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October 4, 2011

Head Football Coach Aaron Kelton to Serve as Curator at WCMA Exhibition

A View from the Coach's Seat

Eph head football coach Aaron Kelton is busy doing more than coaching football this fall. He is also curating an exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). Coach Kelton is the final of four guest curators invited by the museum to organize the exhibition in The Gallery of Crossed Destinies.

Each guest curator was asked to create their own narratives from a miniature "collection" of 25 artworks. They each responded to the same objects to conceive a distinct exhibition. Each exhibition explores how objects evoke stories and how these narratives change depending on how they are presented and who presents them. One of the centerpieces of the museum's Reflections on a Museum reinstallation project, The Gallery of Crossed Destinies invites us to consider how our perceptions of objects change in the museum setting.

Kelton will serve as the guest curator form October 15 through December 11, 2011.

Coach Kelton uses quotations to motivate his players, and he brought that approach to the exhibition by pairing quotes with the particular artworks. When asked what his experience as a curator has been like he responded, "This opportunity has been both very educational and extremely stimulating. As a coach we are often results-driven and lacking in creativity. This project has helped me to expand my creativity and will assist me in improving my ability to strategize as a coach." Kelton said, "I tried to look at the artwork as I do different parts of my profession and how these different parts influence me daily.  As a coach, I thought of how the art reflected my thoughts about athletics and how that perspective could influence and motivate the average person or fan. I believe that sharing my view of the exhibit as a guest curator will give fans a better understanding of a coach's ability to lead and bring athletes to reach their full potential."

Kelton is the first football coach at Williams to guide a team to a perfect record in his rookie year. He was awarded the 2010 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year Award and is the first African-American head football coach in the NESCAC and at Williams.

The Gallery of Crossed Destinies exhibition opening reception, Monday Football & Art "Pep Rally" will be held October 24 from 4:00–6:00 pm. The exhibition will be on display Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, December 4, 2011.

Read more about The Gallery of Crossed Destinies and the museum's reinstallation project Reflections on a Museum at the WCMA website.

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