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Duffy Colloquium examines community through art

April 9, 2013

For nearly a decade, the annual spring Duffy Colloquium has brought guest presenters to the college that embody The Duffy Community Partnerships and the Leadership Initiative spirit—“hands on, heads engaged.”  The Duffy is a tradition at Beloit, and hundreds of students have been placed in internships around the town of Beloit through the program.

It’s an event that’s meant to “bring together the campus and community to discuss the question ‘What makes a good society?’” says Director of Community-Based Learning Carol Wickersham. This year’s speakers, Amy Horst and Paul Notzold, will explore that question through the lens of community art. Horst is the deputy director of programming for the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wis.; Notzold is a new media artist and designer whose work often contains an interactive element.

The two guest speakers will present “From Point A to Point B—Powered by Public Art,” at 8 p.m. Thursday (April 11) in Richardson Auditorium. Prior to the address, Notzold will produce an interactive, light-based interaction—weather-permitting—most likely in Pearsons Quad, around 7:30 p.m. Participants may be able to add to the piece via text message; check the college’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Thursday for up-to-date details.

Duffy art 

The JMKAC is co-sponsoring the spring colloquium this year, along with the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships, the Liberal Arts and Practice Center, and the sociology department. The event is free and open to the public.

About the speakers

Horst works closely with artists at the JMKAC, which aims to be a “catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and ideas that impact both artists and people.” 

Notzold’s work has been exhibited and performed internationally, and he has 14 years of design experience for clients like TIME magazine and the Obama campaign, in addition to time spent teaching at Parsons School of Design.