Friday, November 30, 2012

Our galleries become classrooms

Here are some pictures of faculty artist, Brian Kreydatus, and his printmaking class looking at the Faculty Show as well as a variety of prints from the museum's permanent collection.
Please see below for his teaching philosophy.
"As a teacher, I constantly stress the fundamentals of drawing, design, and color.
Without a thorough understanding of these principles, an artist cannot speak clearly...."

"Every semester I bring my printmaking students to the museum.
Melissa Parris- the museums registrar, always goes out of her way to accommodate my class by bringing out the works I’ve requested plus a few surprises.
For the students, being able to investigate a Durer or Kollwitz print directly is a transformative experience."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Just a reminder that this Friday at 5 PM is the LAST installment of our three part series. Naomi Falk and Nicole McCormick-Santiago will be presenting on their works featured in the show. We look forward to seeing you then!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Q&A with Elizabeth Mead

Here is a short Q&A with faculty artist Elizabeth Mead. Click here to visit her website.
Q: What do you think is the importance of quiet contemplation and the act of just "looking"?

A: I think it is important to understand things, and that takes time. Today we seem to think we can do multiple tasks simultaneously and that we should be able to suss information up immediately. We fool ourselves. This does not give us the chance to really know something deeply. I leave this to Blaise Pascal who said, " We never keep to the present. We anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay its too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that are not ours and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is that the present usually hurts.” The short answer to your question, the importance of quiet contemplation and looking, is, to be present in the moment and take the time necessary to carefully and thoughtfully consider all that around us. This is what it means to me to just look.

Q: How do you think “art” is defined? What is “art” to you and how do you think your work contributes to that definition?

A: I tend not to think of my work in these terms. Instead I view the act of making as a form of inquiry, a way of coming to know and understand the world. The process of making is simply another way of thinking.

Q: Do you feel your work contributes to a more personal internal level of understanding or a greater awareness of the general human condition or neither?

A: I don't think my work is any more personal than any other form of investigation is personal to the individual carrying it out. If I am a scientist I am curious about X and therefore that is what I investigate. If I am a writer then I figure out my way of being and understanding the world through the act of writing. As a sculptor I tend to need to investigate the world physically by making objects and at other times through drawing. We are all seeking, each in our own way, a greater awareness and understanding of the world at large.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Faculty Fridays at Five: Part 2

Thanks to all who attended the second installment of Faculty Fridays at Five this past Friday evening, November 16th! We were excited to see another good turnout to support our very talented faculty artists. This week's presenters were Professor Brian Kreydatus and Professor John Lee. I have included below a few pictures taken at the event.

"I think of acrylic [paint] like a veggie burger...
 If you expect a veggie burger to taste
like Five Guys, you're going to be sorely disappointed.
Acrylic doesn't have the same meatiness that oil does."

Professor Kreydatus in front of his works.

Professor Lee discussing his works
and his view on the importance of color awareness.


"The soul exists partly in eternity and partly in time.” 
~Marsilio Ficino
The third (and FINAL) installment of the Faculty Fridays at Five will take place on November 30th at 5 pm! Naomi Falk and Nicole McCormick-Santiago will be presenting on their works featured in the exhibition. We hope to see you there!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Faculty Fridays at Five TONIGHT

Hello All!

Do not forget TONIGHT (November 16th) at 5 PM, the second installment of Faculty Fridays at Five here at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.
Tonight the speakers are  Brian Kreydatus and John Lee. We hope to see everyone tonight!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holding class at the Museum

Yesterday, faculty artist Brian Kelley brought his 2D Foundations class over to the Museum to view the Faculty Show as well as several works from the Muscarelle's Permanent Collection.  Below, is a picture of Professor Kelley talking about print techniques.

Opening Night

I know this post is coming a little late, but I have included below a few pictures from the opening of the Faculty Show, which took place on October 26, 2012.  
Lively gallery

Faculty artist John Lee
Faculty artist Brian Kelley

Monday, November 12, 2012

First Faculty Friday at Five (11/2/12)

Thanks to all who came out to the first installment of Faculty Fridays at 5 -- we were so excited to have such a great turnout! I have included below a couple snapshots from the evening. Don't forget there are two more opportunities to hear our faculty artists speak about their work! Don't miss out! The next installment will be on November 16th at 5 PM, and will feature Brian Kreydatus and John Lee. We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Mike Jabbur discussing his ceramic works

Professor Elizabeth Mead in front of her installation

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Faculty Friday TONIGHT at FIVE

TONIGHT is the first in the series of Faculty Fridays at Five! This evening will be featured artists  Elizabeth Mead and Mike Jabbur . There will be a gallery walking tour of the Faculty Show, during which time the artists will each speak about their respective workPlease join us THIS evening at 5 PM for a great discussion with two of our very talented faculty artists!