January 31, 2019
College of the Ozarks hosts alumna artist Cassaundra Sanderson for art exhibit“The Little Blue Dollhouse” series is based on the artist’s memories of her childhood home.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will display the artistic work of C of O alumna Cassaundra Sanderson from Jan. 21 -Feb. 14, in the Boger Art Gallery. Located inside the Jones Learning Center, the Boger Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit displays paintings from the artist’s series titled “The Little Blue Dollhouse,” which includes canvas paintings and handmade scale models made from clay and Styrofoam.
“I am interested in the possibility of fictionality in objects and memories, as well as the memories which make us who we are,” Sanderson said. “’The Little Blue Dollhouse’ series is based on my childhood home.”
Sanderson grew up in Branson, Missouri, and graduated from College of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts, with an emphasis in painting and ceramics. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas School of Art in Fayetteville with her solo thesis exhibition, “For Wintonbury,” which included an accompanying collection of short stories.
During her time as director of sUgAR Art Gallery, she curated the exhibition “In Which We Dwell (2016),” displaying the work of emerging artists Hilary Baker, Tyler Beard, Andrew Blanchard, Adam Ekberg, Matthew F. Fisher, and Ron Lambert. In 2017, she curated “Illogical Animus: A Survey of Artwork from Banned Countries,” consisting of six international artists and spanning video, ceramics, glass powder installation, and painting.
Sanderson is currently a visiting instructor of drawing and painting at Windgate Center of Art + Design at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She is also a member of the reviewing committee for BFA applicants and the gallery committee for future exhibitions at Brad Cushman Gallery, The Small Gallery, and the Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery.
"As humans, we attempt to maintain this illusion of normalcy, hoping that others may be able to relate to our past experiences, fears, and oddities,” Sanderson said. “My paintings are strange, which I hope relates to life’s strangeness and welcomes the viewer into the curiousness of the narrative.”
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
01.31.19 – Emily Braden