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Person’s Art Show Opens

Have you ever contemplated the fragility of modern existence or the impending doom of the end of the world? Chad Person’s collection “Resource-Exhaustion-Crisis-Evacuation-Safety-Shelter,” or “RECESS,” engages the fears that seem to grip our nation.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will showcase an archive of photographs, video, Do It Yourself manuals, and prototypes, teaching visitors how to prepare for the end of the world.  Person examines the fragility of our modern world, disaster survival, and the myth of the individual survivalist.

Person has also introduced these themes to students in the intermediate video and installation course, Time in Art II.  “This exhibit is rather unusual,” says Assistant Professor of Art Christine Chin, who teaches the course.  

“Chad agreed to work with my class to develop new works for the exhibit that would take his original concept and show the creativity and perspective of the students. Through a series of readings, activities, and discussions with him via Skype, the students have been studying the culture, psychology, and skills associated with survival, crisis response, and self-reliance,” explains Chin.

The class received funding from a Faculty Innovation Grant provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The exhibit will showcase Person’s work alongside the creative responses of the Time in Art students, and will remain in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House through Friday, Dec. 10. 

Gallery hours are: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.

For more information about the artist, visit