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Fine Arts at Carthage

The View from an Artist

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and minds of Carthage artists and visiting performers.


  • Prof. William Newcomb

    This spring the theatre department is putting on a well-known piece, Into the Woods. However, before the lights go down and the actors take their positions, a lot of work needs to go into designing the costumes, scenery, lighting, etc. I was able to talk to Professor William Newcomb, Technical Director for Theatre, about the production process and his experience with preparing for this year’s mainstage musical.

  • Jessica Cepolski ‘18

    One of the best things about Carthage is the plethora of student organizations and clubs; Carthage has more than 100. Every student can find a group of like-minded students; and, new organizations are constantly being created or revitalized as interests shift. The Carthage Choir, founded in 1927, is the oldest performing group on campus, and is globally acclaimed. Every three years, Carthage Choir travels to another country to perform in a variety of venues, receive feedback on their performance, and explore countries they might not other have the opportunity to visit. Jessica Cepolski ’18 went on the Carthage Choir’s tour to Europe this year, and I was able to hear a little about her experience.

  • Christine Barreca ‘21

    Every Saturday in February, a select group of high school students come to Carthage to audition for scholarships for the Fine Arts. This may involve compiling a portfolio of art pieces, preparing and singing or playing a piece of music for a faculty panel, learning and performing a short routine of dance moves in a group, performing a monologue on the stage of Wartburg Theatre, or a combination of any of these. This is a highly stressful time for students and families, so I met with Christine Barreca ’21, a freshman at Carthage who participated in auditions, and who shared some words of advice and encouragement for future students.

  • President John Swallow

    As fall semester comes to an end, many students might be reflecting on their growth and development over the last few months, especially first-year students. However, first-year students are not the only ones reflecting on their first semester. President John Swallow joined the Carthage community last spring, and his first semester as Carthage’s president has flown by. President Swallow was kind enough to meet with me to talk about his experience since joining the Carthage community and his hopes for the future of Carthage.

  • Colleen Ochab ‘18

    As a liberal arts college, Carthage offers a wide variety of majors and minors. Students are able to major in multiple areas of study, and can add any minor for a unique combination. However, if none of the available majors or minors tickle your fancy, or if there are none that are close to the field you want to go into, you are able to design your own unique major. Colleen Ochab ’18 did just that, and is now graduating with a degree that no one else at Carthage will have this spring. I talked to Colleen about what it is like to have designed her own major, and learned a lot about her in the process.