SMC Alum featured in art gallery

first_imgMoreau Art Galleries is featuring Saint Mary’s alum Kristin Stransky alongside Marilyn Minter, an artist recently featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Though the two exhibits, which opened Friday, Aug. 30 are wildly different in medium, their themes overlap. Tiffany Bidler, assistant professor of art and director of the galleries, said her aim is to provide students with professional and educational pieces that are challenging and innovative in both content and media. “My first consideration is whether or not I feel the work will inspire students,” Bidler said. Secondly, she seeks works that engage the various missions of the college. “We educate women at Saint Mary’s College and so I try to bring in the work of women artists whose work touches on issues of gender,” she said. The Galleries’ director believes the Stransky and Minter’s exhibits, located in the Sister Rosaire and the Hammes Gallery, respectively accomplish that mission. “The Marilyn Minter exhibition that I curated considers makeup’s materiality and its role in gendered performances that elicit desire and construct femininity,” Bidler said. “My favorite work by Stransky is “Landing Strip.” It’s a brilliant piece about sexuality and boundaries.” Technology plays an integral role in both the conception and process of Stransky’s pieces, Stransky said. “Ultimately, I saw art as a vehicle to explore both ideas and creation, both intellectual and hands on,” she said. The Little Theater and Sister Rosaire galleries also previously featured Kristen Stransky’s pieces. The Saint Mary’s alumna is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. “Coding and other technical formats often require adherence to strict processes and syntax to create a working unit, and I like to think that I bend those rules through meaning and the application of technology to craft and sculptural mediums,” Stransky said. Bidler, an art historian, said she likes to spend time comparing works of art, especially in her classes. “Marilyn Minter is an internationally renowned contemporary artist. I first saw Green, Pink, Caviar while it was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The video is very sensuous, colorful, and hypnotic – it draws you in,” Bidler said of Minter’s piece. Bidler said she loves the hypnotic quality of the Minter video, which sucks the viewer into a world of color and pleasure. “I love that the context Minter provides about the photograph of her mother is at odds with some of the assumptions we might make about her mother based on a cursory glance at the photograph. I enjoy having my assumptions challenged by other artists,” she said. Bidler said the exhibition is a comparison of early work by Marilyn Minter and a late work by Marilyn Minter, at a basic level. “It seeks to draw out themes that persist over time in her work,” she said. As for the connection between Stransky and Minter, Bidler encourages students to make their own conclusions. “I have some ideas about the thematic ties between the Kristin Stransky and Marilyn Minter exhibitions, but I’d love for viewers to come in and make these connections for themselves,” Bidler said. Moreau Center for the Arts will feature the free exhibits until Sept. 20.last_img read more

Composed Clark claims title

first_img Press Association And Clark did not disappoint, remaining on 44.0 penalties to take the £8,000 winner’s purse and a title that numbers Zara Phillips, Mary King, Pippa Funnell and current world number one Andrew Nicholson among its former holders. Teulere, eventing world champion 11 years ago, secured the runners-up spot on Matelot Du Grand Val because he finished closer to the cross-country optimum time of 10 minutes 10 seconds than Montgomery, riding Loughan Glen. Sussex-based Gemma Tattersall was the highest British finisher in fourth spot on Arctic Soul, which again underlined her promise as a potential contender for the Rio 2016 Olympics. She is currently part of British equestrian’s world-class performance programme. Clark, who rode Master Crusoe to seventh place at London 2012, conquered Blenheim just two hours after the Irish eventing team were crowned European junior champions in France. “I knew I had to go clear,” Clark said. “We’ve only had one showjumping rail down all year, but there was still pressure. “To win here means a huge amount. This mare is just at the right stage to be looking at the (2014) World Equestrian Games and then Rio.” Clark was second with Fenyas Elegance at Chatsworth International in Derbyshire earlier this year, and then eighth in the British Open, and she added: “The horse was such a star this week. “We knew she was in great form and peaking, but I couldn’t have asked for any more from her. I will go home now and crack open some bubbly!” Clark, who is based in Middle Barton, just eight miles from the scene of her first CCI three-star triumph, posted a clear showjumping round after closest challengers Jean Teulere and Clark Montgomery left no room for manoeuvre. Frenchman Teulere and American Montgomery both finished on their cross-country scores of 45.5 penalties, which meant Clark could not afford a mistake aboard nine-year-old chestnut mare Fenyas Elegance. center_img Irish Olympian Aoife Clark held her nerve under intense pressure to win the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.last_img read more

FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL

first_imgParents, teachers and community groups are being urged to attend a public meeting in Carndonagh next week to which will address the future of local schools.Charlie McConalogue TDUnder plans by this Government, schools with less than 85 pupils are facing severe cutbacks to resources while schools with 50 pupils or less are at risk of closure or forced amalgamation, claim Fianna Fail.The party is kicking off a national campaign against the closure of small schools next Monday, 09 December in Carndonagh. The meeting takes place at 8pm upstairs in Túl Na Rí. It’s organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue and Fr John Joe Duffy will be a guest speaker.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Communities across Inishowen are at serious risk of losing their local school under plans being spearheaded by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.“The loss of any of our local schools in Inishowen would be felt right across the community. It’s time that we all pull together and stand up against this highly damaging policy, that will essentially amount to the loss of yet another vital local service in this region.”The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson will be touring the country in the new year as part of his ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. He has described the Government’s attack on small schools as ‘the latest in a series of attacks on rural communities’.“Donegal has the highest proportion of small schools in the country. In Inishowen alone, there are 17 schools at risk of severe cuts or forced amalgamation. We also have a higher proportion of minority faith schools and gaeltacht schools, which are naturally smaller in size.“Once again, this county is being forced to bear a disproportionate level of cuts to our local services. Many of these schools are the heart of the local community and they add much more to local life than traditional teaching during school hours. The ongoing uncertainty over their future is a threat in itself, as parents feel nervous about enrolling their children in a school that may soon face closure.“The Government is going about its attack on small schools in the sneakiest way possible. A series of cuts to resources coupled by deliberate uncertainty is all adding to the threat of what is a vital local service.“I am urging parents, teachers, community groups and public representatives from all sides to come to this meeting on Monday and stand up for their local school.” FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalschoolslast_img read more