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.)

Crandall

The fine arts building, fondly referred to by students as Cope, is located at the corner of campus. There’s actually Rodman Theatre, Cope Rehearsal Hall, Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery – but everyone just calls the building Cope. You get your regulars, like music students who essentially live in the building and theatre … Read more

The fine arts building, fondly referred to by students as Cope, is located at the corner of campus. There’s actually Rodman Theatre, Cope Rehearsal Hall, Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery – but everyone just calls the building Cope.

You get your regulars, like music students who essentially live in the building and theatre students who have evening rehearsals five nights a week. And there are always random people who grace us with their presence because it’s raining and snowing outside. Everyone uses Cope like a covered bridge when there’s bad weather.

My favorite type of people to see is the art students. Their actual building is across the street in Eells, but their gallery is in Cope. When they’re working in Crandall, you know something good is coming.

Crandall Art Gallery. It’s a high-ceiling white hallway that connects one end of the music wing to the theatre wing. It’s one of my favorite places on campus to go and reflect because it always has such cool things in it. Last year, they featured the sabbatical work of Bob Buganski, one of our art professors. I also liked the work of Diane Belfiglio, a local artist who works really well with creating light and shadow effects in her painting. Currently, it’s housing the work of the art professors.

I just love getting the opportunity to see a gallery full of art on a daily basis. The only days there isn’t something on display are when the art students are preparing the gallery for its next batch of beauty. I’ve seen sculptures, design work, paintings, sketches, oil pastels, collages – you name it, we’ve shown it.

I especially like the student showcases. It’s nice to know that Mount Union goes through such a huge effort to show off its students – theatre productions, music recitals and an art gallery exhibition makes for great honors and points of pride among the students.

So the next time you’re escaping bad weather, or just feel like taking a gander at some art, go ahead and venture through Crandall Art Gallery. It’s something like a semi-hidden gem at Mount, and there’s always something worth seeing.