Gordon in the News: last updated 02/27/2007

Gordon Features New Brunswick Printmaker Dan Steeves In "The House As Fortress" Exhibit

February 27, 2007

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA - Gordon College is proud to present its latest exhibit The House as Fortress: The Dichotomy of Symbolic Structure, featuring twenty prints by Dan Steeves that explore the subtle contradictions inherent in the notion of the house as a fortress. Through his work, Steeves suggests that the same fortress that offers protection from the outside may also confine and isolate those inside. His concern for not just the structure, but for the human history of the place - the relationship, the memories, the meaning - is powerful, engaging and prominent in this exhibit.

"Dan Steeves is an extraordinary printmaker working with what might appear the most ordinary of subject matters," says Bruce Herman, Director of the Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon."Most of us view our house (whether it's adobe or clapboard or a mud hut) as a place of refuge and safety and family. At least that is our desire -- though much of the world lives without being able to realize that dream -- whether due to war or poverty or broken families. But in the developed world our homes have also become a status symbol, an ostentatious display of wealth, position, and power. Steeves provides a surprising entry point to an important realm of inquiry: what is the meaning of a sense of place, of home, and of the identity which flows from these things?"

WHAT: The House as Fortress: The Dichotomy of Symbolic Structure, twenty prints by Dan Steeves that explore the subtle contradictions inherent in the notion of the house as a fortress.

WHERE: The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA.

WHEN: Exhibit Dates: March 3 - April 13, 2007

  • Artist Lecture: Saturday, March 3, 3-4 p.m. in Barrington 138
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 4-6 p.m. in the Barrington Gallery

All exhibitions are open to the public; admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in 1981, Dan Steeves has participated in over 90 exhibitions. His work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, United States, England, Holland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Scotland, Taiwan and the Ukraine. His work has been selected for representation in the Canada Council and New Brunswick Art Banks and numerous other collections. He has recently been awarded a Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts Award for a new project titled Fences, Flags and Markers. Steeves is a member of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University.

For more information on The House as Fortress or to request photos of Steeves artwork, please contact Ashley Hopkins at 978.867.4569 or e-mail . You can also visit www.gordon.edu/arts_music

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