In The Gallery
The Schumacher Gallery at Westover School facilitates dialogue between students, professional artists, and the community through challenging and approachable contemporary exhibitions. The gallery provides a space where viewers can make meaningful connections between artwork, curriculum, and culture.
Through its five to six rotating exhibitions each year featuring professional and student artists in varying media, the gallery functions as a viewing and instructional space for an inquiring student body and the school's surrounding and varied communities.
Westover's Schumacher Gallery, located in the LBD Performing Arts Center, exhibits work throughout the year by professional artists, including photography, painting, ceramics and multimedia works.Exhibits may be viewed from noon to 5 pm Monday through Friday and from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday when classes are in session.
Further information is available by contacting the gallery's Co-Directors Caleb Portfolio and Allison Hildebrand.
Visitors should access the Schumacher Gallery from the school's main entrance on the Middlebury Green and are asked to sign in with the school's receptionist.
Who: Jacqueline Siefert '07
When: May 12th-June 2nd
About the Artist:
I’ve never been able to stick to one medium: I create constantly and as soon as I feel very locked in to one theme or method, I have to try something new. I continually work in circles.
I attended Westover School (2007) and Rhode Island School of Design (2012), where I completed a year of Furniture Design before switching to Apparel Design. I also studied abroad in Rome, Italy where I painted and made sculptures and got lost in the city. I love combining materials, methods and technical ability to make my work, and let it evolve and grow.
I currently work as a textile designer, painter, writer and occasional seamstress/patternmaker.
I like beauty and color and am continually amazed by naturally occurring color and texture combinations.Most of all, I love listening to the muse when she hands me something beautiful and am always waiting for that unexplained spark that leads me down a path.
I’ve been obsessively drawing these beautiful, yet disenchanted ladies for years, and they have evolved as my own eye has shifted.Sometimes I focus only on their surroundings, or their place within the piece (or group of pieces); sometimes the environment overpowers them, and sometimes they navigate it.
Sometimes their clothes take over, and sometimes the viewer stands in the place of the lady and observes her surroundings. In the beginnings of this theme, my ladies were on plain wooden backgrounds but they have grown to occupy their own spaces.
Recently, they’ve begun to shift their gaze away from the viewer. Through close observation of the people around me, a sensitivity to and appreciation of my environment, a love of material and color experimentation, and my own evolving sense of self, I’ve created an alternate community of ladies and a world within which they can exist.
Who: Colin Burke
When: March 27-May 5th
I choose to work with antique photographic processes, large format cyanotype photograms and months-long exposures made with hand built pinhole cameras, to explore the elasticity of time, plasticity of memory, and the consistent rhythm of nature. The work is meant to remind us that the power of the sun, the cycle of the seasons and the earth's rotation were happening well before humans existed and will likely continue long after we're gone.
Who: Meg Bloom
When: Jan. 4-March 3
Finding beauty in the imperfect or impermanent, acknowledging moments of change and engaging with the process of transformation (often) form the basis of my work. My process is guided by the mix of planning and chance that the materials I use offer to the imagery.
My art often references nature, (including human nature,) whether evoking the
skeletons or remains of what was or the discovery of new life (growth) stealing its way amidst the ashes. It reflects memories, traces, and fantasies that combine metaphors for what has been and will be.
I may start with pulp to produce large handmade paper sculptures, or raw fibers which I cook and peel, then reassemble, or layers of silk and wax and papers which I transform through the use of heat. Regardless of the end product, my process involves a breaking down and reassembling or revisioning of both the materials and my own visual memories.
Read more here
Who: Westover Art Department Faculty Exhibition
When: Nov. 30-Dec. 16th
What: The Westover Art Department Faculty Exhibition features the personal pursuits of our performing and visual arts faculty. From subjects ranging from the sovereign farmer to bundled landscapes, from pets to performance art, our faculty demonstrate a diversity of interests and insights. Read more here about the show.
Who: Barbara Hocker, "Waterside Reveries"
When: September 30th to November 14th
What: "Waterside Reveries," an installation art exhibition created by mixed media artist Barbara Hocker, will be on display in Westover's Schumacher Gallery from Friday, September 30, through Monday, November 14.
An artist's reception open to the public was held Friday, October 14, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Read more here about the exhibition.
Check back this fall for more information on current exhibitions.