Slow Art Day 2016


Slow Art Day will be celebrated at Sweet Briar College's Pannell Gallery

on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 1-4 p.m.

The event is part of Slow Art Day 2016, which will be observed at museums across the world. Slow Art Day is a global nonprofit arts organization that seeks to redefine the way museum visitors engage with art in the contemporary world. The premise of the event is to encourage participants to 1) look at an original work of art at leisure, but purposefully and with care, and 2) share observations with other participants in an informal setting.

The Slow Art Day founders believe that "taking the time to slow down and really look at a work of art in detail can profoundly transform the relationship we have with art, making that connection deeper and more meaningful. We believe that everyone, regardless of academic background or experience, has the ability to engage with, relate to, and interpret a given work of art."

Slow Art Day 2016 in Pannell Gallery will coincide with the second spring semester exhibition Art for the People: Propaganda and Public Service. That Saturday, Pannell Gallery will be open 1-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided for all participants. Staff and volunteers will facilitate discussions among participants. Free admission. No reservations are required. Families are welcome, but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Gallery staff can be reached at [email protected].

Pannell Gallery is located in the Anne Gary Pannell Center at the heart of Sweet Briar College's historic upper quad. The building, originally built in 1906, served as the College's Refectory (dining hall) until the mid 1980s. The College's art collection comprises over 4,000 original works, ranging from modern and contemporary prints and photographs to Old Master engravings, 19th- and 20th-century Japanese woodcuts, and 19th-century American paintings.






image: Lawrence Beall Smith (1909-1993), Museum Visitor, 1946, lithograph on paper, 21x16 inches. Sweet Briar College Art Collection and Galleries.