Faculty Art Show Features, Ceramics, Prints, Drawings
The faculty artists at Alma College are demonstrating that in
addition to being good teachers, they also produce original,
provocative and creative art.
Artwork by Sandy Lopez-Isnardi, Ben Mepham, Carrie Parks-Kirby and Robert Rozier are on display in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College through Thursday, Nov. 6.
Admission to the biennial Faculty Art Show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
"Blue Willow Window," underglazed and glazed porcelain tiles and wood, by Carrie Parks-Kirby.
The show features varying forms of art and expression, with the artists using different tools to illustrate their creativity.
Parks-Kirby is displaying a “series of collections of which the objects gathered here serve as bearers of memories, places in time.” They include glazed and underglazed porcelain, stoneware, whiteware and wood wall pieces and sculptural figures placed in context with traditional bowls.
“My work reflects an ongoing interest in historical ceramic and architectural forms,” she says. “In my drawings and ceramic sculptures, I also am exploring contemporary themes through personal, often autobiographical, imagery.”
Mepham’s artwork — digital works with multi-layered printing techniques — demonstrates an interest in communication. He tries to “deconstruct conventional methods of storytelling to give the viewer a new perspective.” Selected works from his “Project Gilgamesh Portfolio” and “The Brothers Karamazov: Illuminated Ratuscipts Portfolio” are on display.
Lopez-Isnardi is displaying a series of landscapes from New Mexico titled “Changing Woman Earth and Time,” while Rozier has a collection of life drawings using color and intaglios created with plexiglass in the show.
“Life drawing is like tuning the hands and the eyes,” says Rozier, who sees life drawing as a foundational tool to other kinds of art.
Posted: Fri, October 24th, 2008 at 4:37PM