- “Take a Walk”
- The Residence Hall Experience: Why Dorm Living is Good Living
- Singing in the Holidays
- I Wanna Dance (and sing) With Somebody
- Use Your Imagination
- “Welcome to W&J, I’m your tour guide, Georgia.”
- My New Best Friend…The Teacher?
- The Few, The Proud, The W&J Rugby Team
- W&J: A Commuter’s Perspective
- W&J Presidents go to Pittsburgh and Beyond...
- My Journey with Michelangelo
- Magellan Awards: Just Because Magellan Sailed Around Africa Didn’t Mean I Had To
- The Magellan Project: Ashleigh Kazmeraski
- The Magellan Project: Marissa Stevens
- Red&Black Behavior
- W&J: Serving the Community since 1781
- Washington: Not Your Average Small Town
- Grab a Cup of Coffee with Your Microscope
- January – the New Green-Eyed Monster
- A Family of Athletes
- Liberal Arts Academia: Why Being Well Rounded Matters
- Q&A with Dr. Tori Haring-Smith
Olin Fine Arts Center
Use Your Imagination
As an art major at Washington & Jefferson College, I find myself in the Olin Fine Arts Center on a daily basis. Some of my visits to Olin are for class. But some of the most exciting days in Olin are the days when there is a gallery opening or there is a curtain call in the theater. Gallery openings allow for artists to speak about their art and explain details that may not be obvious based on appearance alone.
I recently met the artist who installed ASPHODEL in the Olin Gallery during Fall 2009. His piece was interactive and he invited viewers to walk through his work. It was meant to be similar to the last judgment, very dark and uneasy. I slowly walked through the room, trying to figure out what black plastic things were hanging from the ceiling. As I traveled through the sea of black, I found a large vessel in the middle of the room, where visitors could place a short personal thought.
After exploring the exhibit, we were invited to a gallery talk with the artist, Doug Anderson. I was intrigued when he explained the importance of the precisely measured and designed strips of black that hung from the ceiling. I was astounded by the artistic process behind the art I saw just minutes before. My understanding of the art changed drastically when the deeper meaning was revealed.
This was just one of the many various exhibitions that can be found in the gallery throughout the year. From installations to photography to paintings, Olin brings in a wide variety of artists, and the works of each can be interpreted in many ways.
W&J Class of 2010