By Bendik Sorensen
The Steinberg Museum in Hillwood Commons started its season with an exhibition made in-house. The exhibition consists of a handful of faculty members and their respective works. Diverse works and media, including oil paintings, drawing, sculpting and even digital political commentary. Responsible for some of the more pleasing-to-the-eye paintings is professor Neill Slaughter.
Slaughter is back at the University after a year long sabbatical, where he spent a lot of time honing skills and producing art. His style is an eye catching mix between contemporary and almost renaissance way of capturing landscapes. “I want you to know that all the paintings including the watercolors, like the oils were painted en plein air (on location) in Maine where I went to paint before during and after my year long sabbatical,” he said.
The exhibition is important for both students and faculty.
“The reason I think it is important to have a faculty exhibit is twofold, for students to see the diversity of the faculty members and for the other faculty of the university to see what we in the art department are doing when we are not teaching,” Slaughter said.
“I will take students to see the exhibit as well because it is important for student to real paintings and not just reproductions in books or power point presentations.”
Slaughter’s belief is that one can only learn so much about doing art with reading and talking.
“I took a group of students to the MET Museum last Friday to see the John Singer Sargent exhibit as well as other exhibits and will take another group on Oct. 2 because to fully appreciate the brushwork as well as the correct color, it simply has to be seen in real life,” he said.
The exhibition is open to the public now, and will be up through Oct. 24. There will be a reception where the artists will mingle on Oct. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Snacks will be served.