Located in the lower east wing of Hunt Dining Hall, Hunt Gallery presents five professional exhibitions each academic year. The gallery exhibits contemporary work by professional artists of emerging or established, regional or national/international reputation. Featured artists’ style range from abstract to classical, reflecting a wide variety of media and artistic intentions. Toward the end of each semester and throughout May Term, student work is displayed in the gallery. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For information on upcoming gallery events, visit the website or call 540-887-7196.
Mary Baldwin offers students and the community many opportunities to take part in and enjoy a variety of dance programs. Contra Dances are held the third Saturday of each month and are open to the community. A 30-minute beginner workshop is held half an hour before each dance. The MBC Performing Dance Group is a faculty-directed ensemble focusing on folk, historical, modern, and ballroom dance. It gives two main dance performances and presents programs and dance workshops for local schools and community groups. The student-directed MBC Dance Company performs at basketball games, in parades, at the fall pep rally, and ends the year with a spring student showcase. For students interested in spiritual dance, the Greater Things Dance Ministry seeks to promote spiritual growth through African-American dance. For more information on dances open to the community or student performances, contact the dance department at 540-887-7162 or visit their website.
Take advantage of concerts featuring professionals, faculty, staff, and students in genres ranging from folk to classical, jazz to liturgical. The Carl Broman Concert Series has been bringing professional musicians to the MBC campus since 1979. Faculty and staff showcase their talent in the Sunday Recital Series. The Mary Baldwin College Choir, open to all students by audition, performs at Founders Day, Christmas Cheer, and other campus events as well as hosting concerts of its own. Anointed Voices of Praise is MBC’s student-directed, traveling, music ministry of traditional and contemporary gospel music. For a cappella lovers, MBC is home to two a cappella groups, the Madrigal Singers and Baldwin Charm. The Madrigal singers perform beautiful madrigal chamber music, while Baldwin Charm sings today’s popular tunes with their own exciting flair. Additional information is available by calling the MBC music department at 540-887-7294. The Broman and Sunday Recital Season schedules are also online.
The Fletcher Collins Theatre, located on the bottom floor of Deming Fine Arts Center, plays host to five or more student productions a year. This versatile and intimate black box theatre hosts dramas, comedies, experimental plays, and at least one musical per academic year. It is also home to the biennial student-directed One Act Festival held during May Term. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the theatre department at 540-887-7189. Graduate students in the Shakespeare and Performance program direct shows in collaboration with Blackfriars Playhouse, which feature other graduate students, undergraduate students, and members of the surrounding community. The University Wits, a Shakespeare and Performance student organization in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center, also stage productions and readings of Shakespeare for the community. See the Fletcher Collins Theatre Season Schedule and Shakespeare and Performance Events online.