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The Schiltkamp Gallery



Pictured on right: Robert Lewis, detail from, Wise, Frigid and Sincere in Business.

Artists: Taylor Apostol, Cynthia Back, Michele Fandel Bonner, Johnathan Derry, Hilde-Kari Guttormsen, Patty Harris, Donald Hartmann, John Hayes-Nikas, Jan Johnson, Robert Lewis, Dylan MacLeod, Robert Maloney, Angela McHale, Duncan Morimoto Brown, Chelsea Revelle, Seth Rubin, Cathy Weaver Taylor, Jill Watts
Exhibition dates: March 20-April 17, 2019
Opening Receiption: March 20, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Artist Gallery Talks: March 20, 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. & April 2, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Exhibition location: Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: Professor Elli Crocker, Gallery Director: 508-793-8818 and/or Tina Zlody, Visual & Performing Arts Events Coordinator: 508-793-7349

Humanity’s incessant impulse to both create and destroy may be an expression of the life force itself, but with the pace of these cycles seeming to increase ever more markedly and with the impact of human activity felt ever more globally, it is worthwhile to reflect on this impulse. While material culture transmutes continuously, so do socio-economic, political, and religious “structures”. We see marvelous systems designed only to fail in various ways – from the Internet to transportation networks, from medical science to government programs. Are we building beyond our ability to control or manage what we build? Is poor design contributing to things falling apart?

The artists in this exhibition are creating things, while commenting on breakdown at the same time – from individual bodies succumbing to age and affliction, to the falling of great empires; from the building of new “temples” on the rubble of the old, to the questioning of consumer culture and unfettered growth. There is also fear expressed about the impact of all this activity on the climate of our planet and the well-being of all of its denizens. These artists also find meaning in the ruins, remnants, and debris left behind in the wake of this relentless building and breaking, and breathe new life into this material. Like the ever-dancing figure of the Hindu god, Shiva, we humans hold creation and destruction in our hands. With this enormous power comes both grief and hope.

This exhibition was conceived, curated and installed by students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice, a “problems of practice” course, in which students explore opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom with issues and matters faced by professionals working beyond the campus.


Exhibition dates: April 24-May 19, 2019
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 24, 4-5:30 p.m. (in conjunction with Academic Spree Day)

Graduating art majors who have undertaken thesis projects display their work.


painting titled Night Studioa corner of the artist's studio

Above, left: Night Studio, 2017, oil on canvas, 84"x96"; above, right: Gisholt studio corner, Waltham, Mass.

Exhibition dates: January 24-February 27, 2019.
Artist talk: Thursday, February 7, Noon-1:00 p.m. Traina Center for the Arts, room 100
Opening: February 7, 2019; 4-5:30 p.m.,

Mexican-born painter Alfredo Gisholt presents his large, gestural abstract paintings in this solo show, as well as smaller studies from the "Night Studio" series. Gisholt describes himself as a "studio painter," meaning this is where he does his work, but the studio is also what he paints. The accumulated artifacts from his native Mexico, small religious icons, skulls, books, the plants that line his studio windows, and of course the utilitarian tools of his trade – palettes, brushes, paint itself, and the ubiquitous trash can. But "the studio" is also a metaphorical space. It is the space for creative thought, the arena for action, the container for contemplation, and the chamber for wrestling with demons. Alfredo Gisholt begins each session in the studio by making a sketch from direct observation in small notebooks. This daily devotion then generates enormous, muscular, and expressive paintings that let go of the more literally representational aspects of the drawings and reach boldly into that metaphorical space of the mind. In so doing, he also confronts the tumult, exuberance, danger, complexity and wonder of the larger world beyond the studio walls.


Exhibition dates: November 7–December 5, 2018.
Opening: Wednesday, November 7 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center Art Lab (second floor lounge)

The final Fall 2019 open-call show, "Being," features talented artists from the Clark community. Student curators in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture & Practice are accepting submissions in all media to be displayed in the Traina Center Art Lab.

The theme of the show is intentionally vague, inviting viewers to interpret their own understanding of what "being" means. The word can refer to physical human beings, or their emotional, mental, and spiritual states, or non-human beings, or any other interpretation of the term. The theme is meant to provoke thought in the artists and viewers while also welcoming all forms of expression into the show.

In addition to other student submissions, the show will feature 120 5x5" wood panels. These panels have been distributed to students, faculty, and friends throughout the campus. This grid of artistic interpretations of what it means "to be" will hang together, representing the diverse and passionate community at Clark. Regardless of how you choose to interpret "being," we can appreciate each other's expressions of what it means "to be."

