2021 Arts In Motion Showcase

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A festive display of artistic expression and humanistic discipline culminating in a celebration of student excellence.

The Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities Annual Arts in Motion Showcase is a weeklong series of events celebrating Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities students, their passions, and accomplishments. The showcase highlights the College of Arts and Humanities departments and the Armenian Studies program housed in the college. The culminating event, Arts in Motion, celebrates scholarship recipients, honors our students of distinction, and names the Dean’s Medalist for the College of Arts and Humanities. 

All 2021 Arts in Motion Showcase events are virtual.

6 p.m. Monday, April 5 | À Table with Tara & Natalie

Grab your apron and mixing bowls! In this inaugural episode of À Table, Tara Hashemi, assistant professor of French and Natalie Muñoz, associate professor of French will show you how to cook Gratin Dauphinois with Mousse au Chocolat for dessert while sharing a bit of history and culture behind the dishes they make.
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Free and open to the public. Watch now!

masked dancers on a stage.

7:30 p.m. Monday, April 5 | Moving Tales: A Dance and Storytelling Showcase

“Moving Tales” is a celebration of story and dance, crucial facets of the Department of Theatre and Dance. The showcase will feature highlights from this year’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble Concert, “DIrections: One Breath at a Time” and Theatre for Young Audiences Virtual Tour, “We Have Stories to Tell.”

Department of Theatre and Dance
General Admission $5. Purchase your tickets.

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4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 | Communication Graduate Student Research Showcase

Communication Department graduate students will be presenting their research in a conference panel format.

Department of Communication
Free and open to the public. Register now on Zoom.

“The Fate Of the Lake" by Angel Lesnikowski
“The Fate Of the Lake” by Angel Lesnikowski

5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 | Art and Design Student Showcase

Grab your favorite sipping beverage and join gallery technician Chris Lopez as he presents our student’s best work during the COVID-19 pandemic including works from the Senior Art Show, Graphic Design Portfolio Senior Show, and the Grad Show. He will also give us a sneak peek into the upcoming exhibitions in May 2021.

Department of Art and Design (Painting: “The Fate Of the Lake” by Angel Lesnikowski)
Free and open to the public. Register now on Zoom.

Nowruz display at the Henry Madden Library.

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 | International Day of Nowruz

Celebrated by over 300 million people worldwide, Nowruz marks the first day of spring, the vernal equinox, and the expectation of a prosperous and happy year. The ancient poet Jalaluddin Rumi called it a rebirth “on our planet and in our souls.”  Nowruz, or “new day,” is a Persian festival celebrated for 13 days, beginning with the first day of spring. The holiday promotes peace and unity and is rich in folkloric tradition and symbolism.

Department of Linguistics
Free and open to the public. Register new on Zoom.


Maria Hinojosa in front of a brick building

Guest speaker: Maria Hinojosa
6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 on Zoom. Pre-registration required.
The Association of Latinx Faculty in the Arts and Humanities (ALFAH) presents the virtual lecture “Frontlines: Latinos and Immigration from a Woman’s Perspective” with journalist and author Maria Hinojosa. More..

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12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8 | Student Recital Showcase

An eclectic mix of Fresno State instrumentalists and vocalists gathers to each give a short performance live on Zoom.

Department of Music
Free and open to the public. Register now on Zoom.

3 p.m. Thursday, April 8 | Voicing Ideas

Voicing Ideas is an annual undergraduate student conference highlighting the work of the philosophy students of California State University, Fresno. In this competitive, faculty-reviewed event, student papers of scholarly distinction are presented in a friendly, engaging forum that promotes dialogue and critical reflection on topics in philosophy and religious studies.

Department of Philosophy
Free and open to the public. Register now on Zoom.

5 p.m. Thursday, April 8 | MCJ Student Film and Video Showcase

Join the Media, Communications and Journalism Department as they share their talented students’ films and videos.

Department of Media, Communications and Journalism
Free and open to the public. Register now for the Zoom event.

Department of English Students of Distinction Claudia Amador, Harrison Martin and Jer Xiong

6 p.m. Friday, April 9 | English Studies Awards

An evening to celebrate the 2020-21 scholarship recipients and Students of Distinction from the Department of English and Creative Writing Program. Hosted by Prof. Brynn Saito.

Department of English
Free and open to the public. Register now on Zoom.

Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin
Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 | The Art of Armenia 

Armenian Architecture plays a special role in the history of Armenian Art. After the conversion of the Armenians to Christianity in 301AD, the Armenians began to build Christian churches. Within a short period of time, a distinctive form of Armenian Church architecture developed. Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian will discuss the development of the “Armenian National Style of Architecture,” using examples from Armenian churches built from the 4th-11th centuries.

Armenian Studies Program
Free and open to the public. Register now on Zoom.

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2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 | Arts in Motion 

Recognizing and celebrating the scholarship recipients, donors, students of distinction and Dean’s Medalists for the College of Arts and Humanities.

Your donations are appreciated and will support the immediate needs of CAH students through the Dean’s Council. Please RSVP.