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Linfield Reports, 11/16/15

Creative duo to discuss poetry, art at faculty lecture

Professors Ron Mills and Lex RuncimanTwo Linfield College professors, a poet and a painter, will muse about how they create at an upcoming faculty lecture.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, and Ron Mills de Pinyas, professor of art, will present “Making Paintings, Making Poems” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The two will lead a dialogue, one that is in part between two arts – painting and the writing of poems – and in part between two artists. They will discuss improvisation, inspiration and the value of art and writing at an intellectual institution. They will also talk about how they start their work and the flow of their respective processes. Mills de Pinyas will show a montage of images from three series, including mural work, commissions and studio painting. Runciman will share poems of previous work.

“We’re interested in exploring ways that these two arts, and their ongoing practice, might echo or inform or even diverge from each other,” said Runciman. “How do paintings and poems happen?”

Runciman, at Linfield since 1992, has published textbooks, anthologies and five books of poetry. His most recent work, “One Hour That Morning and Other Poems,” was published this year and his work has appeared widely in magazines. He also reviews books on his blog, The Far Corner Reader. Runciman has twice been the recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award, recognizing a senior faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in the classroom, and he has also received the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award recognizing outstanding creative work.

Mills de Pinyas, a member of the Linfield faculty since 1979, is an artist, professor and researcher. His art work has been supported by the Fulbright Scholar Program and exhibited across the U.S. and in Asia and Latin America. One of his mural series was inaugurated at the Hallie Ford Center at Oregon State University, and supported and administered by the Oregon Arts Commission. He was the recipient of the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award recognizing outstanding creative work, and also received the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award in 1994. Mills was honored for longevity and the sustained level of productivity throughout his career at Linfield, in addition to the influence of his work, both nationally and internationally.

For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Dali Quartet presents Linfield Lively Arts performance

Dali QuartetLinfield College will host the Dali Quartet in concert on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The concert will feature performances of traditional string quartet and Latin American repertoire. The program features selections by Johannes Brahms, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Latin music for string quartet including a bolero, “La historia de un amor” by Carlos Almarán, and a tango, “El dia que me quieras” by Carlos Gardel.

In the spirit of Spanish artist Salvador Dali, the Dali Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form. Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dali Quartet are products of Venzeula’s social and music education movement El Sistema and have studied at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Conservatoire de Musique de Genéve, Switzerland and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. Members include Alex Fortes, first violin; Carlos Rubio, second violin; Adriana Linares, viola; and Jesús Morales, cello.

This concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series in collaboration with Friends of Chamber Music. The Linfield Lively Arts Series features guest artists in concerts and outreach programs, including master classes, open rehearsals, and “Meet the Musician” events with students and local audiences.

Tickets are $10 available at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID and K-12 students. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Linfield exhibit to showcase student art

Student artArtwork by Linfield College students will be on display at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition Dec. 2-12 at the Linfield Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

Winning entries will be announced at the artists’ reception Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibit will showcase Linfield student talent in a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics and mixed media pieces.

This year’s juror is Ashley Stull Meyers, an independent curator and arts writer. She has curated exhibitions and programming for multiple institutions including the Wattis Institute and Oakland Museum of California, and has written for DailyServing, The Exhibitionist and BOMB Magazine.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery.


Faculty, students present chamber ensemble performance

Chamber music recitalLinfield College will host a Faculty-Student Chamber Ensemble performance on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The concert will showcase faculty and students in a program of music that highlights chamber music for string quartet and soloists.

Performers include Linfield music faculty mezzo-soprano Hannah Penn, guitarist Pamela Goldsmith and Victoria Gunn on viola, along with professional musicians from Portland-area colleges and performing groups.

The concert includes the popular “Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581” by W.A. Mozart; “Il Tramonto” (“The Sunset,” text by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley) for mezzo-soprano and string quartet by Ottorino Respighi; and Luigi Boccherini’s “Quintet in D Major” for guitar and string quartet.

Clarinet soloists are Mark Dubac of the Oregon Symphony with Linfield senior Quillan Bourassa and junior Parker Wells. Penn, who also performs with the Portland Opera, is the featured soloist in Il Tramonto. Classical guitarist Goldsmith will perform a duet with senior Adrian Clifford, and will also be the guitarist for the Boccherini Quintet. The string quartet players are Gunn, viola; Casey Bozell, violin; Heather Mastel-Lipson, violin; and Valdine Mishkin, cello.

The performance is free and open to the public, and made possible by the generosity of dedicated music supporters who value live classical music in the community. It is part of the Department of Music’s program in ensemble education, giving advanced Linfield music students the opportunity to play alongside mentor musicians in study and performance.

For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Recital, pre-concert lecture set for chamber recital

Linfield College bannerLinfield College will host a fall chamber musical recital Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center.

The recital will highlight five chamber music ensembles including flute ensemble, string ensemble, cello quintet, clarinet choir and brass quintet. The performances will feature pieces by composers including Giovanni Gabrieli, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Johann Strauss, and 2014 Linfield graduate, Zach Gulaboff Davis.

The ensemble coaches include Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music, and adjunct instructors Diane Chaplin, Vicki Gunn and Denise Westby.

The recital will focus on this year’s theme for the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE), “Air, Water, Earth, and Fire: The ancient elements on a changing planet.”

The performance is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Linfield hosts annual Dance Showcase

Linfield Dance EnsembleLinfield College student dancers will present the annual Fall Dance Showcase Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The showcase will feature student choreography and performances. Individual dancers as well as members of the Hip Hop Club and Dance Team will perform jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop dances.

The showcase is led by Emily Crocker, instructor of dance at Linfield. Crocker earned her B.S. in dance at the University of Oregon and has been teaching at Linfield since 2005.

It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Community news

John Sagers, professor of history, was invited to give the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Lecture on Nov. 2 at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China and spoke on “The Crucial Role of Entrepreneurs in the Modernization of Japan.”

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, published an article, “What Kinds of Novels Did Shakespeare Write?” on The New Yorker website.

Eric Schuck, professor of economics, wrote an opinion piece, “The best homecoming for veterans is a job,” published Nov. 10 in the Oregonian. He also spoke during a Veterans Day tribute, “Honor Their Service,” on Nov. 11 at Lake Oswego City Hall.

The English Department held the fourth annual Undergraduate Literature Conference on Friday, Nov. 13, in Nicholson Library. During the day about a dozen students presented papers they have written for various classes and had selected for the program. Marie Lo of Portland State University presented a keynote talk, “Is Gardening Color-blind? Neoliberal Environmentalism and Asian North American Literature.”


Campus calendar


7 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Northwest Christian


7 p.m.: Lex Runciman and Ron Mills de Pinyas faculty lecture, “Making Paintings, Making Poems,” 201 Riley Hall

7:30 p.m.: Dali Quartet, Ice Auditorium


11 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA III Nationals

4 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Whittier

7 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Idaho


2 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Occidental


6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pomona-Pitzer


5 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Cal Tech

7 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Cal Tech


2 p.m.: Men’s basketball at La Verne


2 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Redlands

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