Professors’ Artwork on Local Display
By Julia Gavin
Art classes focus on the work of students or the masters while the work of the faculty is usually overlooked. Visitors to the Whistler House Museum of Art
in downtown Lowell have a chance to see artwork by several UMass Lowell faculty members in two exhibits this season.
A Group Show with “Something for Everyone”
“We’ve been working to create this show since last April and we’re glad it’s come together so that the public can see the talent in such a wonderful department,” says Michael Lally, executive director of the museum. “The quality of the work is excellent, and we’ve had many visitors say that they’re very impressed be the pieces.”
Sustained by Painting and Poetry
In January, UMass Lowell Legal Studies Prof. Michael Jones
and his wife, Christine, will present a joint exhibit, titled “Sustenance.” The exhibit, which includes his paintings and her poetry, explores what sustains the Merrimack Valley’s inhabitants physically, emotionally and spiritually.
“Michael often brings his students to the museum to learn about legal issues in the art world and has offered legal workshops for artists here, so we’re very excited for this exhibit,” says Lally. “Michael’s artwork is internationally known and will be complemented well by Christine’s poetry.”
An Expanding Relationship
Lally says that he is glad to count the University as one of the museum’s partners and looks forward to continuing the relationship. Several paintings from the museum’s collection are hung in the Allen House on South Campus and a portrait of James B. Francis — for whom the College of Engineering was named — hangs in the main gallery, recognizing that the famed engineer lived in the house from 1866 to 1869.