The exploitation of unlikely similes breathe beauty and relativity into the fibers of our existence. That is what the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts capitalized on this past Friday, October 21, at 5 p.m. in its opening exhibit, “Visual Union: The Homecoming Show.” The first of many art exhibits to be held in the East and Crowell Galleries, “Visual Union” showcased the works of students and select alumni. With the opening ceremony overlapping with Homecoming Weekend, the galleries were flooded with mingling students, alumni, proud parents and professors.
The interdisciplinarian values that Union prides itself on enforcing shine through in this display. Sculptures stood proudly in the middle of the galleries; candid photography juxtaposed whimsical watercolors; prints and drawings brought artistic concepts to fruition. Some works went beyond convention by incorporating movement and film, such as Frank Chiarulli’s ’17 sculpture, “Tension,” and the single channel videos of Matt Barretto ’13, Terry Tucker ’16, John Hathaway ’17 and Daniel Phakos ’11. Coupling these different art mediums with each students’ involvement in other departments on campus allows unlikely subjects to find similarity in other fields, such as digital art to political science and sculptures to engineering.
Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Arts Department Chair David Ogawa harbors only positive thoughts for future events. As someone who worked in the former Visual Arts building for several years, Ogawa is excited to see the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts host more exhibits, whether they be from current students or well established artists and discussions. Such future events include the hosting of the annual Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity and displaying the finished works of senior art thesis candidates.
The Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts went on to have its ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 22. It will host the Feigenbaum Forum featuring Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.