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Colby-Sawyer College Features Student Art Work in Largest Exhibition of the Year

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer College is now hosting the annual Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition featuring students' recent work in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.

The opening reception and awards presentation for the exhibition took place in the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery at the Sawyer Fine Arts Center on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and the exhibit will run through April 9, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment on Saturdays.

The exhibition is made possible by a generous endowment established by Gladys Greenbaum Meyers, an alumna of the Class of 1939. This event, the college's largest art exhibition of the year, will feature 142 pieces by 58 student artists, which were selected by art faculty members. The show will highlight the work of accomplished senior student artists Jessica McCabe and Elizabeth Ryan, who have won awards for their pieces in previous exhibitions. The Business Office at Colby-Sawyer has commissioned a piece by Ryan that will be featured in the show.

Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts and Gallery Director Rebekah Tolley expressed enthusiasm about the quality of students' work in printmaking, her own area of expertise. "There is an especially strong showing in printmaking this year, with Renot Lopes's shepard fairy style silkscreens, and pieces by Elizabeth Ryan, Christine Letendre and Michaela Ianazzi," she says. "Students who once dreaded a medium 'steeped in tradition' now understand its potential as its versatility with all the new photo-based methods. The show also features some particularly nice paintings by Samantha Castonguay."

Although the large number of art works will challenge the physical constraints of a small gallery, Professor Tolley says the selected pieces represent high standards and some of the students' very best work. "The faculty were diligent about communicating the standards for craft, technical issues, and presentation," she explains. "It's important to convey high expectations to our student artists."

This exhibition draws a large audience of both college and area community members, with many of the awards donated by local individuals, businesses and organizations. “It's a time for the college community and our friends and neighbors to see some of our students' best work, produced in the wide range of art media that our programs prepare them for,” says Professor Tolley. “I always look forward to seeing the great variety and creativity of all of our students' work.”

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-Michelle L. Buser '09

Michelle L. Buser is a Communications Studies major and an intern in College Communications at Colby-Sawyer College.

The Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, directed by Rebekah Tolley, hosts seven major exhibitions and related public events each academic year. The gallery is located on Seamans Road on the west side of campus in the Sawyer Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and events are open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment. The Mugar Gallery and Sawyer Fine Arts Center are fully handicapped accessible. For information, please call (603) 526-3000.

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