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The Lycoming College Art Department will host "Nuances," an exhibition by artist Joyce Michaud, Oct. 18-Nov. 16 in the College's Art Gallery in Snowden Library. An artist's reception and gallery talk will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4-5:30 p.m.
Michaud earned a bachelor's in art from Lycoming in 1973. She holds a MFA from The George Washington University and is an associate professor at Hood College in Frederick, Md., where she serves as the coordinator for studio arts and director of the MFA and graduate certificate in ceramic arts.
A practicing artist and educator who is active in her field, Michaud is recognized for her teaching and in-depth research into 2D and 3D composition, structural strength in clay and the aesthetics of nature. Her work has been placed in more than 300 private collections, as well as the Wuxi Museum in Yixing, China, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was recently inducted into the Frederick County (Md.) Arts Council Arts Hall of Fame.
Michaud's work, in its array of structure, technique and style, is a study in contrasts. The sensuous line of organic curves and the earthy tones of her varied surfaces speak to the evolution of form and natural imagery. Her work addresses the interplay of strength, form, extremes, fragility, gesture and graceful movement that reference the delicate balance inherent in life itself. Michaud states, "Each piece, each firing has its own voice, tells its own story. Life is truly a delicate balance and we must maintain that balance in order to survive."
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.