McGuffey Art Center is an artist association supporting the artistic growth of emerging and professional artists in both visual and performing arts. McGuffey is equally dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to participate in these creative processes through access to open studios, exhibitions and performances, classes, tours and outreach projects. As an artist’s cooperative venue, McGuffey relies on individuals and artists willing to contribute their time and energy for the success of this community arts center.
In my work, I deconstruct language, perception, and belief systems. I explore layers of meaning through relatively simple images, combined with text that becomes part of the visual experience to communicate complicated, subtle concepts. My poetry explores layered meanings using contranyms such as screen (to reveal or hide); dust (to cove or remove particles) where the word contains its own contradiction. This simultaneity of opposites provides tension, as in the optical illusion of a vase, and profiles of two faces. Text functions meaningfully as narrative, but also as a visual device, relying on (and challenging) assumptions, as we expect text to be read sequentially, left to right. —Peter Allenread more
An annual, colorful summer exhibition in a wide array of media by McGuffey’s 100+ members. Also on view, work from 2015/16 Incubator Artists. The Goal of the Incubator Studio is to promote the progress of 5 artists who are not members of the art center but want to maintain a studio practice. The members of McGuffey will act as mentors and help them learn skills needed to become professional artists. Incubator artists for 2016 are: Katherine Williams, Kathy Stacy, Deana Stewart, Sophia Wiedeman, and Christopher Headings.read more