Gallery Opening for Cynthia Consentino Exhibition: 'Topsy-Turvy'
September 12, 2017
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Herter Art Gallery
UMass Amherst Campus
Herter Art Gallery is pleased to present Topsy-Turvy, an exhibition of selected sculptural works and drawings by Cynthia Consentino. Working primarily with clay, Cynthia dismantles and reassembles popular iconographies rooted in established values of beauty and gender. In this manner, she strips down, exaggerates, and inverts the familiar to explore the incongruities embedded in social stereotypes. The resulting imagery is a surrealist landscape where props and plots are out of place, forcing the viewer to re-investigate their notions of the familiar and the strange.
Cynthia Consentino received a MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY. A recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, American Craft Council, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Berkshire Taconic and The Blanche E. Colman Artist Awards, Consentino has exhibited widely. Currently residing in Northampton, she teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Holyoke Community College.
The opening reception will take place on September 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.
This exhibition was made possible in part with a grant from the UMass Arts Council and with funds from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Herter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Herter Hall west of the Fine Arts Center. Public parking is available at all times behind the Robsham Visitors Center and at meters along Haigis Mall. Nights and weekends parking is also available in Lot #71, west of the Whitmore Administration Building.