Community Art Exhibit Displays Diversity

The Community Art Exhibit reveals a different facet of the school.

August 5, 2011

Now in its fourth year, Menlo College’s Community Art Exhibit has become a tradition—a window into the diversity and talent on campus. At the show, which launches today in the Administration Building, you’ll see more than 30 works by 11 artists, including photographs of Antelope Canyon by Ivana Izvonar, Assessment Coordinator at Menlo College; an installation of paintings and photographs about the impact of historical events on other artists' works by Erik Bakke, Adjunct Instructor; and a mixed-media piece on canvas entitled “Flora” by Daniel Trimbath, a family member of a Menlo staffer. 

“It showcases the work of staff, faculty, alum, and their family members who make art outside of their general work life, to show students the many faces of the Menlo community and to encourage students to celebrate diversity,” said Yasmin Lambie-Simpson, Dean of Student Affairs.

Some of the notable pieces that have been exhibited in the past include a photograph by Marilyn Thomas, Professor of English, a self-portrait that shows her looking out on the city after leaving her convent thirty years ago. A mixed-media series by Lambie-Simpson featured 5-foot-long banners of parchment with women’s stories about dealing with cancer.

The Community Art Exhibit is one of several shows organized each year by Menlo College’s Art Committee, a group established in 2007. The previous exhibition was the Spring 2011 Student Art Show, which featured students’ responses to the tsunami in Japan. The next show, “Images of Menlo: Works by Plein Air Artists,” in which artists from the community are invited to come in and paint pictures of campus, is scheduled to take place in mid-October. “The shows bring a different feeling to campus, and we hope that they also make the college more accessible as well,” said Lambie-Simpson.

The opening reception for the Community Art Exhibit, which is open to the public, will take place on Thursday, September 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.