Boyle’s Family Art Gallery features works by alumni in exhibition – Lindenlink

Boyle’s Family Gallery at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts in Lindenwood is displaying 85 works of art collected from alumni in an alumni exhibit since Aug. 25.

The alumni collection will be available for viewing until November 13, and the gallery invites alumni to view the works for themselves at the opening reception on October 7 from 4-6 p.m.

The pieces featured in this exhibition have been selected from the Lindenwood Collection, in which students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must submit one of their works for their Capstone project.

“What this exhibit represents is only a small part of the Lindenwood collection,” said John Troy, senior art and design teacher. “There were five of us, art and design faculty and staff, going through the collection and pulling out pieces to show.”

The artworks selected for the exhibition have little to do with the promotion of certain pieces by faculty and staff, making the show diverse and varied.

“When we went through the collection and started choosing pieces, it wasn’t necessarily because they were the best pieces to show, but because they show a wide range of years in the program, as well as disciplines “Troy said. “It’s certainly varied in content, subject and discipline.”

As Lindenwood strengthens its approach to reconnecting with alumni, it has been encouraged that faculty also engage with alumni.

“The university as a whole has for the past year with our new strategic plan taken a huge initiative to connect with alumni,” Troy said. “President Porter and his cabinet really encourage us to engage as much as possible with alumni.”

The alumni exposure spans not only mediums and disciplines, but also years. Due to the length of these pieces, identifying the artworks with the respective artist was tedious according to Troy.

“There are a handful of works in this exhibit that are unidentified,” Troy said. “Honestly, maybe a tenth of the exhibit didn’t have a name.”

With perseverance, the majority of the works of art have been identified, despite the few that remain unnamed.

“A student’s artwork is like their handwriting,” Troy said. “You know who’s doing what even if they haven’t been there for 10 or 15 years.”

While the exhibition pushes to promote connection with former students, it also allows current students to draw inspiration and ideas from past projects.

“The creation of the gallery is to support the art and design curriculum,” Troy said. “I think it’s an important part of our mission to expose students to the expectations of their field.”

Those interested in viewing the Boyle Family Gallery are welcome to visit when the gallery is open. Gallery hours are below.

  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Monday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: CLOSED

William E. Bennett