Ms Lorraine Johnson, Curator, National Museum and Art Gallery delivers an address at the University of the West Indies Fine Art and Design Exhibition 2016 on Wednesday 13th April, 2016.
Behind her is Jeniffer Chichester’s acrylic painting Violar
The University of the West Indies’ Fine Art and Design Degree Exhibition 2016 is currently on display at the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG), corner Frederick Street and Keate Street Port of Spain and will continue through Saturday 14th May, 2016.
The grand opening took place at the Main Art Gallery of the National Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday 13th April, 2016 with final year students, friends, family and art enthusiasts in attendance.
In the brief opening ceremony, Ms Lorraine Johnson - Curator, described the role of the entities involved. “It is the role of the artist to ignite change and the role of the National Museum and Art Gallery to facilitate change. When the museum and artist come together, we have the opportunity to redesign the walls of society. When the artist connects with the audience the opportunity for change becomes a reality.” She encouraged all patrons, “Open your minds and consume fresh art.”
Mr Jessel Murray, the Head of the Department of Creative Arts (DCFA), expressed his gratitude to the NMAG as it offered the final year students “national exposure, critique and appreciation.”
The exhibition comprises over thirty-five pieces from twenty-two Fine Art students and seventeen Design students. The display was organised by Keomi Serrette, Curatorial Assistant at the National Museum and Art Gallery in collaboration with representatives from the university’s Department of Creative and Festival Arts – Visual Arts Unit in the form of Steve Ouditt, Exhibition Curator and Lauren Jennings-Stoute, Student Representative.
The artists on display utilised a wide range of art forms including amerindian basket weaving in Deseree Noel’s The Crucifixion of the Amerindian Art; acrylic painting in the work of Jeniffer Chichester; and ceramic art as utilised in Addae Seon’s VACE – Face on a Vase. There were a few recurring themes as environmental consciousness, sustainability, identity and historical and cultural preservation.
The National Museum and Art Gallery is an agency of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.
Herban by Melissa Miller is a herb garden system designed to provide fresh herbs for seasoning, add greenery to home and inspire persons to make healthier decisions.
Final Year student, Lauren Jennings-Stoute gives the Vote of Thanks at the 2016 Exhibition.
Behind her is her own mixed media piece The Great Mother.