Fine Arts Students Garner “First Exposure” with Exhibition at Local Gallery

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“This show appealed to me immediately,” said Mary Childs, owner of Childs Studio Arts in Great Barrington, where student art will be on display from April 27–May 14. “I’ve always been committed to the artistic process of exploration and discovery—qualities that are so prevalent in the work of young artists. Successful exhibition takes courage as well as discipline. The show is about honoring those qualities as well as giving students a chance to exhibit their pieces in a public setting.”

Titled “First Exposures,” the show displays works in progress by eight Bard College at Simon’s Rock art students. The exhibition features photography by students Claire Shock, Nola Broberg, Itohen Ihaza, Lucy Zipple, Maeve Dillon, Sara Wallach, Lorenzo Rivera, and Emily Paruolo. It also includes mixed media and ceramic works.

Advanced Projects in Photography, a course taught by Michael Lavin Flower ’75, provided the impetus for the show. “As a class, we discussed the challenge of how to acknowledge and validate the exciting work the students are doing,” Flower explains. “Finding the right venue for exhibition is a challenge all working artists face, and in reaching out to the local arts community, we found a great solution.”

For many of the students, the show is the first time their work will be seen in a public gallery. Their artwork explores a wide variety of themes and experiences, including intimacy, identity, the nature of the visual, time, and nature.

The students emphasize how their work has developed through the arts community at the College. “The show is really special in that the audience will be seeing work by artists who have grown and evolved alongside each other,” says sophomore Maeve Dillon. “We all share resources and knowledge and at the same time we push each other to be technically advanced. We continually challenge ourselves.”

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