CU Art Teaching Gallery opens
With the opening of the Art Teaching Gallery, Cameron University has restored a painting and drawing classroom in the Art Building of the Louise D. McMahon Fine Arts Complex to its original intended use — that of a secure gallery space that showcases national and local art exhibitions and competitions.
The Art Teaching Gallery will be open to the public each week Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the university is open.
In addition to be used as a teaching space, the gallery will be used as a venue to host art exhibitions through the course of the academic year. Those exhibitions will feature nationally known artists, local public school artwork, and works by Cameron University art students and program graduates.
“Art transforms in a setting that is a not a studio space but is a proper gallery,” says Edna McMillan, Professor of Art. “Our students will benefit greatly from seeing their artwork on display in a dedicated gallery. This will enhance our ability to conduct art critiques in a real-world gallery setting instead of in a painting and drawing studio that has limited wall space and is crowded with large easels and art supplies.”
The gallery features artwork by award-winning artist Jason Wilson, a color specialist who works in acrylics. His art will be on exhibit until the end of October. Wilson, a high school art teacher, takes inspiration from quilts and patterns found around him.