Gioia Guarino ’23
This past Saturday, I appreciated the exhibition “Afterimage: Visual Arts Faculty 2022” right before it wrapped up its display! Featuring work created by faculty members in the visual arts department on campus, it was an interactive way for students to appreciate their professor’s talents. While this exhibition was only open from September 12, 2022, to October 22, 2022, there will be plenty more art displays to appreciate at the new Prior Performing Arts Center in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery.
Entering the exhibition was my first time in the Prior; a beautiful, new and modern building. A stark contrast to Fenwick, am I right? The building seems like a museum, with a winding staircase, echoing walls, and rooms flooded with creative potential. The views of campus are perfect for sunsets, with the gleaming Worcester landscape in the distance.
The featured faculty include Michael Beatty, Rachelle Beaudoin, John Carney, Hilary Doyle, Colleen Fitzgerald, Matthew Gamber, Cristi Rinklin, Leslie Schomp, Susan Schmidt, and Victor Pacheco.
The exhibition was fascinating, featuring a 3D portion on two walls among the numerous works of art. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a warm smile, pamphlets of exhibit information, and glasses to enhance the 3D effect; it reminded me of a movie theater.
Each faculty member’s art was sectioned into its own display around the room. There was a diverse medium presence throughout the exhibit, from sculptures to animated videos. One of my favorite displays was by faculty member Rachelle Beaudoin. I enjoyed the digital media aspect of the presentation as a mode of expression for her artistic message. It is hard for women to feel secure, especially in an age dominated by social media, and she encapsulates the feeling of wanting to fit the mold set for us women. Alongside her digital portion was a tangible expression of body struggles for women; a combination of pink exercise equipment with a body measuring tape wrapped around it.
Taking in the art reminded me of the extensive opportunities our community offers the student body and the creativity around us. Sometimes museums can be overwhelming, with art from various time periods and modes of expression. It’s a nice break in the day to appreciate small exhibitions and support the Holy Cross community.
The next exhibition is entitled “See You Through It,” from November 7, 2022, to December 17, 2022; check it out, you will not be disappointed!
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