Faculty Celebrated as Active Artists and Cultural Agents

June 28th, 2007 by Adam

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The annual PSU Faculty Exhibition is available for viewing at the Silver Center for the Arts. The exhibition runs through October 13. A second gallery reception takes place September 12, after the opening of the fall semester.

Plymouth State University art faculty exhibit their work across the country, winning awards and developing and experimenting with media, techniques and topics.

For example, printmaker Terry Downs says a sketchbook rather than a camera captures his experience of person, place or thing as he travels throughout Europe, Central America and New England. “[A camera] is lacking in its ability to provide the touch of the hand and eye. This is drawing’s inherent ability,” Downs said. He will exhibit prints portraying the small village of Rumney, N.H., hand-pulled copper plate etching prints from drawings made at sites familiar to him, landmarks of vistas within the village.
Another exhibitor, Elizabeth Erickson D’Amico, has taught art in both public and private schools on all levels, K-12. As a result of her extensive teaching experience, D’Amico continues to explore a variety of media for her own artistic expression, drawing inspiration from nature and the beauty to be found there.

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“The exhibition celebrates and honors our faculty as active artists and cultural agents while inviting an ongoing dialogue with these artists, their works of art and each viewer,” said Art Department Chair Cynthia Vascak.

“Drawing can be an act of engaged mindfulness, a form of meditation, an act of pure joy and a source of empathy and connection. I believe that my artworks are characterized by elegant simplicity and clarity of line and movement,” Vascek said in her own artist statement for the show. “ The works selected for this exhibition are monoprints created with the technique of foam plate relieve printing developed by my colleague, Annette Mitchell. Due to the lightness of the foam plate, it is as mobile as a sketchbook and can be as fascinating as hiking or traveling companion as the traditional sketchbook.”

This year the Faculty show opens in the Silver Center during the New Hampshire Music Festival and continues into the start of the semester, allowing long-term music patrons, alumni and students and other newcomers to experience the breadth of creative activity by the faculty “This new scheduling allows a broader spectrum of visitors to enjoy the exhibition. The show also overlaps the exhibition of works by former faculty member Karl Drerup who founded the art department and was a New Hampshire Living Legend, highlighting the history of arts at PSU,” said gallery director Catherine Amidon.

The exhibition presents work in ceramic, metal sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography and graphic arts.

The Silver Center lobby summer hours are Monday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular hours resume September 4: Monday – Friday, noon to 6 p.m. For gallery information call (603) 535-2614.

Images:

(top left) Cynthia Vascek unnamed foam block print

(bottom right) Michael Heffernan Waffle painting

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