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Annual MCLA Student Art Show To Open At Gallery 51

04/22/2011

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Beginning Thursday, April 28, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present "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., which is free and open to the public.

According to Melanie Mowinski, assistant professor of visual art at MCLA, the student art show is a yearly highlight that students look forward to as early as the fall semester. "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," she said.

Coordinated by MCLA faculty, staff and students, the exhibition will feature selections from regularly offered studio courses like "Intro to Drawing and "Painting," "Digital Photography," "The Human Figure," as well as new offerings: "Sculpture" and "Book Arts."

These new classes are in response to the ever growing and popular art major, now in its third year, Mowinski said.

"I feel that the art professors here are much more engaged in helping me succeed," said Julia McDonald '12, a transfer student from Boston College.

Other featured work will range from responses and interpretations of the Adam and Eve story to pressure prints investigating concepts of mapping. A continued highlight of the show will be the annual display of "Inventive Alphabets" by students in the "Intermediate Design" class.

"MCLA has definitely helped me improve my art skills. I can't wait to see what other students have been working on. There are some really talented kids at our school," said Misty Elliot '13, an organizer of MCLA's new Art Club.

The show also will 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 '11 will exhibit a process-based project consisting of light boxes 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 '11 and Don Orcutt '12. Both use materials that are typically found in a contractor's truck.  

Collage, mixed-media and drawing experiments will round out the independent projects. The show also will include numerous self-motivated projects by students who have created work outside the classroom. Their explorations include sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, collage and more.

"All Together Now" runs through May 22. MCLA Gallery 51, a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to  www.mcla.edu/gallery51