Ashford University Gallery Exhibits Will Feature Art by Students, Faculty and Staff

Gallery will also present an exhibit on the science of optical illusions

Ashford University’s Cortona Art Gallery will feature two new exhibits of art work created by students, faculty and staff in the coming weeks.

Designed by the Ashford University Psychology Club, a “mini-exhibit” called “Optical Illusions” will illustrate the overlap of art and science Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26. A reception is set for Thursday, Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. in the gallery. “This exhibit will take something that is often considered just for fun, an optical illusion, and recognize the science behind its visual effect,” said Anna Pagnucci, Ashford assistant professor and gallery director.

Art projects created by the University’s staff and faculty will be on display during a special exhibition from Nov. 5 through Dec. 1 with a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 2-4 p.m. in the Gallery. While the artwork for the exhibit is still being gathered, Pagnucci said, “I’m specifically expecting photography, ceramics, sculpture, quilts and other fiber arts. I think in general there are more artists on campus than many people realize.”

The Cortona Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Ashford University’s Clare Hall at 400 North Bluff Boulevard in Clinton. The Gallery is named for Sister Cortona Phelan, OSF, former president of Mount St. Clare College (MSC) and former president of the Sisters of St. Francis. For many years, Sister Cortona influenced the quality of education at the college through her teaching of American history and her love of the arts. She also served as MSC Academy principal and as dean of students at the college.

The Gallery is open to the public, free of charge, every weekday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and for private showings by appointment. For further information, please call 563.242.4023.


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