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Faculty display personal artwork in gallery show

Creative Cardinals, a faculty art exhibit on display at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, runs through March 2. Its reception was rescheduled due to the multiple school closures this past week.

The exhibit is meant to give faculty and staff a chance to show off their work, whether or not they are a professional working artist. It is also a chance for students to see what their professors and other staff members do.

Gallery Coordinator Tisch Lewis’ art is included in the exhibit.

She is showing work that is based off her experiences with borderline personality disorder. She tries to visually depict her symptoms.

“All pieces in this show relate to this core theme,” Lewis said. “I spend time investigating any and all resources about my disorder, think about if they’re applicable in my experience and how to depict how that symptom feels to me, and then I make.”

Lewis creates her art in various mediums, but she has a preference for this specific project.

“I consider myself both an artist and a painter – I focus more on painting due to how I feel it allows time to contemplate a subject in a meditative manner, but I also enjoy learning any process that benefits the idea or concept I’m working with,” she said. “I have quite a bit of mosaic and sculptural works that go along with this body of work, but they’re still works in progress and not ready to be shown. I suppose my favorite medium would be painting.”

Studio art technician Sarah Clark is also an artist featured in the exhibit, and she worked with fusing glass and ceramics.

“Both of my pieces include the use of fused glass, which is something that I am incorporating in different ways with ceramics,” Clark said. “Ascension also includes a bronze cast piece, which is not typical of the type of work I normally do, but was an opportunity that I had and it fit my concerns at the time.”

Clark was humbled by the work in the exhibit and inspired by the people who have chosen to showcase their art.

“It is always humbling to see and be reminded that we are all creative individuals and that there is a real human need to be able to express that creative spark,” Clark said. “I think by seeing that ‘real’ people can and are valuing art in their everyday lives, it gives people permission and encouragement to try it for themselves. To explore the visual arts is to empower people and give them voice, whether they are makers or viewers, and we can all use some of that.”

Lewis offers some insightful advice for those aspiring to use their creative talents.

“Always ask questions,” Lewis said. “Always learn anything and everything you can – all skills are useful in your artistic practice.”

“I consider myself both an artist and a painter – I focus more on painting due to how I feel it allows time to contemplate a subject in a meditative manner, but I also enjoy learning any process that benefits the idea or concept I’m working with,” she said. “I have quite a bit of mosaic and sculptural works that go along with this body of work, but they’re still works in progress and not ready to be shown. I suppose my favorite medium would be painting.”

Studio art technician Sarah Clark is also an artist featured in the exhibit, and she worked with fusing glass and ceramics.

“Both of my pieces include the use of fused glass, which is something that I am incorporating in different ways with ceramics,” Clark said. “Ascension also includes a bronze cast piece, which is not typical of the type of work I normally do, but was an opportunity that I had and it fit my concerns at the time.”

Clark was humbled by the work in the exhibit and inspired by the people who have chosen to showcase their art.

“It is always humbling to see and be reminded that we are all creative individuals and that there is a real human need to be able to express that creative spark,” Clark said. “I think by seeing that ‘real’ people can and are valuing art in their everyday lives, it gives people permission and encouragement to try it for themselves. To explore the visual arts is to empower people and give them voice, whether they are makers or viewers, and we can all use some of that.”

Lewis offers some insightful advice for those aspiring to use their creative talents.

“Always ask questions,” Lewis said. “Always learn anything and everything you can – all skills are useful in your artistic practice.”

Reporting by Melanie Frasca, Vanguard Reporter

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