Connecticut College News
Centennial art exhibition features works by distinguished alumni12/16/2011
Woozy Blossom, 2010, Matthew Geller. Photo: Margaret Fox) Thumbnail: Daily Calendar Mandala, 2009, Sheila Gallagher
In celebration of the College's Centennial, the Department of Art presents an exhibition of works by six distinguished alumni artists: John Cyr '03, Sheila Gallagher '89, Matthew Geller '76, Kathy King '90, Emily Luce '97 and Jedediah Morfit '96. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and runs through Friday, Feb. 24. Ted Hendrickson, associate professor of art and coordinator of the exhibition, wrote of the artists in the exhibition catalogue, "All have continued their studies beyond their Connecticut College 'Great Beginnings' to be granted advanced degrees and establish professional practices in their fields." The pieces in the exhibition include sculpture, photography, drawings, ceramics and video, and the artists have provided intriguing statements about their submissions for the show. For example, Cyr is working to ensure the photography community doesn't forget its darkroom past by capturing on film old developer trays, including those of photography icons Ansel Adams and Sally Mann. And Gallagher tackles her troubled relationship with time in a digital image of 20 years of her to-do lists printed on synthetic silk. "The work of these alumni artists does not fall into neat compartments or categories; it exhibits instead the kind of porous boundaries one sees when many and diverse ideas come together in the creative mind," wrote Hendrickson. "They are curious, intellectually nimble, unafraid to question and test boundaries." The exhibition is in the galleries of Cummings Arts Center and is free and open to the public. Hendrickson will give a gallery talk to mark the end of the exhibit on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m.