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The Irish Experience Exhibition

The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida is pleased to present The Irish Experience Exhibition. This exhibition is a selection of artwork by three UWF Department of Art students and one Department of Theatre student who all traveled to Ireland from May 21 to June 19, 2017. Included in the show are drawings, paintings, and photographs that were created while in Ireland during the study-abroad Irish Experience Course. The show also includes mixed-media work, mosaics, and stained-glass that were inspired by these travels and finished in the studio upon return.

The three art students made base camp at Carlow College in Carlow Town, Ireland. From County Carlow they traveled the countryside and experienced a landscape and culture that would motivate them to stretch out of their comfort zones. The thirteen UWF students, which also included six students from the Music Department and four from the Theatre Department, traversed Ireland from Dublin to Galway and were introduced to diverse regions where physical geographies merged with lost times and mythic spaces.

In the statements provided here, the students have expressed their unique individual experience of Ireland. The students exhibiting work include: Vanessa Evans, Sarah Huckaby, Kassidy Renick, and Elizabeth Blanco Sáenz. One common observation was a sense of the sacred in the places visited. The students and instructors from art, music, and theatre were able to tour castles, cathedrals, museums, historic sites, ruins, a famine ship, sea cliffs, and mountains. Additionally, students had the opportunity to study Irish history, art history, language, and music at Carlow College.

The Department of Art students were given the chance to practice their craft and challenge themselves in ways not possible without visiting a new environment. Throughout this journey, the art students had several master classes with various professionals. These classes included a plein-air workshop with Mary Cullen and a studio visit with Jacinta Crowley. The students also had the opportunity to meet with the prestigious VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Curator Emma-Lucy O’Brien, engage in a behind-the-scenes museum tour with renowned Museum Director Dermot Mulligan, and become enthralled while on a special tour of Carlow College’s permanent art collection with Collection Specialist Bridget Flannery.

The Irish Experience Course was a dream that often felt unreal. This was a life-changing opportunity for which we are all extremely grateful. As the instructor invited to guide the Department of Art students, I would like to personally express many thanks to Charles Houghton, Blake Riley, Catherine Ryan, and Sr Mary Murphy for this amazing chance to represent UWF and help all the students involved fulfill their passion and realize their potential. The relationships cultivated with these students and colleagues will facilitate mutual creative growth and partnerships between each department and throughout our lives.

Irish Experience Instructor and Art Gallery Director,

Nicholas Croghan

Ars Musae: An Open Studio Summer Residency and Exhibition by Marzia Ransom

July 16th – September 7th, 2017

Closing Reception and Artist Lecture: September 7th, 5-8pm

Open Studio Hours every Wednesday and Saturday, 1-3pm

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The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida (UWF), presents Ars Musae, an open studio residency and exhibition by Marzia Ransom. The title of the exhibition references the “muses of the arts” and alludes directly to a large scale painting Ransom is currently working on in the gallery.

Marzia Ransom, a UWF Alumnae with a Masters of Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, has been invited to use TAG as a public space to experiment and push her craft as a painter, photographer, sculptor and installation artist.

TAG’s summer residency project is designed to peel back the studio’s curtain and facilitate lively conversations between artists and audiences. Every Wednesday and Saturday, from July 19 through August 23, TAG invites the public to join Ransom as she utilizes the gallery as an open studio. Please stop in from 1pm-3pm to witness her creative process and ask questions about her work. The residency culminates in an exhibition that opens August 22.

The public is invited to a closing reception and gallery talk that will take place on Thursday, September 7, from 5-8p.m. The gallery talk with the artist will last from 5-6pm. TAG is located on the UWF Pensacola Campus in The Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82. All events are free and open to the public.

Check out our Artist and Faculty Spotlight page for more info!

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