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MCC Fine Arts Gallery to feature Jay Constantine


 The Crusaders Misadventures by Jay Constantine
The Crusaders Misadventures by Jay Constantine
The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of paintings by Grand Rapids area artist and educator Jay Constantine titled Anti-icons.  His work will be in the gallery through Feb. 19. In addition Constantine will give a talk about his work in the gallery on Tuesday, February 12 at 1 p.m., Visual Arts and Design Center, room 128. The Gallery and the talk are free and open to the public.

These events are made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust.

Jay Constantine was formerly Chair of the Kendall College of Art and Design Fine Art Program and is currently Full Professor of Painting at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids. He received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb. His work has been exhibited in Chicago and in New York at both the Woodward Gallery and Brenda Taylor Gallery. His work has been published in Direct Art Magazine and Studio Visit Magazine. He has received grants from Arts Midwest Regional NEA, ArtServe Michigan, Michigan Council for the Arts and Arts Foundation of Michigan. His work can be found in many public and private collections including Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kalamazoo Institute of Art and Pratt Graphics Center.

His Artist Statement reads in part:
“The series of paintings titled Anti-icons explores the conflicts between science and religion as well as historic controversies over heresy and orthodoxy. The work also examines the tragic consequences of religious wars waged by the church. While persecution is part of the origin story of Christianity, it is also true that early religious councils criminalized a whole population of believers who held unorthodox views. Heretics are of interest not just because they are history’s losers, but because they often held highly original insights that were crushed by the majority view on the councils during late antiquity. My recent work takes a critical look at some of the uncomfortable realities of Christian history and indirectly comments on the rise of religious extremism today.”

The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts and Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Art and Design office at 810-762-0443.


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