Homecoming and Family Weekend 2013 Homecoming 2013


Alumni artists, authors in spotlight
Oct. 3-5 at MU Homecoming

Manchester University will celebrate alumni artists and authors during Homecoming weekend Oct. 3-5 with lectures, receptions and book signings on the North Manchester campus. The public is invited.

Alumni authors will gather to greet visitors and sign their works from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Among the authors:

  • Linda Crill, Blind Curves, One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What Now?
  • Janis Clark Johnston, It Takes A Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development
  • Lisabeth Posthuma, Songs Eight Six, her debut novel for adults
  • Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith, We Laughed, We Cried – The Days that Shaped a Doctor and her memoir, 33 Days at Lead Walls, of her fight against breast cancer
  • James Beard, Environmental Chemistry in Society
  • George Boudreau, Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia
    Michael Morris, Along the Way
  • Flora Williams, The Shepherd’s Guide through the Valley of Debt and Financial Change: A Comprehensive Manual for Financial Management, Counseling Techniques, and Spiritual Guidance.
  • Books will also be available by alumni authors Paula Sheller Adams, this little space – poems, and Mary Alice Bagwell Dillman, Gratitude: A Legacy of a Life, an autobiography.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, alumni artist Kevin Miller will lecture on “Tolerating Creativity: A Profit and Lost Analysis.” He’ll talk about the five decades of his art, from book illustrations and corporate posters to fine art paintings, digital art and his new series of “junk art.” The public is invited to join students at the free convocation in the upper MU Union.

Miller’s artwork demonstrates potential realities – utopian and apocalyptic – of the effects of global climate change. His Alumni Series exhibit is in Gallery G in the upper Union, where an artist’s reception runs 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. (Author Linda Krill will join the reception.) Miller’s MU exhibit, UTOPIA and APOCALYPSE: Seven Decades Re-imagined, continues through Dec. 3.

Alumni artist Robert F. Allen’s show, PLEASE TOUCH THE ART! Texture is Part of the Experience, continues through Nov. 18 in Link Gallery, surrounding Wine Recital Hall. Visitors can run their hands over these powerfully energetic and highly textured acrylic paintings that build on the abstract expressionist tradition of Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

An artist’s reception for Allen is set for 11 a.m. -1 p.m. on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5, in Link Gallery.