The power of art unites fellow state universities, Millersville and Shippensburg, with Millersville University Art and Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition at the Kauffman Gallery.
The art exhibition features the recent works of several MU department of art and design faculty.
MU art and design faculty were gifted with much artistic freedom in this exhibition as the pieces vary greatly in the forms of medium, composition and overall theme. The distinct individuality behind each piece of artwork highlights how one’s version of creative expression through art may differ significantly from that of another.
From oil on canvas, digital c-prints and embroidery, to artwork made from everyday items such as cardboard, doily, paint, gum and hair, SU is challenged to experience innovative works outside of its typical realms.
“Anytime work is exhibited we are exposed to new perspectives, materials, aesthetics and forms of beauty,” said adjunct instructor of ceramics at MU, Emily Bayless. “This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to have a dialogue between many different artists, faculty, and students across Millersville and Shippensburg, from which we all can grow.”
Bayless has two pieces of artwork on display at the Kauffman Gallery exhibition, “Gum Left on My Studio Table by Dan from OKC,” and “Condoms from the Wastebasket of a Serial Dater.” Bayless took a less ideal route with these pieces in the hopes of sparking conversation within the community and encouraging viewers to analyze and appreciate atypical and inventive art.
Rather than sculpting with stone, metal, wood or clay, Bayless took a risk with her art, composing the piece “Condoms from the Wastebasket of a Serial Dater” of condoms, fabric, paint, a frame and cardboard. According to Bayless, both “Gum Left on My Studio Table by Dan from OKC,” and “Condoms from the Wastebasket of a Serial Dater,” represent a way of thinking about art and relationships that is all about questioning.
Bayless’ artwork along with a majority of her colleagues’ pieces that are currently on display at the Kauffman Gallery are for sale. Prices of the faculty’s artwork range from $300 to $6,000.
The MU Art and Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition will be on display at the Kauffman Gallery until March 31 during gallery hours. Kauffman Gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, it is open Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Specific prices and inquires about the artworks in the exhibit can be obtained by contacting the director of the Kauffman Gallery, Michael Campbell at Kgallery@ship.edu.