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Tuesday, January 5

In Conversation with Sarah Rasmussen of McCarter Theatre

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The Arts Council takes great pride in our diverse community of artists, authors, and creatives of all disciplines.
In Conversation is a curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art! Breaking down the barriers between artist and art-appreciator, In Conversation delves into inspiration, technique, and artistic aspirations. 

 

The Arts Council welcomes Sarah Rasmussen, Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre Center, for a virtual conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program. Tune in to learn more about Sarah’s background, writing, art practice, and vision for McCarter during this pivotal time for the arts in Princeton.

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About Sarah:

Sarah Rasmussen started her first theater company at 14 in her hometown of Sisseton, South Dakota, after seeing a Garland Wright production. Since then she’s gone on to a directing, producing, and teaching career with critical acclaim for inventive storytelling and a generous exchange between actor and audience. Rasmussen is the former Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, MN where she commissioned, directed, and produced new work. She was recently named Star Tribune‘s Artist of the Year and is an inaugural recipient of the BOLD Leadership Circle grant. Directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Dallas Theater Center, Actors Theater of Louisville and La Jolla Playhouse. Awards include MN Theater Award for The Wolves, Princess Grace, an Ivey Award for Overall Excellence, Drama League and Fulbright fellowships. New work development with Playwrights’ Center, The O’Neill, The Lark, and many others. Alum of the Women’s Project, SoHo Rep., and Lincoln Center Directing Labs. She was formerly the Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab new work development program and Head of MFA Directing at the University of Texas at Austin. MFA from the University of California, San Diego. BA in English and Theater from St. Olaf College.

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]

Wednesday, January 6

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]

Thursday, January 7

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]

Friday, January 8

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]

Saturday, January 9

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]

Sunday, January 10

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]

Monday, January 11

Travels: Domestic and aBroad

 

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Krysia was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Libby was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other’s art-making ever since.  

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSTppyXZBE&t=10s&ab_channel=ArtsCouncilofPrinceton[/embed]

Libby’s mixed media pieces–with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal–were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title.  Libby rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with another woman’s, the artist’s, sensibilities and creativity.

 

Krysia’s work, the “Domestic” in our title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Krysia’s late father’s workbench. 

 

“We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together.” 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_28716" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Krysia Kolodziej
Be Prepared[/caption]