Planting Seeds at the Art Gallery with Terry Hammond

About 3 years ago, I went to talk to Terry Hammond, ’81, Director and Curator of the Art Gallery in Hege-Cox Library, to talk about a possible work study opportunity. I remember noting at our first meeting how crammed her office was. Notebooks filled with frantic writing covered her desk, name plates were stacked one on top of the other, exhibition invitations from years passed filled the walls and a huge, over packed bookshelf covered the entire back portion ofRead more

Her Third Eye: Kiyoka Ikemura

Meet Kiyoka Ikemura, 22, a student photographer on exchange here at Guilford from Japan. When I met with her 2 weeks ago, she had blue hair but this time it was burgundy. Her camera was laying next to her within a moments reach. This is some immediate, visual information that I gathered about her at dinner the other night, without needing any verbal communication. During out conversation there were times where times where she would ask if I understood whatRead more

Revisting Narratives with Romare Bearden

When I think about where I come from, I return to the first house I ever lived in. It was pale pink, or peach as my dad liked to argue, with olive green shutters. The inside was just as tacky — reminiscent of the 70’s, there were green tiled floors and wood paneled walls. The living room was where I spent most of my time sitting on our white, spongy couch watching Free Willy with my older sister, Alice. SheRead more

Let’s Get Real: Photo II/III

Last Tuesday afternoon I decided to visit the photo studio, except on my way there I realized, “Wait…where exactly is it?”. That’s right, I’m a senior art student and I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know where to find the photo studio in Hege- Cox until last week. It’s a tough place to find and while seemingly hidden away in the basement of the building, this space is by no means discrete. Over the past week I hadRead more

NC Arts Council Fellowship at CAM Raleigh

Take a moment to close your eyes and think about what is familiar to you. It could be anything from the chair you are sitting on to early childhood memories. You might recall moments, ideas, visions, sounds or definitions collected from life that together create your world, very different from those of others. Amanda Small, one of 16 represented in the NC Arts Council 2013 Fellowship exhibition at CAM Raleigh, Museum of Contemporary Art, cites the following quotation as aRead more

UnSilencing Violence

Content Warning: This article contains depictions and discussions of sexual violence and (non)consensual sexual activity. Here is a word defined by Susanna Westberg that you most likely will not find in the Webster Dictionary, but may have more meaning than the average lingo: UnSilence verb 1. to break silence, speak out or share what may have previously been silenced by self or others Try thinking of unsilencing as a form of storytelling, only the story that is being told isRead more

Modernism: Unlearning with Forecast Music at Reynolda House

I thought I knew what music sounded like until I went to see Brooklyn Sounds: Copland Meets the Moderns presented by Forecast Music at Reynolda House this past Saturday. In my world I thought that there were several elements that music needs to be, well, music; like rhythm, a beat, harmony and chord progressions. So I’m at this concert and while the musicians are tuning their instruments, I’m thinking this is going to be something like Beethoven’s Minuet in GRead more

Enlightenment Through Art in the Dark

How would you feel watching someone that did not know you were watching them? Really creepy right? Maybe invasive, insensitive, intrigued or very interested? These are the exact feelings I had while observing Mark Dixon’s Advanced Sculpture class participate in the event Art In the Dark this past Saturday. Students blindfolded themselves for 8 hours while making sculpture. A week prior they prepared a general idea for what they would be creating. So while they had a sense for whatRead more