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14 November 2017

College of the Redwoods presents Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

Nov. 27 through Feb. 1

College of the Redwoods presents Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

The College of the Redwoods Creative Arts Gallery will host the Art Department’s Annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition from Nov. 27, 2017 to Feb. 1, 2018. There will be a public reception for the artists on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Participating artists include Cynthia Hooper, Dave Zdrazil, Emily Silver, Erica Botkin, Hannah Meredith, Mina Cohen, Natalia Margulis, Ruth Jensen, Ben Funke, Mary Mallahan, Shannon Sullivan, Tova Lund and Willa Briggs. Work shown includes paintings, sculptures, mixed media, digital media, watercolor, ceramic, photography, and video.

The 2017 Faculty and Staff Exhibition reflects the diverse interests, ideas, and media that CR’s art faculty and staff explore as a part of their own studio practice. The work exhibited demonstrates the skill and commitment to the varied concepts and approaches that contemporary art making demands. This exhibition affords an opportunity to learn from these practicing professionals, and also to see how these instructors translate their artistic inquiries into the classroom. 

Professor Shannon Sullivan’s multi-media sculpture Interactive Bubble Array (Cobalt) encourages gallery visitors to interactively touch and modify the artwork’s form. Professor Natalia Margulis’ mixed media installation examines the experiences of transgender people in the United States and, as she states, “wrestles with the idea of ‘naturalness’ and the natural ‘habitat’ for people, places, and objects that do not neatly fit into their surrounding environments.”  Ben Funke’s video is a reflection of the current cultural climate in the United States—-a culture he sees as “currently under attack, becoming severely altered, damaged and hardly recognizable.” Willa Briggs’ new mono-print, a work on paper, is part of her ongoing series on human relationships and their interconnectedness. Mary Mallahan’s new ceramic work connects to and satisfies the user through the act of touch and functional necessity.

The Creative Arts Gallery at College of the Redwoods is located on the Eureka Main Campus, North Entrance and is open Monday 10 to 4 pm, Tuesday 10 to 6 pm, Wednesday 10 to 3 pm, Thursday 12 to 6 pm, and by appointment. The gallery will be closed from Dec 13, 2016 through Jan 15, 2017 for the winter academic break. For more information, please call the Art Department office at (707) 476-4559 or visit


Photos: Benjamin Funke, RWB (Red White and Blue), digital video still, 2017. Mary Mallahan, Flower Brick, ceramic, 2017. Natalia Margulis, Sea Me, mixed media installation (detail), 2017. Shannon Sullivan, Interactive Bubble Array (Cobalt), wood, steel, linen, neodymium magnets, ceramic, 2017.