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News Bites: Myth, Reality Converge in Illustration Professor’s Solo Exhibition

Posted October 2, 2015 in FacultyNews BitesIllustration

Illustration Professor Patricia Constantine is the focus of the newest exhibition at Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery.

Patricia ConstantinePatricia Constantine

Running through October 30, “Myth and Reality: Drawings by Patricia Constantine” showcases artwork influenced by Constantine’s long-running fascination with everything odd and occult. Growing up in Florida, Constantine became enthralled the circuses, sideshows, and tourist traps like the Weeki Wachee mermaid shows that were prevalent in the area throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.

work by Patricia Constantinework by Patricia Constantine, on display now at Overbrook Art Gallery in Musekegon

The exhibition is linked to the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival, fittingly themed “Myth and Reality.” Included are several pieces Constantine created after taking a faculty sabbatical trip to Scotland in 2013, where she networked with local magicians and immersed herself in the country’s strong traditions of narrative, mysticism, and magic. These pieces were recently on display in The Fed Galleries @ KCAD during the Faculty Sabbatical Exhibition.

work by Patricia ConstantineSome of the work on display in Muskegon, such as this lighbox installation, were featured in the recent Faculty Sabbatical Exhibition inside The Fed Galleries @ KCAD

“When I was asked to participate in this community-wide event, I was thrilled, because myth and reality are key concepts in my work,” says Constantine. “I felt like Muskegon Community College would be the perfect place to exhibit my sabbatical work.”

A reception, free and open to the public, will be held at Overbrook Art Gallery on October 14 from 6-7:30pm. Constantine will be on hand to deliver a gallery talk at 6:30pm.


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