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Visitors experience Matthew Gamber's 3-D photograph Demolition

Visitors experience Matthew Gamber's 3-D photograph Demolition

Pulse: Visual Arts Faculty 2014

Cantor Art Gallery to exhibit artwork by faculty in the Visual Arts Department at Holy Cross, ten artists to showcase latest work Jan. 21 – April 10

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross will exhibit artwork created by full and part time faculty members of the visual arts department from January 21 – April 10, 2015. An opening reception for “Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists” will be held Wednesday, January 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

Work by Amy Archambault, studio supervisor and lecturer; Michael Beatty, associate professor and division studio head; Rachelle Beaudoin, lecturer; Matthew Gamber, assistant professor; Randy Garber, visiting professor; Cristi Rinklin, associate professor and chair of visual arts; Susan Schmidt, professor; Leslie Schomp, lecturer; Marguerite White, lecturer and Amy Wynne, lecturer will be included in the exhibition, which will feature drawing, installations, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.

As working professional artists who balance their own art making with teaching at Holy Cross, the faculty exhibitions, mounted every three years at the Cantor Gallery, allow students, the campus community and the public the opportunity to experience the diversity of approaches each artist employs.

Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, says that the visual arts faculty is a strong and diverse group, exploring a range of traditional and contemporary mediums and themes.

“Pulse” represents what these artists are currently working, their dedication to creating artwork that is visually compelling as well as intellectually challenging. They bring a lot to the table in terms of their professional engagement in the Boston area and beyond," says Hankins.

As an example, he sites Cristi Rinklin, associate professor and chair of the visual arts department, who currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston through January and is scheduled to take part in an upcoming three-person show at the Fitchburg Art Museum in March. Rinklin is a painter whose work explores landscape through constructed realities.

“I have always been fascinated with the role that illusion has played in the historical practice of painting”, says Rinklin, “and today we encounter a constant flux of images from a myriad of sources that generate worlds which reflect our desires and deepest fears.”

Other accomplishments by the College’s visual arts faculty include:

Michael Beatty, studio division head, is represented by the Barbara Krakow Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston; Rachelle Beaudoin received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2014 as an Artist-in-Residence, at the quartier21, Vienna Austria; Matthew Gamber, a founding editor of the online arts journal Big Red Shiny, is a member of Piece of Cake Project, a network for contemporary images, and represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston; Randy Garber received a Travelling Fellowship Grant from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for research in Switzerland and is a partner in the Mixit Print Studio, Somerville, MA; Susan Schmidt’s work was included in the exhibition “reThink INK 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio” at the Boston Public Library; Leslie Schomp and Amy Archambault show work at GRIN in Providence and Archambault is also a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery; Marguerite White’s work was recently included in the exhibition “Perfectly Strange” at the Worcester Art Museum; and Amy Wynne received the 2014-2015 Teacher of Excellence award from Rhode Island School of Design.


Wednesday, January 21, 10 a.m. Exhibit Opens: “Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists”

Wednesday, January 28, 5 – 7 p.m. Opening Reception, Cantor Art Gallery

Gallery Talks at Noon, Cantor Art Gallery:

  • Tuesday, February 3
    Michael Beatty, Matthew Gamber
  • Wednesday, February 11
    Amy Archambault, Rachelle Beaudoin, Marguerite White
  • Thursday, February 19
    Randy Garber, Susan Schmidt
  • Monday, March 16
    Roger Hankins, Cristi Rinklin
  • Thursday, March 26
    Leslie Schomp, Amy Wynne

Tours and workshops of exhibitions for Worcester Public School classrooms are supported by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Video: From the Studio to the Classroom, Students Learn from Working Artists

Amy Archambault

Michael Beatty

Rachelle Beaudoin

Matthew Gamber

Randy Garber

Cristi Rinklin

Susan Schmidt

Leslie Schomp

Marguerite White

Amy Wynne


Pulse: New Work by Faculty Artists