Every year, the College of Charleston hosts the “Art Matters” Exhibition. The Exhibition displays student art from across campus, all with the same theme and all with the same overwhelming amount of creativity. Diane Bowers, associate director of the College of Charleston’s Academic Advising Center and recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Advising Award started the exhibition to give every student a chance to showcase their artwork.
This year’s theme is simply “Charleston.” Works display both the natural and human elements of the city. Nature is a large element in almost all of the works, with many paintings and photographs drawing inspiration from Charleston’s natural flora and fauna. The featured piece of the exhibition “Light at the Edge of America” by Irene Pasquino depicts a lighthouse guarding over a tranquil sea. The work is a stunning tribute to the natural elements of Charleston that sometimes get looked over due to the nature of the
Quite a few works also highlight Charlestonians’ relationships. One piece, titled “A Letter to my Citadel Boyfriend” by Kelsey McClanahan, represents the relationship between the Citadel and the College of Charleston. Rachel Greene’s photo spread “Country Life” describes Charlestonians’ love of the “simple life”.
The opening reception was held the afternoon of January 25th, and the “Art Matters” Exhibition can be found all year on the 2nd floor of the Lightsey Center. Interestingly, the exhibit features mostly non majors’ work, and is meant to be merely a showcase, not a competition.
While the exhibition is somewhat smaller than it’s been in past years, the staff are no less welcoming to students coming to admire the artwork.
The year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Art Matters Exhibition. Photo by Gabi Loue