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Castellani premiers spurs dialogue between arts and academics

A new exhibition featuring text-based works from the Castellani Art Museum’s Permanent Collection will open with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. March 22.

Writing on the Wall: Text-based Works from the Collection, Curated by Niagara University Faculty will highlight the potential dialogues between visual arts and academics, between museum and classroom, between image and text. By combining image and text, the artists selected for this exhibition already offer a multi-dimensional experience in which the public can simultaneously see and read, allowing for a dynamic dialogue between our emotions and our intellect.

Over the years, faculty from all four colleges have incorporated individual pieces from the Castellani Art Museum collection in their coursework; however, there has never been one curated exhibition specifically showcasing the museum as an academic and pedagogical resource. With a broad-based focus on words, images, and ideas, intersections between various disciplines and perspectives emerge in this unique collaboration.

Within this exhibition, classroom assignments from faculty representing a variety of subject areas are paired with artworks from the Castellani Art Museum collection.

Participating faculty includes: C. Henrik Borgstrom, Ph.D., professor of French; Jamie Carr, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Amelia Gallagher, Ph.D., associate professor of Religious Studies; Marian Granfield, M.A., director of Art History with Museum Studies

Faculty Fellow, Department of Theatre Studies and Fine Arts; Paula Kot, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Alison Lytle, MS. Ed., adjunct faculty, Department of Theatre Studies and Fine Arts; Edward Yong Jun Millar, M.A., curator of Folk Arts, Castellani Art Museum, Adjunct Faculty, Art History with Museum Studies, Department of Theatre Studies and Fine Arts.

For more information, contact Michael Beam, curator of Exhibitions and Special Projects at 286-8286.

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