First Floor, Third Floor, and Lear Center Exhibition Areas


Otherly Lingual: A Study in Non-Verbal Communication
October 27-December 19, 2016

  Amy Hannum's Otherly Lingual Otherly Lingual, by artist Amy Hannum ’12,  reflects her intense study of non-verbal communication and encompasses all three floors of the Charles E. Shain Library and the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections. Her work confronts the ways in which we navigate our world and the relationships we build with each other, our world, and ourselves.  In a by-any-means-possible approach to art she constructs temporal and physiological landscapes with which to draw the viewer in and elicit emotional understanding. Materials include encaustic, plaster, metal, wood and more. Three major series of the artists are represented as well as stand alone artworks.

The Migration Series explores the world of shared emotion, common experiences that allow us to relate to one another. Capturing the essence of an experience, emotional states are translated into physiological landscapes consisting of encaustic and cotton in titanium white.

The artist’s work as a Reiki practitioner inspires the Color Vibration series. Visualizations appear in her mind’s eye during Reiki sessions that make striking images. These visions communicate energetically using color and moving images that directly relate to the health and healing of the patient.

Begun in 2006, the Spider Web series speaks of the interconnectedness of the world and the temporal beauty of natural phenomena.

Hannum studied at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design, received an Associate in Business with Studies in Interior Design from Delta College and Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in Architectural Studies and Sculptural Art. She has over twenty years of design experience and is the owner of PaintDragon Design in New London, CT.

Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room

Cai Dongdong: Off Target
October 7-November 8, 2016

Cai Dongdong's Off Target Cai Dongdong came relatively late to his fascination with photography. It was only during his mandatory army service that he was placed in the propaganda department of his unit and handed a camera that he began to take photographs. Continuing his artistic training after his service ended, he studied at the Beijing Film Academy. It was only there that he came to the realization that photography was not the reproduction of reality, but separate material objects with their own power to undermine and misrepresent the reality they purport to depict. His work seeks to expose the fictionality of photography as an art medium, and force us to re-examine our own position in and relationship with the world when “seeing” a photograph.