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Art-A-Rama Week

Posted: 07/22/2011

Art-A-Rama Week, a multi-day celebration of artists and their works, has gotten bigger and better in each of the past four years, according to Katie DeGroot, director of Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program.

DeGroot sees Art-A-Rama as a way to introduce students and the community to contemporary artists whose work challenges and expands their understanding of the creative process. Toward that end, she annually invites a noted artist to campus to launch Art-A-Rama Week with an illustrated lecture. Multi-disciplinary artist Chris Doyle was this year’s featured guest.

Visiting artists connect with students in class and studio sessions, as well as in a popular series of brown bag talks, which DeGroot calls “a wonderful platform for discussion about what is art, how to make art – materials, the whole process.” She believes these conversations “lead to a better understanding of what it is like to be an artist.”

To further that understanding, students obtained hands-on experience via “Installation 101” with artist Elana Herzog, known for making work in which she attaches found textiles to constructed wall panels using thousands of metal staples. Her work comments on the history of labor, capital, industrialization, and technology.

Although Art-A-Rama is winding down, three dates highlight the calendar in the weeks ahead: an opening reception for an exhibition of work by the Summer Studio Art faculty, Case Gallery, 5 p.m. July 27; an opening reception for “Installation 101” with Nnenna Okore, Schick Art Gallery, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4; and an open house featuring work by the summer art students, Saisselin Art Center, 6 p.m. Aug. 5. The public is welcome to all events; admission is free.

Photos by Sam Brook ’12 and Katie DeGroot