Last month, the Marietta College Art Department celebrated the opening for the first gallery exhibit of the season, their “Faculty Exhibition” featuring work from Sara Alway-Rosenstock, Fred Jesser, Beth Nash and Jolene Powell. The artwork of these four current faculty will be on display in Gallery 310 through November 20th, demonstrating the robust history of the Art Department.

Each artist has a different and unique point of view on display: Fred Jesser has pen and ink drawings as well as Found Object paintings; Beth Nash focuses on monotype and acrylic paintings for the exhibition and Sara Alway-Rosenstock has packaging designs and posters, while Jolene Powell presents abstract landscapes in oil on canvas, based on the coast of Maine.

“The Faculty Exhibitions shows the college and greater community we are all very active in our fields and we do practice what we teach,” offers Jolene Powell. “That old saying, those who can do, and those who don’t teach: not in our case. We all have national exhibition records, clients and various professional experiences. We are Artists and Designers, it’s what we do, and that drive carries over to the passion we bring to teaching, which is why our students are as successful as they are.”

Knobel_FacultyArtReception_09262014-19Located on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center, Gallery 310 aims to present diverse and stimulating exhibitions, which will enrich the artistic culture and education of the campus, community and region. A recent addition to the College’s exhibition space, Gallery 310 allows the department the flexibility of additional protection and security, as well as controlled lighting, which was not possible in the Atrium Gallery. The college offers a wide range of exhibitions; from NYC Video artists to selections from their Permanent Collection, there is truly something for everyone.

The creation of Gallery 310 grew from the need for a secure and protected exhibit space, a need first felt over ten years ago. A long-time Trustee and friend of the college, Dr. Richard Krause wanted to donate exceptional artwork to the college, and wanted to insure that the work was seen and properly cared for. Jolene Powell fell in love with Dr. Krause’s beautiful collection of Asian Art and began to look at spaces in town and on campus to convert into exhibition space. By 2012, Powell and Dr. Krause has a real plan and on Dr. Jean Scott’s last day in office, she set aside the funds necessary to build Gallery 310, which opened last summer.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment.