Photo by Charles Wang ’15
Each year, studio art majors present work in the senior art exhibition in the Beard and Weil Galleries as a culmination of their creative experience at Wheaton. This year’s show, “Departure,” under advisor Associate Professor of Art Patricia Stone, featured diverse work by 16 students, who exhibited drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, comic illustration, graphic design, painting and sculpture. Students chose the title “Departure” for the exhibition, says Stone, because “they liked the idea of ‘art’ contained in the word, as well as the notion of ‘a point of departure’ where one uses an image or idea as a springboard to produce a new work.” This year’s exhibition showcased use of some unusual materials, including graphic design on snowboards and painting with makeup on cloth. “There was so much to enjoy in this show: humor, surprise, classic beauty, some painful truths, and an impressive level of skill,” notes Professor Stone. [Read more...]
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Beard and Weil Galleries director Michele L’Heureux ’88 conducted a fall session for Professor Elita Pastra-Landis’s “Advanced Organic Chemistry” students. At L’Heureux’s invitation, the professor agreed that it would be great to expose science students to the gallery (where many of them had never been) and also to engage them in close observation and conversation that could improve their skills of analysis, which are essential in the discipline of science. “Elita and I crafted some questions for them to consider, and Elita wrote those up and asked the students to respond in writing after our session together in the gallery,” said L’Heureux. “They were asked to consider the connections between art making and chemistry, and we discussed each of the five artists in the ‘Sitelines’ exhibition. One artist, Kysa Johnson, uses the molecular structure of pollutants as the building blocks of her drawings, so we spent a lot of time analyzing her work, since it was quite relevant to their studies.”