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Art professors practice what they teach

You’d expect a biology professor to conduct experiments, but instead of variables, art professors use paint.

The art gallery in Potter Hall gives students a chance to see the art the professors create when they are not teaching class. As of Jan. 20, the Western art department has opened up their Biennial Faculty Exhibition that shows off some of the unique artwork that our art professors have completed and put on display.

According to Dr. Allison Sauls, chairperson of the art department, the exhibit is an opportunity for students to see what a professional artist does.

“The exhibit shows students what artists do every day,” Sauls said.

A total of 10 professors have displayed their exclusive art around the gallery. Sauls feels that all students and departments on campus should come out and be supportive of the art gallery.

Geo Sipp, associate professor of art, feels that art is something that all professors love to do.

“All professors practice art,” Sipp said. “All artists want to share their art. Being creative is part of who we are.”

Sipp continued by saying that students should come out and enjoy the art that they see their professor take part in.

“It’s important to see their professor do art,” Sipp said.  “Exhibiting is as important as teaching.”

Sipp acknowledged the work of fellow professor David Harris, who is known for his ceramics and drawing.

“I am possessed to make new things,” Harris said. “It’s just like any other athlete who wants to show their talents.”

Harris talked about how as an artist you have to sacrifice time to do something that you love. In his case, Christmas break became the chance for him put a little bit of time in his art while others enjoyed their full month off.

“While others are out playing and having fun on break, I’m doing art,” Harris said.

The gallery is open for everyone on and off campus through Feb. 16. The Gallery is free and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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