Monday, March 10, 2014

Malone University has Two Gallery Openings!

The Malone University Department of Visual Arts will present the exhibit We Don’t Want to Be Seen by painter Clara Schwan in the Fountain Gallery, located within the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.  The exhibit will run through April 1.  Schwan, who currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, explores “moments of introversion, insecurity, and vulnerability” in this series of paintings. The works vary in size from small, intimate paintings to larger canvases while maintaining a consistency of theme throughout. She writes of her work, “Each painting asks the questions of when we want to disappear, why, and how. Furthermore, what is it we do want when we don't want to be seen? Beneath the concealed face, the closed eyes, the cover of night, there is a desire to dispel one's flaws, one's history—  to cast away this shame, shyness, embarrassment, vanity, sorrow, or anger. We try to hide but we are seen, caught in moments painted.”

Schwan studied fine art at Pratt Institute and Wittenberg University. She received her bachelor of arts in studio art from Wittenberg in May 2012 and was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center in September 2012. In the late summer and early fall of 2013, Schwan was stationed in Woodstock, New York as an intern artist-in-residence and Program Assistant for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the oldest art colony in the nation.

The Fountain Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Malone University Department of Art will present a senior exhibit March 21-27 in the McFadden Gallery of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.  The exhibit – featuring the works of Rachel Chamberlain, a senior art major from East Liverpool, Ohio – is free and open to the public.

The show, Being Human: an exploration in art, will feature pieces in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, digital, 3D, and mixed media.  The common thread between the pieces centers on the interworking of the mind and soul. It is an exploration of the human desire to find identity and the inevitable questions that span from this voyage. “Above anything else, my art is exploratory,” explains the artist, “I am exploring my own thoughts and questions while also trying to get into the minds of others. I’m inspired by the words of others, divinity, and what makes a person who they are.”

The McFadden Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 23rd from 3-5 pm for a time of art and refreshments.
For more information, contact Mary Haines in the Visual Art Department Office at 330.471.8231.

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