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MARLBORO, VERMONT – Spare push pins, picture hangers and even wall space will be a rare commodity this spring at Marlboro College as seniors exhibit their work in the Drury Gallery.

Eleven graduating seniors will bring the gallery to life with back-to-back Plan of Concentration exhibits to include a variety of mediums from quilting to digital media.

Faculty member Cathy Osman, who runs the Drury Gallery, said this year’s student art line-up is particularly busy and varied.

“There is a wide variety of work being presented, from fairly traditional documentary photography, to photographic collages and photos generated by young students, as well as abstract paintings, figurative drawing and web based art, metal sculpture, and quilts,” she said.

Senior Exhibits are part of the college’s Plan of Concentration, an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. The Plan culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

A few of this year’s Senior Exhibits include:

Nora Zale will open this year’s Senior Exhibits with her “Spaces Between” photography exhibit. Zale’s work will incorporate photography, theater, and education, the three fields of study in her Plan of Concentration.

The exhibit will include two separate groups of images - landscapes and photographs of and made by her students. As part of her Plan of Concentration, Zale worked with students in Brattleboro, New Zealand and on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to help create some of the photographs she will exhibit.

“The landscapes in the show are my way of taking a breath and a step back from the human interaction involved in the teaching and learning,” she explained.

Zale’s exhibit is set to run April 7 through April 10 with an opening reception on April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m.

David Hassan will show his documentary photography, “Far Afield,” April 17 through April 20 with an opening reception on Monday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m.

“Far Afield” is a collection of documentary style photographs of Jamaican seasonal laborers working in Vermont and photographs of one of the workers and his family at their home in Jamaica.

Kate Purcell’s exhibit, “People,” includes works on paper and digital media and explores portraiture investigating narrative and suffering. The exhibit will run from April 22 through 26 with an opening reception slated for Friday, April 23 at 4 p.m.

At the same time, Sarah Swift will exhibit “Affirming Life,” a series of photographic quilts and images honoring life during the aging, dying and grieving process.

“Affirming Life” includes two quilts honoring individual people's lives, photographs taken on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a series of photographs from the reservation, and photographs taken during Swift’s internship at St. Christopher's Hospice in London, England. Her opening reception will also coincide with Purcell’s.

Jessamyn Mayer’s photography exhibit, “Obrohnyi: Remembering Slavery,” will be hung from May 2 through May 6. The body of work comes from Mayer’s experiences on internship in Ghana.

Obrohnyi is a name Mayer says the Fante-speaking Akan people of Ghana would use to describe her. “It is a name for ‘visitor’; a name for someone from the outside. Some would say it is a name for the white person,” she explained. “The images in this exhibit are not truth, but mostly reconstructions of my mind, my understanding, my memory of Ghana, and of Benin. My work is intended to instigate a dialogue about slavery, to trigger a greater understanding about a topic that tends to be ignored.”

Concurrently, Nomi Elliot will show her photography, entitled “A Whisper of Tibet.” Elliot’s work is a photographic documentary on the Tibetan Children's Village, a Tibetan refugee school in Dharamsala, northern India. According to Elliot, the work specifically looks at what some Tibetans are doing to keep their exiled culture alive in India.

Other Senior Exhibits for this year include:

• Josh Shippee, April 12 through 16, painting;
• Cullen Schneider, April 27 through May 1, documentary photography and artists;
• Teal Pulsifer, May 2 through 6, photography;
• Sharleen Stinger, May 7 through May 11, sculpture, collage and installation;
• Choya Adkinson-Stevens, TBA, photography.

All exhibits will be held in the Drury Gallery on the main campus of Marlboro College during Drury Gallery Senior Exhibit hours from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. every day. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information contact Erin George, Public Relations Coordinator, at (802) 251-7644.

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