Santa Fe – St. John’s College invites the Santa Fe community to experience the campus’ creative spirit at the 11th Annual Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Student Art Show and opening reception on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The opening and reception, on the second floor of the Peterson Student Center, kicks off a four-week exhibit, with gallery hours coinciding with opportunities for the public to attend evening lectures and concerts at the college. St. John’s College, Santa Fe, tutor Andy Kingston will provide music during the reception. The opening also coincides with Homecoming weekend in Santa Fe.
This year’s Art Show once again features the work of St. John’s alumnus Read Lockhart. Over the past year, Mr. Lockhart has been hard at work on a series of paintings focused on wildfire and recovery. Mr. Lockhart says the series, “Darkness and Restoration”, was borne out of his experiences hiking through charred forests near his home in Taos and memories he has of earlier fires and the regeneration that followed them.
The Art Show also showcases an extraordinarily varied and inspiring range of artwork created by emerging artists from the college, including both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as established artists - alumni from both campuses. More than 30 artists will display diverse works encompassing a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, including clay, pastel, acrylic, oil, photography, metal, and digital art. This is a chance for both the College and the Santa Fe communities to enjoy and acquire original art at reasonable prices.
“It’s always exciting and inspiring to see the work of so many St. John’s artists,” says Eleanor Peters, wife of St. John’s College President Michael P. Peters. She took up pottery when her husband was in graduate school and worked at it whenever possible during their postings abroad and in the United States. Ms. Peters will present over fifty items (including bowls, pitchers, vases, and planters) from her work during the art show, and says student pottery work will also be showcased. “I’m impressed with the quality of work and the fact that students manage to find time in their busy schedules to pursue their art; I enjoy the opportunity throughout the year to see some of the student work-in-progress in the College Pottery Studio,” she says.
Whether student or alumni, amateur or professional, self-taught or formally trained, many of the artists participating in the Art Show share the experience of St. John’s unique educational program, which seeks to cultivate in its students an abiding love of learning and an inquisitiveness – useful traits for artists as well. Many of the works draw directly on themes from the eastern and western classics Programs.
The college is also inviting the Santa Fe community to sample some of the many musical and literary events regularly scheduled throughout the year. Gallery hours have been specifically arranged to make it easy for the public to stay on campus to attend several of these events.
On Friday, September 23, at 8:00 p.m., the fourth lecture in the College’s Fall Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series will feature a discussion of Georg Hegel’s philosophy on pictorial modernism. Robert Pippin, from the University of Chicago’s Department of Philosophy, will talk about one of Hegel’s most interesting and controversial claims that works of art should be considered distinct forms of human self-knowledge, indispensable to an understanding of what it is to be human. There is no charge to attend the lecture.
On Friday, September 30th at 8:00 p.m., join us for one of our most anticipated concerts of the fall: Songs by Jake Heggie and Others. Heggie, a pianist and American art song composer, has written for major operas like Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, and the End of the Affair. He will be accompanied by soprano Nicolle Foland, who has had an illustrious career with operas from San Francisco to Chicago, Opera Bilbao in Spain, and the Santa Fe Opera. Foland is well-known for her performances as Musetta in La bohème, and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, among others. Tickets are $15 at the door, free for the St. John’s College community.
St. John’s College senior Yu Ji will be joined by tutor David Bolotin in a lunchtime concert on Friday, October 7th, at 12:15 p.m. The two will present a program on piano that includes works by Schubert, Brahms, Haydn, and Shostakovich. Yu Ji is a rising talent on piano, and longtime St. John’s tutor David Bolotin has, over the past five years, performed as an ensemble pianist and accompanist in a number of concerts at the college. This is a free performance.
Also on Friday, October 7th, St. John’s will feature a lecture on “Pictures and Meaning in Contemporary Art” by art historian and contemporary art curator Laura Steward. The 8 p.m. talk will focus on how, as visual arts have unhinged themselves from major historical texts, we viewers can interpret works of art that do not refer to stories we already know. No charge for admission.
For more information about events and community programs scheduled throughout the fall, visit St. John’s website atwww.stjohnscollege.edu (click on Outreach or Events for complete details).
The gallery is open for regular hours, Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 4 to 6 p.m. between September 17 and October 15, 2011.