Self Assigned: Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
December 6, 2013 - January 29, 2014
Despite what even many artists appear to believe, art is not and should not be merely a skill. It should actually be completely and utterly the language of our feelings, our frame of mind; indeed, even of our devotion and our prayers. Caspar David Friedrich (German Romantic painter, 1774-1840)
Creating art, and certainly teaching the arts, requires the practitioner to continually and constructively evaluate and critique the work at hand. The artistic practice is a continuing conversation of reviewing and reappraising, refining and redefining the processes and practice that eventually becomes a finished product. This dialogue has as its aim the creation of magic—that indefinable, ineffable, unpredictable outcome of perspiration and inspiration.
At Messiah College, our faculty members work with a variety of media including paint, ink, drawing materials, and paper; wood, steel, and clay; pixels, photographic emulsion and fibers, offering their skills in infinite possibilities to their students. Our students work on nascent creations, learning concept, content, presentation techniques and decision-making with a view toward the end result of making art. Rarely, though, do they have the opportunity to see those same processes employed in the personal work of the faculty. For Self Assigned, each of our faculty members has selected artwork of their own making to display the same self-critical processes they nurture in their students.
Artists Talk and Reception
Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:00 PM