Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Gallery 51 will host two evening discussions to explore issues raised by its exhibition, "Inside the Outside: Reconsidering Our Views about Art." Both discussions are free and open to the public.

Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum, will discuss "Art and Biography" from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. He will explore the question of whether the artist’s life is a significant or an insignificant factor in the understanding and appreciation of a work of art.

Panel participants include Anna Saldo Burke, who published her own account of her relationship with artist Jessica Park; Nancy M. Mathews, former Prendergast Curator at the Williams College Museum of Art; and Michael McManmon, artist, author and founder/director of the College Internship Program in Lee.

Ilene Spiewak, artist, teacher and art therapist, will introduce a discussion on "Art Education and the Education of the Artist" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Discussion topics will include the therapeutic value of artistic expression and the inspirational qualities to be discovered in both taught and self-taught art.

Panelists include MCLA art professor Gregory Scheckler, MCLA arts management professor Lisa Donovan, MCLA education professor Dale Borman Fink, artist-educator Renee Bouchard, and Eileen Mahoney, an education outreach coordinator for the Good Purpose Gallery, part of the visual and performing arts program at CIP.


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MCLA Professor Emeritus Tony Gengarelly will be the moderator for both sessions.

Information: (413) 664-8718 or www.mcla.edu.