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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


School of Art New Faculty Exhibit Showcases Talent

Colagiovanni, Harper, Keough, Kessel,Rice, Schoenhoff,  and Tanner Young are seven names that will not be flying under the radar in the upcoming year; the new faculty to the School of Art have experience, complex backgrounds, and remarkable creative talent that shone through at the School of Art New Faculty Exhibit. The opening reception was held this past Thursday in the Trisolini Gallery located on the 4th floor of Baker and the exhibit will run until October 13th.

If one thing was evident from the opening reception, it’s that the new faculty members bring a diverse range of creativity to the School of Art and Ohio University. Mediums range greatly from video to rice paper and wood to make up the seventeen different works that showcase each faculty members’ personal style.

For example, woodshop technician Jason Tanner Young bases many of his pieces on events reminiscent of his youth. Since a child Young has had a desire for building; whether it is through means of wood and steel or tinkering with objects such as pliers and fishing poles, he builds off of his past and incorporates it into many pieces. Both of his pieces, “Get A Handle” and “Depending on Landmarks” integrates these ideas.

“I hope to bring a fresh perspective coming from a different place and a different background,” said Young.

Or in the case of Colleen Keough, the visiting assistant professor of trans-disciplinary art, her Irish heritage shines through in her piece “Passage”. The channel video installation recognizes the Irish immigration to the U.S. and the hardships endured.

“It’s really just kind of about my own personal connection to the land,” commented Keough.

The entire new faculty aims to broaden the perception and perspectives of students and push them outside of their normal boundaries. Their past experiences, backgrounds and personal styles are factors of influence they hope to pass on.  After taking the time to browse through their pieces at Trisolini it’s without a doubt that their students will be inspired for years to come.

The School of Art New Faculty Exhibit runs through October 13 at the Trisolini Gallery.

-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant

Trisolini Gallery                                                                                                                                   405 Baker University Center                                                                                                    Tel: 740-593-1814                                                                                                                      Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and Thursdays 10am – 8pm.                                                                                                                                   www.ohio.edu/art 

Admission is free, all events are open to the public.