Friday, December 2, 2022

Oxford Local Showcases Art at Pearl River Glass Studio

The Gallery at Pearl River Glass Studio presents Oxford resident Constance Pierce’s artwork from April 13-May 21.

Pierce’s artwork is related to the commencement of Holy Week leading up to Easter. Her paintings, works on paper, and Giclee prints offer a visual meditation on issues of faith, personal spirituality, and ethics.

The public is invited to meet the artist at the reception on Saturday, April 13, from 5-7 p.m. at Pearl River Glass Studio—located at 142 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, Mississippi.

Pierce is represented by Oxford Treehouse Gallery. She received her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore. She served as a tenured associate professor of drawing and painting with St. Bonaventure University in New York state.

Throughout her career, she has exhibited in several states across the county and in Europe and Japan.

Pierce taught with the Smithsonian Institution’s Art Studio in Washington, D.C., Penland School in North Carolina, and the National Summer Program of the Cleveland Institute of Art Ohio, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion in D.C.

She also served as a research fellow and instructor with the Yale University Divinity School in Connecticut.

“I work with allegorical themes such as crucifixion, lamentation, absolution, and healing,” Pierce said. “These parables reveal to me the ancient archetypes reborn in our culture of dissonance and division. Such themes, in all of their mythic and consuming drama, seem to play out anew in our global media daily.”

Pierce said she wants to be witness-bearer to the dispossessed, marginalized and afflicted within our midst.

“I hope that my images disrupt complacency and bestir compassion. I also attempt to express the transcendent aspects of life, especially those liminal experiences wherein we are entrained by a grace beyond ordinary perception.”

Through expressions both intimate and expansive—emanating from both darkness and light—art making nurtures our humanity, Pierce said.

“Spiritual imagination may seed an interior metamorphosis and better foster a culture of empathy,” she said.

Pearl River Glass Studio (est. 1975) is Mississippi’s source for leaded stained glass, kiln formed glass, architectural art glass, and stained glass restoration. The studio’s work can be found in churches and businesses throughout the country and residences across the state. Andrew Cary Young is founder and president.

For more information, please contact Victoria Meek, executive assistant, (601) 353-2497 or Staff Report