World-famous artist Janet Nolan’s exhibition “Reimagining the Everyday” is a must-see at Troy University.

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At a public event in honor of the artist on November 18, visitors could see firsthand each of the unique pieces that Nolan created from discarded items on the streets of New York City. They also had the opportunity to experience the whimsical, colorful displays that encourage and convey a positive view of recycling and reusing discarded items. The expanse of the exhibition allows the viewer to immerse himself in an environment of textures from nature in order to celebrate them as a whole and not as individual discarded objects.

“My wish is that the students not only experience their idea of ​​finding treasures in the trash, but also Janet’s works of art,” said Janet Janice Hawkins, First Lady of University of Troy. “University of Troy So committed to change in environmental studies that it is fitting that we have some of the works of art by this wonderful artist. It is a pleasure for me to comply with your request by sharing your message with our students. “

Nolan would take the streets of New York City looking for colorful objects that she could turn into art. Whether discarded umbrellas, men’s ties or plastic bottles, the objects found served Nolan as the basis of her artistic work. As an artist, she has also placed intentional, underlying messages in her work that prompt viewers and consumers to reflect on how their daily consumption creates waste for the planet. Nolan was also known for making bold statements with her artwork to show how much Americans waste. Her artwork has been exhibited in some of the most iconic locations in the country, including galleries, universities, and museums. Harvard University and the famous new York shop Bloomingdales have commissioned their work.

She was a guest artist at University of Troy in 2003. Before his death in 2019, Nolan developed a friendship with Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor from University of Troy, and Mrs. Hawkins. At that time she was looking for a place for her works of art, in the hope that their environmental messages would continue to have a positive effect on others. Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins followed new York Meet Nolan. After her death, they worked through Nolan’s longtime friend Dr. James Vickery and Nolan’s sister, Sue Thompsonto donate their artwork to University of Troywhich Mrs. Hawkins then carefully placed across the Troy campus.

Nolan’s best-known works in the collection include Canopy, which frames the windows of the International Arts Center and overlooks the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. The work was sewn together like a quilt from the fabric of dozens of umbrellas, creating a flowing work of art 30 meters long and 3 meters wide that was originally located above Church Street in. was issued New Yorks Tribeca.

“(When we met) she talked about her experience in new Yorkwhen it first rained and how people were buying and dropping umbrellas and she said she decided that there must be something she could do with all those umbrellas, ”said Mrs. Hawkins. “So she went out and would pick them up as many as she could carry and took them to her apartment and then went back out to get more. She said she only left thousands on the street because she couldn’t get everyone in. “

Janet Nolan’s exhibition is an example of how University of Troy promotes leaders and leads changes in art and recycled products. University of Troy is also leading the way in recycling research with the construction of its new, fully integrated, multidisciplinary center for materials and manufacturing sciences. Beginning of September, TROY McCartha Hall demolished to pave the way for the construction of the new center. The center’s focus will be on exploring ways to reduce the waste generated by polymeric materials such as plastics and packaging. These types of hands-on leadership opportunities pay off as students graduate TROY because they are ready to take on leadership roles in their professional lives.

In addition to the Janet Nolan exhibition, the International Arts Center is showing the photo exhibition “Stonehenge International”, “The Art of the Story: The Year Through a Troy Lens” and Brandon Rices Exhibition “Holism: Knowing Yourself”. In the Nall Museum, named after world-famous artists Fred Nall Hollisvisitors will find the exhibition “Alice in Wonderland” and the “MossaNall Dialogues”. China “Bronze chariots and horses” and other works of art as gifts from the artist Dr. Huo Bao Zhu. This gallery is the place where guest artists and exhibitions by students and faculty are often held.

In the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park, 200 terracotta warriors by Dr. Huo Bao Zhu from Xi’an, China. The warriors were built after careful inspection of the original terracotta army that was buried with China first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Dito accompany him in his afterlife. With manual dexterity, Dr. Huo Bao Zhu created this collection to reflect how it would originally have been constructed. In addition, the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park is home to a number of benches created by artists Frank Marquette, Hiking trails and an amphitheater that has live performances year round.

Janet Nolan’s exhibition is free to the public and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday off 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., TROY inspires unique cultural experiences through each of the exhibitions in the International Arts Center. Plan your trip by visiting troy.edu/IAC.

SOURCE University of Troy


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