Many visitors come to the Music Center to attend performances in Sauder Concert Hall or Rieth Recital Hall, but another notable stop is the Hershberger Art Gallery. The gallery is currently featuring a collection of works by artist Greg Constantine. The exhibit will be open until March 13.Constantine is a visiting artist with the Eric Yake Kenagy Visiting Artist Program, a memorial for a student artist who attended Goshen College and passed away at the age of 20. The program has hosted visiting artists from around the globe since 1988, but the last artist featured by the program visited in 2019.
Each visiting artist has the opportunity to give a lecture about their exhibit; Constantine spoke on Sunday in Rieth Recital Hall.
“I cannot put into words how art is created,” Constantine told the audience. “You had to have been there. It’s not magic, it’s how we as humans are wired.”
Constantine shared about how when he was a child in school, his teachers would often confiscate his pencil and paper so that he would listen in class instead of drawing.
Constantine finds inspiration for his works in some of the most mundane parts of life. One example he provided was from a road trip in which he traveled through Illinois and saw newly painted lines in the road that had been driven over and messed up before they could dry.
Constantine’s work took a new route when he began to ask: How would different artists in history portray things which we view as normal today? Constantine used this question as a basis for a number of his works because he wanted to try and use art history to learn and to teach others. He published several works inspired by other artists, including “Vincent van Gogh Visits New York” and “Leonardo Visits Los Angeles.”
Constantine’s work has been featured in galleries all over the world, and one of his pieces was sold to Muhammad Ali. His works in the Hershberger Art Gallery include influences from Pollock, Seurat, DaVinci, Warhol and many other famous artists. Community members can visit the exhibit on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on weekends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. GC students and staff can visit the exhibit anytime during Music Center hours.