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The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University is pleased to unveil three new exhibitions this fall, beginning with award-winning artist Janet McKenzie in an exhibition titled “Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – the Art of Janet McKenzie.”
This exhibition brings to the Quick Center a new and diverse view of women and religion. McKenzie explores diversity, children and symbolic imagery in her work. In her paintings, McKenzie pays tribute to women as sacred individuals, leaders for positive change, and mothers.
The exhibition, which opened Aug. 27, is in the Theater Atrium and the Front Gallery of the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition will be open through Dec. 2.
On Monday, Oct. 22, McKenzie will visit campus for a gallery talk at 4 p.m., followed by dessert with the artist at 7 p.m. Both events will be held at the Quick Center and are free and open to the public.
Reproductions of McKenzie’s art are regularly carried in demonstrations and marches across the United States as visual testaments in support of racial equality and as a voice against prejudice, women’s rights and the LGBTQ community.
McKenzie has received many awards throughout her career and most recently was the subject “The Divine Journey: a Painter’s Mission,” a short documentary about the artist’s work and the creation of a commission for Memorial Church at Harvard University. Originally from New York City, McKenzie now lives and works in northeast Vermont. Learn more about the artist via her website, www.janetmckenzie.com.
In the Quick Center’s new exhibition “Adrift,” Michael Kunzinger presents photographs of water, light and color. The three elements isolate and at the same time come together to present the essence of abstraction.
“I look for images in reflections that occur on the surface of water,” he said. “Although the dreamlike designs are reminiscent of modern abstract paintings, they are entirely real. The effect is achieved by a combination of ripples in the water, the angle of light, water clarity, and other factors. No oils or digital touch-ups are used; the process begins and ends organically with the art created around us by nature.”
The exhibition is open on the Mezzanine Gallery through Nov. 20.
Kunzinger will visit the Quick Center on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to give a gallery talk about his work. The talk is at 4 p.m. in the Print Study Room of the Quick Center and is free and open to the public.
A new version of the university’s Asian art has opened in the first floor Marianne Letro Laine Gallery. Building on the last installation in this gallery featuring Japanese kimonos, the new exhibition, “Exploring Asia through the University Art Collection,” features Japanese kimonos as well as the Asian art collection given by Col. Michael Friedsam. The collection is on display, almost in its entirety, in a room created to replicate Friedsam’s Chinese Room in his home in the early part of the 20thcentury. Also on display are the ancient Asian works gifted by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation to the university.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about events at the Quick Center, visit www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
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