February 9, 2006

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Art in the key of Adam and Eve
St. Anselm exhibit to show the artistic quality of the human body
By Caitlin York news@hippopress.com

It’s not about the nudity, says Saint Anselm College. It’s all part of the mission.

On of the school’s core values is, “Treat all people with compassion, regard, and concern; recognize their inherent dignity and worth as individuals; and, respect their personal and cultural diversity.” That is part of the college’s mission statement and one of the driving forces behind a new art exhibit at the Chapel Art Center.

The exhibition, entitled “The Art of Representation/Figures,” focused on human beings and the human form found in art. The works are represented in various media, including painting, drawing and sculpture.

Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center, said that one of the goals of the show is to “bring humans into their right regard with poetic conception and to reflect the dignity of the human person.”

The exhibit features works from contemporary and past artists, including some local artists. A few of these are Paul Cadmus, Clive Smith, Ralph Stone Jacobs, Lisa Bartolozzi, James Aponovich and Katherine Doyle. Most of the contemporary art dates between the 1970s and 1990s while some of the older pieces date back as far as the 18th century. “Saint Sebastian,” an oil on canvas, is the oldest piece in the collection.

Representational art of the human form has experienced a resurgence in the 21st century in many places, like Europe and New York. MacLellan said Saint Anselm College wants to bring this kind of art work to area art fans, as well the institution’s students, so that everyone can learn about characteristics of figurative and representational art.

The Chapel Art Center received these pieces from the Arnot Art Museum, Forum Gallery, McGowan Fine Art, Art 3, and Lucia and Warren Prosperi. The opening reception of the exhibit is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College. The exhibit runs from Feb. 3 until March 4. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Events related to the exhibition include a lecture, Looking as if she were alive: “The Painted Ladies of Victorian Poetry,” by Dr. Meoghan Byrne Cronin, associate professor of English, Saint Anselm College. It will be held Thursday, Feb.16, at 2 p.m.

Also, MacLellan will conduct a director’s tour, “Presence in Human Form,” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m.

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