UMass Dartmouth CVPA Sabbatical Exhibition underway at University's Campus Galley

Work of four UMass Dartmouth faculty on display through October 17

UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) Sabbatical Exhibition at the CVPA Campus Gallery showcases four UMass Dartmouth faculty and the results of their investigations into their creative process. The exhibition will be on display through October 17, 2014 with an exhibition reception at the gallery on October 2, at 4:00 p.m., and Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m. by CVPA faculty.

CVPA's Richard Creighton, Alma Davenport, Jim Lawton, and Cathy Smilan went in depth to explore their personal artistic inspirations as well as the themes and concepts that drive their artwork.

About the Artists:

Richard Creighton's exploration concerns the abstraction of objects of antiquity, particularly American, European and Middle Eastern Powder Horns and their relevance in the 21st century. He is a Professor and Interim Chairperson of Fine Arts Department, as well as, mixed media artist exhibiting both regionally and nationally, with work held in numerous private and select institutional collections.

Alma Davenport's paintings are representations of the farming landscape of the Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec, Canada. Professor Davenport was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to create the watercolor paintings. Alma Davenport is a Professor of Fine Arts and lives in southern Rhode Island.

Jim Lawton has been on the Ceramics faculty of the Artisanry Department since 1998, and lead the design & move of the program to the Star Store campus in New Bedford in 2001. His studio practice is made up of two intersecting paths - sculptural/functional vessels and large scale architectural works in ceramic.

Cathy Smilan is Associate Professor of Art Education and MAE Graduate Program Director. Her intradisciplinary sabbatical work focuses on utilizing Art-based Research techniques in art education and addresses the role childhood plays in forming reality among adults and how consumerism and visual culture impacts identity.

The CVPA Campus Gallery is located on the first floor of the CVPA building at UMass Dartmouth (285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747). Visitors are advised to use parking lot 7. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 10 am - 4 pm, Friday 10 am - noon. More, or contact

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