by Kaitee Horstmann
FM has been chosen to display the work of professional artists in the Perrella Gallery through the new Fiber Currents exhibit that opened Oct. 23.
Twenty-one professional artists from all over the U.S. worked together with the exhibit’s Curator Judith Plotner to create an exhibit that is unlike anything that the Perrella Gallery has ever shown.
The exhibit consists of work s made entirely of fibers including thread, fabric, metal and plastic. This is the first time these artists have been exhibited in Fulton and Montgomery Counties.
“It’s a rapidly growing form of art that some people may have never even seen at all,” said Joel Chapin, a professor in the Art Department at FM and director of the Perrella Gallery. “This exhibit is something like what you would see in New York or Tokyo. We are just bringing it to Fulton and Montgomery Counties.”
Students are both learning from the exhibit and being inspired to expand their artistic horizons.
“That’s the whole point of the gallery. It’s an educational gallery. We are trying to give people a broad experience of the arts,” Chapin said.
Bethany Snare, a Fine Arts major at FM, was amazed at the uniqueness of the exhibit.
“It was really interesting to see fiber currents instead of it being your typical paintings and sculptures,” Snare commented.
She hopes to see future exhibits utilizing fibers in the gallery. Snare wasn’t the only one inspired by this one-of-a-kind show. Kelsey Blanton, the president of the Art Guild, gave insight on the impact the exhibit has had on students so far.
“It has been very eye-opening, mind-opening and inspirational. It definitely brings traditional arts to a whole new level by utilizing the fiber materials,” said Blanton. “I am now more interested in working with fibers. It gave me new ideas to work with.”
Chapin says the gallery has been “eye opening” for students and it’s not just for art majors. He claims other departments use the gallery as a teaching tool and it can be educational for everyone.
The exhibit will be showcased until Dec. 18. The Perrella Gallery’s hours are Mondays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m.