MHC Staff Featured in Art Show

Posted: November 13, 2006

The fifth annual Art@Work exhibition, featuring the work of Mount Holyoke staff, will open November 27 and run through December 8 in the Marion Craig Potter '49 Atrium in Kendade Hall. Shelley Richard, assistant to the vice president for finance and administration, got the idea for the exhibition from several other local colleges, including Smith. "So many of us create things outside of our jobs here at Mount Holyoke," she said. "There are many unseen talents on campus, and the art exhibit is a great opportunity to highlight our staff."

Richard formed a committee four years ago to launch the first Art@Work exhibition. She approached President Joanne V. Creighton about the possibility of dedicating space to staff art and a proposed budget. Creighton was extremely enthusiastic and supportive. The first few years proved so popular that the show has become a tradition. "The exhibition is catching on, each year our participation rate is growing, and people are starting to talk about and anticipate the event," Richard said.

In the past, contributions have included photography and painting, colored-pencil and pen-and-ink drawings, quilting, woodworking, decoupage plates, origami, counted cross-stitch, flower arrangements, and sculpture.

Richard noted that there is certainly no shortage of artwork by Mount Holyoke staff. "It's really just about tapping into that talent," Richard said. "It's out there. It just needs to be showcased."

This year there are many repeat contributors, as well as six new contributors, according to Richard. "It's a wonderful opportunity for the staff to exhibit their talents," said Deb Wright, senior administrative assistant in the Office of Communications, who has exhibited her photography every year.

The exhibition will also feature a meet-the-artist reception, to be held Thursday, November 30, from 3:30 to 5 pm in the Kendade Atrium. The reception will give members of the College community the opportunity to meet with individual artists and discuss their work.

The reception is free, open to the public, and accessible to all. For more information, please contact Shelley Richard at x2415.