The Niche


November 1, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Reception on Thursday, November 8, 5-7 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery


“Vitis Rectangulus,” 2018, rendering.

 Tom Smith’s sculptures and paintings are produced in dialogue with the natural world. Smith describes his practice as “observing and chronicling the infinite works of nature—in particular, the minutiae of sticks.” Line is employed here as an evocative structural device that permits simultaneous readings of containment and of infinite outward growth. Sculpture of bent, twist-tied, wrapped and painted branches form open cocoon-like matrices where complex structural form is amplified by light and cast shadow. Paintings resemble thickets and nets of segmented arabesque. Gestural marks resemble the irregular jointed structures of branch and vine forms. Smith’s work imparts an interior perspective of human and environmental interactions that are imbued with intimacy, sensitivity and flux.

Tom Smith has led a 20+ year career as an architect, teacher and freelance illustrator. He attended Virginia Tech School of Architecture, Hampshire College, Pratt Institute, and the Rhode Island School of Design, and he lives in Colchester, CT.

The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.–4 p.m.



September 14th – October 19th, 2018

Zach Gomez, mixed media.

Sponsored by the New Day Fund

In these workshops students have experienced the magic of making art through the prism of guided meditation and sound healing. The vibrations from both the instruments and spoken word establish a higher, more organic state of receptivity in the minds of the participants allowing for the spontaneous imprinting of psychic energies and emotional states into corporeal art forms.

These art processes represent a total departure from the typical studio art class as the students are not following a prescribed lesson for a given learning outcome. Rather they are directed to follow their intuition through a responsive manipulation of the media based entirely on their own stream of consciousness. In so doing the students are engaged in a process of mindfulness that allows them to trust their intuition and gut instincts.

Art techniques utilized include alcohol inks, Dr Martin’s Dyes, acrylic, watercolor and alcohol inks. Because all of these water-based art techniques are distinguished by their inherent qualities of fluidity and movement, the attendees have been able to observe the impact of subtle paint manipulations on emerging imagery. The sound healing instruments utilized include chakra bowls, chimes, a gong and healing forks.

Through these workshops students have learned to appreciate the benefits of a meditative state of mind for attaining greater academic and personal success.

The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.–4 p.m.