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Westfield State features exhibited and ‘hidden’ art show

James Hunt Artwork
WESTFIELD—
Westfield State University will host the art exhibit “Tetradiagon” by Phoenix-based artist James Hunt in the Arno Maris Art Gallery through September 30.

In addition to the exhibit, several small pieces of Hunt’s artwork were hidden around campus for students to find. The name “Tetradiagon” refers to a ten-sided star with an eye in the center. Hunt says the displayed artwork contains clues to the hidden ones and that by overlaying a campus map on them, students will be led to the hidden artwork.

The exhibit features paintings on wood panels, medium density fiberboard panels, and canvases. Hunt’s artwork has been featured across the country including solo and group exhibits in San Diego, Phoenix, and Miami. Much of his artwork features faces that are often compared to the likeness of monsters.

“The paintings are a much more accurate representation of my physical self than my human form could ever be,” Hunt said.

In lieu of an artist reception, on Tuesday, September 19, the university will hold a lecture “What Does It Mean to See?” by Dr. Amber Scoon, adjunct professor of art, at 11:15 a.m. in the Arno Maris Art Gallery. The discussion will focus on the impact of history and scholarship on how we perceive art using Hunt’s work as examples. The lecture is part of a series of events in honor of the university’s First Year Read, a common book that all first-year students are required to read, “Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life,” by Amy Herman.

The Arno Maris Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Ely Campus Center. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday,  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more information, visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/offices/art-galleries/arno-maris-gallery-exhibits.