Artwork by Yekaterina Martin '21.
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross is pleased to present the work of nine graduating visual arts majors in the exhibition “Metanoia,” on view from Wednesday, April 28 through graduation day, Friday, May 21, 2021.
The artwork on view was developed during the year-long Senior Studio Concentration Seminar by Isabel Dawson, Elizabeth Larkin, Kiera MacAneney, Yekaterina Martin, Grace Peluso, Fernando Torralba, José Tenorio Villagomez, Jasmine Williams and Simeon Lloyd Wingard.
Visual arts majors who participate in the seminar are assigned studio space and mentored as they explore their creative interests – whether in traditional mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, or though state-of the-art digital illustration and video production. Installation and other forms of contemporary expression are also likely to be seen in the senior exhibition, as students freely investigate societal, intellectual, personal and aesthetic concepts such as racism, materiality, the nature of human memory and finding balance in a frenetic world.
Cristi Rinklin, professor and chair of the visual arts department taught the seminar course during fall 2020, while Matthew Gamber, associate professor, took the reins for spring 2021. Meredith Fluke, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, played a pivotal role in guiding the students through a professional installation of their work in the Cantor Art Gallery.
“Our goal is to provide these emerging artists with the experience of what it’s like to work with a professional gallery. We stress the collaboration between gallery and artist, and how to prepare and present their work to its greatest advantage,” said Fluke. “The process is new to many of them; we’re here to encourage them to think about their work from new perspectives, and to provide them with skills they can bring along with them into their continuing practice.”
The title of this year’s exhibition, “Metanoia,” has Greek origins and is meant to evoke a transformative change of one’s mind. Submitted by Yekaterina Martin, it was chosen by group consensus as the overall theme of the collective presentation.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-gallery visits from off-campus visitors will take place by appointment only. Hours are Tuesday through Friday noon – 5 p.m., with limited Saturday availability. To book an entry time, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-793-3356. Masks and social distancing practices are required.
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