Art embodies the essence of its creation and/or image whether it is abstract, surreal, representational or collected materials. In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. The concept originates with Aristotle’s perception "the what it was to be”. One can debate about the need for the arts in society but not without the “essence” of the artist and their actual work.
Essence represents Naropa University’s instructors who work in the Visual Arts and Art Therapy disciplines. The exhibiting artists are: Liz Acosta; Tyler Alpern; Daniel Blausey; Sue Hammond West; Cynthia Moku; Jill Powers; Shana Salaff; Charmain Schuh; Robert Spellman; and Diane Sturm Fekete. Essence contains powerful, contemplative and contemporary works in painting, drawing, ceramic, installation and mixed media.
The Lounge Gallery is a new community space operated by Visual Arts students with mentoring by the Gallery Manager to create experiential exhibits while learning curatorial, design and installation skills. This first exhibit Essence represents Naropa University’s instructors who work in the Visual Arts and Art Therapy disciplines.
Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art. We are home to five art galleries throughout the campuses that present contemporary and traditional media by students and faculty, regional, national and international artists.