"Don’t touch the art."
It’s the first thing we learn about visiting a museum -- but what happens when art is designed not only for touch, but for interaction and participation? What happens when the artist deliberately invites viewers into the work, allowing them to become active participants in the creative process?
Since the 1970s, these questions have intrigued and challenged contemporary artists, whose creative responses continue to stretch the boundaries of how we understand visual art and the role of the viewer.
The Fine Arts Center’s pARTicipation exhibit brings together 9 West Coast artists whose work invites viewers to touch, alter, interact, or participate. At some times playful, at other times poignant, this exhibition encourages viewers to become involved in the creative process, forging new and unexpected relationships with the artwork and with one another.
Curated by Gallery & Program Director, Sarah Jane, MFA.
The exhibition runs May 4 - June 30, 2019. Hours: Thurs - Sun 11am - 5pm. The gallery is free by donation.
"Don’t touch the art."
Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, October 18. Time TBA
Exhibition Dates: October 18 - November 18, 2018.
Hartnett Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 12 Noon to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12 Noon to 5:00pm
Mere Objects is an ongoing participatory artwork honoring people who have experienced sexual violence. Encompassing both fine arts and community activism, Mere Objects offers a structure for collective truth-telling - about the impact of sexual violence, the process of healing and recovery, and the power of solidarity and support.
This class will cover a variety of techniques for sculpting in clay. We will explore form and composition, surface texture, and a range of finishing techniques to complete each sculpture. I will provide ongoing feedback throughout the process to help participants consider which techniques are best suited to their specific design.
All experience levels welcome. Ages 12+
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Artist's talk and reception: April 9, 7 p.m. Bytwerk Theatre, followed by a reception at the Center Art Gallery
This exhibition is organized by professor Jennifer Steensma Hoag and SAPT advisor Ashley Kelver. "Mere Objects" is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team of Calvin College, Calvin College Residence Life, Calvin College Sexuality Series, Safe Church Ministry, Calvin College Sociology & Social Work Department, Hope College STEP Students Teaching and Empowering Peers, and the Calvin College Center for Counseling and Wellness, in partnership with the The Calvin College Department of Art & Art History.