By Kaija Martin, Correspondent
Image Credit: Jason Marsan
From Oct. 7, 2022 through Nov. 20, 2022, the Yavapai College is hosting a free Faculty Open Art Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit showcases Yavapai College Faculty and their many medias of artwork.
The exhibit has a wide range of different mediums and outlets of artwork. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, and video art were all present at the exhibit. All of the art was created by nineteen members of the Yavapai College Visual Arts Department.
Edward Mastio is one of the gallery associates who was present at the exhibit showing. He described the exhibit, stating “Twice a year we have the faculty show, and this year we have brand new instructors on this campus and the Camp Verde campus.”
When describing the different art forms on display, Mastio exclaimed “They are all different!” and went on to say “we have animatronics art, 2D paintings, one instructor did a design in sand and poured molten aluminum to make the shape of a horse.”
One artist on display was our very own Professor Scott Rispin, who teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott.
Rispin’s artwork on display was an acrylic piece named “Horseshoe Bend”. His dynamic use of bright coloring catches the viewers eyes, and although Mastio stated the piece doesn’t quite look like Horseshoe Bend, the viewer is instead encapsulated by the use of texture and coloring.
“My work has always been about attitudes, choices and the act of ‘seeing’ versus ‘experiencing’… I’m often amused by the reactions when people learn most of my images are not born of exotic locations…my paintings neither supply nor require answers. They demand nothing, except that you pay attention. To everything,” Rispin stated.
Another artist was Jill Brugler who had three ceramic pieces on display. Ranging in sizes, each evoked a different feeling and style with its use of unsymmetrical faces and bodies, but relevant curves and edges.
Brugler told Horizons, “I’ve lived my life immersed in playing and working with clay. Anything I’ve ever visualized came true with clay.”
Brugler’s artwork has been deeply influenced by Navajo culture. Burglar stated, “[When] working on the Navajo reservation, I found myself digging clay, learning traditions from the many ‘Auntie’ teachers. The ultimate simplicity of the native ceramics awed me.”
Another interesting artist was Ben McKee who specializes in animatronic art. His art pieces were “Refound”, which was composed of machined parts that showed off his piece with oil; and “Heartfelt”, which was a cast aluminum welded machine heart that beat.
McKee specializes in engineering, machining, and fabrication but his “background was primarily in fine arts, focusing on sculpture and three-dimensional design.”
The faculty art exhibit displayed many other faculty artists, all with different stories and art mediums. The Faculty exhibit is a quiet place where one can enjoy the artwork around them and be transfixed towards the artist’s expression, while also transfixed towards one’s own inner expression.