2022 Fall – 2023 Spring Exhibit

Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

Featuring April Claggett, Sonja Czekalski, Kevin Gilmore, Alice Lambert, Darrell Matsumoto, Joseph Ray, Jason Travers, David Wackell

August 31 – September 22, 2022
Opening Reception on Wednesday, August 31st from 5-7 pm

Featuring April Claggett, Sonja Czekalski, Kevin Gilmore, Alice Lambert, Darrell Matsumoto, Joseph Ray, Jason Travers, David Wackell

2022-2023 Faculty Spotlight Exhibition

Featuring Professor Kevin Gilmore

September 2022 – May 2023
Art Center Lobby
Opening Reception on Wednesday, August 31st from 5-7 pm

Featuring Professor Kevin Gilmore, Lecturer in Art and Design, Departmental Media Specialist

BASICS

Featuring Matthias Neumann

September 2022 – May 2023
Artwork Around Campus

Matthias Neumann, Artist/Architect

Dixon/Ball Photography Collection

Featuring Penelope Dixon and Michael Ball

September 30,2022 – October 12, 2022
Art Center Gallery

Penelope Dixon and Michael Ball Photography Collection

In 2021, Collectors, Penelope Dixon and Michael Ball generously gifted a portion of their photography collection to the Art Center Gallery. Their gift represents the foundation of our photography collection which spans early 20th century to the contemporary. We celebrate their gift with this special exhibition, which runs from September 30 thru October 12, 2022 at the Art Center Gallery. Special Reception, Saturday, October 1st from 12:30-2:00 pm.

This Precious Life

Featuring Vaughn Sills

October 19 - December 14, 2022
Opening Reception - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Art Center Gallery

Featuring Vaughn Sills
Picturing a Life of One’s Own

It is with great pleasure we present the work of Vaughn Sills entitled, This Precious Life. This exhibition presents a select retrospective view of the last 40 years of a photographic life.

Sills has owned a long relationship with the camera, given a Brownie as a young girl. In fact, she has resurrected images from family and personal albums, reconfigured as the underpinning of the series Knowing Our Distance (1982-1984). The photograph as memento has long served as historical and emotional trove. Picture albums are memory triggers for familial events. The iconic portrait, place, or activity is immortalized for posterity. We gaze at them, to resurrect the emotions we felt, and may want to feel again. This personal act is exclusively human, thus reflecting a universal experience for all.

The arc of her work is evident in its subject matter, the sense of the sentimental, and discovery. In Beyond Words (1999-2005), she holds softly the remains ofanimals and other found objects, asking the viewer to consider the wonder of it all. In True Poems Flee (2009-2018) and Inside Outside (2009-2021), Sills returns to photograph her beloved landscape of Prince Edward Island, Canada, clearly a sacred place for her. The land is imbued with personal history and experience. She has a long-established pattern of returning to her childhood home, annually, for familial reunions, then later to establish her own pattern to photograph place as well as her history.

In This Precious Life, Sills is not unlike a poet, who will gather objects and capture images of place and import to reflect on. She is immersed in her life and work, allowing its interweaving to flow continuously, undoubtedly, to configure and reconfigure, picturing a life of her own.

29th Annual New England Secondary School Art/Design Competition

Anna Maria College
29th Annual New England Secondary School Art/Design Competition.
Exhibition Dates: December 21, 2022 – February 24, 2023

ZOOM Awards Presentation:
Wednesday 15 February 2023, 7:00pm
Art Center Gallery, at Anna Maria College will send out ZOOM announcements and invitation.

Eligibility:
Open to all secondary school art students.
All work must be original and completed within the last two years.

Medium Categories:
Digital Design
Drawing
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture/3D
Video

Awards:
Anna Maria College Art/Design Merit Scholarship (Senior Standing Required)
$2,000 - $10,000 Merit Scholarship Awards
Media Categories

Requirements:
Up to 3 works per individual
2D: 72 dpi at 10” or 720px
3D: 1 additional photo allowed
Video: MP4. H264 CODEC, no longer than 3 minutes

Deadlines:
Submit by: December 5, 2022

All Student Art Show

All Student Art Show
Exhibition Dates: January 18 - February 1, 2023
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 19 from 5-7pm

Celebrate our students!

To kick off 2023 Spring, we invite the entire community to the Opening Reception where the Department of Art and Design is pleased to present the All Student Art Show.

Student Art and Design works selected from all Studio courses from Fall 2022 Term.

Willy Heeks: Paintings

Featuring Willy Heeks

February 8 – April 5, 2023
Art Center Gallery
Opening Reception, Wednesday, February 8 from 5:00-7:00pm
Conversation with Artist and Gallery Director, Darrell Matsumoto, 5:30pm

A Painter's Life

It is with great pleasure we present Willy Heeks: Paintings. This exhibition presents recent paintings on canvas and mixed media works on paper. Heeks' art practice spans over 40 years. During the 1980s, when expressionism and figuration enjoyed a revival, he began to develop a distinctive style, which combined complex color fields punctuated with bold sinuous and gestural contours, using a battery of application methods, to produce what is a sensory explosion of color and feeling, which remains a essential
hallmark of his work.

Heeks’ life energy is inherent in his vibrant and expressive works. The work is primarily non figurative, though presents as an organic landscape-like form, tempting the viewer to look, to be absorbed by what they see. His compositions appear as the aftermath of phenomena, not unlike experiencing the peeling back of a kind of skin. The color explodes to reveal itself; we are taken on an atmospheric journey, possibly experiencing the internal and external simultaneously. Indeed, the paintings present an intermingling of both introvertive and extrovertive form/mark making. The array of intense color fields are combined with supple lineal form, constructing a complex matrix of hue and gesture. The fields of color present with a warm vibrancy, which stand as a foil for the somewhat eccentric shape and mark making. The lineal forms, appear at times stenciled or tattooed onto the canvas, net-like, sinuous, and at other times a joyful tangle. This gestural sensibility appears throughout the work, not unlike a dance of color and light within luminous spaces.

The human intellect will untiringly attempt to make sense of the abstract, searching for meaning. At times Heeks provides signposts in the form of titles to navigate within his work. The title implies an inkling of a narrative, a place to enter, however, we are soon to be awash in its lush atmospheric depths. Ultimately, the sensory effect of color, the prominent feature of the work, infused by intuitive combination of bold brush work, distinctive mark making, and hinted figurative elements forms a complex conglomeration, the essential feature of his paintings. The artist, painter, the maker, expresses what they feel. Heeks’ paintings are sensory explosions, complemented by intuitive matrices. His life course and work are intricately intertwined.