Category - Arts and Entertainment

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Historic Gardena High School Art Collection on View at Hilbert Museum

Although it’s only three years old, Chapman University’s Hilbert Museum of California Art has already left its mark on the world of visual arts with its large and iconic collection that celebrates the remarkable...

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Culture, Campus and Community Musco Center Celebrates its Third Anniversary

By Mary Platt and Wesley Pinkham Musco Center emerged in March 2016 as an iconic and beautiful home for the arts for Chapman University and Orange County. The elegant, new performing arts center had seemingly sprung...

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Alumnus takes 15 minutes to step toward fame Nieman Gatus '17 launches his R&B career touring the Philippines

It took Nieman Gatus ’17 roughly fifteen minutes to write “Knots” with his cousin Moira Dela Torre, recording it the same night. It was time well used: “Knots” has more than 3 million listens on Spotify and shifted the...

Bella Pepke, a cellist, listens intently to Kishi Bashi during the students' master class before his show in the Musco Center.

A Master Class with Kishi Bashi The classically trained violinist welcomes students into his unique performance world as plans evolve to honor Japanese American heritage at Chapman.

Standing on the stage of the all-but-empty Musco Center for the Arts with a small group of students on a weekday afternoon, the musician known as Kishi Bashi showed them how to create artistry with their feet. Spiky...

Meeting and Learning From Holocaust Survivors Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students gather at Chapman University's annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest for lessons more timely than ever.

By his own account, middle school student Ezekiel Torres is not the kind of guy who’s ever at a loss for words.  But then he toured Chapman University’s Holocaust library and later stood spellbound while an 89-year-old...

Hilbert Museum Celebrates International Women’s Week with “Suffragettes” Painting, the Disney Art of Mary Blair and More

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University will participate in the university-wide celebration of International Women’s Week with a special exhibition of the painting “Suffragettes” by Isa Barnett.  The...

No Bigger Stage Dance and performance tech students train at the highest level thanks to a Chapman partnership with Cirque du Soleil.

How do undergraduate students get access to the Cirque du Soleil “Zumanity” stage in Las Vegas? By having Chapman University open the door. Thanks to Chapman professors Alicia and Donald Guy, the University enjoys an...

Can You Tell Me How to Get … to a Completely Different Street? Chapman theatre students gain unique skills by taking a racy puppetry turn onto "Avenue Q."

Don’t tell Cookie Monster. But some people frown on the prospect of cookie crumbs in monster fur. That was the message during a recent rehearsal for Chapman University’s upcoming production of the triple-Tony-winning...

The ‘Us’ Factor Earning the trust of collaborative artists, cinematographer Yasu Tanida ’01 becomes a prime-time player.

According to Yasu Tanida ’01, the realities of working in the film industry are a lot like those in other lines of work. He has to show up on time, be ready to work long hours and have the skills to troubleshoot a range...

The Satellite Experience Mounting an exhibition of their works during the high-profile Miami Art Week gives Chapman students a taste of professional success.

People mean well. But for student artists, it can grow wearisome when yet another person asks how they plan to practically apply their fine-arts education. “Not only are you fighting against the competitiveness of the...