Art Exhibition Showcases Talented Faculty

by Bobby White

The Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery at Worcester State became a canvas for a myriad of different art styles at the 2014 Faculty Arts Exposition, which opened Sept. 18.

This bi-annual event contained photography, paintings, sculpture, and even innovative “luminary” pieces; all created by the faculty of the visual and performing arts and communications departments at Worcester State.

The gallery holds several student shows throughout the year, but this exhibition is especially unique in the eyes of gallery director Catherine Wilcox-Titus. A total of 37 different pieces were on display, coming from 13 faculty members.

“This is our opportunity for students to see what our faculty is capable of creating,” said Wilcox-Titus.  “It’s one thing if they bring a piece of their art to a classroom, but this sort of environment, where the pieces are all laid out, puts in a greater perspective.”

From wall to wall the gallery was full of interesting artistic expressions, including stunning photography pieces from Suzanne Gainer of the communications department.  Her two pieces on display were part of her “Displacement Series”, a blending of multiple landscapes into one picture.  One of the pictures used 7-8 different shots of both the Sierra Nevada and Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire.  Seemingly two distinct separate places geographically, Gainer’s work blended them so well it appeared it was one landscape.

“My goal was to create fictional landscapes using real world ones,” Gainer said.  “The idea is that these two landscapes are part of this world, and alike in that sense, but in the end they are different.”

Visual and performing arts professor Stacey Parker had one of their more surprising collections.  She referred to her pieces as “Luminaries”, a series of reeds wrapped in different tissue paper, one of which contained newspaper, all-encompassing a light inside that illuminated the area outside.

“I got the idea from an artist that I had seen on TV on a craft show,” said Parker.  “And I really liked the idea of using easy to obtain materials to create something that looks so complex.  Also, I like how they have the practical use of being a light, as opposed to them just sitting on a wall.”

Truly a cornucopia of different mediums and artistic talent, the exhibit will be on display through Oct. 23.  Gallery hours are Tues-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Appointments can also be made to see the gallery by calling 508-929-8651, or by email at Gallery@worcester.edu.  

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