2014 Faculty Exhibit
September 3 – October 2
And Now Behind Curtain #2
October 6 – 30. Opening Reception: October 7, 4-6pm.
What does it mean for art to be socially engaged? Can art help us find the vision to move through today’s world? This audience-participatory installation examines the tensions, fears, and illusions promoted by the corporate media and the stories of individuals struggling to make sense of this economic and political moment, while inviting viewers to participate in a game that playfully explores the perils and rewards of activism. Beverly Naidus’s art practice intertwines the roles of activist, educator, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. She teaches at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and is the author of Arts For Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, in which she explores how to teach art from a socially engaged and interdisciplinary perspective, reclaiming the idea that art can act as both a deconstructive force (to analyze and question what exists and existed) and as a reconstructive one (providing a visionary role). Professor Naidus will present an interactive workshop for educators and the public based on the concepts from her book.
The Beehive Collective
November 10 – December 13. Opening Reception: November 10, 4-6pm.
What is it like to work as part of an artist collective? The Beehive Collective has traveled to and worked with groups around the world, translating complex global stories into collaboratively drawn images that take on a life of their own. Their most recently printed graphic, Mesoamérica Resiste, was nine years in the making. This large-format narrative illustration tells stories of grassroots organizing and community resilience from Mexico to Colombia and also celebrates cultural and ecological diversity. This exhibit will inspire us to imagine the diverse ways that the arts can motivate and activate local and global communities. Curated by the PSU Museum Studies class, led by Professor of Art History Jayme Yahr.
February 2 -March 5. Opening Reception: February 3, 4-6pm.
The veneration of trees is an ancient and ongoing human endeavor. Throughout history, the sacred tree has personified our understanding of life, death, knowledge and liberty. Emile Birch is a leading New Hampshire teaching artist and professional sculptor whose public artworks have been commissioned by many businesses and communities throughout the state. The sculptures in this body of work explore the spiritual nature of living tress and their transformation when cut and felled. This colorful and kinetic exhibit is filled with ancient and new symbolism integrated into mesmerizing designs.
March 24-April 11. Opening Reception: March 24, 4-6pm.
The visual arts are alive, diverse, and thriving at Plymouth State University! Every year, students from all levels of art making submit their best efforts to this competitive exhibition. Visiting jurors from regional art galleries and arts organizations select excellent works from each level of instruction including an independent level that encourages and nurtures independent, self-directed creativity.
April 20- May 15. Opening Reception: April 21, 4-6pm.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition celebrates students graduating from PSU’s 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 the Karl Drerup Art Gallery.