As students and faculty filter back to campus this week, they’ll discover the foyer inside Main Building has a whole new look. Over the summer, the Campus Design and Standards Committee, a school advisory committee comprised of members of the staff and faculty, worked on a design for the renovation of the front foyer as well as the Tremaine Gallery foyer.
Visitors entering Main will first see the School’s motto printed on the right entrance wall of the front foyer and the mission statement printed on the opposite wall.
In the front foyer, a series of photo collages by former Instructor in Photography Robert Haiko have been replaced with seven large-scale images by photographer Thomas Blagden Jr.’69, which will be on exhibit through June 2021. The color photographs include images of Hotchkiss Farm, Beeslick woods, Long Pond and the many untrodden spaces around the campus.
In the Tremaine Gallery lobby, old exhibit posters have been removed and the space has been transformed into a gallery for student work. Art and photographs by members of the Class of 2018 will be featured this fall; and, in the spring, work by seniors will be exhibited through next spring.
To mark the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969, the work of three photographers from the class are also on exhibit. Additional nature images by Blagden are featured in the Rotunda, while landscape photos by Steve Toll are displayed in Main hallway. Joe Standart’s large-scale portraits from his exhibit WE ARE: A Nation of Immigrants are on exhibit outside in the Sycamore grove in front of the Griswold Science Center. The work of all three photographers will be on display through Oct.14.
In his address to faculty and staff last week Head of School Craig Bradley said, "As I reflect on the choices we have made about the art now displayed in the Main Building and in the sycamore grove east of the Dining Hall, as well as printing the mission statement on the wall of the Main Entrance to the Main Building, these choices make evident our emphasis on place and the privilege we enjoy as residents of this extraordinarily beautiful natural place, and on community – in particular, on inclusion, plainly evident when one reflects on the
photographs of Joe Standart.