The Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery at Alma College is the only professional art gallery in Gratiot County.
Student shows are always included on the gallery’s schedule, giving Alma College students the opportunity to showcase their work in a sophisticated setting.
The Art and Design program also works with outside artists to bring several professional exhibitions to the gallery each year.
Between this effort and Alma’s connection to the local art community, it’s easy for Alma students to enrich their creative experience.
They can also take advantage of the Clack Theatre, which hosts classes and an annual film series right outside the gallery.
2014-15 Gallery Shows
Tuesday, Sept. 2-Thursday, Sept. 25
Reception: 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25
Monday, Sept. 29-Thursday, Oct. 30
Wayne C. Newton
Photo and Installation
Reception: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
“I conceptualize my artwork from the aspect of how the viewer is going to interact with the final execution of the design. Being a viewer-centered artist, it is my goal to have the viewer walk away with a new understanding. This approach allows me to successfully explore new themes and commentaries in my photography work and the delivery devices to communicate those themes.”
Monday, Nov. 3-Thursday, Dec. 4
Reception: 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7
“When I paint, I prefer to work from direct observation. I want to see and render the unique quality of light, which is constantly changing. My decisions are immediate and responsive. There is always a sense of urgency with this process because of the time limitations. The work is not analytical; it’s visceral, intuitive and gestural. This body of work chronicles my process for creating art and illustrates the joy I experience in making it.”
- Bob Rozier (top left)
“I construct figures that represent the human condition. I have developed a
body of work whereby the physical manifests the psychoanalytical
paradoxes present in the human consciousness. They are loosely autobiographical events that document my path.”
- Curt LaCross (top right)
“The elements of traditional teapot design – spouts, lids, handles, and feet are incorporated into the gestures, costumes and coifs of my figurative teapots in ways that are sometimes metaphorical, often humorous. In the summer of 2013, I lost both my mother and my best friend, and in honor of those two highly literate and creative women, I have been making teapots portraying important British and American women authors who have mattered to me.”
- Carrie Anne Parks-Kirby (bottom left)
Monday, Jan. 5-Thursday, Feb. 5
Prints and Watercolors
Reception: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5
“My paintings in this exhibition may be broadly characterized, stylistically as photo-realism. From a distance, my painting often appears to be a rendered depiction of a scene, but upon closer viewing, the parts are revealed as abstract pieces, built one layer upon another into realistic images. While the technique is primarily watercolor, I’ve also used colored pencils, ink, gouache oil stick and acrylic on most of these paintings. Each medium produces different effects and expanding into multimedia painting has fulfilled my vision more completely. None of these locations actually exist; they are composites of varying locales.”
Monday, Feb. 9-Thursday, March 12
Photo and Installation
Reception: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12
“My work is concept-driven— a response to my experiences and dreams. I select materials that inherently take on metaphorical meaning for a specific artwork, for example: eggshells in exploring cycles of life, ant farms in looking at a personal work ethic and making a home, sculpted bread as an expression of domestic art, cast sand to speak about the Aboriginal Walkabout and water as the location of the unconscious. The final work may take the form of photography, sculpture, video or installation. I hope that by using materials unusually, I can find fresh forms of expression and create a lasting impression for the viewer.”
Monday, March 16-Friday, April 17
Reception: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28
End of year closing reception:
8-9 p.m. Friday, April 17