Cornell Announces Faculty Exhibition


  Museum to present recent works by artists and art professors Joshua Almond, Rose Thome Casterline, Dana Hargrove, Dawn Roe, and Rachel Simmons
with Julian Chambliss and Lee Lines   


Winter Park, Fla. (March 12, 2014) - The faculty exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College offers an opportunity to share the work of five innovative artists with both the campus community and the greater Orlando area. Beyond their ardent commitment to teaching, the featured artists, Joshua Almond, Rose Thome Casterline, Dana Hargrove, Dawn Roe, and Rachel Simmons maintain a studio practice. "The exhibition illustrates the vibrant creativity of the Rollins faculty, which enriches our cultural life while also nurturing our students' talents," said Ena Heller, Bruce A. Beal Director of the museum.  


Joshua Almond's large-scale wood constructions present organic, mysterious, and dynamic forms. Rose Thome Casterline expands traditional notions of portraiture with her large-scale figurative paintings. Dana Hargrove creates abstract, colorful sculptures and reliefs inspired by cairns, mounds of stones that are used as landmarks and memorials in the artist's native Scotland. Dawn Roe, a video artist and photographer, debuts a new work with her two channel video, No One Was With Her When She Died (Dust). The title derives from an emotionally wrenching line in Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Rachel Simmons' practice emphasizes collaboration. Her project Future Bear, realized with Julian Chambliss, a professor in the History Department, combines environmental awareness and comic book aesthetics. Simmons will also present collaborative work produced with Lee Lines, a professor of Environmental Studies.


The studio art faculty of Rollins College remains committed to the pursuit of serious scholarship and studio practice, and to providing a caring and rigorous education in the visual arts for students. In studio courses, students explore the tools and materials of the creative process while learning experientially about conceptual issues and creative strategies in visual arts.  Frequently, professors discuss conceptual issues, such as composition and color relationships, then present problems which require analysis and construction. Young artists are challenged to develop their critical skills and to articulate their ideas and creative strategies through class discussions and critiques. This exhibition presents recent works and demonstrates the diversity of art created at Rollins College. Moreover, it offers a way in which to celebrate each professor who pursues a distinctive artistic vision while simultaneously working with new generations of artists.


The 2014 Rollins College Faculty Exhibition will be on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum from March 22–August 31, 2014.    



The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Our encyclopedic collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including rare Old Master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell's public hours are: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. The museum is open until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.  Admission is free, courtesy of Bessemer Trust. For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit  "Like" CFAM on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@cfamrollins.  


Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida's oldest recognized college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as the number one regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business, which has been ranked a top MBA program by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. Rollins serves approximately 3,300 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit "Like" Rollins on Facebook and follow on Twitter@RollinsCollege.  




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