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Beverly Perdue Art Gallery

Located on the first floor of the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons, the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery is a showcase for both visiting artists and the Bridgewater community. Exhibitions feature well-known local and regional artists, as well as BC faculty and art students.

All art majors have the opportunity to stage a Senior Art Thesis Exhibition at the end of the spring semester of their senior year. Senior thesis art is displayed in the gallery and across campus.

View the current exhibition at any time the Forrer Learning Commons is open, and make plans to join us for a reception and artist talk if you are able.

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2021-22 Beverly Perdue Art Gallery Exhibition Schedule

May 3 – August 18: Bridgewater College Art Department Faculty Summer Show: Ron, Alabanza, Nan Covert, Michael Hough, Scott Jost, and Eric Kniss

This exhibition will showcase artwork created by the art faculty here at Bridgewater College in a variety of mediums.

Painters Cox, Crawford and Stevens

August 23 – September 22: Sabbatical Works 3: Artist Bridgewater Professor Michael Hough

  • Monday, August 30: Reception in the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Artist Talk in the gallery at 5:30 p.m.


September 27 – November 3: Source Materials: Collage and Paintings by Joan Ranzini

Source Materials refers to how I develop visual ideas. It is my practice to generate imagery through small collages, then transmit those ideas into large abstract paintings (using acrylics, graphite, pastel, conventional and scrounged mark-making tools, plus silkscreen and stencil printing methods). The paintings in turn become new sources of inspiration. This exhibit of collage and paintings will offer a glimpse into my creative process.

  • Monday, September 27: Reception in the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Artist Talk in the gallery at 5:30 p.m.

November 8 – December 10: American Glitch: Neo-Regionalism Photographs by Alan Skees

Alan Skees road trips through the U.S.A. creating surreal digital landscapes of a society entrenched in a “Nostalgia or Future” argument with itself. Armed with cellphones, GPS, and hacked apps, he scans the land and finds everywhere the fingerprints of humanity: technology, corporations, industrialization, and sprawling urbanization… and he embraces it.

  • Monday, November 8: Reception in the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Artist Talk in the gallery at 5:30 p.m.

January 5 – February 2: Kristen Peyton: Paintings and Drawings

“My work is a gesture of hospitality—an invitation to marvel at the mystery, beauty, and grandeur of commonplace moments encountered in everyday life. Simone Weil writes, “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Through attention, I paint the poetry I discover in my lived environs of home, studio, community, and travels and offer it to others as a generous lens of captured light, time, and space.”

February 7 – March 30: with/hold Sarah Spencer White

My working process stems from a curiosity about the strangeness of the everyday. It is this search for an unfamiliar view of the familiar that led me to abstraction and distortion. An abstract form traps the viewer in the liminal state between knowing and not knowing. Because the object cannot be named or defined in a traditional sense, the viewer must continually look back to the object for clues of its intended function and meaning.

I combine abstracted shapes from nature and anatomy with forms that reference tools, machines and industry. These juxtapositions begin to question nature and humankind’s relationship to the scientific and mechanical world. Air, fluids and information move in and out of organs and machines designed for specific functions. Movement through a form is guided by passageways, openings, and caverns. Flow is implied by shape. An increase in volume can reveal a hidden growth within. A wrinkle or ridge hints at potential for expansion.

My working process is one of unrestrained making. The immediacy of clay allows me to work very intuitively, often beginning a piece with only the vaguest notions of scale, shape and orientation. The studio becomes not only a physical place, but also a psychological arena. It is where I gather my thought and develop my ideas as well as the place where tangible making occurs. The process of creating is a way of marking and recording time, similar to a diary, only less linear and less specific. It is an opportunity for experimentation and risk-taking, and most importantly, a way to access and make tangible non-verbal thoughts.

  • February 14: Reception for the artist in the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Artist Talk in the gallery at 5:30 p.m.

April 4-20:  Bridgewater Juried Student Show

An exhibition of artwork created by both majors and non-art majors during the past school year.  This is a chance for students to show some of the wonderful projects they have been working on in and outside of class.  Reception for the artists.

  • Monday, April 4: 5 – 7 p.m. Reception in the Beverly Perdue Art Gallery

April 25 – May 6: Senior Thesis Exhibitions

This show is a presentation of work by Bridgewater graduating senior art majors as part of their thesis requirement.  Each student will be showing a group of works that is the culmination of four years of work and development.  Receptions for the artists

  • Monday, April 25, 5 – 7 p.m.: Reception for the artists.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 5 -10 p.m. Bowman Hall, Room 100: Senior Thesis Gallery Talks


Additional Events:

April 29: Spring Pottery and Art Sale: KCC Lounge 8am – 2 p.m.