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Frank Sinatra Artists in Residence

Excerpts from Notes from the Field 


Photos by Chuck Barry - April 9, 2017

A Geography of Hope

Inspired by the work of Frank Sinatra Scholar-Artist-in-Residence Anna Deavere Smith, and responding to one another's artwork and their community-based learning programs, Santa Clara University students created the photography, poems, and other reflections that comprise this multifaceted exhibition.  Professors Renee Billingslea, Department of Art and Art History, and Claudia McIsaac, Department of English, bring together students from their respective photography and creative writing classes in this exhibition, which runs through June 17, 2017 in the de Saisset Museum.


Photo by Adam Hays - April 8, 2017

Frank Sinatra Chair

The Frank Sinatra Chair in Music and Theatre Arts was established in 1980 with initial funds from the proceeds of the 14th Annual Golden Circle Theatre Party, of which Frank Sinatra was the headliner. This year we are hosting both a Scholar-Artist-in-Residence and Artists-in-Residence who will be on campus to work with our students and perform throughout the year.

2016-17 Artists

Anna Deavere Smith

Ms. Smith will spend time on campus with our students, faculty, and the community for each of the three quarters beginning next fall. Her Residency will culminate in a winter quarter artistic production by our students, that she will oversee and help direct. Along with public lectures and other activities while on campus, Ms. Smith will also engage photography and creative writing students in her process, culminating in a spring quarter exhibition in de Saisset Museum.

Silk Road Ensemble

Artists from Silk Road will also spend time on our campus with our students, faculty, and the community throughout the year, culminating in a formal concert, as well as Music at Noon appearances.