"Ozspirations: New Art Inspired by the Wizard of Oz"

Judy in d Skies, nylon kite, Todd Little

11/16/2007

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University presents, Ozspirations: New Art Inspired by "The Wizard of Oz," a thought-provoking exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum's classic series of books. 
  
The exhibit features the work of  30 artists, whose interpretations range from the literal to the abstract and metaphorical. The artists explore such major Oz  themes as self-discovery and navigating one's way through life.

The original videos, illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and other media in the exhibit come from artists based here and abroad.

Interim Gallery Director James Manning and Associate Professor of Graphic Arts Jennifer Fuchel organized and juried the exhibition.

"I wanted to put on this show because I felt people had been so swept up in the whirlwind of tragic events unleashed by September eleventh that the Centennial of Oz had passed largely unnoticed," said Fuchel. "It's a shame, especially since the story of Oz seems more pertinent now than ever. We are all trying so hard to find the heart, courage, and intelligence to confront the 'wicked witches' and 'flying monkeys' of a world in turmoil and make our way safely home -- even though that home may no longer feel as secure as it used to." 

Featured artists

The exhibit features the work of Ilona Anderson, Rick Berry, Michael Bewley, Laurinda Bedingfield, Louise A. Bishop, F. Lenno Campello (The Last Thing the Wicked Witch of the East Saw, above), Lisa Costanzo, Laura Davidson, Angela Deane, Katie DiChiara, Mary Anne Galvin,  Jennifer Bennett Gubicza & Brian Gubicza, Sanasi Gunes, Darrell Gune-McCalla, Shawna L. Handke, Charlotte Kaplan, Caroline Keem, Elizabeth Kellogg, Kathleen Kneeland, Jennifer Lewis, Todd Little, Lina C. Marks, Anthony Lobosco,  KD Mernin, John Preusch, Terry Rooney, Ruth T. Segaloff, Donna M. Socha and Gail Smuda

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be at the gallery from Thursday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.

There will be a public reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

About the gallery

Gallery at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
75 Arlington St., Boston
617-573-8785
Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday
Enter from 10 Saint James Street on weekends

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