Student Art Committee
The Student Art Committee (SAC), whose goal is to “increase appreciation of the arts,” has several exciting events coming up, Yuri Maruyama ’12, one of the club’s co-chairs, said.
On March 14, there will be an exhibition of student art in the Wormser room (formerly known as the President’s room) outside of special collections in Miller. “The show in the Wormser Room will feature artwork that was produced as part of a studio class at Colby….Anyone who takes a studio class, regardless of level, is welcome to submit their work,” Maruyama said. The exhibition will be open until the last week of classes.
The club recently started a monthly Art Pub Night at the Blue Light Pub in Cotter Union. All are welcome, as the evening “is as much about art as it is about having a relaxed atmosphere,” Margaret Fasel ’12, another of SAC’s co-chairs, said. Next time, there will probably be some sort of communal art project, she said, but the night is a great opportunity to meet people from the museum, art professors, art majors and many others. The next Art Pub will be on March 27.
April 6 will be the club’s last “First Friday” of the school year. On the first Friday of each month, a group of students and professors will take a trip into Portland to visit art museums and galleries. “We organize rides, a gallery walk and have dinner,” Maruyama said. “[First Fridays are] for anyone who wants to get off campus and experience something different,” she added.
If all goes as planned, the club will be working with the Common Street Gallery in Waterville to put together a gallery comprised of work produced in the Colby community. Students and professors from the Hill will be able to display their work, and all are welcome to submit pieces, regardless of whether or not they are art majors. “It’s not a done deal yet,” Fasel explained, but the club is hopeful that the event will occur sometime this spring.
“[SAC’s] main thing…is organizing student shows around campus” said Fasel. Maruyama added, “the only show officially organized by the Art Department for students is the Senior Show. We provide an outlet for all other artists during the year.” Working with the Common Street gallery would help the students who want to become artists get exposure outside of the college as well, Maruyama said. The club is also hoping that the gallery will promote more positive Colby-Waterville relations.
SAC would like to “get more people who aren’t art majors involved,” Maruyama said. “You can be as involved as you want to be...we e-mail everyone any time there’s an event.” Club members are involved with activities, exhibitions and advertisements. Maruyama, Fasel and co-chair Molly Hodson ’13 encourage anyone interested in joining SAC or attending future events to contact them.