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Fall 2009
On
T
he 2009 faculty art
exhi-
bition “Self Portraits” pro-
vided Art and Art History
professors with the oppor-
tunity to showcase their
own work. The exhibit opened at the Steel
Plant Studios with a reception on Sept. 24
and stayed on display to the Marist com-
munity and the public until Oct. 17 at the
Steel Plant Studios on campus.
Participating faculty took on a photog-
raphy assignment with guidelines similar
to those the professors challenge their
own students with. Gallery Director Ed
Smith coordinated the photo show and
asked each faculty member to compose a
black-and-white digital self-portrait, to be
displayed on a 42”x 35” large scale. He
also asked for submission of another small
black-and-white work to compliment the
larger piece.
The portraits could be literal or inter-
pretive but had to be a reflection of the
artist. Smith said his goal for the exhibi-
tion was for the community to see the art-
ists as the artists see themselves.
The exhibition “let students know the
faculty has a serious outlook on their
work,” professor James Luciana said at
the opening. Luciana chose a more literal
approach to his piece, which is an unal-
tered photograph of himself reading in his
garden.
“It becomes clear to students they aren’t
just listening to someone talk in a class-
room,” Luciana said. “They are teaching
out of experience and what they know
how to do.”
Students, in turn, enjoyed the opportu-
nity to see pieces by their professors.
“It was great to see how their personal
work is translated into how they teach,”
said Erica Wegeler, a senior majoring in
art history.
Many art students felt the exhibition was
an insight into the personalities of the pro-
fessors they see in class. For certain, these
professors practice what they preach.
Sophomore RJ Hall summed the feel-
ing up well: “If they are this critical with
their own artwork, I can see why they’re
so hard on us.”
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Professor Lois Walsh’s self portrait.
Professor Dan McCormick poses in front of his interpretiv
BY SABRINA CLARK
The self portrait installation on display in the Steel Plant.