Arts & Culture

‘Art Speaks’ exhibit on display in Adell McMillan Art Gallery

In an effort to showcase student work through the theme of personal importance, the University Cultural Forum is showcasing the “Art Speaks” exhibit located in the Adell McMillan Art Gallery in the EMU through Jan. 27.@@[email protected]@

Student artists submitted their work in November to be displayed in the gallery over first week of winter term. Chosen by the curator, Assunta Cicalese, artists represented in the exhibit are Caroline Phillips, Jack Mayer, Brianna Eamons, Matthew Moyano, Leonard Madarang and Shayleen Macy.@@names [email protected]@

Mediums of art range from painting to pottery and subject matter is even more varied. Fulfilling the theme, each piece is accompanied with the artist’s description of why the art is relevant to what is important to them.

University senior Caroline Phillips’ piece “Funambulist” is the first work on display when entering the second-floor gallery. Her sculpture, which was developed in her sculpture studio, depicts bodiless feet taking the first step onto a broken and frayed tight rope.

“I wanted to show disembodiment as well as uncertainty and irrationality,” Phillips said. “I think (the gallery) is a really good opportunity for students. It’s really relevant having student’s work represented.”

To the right of Phillips’ piece are two submissions by University junior Brianna Eamons.

“It’s an interesting gallery because it’s so sporadic. The only similarity connecting the artists is the theme,” Eamons said.

Perhaps the more eye-catching of the two of her paintings is “Take Back the City,” which shows clouds raining color upon a grey and depressed setting.

Eamon commented that her piece “shows a way of connecting people.”

“I was always more interested to see how people interpreted the piece,” she said.

Opposite of Eamons’ work is Jack Mayer’s set of vases ranging in style and presentation. @@Mayer comments on his representation within the exhibit as a motive of his emotion. Consider deleting this.@@

“Making pottery is my passion, and I plan on being a ceramics teacher after I get out of college,” Mayer said in his description of his piece “Tall Soda Vase.”

A reception will be held for the exhibit in the gallery this Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m., which will feature music performed by Sidran Olson.@@[email protected]@

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