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Ella Napack, Staff Writer

Ella Napack ’23 is a prospective English and studio art major from Harrison, N.Y. She is a staff writer for the arts section.

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Theatre majors showcase recent work at In the Room workshop series

Theatre majors showcase recent work at In the Room workshop series

Ella Napack March 9, 2022

Junior and senior theatre majors at the College developed and workshopped original in-progress works as part of the In the Room workshop series last weekend, performed in the Directing Studio of the ’62...

Students from the “Architectural Design II” class stand in front of Sandy’s Contemplace after completing construction on the piece. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BEN BENEDICT.)

Behind the scenes of Sandy’s Contemplace, a ‘roadside’ lookout by Sawyer

Ella Napack December 1, 2021
In the last few years, the patch of grass between Hopkins Hall and Sawyer Library has been filled with structures made by architecture students. This year, the class assignment for Senior Lecturer Ben Benedict’s “Architectural Design II” class was to create a space for contemplation, or a “contemplace,” to be dedicated to Sandy Sumner — a carpenter and woodworker who recently died from cancer and was good friends with Benedict.
Women’s crew advances to NESCAC championship

Women’s crew advances to NESCAC championship

Ella Napack, Sports Information May 5, 2021
After battling for second place at Onota, women’s crew qualified for the NESCAC championship.
The group included 8 in person dancers and 5 remote dancers whose videos were virtually placed onto chairs in the final production of the film, after the performance was filmed. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.)

CoDa addresses isolation in Zoom adaptation of Sokolow’s ‘Rooms’

Ella Napack April 21, 2021
CoDa dancers were separated by masks, distance, and often miles as they prepared for their April 10 Zoom webinar in which they exhibited a suite of dances from Anna Sokolow’s Rooms.
Women’s crew falls to Wesleyan in first spring regatta

Women’s crew falls to Wesleyan in first spring regatta

Ella Napack, Sports Information April 21, 2021
Women’s crew took on its first regatta of the season against Wesleyan on Saturday. The cold day made for a good race as the Ephs and the Cardinals lined up.
Zach Stafford, Professor Omar Sangare, and students gathered on Zoom for the event on March 13. (Ella Napack/The Williams Record)

Zach Stafford discusses queerness, dogs in ‘Green Room’ talk

Ella Napack March 31, 2021
At the "Green Room" talk on March 13, journalist Zach Stafford joined a group of students to discuss his journalism career, the intersectional obstacles he has faced, and — importantly — the loving power of a good pet dog.
­The Pick-Up Pop-Up Bookshop: A visual suspension of the new coronavirus reality

­The Pick-Up Pop-Up Bookshop: A visual suspension of the new coronavirus reality

Ella Napack and November 11, 2020
“It’s almost a single freeze frame of a movie. It’s a space, cast with characters. The idea is to take you away, and sort of transport you off Spring Street,” said Artist Stacy Cochran as she described her new Pick-Up Pop-Up Bookshop in town. As the Mass MoCA gift shop recently closed, Cochran fashioned an operative art installation to create a moment of atmospheric light in the symbolically vacant space. The space is not a complete store, but a pop-up installation, intended to emulate a bookshop, where people can pick up an order placed from the website of the Northshire Bookstore of Manchster, Vt. each week.
‘Lock Them Up’: Students install political art outside Chapin

‘Lock Them Up’: Students install political art outside Chapin

Ella Napack November 4, 2020
“When the revolution comes, no one is spared. It’s not just Trump’s the big bad guy. All of them need to go. We included everyone, because all of their faces need to be locked up” Crystal Ma ’21 said in regard to her recent artistic experiment “Lock Them Up.” Ma, a biology and studio art major from Redmond, Wash., and Kester Messan-Hilla ’21, a Studio Art major from Cambridge, Mass., were given an assignment by Assistant Professor of Art Johanna Breiding for their Junior Seminar class to imagine their desired world, post-election. The duo created a live experimental installation through campus on Oct. 24, centered around the doors of Chapin Hall, in which they covered the large entryway with many posters of Trump and his family, each individually titled “Lock Him Up” or “Lock Her Up.” The experiment, in its desire to prompt direct response, was quite successful—the front of Chapin has unexpectedly become a live canvas for political imagery.
Sandy Williams IV: A reimagining of our shared history

Sandy Williams IV: A reimagining of our shared history

Ella Napack October 28, 2020
According to artist and filmmaker Sandy Williams IV, a candle of Thomas Jefferson should be melting on every mantlepiece. Monuments like Jefferson’s, and the often vexed historical weight they carry, should be interrogated, in Williams' eyes. Williams spoke on Oct. 21 in the first artist talk in Assistant Professor of Art Pallavi Sen’s “Dream Time Lecture Series.” The series focuses on artists that utilize their work to reimagine the “near present and future.” The “Dream Time” series was originally intended to be for Sen’s students, but now, due to Sen’s desire to reach broader audiences, the series is now open to everyone in the Williams community and beyond. According to his website, Williams, based out of New York City and Richmond, Va., works in “sculpture, cinema, performance, painting, photography, text, and the public.”
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