University Museum of Contemporary Art
Summer Art: Jennifer Williams
July 23 - December 13
Opening Reception on July 23, 5-7 PM: Nationally known artist Jennifer Williams was chosen to create artworks on two large scale banners for the prominent South facade of the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. The University Museum of Contemporary Art convened a committee of students, staff, and faculty who selected Jennifer Williams of Brooklyn, NY, to create the 12-foot by 24-foot works. The site specific project consists of a two-part photographic collage of the UMass Amherst campus. The fragmented images span a century of the campus’ architectural expressions, referencing UMass history from agricultural college to research university.
Williams, whose work was most recently on view at the celebrated Highline Park in New York, describes her approach to using photography:
…not as a tool to stop time, but to control time passing. My work engages traditional photographic languages while simultaneously questioning its "truth dimension," exploiting photography’s ability to represent what is both true and what is false simultaneously. Modern printing technologies and graphic arts materials allow me to push the imagery’s object quality into a painterly realm, while the work’s interaction with space describes a scale and syntax belonging to the twentieth century sculptural tradition.
The Summer Art Project, in collaboration with the UMass Summer Program, celebrates the academic activities on campus.
UMCA maintains a Permanent Collection of approximately 2,600 objects with an emphasis on drawings, prints and photographs from the second half of the 20th century. Selections from the Collection are regularly incorporated into the exhibition program and frequent use is made of the Collection for purposes of study and research by classes from the Five College area. Please visit the home page of the University Gallery for more information about our current exhibition and upcoming events.
is the visual arts showcase of the Fine Arts Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Located in the Fine Arts Center complex, which was designed by the architectural firm of Roche and Dinkeloo, the Gallery opened to the public in 1975 with the mandate to contribute to the cultural vitality of Western Massachusetts by presenting exhibitions of contemporary art in all media. In addition to welcoming student, regional and national viewing audiences, the Gallery encourages the creative process by providing artists with opportunities to explore their ideas in a highly supportive environment.