Join us for a special evening at SUNY Sullivan!
Your attendance will support much-needed improvements to the Seelig Theatre, an invaluable asset to our Theater Program, our students, faculty, staff, and the Sullivan County community.

Saturday, October 14 | 5 PM-8 PM

Seelig Theatre at SUNY Sullivan
112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759

Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres | Dessert Reception
(including Catskill Hospitality Institute "mocktails" served up by our Culinary students)

Guest Speakers Martin Smith & Marcela Gaviria
veteran journalists | filmmakers

Live Auction
presented by Ultan Guilfoyle

Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria are veteran journalists and producing partners with RAINmedia, an independent documentary production company in New York City. Their films, many produced and reported for PBS FRONTLINE, have covered the most important news events of our time, from the rise of Al Qaeda, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the culture of risk-taking on Wall Street, America’s heroin epidemic, and the crackdown on undocumented immigrants under the Trump Administration. 

Their most recent production was FRONTLINE’s landmark 3-part docuseries, America and the Taliban (2023), which chronicles America’s longest war.

RAINmedia’s films have won every major award in broadcast journalism, including multiple Emmys, duPont-Columbia Gold Batons, George Polk Awards, Peabody Awards, Overseas Press Club, and Writers Guild Awards.

Ultan Guilfoyle is a film producer, director, curator and writer whose films have appeared on HBO, Bravo, and PBS in the United States, and the BBC and Channel 4 in Britain.

Guilfoyle began his film career at the BBC, where he produced music and arts programs including the rock show Whistle Test, and the 1985 rock concert Live Aid. Guilfoyle was the founding director of the film department at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 1997 he co-curated the landmark design exhibition The Art of the Motorcycle at Guggenheim Museum. In 2020, Guilfoyle co-curated The Motorcycle: Design-Art-Desire, a major international exhibition at QAGOMA in Brisbane, Australia.

Working with the late director Sydney Pollack, Guilfoyle’s film Sketches of Frank Gehry was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. Guilfoyle has made films with architects Renzo Piano, Annabelle Selldorf, and Japanese Pritzker prize-winning architects SANAA, as well as Frank Gehry, with whom he has worked for over 30 years.

When not making films or curating exhibitions, Guilfoyle writes about art and design, among other things. His writing has been published in the New York Times, the Independent (UK), Design Magazine, and, most notably, in four publications by Phaidon Press; Spoon, Phaidon Design Classics, The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire, and the recently published Guitar: The Shape of Sound.

(photo caption, credit: Ultan Guilfoyle in New York City in 2017. [Paul d’Orléans])

Host Committee

Patricia Adams*
Jessica Lopez-Barkl
Brendan Burke
Tim Corcoran
Jose Herrera*
Tannis Kowalchuk
Brad Krumholz
Roberta Lockwood*
Helena Manzione*
Judith Schwartzstein*
Bret Silver*
Migs Wright*

*Foundation board members


General Admission $75

Angel Ticket $75

If you cannot attend the event, purchase a ticket for another community member/student.


Take-A-Seat Fundraising Campaign

We saved you a seat in the spotlight. Here’s your chance to name it!


SUNY Sullivan is eager to invite you to participate in an exciting opportunity to show support in a meaningful way through its all new Take-A-Seelig Seat Fundraising Campaign. Honor an arts lover, celebrate the memory of a loved one, or promote your business or organization.


For just $150, you can take your pick at our Spotlight event, and be one of the first to own a piece of SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theatre!


We also invite you to send checks payable to Sullivan County Community College Foundation, and mail to Sullivan County Community College Foundation, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759.

Have questions about this event? Please email or call 845.434.5750 ext. 3188.

The Sullivan County Community College Foundation is a 501C3; contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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