesleyan’s Annual Spring Recital
Monday, April 18, 7PM 
Porter Auditorium
Voice, piano, and organ students perform solo repertoire. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259.

Senior Studio Art Major Exhibition
April 20 – May 14
East Gallery, Porter Fine Arts Building
Opening reception: Thursday, April 20, 6-7:30PM
Group exhibition of Wesleyan senior students’ majoring in studio art: drawing, painting, photography, ceramics. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5189.

Senior Recital: Nichelle Frazier, Soprano
April 23, 3PM
Pierce Chapel

Senior Recital: Jordan Gilbert, soprano
April 23, 6PM
Burden Parlor, Olive Swann Porter Building

Senior Recital: Alannah Shelby Rivers, Soprano
April 24, 4PM
Pierce Chapel

Wesleyan Theatre Presents: Student-Directed One-Act Plays
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 28, 29, 30, 8PM
Grassmann-porter Studio Theatre, Porter Fine Arts Building
Seating is limited. Admission $10/seniors and alumnae $5. (478) 757-5259 or theatre@wesleyancollege.edu.


MAY

Wesleyan’s Annual Spring Concert
Sunday, May 1, 4PM
Pierce Chapel
A celebrated concert featuring the Wesleyan Concert Choir and the Wesleyannes. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259.

Wesleyan Market
Saturday, May 14, 9AM-1PM
Wesleyan College front campus.
This fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art, and jewelry by local artisans. Music and fun educational events also offered. To find out what’s happening this Saturday and for a full vendor list like us on Facebook. Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5233.Wesleyan art galleries are open in Porter Fine Arts Building. 10AM – 2PM.

Wesleyan Market
Saturdays, June 11, July 9, and August 13, 9AM-1PM