The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross will exhibit artwork created by full and part time faculty members of the visual arts department from Jan.21 – April 10, 2015. An opening reception for “Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 5 – 7 p.m.
Work by Amy Archambault, studio supervisor and lecturer; Michael Beatty, associate professor and division studio head; Rachelle Beaudoin, lecturer; Matthew Gamber, assistant professor; Randy Garber, visiting professor; Cristi Rinklin, associate professor and chair of visual arts; Susan Schmidt, professor; Leslie Schomp, lecturer; Marguerite White, lecturer and Amy Wynne, lecturer will be included in the exhibition, which will feature drawing, installations, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.
As working professional artists who balance their own art making with teaching at Holy Cross, the faculty exhibitions, mounted every three years at the Cantor Gallery, allow students, the campus community and the public the opportunity to experience the diversity of approaches each artist employs.
Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, says that the visual arts faculty is a strong and diverse group, exploring a range of traditional and contemporary mediums and themes.
“Pulse” represents what these artists are currently working, their dedication to creating artwork that is visually compelling as well as intellectually challenging. They bring a lot to the table in terms of their professional engagement in the Boston area and beyond.
As an example, he sites Cristi Rinklin, associate professor and chair of the visual arts department, who currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston through January and is scheduled to take part in an upcoming three-person show at the Fitchburg Art Museum in March. Rinklin is a painter whose work explores landscape through constructed realities.
“I have always been fascinated with the role that illusion has played in the historical practice of painting”, says Rinklin, “and today we encounter a constant flux of images from a myriad of sources that generate worlds which reflect our desires and deepest fears.”
Other accomplishments by the College’s visual arts faculty include: Michael Beatty, studio division head, is represented by the Barbara Krakow Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston; Rachelle Beaudoin received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2014 as an Artist-in-Residence, at the quartier21, Vienna Austria; Matthew Gamber, a founding editor of the online arts journal Big Red Shiny, is a member of Piece of Cake Project, a network for contemporary images, and represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston; Randy Garber received a Travelling Fellowship Grant from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for research in Switzerland and is a partner in the Mixit Print Studio, Somerville, Mass.; Susan Schmidt’s work was included in the exhibition “reThink INK 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio” at the Boston Public Library; Leslie Schomp and Amy Archambault show work at GRIN in Providence, and Archambault is also a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery; Marguerite White’s work was recently included in the exhibition “Perfectly Strange” at the Worcester Art Museum; and Amy Wynne received the 2014-2015 Teacher of Excellence award from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Exhibit Opens: “Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists”
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 5 – 7 p.m. Opening Reception, Cantor Art Gallery
Gallery Talks at Noon, Cantor Art Gallery:
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Michael Beatty, Matthew Gamber
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Amy Archambault, Rachelle Beaudoin, Marguerite White
Thursday, Feb. 19
Randy Garber, Susan Schmidt
Monday, March 16
Roger Hankins, Cristi Rinklin
Thursday, March 26
Leslie Schomp, Amy Wynne
Founded in 1983 through the generosity of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor, the Cantor Art Gallery serves both as a venue for a changing series of historical and contemporary public exhibitions, as well as a vital resource for Holy Cross faculty and students, linking exhibitions to the broader liberal arts curriculum.
The hours for the Cantor Art Gallery are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 2 – 5 p.m. Located in O’Kane Hall, 1st Floor, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, Mass., 01610. Visitors needing assistance with handicap accessibility should contact Public Safety at 508-793-2011. Admission to the gallery is free.
For additional information please call 508-793-3356 or visit the Gallery’s website at: holycross.edu/cantorartgallery.
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