While the Baltimore area has a wide variety of cultural attractions, Stevenson University offers its own array of events. Between professional artist exhibitions, student-driven plays, and nationally renowned musical performances, students are able to gain a greater appreciation for the arts without ever having to leave campus.
Each year, the University hosts a series of art exhibitions highlighting a diverse range of mediums and styles in the Greenspring Art Gallery, School of Design Gallery, and St. Paul Companies Pavilion. The museum-quality exhibition spaces provide a significant venue for artists and collectors in the region and offer opportunities for students, artists, and the community to see established and emerging talents, learn through gallery talks and lectures, and celebrate at music-filled receptions. Student work in-progress fills the Art Wing, Dawson Academic Center, and School of Design hallways. The academic year culminates in a graduating senior exhibition.
The 326-seat proscenium main stage in the Inscape Theatre hosts a pair of stage productions each year, presented by Stevenson’s Theatre and Media Performance Department. Plays, including student-directed works, are also staged in the more intimate, 60-seat studio theatre. All students are invited to audition for roles or to serve as crew for productions. The School of Design also sponsors periodic screenings of works by Stevenson’s Film and Moving Image majors.
Students interested in film and video also have the opportunity to perform in student-produced projects and work alongside professional filmmakers on the faculty. Recently, Stevenson students have served as cast and crew for several productions in the Baltimore area, such as HBO’s VEEP and Netflix’s House of Cards.
While the University does not offer a formal music major, the Cultural Arts Program and the music department have joined together to bring several significant music events to the campus. Formed in 2002, The Greenspring Valley Orchestra calls the Inscape Theatre home. Musicians in the orchestra from Stevenson and the surrounding community present several concerts each year under the direction of conductor Robert Suggs, D.M.A. Additionally, students and faculty with musical interests have the opportunity to participate in the University’s jazz band, marching band, and chorus. These groups present a variety of music at several performances both on and off campus throughout the year.
Finally, outstanding speakers from a variety of fields visit the campus every year to share their expertise and experience. The topics are keyed to the interests and issues of today.