Taylor’s new art exhibition unites artists

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Taylor University has a long history of hosting exhibitions and galleries to showcase the work of students, featured artists, and members of the community. The most recent exhibition, still open until its closing reception on October 9, is the 2021 Alumni Art & Design exhibition.

The Alumni Exhibition is held at the Metcalf Gallery, directed by Jeremie Riggleman, Assistant Professor of Art. Riggleman, as gallery manager, was responsible for composing the gallery layout. He looked at all the parts submitted and determined how they might fit.

“I was pretty involved with this exhibit,” Riggleman said. “The artists sent me their work here at the gallery. Then I unpacked it and decided where things would go.

As Riggleman worked behind the scenes to bring the show together, Ryan James, assistant professor of graphic design, and John Reishus, assistant art faculty member, contributed several pieces to the display. Lara Stevenson, co-chair of the art department and assistant art professor at Taylor, created the two interactive pieces towards the exterior door of the gallery.

Students who learned ceramics in classes with Reishus would like to see his stoneware pots right behind the gallery door. James’s work is to the left of the entrance, displayed on a monitor and the wall behind.

James’ pieces are both woodworking and animated, as explained in the display on the monitor. The repeating patterns and resulting movements are the eye-catching results of hard work.

“As a graphic designer who primarily focuses on print design, I love finding new ways to bring my work to life, most recently through the animation process,” James said. “Each frame of each animation is an individually laser engraved piece of wood.”

The Alumni Show is usually presented to the public when it opens, but this year a closing reception has been chosen so that more people can see the event. The reception is open to the public, which means that all members of the community are allowed to attend.

“Because it’s reunion weekend, it’s a great excuse for alumni to come and see their work and see the work of other artists,” said Riggleman. “In fact, some artists come to the house this year because their work is being shown.”

It’s also Taylor’s 175th birthday year, which means there will likely be plenty of community members to pass by. With a much larger audience than usual, this show should serve as a reunion and introduction to the galleries.

“I would love for current students to come and see the work our alumni have been doing, I hope they serve as an inspiration to produce work themselves,” said James. “There is so much artistic talent on display from a wide variety of backgrounds! ”

Refreshments can be served, but the collection itself will be worth a visit. The work on display must have been produced within the past five years and had never been shown to Taylor before.

It was submitted by around 30 artists from all over the country, belonging to a range of majors.

Anne Greeley, associate professor of art history and chair of the division of art and design at Indiana Westleyan University, will be a juror for the works of art on display, and attendees will be able to see for themselves the pieces compete before awards such as “Best of Show” are announced.



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