Southeastern faculty art exhibit sparks creativity

Students crowded into Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery Monday afternoon, as they frantically filled their papers with recreations of the artwork around them.

The Basic Drawing Class, or Art 112, was tasked with creating their own interpretations of a piece of their choice from the 2017

Oil on paper piece by Randy Asprodites.

Department of Fine + Performing Arts Faculty Exhibition. The exhibit featured an array of artwork from various Southeastern professors and staff in a number of different mediums.

From ceramics, to paintings, to drawings, the gallery was filled with stunning artwork tackling subjects such as the Black Lives Matter Movement and sexual orientation. Faculty members that teach students in basic design, the visual arts and theater design produced artwork for the exhbit.

James Parrish, a freshman graphic design major, chose to draw a pair of ceramic pots by Dennis Sipiorski, a ceramics professor. Sipiorski is also the head of The Department of Visual Arts. Parrish emphasized the pots by drawing them with pencil and then retracing the important details with an ink pen. Parrish enjoys utilizing a variety of mediums, but one stands out to him.

“It really just depends on the mood, or what it’s for but preferably I like working with card stock,” said Parrish.

Though Parrish is just beginning his college career, he already hopes to submit his work to the gallery for future exhibits.

“I do see that happening, maybe not this year but next year,” said Parrish.

Parrish finished his assignment fairly quickly, and once pleased with his work, he showed it to his professor, Randy Asprodites, for critiquing. Asprodites, whose work is featured in the exhibit, is a Southeastern drawing professor and is currently teaching the Basic Drawing Class. This is Asprodites’ second semester teaching at Southeastern and also his second time submitting to the Department of Fine + Performing Arts Faculty Exhibition.

Oil on canvas piece by Randy Asprodites.

Asprodites earned his Master of Fine Arts in 1979 and has been working and showing in galleries since then. He has also been teaching for many years in both high school and college settings.

“I’ve been teaching forever, seriously, I taught at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans and I also taught at Loyola last year before coming here,” said Asprodites.

Asprodites seems to be enjoying his time here at Southeastern, as he had nothing but praise for the school and his department.

“I’m really enjoying it here, it’s really a fabulous school and The Art Department is unbelievable. Good professors, good students,” said Asprodites.

Asprodites describes himself as a mixed medium artist, though his favorite artistic vehicle is oil painting.

“These two pieces are oil on canvas and these are oil on paper,” said Asprodites when motioning to his work on display at the exhibit.

The works of Picasso and Georges Braque influenced his current gallery pieces.

“The inspiration for the paintings was cubism, it’s my interpretation of cubism,” said Asprodites. Cubism is considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century, as it revolutionized European art, especially paintings and sculptures.

“Cubism is pretty fascinating with the overlapping and interlocking shapes it employs,” said Asprodites.

The 2017 Department of Fine + Performing Arts Faculty Exhibition will run until Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. The next exhibit, Bill Evans in Content Cameo Exhibition, will run from Feb. 15-18 in conjunction with the Bill Evans Jazz Festival.

For more information on Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery, including upcoming events and hours, please visit:  http://www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/depts/vis_art/gallery/index.html.

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