MCLA Gallery 51: All Together Now, MCLA Student Art Show 2011
Beginning Thursday, April 28, 2011, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 presents "All Together Now. MCLA Student Art Show" a showcase of student artworks. The exhibit will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Once a year Gallery 51 showcases work done by students at the college who work in a variety of mediums. Coordinated by MCLA faculty, staff, and students, the exhibition will feature selections from the Sculpture course, a new offering this semester and Artist Books another new offering that was taught in the Fall. These new offerings are in response to the ever growing and popular major, now in its third year. Other featured work will range from an exploration of the Adam and Eve story, to pressure prints investigating concepts of mapping and the annual Intermediate Design's Inventive Alphabets.
The show will also include a selection from student independent explorations that evolve out of upper-level studio courses. Students propose a project, create a work plan and spend the semester investigating and creating works around that proposal. For example, Kristen Parker will be exhibiting a process based project consisting of lightboxes and paintings that was supported by one of MCLA's Undergraduate Research and Creative Project grants. Other non-traditional types of paintings will be exhibited by Craig Perras and Don Orcutt-both use materials typically found in a contractor's truck as mediums to create dimension and texture on their canvases and board.
"Students are beginning to look forward to the Student Show during the Fall semester-anticipating what they might submit as an entry. More and more students continue to declare Art as their major or minor. This show gives them all an opportunity to show off what they are creating," said Assistant Professor of Visual Art Melanie Mowinski. The show will also include numerous self motivated projects by students who have made work outside the classroom. Their explorations include sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, collage and more.
"All Together Now" runs through May 22. MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.