222 Brings Manchester Community College Past, Present Together
By Emily Hughes
Live Wire editor-in-chief
The MCC Adolf and Virginia Dehn Gallery opened the “222” exhibition Friday, Feb. 2 with a reception showcasing the artwork by MCC students, faculty, and alumni. The exhibition co-curators were students of MCC’s new Gallery Management program, said MCC Ceramics professor and director of the MCC Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery Susan Classen-Sullivan.
The reception lasted from 6-8p.m. and was hosted by MCC Painting professor Brett Eberhardt and Classen-Sullivan. The exhibition, called “222,” displayed both Eberhardt’s and Classen-Sullivan’s pieces alongside MCC students and alumni whose artwork adorned the walls of the Dehn Gallery. The faculty members chose one present MCC student and one MCC alumni student to display two works each, said Classen-Sullivan.
Some of the artwork included in the exhibition included student Erin Snyder’s oil painting of a shrimp on white canvas and alumni Matt Becker’s ceramics piece titled “Scylla,” a stoneware creation. Other artwork included faculty member Daniel Long’s hahnemule photo rag of a watermelon rind with compost and mint leaves. MCC students spoke during their presentations to explain what their creative processes were when working on the pieces displayed in the Dehn Gallery. Before the presentations, MCC Photography major Vincere Noel Berube spoke about the creative processes behind his photographs of two women adorned with floral headpieces and colorful outfits posing behind a black background. He said the women represent souls trapped in physical form.
“I really like the ethereal beauty that people have about them,” said Berube.
Afterwards, Eberhardt said the event was a real eye-opener.
“We sorta got a glimpse of the community and artists at MCC,” said Professor Eberhardt, “current faculty and students…people that have gone to MCC in the past and now are out in the world still
Classen-Sullivan also commented on the success of the event, and on the satisfaction of the Gallery Management students seeing their work displayed.
“I know the students who are involved [in the Gallery Management class] feel very proud of their achievements here.”
The “222” exhibition will be displayed from Friday, February 2 to Friday, March 30 at the Dehn Gallery on 903 Main St. in Manchester, CT. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those interested in visiting the exhibition. For more information, contact Professor Eberhardt at email@example.com.