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The Art of Politics and the Politics of Art

Main Gallery

January 25 - March 30
Reception: January 25, 5-7 p.m.

The power of visual images in modern society is undeniable. Drawing from the permanent collections of the Wright Museum of Art of political posters and prints, Beloit College's students will curate an exhibition that explores the tension between art and politics. Questions raised by this exhibit include:  How does government propaganda harness this power to create social norms?  Conversely, how do artists use this same visual power to critique the values of dominant society?

by Lewis Koch

North Gallery
January 18 - March 30, 2008
Reception for the artist & gallery talk: February 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Lewis Koch (Madison, WI, class of 1971) draws upon aspects of photography, sculpture and text with which he calls attention to the often unremarked upon elements of everyday life. In this exhibition, he presents new color work and photographic assemblage, weaving a subtle visual narrative that critiques the globalization of conflict and endless war.

Warren Miller: Culture Wars

South Gallery

January 11 - March 30

The exhibit of politically charged cartoons will display the work of Warren Miller, class of 1960. After graduating Miller went on to become a well known cartoonist, and his cartoons are frequently featured in the popular New Yorker magazine. The Wright Museum of Art holds over one hundred original drawings by Miller.  This exhibit, curated by Beloit College students, explores the social and political commentary in Miller's works.

Sewing Circle
September 25 and 27, 7 - 9pm

(Open to the public)

Wood and Me by Victor Ferrall, Jr.
August 28 – October 13, 2007
Opening: August 30, 5 to 7pm in the Wright Courtyard

Main Gallery

An exhibition of woodwork designed and created by Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., the ninth president of Beloit College. This exhibition explores the relationship between craft and a liberal education.  Both are life-long processes that are rooted in self-discovery, are strengthened by imagination, invite reflection, and are foremost an ends in themselves. The works derive their inspiration from the world around be it a painting, a building, a history style, or even a piece of wood itself.

In the Open Air: Plein Air from the Wright Collection
June 15 – August 26, 2007

South Gallery

Plein Air refers to a method of painting, working in the open air and painting directly from nature. Painters work quickly on location to capture the special effects of natural light at certain times of day. Spontaneous studies, using rapid brush strokes, often gives the paintings a free, sketchy quality that captures a moment in time. When viewing a plein air painting, you can almost imagine yourself in the scene.

This exhibit presents the Wright Museum's collection of European and American landscape paintings dating to the late 19th and early 20th century. Among the American artists are works by William Merritt Chase, Adolph Shultz, and Emily Groom.

Sequential Art: Paintings by Anders Shafer
June 1 – August 26, 2007

North Gallery

Winner of the 50th Annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition, Wisconsin artist Anders Shafer explores the art of the storyboard in this exhibition Sequential Art. For centuries, narrative and art have been closely entwined. This exhibition highlights 15 works that demonstrate the art of the pictorial narrative.

On Nodding Terms
Beloit College Senior Art Exhibition
April 13 – May 13, 2007

All Galleries

This years annual exhibition features the work of 13 senior Studio Art majors. They are Katie Algrem, Uriel Avalos, Lenka Becvar, Gabi Cepeda, Angelica Dahl, Lee Delegard, Laura Denk, Brendan Gordon, Jaclyn Ludowese, Glenda Reed, Rose Robertson, Gabrielle Scott, and Gabe Strader-Brown. Working in a variety of media including embroidery, film, graphic design, installation, metal sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these emerging artists have created works ranging from psychological interiors to staged tableaus. Their works are venues for self-reflection, posing questions of surrealism and minimalism, and while these young artists seek to create works that are visually stimulating, they maintain an attention to the content and quality of each piece.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
March 16 - March 30

South Gallery

This exhibition provides a competitive venue to showcase the best artwork produced by the students of Beloit College. All students are invited to submit original artwork for consideration, and a prominent arts professional is invited to select work for the show. This years juror, Madison based artist Karen Laudon, selected thirty-two works from sixty-eight entries, reflecting, "works that realize, or strive to realize, complete ideas," and that, "also feel genuine and embody the unique perspective of the individual."

3 x 8 Exhibition
March 16 - March 30

Courtyard Gallery

This installationwas created by eight Beloit College students working together with video artist Leighton Pierce, and marks the culmination of the 2007 Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., Artist in Residence.

50th Annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition
February 2, 2007

Main and North Galleries

This year marks the 50th Annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition, the oldest continuous juried art competition in the state of Wisconsin. This year's curators are Thomas D. Lidtke, Executive Director, West Bend Art Museum, and Martha Glowacki, Curator, James Watrous Gallery. Forty-eight pieces by twenty-eight artists will be on view in the Main and North Galleries.

Viscera by Leighton Pierce
January 16 – March 9, 2007

South Gallery

A series of images captured from such diverse environments as the Chartres Cathedral Tower in France to the Caribbean, this video installation uses multiple spaces to construct a singular but complex psychological environment that intersects with a sense of absence and desire.