Faculty art now on display in Minnaert gallery

Eerie clay children and vibrant canvases decorate the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts gallery during South Puget Sound Community College’s biennial Faculty Art Exhibit. The exhibit features the work of nine art faculty members from SPSCC.

The show includes a variety of works including lithographs, sculptures, photographs, and paintings.

Artist and faculty member Joe Batt created an art series dealing with technology, particularly cell phones. One of his pieces was drawn directly on the wall of the display room and took all summer to complete.

“That piece on the wall is just based on specific students that I’ve known,” said Batt.

He participated in the exhibit because he is a part of the art faculty and believes that the students enjoy seeing the art displayed. Current and former SPSCC students came to the event to view their professors’ work.

According to art faculty member Robin Ewing, the gallery started as a way for professors to use artwork as a learning tool.

“A teacher can take a group of students in there and kind of point out things that go with their curriculum…seeing artwork in person is really different. You can see the brush strokes,” said Ewing.

Ewing claims that it is easier for students to understand artwork when they see it firsthand. “Seeing the art live is really different than seeing it in a picture,” she said.

The entire art faculty is participating in this year’s show. They include Dan Meuse, Robin Ewing, Colleen Gallagher, Carol Hannum, James Stone, Melinda Cox, Judy Baumann, and Joe Batt.

Many pieces featured in the exhibit are for sale.

The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts gallery is open to students and the public Mon. and Wed. noon to 4 p.m. The Faculty Art Exhibit will be on display in the gallery until Nov. 23.