By Celine Grajo
November 15, 2016
What is art?
For many, it is a form of self-expression. For some, it is a way to cope with the stress of the world. For all, art can be used to communicate and address the current issues that affect our society. Be it politics, body image, mental illness, the environment – anything. When you walk through the Azarian-McCullough Art Gallery, or any other art collection for that matter, absorbing these truths, you will see for yourself how this generation, and those of our past, have come to understand the ways of the world.
Janet-Ashley Adapoe, Eva Cochran, Aislynn Nichols, and many other artists created a welcoming and jubilant environment last Tuesday, where Costello Hall was filled with laughter and music. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the most famous German Expressionist silent film, played on the end wall of the gallery while students used various drawing materials to actualize their visions, in their own unique styles. Art books galore for inspiration, with food and refreshments to share, this event sought to bring a community of like-minded people together, while simultaneously teaching the value and impact of art.
The Drawathon was conceptualized by Barbara Yontz, professor of Visual Arts, and Nina Bellisio, with the help of Matthew Finn, professors of Graphic Design. The Art Therapy Club was also involved in creating this interactive event.
Logo and poster credit: Matthew Finn