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The Times
  • UC’s Taste of the Arts provides a taste of variety

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  • UTICA — Dr. Steven Specht doesn’t just teach psychobiology and research design and statistics. He’s also an accomplished collage artist.
    Specht was one of many who showcased their artistic talents at the hour-long annual Taste of the Arts event at Utica College Wednesday afternoon.
    Students and teachers packed into the Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge in the Strebel Student Center to try different types of food, including nitrogen ice cream, flavored marshmallows and fruit while listening to different musical performances by the UC Band Saxophone Quartet and UC String Ensemble Quartet.
    Dancing, drama and readings also took place.
    What makes Specht’s technique unique is that it’s glue-free. He said after people view his work, he hopes they walk away knowing how easy and fun collage art can be.
    Benjamin Tuchman isn’t used to seeing Specht outside of statistics class. Tuchman was excited to play the violin in the UC String Ensemble Quartet and said it let other students know that they are on campus.
    “There are alternate venues of music on campus, (not just) chorus and band. There’s orchestra,” he said.
    Event organizer and Associate Professor of Theatre Marijean Levering said the event originated from the desire to show how much art is available on campus, and that the “broad description of art” helps showcase what that is.

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