Art is child's play in UMass Lowell show

08/06/2007
By Used with permission from the Lowell Sun Online.

By NANCYE TUTTLE, Sun Staff

You'll find yourself chuckling when you view Rob Millard-Mendez's interactive, kinetic sculptures, which he calls "large toys."

These pieces are featured in the whimsically titled exhibit, Getting Shot Out of the Canon, in the University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, Wilder Street, on the UMass Lowell South Campus. It opens Wednesday and runs through May 12. The reception, with artist's talk, will take place Wednesday, April 21, from 2-4 p.m.

Beyond creating playful art, Millard-Mendez also provides tongue-in-cheek commentary on historical art criticism, established theory, and topics including mythology, science and history.

Millard-Mendez received his BFA at UMass Lowell and an MFA in sculpture at UMass Dartmouth. He teaches art-related courses at UMass Lowell and Northeastern University in Boston and has an ongoing collaboration with the Revolving Museum in Lowell.

Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, noon-3 p.m., and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.

The annual BIG show of works by UMass Lowell art students, featuring works in a variety of media, runs April 21-May 12 in the Dugan Gallery, located in the Dugan Hall Art Studios, 883 Broadway Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Call the gallery coordinator at 978-934-3491 or Art Dept. at 978-934-3494 for information on either exhibit.