Andy Haslit is the new faculty art gallery host

Collin Hain, News Writer

The newest faculty art gallery opened on Oct. 1 in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery, in the Conn Library. It showcases six of the art faculty and their chosen mediums.

The faculty showcase and exhibition occurs once a year. Associate professor, Andy Haslit, manages the gallery and permanent collection of art that is seen on campus. According to Haslit, the exhibition offers WSC faculty to show off their professional work, which does not always come up in classes. It is also a good chance for the campus community and faculty to see the professors’ work and appreciate the talents of WSC’s professors.

There are six artists displaying their work, and each used a different medium. The artists and their mediums are: Carolyne Albracht- watercolor mixed media, Francine Fox- painting, Sarah Lemmon- sculpture, Josh Piersanti- graphic design, Beatriz Rodriguez- printmaking and Leroy Von Glan-ceramics.

“It’s a mix of media and style because it is six separate people,” Haslit said.

There is no one universal theme to all of the pieces, but the individual artists definitely have their own theme in mind for their works. Piersanti, professor of graphic design, said his theme is to use Photoshop to try and be humorous, but also convincing of the merit of the work.

Piersanti’s two works that are showcased are “Job Shadow” and “Infiltration.” Essentially, Piersanti said he added himself to a picture from “Avengers Endgame,” not because he is a superhero. He looks out of place and cannot keep up with the superheroes, which is where the light-hearted nature of the pieces comes from.

There is a lot of work that goes into putting an art showcase on. Haslit needs to know when the art is dropped off and he also has four assistants who are shown how to put together a gallery, how to hang the pieces and make sure everything is straight. Haslit said the whole event is put together in just a couple of days. It is Haslit’s job to determine the layout of the exhibit, what is aesthetically pleasing to be placed or hung next to each other. For example, there is a wall of the exhibit that is visible from Einstein’s Bagels, for that wall Haslit said that he will choose something colorful that will stand out, because if it is in black and white it will be harder to see and therefore get lost.

“My hope for the exhibit is that everyone can see the skills of the faculty and to show that they are eager to show their work as well as helping everyone develop their skills,” Piersanti said.

The gallery will be open until Nov. 4 a week before the next gallery will open.