Art gallery to feature final show this semester

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Carlson Library’s Art Gallery is set to close as a result of the Workforce Plan and plans are developing to create a new gallery in the area.
Clarion’s Workforce Plan published last semester saw cuts Art Meetingto various departments across the university, much to the annoyance of many students, including some within the art department.
Last spring, the art department held a senior art show in the Carlson Library Art Gallery, and this semester the last show “Animalia Agitatus” is still in the gallery and is open on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., with any other hours being posted on the gallery doors.
Despite the closure of the gallery on campus, Clarion still hosts displays of art, with works being displayed on the walls of buildings on Main Street by Clarion Area High School students, and faculty members and students are working toward a new gallery on 6th and Main.
One faculty member who is involved with the development of this gallery is professor of art Mark Franchino. He recently had a solo exhibition in an art gallery in Toronto, so he is no stranger to the prospect.
“The space on Sixth, just off Main Street, was donated for free to the students until this summer by Andrea Estadt, who owns 6th and Main market, the Bathtub and the Kitchen Sink. She has been a fantastic supporter of our students and has let them hold several events in 6th and Main,” said Franchino. “The art student group, VizArtz, is responsible for exhibitions there. The last show was a juried student exhibition. They just had their first meeting of the semester last night, and I missed it so I don’t know what their next plan is. Starting this summer we would need to start paying rent.”
“Students are trying to put together a proposal to ask Student Senate for funding to help support the space on Main Street. They are working with the Small Business Development Center to form a business plan that they can bring to senate,” said Franchino.
Vicky Clark, Art Gallery director said, “I feel that it is extremely important for art students to see art in the gallery, especially in Clarion where many of our students haven’t ever lived in a city large enough to have an art museum.  This first-hand exposure cannot be replicated in a classroom with PowerPoints.  There is something magical about seeing art in person, yet it is also basic in the sense of the viewer (the student) being able to study a work closely, to see the brushstrokes, the detail, the finish on a sculpture, etc.  Personally, the loss of the gallery is a blow because curating is my passion and my creative activity.”
Lindsey Neiswonger, a junior art major said, “I think it would be awesome if an art gallery came to Main Street.  It would open up our department and reach out into the community more. It would be a great opportunity for people outside  the school to see what we are creating, instead of having it on campus where not many people know about the shows.
“The gallery closing doesn’t really affect me much, seeing as I’ve only been in there once, but it is still disappointing. It was a great way to expand my knowledge of other artists’ work and get to see it up close and personal, which is hard to do living in a small town,” said Neiswonger.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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