ART FACULTY SHOW
The 2013 Art Faculty Show runs from November 4 through December 8.
A reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
Featuring the work of Nina Bellisio, Karen Edelmann, Matthew Finn, Daly Flanagan, Carol Lagstein, Jerry McGuire, Carl Rattner, Rene Smith and Barbara Yontz.
The faculty show has been a tradition in colleges with art programs for decades. In a visual discipline it is an equivalent to publication and is a demonstration of professional practice. The show is also an opportunity for students and the greater community to make connections between the making of art and the teaching of it.
At St. Thomas Aquinas College, the biennial art faculty exhibition provides faculty with a chance to explore new projects or revisit old. This show features the work of all nine art, art therapy and graphic design faculty members and serves as an overview of artist style, concept and media.
Fletcher Crossman: Headscapes runs from September 30 through October 27.
A reception for the artist is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. A gallery talk will be given at 5:00 that evening
Fletcher Crossman’s large-scale portraits ask the viewer to contemplate the face as a place of landmarks. Wisdom, experience and decay are writ large through the textured application of acrylic paint, scraped and washed across the surface.
The palettes, both muted and extended, focus bits of light, editing and selectively highlighting each face. At eight feet in height, these portraits dominate the space creating a border of flesh, the silent thoughts of each subject rebounding between the walls. Crossman hopes that in the work viewers can “reflect on the beauty that can be found in prosaic and decaying things - which includes ourselves as much as our surroundings.”
Included in the exhibition are portraits from his Headscapes series. Originally from London, Crossman currently teaches art at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx.
Margaret Noel: Interstate runs from September 3 through September 22
A reception for the artist is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. A gallery talk will be given at 5:30 that evening
Margaret Noel’s work fluctuates in time between the past and the present and between fast and slow art-making techniques. Her compositions in ink, collage and encaustic document the decaying industrial architecture seen as one drives through towns in the northeast. In the work collected for Interstate, Noel specifically documents her commute between Brooklyn and Kutztown, in Pennsylvania, and the structures visible to her from her car.
Noel begins her process with rapid drawings made on location, then constructs paintings in her studio using collage and encaustic, a painting technique in which she carefully builds up a thick surface of beeswax and pigment. This alternation between quick and slow processes mirrors the history of her subject matter, factories and man made structures that were quickly built and are slowly decaying.
Included in the exhibition are portions of Exquisite Interstate, a 34-foot scroll Noel completed while travelling from Pennsylvania to Montana. This work brings to mind Jack Kerouac’s On the Road scroll as well as the unfurling of the highway itself, presenting the landscape as a ribbon from city to city.
Noel is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and has a studio in Brookyn, NY.