Art has a Home on Daemen's Campus
By Emily Stoll
Perhaps you’ve noticed the large room with the glass wall on the first floor of Duns Scotus—it’s pretty hard to miss—but have you really taken the time to stop and look? It’s certainly more than just a nicely lit room with hardwood floors.
The Fanette Goldman Carolyn Greenfield Art Gallery, or the Goldman-Greenfield Gallery for short, has become a rather important gallery in Western New York, according to Prof. Dennis Barraclough, gallery director and Daemen art instructor. There’s even a waiting list to display work there, since so many people have requested to.
It is also a teaching gallery, a place for art instructors to take their students to display their own works and observe those of others.
It has shown works by professional artists and designers, in addition to those of faculty and students. “It’s very nice to have someplace to show your work on campus,” says art major Karleen Alvord. “It gives everybody a leg up.”
Seniors exhibit their work in April and May, but the undergraduates are not left out; there is a Juried Undergraduate Exhibition each spring and a chance to show their work in February. “I like how it’s a rotation every couple months or so,” says another art major, Jon Milligan. It’s a “good variety.”
The INSIGHT spoke with Barraclough and Mrs. Kate Parzych about the gallery. “It’s quality work,” says Barraclough of the pieces displayed in the gallery. There is a wide diversity of media and themes in the works, but there is always a common thread, according to Parzych, whether it is a theme or simply a color.
Currently, the gallery features the VPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Faculty Show, a collection of works by Daemen art educators. “I think it’s good to be able to show the students that we’re working artists,” says Barraclough. “That what we preach, we actually do.”
Most of the artists whose pieces are featured in this exhibit have shown their work both nationally and internationally. But if you want to see them, hurry; the show ends on Dec. 17.
Drop by the gallery for a visit between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings. More information on the Visual and Performing Arts department can be found at http://www.daemen.edu/academics/divisionofartssciences/visualperformingarts/Pages/default.aspx.