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Color Of Kindness Exhibition Opening

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
Stuit Hall

Color of Kindness Exhibition Opening—Stuit Hall

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Seashore Psychology Clinic invite you to the opening of an art exhibition in Stuit Hall titled "Color of Kindness." The opening reception will feature remarks by the artist, faculty members of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and graduate students in the Clinical Psychology program, with light refreshments for guests.

The exhibition comprises work by UI alumna Anne Beffel (MFA '98, Painting), Professor of Art at Michigan Technological University.

Beffel was an MFA student of UI Professor Emeritus John Dilg and Professor Sue Hettmansperger. As a graduate student, her painting studio was in the Old Music Building, which was renovated in 2009 and renamed Stuit Hall. Stuit Hall is now the home of the Carl E. Seashore Psychology Training Clinic, where students, under the supervision of faculty and staff, provide psychological assessments and therapy to the community.

In the Color of Kindness Project, Beffel responds to neighbors' and strangers' answers to the question, "What color comes to mind when you think of kindness?"

Focusing on color and gesture, Beffel interprets the free associations of people as they move between language and visual imagination. In the process, she realizes the power of words to connect beings to one another and our world, and the failure of language to fully embody the phenomena of color.

Beffel draws her palettes from the flora in her neighborhood, as well as vast land and seascapes. Working en plein air while exploring abstraction, she integrates painting with the relational practices of activating social spaces and interactions. Throughout the painting project, she grows to better know others and has produced close to 100 panels with oil pastels on Gessobord. The result is a new, hybrid form: painting as social practice. The experiences and stories generated by the project are at least as important and the panels themselves.

Project funded by:
Michigan Technological University, Finlandia University, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, and supported by University of Iowa Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.