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MCCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit Stretches Imagination in Many Directions
Show on Display Through Oct. 4

9/20/18


From left, Visual Arts faculty member Kyle Stevenson, Gallery Director Alice Thompson, and faculty members Emily Buchanski, Meagan Impellizzeri and Kerri O'Neill. They are standing with Buchanski's "Stains," which appear to be coffin lids, "where we all end up," Buchanski said.

Pondering "Phrenology," by Ingrid Jordan.

How did he do that? Students view Michael Welliver's raku pieces.

"Portrait #1" by Paul Mordetsky

West Windsor, N.J. – Just how did they do that? It's a question that was clearly on the minds of visitors taking in the artwork at the opening reception of the “2018 MCCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit” on Sept. 19.  The show runs through Thursday, Oct. 4.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Fifteen full-time and adjunct Visual Arts faculty members have contributed 20 pieces to the exhibit, ranging from oil paintings and mixed media to sculpture and more. With many of the participating artists in attendance, there was much for community visitors and students to learn as instructors explained the process behind what they have created for the show.

Observes Alice Thompson, the gallery’s new director, the exhibition provides insights into faculty members’ studio practices. "We see the fascinating and varied ways they choose to respond to contemporary culture through their art. This not only informs and enriches the curriculum for MCCC students, but is also a treat for the community at large. All are invited to come and enjoy this show,” she said.

The range of media and messages is striking. A set of ceramic heads by Ingrid Jordan entitled "Phrenology" provides humorous commentary. Comparing the years 1818 and 2018, the head from the earlier era identifies parts of the brain using words like "mirthful," "conscientious," and "spirituality," while the current day brain is divided into sections like "Facebook," "Google" and "Twitter." Michael Welliver's set of raku sculptures that began as an instructional tool appears to defy gravity, with the heaviest portions miraculously perched at the top.

There are numerous paintings as well. Kyle Stevenson has two works in the show, both in acrylic, velvet, wood on canvas. In "St. Anthony," a barely viisible figure is shown looking over his shoulder at the wildlife surrounding him. Two portraits by Paul Mordetsky are also compelling. Another portrait is "RIP Norma Jean" by Terri McNichol, which pays a poignant tribute to Norma Jean DeVico, a long-time artist and MCCC artists' model who recently passed away. Another loss is chronicled by Tina LaPlaca's striking digital illustration also speaks to a loss, this time in nature. "Our Loss" recalls the beautiful tree that used to sit outside the ET building on the West Windsor Campus.

Among the participating faculty members are Emily Buchalski, Michael Chovan-Dalton, Yevgeniy Fiks, Meagan Impellizzeri, Ingrid Jordan, Lucas Kelly, Tina LaPlaca, Terri McNichol, Paul Mordetsky, Kerri O'Neill, Mircea Popescu, Lauren Rabinowitz, Kyle Stevenson, Michael Welliver and Mauro Zamora.

According to MCCC’s new gallery director, Alice Thompson, the faculty show is an opportunity for students to view their professors through a different lens. “Through this exhibit, students are able to make connections between the art and practices about which they are learning, and the art their professors are creating. This insight into the professors’ studio practices, as well as how they choose to respond to contemporary culture, ultimately informs and enriches the curriculum for MCCC students.”

Gallery hours for this show are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For updates, directions and other information, visit the Gallery's webpage here. For more photos from the opening reception, visit the Mercer County College Facebook page here.

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