By: Riley Holcraft
The new school year at Volunteer State Community College is in full swing, and the first art exhibition is open to the public.
The professional gallery is located on the first floor of the Humanities Building. Everyone is encouraged to view the artwork and share personal thoughts in the Guest Book.
The Art Faculty Exhibition will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 20, featuring artwork by Vol State faculty members: Sue Mulcahy, Abigail Felber, Patrick Green, Nate Smyth, Claire Hampton, Siri Nadler, Carlton Wilkinson, Jake Wells, and Rob Matthews.
The gallery contains a diverse variety of art, ranging from ceramics to photography to printmaking and more.
Sue Mulcahy, adjunct art faculty, is the gallery manager for the exhibition. “We are artists, as well as teachers, and this is an opportunity for our students to see what we do. It is also a chance to share our talents with the community,” said Mulcahy.
Students in current or future art classes can form a deeper perspective of their professors by examining their art.
Graphic Design Professor, Siri Nadler, stated, “It is important to show the students and the public what sort of work we do when we are not in the classroom.”
The faculty has a broad scope of talent, so viewers are exposed to multiple art forms.
Art is a tool that can be inserted into almost all subject matters. It can express psychology, literature, history, and anything the artist desires.
“Art is a great excuse to learn about things that you didn’t know about before,” said Rob Matthews, adjunct art faculty.
Matthews is featured in the gallery using graphite on paper. His pieces express the “massive global issue of refugees fleeing dangerous parts in the world.”
His work provides an educational resource for a controversial topic that can be discussed in multiple different departments.
“The drawings are part of a larger series of work of African refugees that have left their countries and attempted to travel by boat across the Mediterranean to Europe,” explained Matthews.
The Art Faculty Exhibition reminds people of the importance of art in education and introduces the public to the minds that are shaping future artists at Vol State.
Many works in the gallery are for sale; visit for more information. The hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.