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Art enlivens New Garden

The art department has created another opportunity to experience Guilford artwork here on campus.

Recently, a new art display has been brought to New Garden Hall by Kathryn Shields, head of the art department, and senior art major Kelly Taylor. Both were invited by the Office of Admission to help bring in a new experience to those coming to campus for visits and tours.

“We have always tried to figure out what do you do with the walls, and we have tried to do some bulletin boards,” said Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Administrator Andy Strickler. “It’s so hard to keep those up to date, and we want to have families something to look at when they come to tour our campus.”

This is the first time the art department has been invited to be included in the admission office. The current art display in New Garden Hall is titled “Inspired: Selected Work by Students and Alumni.”

“We are excited to (be able to) share a small selection of the great creativity happening in the art department,” said Shields. “We decided to include current students and local alumni artworks as well.”

Along with the student and alumni artworks,in New Garden, the Office of Admission also has access to the exhibit artwork being shown in the hallway of Hege Library as well.

“A new art display will be installed yearly, but some pieces will be replaced when certain items are sold,” said Taylor. “Each display will include a variety of media from all areas of the art department. Oil paintings — still lifes, portraits and landscapes —  drawings, photography, pottery and sculpture.”

There are 13 artists contributing to this art display: sophomore Kate Mitchell, junior Molly Freilich, seniors Chris Austin, Juan Chicharro, Hannah P. Litaker, Samantha Saatzer, Alejo Salcedo and Gloria Taylor-Williams, Angelique Emile ’14, Hannah Reed ’14, Karla McDonald ’14, Justin Poe ’12 and Taylor.

Several pieces are on sale, and some of the artists are also available to do commissioned pieces.

“It’s wonderful to have prospective students and their families view our artwork when they come to Guilford to visit,” said Taylor. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for the artist for exposure and sale of their work. We have already sold one piece from the show.”

Each artwork was specifically selected by Shields and Taylor to reflect the quality and diversity of the work that comes out of Guilford.

“Our goal is to bring more visibility to our program,” said Shields. “I came up with the title ‘Inspired’ because, in addition to the student themselves being inspired to make the work, we hope the work will be inspiring to the visitors. It would be fantastic if the work help attract potential students to our department and to the College.”

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