MCCC Gallery Presents "As Seen By Hand"
Touchable Sculpture through Feb. 19


"As Seen By Hand," an exhibit of touchable sculpture from 14 artists of the Sculpture Association of New Jersey and three invited artists, is on display through Feb. 19 at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College. The Gallery is under the direction of Curator Tricia Fagan and is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Regular Gallery hours are: Tuesdays, 9 a.m .to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An opening reception takes place Saturday, Jan. 24, 2 to 4 p.m. A Gallery Talk/Presentation will be held Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and will include a brief slide presentation by artist Frances Heinrich on the history of assemblage sculpture, followed by an interactive portion with the audience.

Fagan notes that visitors in galleries and museums are usually cautioned not to touch the art as they move in for a closer look. "The natural oils from a human hand can be very destructive to artwork, so art lovers are asked to resist that urge to reach out and touch, pat, rub and explore," Fagan said.

But in "As Seen by Hand" at the MCCC Gallery, 14 members of the Sculpture Association of New Jersey and three invited artists are generously encouraging visitors to interact, feel and even rearrange most of the 25 works in diverse media that are on display. Guests can feel the elegant textures of classically influenced works in bronze, plaster, and alabaster by artists including Edna Fish, William Kilpatrick, and Mira Welnoska. Installation artist Jeff Packard invites viewers to play a few holes of miniature golf in Café Thou Art, while Larry Lee invites them to construct their own version of his sanitized-balls-and-mirror piece, 26+1. Janis Purcell warns visitors that her creatures "bite," and Michael Wiley's Day to Day gives them a whole new way to "pump it up."

Members of the Sculpture Association of NJ featured in the show are: Hope Carter, Edna Fisher, Frances Heinrich, Joy Hutchins, William Kilpatrick, Irene Koldorf, Larry Lee, Stefanie Mandelbaum, Roger Munch, Pat Feeney Murrell, Jeff Packard, Janis Purcell, Mira Welnowska and Michael Wiley. The three invited artists are: D.J. Haslett, George Olexa and Judy Tobie.

Founded in 1971, the Sculpture Association of NJ is a collective of professional artists "dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of sculpture." Members must be juried in, and the criteria for acceptance - which includes originality, diversity of styles, and professionalism - is all evident in the work on display.

This exhibit is supported, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission through funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a funding partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, visit the Gallery webpage here or call (609) 570-3589.


"Frightened Nature" by Mira Welnowska
Joy Hutchins' "11 11"
Roger Munch's "Terminus"
Janis Purcell's "Hemaphrodite"

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