Monthly Archives: October 2012

Second Year Graduate Student Art Exhibit Reflects Journey Together

There’s no denying the eclectic personality of Athens; from the University to the diversity of landscape and the ingenious students there’s always a new aspect to discover. Second year graduate students drew from this inspiration for their current exhibit, “Merges and Dissolves.” This annual group exhibit features work of second year graduate students and is located at the Ohio University Art Gallery, 536 Seigfred Hall and will run until Thursday November 1st.

Work from the departments of ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture is on display for the students’ second exhibition as a group. Graduate students have the opportunity to partake in the group exhibit in their first and second years in preparation for their solo thesis exhibition in their third year. “Merges and Dissolves” refers to a point in time, a moment at the crux of what came before and the unknown future. This is relatable in the sense that the students are coming together one last time before they embark onto their own solo paths.

“My colleagues are one of the best informed, intense, and critical audiences my work is likely to ever encounter and at the same time they are incredible resources,” said Joey Behrens, an exhibiting artist from the School of Art. “We were responsible for putting together all aspects of the show-from selecting a title to installing (and eventually uninstalling) the work. We quite literally had to work together to utilize each other’s skills to get it all done in the most effective way possible.”

Apart from the motivation the students received from their fellow colleagues, Athens has also played a vital part in helping the artists’ develop. For School of Art student and exhibitor Kathleen Elyse, the Ridges Asylum played a special part of her experience to date at Ohio University. When first entering grad school, Elyse’s work interpreted the many aspects of her mother’s medical and emotion journey through her nine months in which she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away from. Having access to research detailing procedures within the asylum provided an open door for Elyse to explore the medical world from a different viewpoint.

“The access to the Ridges and the ability to work with the location on an intimate level really expanded my work from an extremely personal body of work to a more accessible body of work for the viewers,” said Elyse.

Her piece currently on exhibit, “Dermis,” conveys this interest as themes such as Basil’s portrayal of life and death and the unknown grave tie into her piece with the unknown microbes within the body that can threaten healthy living.

Friday October 19th a discussion panel was held to dive deeper into the history of each piece on exhibit. The artists held an informal discussion of their ideas, research and processes used for each piece.

“The panel was an opportunity for us to have a conversation with viewers. Students and community members got to hear a bit more from the artists about what their intentions, influences, and motivations were in the process of making the pieces as well as make an comments or ask any questions they might have, be they about the artist’s methods, materials, or motivations,” said Behrens.

“Merges and Dissolves” is one of the most distinctive exhibits currently running and showcases what’s to come of these artists’ in their third year in the School of Art.

“I see the art work as a teaser to seeing what is the motivation or the thought process that these artists going through on a day to day basis with heavy research and their journey of processing that information and manifesting it into a physical piece of artwork,” said Elyse.

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-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant


Nutcracker, Jaws and Angry Birds for School of Music Hallowpalooza

Children, students and community members alike will be celebrating Halloween in a slightly different way with the School of Music on October 31st. The Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles from the School of Music will be performing “Hallowpalooza V-Something Wicked This Way Hums”. In the past this hour-long comedic performance has included takes on movie music spoofs, internet sensations, and some classical pieces; everything from Angry Birds to Willy Wonka. This won’t be your typical classical music performance; a conglomerate of different genres of music will have a modern take on the classics.

In the past the concert has included skits intertwined between the covers of popular songs and musicians dressed in costumes such as Harry Potter or bananas. Crowds of more than 1,000 have flooded into Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium to participate in the unique show.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our successful tradition of celebrating Halloween in Athens in an entertaining and safe way,” said Steven Huang, director of orchestras. “Using costumes and special effects together with live music, we hope to delight the community with our imagination and talent.”

Apart from the night performance, more than 1,000 elementary school children from around the area will get to experience Hallowpalooza at a special morning performance. As younger children are not regularly exposed to a wide array of musical performances, this event presents a unique opportunity.

Lauretta Werner, a junior who has participated in Hallowpalooza for the past three years as a part of the symphony is especially looking forward to the morning performance for the elementary school children.

“I think it’s awesome that the children get to see orchestras in a different way because I think a lot of them are not even around string instruments, especially in this community,” said Werner.

Apart from exposing children to the world of music in a creative way, the event is a prime opportunity for the symphony and ensembles to harness their creative spirit in a more non-traditional way to bring together university and community.

