First Symphony plays to a new audience

Topic: College of Fine Arts

February 25, 2008

A lightpainting by Stephen Knapp
A unique feature of the Ball State University landscape figures in two presentations of contemporary artist Stephen Knapp's work with lightpaintings — one on television and the other a traveling exhibit currently at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

Knapp's installation "First Symphony" in the soaring lobby of Ball State's Music Instruction Building is included in a retrospective of some of Knapp's most recent work for the program Greater Boston, airing Monday evening, Feb. 25, on the PBS flagship station WGBH-TV in Boston.

Meanwhile, the exhibition Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings, has been extended at the Butler Institute of American Art through March 16.  Afterward, it moves to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Mich., and later the South Dakota Art Museum.

Art critics have praised Knapp, who produces three-dimensional works of colored glass, stainless steel and diffused light from his studio in Worcester, Mass., for creating the first new art form of the 21st century.  The enormous 23-by-40-foot First Symphony was commissioned specifically to fill the welcoming space outside Sursa Performance Hall, a focal point of the university's new music rehearsal and recital building.  It was unveiled officially on Sept. 22, 2006.

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