Juried Student Show
Artwork Created by Alma College Students
This exhibit showcases Alma College student artwork created in the art courses offered during 2011—2012. Alma College Art Faculty selects the work at the end of each semester. These works will be exhibited in the Main & Lounge Galleries.
Sept. 4—Oct. 4, 2012,
Gallery Reception: Oct. 4, 2012, 4–5 p.m.
Perpetual Order is the continuation of an ongoing series examining my interest in our human need to reorganize the natural order of our world. In our attempt to reassemble, we change the course of our rivers, alter the spawning patterns of our fish, divide the land into stone framed sections to harvest salt, and construct linear patterns to plant corn or harvest grapes. Sometimes this created space confines us, and other times we are uncomfortable with its vastness and seek the close proximity of confinement. My interest lies not in this conflict, but in the poetry of the observation. I am an observer, and this work examines rather than decides.
The stone angels, most recently drawn from the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, and the island of Capri in Italy, provide imagery for what I perceive as our need to leave something behind, something grand and timeless, to mark our evanescent journey. The word, angel, comes from the Greek word angelos, which means “messenger.” Because the angel appears in many parts of the world, I began exploring the idea of “messengers” in my monotype series “Voices of the Children” in 1999, and I remain drawn to their haunting beauty to this day. In this sense, we use these stone angels to guarantee order in our last journey, a place yet unknown.
The realization of these relationships seems to imply decisions that we have made in the obligation to create order. This phenomenon, this need for perpetual organization, often appears in direct conflict with natural order. We are seemingly unaware of existing order containing the sacredness of harmony and balance.
Oct. 8—Nov. 8, 2012
Reception: Nov. 8, 2012, 7–9 p.m.
Artist’s Gallery Talk: Nov. 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Including sculpture by Ryan Flesher, painting and drawing by Beth Purdy, photography by Sandy Lopez-Isnardi, ceramic sculpture and drawing by Carrie Anne Parks, painting and printmaking by Robert Rozier, and drawing by Tina Vivian.
Nov. 12—Dec. 13, 2012
Artist’s Gallery Talks and Reception: Nov. 16, 2012, 3:30–5:30 p.m.