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“60 to 06” Art Show Gives FSU’s Aspiring Artists Firsthand Experience
10/17/2006

Exhibition On View Nov. 3–5 at Lane University Center Loft

Traveling to Pittsburgh to visit the Carnegie Museum of Art. Studying images of groundbreaking works that shape the history of art. Taking classes with other people who enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture. These are just a few of the benefits that are a part of participating in the Creative Artist Learning Community at Frostburg State University, one of the many programs offered by FSU Connections that group like-minded students together to brave introductory courses in their shared areas of academic interest. But perhaps the biggest thrill of all is giving the students the opportunity to organize their own art show.

FSU’s Creative Artist Learning Community will unveil “60 to 06,” an exhibition that explores the Pop Art movement, during a special opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Lane University Center Loft on campus. The exhibition will remain on view through the weekend, closing Nov. 5. Organized by students and featuring works they created this semester, “60 to 06” will highlight the talents of FSU’s aspiring artists and reflect what the students have learned from their class together.

“By giving students the ‘real-life’ experience of planning an exhibit and creating the artwork, they can experience firsthand the life of a working artist and then decide for themselves based on their own reactions, and not on the opinions of others, whether they want to make the commitment to art and to the BFA,” said Trish Limbaugh, who coordinates the learning community with Randall Rhodes, chair of the visual arts department.

The title of the show, “60 to 06” connects the ideas and expressions of Pop Art, a movement in art history that fully blossomed during the 1960s, with the students’ present-day 2006 interpretations of Pop Art. The Pop Art movement typically drew on the influences of mass culture and consumerism, including television, advertising, comic books and magazines. Similarly, the Creative Artist Learning Community’s show will also explore modern-day versions of these influences and initiate discussion and reflection of what today’s culture values.

Jacqueline Trovato is creating a two-dimensional piece about the enormously popular “Facebook” Web site for the show.

“I haven’t had an art class for about two years because they had closed down the art program at my high school. The Creative Artist Learning Community really helped me on the basics about art,” she said. Another student, Laura McLaughlin, is working on a piece that includes a table covered with dinnerware and chairs with arms that are dressed in real clothes, just like people.

“It’s crazy how much brainstorming you have to do, just to make a show. But even with all the work, it is so much fun,” she said. “You get to connect with your peers more and interact with so many people. It’s a real eye-opener.”

In addition to creating art, the students are also required to write accompanying artist statements and are responsible for setting up the exhibition. It is the first time many will have ever displayed their work in an art show.

“I had many opportunities to experiment with art in high school, but it was nothing like this. I’m learning things I’ve been told before, but now it’s in-depth and the teachers are so into it,” McLaughlin said. “I feel that I’ve truly been exposed to the world of art.”

For more information about the “60 to 06” exhibition and to learn more about the Creative Artist Learning Community, contact Limbaugh at (301) 687-4173 or plimbaugh@frostburg.edu, or contact Rhodes at (301) 687-4047 or rrhodes@frostburg.edu. For more information about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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