Four Events in Five Days: The Arts are Thriving at Ball State

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By Sam Mumbower —

Muncie, IN— There are many opportunities to celebrate the arts at Ball State University from September 24-29, including an exhibition of 20th-century women artists, a showcase of musical talent, a dance concert, and an orchestra concert.

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Opening September 24, “20/20: Twenty Women Artists of the Twentieth Century” at the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by featuring art by American women of local, regional, national, and international prominence. With this exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and architectural drawings, DOMA examines the accomplishments of women artists and presents their work with deserved visibility. The exhibit will feature art from the museum’s collection and Ball State’s Andrew Seager Archive of the Built Environment. Admission to the museum is always free. Learn more about the exhibition at

The Ninth Annual School of Music Showcase is taking place virtually on September 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Showcase will feature a variety of outstanding soloists, chamber groups, and large ensembles in live and pre-recorded performances at Sursa Performance Hall. Rather than purchasing a ticket, attendees are asked to support student scholarships by donating to the School of Music’s Bravo! Scholarship Fund.

“Intertextuality,” from the Department of Theatre and Dance, will be performed on September 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and September 26-27 at 2:30 p.m. “Intertextuality” explores how dance can help erase borders, blur lines, bring new understandings, and guide people to a future full of love and hope. This performance is directed by Mya Ajanku and Jennifer Meckley, and choreographed by Mya Ajanku, Jennifer Meckley, and Ryan Johnson.

Tickets to “Intertextuality” are $10 for the general public and $5 for faculty, students, staff, and seniors. Patrons can purchase tickets and get location information by visiting, calling 765-285-8749, or visiting the Box Office, located across from Bracken Library’s main entrance, from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour before performances.

The Ball State Symphony Orchestra will perform their opening concert of the year on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include works by Joan Tower, Karel Husa, George Walker, Maurice Ravel, and Franz Schubert. For those attending the concert in person at Sursa Performance Hall, tickets are $5 for the general public, and students can receive one free ticket when presenting their ID at the Emens Auditorium box office in advance. Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by calling the Emens box office at 765-285-1539 or 877-99-EMENS, mainly to avoid lines for purchasing at the door. This event will also be offered as a livestream for those who wish to attend remotely. For more information on the School of Music livestreams and to watch livestreams, please visit


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