FOXTALK Winter 2014 - page 37

T
he Marist College Student Exhibition, this year
known as “Steel Works,” took place from May 9,
2013 until May 16, 2013. This annual show dis-
played works done by current art and art history
students and that were selected for their merit by
the art and art history faculty,
Among the many excellent works of art, one
dynamic painting was a highlight of the exhibi-
tion. Entitled “My Guts,” (pictured to left) the 8 foot by 5 foot oil
painting was created by Ethan Kolwaite, ‘14. He worked on the
painting for weeks, often painting for hours at a time, as part of his
“Organic Mechanics” portfolio.
The canvas itself was handmade, and many of the paint colors
were custom mixed to create just the right tones Kolwaite was look-
ing for. He said the inspiration for this painting came from “his love
for abstract expressionist art from artists such as Gerhart Richter.”
The exhibition highlights student work in traditional and digital
media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, pho-
tography and books. Beyond creating the work on exhibit, students
also hang the work and handle all aspects of running and publiciz-
ing the exhibition. Once the show has concluded, the students are
responsible for the removal of the art as well.
The Marist College Art Gallery is a 3,200 square foot exhibition
space located in the Steel Plant Studios along with the Fine Arts
Program. The Art Gallery retains the industrial look of the former
steel plant with concrete floors and exposed 15-foot ceilings. The
exhibition program focuses primarily on contemporary regional art-
ists working in all fine arts media.
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