The Guilford College Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition offers the
guilford community a closer look into the lives and practices of our
faculty. In the context of the usual classroom setting, the
instructor’s work is more often referenced than seen, making the
opening of this biennial exhibition a great opportunity to discover how
the instructors’ subject matter relates to their teaching and vice
On the exhibit’s far left, drawing and printmaking instructor,
Roy Nydorf shows five wooden sculptures that capture a funky
expressionism of anthropomorphic forms and faces, similar to many of
his drawings and prints. A drawing of voluptuous carrots on a toned,
tan paper accompany the sculptures. Photography instructor Maia Dery
unveils the possibilites for high contrast black and white photographs
using an unconventional photo development process called Caffenol. On
the far wall, painting instructor, Adele Wayman’s
paintings offer a both very real and simultaneously imagined/distorted
interpretation of natural landscapes and settings. Ceramics
instructor, Charlie Teft’s work incorporates a menagerie of Watership
Down-like animals against a brilliant, yet very limited palette of
dark blues and lighter earth tones.
Breaking out of the traditional limitations of “fine art,” sculpture instructor, Mark Dixon uses a combination of sound and video in a pyramid of 3 incrementally smaller television sets in a sculpture reminiscent of Nam June Paik’s conceptualism. Works by artists/teachers: Kaitlyn Barlow, Phil Haralam and Julie Rattley also contribute to the diversity of the exhibit.
The faculty exhibit is a great way to see what your current art
teachers are up to, but it is also a valuable tool in deciding what
classes to take. Because the practice of creating and exhibiting is
so personal, the work is very often indicative of the creator. If
you’re unsure whether or not you want to take ____________’s class,
check out his/her work! If the teacher’s creations and visions have a
profound affect on you, chances are, so will the class. The
exhibition is located in Hege Library’s main gallery and will be on
display until May 8th.
Check it out!