Located on the quad, the Carlotti Administration Building is hidden in plain sight. Even those who have ventured to the offices within were most likely unaware that there is an art gallery located there.

However, the Carlotti Art Gallery gives students the opportunity to submit, display and sell their artwork. There are two showings a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. From each gallery of submissions there are a first, second and third winning piece chosen.

The submissions from this fall touched upon a wide variety of themes such as the Chronicles of Narnia, turtles, and Cam Newton. Each submission is unique and very skillfully crafted.

The piece which was awarded first prize was a digital photograph taken by Matthew Valletta. The title of his piece is, “Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve”. It displays a panoramic view of a 25 acre private land conservation that was purchased on Block Island, R.I.

Credit: James Luther/The Good 5 Cent Cigar
Credit: James Luther/The Good 5 Cent Cigar

“Block Island has a lot of nature preserves and land trusts,” said Valleta. “The Hodge family used to own this piece of land until Block Island purchased it from them. As of now there are a few houses on the property but nothing else will be built on it. So much of Block Island is built up now since people love to vacation there. It’s refreshing to know that there are some steps being taken to keep it from becoming overdeveloped.”

Valletta is a fine arts major and has been doing photography for about six years. He enjoys landscape photography and creating larger digital prints that are extremely vibrant.

“I used techniques such as tonal mapping and high dynamic range imaging to keep everything bright and show all of the colors,” said Valleta. “I also had to shoot seven different angles and merged together forty-nine different pictures to create this piece.”

Valletta continues his study of fine arts and hopes to try to make photography a career by becoming a freelance photographer.

“Pieces look different in person so anyone who is interested should go see the actual work. You can’t tell how good a picture is from social media,” said Valletta.

The gallery is located on the second floor hallway of the Carlotti Administration Building. The next gallery will be up some time in mid to late February.