Artwork Created by Alma College Students
This exhibit showcases Alma College student artwork created in the art courses offered during 2012—2013. Alma College Art Faculty selects the work at the end of each semester. These works will be exhibited in the Main & Lounge Galleries.
Sept. 3—Sept. 26, 2013
Closing Reception: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 4–6 p.m.
Vicki VanAmeyden and Ginger Owen
Artists Ginger Owen and Vicki Van Ameyden have been cooperating as a team on projects for the last five years. While recognizing the need to work in large scale and in multiples in order to build sculptural or experiential environments, the artists have centered their work on content derived from discussions of parallel life journeys.
These projects were inspired by the the serendipitous acquisition of family photo albums as heirlooms subsequent to the deaths of family members. Framing ideas around the nostalgia generated from remembering the past through picture albums, the artists contemplated basic life stages: infancy (birth), youth, adulthood, old age, and—ultimately—death. This work represents a communal conversation on the influence of family history.
See more of Ginger Owen’s work at: http://www.gingerowen.com.
See more of Vicki VanAmeyden’s work at: http://www.vickivanameyden.com.
Sept. 30—Oct. 31, 2013
Closing Reception: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 7–9 p.m.
Sarah Lindley’s “Exit Allegan” is a series of sculptures based on the paper mill industry along the Kalamazoo River and references multiple Superfund clean-up sites in the area. It is generated in response to the pull of place, a desire to understand the landscape and what’s concealed beneath the surface. The river was once integral to the foundation and past prosperity of the small communities along its path, but it later fell victim to gross contamination by the many area paper mills during the 20th century.
Lindley’s structural renditions of architecture and shifting sediment are formed from clay bodies that have been saturated with stains and oxides. Referencing topographical maps, aerial photographs and city records, the constructions follow the natural evolution of architecture and terrain. Her perception of place shifts scale and emulates force and fragility, power and passivity, intimacy and isolation.
See more of Sarah Lindley’s work at: http://www.sarahlindley.com.
Nov. 4—Dec. 5, 2013
Closing Reception: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 7–9 p.m.