A new exhibition featuring text-based works from the Castellani Art Museum’s permanent collection will open with a reception at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

Writing on the Wall: Text-based Works from the Collection, Curated by Niagara University Faculty means to highlight the potential dialogues between visual arts and academics, between museum and classroom, between image and text. Indeed, by combining image and text, the artists selected for this exhibition already offer a multidimensional experience in which viewers simultaneously see and read, allowing for a dynamic dialogue between their emotions and intellect.

With well over 5,000 artworks in its permanent collection, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is a veritable goldmine for university professors who wish to engage their students from and across multiple disciplines. Niagara University is dedicated to providing its students with an active and integrative learning experience. As educators in the Vincentian tradition, faculty members believe in a holistic approach to learning, where students are challenged to think critically both in and outside the classroom and across disciplines. 

Over the years, faculty from all four colleges have incorporated individual pieces from the Castellani Art Museum collection in their coursework; however, there has never been one curated exhibition specifically showcasing the museum as an academic and pedagogical resource. With a broad-based focus on words, images, and ideas, intersections between various disciplines and perspectives emerge in this unique collaboration.

Within this exhibition, classroom assignments from faculty representing a variety of subject areas are paired with artworks from the Castellani Art Museum collection. Presenters include:

  • C. Henrik Borgstrom, Ph.D., Associate Provost; Professor of French
  • Jamie Carr, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
  • Amelia Gallagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Marian Granfield, Director of Art History with Museum Studies; Faculty Fellow, Department of Theatre Studies and Fine Arts
  • Paula Kot, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
  • Alison Lytle, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Theatre Studies and Fine Arts
  • Edward Yong Jun Millar, Curator of Folk Arts, Castellani Art Museum; Adjunct Faculty, Art History with Museum Studies

This exhibition is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

To learn more, contact Michael Beam, curator of exhibitions and special projects, at 716.286.8286.

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