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

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.