new gallery features abstract works of art


Donovan Wilson Reporter

The Buley Library art Gallery’s current show, “Paintings, Prints And Sculptures From The Permanent Collection,” aims to display contemporary pieces from the universities art collection.

The theme of the current exhibit to reflect the university’s art collection’s more contemporary pieces. All of these pieces come from as early as the 1960s and as late as early 2000. Most of the pieces reflect a theme of abstraction, whether it be a painting or as a sculpture.

This exhibit is showcased now until Oct. 25. It is available on the bottom floor of the Buley Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

“The goal of these exhibits are to teach something to the different groups of Southern,” said Cort Sierpinski, current gallery director.

This exhibit’s lesson is normalizing the idea of abstraction and helping art students to better understand the concept. One of the previous exhibit was of African art and it’s goal is to teach students what art looks like from many different cultures.

An annual feature of the art exhibit that was due to COVID-19 was the showcasing of senior studio art students’ work.

With most studio art students needing access to supplies to finish their work, COVID-19 was very difficult to adapt to.

Siepinski said the hope this year would be to display next semester shortly before the graduating senior studio art students have their pieces on display, assuming the semester goes as planned.

The selections from the “Paintings, Prints And Sculptures” exhibit were picked from the aforementioned permanent collections of art that the university owns.

This collection consists of about one thousand pieces that were either purchased or donated by former faculty, sculptor Erwin Hauser, and Annie Albers, according to an email sent out to students announcing the gallery.

This collection ranges from contemporary pieces like the ones on display, to pieces of all different ethnic backgrounds from different time periods.

“It’s really interesting to see how integrated with art our campus is and how many different types of pieces we have access to as students,” said business marketing major, Michael Formica, a junior.

Sierpinski also included that one of the exhibits coming soon is a display of “engravings from as early as the 1500s.”

Photo credit: Sam Tapper

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