Martin McKellar | False Expectations

May 18, 2015 – June 29, 2015
Santa Fe College|President’s Hall Gallery
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The President’s Hall Gallery at Santa Fe college is proud to host False Expectations, a photographic exhibition by Martin McKellar. This unique exhibit creates a dialogue between the contemporary experience of the viewer at historical sites, and the highly idealized unpopulated imagery often publicized about these spaces.

McKellar’s exhibit statement below:

False Expectations records visits to four Japanese cultural attractions: the gardens of Ryoanji and Ginkakuji, the temple of Senkakuji and an exhibition of the folding screen “The Pines”. The gardens of Ryoanji and Ginkakuji are located on the grounds of Zen Buddhist temples in Kyoto, temple complexes that are classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sengakuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple in Tokyo, is famous for the graves of the 47 Loyal Retainers. “The Pines” is an Important National Treasure. It was painted in the 16th century by Hasegawa Tohaku, and was  displayed January, 2015, at the Tokyo National Museum.

Promotional photos of Ryoanji, the small Japanese rock and gravel garden, often show a tranquil space devoid of people. My first visit to Ryoanji demonstrated a disconnect between the media portrayal and the reality, and I quickly learned first hand that Ryoanji receives 300,000 visitors a year. The narrow viewing platform was crowded with tourists, both foreign and Japanese, and, like me, I have to assume that they all had anticipated the advertised serenity not the uncomfortable and anxiety-ridden reality of a tiny space cramped with people.

Given the popularity of important cultural environments and artifacts in Japan, it is reasonable to expect the contextual environment to include numerous visitors, ongoing maintenance operations, and unrelated activities that make use of the mutually shared space. Images in False Expectations include the contextual environment and posits this as the likely reality for visitors. These images present a startlingly different but accurate picture of the situation.

Please contact the Santa Fe College Gallery office at 352-395-5464 for any questions or concerns.

The sand mound at Ginkaku-ji

Matthew Whitehead — Faces of Santa Fe

Photography Instructor Matthew Whitehead’s exhibition, Faces of Santa Fe, is now in display in the President’s Hall Gallery. This unique exhibit features large-format, portraits of Whitehead’s current students, paired with a story written by each individual student. Selected student work will also on be display. Faces of Santa Fe, will be on display in the President’s Hall through May 15th. The artist will be hosting a small closing reception for the work on Thursday, May 14th 6-8pm. The President’s Hall is located on the second floor of the Robertson Administration Building, and is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm. Please contact the Art Gallery office at 395-5464 with any questions or concerns.

Soloman Sanders | Xotchil Musser


2015 Annual Student Art Show begins April 17

The Santa Fe Gallery is proud to host the 2015 Annual Student Art Show. The exhibit will run Friday, April 17 — Friday, May 1, in the M-147 Gallery. This year’s show features a juried exhibit of nearly 100 unique and diverse student works ranging from sculpture and photography to painting and jewelry.

There will be an opening reception for this exhibit 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, April 17. Accomplished artist, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, will jury this year’s exhibit. Student Award presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. This and all gallery events are free and open to the public. Featuring live entertainment by Richy Stano and Shane Moore, as well as refreshments catered by Blue Water Bay.

Please contact the Art Gallery office at 395-5464 with any questions or concerns.





















Xotchil Musser – Bugs On Silk