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Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery

Dedicated in 2014, Beacon College’s Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery in the Mason Art Center is located at 103 East Main Street and features student shows, faculty shows, senior portfolio shows, and professional artist exhibitions. Events are free, and the public is always welcome to view the current exhibition.

Artistic mediums displayed in the gallery range from traditional paintings to installation art to performance pieces. Experimental art forms are appreciated. Artists interested in being featured in an exhibition should contact Gallery Director Dustin Boise at dboise@beaconcollege.edu or 352-638-9726.

Past Exhibits

2023 Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The 2023 Annual Juried Student Exhibition opened to the public on March 30 and featured paintings, drawings, and sculptures from 44 students from all classifications and across majors who have taken art courses.

“This year’s Annual Student Exhibition shows a dedication to craftsmanship and concept,” said Russell Bellamy, professor of art and department chair at Beacon. “The variety of media and processes indicates a high level of independent research and experimentation. We are excited about the consistent ability to incorporate narrative, philosophical ideas, and personal content. Everyone involved should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

This year’s exhibition was judged by Michael Knapp, a Tampa-based painter, known for the use of a colorful palette in works that pulse with fun.

Awardees included:

Honorable Mentions

  • Marcus Giglio — “Spring in 2-point Perspective”
  • Pierre Bernard — “Scorched”
  • Chiara Ferrante — Untitled (Wooden Wheel)
  • Anna Roth — “Rebirth”
  • Maxine Collazo — “Don’t Mind the Track”

Best 2-D

  • Chiara Ferrante — “Untitled (Planes and Tomato)”

Best 3-D

  • Jude Heinen — “Untitled (Hand)”

Best of Show

  • Camille McKoy — “Fallen”

Pop Goes the Easel

Michael Knapp wants his art to say something. “Good art should tell a story,” Knapp said. “There should be something that you get out of it rather than just looking at it and saying, ‘It’s pretty.’” Even if Knapp wants you to think a little bit deeper, his art feels fun with bright, playful colors and a feeling of chaos.

Knapp’s frustrations with authority figures and society’s overreliance on technology emerge as a few of the themes in his new exhibit at Beacon College. Knapp’s “Pop Goes the Easel” show was on display at the Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery through March 10, 2023.