- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
- Feb 20 Macathon 2015
Macalester art professor Chris Willcox’s marked a new career highlight this year: her first exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a popular museum 20 minutes away from campus.
Her collection of paintings, part of an exhibit she named 90º South, was inspired by the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration and the collection of journals and black and white photographs that document the quest to discover the South Pole in the early 20th century.
Willcox began to explore that topic in depth last spring, and although she says the project came together relatively quickly compared to previous work, it required more research as she delved into the journals and photograph archives. She completed most of the paintings by summer 2011, and the exhibit opened in January 2012 and ran through March as part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program.
Willcox, who teaches painting at Macalester, says balancing teaching with her own art enhances both parts of her career. “I feel more authentic as a teacher when I’m engaged with my own work,” she says. “It makes my own practice fresh and current, and students respond to that.”