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MCLA GALLERY 51 TO PRESENT 'CONVICTION' STUDENT EXHIBIT

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 announces this year’s Senior Art Show, “Conviction,” will open on Thursday, April 28, at 5 p.m. This exhibition will introduce the work of six MCLA senior art majors and the artistic achievements of their “Senior Art Project” course, the cornerstone of the MCLA art major.

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday, April 28, 5-7 p.m., at the 51 Main St. gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Featuring a collaboration of emerging artists Amber Coldwell ’16, Angela Digennaro ’16, Patrick Engle ’16, Nathan W. Massari ’16, Elaine Myers ’16 and Sarah Tefft ’16, the students focused on the idea of “conviction” – defined as a firmly held belief or opinion.

Predominately working with two-dimensional work, these students produced their senior projects as “...a manifestation of their convictions,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of Art  Josh Ostraff, who spent the semester guiding the students through discussions, critiques and the construction of their work. 

Using a wide variety of subject matter, the students’ work connects through the conviction of their artistic practices. Tefft creates a casual and relaxing atmosphere in which to photograph her models. She stated that these sessions led her to believe that “we are all the same, and different, simultaneously.”

Massari called his work “self-reflective” with regard to the creative process and his use of symbols and themes from works that helped his development as an artist.

Myers, a Berkshire resident, is inspired by the splendor of nature, and the moments between seasons for her artistic practice. A graphic designer, Engle likes to rework pre-existing messages. Coldwell extracts from a personal collection of images to create paintings that relate to “daily objects or situations that document anxiety.”

MCLA partners its Gallery 51 to showcase art by seniors each year. During this process, students learn how to display and install their art and prepare for opening night, how to advertise for the show, and more. The Senior Art Show serves as the annual culminating event that provides graduating artists with the tools they will need to further their careers.

MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

“Conviction” will remain on display through May 22.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).

For more information about this exhibit, (413) 664-8717, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51. For more information about the BCRC, go to www.mcla.edu/bcrc.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater creative communities through its cultural programming including: MCLA Gallery 51, DownStreet Art, B-HIP, and MCLA Presents! The BCRC promotes, facilitates and encourages a dialogue to foster a sustainable creative community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.