Students’ art in Crandall

Students’ art in Crandall

It’s that time of year again! Crandall Art Gallery has changed its contents. And this time, it’s all students’ work. Every year, the Department of Art opens up an art competition for spots in Crandall Gallery. You don’t have to be an art major or minor to do this, so any student is free to enter! And … Read more

It’s that time of year again!
Crandall Art Gallery has changed its contents. And this time, it’s all students’ work. Every year, the Department of Art opens up an art competition for spots in Crandall Gallery. You don’t have to be an art major or minor to do this, so any student is free to enter! And as per usual, this show was definitely not a let down!
I went to the reception and got pictures of some of the artists and their favorite pieces. This was a nice reception. There’s always food, but this time there were truffles. Yum! (Insert shameless plug for AVI’s catering haha). Anyway, the reception is always a great time to meet the artists, hear about their inspirations, etc. And when the artists are your peers, it’s especially awesome.
President Giese and his wife were there yesterday, along with a couple other higher ups at Mount Union. It’s possible that some lucky artist may see their work purchased and put somewhere on campus! My bet’s on Doug Laubacher. He’s a senior art major, and I’ve always heard of his work but never actually seen it. Until last night. I’m not even going to blog a picture of it because I want you to go to Crandall and see it for yourself. Isn’t that just cool!? You create art at Mount Union and it has the opportunity to be bought or showcased!

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Sophomore Jacob Ward

 

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Sophomore Wilma Levengood

Surfaces and Spaces

Surfaces and Spaces

If you haven’t been to Crandall Art Gallery lately, you should totally head over there. The current display is by artist Christopher Ryan, and it’s called Surfaces and Spaces. The pieces are from his Pavimenti and landscape series. This display will only last until March 6, so the time to see these incredible works is … Read more

If you haven’t been to Crandall Art Gallery lately, you should totally head over there.

The current display is by artist Christopher Ryan, and it’s called Surfaces and Spaces. The pieces are from his Pavimenti and landscape series.

This display will only last until March 6, so the time to see these incredible works is now!

I found this gallery display particularly interesting. Most of the pieces look like some sort of tile or marble floor that’s had something set or dropped on it.

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(Torcello Plates by Christopher Ryan. I especially love the cupcakes and colors in this one!)

 

All the floors in his paintings are based off of mosaic and inlaid stone floors found throughout Italy.

I like two things about it. First, there seems to be a definite difference between faded and bright colors. Second, there’s a contrast between the ancient floors and the modern things set on them.

There’s also a couple of works made with interesting materials. My personal favorite is one where the figures in the piece are made out of newspaper. Really eye-catching stuff!

newspaper(Golden Age, by Christopher Ryan. Those figures are made out of newspaper!)

All in all, this exhibit catches my eye whenever I walk by it, and I think it’s really cool. Crandall Art Gallery is yet another opportunity to see fine arts in action on Mount Union’s campus, and the gallery is free and open to the public!

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(Outdoor Cafe, Gubbio, by Christopher Ryan. This is the one that catches my eye every time I go through the gallery.)

Spring Break is Over

Spring Break is Over

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The past nine days flew by faster than I could believe. And, if you ask me, it didn’t feel much like a vacation at all!

I’m from Chicago, and there are pretty much two seasons – windy and sunny and windy and snowy – each one lasting roughly six months. But this past week the weather has been absolutely nuts. Right now it’s 30 degrees and hailing. But, when I woke up this morning it was 60 degrees and sunny. Two days before that there was a winter storm warning and all of the local high schools were closed. Two days before that it was 65 degrees and I was running around campus in shorts and a t-shirt. If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, just wait five more minutes, it’ll change.

The last half on this past week was pretty hectic for me because it was the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships down in Columbus, Ohio. I went with senior Scott Thomas who finished sixth place, which earned him All-American honors at the meet. He is the first All-American for our new head men’s track coach, Kevin Lucas, who is taking over for legend John Homon. There is no rest between indoor and outdoor track. The Stark County Championships will be held this Friday at nearby Walsh University, and a lot of Purple Raiders will be trying to qualify for conference and nationals in the next few weeks. This Saturday is the first step…

I am looking forward to the start of this week because the Annual Student Art Exhibit will open featuring artwork done by students at Mount Union! If you want check out some of these great pieces they will be on display at the Crandall Art Gallery starting Monday, March 14 and running through the end of the month. Types of art on display include drawing, design, printmaking, photography and sculpture. The Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8 -9 a.m. and from 1 – 6 p.m. on weekends.