Showcasing student and community artwork
Besse Center Gallery
The Besse Center South Gallery is located at the entrance to the Learning Resource Center. This gallery houses the college's permanent art collection, as well as exhibits of local and national artists. Each semester a student exhibit features a wide variety of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media.
Bay College announces the exhibition, Secret Identity, artwork by Carol Phillips. Please join us via zoom on Wednesday, January 24 at 10 AM for the Artist’s Talk. Join the event via Zoom.
Carol Phillips began her art education at the University of Idaho where she studied liberal arts. She continued her studies at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, a studio school specifically for clay located in Sun Valley, Idaho. She later finished her BFA with an emphasis in ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where she lived for 15 years working as a chef and later working with commercial photographers as a food stylist. In 2002 Ms. Phillips moved with her husband to Marquette, Michigan. At Northern Michigan University in Marquette she earned a certification in art education and now teaches art at Powell Township School in Big Bay, MI, a small school of 40 students, grades K-8. She is the curator of visual art for the city of Marquette’s gallery venues and is the director of a nonprofit organization for the art enrichment of rural children, Liberty Children’s Art Project.
Although beginning her studio art practice in clay she now primarily works as an oil painter using various surfaces including clay.
I began my work as an artist in the area of ceramics with wheel thrown and hand-built forms, both functional and nonfunctional. These organic forms with their continuous line have found their way into my paintings and despite an occasional effort to expel them, are stubbornly dominate.
Concerning color, the saturated hues found in my work are influenced by a love of folk art, outsider art and the use of color in early 21st century functional ceramics such as Fiesta Ware and the ceramic work of Russel Wright. I recall from a young age being very disappointed when my paint-by–number sets had only one brilliant color to be applied to a tiny area amidst masses of brown and gray. In this way, vivid color has always been my preference.
In this recent series entitled ‘Secret Identity,’ I’m experimenting with that narrative in the classic genre of portraiture and human expression. In these visual biographies of women I know, who all live in the same small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I’m looking for a glimpse of not so obvious traits, searching out clues about their personality that isn’t always apparent.
The exhibition of her work can be viewed in the Besse Gallery from January 11- February 24, 2021.
The Bay College Hartwig Art Gallery opened in January, 2000, in conjunction with the new art wing, which houses the college’s art studios for ceramics, painting, and drawing. Gallery shows feature the best artists from the upper Midwest region, and change throughout the year. At the end of each semester the Art Students Show displays award-winning art students’ work--the best of these are awarded purchase prizes and become part of Bay’s permanent Art Collection.
There are currently no exhibits on display in the Hartwig Gallery due to COVID-19.
Bay West Gallery
The Bay College West Gallery is located in the Upper Commons.
There are currently no exhibits on display at the Bay West Gallery due to COVID-19.