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Home ECOnomics

Home ECOnomics:
communal housekeeping for the 21st century
Curated by Danielle Giudici Wallis
September 8 - November 22
Reception for the Artists on September 10 from 6-8pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Home ECOnomics brings together artists who embrace the origins of what Home Ec was—a progressive interdisciplinary study with an emphasis on science as it applied to the individual, family and community with the mission of improving the quality of life. Originally dubbed "Oekology," which later became "Ecology," the founders of the discipline believed that our communal house extends well beyond any walls, and that this larger community could best be tended through the synthesis of the life and social sciences. The artists in Home ECOnomics continue the tradition by honoring the early tenets of Home Ec. They employ methods that range from biology, chemistry, and engineering, to sewing, cooking and animal husbandry to broaden our understanding of the environment and further our stewardship of it.

Curated by Danielle Giudici Wallis, Home ECOnomics will feature work by Kim Abeles, Stefani Bardin, Vaughn Bell, Adam Davis + Io Palmer, Catherine Page Harris, Carole Frances Lung, Monica Martinez, Maggie Orth, Alison Petty Ragguette, Phil Ross, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, SPURSE, Lisa Tucker, and Amy M. Youngs.

Frau Fiber Incubated Basket Cooker (pdf)


Savage Sentimentality
Curated by Foundation for Artist Resources
January 12 - March 14
Reception for the Artists on January 13 from 6-8pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Savage Sentimentality presents a group show of artists of unique backgrounds and interests connected by a tenuous relationship to sentiment. The artists included allude to and/or embrace sentiment while simultaneously ravaging it, either with a brutish material response or vice versa - a subject matter that contradicts the sensitivity of material handling. While the individual artists included in this exhibition draw from a myriad of sources broadly considered sentimental in nature, the end result is very different than the effects of kitsch. Instead of being a sentimental regress into a state of comfort, or a carefully maintained closed system of signs, the result is an acknowledgment and active agitation of that state. The works in this exhibition often achieve this through a balance of a raw material directness co-mingled with emotive charm, seemingly to tempt a calculated betrayal of the sentimental within the work's execution. If a common criticism of kitsch or sentimentality is that it creates aesthetic depletion through repetition, these artists arguably give aesthetic value to that depletion.

Savage Sentimentality will feature work by Raymie Iadevaia, Cole James, Quinton Jones McCurine, Annelie McKenzie, Mandy Lyn Perez, Jason Ramos, Ana Rodriguez, Emily Silver, Jason Stopa, and Emily Sudd.

Student Invitational 2015
April 13 - May 14
Reception for the artists on April 14 from 6-8pm
Panel discussion with the artists on April 21 at 5pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art proudly present Student Invitational 2015, the 38th annual juried exhibition featuring Chaffey College student artists. In this rigorous program, the selected artists work closely with faculty, the museum curators, and other art professionals to create a new body of work, culminating in a professional quality group exhibition at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.

Student Expo 2015
June 1 - 18
Reception for the artists on June 9 from 5-7pm
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art proudly present Student Expo 2015. This annual student exhibition features a selection of the year's best student work from art and photography classes during the academic year 2014 - 2015.

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