As a double major in music and biochemistry & molecular biology, Annalara Fischer ’16 understands the intersection between art and science. For the recent RICE Symposium, she put both spheres of knowledge to use by writing an original piece, which she premiered during her presentation, “The Composition of Piano Concerto No. 1.”
RICE stands for Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors and is a campus-wide event that gives all students an opportunity to display their work from the academic year.
“My life is a balance between art and science,” she says. “That’s really what my composition project has been all about, as far as the structure goes. And, that’s really what RICE is all about—bringing the two together.”
Fischer’s project was one of 95 presented during Centre College’s 9th annual RICE Symposium on April 14.
“We were thrilled with the great participation from across campus,” says Assistant Professor of Education Ellen Prusinski, who also serves as assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and a member of the 2016 RICE Symposium Committee.
“Since RICE is a unique opportunity not only for students to share their own work but also for students to learn from one another, it was especially encouraging to see the huge number of students who came out to listen to oral presentations, interact during the poster sessions and view the art exhibit,” she explains.
Students from all class years were able to present work in the form of a paper presentation, a poster design or a creative work in a gallery, exhibition or live performance in a studio setting.
The symposium highlights students’ intellectual, academic and artistic work, and provides the invaluable opportunity for students to experience an academic conference without leaving campus.
The RICE student art exhibit will remain on display in the AEGON Gallery inside Jones Visual Arts Center through April 29. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
by Mary Trollinger
April 21, 2016