While the Baltimore area has a wide variety of cultural attractions, Stevenson University offers its own array of events. Between exhibits by professional artists, student plays, and performances by nationally renowned musicians, students can gain a greater appreciation for the arts without ever having to leave campus.
Each year, the University Art Gallery presents a series of exhibitions highlighting diverse media. The museum-quality gallery provides a significant venue for artists and collectors in the region and offers 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. Throughout the year exhibitions are also on view in the St. Paul Companies Pavilion. Student work-in-progress fills the Art Wing Studio Gallery and the second floor of the Dawson Academic Center, and 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 the Department of Film, Video, & Theatre. In addition, 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 department also sponsors periodic screenings of works by video or film 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.
While the University does not offer a formal music major, the Cultural Arts Program and the music department have joined to bring several significant music events to the campus. The Greenspring Valley Orchestra was formed in 2002 and calls the Inscape Theatre home. Musicians in the orchestra from Stevenson and the surrounding community present several concerts each year under the direction of Robert Suggs, Ph.D. Additionally, students and faculty with musical interests have the opportunity to participate in the University’s jazz band and chorus. These groups present a variety of music at several performances both on and off campus throughout the year including a summer concert series and Casual Friday concerts.
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 concerns of today.