Shields Center opens three new exhibitions

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Shields Center opens three new exhibitions

"Mother Nature" by John Meza at the 2018 Art Faculty Biennial.

Photo credit/ Justin Kucharski

"Mother Nature" by John Meza at the 2018 Art Faculty Biennial.

Photo credit/ Justin Kucharski

Photo credit/ Justin Kucharski

"Mother Nature" by John Meza at the 2018 Art Faculty Biennial.

Justin Kucharski

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Marywood’s Art Department opened three new exhibitions on Sept. 20 in the Shields Center for Visual Arts.

The 2018 Marywood Print Guild, the 2018 Marywood Art Faculty Biennial and CONNECT: The College of Arts and Sciences Selects from The Maslow Collection exhibits all feature works of art from Marywood faculty and students.

An opening reception was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., where members of the Marywood community and the general public were able to converse over various art pieces and speak directly with some of the artists.

The 2018 Marywood Print Guild exhibit, which is currently being showcased in the Suraci Gallery, features original limited-edition prints from both students and faculty. Recently retired Marywood art professor Peter Hoffer gave a in-depth walkthrough of the exhibit, which he has coordinated since its inception in 2003.

Hoffer said the exhibition helps spread knowledge about printmaking by getting the community more involved and also helps to build bigger portfolios for Marywood’s Art Department and printmaking programs.

(From left to right) Matthew Sowka’s “Untitled,” Bill Rusk’s “Arugula Flowers,” Melissa Wollmering’s “Father Bird” and Dennis Corrigan’s “T is for Truculent” at the 2018 Marywood Print Guild Exhibition. Photo credit: Justin Kucharski

Click here to see works featured in past Marywood Print Guild exhibits.

The 2018 Marywood Art Faculty Biennial featured only works done by faculty members of Marywood’s Department of Visual Arts. It is currently on display in the Mahady Gallery.

Marywood Visual Arts Professor Steven Alexander said it’s important for students see the art their professors are working on to show that even as professionals, they struggle with the same problems.

“It is really important I think for the students to be able to see work that is maybe at a mature stage rather than that student stage and work that nevertheless is at the same time grappling with the same issues they grapple with as students,” said Alexander.

Christine Medley’s “Blue, Blue” and “Place Setting” at the 2018 Art Faculty Biennial. Photo credit: Justin Kucharski

CONNECT: The College of Arts and Sciences Selects from The Maslow Collection, which is currently being shown in the Maslow Gallery, features pieces of work that faculty members chose from each of the 10 disciplines inside of Marywood’s College of Arts and Sciences.

These faculty members wrote descriptions explaining how the art they chose connects to their respective field of study.

Dr. Melinda Krokus chose “Darkness and Light” by Margo Sawyer at CONNECT: The College of Arts and Sciences Selects from The Maslow Collection. Photo credit: Justin Kucharski

The 2018 Marywood Print Guild and Art Faculty Biennial will be featured on display until Oct. 13, while CONNECT: The College of Arts and Sciences Selects from The Maslow Collection will be featured until Nov. 2.

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