In the artlab: Carolyn Rabbers

Movement Captured: A Screen Dance Series

Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers is a member of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance, and was the Presidential Scholar in 2010. Carolyn has worked in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles, dancing for Coldplay, Omi, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Poet Theatricals, The Union Project Dance Company, LACDC, Clairobscur, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera, Diavolo EdCo, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company, and acting in national commercials for Starbucks, Kaplan University, and Jockey Bra. Carolyn can be seen dancing and acting as the lead character “Abby” in the film Moondance (2019) by Squatchagawea Films. 

Her Screen Dance work has previously been featured at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She co-created “Ready Movers” a mindfulness, movement and literacy program for KRESA’s Head Start Initiative, and has taught dance for The Gabriella Foundation in Los Angeles, honored by Michelle Obama as one of the best after-school dance programs in the nation in 2015. Carolyn judges for CRU Dance Competition and her choreography has been featured at The Regional Alternative Dance Festival and on the students of The Citadel Dance Company, and Berrien County Dancers.

Carolyn has trained at The American Dance Festival and studied under the instruction of Tere O’Connor, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Randy Duncan, John Lehrer, Jen Nugent, Jessie Zarrit, Pamela Pietro, & Jerri Houlihan. Carolyn teaches Yoga for Spectrum Health Lakeland, and is an American Ballet Theater National Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level V. As a native of Southwest Michigan, Carolyn is thrilled to be contributing to the local arts community. When not dancing/creating, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrett, and dog, Alfawnzo, traversing the wilderness and traveling.

Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This exhibition is sponsored by Parrett Company.

Curated by Sara Terry and Teun van der Heijden, Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story tells the incredibly moving stories of the people left behind after the cameras have moved on from a war zone. Drawing on photographs from over fifty photographers, these personal and often poetic post-war views unveil not only another side to the devastating effects of war, but also tell the stories of people coming together to rebuild and heal. Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story illumines and defines our humanity while giving visibility to those coping with the lingering ramifications of conflict.

The exhibition is a ten-year retrospective of the work of the groundbreaking documentary photography program The Aftermath Project. Founded to help change the way the media covers conflict – and to educate the public about the true cost of war and the real price of peace – The Aftermath Project has discovered some of the most groundbreaking photojournalists in the world – as well as internationally acclaimed photographers Stanley Greene, Nina Berman, Davide Monteleone, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, and Jim Goldberg, among many others – working on post-conflict themes.

The end of war does not mean peace. It is simply the end of war, the end of death and destruction. Every story of war includes a chapter that almost always goes untold – the story of the aftermath, which day by day becomes the prologue of the future.  Sara Terry (Founder of The Aftermath Project)

Aftermath: War Is Only Half the Story originated by The Aftermath Project, Los Angeles, and toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

AFTERMATH OPENING PARTY 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

6 – 8 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition in the Krasl Art Center galleries and meet Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story curator, Sara Terry.

The Collective of Benton Harbor will walk guests through a calming breath and yoga sequence throughout the evening, and be able to answer questions on how breath control can aid in your personal journey with conflict.

Small bites from Bistro on the Boulevard and a cash bar available.

PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY AFTERMATH CURATOR, SARA TERRY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

10 AM – 12 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Save the date!  Join Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story curator, Sara Terry, who will lead an engaging panel discussion with community members on the themes covered in this exhibition. Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She founded The Aftermath Project in 2003.

PANELIST BIOS

Steven E. Gross is a Professional Photographer whose work has greatly influenced the field of wedding photography due to his photojournalistic style approach. He is also known for his candid editorial, commercial and portrait photography. Steven served in the U.S. Air Force and traveled abroad before studying photography at Columbia College. His photos have been featured in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Magazine and numerous publications nationally & abroad. Gross spent six years on the board at Inspiration Corporation, with four of those years as the board President.  

Kent Laudeman is the former Director of the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army and the United States Reserves. Kent served in the military for 28 years with deployments to Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and summer training OCONUS (Germany, Netherlands), and Cuban Refugees-Camp McCoy. He has a background in higher education, including student personnel, administrative work, counseling, and teaching at Indiana University South Bend and the United States Military Academy.

John Matuszak is a Staff Writer for the Herald Palladium in Southwest Michigan. John covers a wide range of topics including education, politics, national and regional news. His writing has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Washington Times, News & Observer, The State, Roanoke Times, The Telegraph (Macon), The Olympian and more.


Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit grant and educational program that supports photographers covering post-conflict stories and disseminates their work. The Aftermath Project develops new conversations in the photojournalism and documentary photography worlds about the importance of aftermath issues. Sara has completed several significant projects and is presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. completing many significant projects. She is the curator of the exhibition Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story and will lead the panel discussion.

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR: Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

12 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Walk through the galleries and learn more about the art on view with KAC Deputy Director, Tami Miller.

In the artlab: Yhelena & Michael Hall

Wilderness and Household: Coping with Comfort

This artlab exhibition explores the evolution of domestic appliances and how they have gradually shaped humans into creatures of comfort. Consisting of sculptural apparatuses connected through the elements and functions of domestic appliances, Yehelena & Michael re-imagine these household object’s place within consumption, preservation, sustainability, and necessity. By altering the functionality of domestic appliances, the tools are turned into metaphors that reflect our dependency on these devices and the desire to break free from their comforting grasp at the same time.

artlab Visiting Artist Talk: Yhelena and Michael Hall

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

5:30 – 6  PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join us as welcome artlab artists Yhelena and Michael Hall to their opening talk before the official gallery opening reception.

Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer

Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.

Body Language

April 12 – May 26

How is body language represented, depicted and interpreted? It is readable? Is it natural or affected, subliminal or known? Is it political? Historical? What is it telling us about this contemporary moment? Body Language is an exhibition that explores this form of non-verbal communication through visual representation. It speaks to multiple generations and it is indicative of the postures and posturing we see all around us.

This exhibition sponsored by:

Arte Cubano

Frank Martinez, Blanco y Negro, 2008, mixed media

Building on recent events, this timely exhibition reflects more than twenty-five Cuban artists’ ruminations on the quotidian, social, and political realities of the island and the contemporary world. The island geography and political intensity of Cuba inform the work in a way that is immediately identifiable, often concealing coded, even subversive, ideas while simultaneously celebrating the richness of Cuba’s cultural identity. Peeling away the layers of Cuban art often reveals a story of struggle caused by the US embargo and its economic and political consequences, the social upheaval that a true revolution produces.

Spanning several generations, these contemporary Cuban artists come from an unusual place: a country embargoed by our own because of its socialist revolution. All of the artists in this collection grew up in socialist Cuba, and many graduated from the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte, built at the beginning of the revolution, Havana’s equally excellent San Alejandro Art Academy or the Escuela Nacional de Arte. Others graduated from local art schools. Despite their disparate backgrounds, aesthetic sensibilities, subject matter, materials, and styles, there is something uniquely Cuban about the art in this collection.

Mid-America Arts Allliance co-organized Arte Cubano with the Center for Cuban Studies (NYC) to synthesize two extraordinary private collections held by Kathy and Marc LeBaron and Karen and Robert Duncan. This exhibition could not have been made possible without their collecting vision and loan generosity. The Center for Cuban Studies opened in 1972 and was organized by a group of scholars, writers, artists, and other professionals, in response to the effects of US policy toward Cuba.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Exhibition Sponsor:

PREVIEW PARTY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
6-8 PM
Join us in celebrating the opening of this new exhibition. Music, small bites and a cash bar will supplement the wonderful art on view to make this a truly unique and enjoyable evening.

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
9 AM
Join KAC Deputy Director & Curator, Tami Miller, for an informative tour in the galleries. Learn about the selected artworks, the artists who made them, and how their work informs our understandings of Cuba today.

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

David Huffman, Hoop Dreams, 2007, color softground and spitbite aquatint etching; image courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA

There is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press presents fourteen artists who capture the personal narratives and political discourses of African Americans across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. This powerful exhibition of figurative and abstract artworks channels the poetics of human experience from past and present, and boldly presents ideas about history, identity, personal story, and spiritual inspiration.

~ Carrie Lederer, Curator ‘s Statement (excerpt)

Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists  of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Edgar Arceneaux
Radcliffe Bailey
Louisiana Bendolph (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Mary Lee Bendolph  (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Loretta Bennett  (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
McArthur Binion
Lonnie Holley
David Huffman
Samuel Levi Jones
Kerry James Marshall
Loretta Pettway  (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Martin Puryear
Gary Simmons
Lava Thomas