Exhibit Celebrates the Arrivals and Departure of Faculty


August 27, 2008

Molly Tarantino, Public Affairs

WELLESLEY, Mass. — The first exhibit of the Jewett Art Gallery features the arrival of new art department faculty Clara Lieu, Daniela Rivera, David T. Olsen, Andrew Mowbray and Christine Rogers, as well as departing staff Jim Turbert.

The exhibit, “Arrivals/Departure,” will be on display from Monday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Jewett Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 4:30 – 6 pm.

“The exhibition will feature a diverse selection of works including photography, digital media, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and more,” said Clara Lieu, gallery director and a visiting lecturer in drawing and design.

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Clara Lieu is a visiting lecturer in drawing and design, and is also the gallery director of the Jewett Art Gallery. In her work she visually represents the experience of loneliness as being unseen, unknown and lost within a group of others. Her works in the exhibition include crayon drawings on sheets of transparent Dura-Lar which reference her figure sculptures.

Andrew Mowbray, a visiting lecturer in sculpture, questions both past and current paradigms of masculinity. The works featured in this exhibition places Tyvek, an industrial, masculine material, within the context of quilting, an art form which has typically been viewed as a feminine craft.

David T. Olsen is a visiting assistant professor in media arts. His work explores the relationship between science and art and the emotional and physical impact art can have on the audience. His work in this exhibition is comprised of colorful mixed media drawings which are scanned digitally and recreated into large scale environments.

Daniela Rivera, an assistant professor in drawing and painting, creates spacial utiliarian paintings on three-dimensional structures and settings. Conceptually, her works deal with different kinds of spaces: disciplinary, temporary, representation and physical space.

Christine Rogers is a visiting lecturer in photography. Her photographs in the exhibition are from a family road trip she embarked upon by herself, intended as a means of understanding her own history. In her work, she breaks apart and reassembles American ideals of religion and family.

Jim Turbert is a media specialist. He is a photographer who is a serial self-portraitist, whose portraits concern the perceived expectations that his family had for him in contrast to the reality of his life today.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.