McCandless & Zunino Solo Art Exhibits in Mercy Gallery

Two solo art exhibitions by Loomis Chaffee Visual Art teachers Jennifer McCandless and Mark Zunino will be on display in the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery from April 30 until May 30, 2019. Jennifer's show, "Living Among the Humans," will feature her satirical, narrative ceramic sculptures. "Recent Work" is Mark's exhibition of paintings in oil and watercolor and drawing.

An opening reception for both solo exhibitions will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 8: 45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Mercy Gallery in the Richmond Art Center. The public is invited to attend the reception.

According to her artist's statement, Jennifer's art is "a collection of ceramic sculptures using humor and satirical narratives to challenge the viewer's perspectives on constructions of identity and societal norms." Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree from Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design and a master's degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At Loomis, she is Visual Art Department chair, curator and director of the Mercy Gallery, and a Nichols Fellow in Art. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the National Sculpture Society, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, The Lemberg Gallery, and the Housatanic Museum and was most recently included in the "Fahrenheit 2018" exhibit at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. She has been artist in residence at Aba House, Ghana; The Vermont Studio Center; The Millay Colony; and MASS MoCA. Connect to Jennifer's website for more information about her art and experience.

The art exhibited in "Recent Work" is inspired by Mark's ongoing interest in still life painting, and by the landscapes and vistas of the school's campus, where he resides with his family. Mark teaches drawing and printmaking and is director of the Adolf and Virginia Dehn Visiting Artist Program at Loomis Chaffee. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford's Hartford Art School and a master's degree in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts. He has taught drawing and printmaking at the Hartford Art School, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mark has exhibited his prints and paintings in many national exhibitions, including at the Flint Institute of Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Vose Galleries in Boston as well as being included in exhibitions in Wales, New Zealand, and the Czech Republic. His work is in the permanent collections of the Aberystwyth University in Wales, U.K., the Boston Public Library, and the Smith College Museum of Art, among others, and in private collections throughout the United States. Connect to Mark's website to learn more about his art and experience.

Connect to Loomis Chaffee's Mercy Gallery page for more information including gallery open hours.


"Children Are Evil Too" stoneware, 2018 by Jennifer McCandless. Photo credit: John Groo

"Still Life with Evening Meadows" courtesy of the artist, Mark Zunino