Jackie Vlahos ’16, Staff Writer
“Participation in the arts, through formal study and practical experiential learning, unlocks the creative potential of our students while encouraging intellectual curiosity, professional growth, and the development of an entrepreneurial spirit.” (–Merrimack College School of Liberal Arts)
The McCoy gallery, which can be found in the Rogers Center for the Arts, is currently featuring artwork from artist Arthur Dimambro. Arthur Dimambro began painting during the 1950’s as a creative outlet during his career as an orthopedic surgeon. When he retired in 1991, he became a full time artist. His paintings consist of wide brush strokes, depicting scenes of the water, as well as bordering on the lines of abstraction. His paintings and sculptures are currently on display at the McCoy Gallery until October 10th and the gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Student artwork is always shown at the end of the academic year, late April through May. There are 6 exhibitions during the school year, including the student show. Each exhibition runs four to six weeks long. Prior to the student show, other artists are featured based on their merit and their diverse artistic styles.
There are many ways to become involved in the arts at Merrimack College. From art majors, the theater program, concert choir, to the new art club that has been established this year, Art Warriors. There are several different art majors offered here, including the visual and performing arts major in art and art history, digital design, and now in theater, as well as several minors, such as studio art, animation, visual storytelling, and music. Other opportunities are offered outside of the classroom as well, including internships, contests, projects given by professors and festivals. Merrimack College promotes the creative process by offering all of these opportunities to the students in this community. Charlie Day, a Merrimack college alum, who graduated with a degree in fine arts, found fame in the role of Charlie Kelly on the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Most people think that Merrimack College is just a small Liberal Arts school in North Andover, Massachusetts, but this just goes to show that you never know what opportunities you will come across.