FRCC students curate art exhibit that includes Webosphere elements

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – When museum/gallery studies students at Front Range Community College open their fourth annual juried art exhibition Friday, Dec. 3, at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, they also will be staging the exhibition in the Webosphere.

The exhibition, “Object, No Object: Sculpture of Ideas,” aims to explore conversations around the topic of contemporary sculpture. Students in the class are the jurors and curators of the exhibition which, because it is open just one day in a physical place, also could be called an “art happening.”

The one-day on-site exhibition will feature sculptural installations of local artists Rachael Browning, Keith Jentzsch, Martin Mayer, Elizabeth Morisette, Amy Reckley, Frank Stanley and Sarah Vaeth.

But “Object, No Object” also is an online international invitational exhibition that will be broadcast from Dec. 3 to March 3, 2011, via the exhibit’s social media sites on Twitter, Facebook and through an interactive Web site.

“Museum /Gallery Studies students seek to incorporate social networking as a means to involve the audience in an ongoing and open forum about sculpture,” said Kathy Webb, an independent study student who set up the online presence. “By doing so, the students illustrate that the exhibition creates a virtual structure on its own, a ‘Sculpture of Contemporary Culture.’ It is the students’ highest intention that the dialog which is created by both the on-site and online exhibitions will continue beyond the exhibition dates.”

FRCC is the only community college in Colorado to offer a three-semester sequence in museum and gallery studies, said Jennie Kiessling, art instructor. The sequence incorporates strong field-based internships as well as classes in art, history, philosophy, and museum and gallery studies itself.

The Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 201 S. College Ave. “Object, No Object” has an entrance on the plaza level, in the former ArtsCool space.

The hours for the Dec. 3 exhibition are noon to 9 p.m. as the exhibit matches the evening hours for the First Friday gallery walk in downtown Fort Collins.

Admission is free to “Object, No Object: Sculpture of Ideas.” Admission to the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 or older), $6 for students (with valid  ID), $5 for youth (7-18), and free for museum members and children 6 and under.

For more information, contact Kiessling at (970) 226-2500, ext. 2446.

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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