Friday, January 7, 2011

Join Us on January 20 When We Unveil a New Student Art Exhibit

For the second year, the University Libraries are collaborating with the Art Department to host an exhibit of student art in the Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library.

UNCG Art Department students collaborated on this installation that explores the history of the university. While enrolled in the courses of Design II (taught by Bryan Ellis), Alternative Photographic Process (taught by Leah Sobsey) and Books and Images (taught by Belinda Haikes), the students delved into the materials housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. By incorporating photographs, historical objects, letters, documents and oral history, the students’ art re-imagines the history of the campus and connects it to the present day.

The artwork pictured here is entitled "To Lula, from Charles," by student Bennie Robinson. Robinson, using an alternative photographic process, captured the deathmask of Charles McIver, founder of what is now UNCG, and overlaid it with a letter from McIver to his wife. Both the deathmask and the letter are part of the University Archives.

Please join us on Thursday, January 20, from 4-5:30 pm for the opening reception of "Shifting Grounds." The exhibit will be on display in Jackson Library throughout the Spring semester. Many of the pieces will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the University Libraries