“It really ties us with the community; Hallowpalooza is a good reason to bring the community and Ohio University together to become involved with Halloween,” said Werner.

The comedic performance will take place in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 31st. Tickets are $5 and free for students with an OU ID and children under 12. All proceeds from the event will go to support the School of Music.

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-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant

Upcoming Noon Talks Bring Life to Exhibits

Dr. Judith Grant presents “Second Wave Feminism” in conjunction with Women Artists II at the first Noon Talk of the semester.

After three years Kennedy Museum will continue its Noon Talks with three upcoming events centered on two exhibits, Women Artists II and Contemplative Cameras. The talks focus around a certain exhibit and feature a speaker related to the art work. The first half of the talk is upstairs in the museum while visitors mingle and grab a bite to eat while the second half is spent in front of the pieces with the speaker moderating a casual discussion. The group is usually around 25 participants and they range from students, community members and faculty from around the area.

“They provide a wonderful opportunity to know more about the artist’s process and the context in which they are working,” said art school graduate Haylee Ebersole on the Kennedy Museum Noon Talks. “I have learned more about the breadth of work the artists have made and have been able to engage in more conversation.”

One of the most unique factors of these talks is the merging of the university and community, faculty and students, all coming together for the sake of art. “It’s a nice cross-section of our both our university and our local community. A forum can bring that type of group together in a really informal way,” said Sally Delgado, Curator of Education at the Kennedy Museum of Art.

When started, the purpose of the talks was for friends of the Kennedy museum to come together to, “get a little lunch, get a little art, all in the span of fifty minutes,” explained Delgado.  The talks really took off when they featured the School of Art Faculty Show, which brought in a number of artists in a single show to come and elaborate on their work.

“The talks extend the content, it extends the interpretation, it gives more context to the objects that you see for the most part static objects. Overall it just brings more life to the exhibition,” said Delgado.

Upcoming talks:

Wednesday October 17th Terry Eiler, Director, School of Visuam Communication: “From Reality to Gestalt Abstraction” in conjunction with Contemplative Cameras

Wednesday October 31st Bill Schneider, Associate Professor, School of Visual Communication: “Influences on the Photographs of Schreiber, Meek, and Kawano” in conjunction with Contemplative Cameras

Wednesday November 14th Alana Bowman Kidder and Barbara Jewell, Student Curators “Feminist Egg Over Athens: the Local Connections” in conjunction with Women Artists II

*All noon talks will begin on the 2nd floor from 12:10-12:50PM

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-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant

Students Set to “Experience the Arts” at OU

On Monday October 8th, high school students from around the region will fast forward a year or two and experience the day in the life of a fine arts major.  This is the third year for Experience the Arts Day, put on by the College of Fine Arts to reach out to students interested in art, music, dance and theater.

The day consists of a welcome to all in attendance, followed by a short performance from each of the four schools. Students then have the opportunity to sit in on classes within all four of the schools during the day. Each school will have some sort of tour, information session, or question and answer for the students with specific information on auditions, portfolios, and applications. Tours of Lincoln Hall, which houses the fine arts Residential Learning Community, and an admissions tour of the campus wraps up the day. Throughout the day students will have the opportunity to interact and talk with Ohio University students, professors and faculty members to get a better sense of the school.

“It’s not something that is artificial; it’s the typical flow of the day,” said Norma Humphries, the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts on experiencing the classes.

In the past parents had attended the classes, but this year they will have their own session. There will also be transportation provided to the Kennedy Museum of Art for parents to have a tour of the museum. By separating students from parents, the college hopes to give students a good sense of a typical routine day.

“The fact that they’re meeting real students who are in the major they’re looking at I think is also important so they get a feel for the school,” said Humphries.

Last year nearly 125 students participated in the day, and this year the college is able to accommodate up to 250 students and parents.

“We have more students come in that one day then what we see in an entire year in admission events,” said Humphries. “They like the people they interact with, they like the students and they feel comfortable here. So they can really see themselves being a student here.”

Sophomore music education major Jessica Lipscomb attended Experience the Arts Day and ended up deciding to attend Ohio University after the visit.

“Regular information sessions and tours offered through the University, though very helpful, do not dive in to the depths of the College of Fine Arts at all like Experience the Arts Day did,” said Jessica. “After experiencing how friendly the atmosphere was, my already high opinion of Ohio University was strengthened even further and I was then about 99% positive that I wanted to attend OU and the College of Fine Arts.”

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-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant