Vicksburg Cultural Art Center Opens Studios Revealed

By Brian Berheide, VCAC Director

How do you know when something is art? How do you know when something is science? Can something be both? The Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center’s new exhibit, Studios Revealed, will answer these questions and more.

Studios Revealed takes a deep look into a medium of fine art and examines the how science and art intersect during the creative process. For this first year of the project, the VCAC’s exhibit will feature the medium of glass – specifically glassblowing and lampworking.

The VCAC is extremely fortunate to feature the work of Judith Konesni and Michael Fortin of Avolio GlassWerks in Kalamazoo. Their work has been internationally featured at museums and galleries as well as in other private and public installations.

The artists have been developing the exhibit with a local production team featuring Helen Kleczynski as curative director, Bonnie Moser as film director-producer, Tracy Klinesteker as graphic designer, and Zachary Perry and Zoie Moser as filmmakers, photograpers and editors.

The exhibit will feature the process of glassblowing and lampworking, and visitors will have a chance to see how an art piece begins as raw material and through the interplay of art and science, arrives as a finished piece of fine art. Exhibit-goers will get a chance to examine the raw materials and the tools used in creating pieces as well as enjoy an in-depth, behind-the-scenes documentary shot at the artists’ studio, to learn from the artists and witness the entire process.

There will be a large exhibit-opening event on Sunday, November 24th from 2-6 p.m. at the VCAC gallery on 105 S. Main. Guests will have a chance to meet the artists, view live demonstrations, have some refreshments, and purchase some of the beautiful glass art pieces on display. Judith and Michael will also return to the exhibit on Saturday, December 14th during Christmas in the Village from 2-6 p.m. to meet and provide an opportunity to purchase additional pieces.

The exhibit will be up through the middle of March, 2020. In the meantime, after the opening, the next phase of Studios Revealed will be getting underway. With a focus on the marriage of art and science, the Studios Revealed project aligns with the educational curriculums of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). This gives the VCAC a wonderful opportunity for educational outreach. The Center has developed a mobile version of the exhibit that it will be taking to local area classrooms in the spring of 2020. Students will be able to interact with glass art as they examine the glass art process from the perspectives of artists and scientists.

Don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful and fascinating exhibit opening and be a part of the vibrant Vicksburg arts and culture scene. Additional gallery hours will be announced after the opening on the website and social media. To learn more about this new and biggest exhibit yet, the VCAC organization, or to become a member, please contact check out their website at vicksburgarts.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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