Museum exhibit includes faculty work

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Artists who have influenced, and been influenced by, the landscape tradition are featured in the current Boston College Museum of Art exhibition, "Inspired by Nature: A Contemporary View," which runs until Sept. 17.

Comprising 30 works in all, including some by Boston College faculty, the exhibition of paintings and sculptures reflects the long history of landscape art in the Boston and New England area, said Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer.

"Once again, the museum has what we feel is a ground-breaking show," she said, "one which contributes to the community of contemporary artists and provides them an arena to display their works. More fundamentally, though, it allows us to show some great pieces of art."

Netzer said Museum Curator Alston Conley, who organized the exhibition, "has pulled together a fine assortment of works. This is the first time anyone has looked at this form in art-historical terms, focusing on the common themes among quite different artists. The effect is quite successful."

"Inspired by Nature" is divided into two sections. The first, "Continuing the Tradition," showcases artists who have drawn from and redefined landscape painting and sculpture. The second, "Reinventing a Tradition," shows how artists move from mostly optical descriptions toward images derived more from other senses.

Among the featured artists are Fine Arts faculty Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Awalt, Adj. Asst. Prof. Andrew Tavarelli and part-time faculty members Mary Armstrong and Debra Weisberg.

An exhibition titled "Carolina Low Country: Photographs by Charles Meyer" is also on display. It is a collection of platinum prints by Meyer, a part-time Fine Arts faculty member.

During the summer, the museum is open weekdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It is located on the first floor of Devlin Hall.

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