Women artists featured at Gallery 310 exhibition that opens Sept. 1

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Serving as an invitational exhibition of multi-generational female artists from around the East Coast, “I Embody...”, the first Gallery 310 exhibition of the fall semester, is sure to be of interest to many throughout the campus and local community.

“I Embody...” will be on display in Gallery 310 from Sept. 1 through Oct. 6, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1.

According to McCoy Professor of Art and Director of Gallery 310 Jolene Powell, who also serves as the curator of “I Embody...”, the exhibition’s title stems from Adrian Piper’s 1975 piece “I Embody Everything You Most Hate and Fear.”

“Piper’s lifetime oeuvre deals with race, gender, socioeconomic status, and identity, which are all topics as relevant today as 1975,” she said.

In addition to continuing the development of discussion around such topics, Powell said she also felt compelled to give attention to women’s diverse and changing outlooks.

“Many believe exhibitions that feature female artists are the antithesis of progress, that to be truly equal no prefixes, disclaimers, signs, or special notations are needed, and I, in general, agree. However, as the director of a small academic gallery in Appalachia I am compelled to represent a woman’s point of view, both from an educational standpoint and as an artist myself.”

In addition to Powell, the female artists that will be on display in “I Embody...” include Nanette Carter, Ro Lohin, Nancy Manter, Doretha Murray, Robyn Moore, Jamie Powell, Sarah Walko, Instructor of Art Beth Nash, and Associate Professor of Art Sara Rosenstock.

A wide range of mediums will be on display, including painting, drawing, silk screen, sculpture and photography. 

Along with their artwork, each participant will also include a brief statement outlining what it is they embody: as a woman, as an artist, as a U.S citizen, as member of our collective society and so on.  

As Powell describes it, the open-ended phrase “I Embody…” will serve as the artists’ call to action through which they will uniquely respond.

Powell believes that getting the chance to see the artwork and perspectives of 10 female artists, from women at the top of the field and others just beginning, showcased within a variety of media and visual language, will entice people to visit Gallery 310 throughout the five-week exhibition.

Gallery 310 at Marietta College aims to present diverse and stimulating exhibitions, which will enrich the artistic culture and education of the campus, community, and region. Gallery 310 supports teaching, learning, and exploration in the liberal arts through rotating exhibitions and related programs. Gallery 310 is a place for intellectual curiosity, shared programming with the greater campus community, and a teaching space for students looking to enhance his/her experience for future careers in gallery and museum related fields.

The gallery is located on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center, on the Marietta College campus. The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturda, or by appointment at gallery310@marietta.edu.