Faculty Art Show

Faculty Art Show

Faculty will be the artists featured in the first gallery show of the season, which opens Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.

“Every year the Faculty Art Show is a chance for new students to view the work of their professors, which is important because the rest of the year is focused on their own artwork, so it’s good they first get to see what the faculty produces," said Jo Nuno, administrative assistant of the art department. 

Artists featured in the show, which runs through Oct. 8, include:

  • Penny McElroy, Department Chair – Mixed Media
  • Raúl Acero – Sculpture and Ceramics
  • Renée Azenaro – Sculpture and Ceramics … lead faculty organizer of this event
  • Ben Bridgers – Painting and Drawing
  • Tommi Cahill – Photography
  • Gene Jimenez – Painting
  • Terry Long – Mixed Media
  • Anna Gaitan – Drawing

“It has been traditional for the UR Art Faculty to exhibit their work in the first show of the semester. As the opening show of the academic year, it offers the viewers an opportunity to experience recent work of the Studio Art Faculty," said Renée Asenaro, art professor.

"Because it's a group show, both full time and adjunct art faculty exhibit a few pieces of recent work. In a solo exhibition, an artist would show a cohesive body of work developed over a period of time. Within the group show, artists show fewer pieces, giving the viewers a window into what the artist has been working recently.”

Art Professor Raúl Acero repurposed tree limbs for his sculptures.

“The sculptures are made from tree limbs I picked up during tree trimming on campus, they are combined with clay to make figure like sculptures, they are about seven feet high, they relate to our connection to nature and some views on our condition, as people in these times.”

Art Professor Anna Gaitan said she spent "quite a bit of time observing people in public places" during the summer.
"Because I am drawing under somewhat covert circumstances, the sketches are rapid and sometimes unfinished; a quality I really enjoy.”

The opening reception for the show is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the Peppers Gallery.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday; 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Mondays.

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