Exhibition celebrates interdisciplinary creative endeavors, beginning February 26, 2015

A new exhibition explores the results of recent arts-based interdisciplinary work at Vassar College supported by the Creative Arts Across Disciplines initiative. The show, Boundary-Crossing: Case Studies in Collaborative Creativity, will be on view in the James W. Palmer III Gallery in Main Building from February 26 to March 13. It is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, February 26, 5-6:30 pm.

Ariel Nereson, coordinator of the initiative, says the exhibition will offer surprises to viewers. “We don’t readily think of graphic design students working with physics students, but this exhibition will show how putting these disciplines in conversation with one another can solve problems and creatively communicate concepts. We’re also looking forward to visitors interacting with the material on display, and have provided several ways for visitors to engage in their own interdisciplinary investigations within the exhibition. We will be documenting visitor responses on the initiative’s blog.”

The many noteworthy collaborations in Boundary-Crossing include experiments between cognitive science and dance students; interactive and interdisciplinary juxtapositions between materials from the Vassar Library’s special collections and holdings from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the college museum. The exhibition will also include insights into the creative process of graphic novelist team Damian Duffy and John Jennings, who will be in residency at the college in early March.

The Creative Arts Across Disciplines Initiative is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information about this grant visit Vassar's website. The three-year grant, which will run until 2017, is designed to enhance the integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.

The Palmer Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 11 am -6 pm, but calling ahead to the Office of Campus Activities is recommended.  The gallery is closed on Sunday.

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, January 13, 2015