Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
And by appointment
Closed on PSU holidays
Each year, PSU art faculty show their finest current work in the opening exhibition of the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. This exhibit is especially important to the educational mission of the art department as the work on display sets a standard for the students throughout the year. Diversity of approaches, both formal and conceptual, variety of media and their usage, personal and societal thematic statements, and fine craftsmanship demonstrate the gamut of faculty involvement in their respective disciplines.
PSU art department faculty are progressive artists whose work is representative of the best of active artists in New England. They provide outstanding artistic leadership to university art students in the region. Many disciplines are presented in this exhibition, beginning with the traditional works of painting and sculpture and continuing with ceramics, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, digital art, and photography. Works shown also include alternative media and installation forms.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 4-6 p.m.
Yang JiKui is a prominent Chinese painter, well known for his elegant ink brush paintings of traditional subjects such as exotic flowers, birds, fish, and garden foliage. His paintings are bold in scale and execution. His masterful technique demonstrates the power and nuances available to an artist with his understanding and experience.
Yang JiKui’s exhibition has inspired a lecture series that will coincide with his visit to Plymouth State University: “Adventures in Chinese Culture,” featuring presentations by eight distinguished scholars on many topics.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 1, 4-6p.m.
“Art That Transcends Borders: A Personal Cross-Cultural Appreciation of the Paintings of Yang Jikui,” Roger Dunn, Tuesday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.
“A Brief Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy,” Zhizhang Shen, Tuesday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.
“Living Confucianism: Growing Up in Malaysia and America, ” Peng-Khuan Chong, Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
“Chinese Culture Through the Eyes of a Young American English Teacher,” Jonathan Higgins, Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 p.m.
“Chinese-American Contributions to The United States of America,” Stacey Yap, Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m.
“Chinese Painting Demonstration,” Master Yang Jikui, Wednesday, October 23, 4 p.m.
“Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China,” David Berona, Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.
“Chinese Paintings: Traditions and Continuities,” Dick Hunnewell, Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
“Understanding Traditional Eastern Humor Through Chinese Crosstalk,” Chen Wu, and “Chinese Tea Art,” Cao Hui, Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.
Charles Gibson is the principal of a multidisciplinary design practice with expertise in environmental graphic design. This exhibition presents a selection of more than 20 collaborative communications solutions for clients in education, healthcare, business, community development, architecture, landscape architecture, and the arts. The exhibit also includes highlights from Gibson’s team’s 1993 prize-winning submission to The Electric Vehicle and the American Community, a National Planning and Design Competition hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.
Opening Reception: Tuesday November 19, 4-6 p.m.
The work in this exhibit represents PSU art faculty Tom Driscoll’s explorations of the sense of place: geographically, temporally, and psychologically. There are two parallel bodies of work in this show: the highly textured, gestural pieces explore non-verbal creative impulses leading to self-discovery, while the collage/map pieces merge more formal and conceptual approaches to image making. Driscoll recognizes and embraces a variety of intersections between these two methodologies.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 11, 4-6 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, February 19, 4 p.m.
Each spring the Karl Drerup Art Gallery celebrates the creative efforts of students in the PSU art department with the Juried Student Exhibition. The exhibit includes works from all levels of studies and all media. The format is unusual in that each level is juried in relation only to other students’ submissions from that level, of which there are four. In addition, a fifth level, one of completely independent work, is juried by itself. This category is in keeping with the tradition in the art department of encouraging and nurturing independent, self-directed creativity. Recent jurors have been directors from well-established, progressive art galleries in New Hampshire.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 25, 4-6 p.m.
Studio Art – Karl Drerup Art Gallery
Graphic Design – Silver Center for the Arts
The BFA degrees in studio art and graphic design are intense, highly focused professional programs. Throughout the year, studio art majors delve into personal themes, motifs, and media to achieve a mature body of work, culminating in the selection of work featured in this threshold exhibit at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. Graphic design majors create and define a fictitious company and spend the year producing a broad range of applications including logos, stationery, advertisements, posters, pamphlets, and publications. These materials are displayed in the Silver Center for the Arts atrium. BFA students in both programs are mentored by selected faculty members, although all faculty participate in critiques and individual dialog with the students throughout the experience.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 22, 4-6 p.m.