Feb. 1, 2017 — NMH’s visual arts faculty practice what they teach. From Feb. 3 through March 4, some two dozen paintings, photographs, sculptures, and an installation piece created by NMH faculty members will be on display in Gallery at the Rhodes Arts Center (RAC).
An opening reception will be held in the gallery Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 pm.
The works by visual arts teachers Alexander Braile, Lauren Scott Corwin, Sam Pettengill, Bill Roberts, and Mona Seno reflect a broad range of aesthetic styles. “I hope students see this show as an example of what they can do with the skills they're being taught,” says Braile.
“As teachers, we are constantly seeing the work of our students,” he adds. “It seems only fair that students should get to see our work as well.”
Faculty — in visual arts and other departments — bring their classes to the gallery throughout the year. Humanities I students, for example, view the art carefully, try to interpret the artist’s intent, and then interview the artist, according to Braile.
Braile says the annual faculty show in particular opens the door for conversations. “I want students to ask their teachers about how and why their artwork was made and what influenced it,” he says. “I love hearing students talk about their interpretations of the artwork and seeing them get excited about art.”
This exhibition is particularly diverse in style, demonstrating for students the many directions art can take, Braile notes. “It is a great illustration of where we as artists have gone in our own understanding of the skills and concepts we teach. Sometimes the work is a good example of what we teach. Other times it may break rules we give students. But there are reasons for all of those decisions. Students should be exposed to that and should have access to the people making that art.”
The RAC gallery is open 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 1 to 5 pm on weekends.
Photo of visual arts faculty by Sam Pettengill