Multimedia Artist Susan Calza Presents Exhibit at College

Monday, November 10, 2008

 Multimedia artist and Johnson State College professor Susan Calza presents her mixed media and video exhibit, “Last Born, Last Chance, This Born, This Chance” from November 10 through November 24, 2008 at the Dwight V. Dowley Gallery, 5th Floor, St. Joseph Hall at Chestnut Hill College. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. Chestnut Hill College is located at 9601 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia.

Susan Calza uses juxtaposed textures and form in her current exhibit. Leather and fabric wall pieces and suspended sculptural objects complete one aspect of her work. Calza is also a multimedia artist and has several video pieces to her credit. The pieces engage the viewer with spliced video clips, interwoven audio and the overt and subtle use of landscape and form. Whether using woven mats, tightly bound knots, fur, video or glowing neon lines, Calza creates a tension between seductive and repulsive urges.

A video piece in her collection from 2007 uses film as a vehicle to tell the story of her adopted niece, a recovering self-injurer, who has in the last few years put 15 years of self injury behind her. This compelling story is part documentary and part visual poetry. Artful shots of faces and backdrops, forest scenes and youth, digging and walking mix with the gritty universal story from struggle to ultimate rebirth.

Calza earned an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. She is an avid traveler, and enjoys volunteering in her spare time. During her most recent trip, Calza and her young son helped children living in Guatemala City express themselves through art.

The art exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Margie Thompson, SSJ, M.F.A. at 215.248.7042. or mthompsonssj@yahoo.com.