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CenterStage presents art exhibits in February

Posted 02/10/15

Frank ArmstrongThe Fitchburg State University CenterStage cultural series is presenting a series of art exhibitions this spring at galleries across the campus.

At the Conlon Hall Media Wall in Conlon Hall, 316 Highland Ave., Communications Media Department faculty member and filmmaker Kevin McCarthy presents “Spin Cycle.” The multi-panel installation captures the nighthawks of the spin cycle in this portrait of urban laundromats. McCarthy will discuss the work at a wall talk at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at the media wall. Refreshments will be served.

In the Gallery at Sanders in the Sanders Administration Building, 300 Highland Ave., an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Maine artist Robert Sullivan is now on display through Tuesday, March 31. Admission is free. “Representation and Allusion: Paintings and Drawings by Robert Sullivan” features works by the artist using representational imagery as an exploratory tool. Through his work, he looks to open up vectors of meaning beyond the expected conventions of mere semblance. Sullivan is scheduled to give a talk in the gallery at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. Refreshments will be served.

Also, the art exhibit Cell Block Visions and the Inside/Outside Envelope Project is being shown in the Hammond Hall Art Gallery in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., through Wednesday, Feb. 18. Presented by art educator Phyllis Kornfeld, Cell Block Visions is a lively collection of inmate artwork created behind bars from county jail to death row. This is a look at the alternative art world flourishing in today’s American prisons. Inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-respect and a way to find peace. The Inside/Outside Envelope Project is a collection of works created by prison inmates and sent to loved ones. Inmates from around the country have donated their envelope art to benefit the Read Alliance, which serves at-risk kindergarten and first-graders by recruiting and training teens to provide one-to-one tutoring in reading. Kornfeld will discuss the projects and her career in prison art education on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the art gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Kornfeld’s project is part of the University’s year-long Community Read of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

At the Conlon Hall Media Wall, photographer and Fitchburg State alumna Cate Brown’s work will displayed from Thursday, Feb. 19 through Wednesday, April 1. Through her photography, Brown draws viewers into a world defined and surrounded by sandy beaches and salty ocean waters. Brown will present a wall talk at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 and refreshments will be served.

Also opening in February, artist Frank Armstrong’s exhibit “Often in a Different Landscape” will be featured from Wednesday, Feb. 25 through Wednesday, April 8. In most cases, people think of landscapes as a sweeping view of mountains, lakes, rivers and meadows, but with a cultural overlay of human presence, they become social landscapes. Armstrong proves landscape is not necessarily defined by its scope and size; it can be defined by its relevance to its usage. Armstrong will discuss his work in a gallery talk at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Refreshments will be served.

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