WILLIMANTIC, CT (10/18/2017) Written by Casey Collins
While no "little green Martians" in flying saucers will be on display, guests are still in for a surprise when Eastern Connecticut State University hosts contemporary artist Sean Langlais' exhibition, "Mars: A Sound Art Installation." Showing from Oct. 26 to Dec.7 in the Art Gallery of the Fine Arts Instructional Center (FAIC), "Mars" will be the first exhibition of its kind on Eastern's campus. An opening reception will occur Nov. 2 from 4-6 p.m.
The Norwich-based artist incorporates art, music, engineering and science into his work in an effort to challenge the traditional boundaries often surrounding fine art. Using every-day materials such as metal trays, magnets and wire, Langlais creates an immersive and multi-sensory display that caters to both the eyes and ears.
The show coincides with Eastern's new sound and art installation courses in the visual arts program, in which Eastern students were tasked with assisting Langlais in setting up the exhibition.
Admission to the Art Gallery is free and open to the public. It is located in Room 112 of the FAIC. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11 to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 1-7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Parking is available in the Cervantes parking garage and in the Student Center parking lot. For more information, call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/artgallery.
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 29 other states and 20 other countries. A residential campus offering 39 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 25th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2018 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded "Green Campus" status by the U.S. Green Building Council seven years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.