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Foundation sponsors field trip to Michelangelo exhibit

Panola College students and faculty members visited the Michelangelo exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Panola College students and faculty members visited the Michelangelo exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Panola College students and faculty members visited the Michelangelo exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Panola College students and faculty members visited the Michelangelo exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

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A grant from the Panola College Foundation allowed three professors and their students to visit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday, March 27. The Museum is currently hosting a visiting exhibit entitled “Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples.”

Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Languages and Humanities, Amanda Clements, Professor of Art, and Teresa Beasley, Professor of Communication and Humanities escorted students including Kaycee Deas, LaTonya Christopher, Brandon Castillo, Maryia Adashchyk, Esther Akinyemi, Morgan Ray, LaTiffannie Gardner, Madison Buck, Melonie Caserta, Davin Moody, Matt Tyson, Lynda Seidel, Tyler Ryan, Daphinie Correa, Ibrahim Akande, Dasha Eremeeva, Edwin Morin, Whiteny Kenani, Weronika Nowakowska, Shelby Kite, Nicole Horner, Mia Sartor, Kayleigh Isbell, Sheli Caserta, Kacie Caserta, Brandy Willard, Ariel Rodriguez, Wanda Weeks, Evelyn Coleman, Mauricio Rojas, and Desiree Stephney.

“Many participants had never visited a major city museum, so the experience opened their eyes to the broad range of art and artifacts on display in large museums,” said Clements.

“One goal of the experience is to broaden students’ viewpoints of other people and cultures, and we believe this particular exhibit at the Houston museum accomplished that goal,” added Watlington.

Students participating in this semester’s event included international students from Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Nigeria, along with diverse students from the art, languages, humanities and communication classes.

The Michelangelo exhibit included drawings, cartoons, paintings, sculpture, and printings by the Renaissance master, and other artists including Raphael, Rubens, Tintoretto, and Titian. The exhibit showcased 40 works from the 16th century, many that were commissioned during the papacy of Pope Paul III, the pope who oversaw the completion of The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.

“The cartoons included in the exhibit are not what we think of today as cartoons. In the 16th century, artists prepared large and detailed drawings that were used by artists to create frescoes and large paintings,” Beasley explained.

A follow-up survey of students revealed that many had never visited a large city museum. In answering the question about the benefits for college students of visiting a major city museum such as the Houston Museum of Art, one student commented, “The benefit was learning to appreciate fine arts and maybe wanting to learn a certain art form on our own.” Another student said, “Modern technology isn’t necessary to create beautiful things.”

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