Throughout the first floor of Drexel Library are ten displays highlighting female artists. This exhibition is a collaboration between Dr. Martha Easton’s Art 107 course, Kathleen Vaccaro’s Art 133 course, SJU art librarian Jenifer Baldwin, and SJU Gallery Director, Jeanne Bracy. In order to raise awareness of the work of women artists, and provide more inclusive representation of these artists in the library’s book collection, SJU students created the book displays, accompanying essays, and portraits.
ART 107: Women, Gender, and Art
Dr. Martha Easton and Jenifer Baldwin, SJU’s librarian for art, collaborated on developing the assignment in which students selected the books and researched and wrote essays providing context for the artists’ lives and work.
ART 133: Drawing 1
To celebrate and understand the work of a variety of women artists on a deeper level, students in Kathleen Vaccaro’s Drawing I course researched the lives and work of the artists and created a portrait inspired by that artist and her artwork.
While some of the book cover images have been included above, pictured below is a sampling of the student art in “Focus on Women & Art”.
A reception for the exhibit will be held in the library on Tuesday, February 4th during Free Period. The students, faculty and art librarian will be on hand to discuss this interesting collaboration and answer questions you may have about the process and outcomes.
“Focus on Women & Art” will be up throughout the spring semester.
Cell Phone Symphony, an exhibit of student art from Graphic Design I, is currently on display on the 2nd floor of the PLC. The visual interpretations are colorful, varied, and thought-provoking. Here are some samples as well as an overview of the assignment followed by the names of the student artists.
In this project students were asked to:
- Create 4 posters from 2 number keys for “Cell Phone Symphony,” a performance by artist Golan Levin, featuring music composed via interaction among the audience’s cell phones. Create a random list of phone numbers (a dozen or so), which will be used to generate visual imagery for the poster,
- Devise a system for turning the phone numbers into visual form. For example, the digits 0-9 could each be assigned a color, size, typeface, character, or degree of transparency. The goal of each poster is to suggest auditory experience as well as ideas of social and technological interaction.
Recently, two very different but equally fascinating, samples of student artwork have been hung on the 2nd floor of the Post Learning Commons.
In the lounge area are samples of work from Adjunct Professor Kathleen Vaccaro’s course Drawing I, Fall 2017. It is titled, “Chagall Transcriptions and Student Artwork Selections”. Professor Vaccaro describes the works by saying, “The colorful pastel drawings are the students’ own interpretations of artworks by Chagall. The charcoal and graphite drawings closer to the windows are a mix of drawings that the students chose themselves.” More information, as well as a complete list of the student artists, can be found alongside the artwork.
The other photographic display are selections from the Alternative Photographic Processes Fall 2017 class instructed by Professor Dustin Ream. The students employed “two different historical photographic processes…Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown”. These required multiple steps including creating and applying chemistry. A complete description of the steps can be found alongside the exhibit.
Visually stimulating in their own unique ways, we hope you set aside a little bit of time in your busy schedule, to visit.
– Marian Courtney