Spring Semester Shows
"Reflection," works by Shannon Cannings
March 8 - April 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 12 noon - 1 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 8, 1-2 pm
Shannon Cannings teaches in the Art Department at Texas Tech University. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions.
"Reflection" includes a series of oil paintings and colored pencil drawings each depicting plastic toy guns seated in a field of crinkled mirrored Mylar. Though the work is very realistic, the reflected guns become visually busy, sometimes confusing, and quite overwhelming. The audience has to interpret what they are seeing, and in that time of reflection, they must then evaluate how they feel about them.
The artist says: "It is impossible to ignore the current media battle between unbridled gun culture and control. Marketing lulls us into states of unquestioning acceptance of gun culture and marketing as truth. I hope to engage viewers to question with me, and explore their own relationships with guns and gun culture and how they relate to play."
Our mission is to exhibit exciting works of contemporary art from regional, national and international artists. The McCormick Gallery is dedicated to providing an educational experience for our students and a cultural haven for the Midland Community. We offer students unique insights into artists’ work. Whenever possible, artists are invited to give lectures, critiques, and demonstrations, and we’ve even hosted exhibitions in which students worked directly with professional artists. We strive to make contemporary art accessible and enjoyable to all members of our community. Our programming embraces diversity, supporting all sorts of art from all kinds of artists.
Every year we have a full calendar of group and solo shows including the annual Midland Arts Association Fall Juried Art Exhibition. Each Spring and Fall our Student Art Shows celebrate the creative endeavors of Midland College students enrolled in Fine Arts classes.
Art is an enormous priority for us at Midland College, and we take great pride in this program which began in 1971, even before the campus had a fine arts building.
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