A Celebration of Creativity

From the earliest years of the Emeritus College, Eugene Bianchi, Professor Emeritus of Religion and co-founder of the EUEC, insisted that some of the organization’s programming celebrate emeriti achievement in the arts. Yes, the speaker series sponsored by the EC, the Lunch Colloquium, often showcases presenters (including emeriti) discussing and demonstrating their creative work—in music, in writing, in painting, in photography, and so forth. But Gene encouraged a separate series of juried art exhibits, with EC members submitting their work in the two-dimensional forms of painting, drawing, and photography and the three-dimensional forms of artefacts in wood, fabric, metal, and clay. One exhibit early on featured three paintings by President Jimmy Carter. The tradition has continued since the EUEC’s move to its quarters in the Luce Center in 2011. In the last several years, the exhibit celebrating the creativity of our members has been on display for a month in the spring in the lovely venue of the Chace Lobby of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, beginning with an elegant reception honoring the artists involved.