Art is constantly inspiring and stimulating the world around us and this month students are being given the opportunity to directly experience the personal and community impacts of art through the instillation of the Faculty Art Show in University Gallery.
The show is running through Oct. 21 and features a wide variety of mediums and concepts. Upon first arrival at the show, it is immediately apparent that our art department faculty possess a deep passion for exploring new perspectives and techniques throughout their own work.
“We just have such a talented group of people in our department and I am so grateful I get to work with them,” Professor Penny McElroy said.
McElroy, who teaches graphic design and mixed media, hopes the show will expose all students on campus to the artistic community as well as give them an insight into the personal thoughts their professors are currently developing and turning into concrete pieces.
For McElroy, the pieces in this show were initially inspired by recent experiences of personal loss that made her consider the idea of memory and values of light in her work. Her hope is that her artwork will “give students a window into how we think about things.”
He believes this show provides an essential opportunity for faculty to take their artwork out of the studio to share with the public and make an impact on their personal community.
The Faculty Art Show not only allows the faculty to remain active and credible in their fields, but also permits students to make a personal connection with art that is created directly within their community.
Art affects an individual in a variety of ways. It can help them work through a difficult time in their life, as it did for McElroy or allow them to explore a long time interest at greater depth, as it did for Acero. These pieces can even remind a person to never give up on their passion, no matter how busy life may get, as it did for me.
Yet, the only way the show can have this impact is if people attend.
“What I hope that they would get out of it, they would come,” Acero said.
Photos contributed by Redlands Bulldog photographer Maeve Wieneck.