This year students from Regis College have the honor of working with artist Nancy Schön to design a unique exhibit. Students from the Museum Studies Practicum course are working hard to create a memorable experience for visitors to the Carney Gallery. My class’s involvement in the process began in early September, on our first day of the course. All of us were familiar with Nancy Schön’s most famous sculptures, but we took the time to familiarize ourselves more with her work. Our class also began to look into the history and process of wax casting, which is not something any of us had prior experience with.
After looking into Schön’s work, our class began to look at our exhibit space and attempt to come up with an early sketch of what we wanted the exhibit to look like. Since no pieces had been selected yet this was a difficult process, and our early plans have mostly been discarded. This exercise did however serve to familiarize us with our exhibit space.
Shortly after this we made our first visit to see Nancy Schön’s work in person. It was a fascinating experience. We got the opportunity to see sculptures from throughout her career, and were able to see pieces still in the development stages. We left her home filled with new ideas for how we could approach this exhibit.
Our theme for the exhibit is "metamorphosis", which is the Department of Humanities theme for this year. Our current plan of approach is to design an exhibit that shows Nancy Schön’s work throughout her life, and which gives the audience a look at how art like Schön’s is created. It really is a fascinating process, and we truly hope that our audience will be as excited about it as we are.
New sketches for our exhibit have been created, and we are nearly decided on which sculptures we intend to display in the gallery. We have become more familiar with the resources we have available to us, and with the layout we want to create.
Next, its back to visit Nancy Schön and her amazing work! In the meanwhile, here is a link to her website: http://www.schon.com/