Shorter Art Exhibition Showcases Work By Faculty Members

Shorter University Faculty Art GallerySeptember 9, 2013 - Arnold Art Gallery at Shorter University kicks off the fall semester with an exhibition featuring the works of Shorter University visual art faculty members. “Two Birds, One Stone” is a process-oriented exhibit with pieces created by art department chair Kelly Mills, assistant professor Micah Cain and Jackson Zorn.

The exhibit, which combines various mediums including photography, ceramics and drawing, employs art techniques each instructor wanted to perfect prior to teaching their own students. With this in mind, Mills, Cain and Zorn used the opportunity to produce work that not only satisfied their personal artistic tastes but also provided them with new, teachable methods.

“In essence, we were ‘killing two birds with one stone,’” Mills said. “We decided to do an art faculty show because we wanted to model this aspect of professional experience for our students. It’s good, interesting work that showcases the knowledge and technical expertise of the Shorter art faculty.”

Cain, a native of Rome, created functional wheel-thrown ceramics and slip-cast porcelain pieces for “Two Birds, One Stone.” Each piece was fired in either electric or salt-fired kilns or the university’s Japanese Anagama wood-fired kiln, which he helped build as an undergraduate student at Shorter University.

Mills’ featured pieces include photography that runs the gamut from the cyanotype process, which was invented in 1826, to modern digital photography.

“My cyanotypes use a modified chemistry and are known as new cyanotypes,” Mills said. “The images are produced by contact-printing large digital negatives on hand-coated paper.”

Other photos by Mills in “Two Birds, One Stone” include paper prints and canvas pieces that feature 360-degree views constructed from 54 individual photographs.

With the largest installation of the show, Zorn created multiple ink drawings on paper and arranged them sporadically to span two walls of the gallery. His drawings also include four framed pieces that use pen and ink, graphite, acrylic and prism color pencil on paper.

The show is open to the public at no charge and will continue through Friday, Sept. 20. Cain and Mills will give a gallery talk at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.

Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Reviewannually includes Shorter on its list of best value and best Southeastern Colleges. Shorter University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degree program in 48 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Shorter is online at www.shorter.edu.

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