Aesthetic Construction, the artwork collection provided by Jeanne and Larry C. Moseley was opened Oct. 25 in the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts.
Larry Moseley is a principle architect with GSC Architects. Moseley and his wife started collecting art in 1969.
The exhibition came into being when Moseley and his wife discussed their interest in the arts with Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Ted Barnes and professor and chair of the department of arts Hershall Seals during the construction of the new art building, which Moseley helped to design.
Barnes thinks the exhibit can inspire people to start a collection of their own without having to go over their budget.
“I hope students get the idea that you can have a passion for something like the arts. You can start even as a student and begin collecting art because you can buy things at prices that are fairly reasonable. I also hope that they get the idea that you can be passionate about any of the arts as well. You can be passionate about culture and the arts and follow that dream,” he said.
Along with the affordability, Seals enjoys the emotions conveyed in the pieces of artwork shown.
“What I like about the collection is the variety. They have a lot of abstract work, but then they also have a lot of realistic work. There are some landscapes that are absolutely beautiful. They give a sense of life; they’re intimate and quiet. Then, they have other works that are big, bold and highly colorful,” he said.
Because of the gallery’s convenient location, students can use this opportunity to incorporate what they see in the art exhibition into their own work.
Seals said, “Students that are in painting classes, especially since there’s a lot of painting in this collection, will be able to find something that they can relate to. There’s something for everyone in this exhibit, and it’s fun to have it right next to the art studios where teachers and students can just come in here and look at a few things and get inspired.”
Art majors won’t be the only ones benefiting from the event.
Students experiencing art gallery work for the first time will be able to develop a better understanding for the arts.
“Just the community at large, no matter what their age, will find wonderful narratives in this collection of art,” Seals said. “It’s a chance to use your imagination and interpret the works, and just kind of live with the visual arts for a short time and let your mind go to those places that are not ordinarily visited.”
Jeanne Moseley wasn’t a fan of art until she began collecting with her husband. The uniqueness of each piece sparked their interest, and she thinks her collection will have the same effect on those who come to view it.
“One of the things I’ve learned is how wonderful it is to have real art. You know someone saw that and painted it, and there’s not another one just like it anywhere. That’s really special,” she said.
The Moseleys hope students are able to keep an open mind and enjoy the exhibit,
Larry Moseley said, “We look at our (art) work every day, and it brings us a lot of joy, and so we’re happy to share it with you.”
The exhibit will remain open until Nov. 16 in the art gallery at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the display is free.
The next exhibit will showcase the art work of three seniors. This will be the first time in the art department’s history when students will be able to show in the gallery.