Opening reception

Colby-Sawyer College to present faculty exhibit

January 31. 2018 1:15PM
Professor Bert Yarborough will be the featured artist at Colby-Sawyer College’s annual Faculty Art Exhibition, which will open with a reception Thursday at the William H. and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Fine Art Gallery in the Center for Art + Design. 

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College will celebrate recent works by faculty members in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the annual Faculty Art Exhibition. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the William H. and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Fine Art Gallery in the Center for Art + Design.

Following the reception, the exhibition will remain open through May 12.

The exhibition will showcase painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and graphic design by fine arts faculty including professor Loretta Barnett, professor Jon Keenan, assistant professor and technical director Mike Lovell, associate professor and chairman of fine and performing arts Hilary Walrod, as well as adjunct faculty members Nick Gaffney, Rachel Gross, Farah Rizvi-Doyle ’05 and Nancy Sepe.

This year’s featured artist is Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Endowed Chairman for the Fine and Performing Arts Professor Bert Yarborough, who is leaving academia at the end of the spring semester to return to his studio practice.

Yarborough has taught painting and drawing for more than 20 years at Colby-Sawyer. He has been director of the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery for the last five years and the director of the William H. and Sonja Carlson Davidow ’56 Art Gallery since its opening this fall. His retrospective, “Mini-Retro: Court No Horning,” spans his career from 1969 to 2018 and features small works, sketchbooks and studio ephemera.

The title of Yarborough’s retrospective was inspired by the Nigerian expression he came to know during a Fulbright fellowship in sculpture in Nigeria. (Signs read “Court No Horning” to prohibit noise from car horns outside of public buildings.)

In addition to his experience in Nigeria, Yarborough was a resident fellow and visual arts program coordinator for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., where he serves as chairman of its visual committee. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture, two grants from the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and recently, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation awarded him a visual arts residency fellowship to Umbria, Italy.

A Vermont resident, Yarborough earned a degree in architecture from Clemson University and a master of arts and a master of fine arts in photography from the University of Iowa. He is represented by McGowan Fine Arts in Concord, and was a founding member of artSTRAND Gallery of Provincetown.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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