Mason Gross School of the Arts

"Someone once told me that I play every note like it’s a matter of life or death, and I guess that’s true. I just find it so exalting."– jazz organist Rhoda Scott Sampognaro, age 75, who will earn a master’s in jazz studies and research at RU-Newark next month. She’s performed all over the world and on more than 30 recordings.

Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn’t, do your work anyway.—Kiki Smith

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”― Pablo Neruda. Hope you’re loving spring break!

"Theater, to me, is the closest thing to actual magic that exists in this world,"—Acting student Jane Schumacher

“You don’t know if you’re wasting your time. On good days I have faith, and on bad days I don’t. I tell my students that: You will probably always feel that contradiction. It’s normal to feel that way jumping into the unknown.”—Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman, professor at the Rutgers Center For Digital Filmmaking

How to react to a phone going off during your solo.

"The poetry, the construction of the form of opera, the drama and music smashed together…to me, it’s even more powerful than a cinematic experience," says Opera at Rutgers bass vocalist Curtis Streetman, who performed in "The Rape of Lucretia" at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge.

“In my work, there’s Navajo rugs, Walker Evans, and NASCAR scoreboards.”—Visual Arts Department faculty member and painter Stephen Westfall

Advice to Young Poets

Never pretend

to be a unicorn

by sticking a plunger on your head

—Martín Espada

“Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time.” -Brenda Uelan. Thanks to Painted Bride Quarterly for posting this!

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