Students, faculty display inspirational artwork through ReSource exhibit

By Jamir Sellers
Staff writer

The University of West Florida’s Art Gallery’s biennial art event, ReSource: UWF Faculty Art Show, will wrap up this month.

ReSource, an exhibit that allows faculty and students to showcase their artwork, began in October and will end Nov. 18.  

“Amalgamation of the River Styx” is made of fiberglass, wax and plaster. (Photo by Jamir Sellers)

The exhibition allows audience members to engage the mind of the instructor’s and student’s paintings and attempt to discover the deeper meaning behind each piece of work.  ReSource features drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphic design, digital art, video and sound installation.

“We have been rather successful this year, and we have been lucky to see some new faces at our receptions and during gallery hours,” Nick Croghan, UWF art gallery director, said. “The faculty exhibition, ReSource, is our third show this fall. In addition to the display of original work, this year’s faculty exhibition adds a unique perspective by the inclusion of each artist’s source material, research, or collected items used as reference or for study.”  

Some students said they appreciate ReSource because of the encouragement it brings to them and the art community.

“It is nice to know what teachers are doing here campus, and it gives us students something to relate to,” Joshua Warner, a graphic design major, said.

Students observe a painting called “The Mansion”, which was one of many unique artworks at ReSource. (Photo by Jamir Sellers)

Sarah Greer, an art history major, said she was excited to see some of her own classmates’ work displayed at ReSource as well.

“To see what my classmates have done, and my teachers, it is a guide and inspiration for me to use as I continue my studies here on campus,” Greer said.

Making this event come alive was no easy task.

Lyda Toy’s self-portrait attempts to make humor of aging self while gearing up to start painting. (Photo by Jamir Sellers)

“In regards to the time and effort involved, the faculty worked considerably hard for the last several months and even years on the work displayed,” Croghan said. “Installing the exhibition took two weeks and included the participation of the Gallery Practicum class, design work by student intern Meghan Foster (who did the postcard and poster design as well as the motion-graphic title wall), a gallery assistant and myself.”

The Art Gallery is across from the Main Stage Theatre in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82 on the UWF main campus, and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from noon-4 p.m. Saturday.  All events are free and open to the public.

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