There was so much wonderful art created and shared at Bates this year. Please enjoy as we look back on some highlights!


The Manic Optimists and the Gospelaires performed in the Clifton Dagget Gray Athletic Building at the parents weekend concert–the first concert with the class of 2026 members. All six student groups performed at this a cappella concert, as well as the Deansmen, TakeNote, the Merimanders, and the Crosstones.

“This photo was from the parents weekend concert, which was our first years’ first concert. We’d only known them a few weeks, but it was a big first step in introducing them to us and our vibe as a group. We try to spread good music while having a good time, and not taking ourselves too seriously. This concert was a massive success musically, but most importantly, we and the audience all had a great time!” - Manic Optimists

Each semester the Bates College Museum of Art invites classes to interact with their exhibits to create "Curricular Connections." At different times during their fall exhibition, Pedagogy, classes visited the Museum to view the items in the exhibit. Shown here are trips made by Assistant Professor of Chinese Zhenzhen Lu's ASIA 207: Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation, and Multifaith Chaplain and Lecturer in the Humanities Brittany Longsdorf's FYS 532: Arts and Spirituality: Art Making and Aesthetic Experience as Conduits for Reflection and Connection. 

The Bates Museum of Art, with the help of Brittany Longsdorf of the Multifaith Chaplaincy, held a collaging event on a Friday night in September. All Bates students were invited to the museum to create inspired collages of their choice!

Images: Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


Bates students made social justice prints as a reflective practice at the Multifaith Chaplaincy's FreePress Printmaking event.

The Department of Theater and Dance presented "An Artistic Showcase" in the Marcy Plavin Dance Studio, located in Merrill Gymnasium. The sold-out performance featured a series of talented artists whose dance, theater, and musical artistry wowed those in attendance. 

Images: Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

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