Art

Meet the Faculty

Ron McClure

Professor of Art
Coordinator, Art Department
Director, The Digital Imaging Studio

M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
B.B.A., University of Cincinnati

Phone: (603) 897-8634
Email: rmcclure@rivier.edu
Website: http://exhilarationimages.com

Specialties

  • mixed media
  • digital fine art
  • web design

Background
On a slow sunny summer Saturday, sitting on my front stoop, I was suddenly inspired to do something about my peculiar vision and the repeated remarks, “You see things differently.” I went to the bank, took out my whole life savings of $125.00, and bought my first camera, albeit used. I found an intensive course that promised to teach me in six weeks all that I would need to know about photography. I promptly proceeded to ruin my first two rolls of film. Disappointed but undaunted, I eventually graduated from San Francisco Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. I was among the first generation of artists to embrace digital technology, being a recipient of a scholarship to the Kodak Corporation’s Center for Creative Imaging in Camden, Maine. I have been a recipient of a Lilly Endowment Grant for “Sacred Journeys: Twentieth Century Art and Faith” at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA. I have received awards in juried exhibitions and my mixed media work is currently in the collections of the Museum of Biblical Art and the Denver Art Museum.

Artist’s Statement
Jesus Christ was practical. He was not interested in theories or virtual realities. He was concerned with the application of knowledge to useful ends, those ends being relationships; in particular, one’s relationship to God and to others. In my mixed media images I combine photographs of objects from reality with expressions of my inner vision through painted pixels and Prismacolor pencils. I attempt to connect the visible and invisible worlds primarily in landscapes whose objects and structures symbolize the human relationship to nature, nature being one place where I envision the presence of God clearly yet mysteriously manifested. I have made it a practice to know God so that I may be better able to participate with Him in the creative act. I desire to bring both my images and the spirit of God to others. It is my hope that I am helping others either to discover or nurture a faith through art, or more broadly to become transformed by art in some positively significant way.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, August – November 2012 “New Art > New Hampshire V” Invitational Keene, New Hampshire
  • Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, November 2011 “Joan L. Dunfey Memorial” Juried Exhibition Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Northwest Art Center, August – September 2011 “Americas 2011: All Media Juried Exhibition” Minot, North Dakota
  • Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, June – July 2011 “2011 Top 40 International Juried Exhibition” Los Angeles, California
  • Art Gallery at Rivier University, February – April 2011 “Ambiguities and Lucidities” Two-Person Exhibition Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, February – March 2011 “Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Competition” Keene, New Hampshire
  • Christians in the Visual Arts, September 2010 – September 2013 “Work: Curse or Calling” Juried Traveling Exhibition, USA

Professional Memberships:

  • Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), Wenham, MA
  • New Hampshire Art Association, Portsmouth, NH

Location
Memorial Hall

For info, contact:
Jackie Madison
Administrative Assistant
Division of Arts & Sciences
(603) 897-8571
jmadison@rivier.edu  

Rivier University Art Gallery