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Biennial Faculty Art Show
This highly anticipated show runs from April 1 to May 10. The opening reception is on April 8. Artists featured include Donya Allison, Ashley Edgerton, Mike Gesiakowski, Jessica Hunt, and Andrew Newman ’87. The exhibit will include ceramics, drawings, photography, and sculpture.
Donya Allison’s large-scale photographs draw inspiration from 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings. The work continues Allison’s investigations into our complicated relationship with animals, specifically our use and exploitation.
Allison has taught Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Intensive Studies Art at JBS since 2000. She is also the director of galleries and curator of the Permanent Collection of Fine Art.
Ashley Edgerton will exhibit small drawings, sculptures, and photograms as part of a continued exploration of her secular retablos. She is still curious about how literature, politics, collective trauma, art, and absurdity come together in the creative process.
Edgerton joined the faculty in 2017 and has taught visual arts for over two decades. She is a faculty co-sponsor of the Gender Equity Organization and also provides, with students, a visual arts program with the residents of the Women’s Safe House.
Mike Gesiakowski will exhibit pieces from an ongoing series of ceramic work that investigates the process of physical and cognitive degradation by using the construct of architecture to question our perceptions of memory.
Gesiakowski is chair of the fine arts department and has taught Ceramics at JBS since 2016. He is also the yearbook co-sponsor.
Jessica Hunt will exhibit colorful mixed media sculptural works from a part of her Red Light, Green Light series, which examines the power and limitations of interpersonal communication, as well as the disruptive cycles that break down our communication in relationships.
Hunt has been teaching Sculpture at JBS since 2018. She is co-director of the Bonsack Gallery, a JBS Cultural Competency Coach, and a faculty co-sponsor of the Queer Reads Book Club and the Gender Equity Organization.
Andrew Newman will exhibit color photographs from his “50th Year” series, a collection of selfies he created, one a day, during the year he turned 50 years old. The series explores the meaning of life.
Newman joined the Burroughs fine arts faculty in 1992 and is the school’s official photographer.