Parade Ground

Jason Robert Bell, visiting assistant professor of art, offered a course in the spring semester in performance art: an interactive kind of work in which the artist not only creates but performs the art. On April 6, his class strutted its stuff in a puppet parade- with themselves as puppets and puppeteers-through downtown Bethlehem from south to north campus. In the picture above, Alexis Vergalla '06, a poet and creative writer as well as an art student, manipulates a variation on an Indonesian rod puppet. Bell said the uniting of art and artist teaches the students to express "largerthan- life ideas about themselves and to give people in the everyday world something unexpected."

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