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Inaugural Arrupe College Art Exhibition

Inaugural Arrupe College Art Exhibition

On June 15, 2017 Arrupe College hosted its inaugural Art Exhibition, which featured twenty-nine pieces of artwork that were created by Arrupe College students. The exhibit included many different types of artwork using various materials, such as photographs, sculptures, mixed media, and acrylic on canvas, to name just a few. Fine Arts Lecturer Susannah Strang organized the event along with Arrupe Career Coordinator Farrah Elllison-Moore.  Arrupe students Angel Rodriguez and Neerida Akakpo served as curatorial assistants.

Ms. Strang explained, “Even though our Fine Arts offerings are still developing and we won't have our first Arrupe studio class until next spring, it seemed important to establish a structured annual opportunity for students to exhibit traditional two-dimensional and three-dimensional work that they have made in the past, or that they made on their own …

I also want Arrupe students whose creative work takes different or non-traditional forms to know that even though this is a relatively small learning community, there can be opportunities for everyone to share what they make and learn from each other.”

Sara, a freshman student artist, contributed her work entitled, Above All Resilient.  She remarked, “Being part of the Arrupe Art Show was a wonderful experience. I composed an art piece about my toughest obstacles and I never thought it would feel so relieving to exhibit the artwork. It was definitely a mixture of creativity and personal accomplishment.” 

Strang explained that she hopes to have a longer exhibit with an opening reception next year, and ultimately have students train one another regarding how to run the exhibit so that it can be completely managed by Arrupe students.