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Faculty Art Featured in Chapel Art Center Exhibition

January 30, 2017

Laura Lemire
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Elsa Voelcker, Fleur de Vive, 2011. Digital photo print. 43 x 32 inchesThe Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College has announced a featured exhibition this winter, titled, DIVERGENCE: A Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, which will show February 3 through March 18. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

Work from five Fine Arts Department members will be featured, including Megan Bogonovich, MFA, adjunct professor of ceramics and sculpture; Josh Dannin, MFA, adjunct professor of digital art & imaging and studio arts technician; Kimberly Kersey-Asbury, MFA, associate professor of studio art; and Elsa Voelcker, MFA, adjunct professor of digital and traditional darkroom photography techniques. Work by Luke Buffenmyer, MFA, former adjunct professor of digital art, graphic design, typography, and art & design for the web (now assistant professor of art at Mercer University) will also be included in the exhibition.

Designed to expose the college community to the wealth of talent that resides in the college's Fine Arts Department, the show will feature a range of artistic styles, media, themes, and processes, including woodcut prints, sculptures and photography.

"Usually, the Chapel Art Center features work curated from outside collections; this time, we are excited to be featuring our own faculty and their contributions to the world of art," says Maggie Dimock, Assistant Curator. "This exhibition not only benefits the artists featured, but it contributes to the Saint Anselm College community. Students, faculty, and staff will be able to see the work that their professors and colleagues produce, viewing them now as artists as well as teachers and instructors."

The title, DIVERGENCE, represents the different ways that the mind of the artist works, as exhibited by the variety and depth of the works on display. The pieces were not chosen to create a cohesive, one-level show; rather, they demonstrate an assortment of perspectives and experiences that showcase the uniqueness of the artists themselves.

"The often rich and wide-ranging interests of artists is highlighted by DIVERGENCE, which bears witness to nearly a decade of productivity in the studios of our art and design faculty," says Professor Kersey-Asbury, faculty liaison for the exhibition. "This is an exciting event for our department and we are thrilled to be working in collaboration with the Chapel Art Center to make it happen. A special thanks to director Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., and assistant curator Maggie Dimock."

The collection will be on display until March 18. A Visit with the Artists event is scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m., where all faculty artists will be in attendance to discuss the ideas and processes behind their featured artwork.

Image: Elsa Voelcker, Fleur de Vive, 2011. Digital photo print. 43 x 32 inches.

Story by Maggie Lynch '17

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