Image above by Xuemeng Zhang.


Exhibition dates: September 24–December 4, 2018.
Opening: Wednesday, October 10 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts
Gallery talks: Several artists will give gallery talks at the opening. (Additional programming will be announced).

Artists: Laura Chasman, Caleb Cole, Nayda Cuevas, Stephen DiRado, Catherine Graffam, Elizabeth Clark Libert, Evan Morse, Zoe Perry-Wood, Jane Smaldone, and Karl Stevens

Exhibit artwork
Above: Works by Nayda Cuevas, Evan Morse, and Stephen DiRado


From Neolithic plastered skulls to today's phone "selfie," images of the human head are probably the most potent, frequent, symbolic, and enduring visual artifacts we create. The portrait engages mortality, celebrates the individual, reveals social mores—and fully challenges the artist. The ten artists included in this exhibition work in a variety of media and their subjects range from intimate portraits of family members to paintings of anonymous "selfies" by others on a social media site.

Studio Art Senior Thesis Exhibition


April 25–May 20th, 2018. The annual presentation of student senior thesis projects.
Opening reception, April 25th, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.


The Wall

Artist: Gregory Thielker
Exhibition Dates: November 20, 2017–February 15, 2018
Address: 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 24, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, January 24 during the reception
Artist Presentation: Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
More Information: Elli Crocker 508-793-8818 / ecrocker@clarku.edu / Gallery Director
Tina Zlody 508-793-7349 / Visual & Performing Arts Department Program and Events Coordinator

New York City based artist (and former adjunct faculty member at Clark University), Gregory Thielker, will create an interdisciplinary exhibition dealing with the topic of “The Wall” and the tensions surrounding the border territory between the United States and Mexico. The symbolism of “Wall” and the messages it conveys – even as an abstract construct – will be addressed in this installation of small paintings, a large-scale mural, and artifacts from Thielker’s travels along the border. The artist states, “The exhibit is meant to ask questions about the border and its impact on individual experience and national identity.”

Curated, installed, and organized by Professor of Studio Art, Elli Crocker, in conjunction with students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice. Image: Gregory Thielker, Desert, 2017, watercolor on paper



Artists: Chris Gill, Jane Goldman, Joel Janowitz, Anne Lilly, Susan Swinand, Richard Yarde
Exhibition Dates: September 18–November 9, 2017
Address: 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. with artists Joel Janowitz and Anne Lilly
Watercolor Workshop: Wednesday, October 18, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. with artist, Susan Swinand in Traina Center Studio 200
Artist Presentation: Friday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. with artist, Jane Goldman, of Mixit Studio / Somerville, MA in Traina Center Studio 100/101
More Information: Elli Crocker 508-793-8818 / ecrocker@clarku.edu / Gallery Director
Tina Zlody 508-793- 7349 / Visual & Performing Arts Department Events Coordinator

This exhibition showcases the work of six artists whose innovative painting in watercolor defies conventional notions about this challenging medium. Surprising in scale, subject matter and approach, these paintings offer fresh investigations into an artistic medium whose expressive power and beauty is often underestimated.

Curated, installed, and organized by Professor of Studio Art, Elli Crocker, in conjunction with students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice. Image: Anne Lilly, Vinalhaven Tides 2, 2016, watercolor on paper, 12x16”


On Roman Time

Artist: John Garton, Professor of Art History
Exhibition Dates: September 13–October 27, 2017
Address: 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: TBA
More Information: Elli Crocker 508-793-8818 / ecrocker@clarku.edu / Gallery Director

Tina Zlody 508-793-7349 / Visual & Performing Arts Department Program and Events Coordinator

This exhibition features photography shot in and around Rome, Italy by Visual & Performing Arts faculty member, John Garton in 2017. Having lived in Italy and returning frequently to conduct art history research, Professor Garton offers images of time counted in millennia and in minutes. Holding the lens of the straniero, or foreigner, Garton records daily images of light, sometimes falling on Emperor Hadrian’s villa and other times on shiny Fiats, modern routines, and the rituals of conversation.

Curated, installed, and organized by Professor Garton with Professor of Studio Art, Elli Crocker, and students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice. Image: John Garton, Different Epochs, 2017, photograph


Gallery Hours
Monday-Thursday 9.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
Friday 9.00 a.m.–4.30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12.00 p.m.–5.00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Contact: schiltkamp@clarku.edu

Street parking is available free on Downing and neighborhood streets.

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