Thursday, February 2, 2012

Faculty art show in the Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery

By Morgan Stock
Cardinal Staff

The Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery on the Saint Mary’s University campus is currently displaying the SMU faculty art show.

Various faculty members from the SMU Art Department are participating in the show. The artists include Tony Calabrese, Charlie Campbell, Preston Lawing, Rob McColl, Brother Roderick Robertson, Lisa Truax and John Whelan.

Chair of the Art Department Preston Lawing said, “The faculty art show has been in existence for 30-40 years and is a biennial show, which is a show ever other year.”

Any piece of art can be put in the show, such as ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. This year the show mostly consists of pieces that each faculty member considers to be his or her best work.

“Getting to see what other members of the faculty have been working [on] is something really special. Since we are such a small group we are very close, but we don’t always get to see what each other are working on because of what we are doing for class,” said Lawing.

He said seeing different kinds of work inspires them and allows them to learn from each other.

Lawing said, “By trade I call myself a printmaker even though I like other art mediums. I love being able to go to work and have a creative outlet doing the things that I love to do.”

Lisa Truax, who has recently joined the Art Department as a new professor, said, “My favorite medium to work with is ceramics because I love being able to create anything with it.”

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