Marshalltown Community College social science professor, Nancy Adams, will be featured in the newest exhibit in the Ray Frederick Gallery, room 306, on the MCC campus. The exhibit opens with a reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23, and will be on display through noon Nov. 19.
This month's exhibit will feature various assemblages and photographs. Adams describes her art as "Quirky, irreverent, solemn and ironic."
"Most of my assemblages reflect social commentary or introspection while my photos capture that which already exists. For my assemblages I use a combination of discarded materials and/or reuse items for purposes other than originally intended," Adams, who was born and raised near Chicago, said. "Growing up, I had frequent access and exposure to the architecture and art of the city. My mom was particularly keen on making sure us kids had a knowledge and appreciation of the fine arts. And so we did," she said.
Here are some examples of what you might see at Nancy Adams’ Art Exhibit on display from Oct. 23 to Nov. 19.
Adams studied psychology and art history in college and has collected art her entire life. She began constructing pieces about 20 years ago.
"As my work is conceptual in nature, titles can often bring clarity to the viewer and some pieces are accompanied by their story of origin," she said.
Adams has been a full-time faculty member at MCC for six years and was an adjunct for several years prior. Before that she was a school psychologist for 16 years.
"I wish only for my work to evoke some response from viewers, whatever that might be," Adams said. "The show is titled 'Art as a Vehicle' because for me it is the most satisfying way to express the richness of this experience called life. The only way really."
The Ray Frederick Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays