The work of Lakeside School’s visual arts faculty Kyle Cook, Jacob Foran, Jodi Rockwell, and Barry Wong is currently exhibited in Pigott Arts Center in the fifth annual visual arts faculty show. In the inverse of a typical gallery show, the exhibit focuses on process rather than the finished product. The faculty – all of whom are working artists – are installing work over a period of weeks. The show will be open through Thursday, Oct. 17.
The goal of the exhibit is to give students a firsthand look at the multistep collaborative process of putting together a group show. Throughout the weeks leading up to the official opening, classes meet in the space and discuss aspects of creating an exhibition, including creating and selecting artwork, evaluating the size of the various pieces, writing an artist statement, considering the flow of the space, hanging and lighting the show, publicizing it, and working the opening.
This is the first exhibit of the year in the Pigott Gallery, which will host a rotating selection of student artwork throughout the year. It also hosts more formal gallery-style exhibitions, including the Upper School Midwinter Arts Show that opens Jan. 30. Seniors working in the visual arts mount their own group shows in the spring.
Exhibitions are a key part of the creative process, and an important part of what students learn in visual arts classes at Lakeside. “A studio is private, but when you have an exhibition, you put yourself out there,” says Foran, who often overhears students commenting on work from his office next to the gallery. “Sometimes, I see a kid look at a piece and they’re amazed at what their peer created. Artwork can be a powerful way to build community and connect with each other.”
Read more about the teaching the creative process in this blog by ceramicist Jodi Rockwell.