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Christopher Johnson and Hannah Israel discuss Johnson’s work “Too Big to Fail” at the Albany Museum of Art’s summer exhibitions reception on Thursday.

ALBANY — While balancing teaching and one’s own artistic practice may be hard, 15 educators from nearby colleges and universities proved that it is not impossible in the Albany Museum of Art’s “Educators as Artists” exhibition.

The show was juried by Hannah Israel, a professor of art and gallery directer at Columbus State University.

“As an educator myself and curator and as an artist, it’s always very difficult to balance our artistic practice,” Israel said. “I commend all these artists that continue to do so because I think as a faculty (member) and also as a practicing artist, it is important that we continue the intensity and the passion that we have as artists because it passes through into how we teach our students. When I was looking through the group of submissions for this exhibition I was really looking at artists who still had that intense rigor in their work.”

Accepted works were submitted by:

♦ Carrie Ann Baade from Florida State University;

♦ Charles Badland from Florida State University;

♦ Chalet Comellas Baker from Florida State University;

♦ Rich Curtis from Thomas University;

♦ Amy Fleming from Florida State University;

♦ Lilian Garcia-Roig from Florida State University;

♦ Donna May Hatcher from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College;

♦ Christopher Johnson from Andrew College;

♦ Scott Marini from Albany State University;

♦ Selena Nawrocki from Valdosta State University;

♦ Richard Peterman from Valdosta State University;

♦ Clinton Sleeper from Florida State University;

♦ Anne Howard Stagg from Florida State University;

♦ Charles Wells from Georgia Southwestern State University; and

♦ Robert Austin Yorke from Florida State University.

Albany Museum of Art Curator Didi Dunphy said that this was the first year the museum expanded to include Florida State University.

“We invited Florida State University with the idea that maybe what this museum can provide is an opportunity for college art professors within sort of a two-hour radius,” Dunphy said. “I’m hoping to expand to Columbus State University next time, and then this will become a pretty hefty, competitive, professional exhibit experience.”

Chistopher Johnson from Andrew College was on hand to talk about his piece “Too Big to Fail,” a large wood carving that features a turtle with a city growing on top of it.

Johnson said the piece was a reference to Native American creation myths involving turtles but also deals with the current environmental issues.

“I respond to current events and history and ancient mythology, and there’s something that ties all that together,” Johnson said.

“So finding that thread that runs through things and making something old apply to some new current event is something that interests me.”

The exhibition is located in the east gallery of the Albany Museum of Art and will run until Oct. 12.

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