The Arts NOW Series at North Carolina State University presents concerts, lectures, and other performing arts events for the University community and the general public. The Arts NOW Series programs feature contemporary work in the arts: new works, new techniques, new interpretations and contexts, and new connections to older work. The Series Director is Rodney Waschka II, composer and Professor of Arts Studies. The Series is presented by the Arts Studies Program, Interdisciplinary Studies, The Department of Music, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Arts NC State.
Previous presentations have included everything from opera premieres to events based on video works to piano lecture-recitals on mathematics and music to a special event related to global climate change. The presentations make connections and serve such courses at North Carolina State University as those dealing with video/intermedia/film, the arts and technology, the arts and politics, 20th-century music, American music, the arts in various cultures, the arts and the physical sciences, and many other topics of general interest.
Featured artists have come from as far away as Canada, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, England, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, and from throughout the United States. Guest artists have included Robert Ashley, Larry Austin, Benjamin Broening, Andrea Cheeseman, Steve Duke, Beth Griffith, Jaqueline Humbert, Michael Matthews, Gary Nash, Stuart Saunders Smith, Sylvia Smith, the Aizuri String Quartet, Bremen Clarinet Quartet, the Balkan String Quartet, Coastal Winds Quintet, and many others.