COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Mississippi University for Women Galleries invite viewers to immerse themselves into three new exhibitions this month.

Two of the exhibitions feature local artists, Joe A. MacGown and Emmie Sherertz, while the other is by Guatamalan artist Rebeca Calderón Pittman. An exhibition reception is planned in conjunction with the Welty Writers’ Symposium Thursday, Oct. 10 from 4– 5:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

“We have three very different artists on display, but each compels the viewer to look more closely than one might typically to engage with the artwork,” said Dr. Beverly Joyce, Galleries director.

Joe MacGown takes the viewer into a world of obsessively rendered, otherworldly creatures in his exhibition, entitled “Convergence: A Surreal Journey.” As noted in his artist statement, MacGown “creates chaotic assemblages of strange mutated creatures, crowded surreal landscapes and mandala-like designs” using a technique that plumbs the depths of the artist’s subconscious. His background as a scientific illustrator for the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University is evident in his minutely rendered meanderings.

MacGown will give a gallery talk on his work Oct. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the MUW Galleries. His exhibition will be open through Nov. 1.

The viewer literally steps into Emmie Sherertz’s “Untitled Installation: Environment.” By draping many plastic sheets layered with acrylic paint and wax into what she calls “forms,” Sherertz constructs an environment that suggests the interior visceral self. Her goal is to challenge viewers to consider fine lines between polarities, such as that between the beautiful and the grotesque or the familiar and the unfamiliar.

Sherertz’s exhibition will be open through Nov. 8.

Rebeca Calderón Pittman explores visual representations of memories as they bubble up to the surface of one’s consciousness. She begins with highly detailed renderings of various scenes drawn on-site, which are then deconstructed into fleeting “moments” suspended in veils of watercolor and acrylic paint. The overall effect is one of colorful abstractions at a distance. Upon closer inspection, however, the viewer can spy snippets of the original drawings.

Calderón Pittman will teach a master class on her techniques at the end of October to W art students. Her exhibition will be open through Oct. 30.

All three exhibitions are currently at the Mississippi University for Women Galleries, located on the first floor of Summer Hall. The Galleries are open Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., following the university calendar and are free and open to the public.


Oct. 7, 2019

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