Art appreciation has a newly designed home at Middlesex Community College – the renovated Pegagus Gallery, which was officially reopened during the College’s annual Arts & Media Festival on May 18. The new space now is able to accommodate three-dimensional works, installations (space-based projects), performances and multimedia displays, as well as traditionally framed pieces. The gallery, which is located within the Jean Burr Smith Library in Chapman Hall on the MxCC campus, will house exhibits created by professional artists as well as artwork by MxCC students and faculty.
“In addition to properly displaying more types of art as we saw during the Arts & Media Festival, the Pegasus Gallery can now be fully utilized as a teaching tool for students studying art history, studio art, English, and other disciplines,” explained Professor Matthew Weber, MxCC art curator. “This effort was initiated by our president, Anna Wasescha, fulfilling part of her vision for the College, and is an exceptional enrichment for our arts program.”
The gallery will be open whenever the library is open (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. when classes are in session). These expanded hours are more convenient for college and community visitors to view shows at their own pace.
“We have such a vibrant arts department at MxCC, we needed space to do it justice,” Dr. Wasescha said. “This newly redesigned exhibit space will allow us to greatly expand the types of art we can display, and brings so much more to our campus. It is a place for inspiration and thought, as well as a place for gathering and socializing. This is an exciting step for our campus.”
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at its three locations: the main, 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, and the shoreline in Old Saybrook. The college promotes understanding, learning, ethics, and self-discipline by encouraging critical thinking. Current enrollment exceeds 2,875 full and part-time students, and 1,600 continuing education students.