Lauren Redding, an artist and curator based out of Naples, Florida, is bringing her art exhibit on silverpoint drawing to Hillsdale this Friday, Oct.18.
Barbara Bushey, chairwoman and professor of art, welcomed anyone on campus to come enjoy the month-long exhibit.
“The department is happy to show these drawings, executed in an old and exacting medium,” Bushey said in an email. “The work honors the craft of artists such as Leonardo, while also looking at the contemporary world.”
The art department invites multiple artists throughout each year to bring their shows to Hillsdale. Each show is unique and highlights different types of art. The upcoming show will focus on the silverpoint drawing technique developed in the middle ages, which uses the element of silver to draw pictures.
“I think silverpoint drawing is a super unique technique,” Reagan Linde, a sophomore and art major, said. “While it seems plain at first glance, a silverpoint portrait done well shows a true mastery of the art of drawing. I think it is wonderful that Hillsdale can host this sort of exhibit because it diversifies the type of art typically seen in the gallery.”
Senior Caroline Hennekes, also an art major, said that this exhibit stands out because of this nontypical technique.
“This really helps inspire and broaden our horizons beyond what Hillsdale offers in classes at a school this size as well,” Hennekes said. “I also think it is important for students outside the art major and the department to have access to the exhibits. Art is just as much a part of the liberal education as English, History, or the sciences.”
These exhibits are just one example of how the art department contributes to the culture of our campus — one that is necessary in Hillsdale’s quest to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education.
The show will stay in the Fine Arts Building until Nov. 20 and is free and open to the public. The opening is from 5 – 7 p.m. this Friday, and Redding will be in attendance to share her story behind the show.