Colagiovanni, Harper, Keough, Kessel,Rice, Schoenhoff, and Tanner Young are seven names that will not be flying under the radar in the upcoming year; the new faculty to the School of Art have experience, complex backgrounds, and remarkable creative talent that shone through at the School of Art New Faculty Exhibit. The opening reception was held this past Thursday in the Trisolini Gallery located on the 4th floor of Baker and the exhibit will run until October 13th.
If one thing was evident from the opening reception, it’s that the new faculty members bring a diverse range of creativity to the School of Art and Ohio University. Mediums range greatly from video to rice paper and wood to make up the seventeen different works that showcase each faculty members’ personal style.
For example, woodshop technician Jason Tanner Young bases many of his pieces on events reminiscent of his youth. Since a child Young has had a desire for building; whether it is through means of wood and steel or tinkering with objects such as pliers and fishing poles, he builds off of his past and incorporates it into many pieces. Both of his pieces, “Get A Handle” and “Depending on Landmarks” integrates these ideas.
“I hope to bring a fresh perspective coming from a different place and a different background,” said Young.
Or in the case of Colleen Keough, the visiting assistant professor of trans-disciplinary art, her Irish heritage shines through in her piece “Passage”. The channel video installation recognizes the Irish immigration to the U.S. and the hardships endured.
“It’s really just kind of about my own personal connection to the land,” commented Keough.
The entire new faculty aims to broaden the perception and perspectives of students and push them outside of their normal boundaries. Their past experiences, backgrounds and personal styles are factors of influence they hope to pass on. After taking the time to browse through their pieces at Trisolini it’s without a doubt that their students will be inspired for years to come.
The School of Art New Faculty Exhibit runs through October 13 at the Trisolini Gallery.
-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant
Trisolini Gallery 405 Baker University Center Tel: 740-593-1814 Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and Thursdays 10am – 8pm. www.ohio.edu/art
Admission is free, all events are open to the public.