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Open Studios November 22 at Princeton University. "Color and Mud" Exhibition Opens at Lewis Center for the Arts


Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ)  The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts invites everyone to attend an evening of open studios featuring work by junior and senior certificate students on November 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street in Princeton.   Coinciding with the open studios is a reception at 4:30 p.m. marking the opening of a new exhibition, “Color and Mud,” presenting student works in painting and ceramics in the Center’s Lucas Gallery.  The exhibition, reception and studio visit are free and open to the public. 

The evening of open studios will feature works-in-progress by students taking courses in a wide range of media including photography, sculpture, drawing, graphic design, scenic design, and film and video, as well as painting and ceramics.  Students will be on hand to show and discuss their work. 

“Our students often remark that their peers and the public don’t know what goes on inside 185 Nassau Street,” notes Joe Scanlan, Director of the Program in Visual Arts, “Having open studios offers the university community and the wider public a chance to see creativity in action and to chat with the students behind the work.  The students benefit greatly from the chance to talk about what they are making while they are still in the process of making it.”

Open studios will begin at 4:30 p.m. with junior studios on the fourth floor and will continue at 5:30 p.m. with the senior studios on the second floor.

The title for the new exhibition, “Color and Mud,” is inspired by the two media that will be exhibited, “color” representing the artist’s palette in painting and “mud” the word ceramic artists use for clay.  Work will be shown from students currently enrolled in “Introductory Painting,” “Painting Without Canvas,” and “Ceramic Sculpture” at the Lewis Center.

The Lucas Gallery was recently renovated and reopened last month.  It is an important venue for students in the Program in Visual Arts, providing them the experience of selecting, preparing and hanging work for exhibition.  The Gallery - originally established in the 1980’s with a gift from Herbert L. “Bill” Lucas, Jr., a member of Princeton’s class of 1950 - also offers an opportunity for the wider university community and the public to view changing group and solo exhibitions.  The Gallery is open weekdays, 10:00 4:30 p.m.

Following the Lucas Gallery show of work by students in painting and ceramics, which will be on view November 21 through 25, are shows highlighting work by students in sculpture, graphic design, video and photography courses (December 6-16), and, beginning in January, a series of solo exhibitions by senior students in the Visual Arts Program.

Link to photos:
Photo caption 1:  Visual Arts Program student Serena Sonderegger working on a large ceramic sculpture at the Lewis Center for the Arts
Photo caption 2:  Painting studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts
Photo credits:  M. Teresa Simao

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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