Arts & Humanities in Action
The School's faculty and students are involved in a wide variety of dynamic programs and projects.
The Art Gallery presents exhibitions and public programs on modern and contemporary artists of regional, national, and international significance. Visitors to the gallery can view stimulating and challenging works of art from significant private and public collections as well as new work directly from artist's studios.
In addition to programs devoted to artists from around the U.S. and around the world, the Art Gallery presents exhibitions featuring the work of faculty and students.
The centerpiece of the Green Music Center is the 1,400-seat Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, acoustically designed to rival great venues such as Boston Symphony Hall and Vienna Musikvereinssaal. The modular rear wall of Weill Hall opens fully, extending the concert experience to an outdoor audience of up to 3,000.Nearby is Schroeder's Recital Hall, inspired by the soaring spaces of European churches and featuring seating for 250. The Green Music Center is as much about learning as it is about performance. Since Fall 2008, the Music Education Hall has been occupied by music department faculty and students, and features practice rooms for musicians of all levels.
The student-run internet radio station is a media lab that helps develop a range of skills in the production of radio programs. Work focuses on the production of live and prerecorded pieces for KSUN.
The School of Performing Arts offers valuable and rewarding opportunities for serious, motivated students to develop their artistry in a stimulating and congenial environment at a campus located in a beautiful and culturally rich area. The faculty aim to develop artists and educators who are vitally engaged with each other and the world through the performing arts. The School includes the department of music and the theatre arts and dance department.
The Sonoma Film Institute is the oldest film repertory organization in the north Bay Area. Since 1973, SFI has unspooled enough celluloid to reach the next galaxy. Each year, between September and May, SFI presents more than 50 films. These screenings, ranging from silent cinema to the avant-garde, from contemporary American fare to films from the Third World, expand the educational opportunities to students, as well as providing cultural benefit to the campus and surrounding community.
This is an essential class for students who will work in the broadcasting industry. Students will learn about the history, structure, and operations of local broadcasting. Students are expected to work in a specific department of SSU-TV during the semester.
The student-run newspaper of the campus, the STAR publishes weekly. The faculty advisor offers a comprehensive evaluation of the most recent edition of the campus newspaper.. Instruction is provided on a wide variety of journalism topics, from editing and reporting to ethics and law. Covered is campus information in the areas of news, arts & entertainment, sports, and opinion, among others.
Innovative in design and content, VOLT publishes a range of adventurous writing and appears each fall on the SSU campus. VOLT was originally published by Pacific Film and Literary Association, a non-profit organization registered in California but is now housed at Sonoma State University.The magazine' slarger size offers a larger space than usual for an individual poem. Often, work utilizing white space and typography can be found in VOLT. Each issue includes cover art, frequently by such artists as Joan Mitchell, Hawley Hussey, Jo Whaley, and Stephen Curry. Contributors have included Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, Norma Cole, Barbara Guest, Yusef Komunyakaa, Leslie Scalapino, and Charles Simic, among many others. VOLT has received many awards and honors, including several Pushcart Prize Anthology selections, a Fund for Poetry grant, and several selections for the annual anthology, The Best American Poetry (Scribners).
ZAUM as a literary journal that strives to push boundaries and challenge conventional forms of writing. It is produced by the Small Press Editing Staff of Sonoma State University and is comprised entirely of student works.