Fine arts exhibit open for viewing

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Along with paintings and artwork, photography was also showcased during the exhibit.Photo by: Michael Schaefer

Along with paintings and artwork, photography was also showcased during the exhibit.

The Teaching Gallery hosted its Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibit and pieces from this semester’s Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting class.

The two exhibitions displayed within the shared gallery are separated, with the upstairs area presenting three-year students from the Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting and the downstairs area dedicated to two-year Drawing and Design students.

Liberal arts student Sarah Maguire helped staff and organize the show. For her, curation administration called upon an ability to mediate, organize and delegate.

“First you have to get a bunch of different artists; find out what they’re working with, what they’re creating and while you’re picking and seeing what they’re doing, you have to think, ‘are they going to work together, how am I going to set it up, how far apart do they have to be?,’” said Maguire.

Once you find those answers, changing the gallery to fit a desired mood through lighting is the next step. “It goes up in a few weeks, and it just takes a lot of effort to put together,” said Maguire.

These combined exhibitions provide an opportunity for student artists and Gallery Management students to exercise and display the skills they’ve learned over the course of a semester.

The venue opened to a crowd of eager professors, students and the general public waiting to observe the pieces on display for this semester’s exhibition.

Fine arts student James Scott’s “Clock Tower at Hudson Valley” represents one of many photography submissions on display.

“I’m glad that people from Hudson Valley can tell it’s just a clock, but I’ve had people outside of our area ask ‘what is that?,’” said Scott, who has had people question whether his piece is meant to be a monster or an alien construct.

Through pinhole lensing and grayscale photography, Scott managed to turn a routine sight for regular campus goers into something strange and intriguing.

Through his courses at Hudson Valley, Scott developed an open-mindedness that allows him to apply a photographer’s eye to what might appear mundane for others.
“Look around you; see what your environment has for you to take from it,” said Scott.

Fine arts student Derek Limani, creator of the displayed “Figure of Vanessa,” organized and participated in the show.

“I’m glad I got the opportunity to do this because personally, I’ve never done a show [before],” said Limani.

The exhibitions room is closed on Mondays and Sundays, but was otherwise open to the public between March 31 and April 8.

The Digital Media Student Exhibit will open and run from April 28 to May 6, replacing the previous displays.

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