Visiting Artists and Special Programs in the Arts


The Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program, begun in 1999, introduces an artist of significant renown to the college and community, through an exhibition of their work at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, a special lecture and presentation by the artist, or a concert performance. All events are open to the public.


Fall 2014 Visiting Artists

Dierdre Friel
Musical Theater Workshop with Dierdre Friel
September 15, 2014, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Quimby Theater
Event Open to High School and College Students
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Dierdre Friel


Lucas Papaelias
Workshop with Professional Actor Lucas Papaelias
October 6, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Quimby Theater
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Lucas Papaelias


Grace Wapner
Opening Reception with Slide Lecture
October 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge
Exhibition runs October 9 - November 7, 2014
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Grace Wapner


Past Visiting Artists:

Spring 2014 Visiting Artist: Tim Rowan
Fall 2013 Visiting Artist: Keiko Sono
Spring 2013 Visiting Artist: Kelly Kinsella
Fall 2011 Visiting Artist: Linda Montano
Spring 2012 Visiting Artist: Scott Freiman
Fall 2012 Visiting Artist: Julianne Swartz


Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Series

This unique program brings an established regional artist to campus for an entire semester to present a series of events, open to the public.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at SUNY Ulster began in the Spring of 1999. The goal of the program is to celebrate the rich arts culture in this community and to give SUNY Ulster students and the general public the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate all forms of arts and to make the arts a part of their own lives. In 2007, the program was renamed the Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Program to honor the memory of Larry Berk, for his extraordinary work in creating several series of cultural, intellectual and artistic programs that are unique among New York State's community colleges. 


 Past Artists-in-Residence: 



New York-born Don Byron is a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions. As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, klezmer, rhythm and blues, gospel, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation, documented on more than a dozen of recordings as bandleader, including the Grammy-nominated and Jazz Times Record of the Year 2004Ivey-Divey.

For the past two decades, Byron has been consistently voted best clarinetist by leading international music magazines. He is a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist, a recipient ofGuggenheim and U.S. Artists Fellowships.

In 2009, he was awarded the Rome Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Composition. Also a gifted teacher, he has led residencies at many universities, including Harvard and Columbia, and was a visiting Professor at MIT and at SUNY Albany, teaching theory, saxophone, improvisation and composition.

His residency included three Master Classes and ended with a concert.

Don Byron

Director, choreographer and educator Joe Langworth has worked in the Broadway theater for more than 20 years. From his start performing in A Chorus Line at the Shubert Theatre to his recent contributions to the award-winning Broadway productions of South Pacificand Next Fall, he also is a passionate teacher and a contributing faculty member at both SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster.

This past year he directed Tony Award winner Paulo Szot in his one man concert that premiered at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and went on to play New York's 54 Below. Langworth recently received a Broadway World award nomination for best director for his work with Szot.

Joe Langworth
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