As a student involved in the art program at Rutgers Prep for the past three years, the Faculty Art Show has become one of my favorite events of the year. The most recent show took place on November 17th
and showcased the works of our amazing art teachers: Scot Wittman, Susan McCloskey, Circe Dunnell, Charles Lid, and Derrick Laurion. As a fellow art lover, the faculty art show is like our own personal museum to enjoy.
The first artist who displayed his work was Scot Wittman, our photography teacher here at Rutgers Prep. In his artist statement, he said that he was offered the opportunity to create a mural in Jersey City, and the works he had on display were to illustrate his ideas.
“This show at Rutgers Preparatory School is the only show concerning this mural project that will offer the complete collection of preliminary sketches…” One of his displayed works was called “Independence Dark”, which showed a woman wearing a long red dress outside of Independence Hall, during the nighttime.
The second artist whose work was on display in the show was Susan McCloskey, our lower school art teacher. She constructed a series of tulips, stating, “The photographs were taken in many different circumstances, outside, inside, just about to bloom and dying”. The sight of the tulips in different stages was captivating. The tulip in the “just about to bloom stage” was especially beautiful.
One of our Upper School art teachers, Circe Dunnell’s work was also shown. She created a series of spoons relating to her doctoral program dissertation: “A good friend who had recently completed his own dissertation advised me that I needed to find a creative outlet that allowed me to think, away from the writing and research. Thus was born the dissertation spoon series.” However simplistic, there is a certain dynamic each spoon composition holds.
Art by Derrick Laurion, our architecture teacher at RPS was also on display. He explored the uses of woodworking and transferred images, like origami, onto the wood. His creations are unique and fun to see and made for a great exhibition. The composition where he transferred Darth Vader’s head onto the wood was wonderful.
Last but certainly not least, Charles Lid, our ceramics teacher at Rutgers Prep displayed some of his work. In this show, he explored the use the wood kiln. Lid related it to “life, in which we are all unique”. His use of wood kiln makes the artwork appealing to the eye.
We are blessed to be around such inspiring art teachers in our community. So, if you haven’t already, make time to check out the faculty art exhibit. You never know, there might be something there just waiting for you to purchase.