RIO GRANDE — A new art exhibit now on display at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College features a wide range artistic styles and ideas, and promises to be an entertaining show for area residents.
The new exhibit is on display in the Greer Museum, and is free and open to the public. The show features the work of the Ohio University sculpture and expanded practice students and showcases several outstanding artistic pieces.
The artists whose work is on display includes 13 graduate students and one undergraduate student, who is a senior. The students are studying sculpture and printmaking, and the term “sculpture and expanded practice,” means that the students use whatever artistic materials that are needed to best describe the issues the students are exploring with their artistic pieces.
“Each individual artist’s work reflects his or her individual research and interests,” said Melissa McCloud, who is a second-year graduate student studying sculpture. Her work is included in the exhibit.
McCloud explained that the piece she has in the exhibit, “Pollination Fruit,” is influenced by several ideas.
“My work is informed by geo-environmental, economic and political issues,” McCloud said. “Dead honeybees spell out the word ‘pollination,” and pollen spells out the word ‘fruit.’”
“I’m using analogies such as honeybees are to pollination as pollen is to fruit as a way to talk about the disappearing honeybee population and the implications that has for us as humans,” McCloud said.
The table that this piece is displayed on also plays a part in the meaning of the artwork.
“I use the white table to show honor and represent the meal that will not be eaten, just as military family’s do for their fallen loved ones,” she said.
All of the pieces in the exhibit are filled with meaning, and area residents who look over the exhibit will be impressed with the outstanding work.
“Area residents can expect a diverse and engaging show,” McCloud said. “We are so excited for this opportunity to show our work with the Rio Grande community.”
Information from the Ohio University sculpture and expanded practice program describes the show as follows, ”…to push is to derive energy from within and provide an impact in the external – to push to frontiers, to push across boundaries to push on beyond…this is sculpting, forms, materials, notions, implications pushed around to create objects, action circumstances and ramifications that push.”
The artists whose work is featured in the exhibit include: Gary Blowers — 3rd year sculpture graduate; Justin Como — 3rd year sculpture graduate; Crystal Brown — 3rd year sculpture graduate; Courtney Kessel — 3rd year sculpture graduate; Melissa McCloud - 2nd year sculpture graduate; Brooks Wenzel — 2nd year sculpture graduate; Max Sorenson — 2nd year sculpture graduate; Laura Barr — 1st year sculpture graduate; Basil Masri-Zada — 1st year sculpture graduate; Kathleen Williams — 1st year sculpture graduate; Haylee Ebersole — 2nd year printmaking graduate; Deepika Dhiman — 2nd year painting graduate; Mateo Galvano — 1st year painting graduate; and John Schriner — senior undergraduate sculpture major.
The exhibit opened to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 17 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Greer Museum. The exhibit will remain up through Feb. 9.
The Greer Museum is open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information on the exhibit or on the Greer Museum, call Jim Allen at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information on upcoming events at Rio Grande, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on the university’s scenic campus, log onto www.rio.edu.