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Sociology Class Inspires Art Exhibit Reflecting on the Meaning of Art

posted on 01/10/2013

By popular demand, this exhibit has been extended to Friday, February 1. Enjoy!

An extension of Professor of Sociology Patrick Henry's 'Sociology of Art' course has inspired the weeklong exhibit, Am I an Artist Now? A reflection on the meaning of art and being an artist. Featuring artists and artisans from the local community and Creative Clay, the show will be on display in Elliott Gallery at Eckerd from January 20-26. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 20, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eight local area artists / artisans will be featured, including artists from Creative Clay:
Kyu Yamamoto
Marquise R.
Adam Yungbluth
Yoko Nogami
Joseph H.
Patrick Henry
Nicole S.
Scott Ward

Each participant has been asked to reflect on questions such as, 'What is art?' 'Is there something special about being an artist?' 'How do you know if you are an artist?' Their answers will be presented in video and written formats during the gallery show alongside examples of their work.

The following is an excerpt from ceramicist Professor Henry's answer to the question, 'What is art?':

"What is art? A Picasso painting? A Beethoven symphony? A Hemingway story? These are among the things that you and I may imagine when we think of 'art'. But I believe art is much more than a thing you may see, hear or read. Art is a procession of human actions, sometimes drawn over a long time and many individuals. Art involves many creative actions among lots of creative people. So art is really about human interaction."

Eckerd College has a long relationship with Creative Clay, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide educational, expressive and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. Founded by Eckerd alumna Grace-Anne Alfiero '04, Creative Clay serves people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provides outreach art experiences in our community. Current students, graduate and members of the Eckerd community have volunteered and/or have been employed by Creative Clay over the years.

The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. All are welcome.

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