Gallery Hours:M-F: 9 am - 4 pm
Closed Fridays during summer term
Lane Community College
Art Department Gallery
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405 (541) 463-5409
Thou Art..., Will Give...
In 2003, while an assistant professor of photography at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ, Erik Kunsman visited Eastern State Penitentiary with his students, presenting them with the opportunity to photograph an abandoned prison where “the light and feeling of abandonment really gave off a sense that the penitentiary might still be inhabited by ghosts and spirits.” Yet, it was a chance discovery of the Eastern State Warden’s Logbook at the American Philosophical Society which set Kunsman on a new path of exploration, this time as a student himself at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Inspired by the humanity displayed within the logbooks, where the warden told of the prisoners’ families, their guilt (or lack thereof) towards their crimes, and even if they could read or write, Kunsman found life in the now derelict prison. The logbooks opened up an unfamiliar world where “through [the warden’s] words, the space now felt inhabited and connected to deep emotions infused with new meanings.” The exhibit features images of the abandoned penitentiary side-by-side with images of the warden’s logbooks. Kunsman lectures on visual communications at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and teaches at the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, both at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
An artist talk and reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5-6:30 p.m., in the Main Art Gallery.
Gongfu Cha: A Celebration of Tea
LCC ceramics instructor Jonathan Steel organized the invitational exhibit of selected teaware for gongfu cha made by various artists. Pieces include teapots, gaiwan, hohin, shiboridashi, cups, and vessels for storing and dumping spent tea leaves. Believed to have originated in the Wuyi Mountains of China, a region famous for its oolong tea, gongfu cha refers to the way of making tea, placing importance on the quality of utensils used and the ceremony. The ceremony includes the sharing of the aroma of the tea to be used with your guests, boiling water for the heating of the pot, the tea cups, and the making of the tea, and finally the serving of the tea. This style asks one to be aware of the aroma, taste, and appearance of the tea and how it affects one's mind and consciousness.
A tea demonstration and reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the gallery.
The Lane Art Gallery is located in building 11 on main campus, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, and includes two adjacent exhibit spaces, the Roger Hall Gallery and the Main Art Gallery. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call LCC Art and Applied Design at (541) 463-5409.
To request disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event (such as Sign Language interpreting, Braille, electronic text, visual describer), please contact Center for Accessible Resources at least one week in advance: (541) 463-5150 (voice); 711 (relay); Building 1, 218; or AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu.