Joe Yorty had the task of setting up two gallery spaces within the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
â€œI wanted to create a dialogue between each of the pieces,â€ said Yorty, art studio technician for University of San Diegoâ€™s Department of Art and a 2002 USD alumnus.
He, along with the other artists who double as faculty members in USDâ€™s art department, has succeeded.
More than a dozen works are on display through May 24 at the IPJ gallery rooms located near the Garden of the Sea entrance. Gallery hours for this free exhibition are Wednesdays and Thursdays noon to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
The showâ€™s artwork varies. Among the forms present are photography, paintings, sketches, sculpture and new media. Faculty members with work in the show are Adam Belt, Alison Wiese, Maryann Luera, Neal Bociek, Saba Oskoni, Duncan McCosker, Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sanchez, Bekkah Walker, Mike Rich, Christopher Adler, Andy Cross, John Halaka, Iana Quesnell and Bill Kelly.
Yortyâ€™s contribution to the exhibit is a series of photos of camper shells. Each of the six photographs he took represents its own story of Americaâ€™s working class, he said.
Other standout pieces include Halakaâ€™s large oil painting, â€œA Journey With No Return,â€ Quesnellâ€™s animation sketches of the â€œThe Blue Danube Waltzâ€; Wieseâ€™s series of aluminum signs done on high intensity sheeting and Bociekâ€™s â€œRe-Evolution,â€ a large sculpture made of steel, brass and plexiglass.
â€” Ryan T. Blystone
For more information about USDâ€™s Department of Art, go to: www.sandiego.edu/finearts.