Traveling Exhibition: Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy

August 16, 2019- October 14, 2019,

Opening Reception: August 23rd, 2019 6-8 p.m.

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“Border Crossing” (The Refugee Trilogy), 2016, charcoal on vellum mounted on panels, 96″ x 165″
“Art and events both have a galvanizing agency—the power to inspire witnesses to contemplation or action. Conversely, momentous events, triumphs and tragedies alike, have long been commemorated in art, from the ancient reliefs on the Arch of Titus in Rome to the French Romantic painter Theodore Gericault’s iconic Raft of the Medusa. These strands from two ends of a common arc converge in the extraordinary Refugee Trilogy series by Rick Shaefer, which represents the Connecticut-based artist’s passionate and cerebral response to the current Syrian refugee crisis, the seismic effects of which continue to resonate around the globe.

Faculty Focus: Luca Molnar

August 16, 2019- October 14, 2019,

Opening Reception: August 23rd, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Giornata
“Giornata”, 2017, Oil on panel 6 ft. x 7 ft.
I paint fractured space, pitting continents of pattern against one another as a mirror for societal structure. My recent paintings derive from maps of politically charged and historically rich places, both real or imagined. The patterns I use refer to specific memories and histories, drawing from embroidery, quilts and other textiles, wallpaper, and tile. I am captivated by our everyday encounters with pattern in spaces like bathrooms and kitchens, the centers of care for the body and the often-invisible labor of women.