In the Galleries
Lauren Bennett: Beneath the Surface
May 6–August 30, 2013
Currently on view in the Oresman Gallery, “Beneath the Surface” is a solo exhibition by local artist and Smith College Department of Art staff member Lauren Bennett. Her large scale lithographs explore the underworld of the forest floor and a complex system of connections both above and below ground. The over nine feet and six feet long landscapes give way to fallen trees, broken branches and cavernous spaces resulting from years of erosion and elemental exposure, drawing the viewer into the mystery of the moment and place.
Bennett uses the infinitely re-usable Century Plates in place of the traditional, single use ball grained lithography plates. She also works with the new D&S system of less hazardous bio-based materials, featured in the text book Printmaking Revolution, in which Bennett was a contributing artist and research assistant to author Dwight Pogue. These advancements in printmaking make lithography more cost effective and lead to a healthier and more sustainable environment, a cause deeply rooted in her inspiration.
Reflections and Projections: 50 Years
A reunion art exhibit by the Class of 1963
May 24–August 25, 2013
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.