Public & Private: Figuratively Speaking at COS Art Gallery

Mar 7, 2012 | 2012 Articles, Arts & Entertainment

by Amie Rangel

The COS Art Gallery and Arts & Lectures will be celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout the month of March. To start, the gallery will be featuring two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by three female artists, Robin Adsit, Barbara Federman, and Joyce Polance in Public & Private: Figuratively Speaking. The exhibition will run from March 6 – March 29. The opening reception is on Thursday, March 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Barbara Federman will be in attendance.

The combination of works that will be on display for the month of March will include large-scale mixed media drawings on paper by Robin Adsit. The carefully rendered figures seem to play with the “notion of being trapped somewhere between public and private, the intimate and spectacle, representation and memory,” she states.

Joyce Polance’s striking oil paintings of female figures whispering, supporting, embracing and reaching for one another push the viewers own assumptions about strength and beauty. She states, “The most recent pieces explore the complexities that ensue as women engage in relationships that speak both to their original and their new (or substitute) families… I paint the women naked to suggest their willingness to change and be vulnerable, while simultaneously embracing their sexuality and bodies. The women take ownership of both their femininity and their power.”

Joyce Polance, "Pull" Oil on canvas, 2012.

In addition to Adsit and Polance’s work, three-dimensional hand-built ceramic torsos by Barbara Federman will also be on display. Federman’s pieces evoke the beauty of the feminine body and transformation of clay molded and shaped by the artist’s hand.

Robin Adsit has an extensive education in fine arts and has lectured professionally in numerous colleges across the country. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University and has participated in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1980s.

Barbara Federman has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She has been exploring ceramics and sculpture since 1998, with her work being exhibited in various juried and non-juried shows.

Joyce Polance earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has won several City of Chicago CAAP Grants, other awards and has been involved in many solo as well as group exhibitions. Her work is also part of several collections in Chicago.

The COS Art Gallery is located on the ground floor, room 214 of the Kaweah Building. Free parking is available on the night of the reception in lots 3 and 7. If coming to the gallery during the day, 20 minute parking is available in lot 3 at the corner of Meadow Lane and Mooney Blvd or in the half circle off Mooney Blvd. Our hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For further information call the COS Art Gallery at 737-4861, or find us on Facebook.


Along with the gallery exhibition, Arts & Lectures and several COS faculty members have organized other supporting events around campus throughout the month. This will include a film showing of Who Does She Think She Is? directed by Pamela Tanner Boll. The film highlights several contemporary visual and performing female artists that share their journeys and struggles of being a woman in today’s world. The film’s backdrop interweaves these women’s lives in the larger context of the art world and modern society’s expectations of motherhood, while feeding their overwhelming desire and passion to create. The discussion afterward will be lead by Art History Professor Allyson Sullivan. The film will be shown in the Sierra building Rm. 812 on Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Thursday March 22 at 12 Noon, there will be poetry reading by English Professor Stacy Brand in the Sequoia Building Room 1. Then later in the evening, there will be a five-speaker panel discussion, Public and Private: A Woman’s Manifesto. Moderator Cynthia Johnson, Professor of Communication Studies will be leading and engaging the panel and audience alike, sharing their experiences with the many roles a woman may facilitate: professional and career, motherhood, and how this role is shifting, changing and evolving over time. Panelists will include featured artist and CSU San Bernardino Instructor, Robin Adsit, and COS Instructors: Linda Amaral-Dance Director & Instructor, Debra Hansen-Psychology & Sexuality Professor, Michele Hester-Reyes-Professor of Spanish, and Robin McGehee-Professor of Communication Studies. The event will be held in Ponderosa 350 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Lastly, throughout the month of March COS art students and art faculty will be featuring 2D works- printmaking and 3D works in the display case in front of the COS Art Gallery.

All events are free and open to the public!

Amie Rangel is originally from Dinuba. She attended COS in Visalia, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing/Painting & Printmaking from Cal State University in Long Beach, & a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Intermedia from the University of Alberta. She is currently teaching Drawing and Color and Design at COS, Co-Gallery Director of the COS Art Gallery, and is involved in several art events throughout the community.


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