Visiting Artists

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Wright State University, the College of Liberal Arts, and CELIA: The Ohio Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education, Leadership & Innovation in the Arts, is pleased to present Modern: Reimagining the New, a year-long Distinguished Visiting Artist Series reimagining music, art, and dance.

Modern: Reimagining the New features Sō Percussion, Dwight Rhoden and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and a reinstallation of Wright State’s Sol LeWitt wall drawing for public viewing, concerts, lectures, film screenings, master classes, and panel discussion—all of them free and open to the public. We think you’ll find much to like in this menu of offerings—thanks for joining us!

Visiting Artists

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Recognition Year: 
2017

COMPLEXIONS was conceived in 1994 to blend the uniqueness and the diversity of artists of different cultures and races and to celebrate a shared passion for dance.

John Hogan

Recognition Year: 
2017

John Hogan is the Mary Jo and Ted Shen Installations Director and Archivist for Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings at Yale University Art Gallery. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007)

Recognition Year: 
2017

Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was a leading figure in the Conceptual Art movement from the 1960s until his death in 2007.

Sō Percussion

Recognition Year: 
2017

For over a decade, Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture.

Dwight Rhoden

Recognition Year: 
2017

Founding Artistic Director/resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rhoden has established a remarkably wide- ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.”

Keith Lockhart

Recognition Year: 
2014-15
Since Keith Lockhart’s appointment as seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in August of 2010, highlights of his tenure include two critically acclaimed North American tours (2010-2011 and 2012-2013 seasons), conducting annual performances at The Proms, and celebrating the orchestra’s 60th year in 2012.

Stephen Schwartz

Recognition Year: 
2012-13

Stephen Schwartz first found acclaim following his work as composer for Godspell in 1971. He wrote the music and new lyrics for the show, for which he won several awards, including two Grammys.