Current Winfisky Gallery Exhibitions

Handbook by Carol Bagenal

House of Words:
Sculpture by Caroline Bagenal
Curated by Professor Ken Reker
September 3 - October 1, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, September 17, 2 pm

Caroline Bagenal’s sculptures express the idea of the printed word as a shelter and a refuge. In several pieces she evokes architecture by balancing books on stilts. Another series is inspired by African meeting houses called Toguna, translated as “House of Words”. Using reeds that she collects from the marshes near her Newburyport home, Bagenal creates works that draw upon forms found in the rural and seaside landscape such as bird blinds, haystacks, fences and lobster traps. Marsh reeds do not grow in straight lines and this imbues the geometric forms which she creates from these materials with a distinctive, hand-drawn quality. 

Caroline Bagenal is an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art and is the Director of the African Study Abroad Program. She is also a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery. 

Image is: "Handbook" by Caroline Bagenal

Lies in the Dust: Constructing a Graphic Novel
by Jakob Crane and Timothy Decker
October 6 - November 5, 2014
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 am
Reception: Wednesday, October 15, 2 pm

This exhibition will display work generated in the creation of the new graphic novel, "Lies In The Dust: A Tale Of Remorse From The Salem Witch Trials” (Island Press 2014). Author Jakob Crane's words coupled with illustrator Timothy Decker's narrative art tell the story of Ann Putnam, Jr.--the only one of the accusing girls to ever apologize for her role in the trials. Crane's narrative knocks the dust off of an aspect of our local history that is seldom touched upon-- remorse. Decker's pen and ink art has a naturally dark feel that at times recalls the work of Edward Gorey, but reflects the story of Ann Putnam as described by Crane with a unique sense of purpose.

Jakob Crane is currently at work on a story and graphic art exhibition in conjunction with the Fairfield Museum in Connecticut. This exhibition will tell the tale of the witch trials that took place in Connecticut almost a half-century before the Salem trials.  Timothy Decker is a writer/illustrator whose books include: “The Letter Home” (Front Street 2005) “Run Far, Run Fast” (Front Street 2007) “For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre” (Calkins Creek 2009) and “The Punk Ethic.” 

Art + Design Faculty Showcase 2014
November 10- December 
Reception: Wednesday, November 19, 6-8 pm

For over a decade, this annual event features the work of faculty from within Salem State’s nationally accredited art + design department.Works by both full-time and adjunct studio faculty in printmaking, painting, design, sculpture, photography and various other media are exhibited.  Visitors to the Winfisky can expect to see some of the latest work from artists such as Haig Demarjian, Benjamin Gross, Richard Lewis, Mark Malloy, Mary Melilli, Kim Mimnaugh, Rebecca Plummer-Rohloff, Ken Reker and John Volpacchio. This is a terrific opportunity to see first-hand how Salem State’s art + design faculty not only teach but also actively produce and exhibittheir own work.

The Winfisky Gallery is located in the Ellison Campus Center on North Campus. Hours: Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm or by appointment at 978.542.7890.