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Fine Arts Calendar

Experience the arts at Cabrini University! From performances by renowned musicians and the Cabrini Chorus to art exhibitions and student theatre productions, Cabrini prides itself in being an integral part of the arts in the local community.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Events subject to change

Posters for the People: Art of the WPA 1936-1943

September 14-October 14, 2017, in the Gorevin Gallery, Holy Spirit Library

  • Opening Reception:
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    4:30-6:30pm, Curator talk at 5:00pm in the Gorevin Gallery, Holy Spirit Library

In the 1930s, the United States was in crisis. The economic system had collapsed and one-quarter of the country’s workforce was unemployed. In an effort to rebuild the nation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a series of programs in 1933 called the “New Deal.” The largest agency of this recovery program, the Works Progress Administration, employed millions of jobless workers in an ambitious campaign to build roads, bridges and public buildings, and enhance community life through health, education, arts and culture.

The WPA Poster Division, which existed from 1936-1943, was charged with producing posters to raise awareness and promote a wide range of programs, activities, and behaviors that the Roosevelt administration believed would improve people’s lives. From roughly 500 artists hired throughout the life of the project, more than 35,000 designs were created and 2 million posters were produced and distributed.

With no centralized government record of this body of art, Posters for the People is a people’s initiative dedicated to building the most comprehensive record of posters created by the WPA artists. They have been brought together from public and private collections into a virtual archive that highlights the beauty and importance that WPA posters represent in our American social history.

The Posters for the People book and traveling exhibit highlight the most stunning designs and rare originals from this collection of work that connected the ideals of a nation with the everyday lives of its people.


Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences

Photographs by Matthew Christopher

October 19- November 20, 2017, in the Gorevin Gallery, Holy Spirit Library

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:30-6:30pm, Artist Talk and Book signing at 5:00pm in the Gorevin Gallery, Holy Spirit Library

Photo by Matthew Christopher

Founded by Matthew Christopher in 2006 as a catalogue of the remains of modern ruins, Abandoned America has since developed into two books and one of the world's leading websites examining the phenomena of abandoned buildings. Originally intended as a documentation of the rise and fall of the state hospital system, Abandoned America rapidly grew to encompass derelict factories and industrial sites, schools, churches, power plants, ship and streetcar graveyards, hospitals, prisons, military installations, hotels, resorts, homes, and more. To date, the collection includes hundreds of locations, including the United States Air Force’s 2,600 acre aircraft boneyard and an abandoned 990-foot ocean liner.

Christopher’s body of work is a powerful statement about job loss, cultural legacy, urban blight, the artistic/architectural context of iconic buildings, and historic preservation. In light of the collapse of American industry and the subsequent economic meltdown, the relevance of these topics has never been more important to the question of America’s national identity. Furthermore, the transcendental and sublime elements of Christopher’s imagery allow viewers to delve beyond topical concerns to deeper themes of mortality, success and failure, bottomless despair and irrepressible hope.

Academy of Vocal Arts

Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 3pm in The Mansion

Enjoy an afternoon concert of classical and near-classical repertoire presented by young professional singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. The program will include selections from opera, lieder, classical Broadway and Operetta. The Academy of Vocal Arts is a world-class program for opera singers from around the world providing post-graduate training completely tuition-free. Many of the singers have gone on to sing in the most important opera houses and concert stages in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

Pianist Jenny Chen plays Liszt 

Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 3pm in The Mansion

Pianist Jenny Chen is the youngest Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. Praised by Christopher O’Riley as “one of the most fierce and masterful virtuosi of our time... she warmed and won the hearts of all whom she embraced with her commentary and blazing virtuosity,” Jenny Chen’s uplifting vitality creates a strong bond with the audience.

Among her many accolades are the Henk de By Incentive Prize in the 9th International Franz Liszt Competition in the Netherlands in 2011, first prize at the 2016 MTNA Young Artist Division, and featured performances at the Bravo! Vail Festival, Chamber Music at Lincoln Center, and National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

She was accepted by the Curtis Institute of Music at age ten under the pedagogy of Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman. Graduating with top honors, she went on to complete a Master’s degree at Yale School of Music, studying with Robert Blocker and Melvin Chen. Currently, her mentor is Douglas Humpherys. 

Cabrini Unversity Chorus and Chorale

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Grace Hall Atrium

Under the direction of Helene Furlong, the Chorus presents a program of varied holiday selections.


Past Musical Performers

  • Resident Artists from the Academy of Vocal Arts
  • Sheila Browne, Violist, and Barbara Browne, Pianist
  • OperaOggiNY
  • Ching-Yun Hu, Pianist
  • Dolce Suono Trio
  • Fire Pink Trio
  • Galina Sakhnovskaya, Soprano, and Mikhail Yanovitsky, Pianist
  • William Carr, Pianist
  • Richard Amoroso, Violinist
  • Sylvia Torán, Pianist
  • Young-Ah Tak, Pianist
  • The Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds

Past Exhibitors

  • Micah Danges, “Front: Back”
  • Thomas Vance, “Framing Nightingales”
  • “The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka (Part II)”
  • EJ Herczyk, combining computer and hand-painted imagery
  • Christine Palnik, “Reduction”
  • Michael Willse, “DUMBSTUCK/RESTRUCK: repair, recovery, and reclamations”
  • Laura Velez, “PERMISSION: A Collective”
  • Dennis Bertram, “Bouquet Skyships”

Friends of Cabrini Arts

Are you interested in the arts at Cabrini University?

Learn more about gallery exhibitions, performances, and other arts events on campus.

Friends of Cabrini Arts is a group that recognizes art as a significant aspect of Cabrini students’ collegiate experience and advocates for resources to enhance the arts at Cabrini.

Those who contribute financial support, expertise, or time toward the arts at Cabrini will become a member of Friends of Cabrini Arts.


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