Manipulated photography and wall-size paintings are just a few of the art forms created by Augusta State students to be presented in the university’s ASU/NYC art exhibition. To accommodate the number of the artworks on display, ASU will host openings for the exhibit on Friday, June 8, in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art and the Morris Museum of Art with both beginning at 5 p.m.
The art that will be showcased in ASU’s Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art will be on display until Monday, July 23, and the exhibit at the Morris Museum of Art will be available until Sunday, July 1.
According to Alan MacTaggart, chair of the Department of Art, the show contains about 40 pieces of art that chronicle the experiences of 15 students who participated in this year’s annual Study Away Tour of New York City. MacTaggart says the students participated in the weeklong tour in December, and they were given the 2012 spring semester to develop their artwork.
“Instead of traveling overseas, this study abroad opportunity gave the students the chance to view world-renowned art and architecture in New York City, the art center of the world,” MacTaggert said. “I believe the students that participated not only enjoyed themselves in the famous city, but gained information that will help them prepare for graduate school and their future careers.”
ASU art professor Jennifer Onofrio accompanied the students to New York City this year. Although the students were from different academic disciplines, Onofrio says she was impressed at how they all went beyond their creative limits to illustrate their experiences in the city.
“During this tour, we had the opportunity to visit several museums and private galleries, visit the Statue of Liberty, and even participate in architectural walking tours,” Onofrio said. “So, to see how these students portrayed their experiences in their art is simply amazing, and I know this trip has encouraged them to not be afraid to think outside of the box in whatever career they pursue.”
The Department of Art’s next study away trip to New York is scheduled for April 2013.