Alumnae Art Exhibition Opens January 31

An exhibition showcasing the artwork of Meredith College alumnae will be on view January 31-April 4 in Meredith's Rotunda Gallery.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 28 from 2-4 p.m. Opening reception rescheduled from 1/31 because of inclement weather.

Visual art has been a mainstay of the curriculum since the college’s beginnings in 1891, and this exhibition provides a glimpse into the talents and accomplishments of its alumnae as well as the evolution of the art department. The show features 65 works, including an oil painting by Eleanor Layfield Davis, ’32, and proceeds through each decade ending with an oil painting by Hannah Costner, from the class of 2009.

Paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor; clay, fiber, mixed media, drawings, jewelry, photographs and prints convey a range of interests and insights. Work from earlier years is more oriented to landscape, portrait and still life compositions. As time progresses, these themes may or may not be interpreted realistically, diverging to become more expressive and abstract.

Throughout the exhibition works comment on childhood and family memories, social issues, the environment, present day culture and emotions.

Each artist was asked to include an artist’s statement, and that is presented in wall labels identifying each work. These passages demonstrate the significant place, whether as a vocation or an avocation, art and the Meredith experience have in each exhibitor’s life.

Click here to view the list of Alumnae Art Exhibition sponsors.

In addition to the alumnae art exhibition, "Miss Ida’s Legacy", a show about Ida Poteat, the first art teacher at Meredith College, and the legacy of her four decades of shaping the lives of countless young women, is on view at the Mae Grimmer Alumnae House on campus. This exhibit, curated by Becky Bailey, Blue Greenberg and Martha Fonville, features work by Poteat and students representing each decade in which she taught. Also on exhibit is correspondence that shares the joys, hopes, humor and concerns of these women who seem so contemporary as they speak from the early years of the 20th Century. Professor Emerita Greenberg has written an essay for the exhibition catalog that explores the life of this remarkable woman in the context of her time.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Rotunda Gallery is located in Johnson Hall, at the end of the front drive at the main entrance of the campus. The Mae Grimmer Alumnae House is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. It is the first building on South Campus Drive off of the main entrance to the campus.

For more information, contact the Meredith College Art Department at (919) 760-8332.

Date Submitted: 2010-01-25

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