Student-Run Gallery Focuses on Naturalism


Photo: First, second and third place winners Kelly Colligan (left, in front of her painting of ginko leaves), Michelle Lynch and Liz Wagner

On October 28, the Student-Run Gallery at Moore held a reception and awards presentation for an exhibition of work by students in Mike Geno’s Painting 1 class.

The exhibition, titled Naturalism, was on view in the Student-Run Gallery on the fourth floor of Wilson Hall from October 18 to November 16. It was the first show in the gallery to draw work from a single class at Moore, said Celina Curry, a sophomore illustration major and one of three gallery committee members.

Geno, a faculty member in Foundation, said he approached the committee about exhibiting his class painting assignment - using objects found in nature and experimenting with different ways of viewing them in order to create an interesting composition.

The gallery committee curated and hung the show and developed a secret ballot competition to engage a larger audience. More than 150 votes were cast at the opening reception, the most highly attended in years, said Kelly McCaughern, committee member and a double major in fine arts:2D and curatorial studies.

Emily Brown, a sophomore fine arts:3D major, exhibited two pieces of her work inspired by fall leaves. She said the exhibition was good exposure and she found it interesting to see how her classmates interpreted the assignment.

“The class as a whole had a very successful outcome, with each student having the opportunity to exhibit,” Geno said. “My hope is for more classes to do this. It’s a motivator for students and it makes it more than something only I get to see.”

The competition winners were: First place: Kelly Colligan; Second place: Michelle Lynch; and Third place: Liz Wagner. Colligan layered a bunch of gingko leaves, noticing the pattern it created with shadows and different types of greens.


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November 17, 2010
On October 28, the Student-Run Gallery at Moore held a reception and awards presentation for an exhibition of work by students in Mike Geno’s Painting 1 class.

Published on November 22nd, 2010