The opening reception for an exhibit of the performance art known as Cosplay, "The Art of Cosplay: People and Process," will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Irene Cullis Gallery in the Cowan Humanities Building on the Greensboro College campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited.
This exhibition, co-curated by Andrew Comstock, a member of the collegeís Class of 2003, will showcase the creative process of Cosplay. The artists create replica costumes and props from science fiction, fantasy, anime and comic book worlds (as well as original works), working as equal parts craftsman, engineer, and performer.
Working in a wide variety of materials and constantly pioneering new fabrication techniques, professional and amateur Cosplayers transform themselves into living art when they don their creations. Marked by a singular dedication to their craft, often wearing restrictive, cumbersome and uncomfortable costumes for hours on end, these alter egos roam the halls of "geek conventions" all over the world for the purpose of showing off their incredible skill and hard work.
For this exhibition the college will feature the work of several Cosplayers and offering a glimpse into the process of creating a killer costume, from sketches and rough concepts to finished product.
At the opening reception, visitors will have an opportunity to meet some local stormtroopers, super heroes and robots and find out why playtime never ends for these big kids. Regular exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Feb. 1.
Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect.
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,250 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 24 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four masterís degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 16-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational organizations.