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Brenau art professor puts work on display

Monroe show to feature variety of art through June

POSTED: June 22, 2011 4:24 p.m.
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Mary Beth Looney's chalk pastel on paper, "Neutrality (On the Fence)," is on display at the Monroe Art Guild gallery in Monroe. The gallery also used the piece as the special invitation for the opening of the unique exhibition in which judges of previous art shows were asked to turn the tables and put some of their own works up for judging in a public display.

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Artwork by Brenau Art Professor Mary Beth Looney will be on display at the Monroe Art Guild in Monroe as part of the MAG's summer program, "The Academic Show: Professors and Past Judges."

Her works can be seen in the main gallery through the end of the month.

The show features 28 pieces which include figure drawings and still-life paintings using pastels, oil and watercolor as well as sculptures made of paper, metal and clay, along with a Raku-fired vase.

Looney, chair of the department of art and design, is exhibiting seven works in watercolor and pastel in the exhibition. She is among five judges of previous MAG shows who are boldly embracing the "turn-about-is-fair-play" rule in putting their own works on display for others to judge.

Other artists participating are Jim Bell, a freelance painter and sculptor; Marc Chatov, a portrait painter; Lisa Conner, arts outreach coordinator at the Steffan Thomas Museum of Art; and Larry Millard, professor of art and sculpture and the sculpture program coordinator at the University of Georgia.

"This is a new show and actually the first time we have had a show highlighting the work of our past judges," MAG Director Bryan Hardman said. "We host two big art shows a year, the Winter Art Show and the Summer Members' Show, with more than 50 artists submitting work and totaling around 150 pieces.

"These two shows have judges which help to determine best of show and the category placements of first, second and third place. I think it is good to see what inspires our judges and how they create art."

After the show ends June 30, Looney, who heads the department of art and design, once again dons her judge's cap for next month's MAG members' juried exhibition.



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