Rotunda Gallery Exhibition Puts Focus on Meredith’s Creative Spirit

Rotunda Gallery Exhibition Puts Focus on Meredith’s Creative Spirit

The creativity of Meredith faculty and staff is on display in “The Creative Spirit,” an exhibition featuring the work of faculty and staff from departments across campus.

The exhibition, which is in Johnson Hall Rotunda Gallery, was curated by student Beverly Taylor Mecum, ’15. It is a survey of the ways Meredith employees express themselves creatively. Work in the show includes visual art, dance, theater, poetry, literature, music, crafts, and more.

“[The exhibition] explores the inner self of everyday people; people you thought you knew, but they managed to surprise,” explained Mecum. “There is a creative spirit in each one of us; it just manifests itself in different ways.”

The Creative Spirit exhibit showcases art from Director of Strategic Giving Susan Metts. Mecum values her own creative outlets, and was drawn to the idea of allowing others to share their creative side.

“I love to find some unexpected side to a person, and I thought it would be interesting for students, faculty, and staff to view a different aspect of the people they are in contact with each day,” she said. 

Mecum was pleasantly surprised at the variety of submissions received for the exhibition.

“Some of the pieces were so unexpected.  For example, Barry Koster, an associate professor of mathematics and computer science, submitted three pieces: a handmade wooden rocking chair, a painting and a quilt. This is only one example of so many submissions,” Mecum said. “It was amazing to see people from a plethora of areas have the passion for such an eclectic group of work.” 

Employees from departments including Academic & Career Planning, Facilities Services, Marketing, and Institutional Advancement participated.

Mecum is a junior earning an art education major. Her daughter is a 2002 graduate of Meredith.

“I came to Meredith College because I had heard wonderful things about the school, mainly from my daughter,” Mecum said.

This is Mecum’s first experience curating an exhibition, a project that has been in the works for quite some time. “It has been more than a year of thinking, creating, planning, and doing,” she said.  “It was a labor of love, but one that surprised me every day.  I bow to curators everywhere including Gallery Director Ann Roth, who helped me the whole way.” 

“The Creative Spirit” exhibition runs through March 23.

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