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Hanging Together: Studio Art Open Houses, Exhibitions

Story posted December 10, 2010

chair sculpture
Chair sculpture by Teerawat Wiwatpanit '11, of Sculpture I.

There are telltale signs that semester's end is near: midnight oils burning in library carrels, bleary-eyed professors, a run on energy drinks in Smith Union.

The end of term is also reason for another kind of display—a full week of exhibitions and studio open houses highlighting an impressive range of student visual arts. This year, there are nearly 20 events connected with Bowdoin Art Week, with 13 studio shows scheduled this evening at various venues around campus and in the community (see list at bottom).

"We do this every semester, and every semester it gets betters," notes Art Professor Mark Wethli, chair of the visual arts department. "It's not just a showing, it's part of the academic program. Students have to prepare a public reception of the work they've done—editing, hanging the show, labeling pieces, publicizing. It is what artists typically go through and it gives them a taste of that process."

Student work for sale at the Annual Print Sale.
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Students in Eggerts' Sculpture I class prepare for the studio show.
Getting ready for open studio at Fort Andross.

A major highlight of this year's Art Week, says Wethli, is an exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art of chairs created by students of Alicia Eggert's Sculpture I Class. Their work was a response to the Museum's current exhibition, "Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries."

"It's a knockout," marvels Wethli. "Each student went their own way, yet they gathered around the central idea of looking at a chair. A lot of us have interesting ideas, but to sweat out the details and create such well-considered, thoughtfully made pieces ... I think they belong in a museum."

Their work will be on exhibition at the Museum through Sunday, December 12, 2010.

Studio Open Houses on Friday, December 10, 2010, take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at various locales, including the VAC Fishbowl Gallery, stairwell and Kresge Gallery; McLellan Third Floor studios; Burnett Printmaking Studio; and Fort Andross Sculpture Studios (located in the rear of the building, behind Frontier Cafe).

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