The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center opened for the 2016- 2017 academic year on September 6. The season began with an extended run of the exhibition New Acquisitions and Selections from the Permanent Collection, including over 400 works of art encompassing a variety of figural and landscape paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
Anne Connell is a Portland, Oregon-based artist whose intimately scaled paintings and mixed media works combine visual quotations from a variety of art historical sources with a uniquely modern sensibility.
Often employing a range of traditional artistic techniques and materials not commonly used since the Renaissance–including silverpoint and applied gold leaf–Connell draws inspiration from Italian architecture, Flemish altarpieces, sixteenth-century German woodcuts, heraldic devices, and the depths of her own imagination to create playful visual worlds that are both inviting and surreal.
Throughout the year, the Chapel Art Center will present a series of associated lectures and public programs.