Show runs through March 23
Students have a chance to see artwork their professors have created at the Faculty Art Exhibition presented at the CU Art Museum through March 23.
The art show is not only unique because it displays faculty art, but parts of the show are interactive with many displays that include televisions, projectors, computers and sound effects along with the art.
The Faculty Art show is dedicated to art professor Antonette Rosato (1952-2006). Two pieces of her art are on display in the gallery for the exhibition. One piece is a video that is played on a flat screen television and shows a variety of dancers, shapes and colors- moving art. The other piece is accompanied by a paper written by Karen Jacobs which describes Rosato’s work.
Jacobs’ paper reads, “Rosato was committed to creating a body of work that, as she puts it, ‘eliminates the boundaries between the sacred and secular worlds, simultaneously questioning what can be considered sacred space in contemporary art culture.'”
Brian Braeckel, a senior computer science and fine arts-studio arts major, said he doesn’t feel the technological additions in the displays at the art show are necessarily beneficial.
“I enjoy more traditional art. I like technique in painting and good use of color,” Braeckel said. “I feel like the added technology and sound take away from the art and the professionalism of the art. Art is unfortunately moving away from technique and more towards appealing to emotion, but I think it really needs to be a good combination of both instead.”
Whether the added technology is an improvement or a shift toward less professional art forms, there are other interesting displays at the show.
Walking through the gallery, perhaps the most striking works appear at the end. At the back of the gallery Susan Meyer’s “tech center” 2007 is composed of acrylic, steel rod, H-O scale figures, aluminum and shrinky dinks. It is a hanging ensemble of tiny figurines in every pose imaginable covering a blue, clear, white and silver hanging creation.
Also at the end of the gallery, is an enormous wood, plastic and hardware sculpture with audio that viewers can actually walk underneath by Chris Lavery.
Also notable, are Frances Charteris’ “felt words,” which are photographs enhanced by audio of those pictured talking, C. Maxx Stevens’ sculpture with a dress covered in crow feathers and Michael Arnold-Mages’ digital transformation of human body parts displayed on a projector.
Andrea Villanueva, a freshman fine arts-studio arts major, feels that seeing faculty art is a good way to connect to their professors.
“I think it is important to see what your professors are trying to instill in you on a personal level like this. Seeing their work bridges the gap between student and teacher,” Villanueva said.
You can find out more about the gallery’s shows and this one at the Web site: