Jan. 18, 2017
Rachel Panitch ’06, who spent time as an artist in residence at Zion National Park, took part in an amazing PBS video that features her spirited violin playing against the gorgeous backdrop of the park. The combination of parks and artistry goes back many years (most are in the visual arts, making Panitch one of the rare audio artist), and Panitch talks about the different types of inspiration she found that helped influence the compositions she created.
Jan. 16, 2017
In Death and Taxidermy, director and producer Mariel Carr ’04 and animator Jacob Rivkin ’07 share interesting facts and stories about the art. The animated and narrated videos range from the tale of a young woman who learned taxidermy by practicing on the dead pigeons and sparrows on the streets of New York to technical details such as the chemicals needed to prepare an animal’s hide.
Feb. 1, 2016
For Vassar’s Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, traveling to Iceland had long been a dream. “As a geologist, I’m drawn to any place where the earth is growing, melting, moving,” she says. Iceland, which straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, fits the bill. Volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, and hot springs abound, making the land a living laboratory for geology.