Free Performance Art production is unique form of creative expression

(04-22-2009)

Expect the unexpected during the Adams State College Performance Art show at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and May 5, in the Xperimental Theater. The production is free and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Performance art has been around since early 20th century, it can bizarre and extremely creative. Throughout the semester the Adams State performance art students studied the history of performance art, including all movements. Students have created films, identity pieces, dance, poetry, and emotionally charged skits to reflect personal opinion, the state of society, or the humor in life.

As a recipient of the 2008 Adams State Presidential Teacher Award, Eugene Schilling, professor of art, had the opportunity to teach a special Presidential Teacher Course. He approached Provost Michael Mumper about offering a performance art course for the spring 2009 semester. Dr. John Taylor, professor of theater and recipient of the 2009 Adams State Presidential Teacher Award, agreed to team-teach the class. He and Schilling recruited art and theater students, each group making up half the class.

Schilling said when professors across campus ask him how the class is going, he replies, "The students show up 15 minutes early and nearly every class has full attendance." Taylor said it has been an exciting opportunity to watch the students grow and develop their personal styles. He believes audiences will appreciate the diversity and depth of the production. "Performance art has been compared to describing an elephant - what it looks like depends on where you're standing."

The May 4 and May 5 performances will include individual and group performances. Due to adult subject matter, including nudity, explicit language, references to sex and drugs, mature audiences recommended.

For more information call 719-587-8499.

By Linda Relyea