‘Hitchcock Had It Easy, (The Birds Had It Hard),’ by Marce Dupay

'Hitchcock Had It Easy, (The Birds Had It Hard),' by Marce Dupay

Two new exhibits to open at Fine Arts Center

Faculty and staff members of the School of Art will exhibit their wealth of talent in a wide range of media in the 58th annual Faculty/Staff Exhibition that opens Dec. 1.

'Agglomeration of Glaciated Aqua,' by Amanda Stark (Photo by Tim Thayer)

The work of more than 40 artists will be showcased in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery of the Fine Arts Center Dec. 1-15 and Jan. 8-16. An opening reception, with many of the artists in attendance, will be held from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 30. 

“Community members will be able to see the exceptional quality and diversity of the work produced by the faculty,” Gallery Director Jacqui Nathan said. “This is also a great opportunity for students to discover and be inspired by the work of their teachers, some of whom are recognized on an international level, as well as for the artists to share the vitality of their research with colleagues.”

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculptural glass and stone, intricate metal works, photography and design and fiber works, as well as video and mixed media installations.

A concurrent exhibition, “Trench Cuisine: A Rock Band’s Recipe for Semi-Success,” will be on view in the Willard Wankelman Gallery from Nov. 30-Dec. 15 and from Jan. 8-25. A reception to meet the artist will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

Described as a “multimedia songbook presentation by Craig Matis,” the exhibit is a lively exploration of the intersecting musical and visual interpretations of the artist’s experiences as composer, director and performer for the rock band Trench Cuisine. 

Matis, an artist and musician from Cleveland, describes it as a “wacky and surreal story about the band’s journey from its inception, and culminating with its tour through the United Kingdom.” 

Visitors listen to a recorded story with background music, sound effects and some of Trench Cuisine’s music while viewing the visual interpretations, or “songbooks,” which are three-dimensional collages created with folded paper and spray paint.

Gallery hours for both exhibitions are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free.

November 19, 2007