Lawrence art students finally have a place of their own.Last Friday, following a lecture in the Wriston galleries, the newly acquired Mudd Gallery opened its doors for the first time. The event was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Mudd Library director Susan Richards.
The gallery, located in room 302 of the library, is a unique spot on campus, not just because of its location, but also its purpose.
“The artists will vary, sometimes professional artists, but the gallery is primarily for the art students,” says Joe D’uva, assistant professor of art. “Up until now there was no space for the students to have their own shows. It will definitely enhance the art curriculum. Giving the students an opportunity to exhibit is a learning experience.”
The inaugural exhibit features experimental pieces by 13 different artists from all over the country. One of the most eye-catching pieces is a DVD of a performance that involves the artist drawing a line on the pavement with a piece of chalk from his home in Bowling Green, Ohio, to his art studio. The piece lasts about 22 and a half minutes.
Other pieces include bird wings encased in honey, books broken and bound with hose clamps (a sweet redemption for any student), and a few bookmarks unlike any you will find at Barnes & Noble.
The Mudd Gallery is the culmination of an idea that has developed over several years. The art faculty has been discussing the possibility of a gallery like the Mudd, and with the help of Susan Richards and Physical Plant, it has finally come to fruition.
While Professors Joe D’uva and Rob Neilson are ultimately in charge of the Mudd Gallery, future curators may come from anywhere. D’uva suggest that the gallery may be managed by the Museum Studies class, the Wriston Art Collective, or even a single student.
Whether exhibiting pieces in the Mudd Gallery, curating an exhibit, or just enjoying the artwork, Lawrence students are sure to benefit from this newly remodeled space. The current exhibit runs through October 22 in room 302 of the Mudd Library.