NORTH ADAMS, MASS. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 announces its next exhibition, “Waiting: A Camera Phone Photography Show,” a collaborative effort between the campus and Brigham Young University of Provo, Utah, will open next Thursday, May 26.

“Waiting” will include hundreds of 4-inch by 4-inch color photographs gleaned from students and faculty from the art departments of both institutions, as well as members from the surrounding communities of each campus.

An opening reception for “Waiting” will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in MCLA Gallery 51. Students and faculty from both of the universities’ departments of fine arts will attend. This event is free and open to the public.

According to Michelle Daly, program manager of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), one of the most interesting elements of this exhibition is how it captures the universality of an experience through multiple lenses.

“Working with students from BYU allows us to reach a larger audience, displaying photos from across the country,” Daly said. “Together, the photos demonstrate the commonality of all of our experiences.”

Joseph Ostraff, a professor of fine art at BYU, explained that all of the varied photographers featured in the show took diverse pictures of what they saw in a wide variety of situations, but what each had in common is that they were waiting for something.

“We live in a time when the images that we capture on our phones have become such a strong, democratic voice,” Ostraff said. “I love it because all participants are equally valued. There is no way to measure who’s older or younger, or who has or doesn’t have a certain skill set. It’s all about what they see and what they think. It puts everyone on equal ground.”

At MCLA, arts management major Maggie Kase ’17 of Newtown, Conn., spent the spring semester as Gallery 51’s curatorial intern. “Waiting” was the focus of her internship as she coordinated and developed the exhibition’s content.

“Images were captured exclusively using camera phones to document locations and times in our day when we are waiting. This waiting can occur for a multitude of reasons, and the duration can be anything from seconds to minutes, hours, or even longer,” Kase said.

The exhibition, she continued, provides an experience of connection from across the nation, as artists capture moments of “waiting” that all are familiar with.

“The show mitigates insightful questions about the overlap between technology, art and self-reflection, and creates a space where the three co-exist in a way that challenges the audience to think critically about the larger world.”

Ostraff, along with three students from BYU’s fine arts program, will be in North Adams next week to help install the exhibition, and will be present at its May 26 opening.

“Waiting” will be on display in MCLA Gallery 51 through June 24.

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MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).

The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. DownStreet Art, a cultural and economic development program, is organized by the team from MCLA Gallery 51 and the BCRC.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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Brigham Young University (BYU) seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. These are the common aims of all education at BYU. Both those who teach in the classroom and those who direct activities outside the classroom are responsible for contributing to this complete educational vision. 

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