The annual LGBTQ at Union exhibition returns this fall to the Wikoff Student Gallery and will coincide with October’s LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day, October 11th. The exhibition includes works in photography, documentary film, musical composition, and creative writing by current Union College professors, recent graduates and alumni.
Teddy Benfield is a junior from Mystic, Connecticut, majoring in Visual Arts. Teddy tends to look at our environment in the context of American history as it relates to popular culture. The repeated use of motifs in his work creates his own visual language, and represents his understanding of our national identity.
Working in the classic medium of black and white film photography, Union College senior, Trevor Martin, creates provocative and intimate figure studies, the product of his participation in Professor Martin Benjamin’s Photography I and II courses. A photograph from this body of work has also recently been shown at the 120 Degrees Intercollegiate Art Competition at the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls, New York.
Working on a digital canvas, Union College sophomore, Janey Fine, combines sanguine sentiments and imagery of the fifties with raw printing elements and social criticism of the new millennium. Design principles of Gestalt theory pique intellectual interest, while the inclusion of vintage portraiture paints a pleasing, yet provocative, picture.
LGBTQ at Union, the fifth annual exhibition of LGBTQ-themed artwork, will be on view in the Wikoff Student Gallery from May 9th through June 16th, 2013. This year’s exhibition includes pieces by both students and alumni, working in painting, photography, film, and rap performance.
This exhibition features works by six Union College students: Chelsea Baptiste, Elizabeth Cohen, Charlotte Lehman, Hallie Manheim, Alexandra Napp, and Kaitlyn Thoen. Taking Professor Martin Benjamin’s photography courses sparked an interest in the medium for several of the exhibitors.
The fourth annual juried It Gets Better: The LGBTQ Community at Union College exhibition includes artwork by Julia Anthony, Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, and Frank Rapant. The format of this year’s exhibition includes an invitation for the viewer to participate by sharing their reflections of the work by these three artists.
As a potter, I focus on function. When challenged to produce a purely aesthetic piece, I turned to what I knew and created a sculpture inspired by function, though paradoxically nonfunctional. I began exploring the concept further, pairing activities and vessels to create a series of small contained scenes, fun little inversions of everyday activities.
Sophomore Nguyen Thi Thu Trang created the works included in this exhibition as an independent research project in Printmaking with Professor Sandra Wimer. Her goal was to bring awareness to issues surrounding people who were born intersex.
Growing up in Rhode Island I have always been surrounded by vast areas of open water and space and have been fascinated with how light, seasons and weather affect their appearance. I enjoy being out in these spaces and watching the change happen before my eyes.