The Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery at Beacon College was formally opened and dedicated in February 2014. It is located inside the Mason Art Center located at 103 East Main Street. Exhibitions include student shows, faculty shows, senior portfolio shows, and exhibitions from professional artists. The public is always welcome to view the current exhibition in the gallery, and events are free.
Artistic mediums displayed in the gallery have ranged 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-638-9726.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For special events, additional hours may be offered, including weekend hours. Opening exhibition receptions are generally held from 4 – 6 p.m.
The Mason Art Gallery hosts rotating art exhibitions featuring the work of Beacon students and alumni as well as art work from local high school students.
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 use of a colorful palette in works that pulse with fun.
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”
Chiara Ferrante —”Untitled (Planes and Tomato)”
Jude Heinen — “Untitled (Hand)”
Best of Show
Camille McKoy — “Fallen”
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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 that recently opened at Beacon College. Knapp’s “Pop Goes the Easel” show is on display at the Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery through March 10.
The Seventh Annual Juried Student Exhibition
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The Seventh Annual Juried Student Exhibition which opened to the public on March 2, would have hosted its reception and awards ceremony on April 2. Due to the College’s move to remote learning in light of the Covid-19 pandemic this event like many others was cancelled.
The exhibition featured paintings, drawings and sculpture from more than 30 students of various majors ranging from freshmen to seniors. Artworks are collected over the academic year and are then selected based on their creative risk-taking and mastery of skill by the Studio Arts Departments faculty; Kim Watters, Dustin Boise and Russ Bellamy.
After the selections are made the work is then prepared for professional display, curated and installed in the gallery; before calling on an external juror to view the work and make selections for the following awards: Best of Show, Best Two-Dimensional, Best Three-Dimensional and five Honorable Mentions. The work is viewed and awards given before title cards that feature the artists name and artwork title are placed next to the works.
Our Juror this year was Tyrus Clutter, Associate Professor at the College of Central Florida and professional artist who has a multi-media practice. More about Tyrus can be found at his websitehttp://tyrusclutter.com/about.html.
While it saddens us that we could not share this occasion in person, we wanted to continue the tradition of announcing winners and pinning awards next to each selected work. The Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery and Studio Arts Department is working to re-schedule a reception for this exhibition in the Fall of 2020. Without further ado please join us in congratulating this year’s Juried Student Exhibition winners.
Juried Student Exhibition Winners
Best of Show: Elana Karol “Merry-go-round”Best Two-Dimensional: Kyle Richardson “The Colorful Swish”
Best Three-Dimensional: Connor Cremo “Wooden Boxes”