The Nanaimo Faculty Show

Nanaimo Art GalleryThe Nanaimo Art Gallery, Vancouver Island University branch, 900 Fifth St, Building 330, will present The Faculty Show from August 29 to October 4, 2008. The opening reception will be on Friday, September 5, 2008, from 7 to 9 pm. The focus of this exhibition is on the many techniques and processes that artists use to create their work, as shown in the work of faculty from Vancouver Island University. The various disciplines of both applied and visual arts reveal the broad spectrum of processes that are used to produce art. Artists taking part are Gregory Ball, Fran Benton, Rick Conroy, Bodil Ellins, Karen Hodgson, Scott Leaf, Ellen McClusky, and Pamela Speight.

Nanaimo Art Gallery curator, Fran Benton, elaborates on the show: "When teachers are artists we are given a fascinating insight into the way art is created. Often the interpretation of art is difficult, leaving many viewers puzzled about the artist's intention and process. Fortunately for the viewers of this show the artists are interpreters and reveal a complex and curious glimpse into the creative mind. The world of the faculty of art and design at Vancouver Island University is rich and unusual. The unusual comes from the cross disciplinary nature of this group of people. For example there is a printmaker making animated films, a graphics instructor showing photographs, and a sculptor showing paintings. One might expect a sculptor to show sculpture but in a small department such as this, the familiar and intimate setting sets the stage for artists to experiment across disciplines as well as with process and techniques."

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