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ArtAwake 2017: A look back

April 10, 2017
Art Awake banner outside Rettner Hall

The 10th annual ArtAwake celebration of creativity was held Saturday, April 8 at Rettner Hall—the first time it has been held on the River Campus.

ArtAwake is a student-run mix of art, music, food, and family fun in one setting. This year’s festival included more than 60 artists and 20 musical performances.

“Having ArtAwake on campus was great,” says creative director Gabryella Pulsinelli ’16. “We were able to get lots of students to stop by and show them a variety of artwork and performances. Being able to transform the vacant space into a gallery and performance space was amazing. It was much different and difficult doing it on campus, but we were able to power through and have a wonderful event.”

Here’s a look at some moments from Saturday’s event.

Art Awake banner outside Rettner Hall

A sign outside of Rettner Hall announces ArtAwake 2017. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

Band members laughing on stage

Redbeard Samurai and the JB Dojo perform. The band includes (left to right) Eastman School of Music students Blake Pattengale ’18 (guitar), Andrew Tachine ’19 (drums), Christiana Goslin ’18 (vocals), Sean Knapp ’19 (bass), and Geraldo Marshall ’19 (trumpet). (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

woman playing ring toss

Cassidy Clayton ’19, a linguistics major, plays ring toss at one of the art exhibits. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

woman's hands at typewriter keyboard

Charlotte Lei ’18 writes a letter to her future self on a typewriter supplied by Karl Smith ’14 (MS), a doctoral student who writes stories for 10 cents. This is Lei’s first time using a typewriter. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

Two men at a table

RIT students Adam Antalek and Billy Darlington come to ArtAwake to promote their alternative culture magazine, Floated. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

man standing by painting

Isaac Davenport ’18 is a computer science major with a passion for art. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

Man in suspenders using an old typewriter and sign reading "Stories Typewritten while you wait"

Karl Smith ’14 (MS) is a doctoral student who writes 10-cent stories for people on a 1926 typewriter. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

lights strung from the 3rd floor to the ceiling of Rettner Hall.

ArtAwake continued into Saturday evening at Rettner Hall. (University photo / Joy Bian ’17)

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