"Beauty/Disillusion" and "Cereviscera" art exhibitions by MLA students set for Nov. 8 – Dec. 3

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 10:30am
By Lydia Host

MOBILE, Ala. – The Spring Hill College Master of Liberal Arts program will host the capstone art shows of two MLA students, Lydia Harsany Host and Donan Klooz. The exhibitions, “Beauty/Disillusion” by Host and “Cereviscera” by Klooz, will be on display Nov. 8 – Dec. 3 in the Eichold and Bedsole Galleries in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The exhibits are the culminating projects for the Master of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in fine art.

Host and Klooz will present a gallery talk at the opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Dr. Alex Landi, the MLA program director, will also be in attendance to provide an overview of the program. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The human figure is a recurring motif in Host’s work, one that allows her to explore both idealized beauty and the counterpoint of disenchantment. She often revisits well-known or traditional works of art, interpreting them through her own unique point of view. “It seems as though everything in life can be boiled down to either ‘beauty’ or ‘disillusion’ – and I am always after beauty and sidetracked by disillusion,” says Host. “Through ‘Beauty/Disillusion’ my goal is not to replicate nature exactly, as much as for the images to resonate with the audience, searching for the universal, perhaps reminding them of a similar place, person, or situation.”

Klooz’s work has been greatly influenced by his professional career both as an exhibits preparator and as a curator of exhibitions at the Mobile Museum of Art. “I always remembered from a philosophy of aesthetics class the professor’s idea that art is divided into the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The title of my exhibition is supposed to reflect this dialectic. ‘Cereviscera’ is a compound word I invented, the joining of cerebrum (brain) with viscera (internal organs). For me, art definitely has to come from the gut as well as the brain. When you stand in front of a work of art, you read its references and its context, but the true appreciation of it, for me, is a sensation in your heart.”

Host works in oil and clay and enjoys the process and journey that each piece requires. She teaches art appreciation at Bishop State College and painting at Space 301 and is an award-winning member of the Watercolor and Graphic Art Society of Mobile and a founding member of Plein Air Painters of Mobile and the Downtown Figure Group.

Klooz also works in oil and clay. He has been on staff at the Mobile Museum of Art since 1985. His regular exposure to changing exhibitions and the museum’s collection instilled a desire to lose his inhibitions and just create art that is satisfying.

Both artists completed their bachelor’s degrees in fine arts at the University of South Alabama prior to choosing SHC for their graduate-level work. They both live in Mobile.

The Spring Hill College Master of Liberal Arts program offers master’s-level preparation with three traditional objects of liberal arts education: an appreciation of students’ intellectual and cultural heritage; the intellectual breadth appropriate to participants and leaders in public life; and an appreciation of diverse cultural traditions. The underlying premise is that interdisciplinary study leads to intellectual independence and satisfaction not always found in discipline-based programs of study. Students are encouraged to explore a broad range of subjects and the program provides the structure for learners to design an academic specialization that clearly reflects their personal and/or professional needs. Concentrations available within the MLA include: literature, fine arts, history and social science, and leadership and ethics. Graduate certificates in leadership and ethics and in studio art are also available through the program.

For more information about the MLA program, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (251) 380-3094 or visit www.shc.edu/mla.