21st-Century Graffiti, with a 19th-Century Twist

Heidi Kraus, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Director of the De Pree Gallery

Dr. Heidi Kraus remembers precisely the moment it happened. “When I was a young kid, I traveled to France,” recalls Kraus. “I remember walking into the Grand Gallery in the Louvre, where all the large-format paintings are. There was one…

Performing Debussy as a Scholarly Pursuit

Andrew Le, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Andrew “Drew” Le completed his second CD in October 2017, performing all 12 piano études by French composer Claude Debussy, and it was an all-Hope production. The album was recorded — in one day — in the college’s gleaming…

The Play’s the Thing

Richard Perez, MFA | Assistant Professor of Theatre

Diversity and fresh starts were hallmarks of two of Professor Rich Perez’s 2017 projects. Summer took him to Chicago to direct the UrbanTheatre Company’s production of Richard Montoya’s Water & Power; Perez and Montoya updated the script to shift the…

True North

D.R. James

The lone crow on the lone pole where the weathervane used to whirl insinuates my need for misdirection. He is an arrow of skittish attention, of scant intention: the cock and hop, the flick and caw toward anything on the…

City by City, the Arts Interpret Culture

María Claudia André, Ph.D. | Professor of Spanish

In the evening in some Buenos Aires clubs, guitars and accordions called bandoneons weave syncopated tango rhythms that draw patrons to the dance floor and echo back to the early 20th century. In Mexico City, vivid murals still transform buildings…