New Group Exhibition, “Layer/Build: Collage Explored,” Opens at Gallery 51

February 24, 2023

The latest exhibition at MCLA’s Gallery 51 features six artists in the group show “Layer/Build: Collage Explored” on view through April 7.  

An opening reception will be held on March 3 from 5-7 p.m. 

Collage is the remixing of pre-existing pictures, forms, colors, and surfaces that are brought together to provoke new constellations of meanings. Creativity in all its forms is the remixing of experiences, memories, and innovations. Every act of artistry is a type of collage of revising, rearranging, reworking, layering, and building. 

The show features work by Evita Tezeno, Juan Hinojosa, Heather Polk, Brandon Brewer, Todd Bartel, and Niki Haynes. The six featured artists engage with collages quite differently from digital collages viewed on a screen to sculptural collages that interact with the physical space. 

Gallery 51 is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 51 Main Street. The space is operated by MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC). 

About MAC 
MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC) is MCLA’s newly expanded arts programming arm. MAC serves as the nexus for internal and external partnerships to create engaging and equity-focused projects that encourage public arts participation, as well as the investigation of arts-based pedagogy that can reshape institutional practices. MAC (formerly known as BCRC, the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center) functions as a hub that supports interdisciplinary approaches to education, social justice, and academic research across MCLA’s campus. MAC supports the expansion of MCLA programming to include: faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary curriculum development; interdisciplinary faculty and student social justice research; arts and culture symposia and workshops; internships for underrepresented student communities; and the development of an open-access archive that includes documented community arts projects and support tools that other college campuses and communities can use and apply to fit their needs.


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