This Week at SJC Annapolis

Here are some events happening January 26 to February 1 on the Annapolis campus. To see more programs and events, click here.

Students: Check your SJC e-mail for the weekly calendar that lists information about activities, clubs, math and writing assistance, and more.

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Senior Essay Writing Period Concludes with Celebratory Bell Ringing

AN_St._Johns_College_Senior_Writing_during_Essay_Period.jpgEvery year the bell of St. John’s College’s McDowell Hall rings to mark an important rite of passage for seniors at the country’s third oldest college. This year approximately 101 seniors will be allowed one celebratory peal between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 1, commemorating the completion of the senior essay that is due earlier that evening. The senior essay is an exploration of a book or a question that is meant to draw on all the skills cultivated in four years of reading and discussing great books. 

Seniors will turn in their essays to Dean Pamela Kraus before midnight January 31 at a reception at the home of President Christopher Nelson in Annapolis. Then they return to campus to press a button to sound the bell in McDowell Hall’s cupola.

Coverage of the senior writing period has included video and print interviews with students (more video here, here, and here).

This spring, seniors will participate in formal, hour-long oral exams on their essays. These examinations represent the culmination of their academic life at St. John's. Seniors typically choose topics of particular interest to them from their studies of the foundational works of Western civilization.

Annapolis Architecture Lecture Series Continues on February 1

The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College will present a lecture series on Annapolis architecture from the 18th through 21st centuries. Led by local historians, architects, and scholars, the series addresses the question of how to "read" buildings by identifying style, design, and historical context.

February 1 19th Century: Annapolis Residential Architectural (Commodore Waddell House, 86-88 State Circle, Gassaway-Feldmeyer House and the James Andrews House) from 2 to 5 p.m. Architect Chip Bohl, principal of Bohl Architects, will discuss the Commodore Waddell House and 86-88 State Circle. Donna Ware, senior vice president of Preservation, Historic Annapolis, will discuss the Gassaway-Feldmeyer House and the James Andrews House. Bohl and Ware will introduce several examples of Annapolis 19th century architecture in their lectures. Registration is required. The cost is $30 per lecture, and admission is by ticket only. Walking tour of house exteriors, weather permitting.

March 1 20th Century: Annapolis Institutional Architecture (United States Naval Academy) from 2 to 5 p.m. Sara Phillips, architect of the United States Naval Academy, and James W. Cheevers, senior curator of the United States Naval Academy Museum, will discuss the U.S. Naval Academy campus, followed by an optional walking tour of the Academy Yard, weather permitting. Registration is required. The cost is $30 per lecture, and admission is by ticket only.

June 7 21st Century: The Future of Architecture (Richard Neutra's Mellon Hall renovation) from 2 to 5 p.m. Steve Ziger, principal architect of Ziger/Snead architecture studio, will discuss the 2002 renovation of St. John's College's Mellon Hall (1958), originally designed by Richard Neutra. Registration is required. The cost is $30 per lecture, and admission is by ticket only.

Registration

Registration is now open. To register, click here.

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"A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters" Exhibition Opens

The Mitchell Gallery Exhibition Runs from January 15 to March 1, 2015

Come visit The Mitchell Gallery in January and February to see this 'Must See' exhibition, which focuses on a lineage of American Realism begun, in part, by Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978), a student and contemporary of Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930), through the present day. Though representing various genres, themes, and approaches, these artists share a commonality which involves painting from direct observation. This exhibition celebrates a representational lineage that has persevered through the antagonism of the Modern era and continues to enrich the discussion of contemporary American art.

This exhibition is curated by Matt Klos, Associate Professor, Anne Arundel Community College, with assistance from Lucinda Edinberg.

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Stanley Lewis (American, b. 1941), Leeds Bridge (detail), 2011, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the Artist and Betty Cunningham Gallery.

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Gideon Bok (American, b. 1966), The King of Nails (detail), 2006-2010, Oil on Linen, 70” x 79”, Courtesy of the Artist.

Related Programs:

January 23 Members Preview Reception. Be the first to preview the “American Perceptual Painters” exhibition at this elegant wine and hors d'oeuvres reception from 5 to 7 p.m. By invitation only. To become a member, click here.

January 25 Opening Reception and Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “American Perceptual Painters” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

February 1 19th Century: Annapolis Residential Architectural (Commodore Waddell House, 86-88 State Circle, Gassaway-Feldmeyer House and the James Andrews House) from 2 to 5 p.m. Architect Chip Bohl, principal of Bohl Architects, will discuss the Commodore Waddell House and 86-88 State Circle. Donna Ware, senior vice president of Preservation, Historic Annapolis, will discuss the Gassaway-Feldmeyer House and the James Andrews House. Bohl and Ware will introduce several examples of Annapolis 19th century architecture in their lectures. Registration is required. The cost is $30 per lecture, and admission is by ticket only. Walking tour of house exteriors, weather permitting. For more information, please go to the Architecture Lecture page.

February 4 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “American Perceptual Painters”exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

February 5 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “American Perceptual Painters”exhibition followed by a discussion of Cane by Jean Toomer, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. St. John’s College tutor David Townsend will lead the discussion. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2556.

February 17 Curator's Talk. Curator Matt Klos will give a gallery talk on the “American Perceptual Painters” exhibition at 5:30 p.m.

February 22 Artists Panel Discussion. Select “American Perceptual Painters” artists and curator Matt Klos will discuss the exhibition at 3 p.m.

March 1 20th Century: Annapolis Institutional Architecture (United States Naval Academy) from 2 to 5 p.m. Sara Phillips, architect of the United States Naval Academy, and James W. Cheevers, senior curator of the United States Naval Academy Museum, will discuss the U.S. Naval Academy campus, followed by an optional walking tour of the Academy Yard, weather permitting. Registration is required. The cost is $30 per lecture, and admission is by ticket only. For more information, please go to the Architecture Lecture page.

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