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MCLA GALLERY 51 ANNOUNCES OPENING OF ‘CLOUD HEADED’


June 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 announces “Cloud Headed,” an exhibition of mixed-media works from a variety of artists, to open on Thursday, June 29. This show will be the second of three exhibitions guest-curated by Corwin Levi this summer at MCLA Gallery 51.
 
The public is invited to a free opening reception to be held on Thursday, June 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. in MCLA Gallery 51, at 51 Main St. “Cloud Headed” will be on view through Wednesday, July 19.
 
“MCLA Gallery 51 is excited to work with Levi again, to exhibit ‘Cloud Headed,’ and bring the artwork of these outstanding artists who are exploring the view beyond our planet and how we look toward that destination to North Adams,” said Michelle Daly, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).
 
According to Levi, in “Cloud Headed,” the sky and all its depths and layers are explored through the artists’ eyes. “Across time immemorial, humans have looked up at the sky and wondered what lies beyond. We have prayed to gods above, looked through telescopes at distant galaxies, and pondered the very origins of our existences,” he said.
 
“Whether people in prayer, depictions of heaven, constellations and astronomical imagery, or a more singular vision, these artists are examining both experiences beyond our daily comprehension and what investigating those experiences looks like,” Daly said.
 
The artists for “Cloud Headed” include Michelle Aldredge (Harrisville, N.H.), Mark Mulherrin (North Adams), Heidi Pollard (Albuquerque, N.M.), Jarvis Rockwell (North Adams), Stephanie Williams (Washington, D.C.), Sam Trioli (New York City and New Hampshire), and Anna Von Mertens (Peterbourough, N.H.).
 
Aldridge has spent many years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. Her writing and photography have appeared in RISD XYZ magazine, Psychology Today, Born Journal, and other publications.
 
Mulherrin received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and spent several years as a musician and performance artist in New York City and the Virgin Islands. An instructor of visual arts since 2000, he has returned to painting full time, and has had numerous regional and national exhibitions.
 
Pollard is a painter and sculptor for whom drawing and painting are direct ways to negotiate just about everything. She does drawings as improvisatory meditations. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the United States, and has received numerous awards.
 
Rockwell is a skilled draftsman and a visionary image-maker. Fascinated by material culture and what the objects of mass production have to say about our lives, hopes, and longings, he creates artworks that are at once tangible and transient, reflecting the impermanence of all things.
 
Williams is a multimedia artist whose work navigates autobiographical narratives of identity, memory, misconception and reorientation; telling a story through its pieces rather than its whole. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally.
 
Trioli is a contemporary artist, curator and musician who has developed generous and wide-ranging practices motivated by raw curiosity and a thirst for engagement. Trioli has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally.
 
Anna Von Mertens is an artist who uses traditional quilting methods and textile processes to create conceptual art. In addition to being connected to contemporary craft and conceptual art, her work also is categorized as data art and with cartography and mapping practices, and is shown nationally and internationally.
 
Also included in the exhibit will be works from the collection of Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vt.
 
Levi is a mixed media, project-based curator and artist who whose practice centers on transforming ideas into experiences. He describes himself as “a visual artist investigating perception, finding, and unfinding.”
 
He has curated and shown art across the country, and been awarded fellowships and artist residencies both here and internationally. Levi enjoys including participants in his work, and has collaborated with other artists, the general public, and students of all ages.
 
Levi is in the process of publishing his book, “Mirror Mirrored: An Artists' Edition of 25 Grimms' Tales,” which including artists such as Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, DJ Spooky, and Amy Cutler. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.
 
MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 413-662- 5320 or visit www.mcla.edu/gallery51.
 
MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. 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 www.mcla.edu.