College buys student art for residence halls

by Mark Shahinian | 6/9/96 5:00am

Using money donated by the Class of 1960, the Office of Residential Life recently purchased works of art from 18 graduating studio art majors to hang in the College's residence halls.

Each year the College spends up to $5,000 to purchase, frame and hang student art, studio art professor Gerald Auten said.

This year's selected works will be on display in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts until June 12.

Auten, who directs the Student Art Exhibition Program, said the purchases fill a void in the arts initiatives at the College.

The program "is incredibly generous in a period when support for the arts is incredibly thin," he said.

Auten said Dean of Residential Life Mary Turco selected the works.

Turco said the art acquisition program was founded seven years ago with the double mission of professionalizing student-artists and beautifying the College's residence space.

Turco said the seniors may benifit from having sold a piece of art, because they can include it on their resumes.

Maribel Bastian '96, whose photographs were purchased through the program, said, "Having anybody purchase a piece of your art makes you think about it differently."

"We would like to place the works in residential halls where other students can see them and be inspired by that work," Turco said.

The College also purchased works by graduates Sung Choi, Christopher George, Shannon Giles, Chung-Wen Hsieh, James Huh, Wenonah Madison, Phoebe Manchester, Molly McDonough, Jennifer Paluso, Alexander Panov, Jessica Power, Chris Schachte, Devyani Shama, Kate Shortridge, Danielle Tripp, Natalia Veniard and Dana Smith.

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