WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College will highlight its student body's artistic and creative talents today with its first Arts Expo, a showcase of artistic work, vocal and instrumental musical performances and other components of its winter study program.

The showcase will be open to the public. Student performances will begin at 11 a.m. at Paresky Center.

The chairs in the Paresky Center seating lounge will give way to microphones and a stage where students from the campus' winter study classes will read poetry and perform theatrically, along with other performances.

On the second floor of the Paresky Center, a small classroom will be transformed into an art exhibit and artwork will also be on display along the wall.

There will be charcoal drawings and paintings, and a Powerpoint presentation will display student photography and work done in a stained glass art class.

In a continuation of the Williams College Museum of Art at Night evening series, there will be a performance featuring Williams College students from 5 to 9 p.m.

The performance, "Instigated," by Hana van der Kolk, is described as "part dance performance, part party, part activist encampment."

The evening series extends the hours of operations for WCMA every third Thursday of the month

Nearby in Goodrich Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m., artist Bernice Lewis and artist Christine Lavin, also an assistant professor, will host a musical performance featuring students enrolled in a singer/songwriter course.

At 9 p.m. at The Log, on 78 Main Street, there will be an a capella performance from several of the campus groups.

The university's five-person student liason committee, which represents the student body, has been working with the Williams College administration to coordinate the event, said Suzanne Silitch, associate director of communications for the arts. Williams College is currently in winter study through Jan. 25.