Frances Day: A Community Celebration at the Tang

2015 Frances Day poster by Jean Egger, Tang Museum Designer

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to its annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11, full of art, art-making, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum’s namesake.

Frances Young Tang was a wife, mother, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died far too young in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality. The museum opened in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities for art-lovers of all ages.

“On Frances Day we open our doors to the Capital Region and beyond in a spirit of generosity inspired by Frances Young Tang,” said Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum. “We invite visitors to see our exhibitions, to explore their creativity through hands-on art activities, and to learn about the work that goes on behind the scenes in the museum.”

Listen to the WAMC (90.3) FM interview with Ian Berry, and Museum Educators Ginger Ertz (K-12 and Community Programs) and Megan Hyde (College and Public Programs) all about Frances Day 2015.

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Schedule of Events

From noon to 3 pm, refreshments will be served inside the museum. After 3 pm, we will be setting up for food outdoors with watermelon, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.

12 to 1 pm: Museum Tour
Take a guided tour with Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum. Learn about the artists and artwork in our summer exhibitions.

12 to 4 pm: Drop-in art-making activities

  • Chalk Drawing
    In this drop-in art making activity, artists are invited to make the sidewalk outside the museum’s main entrance their canvas (weather permitting). The chalk drawing activity will be led by educator and artist Ira Marcks.

  • Krushenick Accessories
    In this drop-in art making activity, visitors are invited to create fashion accessories inspired by the work on exhibit in Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup.

  • Making Art from Books
    In this drop-in art making activity inspired by the process behind the work in Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before, we will use old books as material for making new works of art.

12 to 4 pm: Scavenger Hunt
Grab a Scavenger Hunt booklet at the Visitors Services Desk and follow the clues on a mission of discovery in and around the museum.

1 to 2 pm: See, Write, Read
Join the New York State Summer Writers Institute — a writing workshop and reading series held at Skidmore College every July — in exploring the museum through words. Facilitated by Catherine Pond, Assistant Director of the NY State Summer Writers Institute.

2 to 3 pm: Collections Tour
In this rare event, the public is invited to a behind the scenes tour of the museum with Collection staff members Elizabeth Karp & Jessica Lubniewski.

3 to 4 pm: Unphotographable — Walking Tour with Tim Davis
Think about looking at the world without taking pictures of it on this walking tour of the Skidmore Campus guided by artist Tim Davis.

4 to 5 pm: Dryer
Rock out with the Saratoga Springs band Dryer.

Pattern by Nathan Bloom ’21
Inspired by the performance Honey Baby in the exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.