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EDITOR'S NOTE I've been thinking about how much more amazing this Art Museum is BECAUSE of our students. I recall my first year here, specifically the first break when the exhibitions closed, the semester ended and things felt so different. I decided then that making sure I had students to assist year round even during breaks should be a priority! I enjoy the energy, enthusiasm, and the willingness to both learn and teach that from students on the team. Fast forward to now, so much has changed at the Art Museum, in Higher Ed and in the World. I'll highlight though specifically the changes pertaining to students at the Art Museum. Although students have been engaged here since it first opened in 1978 - it's safe to say that the number of students who visit, work, intern, and volunteer has grown tenfold. Where we used to have maybe 2-3 students per semester actively immersed at the museum we now have 2-3 students (or more) working with each team member! Plus the 20+ students each year whose works are on view in the Student Response Exhibition, and the 12-20 students each Fall who help curate the annual Art and Architecture History Capstone exhibition (which opens this semester in its thirteenth iteration). And the amazing students in the Art Museum Student Organization (AMSO). I am so thrilled with the transformation we have made leveling up our experiential opportunities with Miami students over the last 13 years. It's a testament not only to the passion for working with students by the fantastic professional staff here but the incredible support that we receive from faculty and partners throughout the University in support of the core mission of Miami providing a world class liberal arts education! Could we do what we do without them? Probably not, but would we want to? Most definitely, no - I am certain all of my colleagues would agree that the very presence of students working alongside us makes it all that much more meaningful and hugely better! Meet a few of our current students in the spotlight on page 6.

Inside VAAM From the Director About the Art Museum Students In Focus Envisioning the Future Donor Spotlight: The Sollmanns Collection News: Stewardship McGuffey Moments Exhibition: Minohsayaki Exhibition: Capstone Exhibition: The World In Which We Live Ongoing Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions Hiestand Galleries Exhibitions & Programs at a Glance

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About the Magazine Visual Arts at Miami (VAAM) is a bi-annual publication of the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum showcasing visual arts and museums at Miami University for members and the community. Distributed to the sustaining members of the Art Museum and placed in coffee shops and arts centers, Visual Arts at Miami is also available digitally through the companion blog at Check the back cover for a detailed map, contact information and hours. On the cover: Roy De Forest (American, 1930-2007); Birdland (detail), 1993; Lithograph on paper; Gift of Renzo and Lidiana Furlan, 1999.34

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FROM THE DIRECTOR Sustainability, revitalization, and growth are some of the key words which come to mind as we enter the Spring 2024 semester at the Richard and Carole Cocks Museum (RCCAM) here at Miami University. Sustainability – we continue to raise awareness of Miami University’s FOCUS theme for the academic year: environmental justice. Following the Student Response Exhibition entitled It’s Our World, we present two connected exhibitions this Spring: the Capstone Exhibition-Landscape In and Around Us and The World in Which We Live. Both show how artists respond to and connect with their environments. The World in Which We Live shows how humans impact the world around them resulting in climate change and other damage to the environment. Here artists consider and document their response to changing environments and raise a call for action. Revitalization – the Spring exhibition Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’: A Peewaalia and Myaamia Story of Reclamation, which is a community-curated exhibition with the Miami and Peoria Tribes of Oklahoma, gives voice and vision to the creativity and expression of traditions that had long been considered lost. This exploration of the process of and conversations around cultural revitalization demonstrates the importance of material and creative expressions of identity by today's Indigenous communities. Growth – as we look to the future, we think about the Art Museum after 45 years, and what it might be in the future. As noted in our feature on renovation and expansion concept planning (page 7), teaching and education, collections, exhibitions, events,

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and workspaces are all being reviewed and rethought. While a development date is not yet known and is subject to funding, this process is leading to a bold vision for our future. We wish all the best to Steve Gordon, Administrator of our campus partner, the McGuffey House and Museum. Steve has stepped down from his role after 16 years at this historic house in the heart of campus. As reflected in McGuffey Moments (page 10), Steve’s legacy is one of historic preservation, community connection, and the importance of sharing stories through museum collections. We are of course grateful for your support and recognize that we have gained new or increased contributions from donors and members. Your generous donations help us stay open and accessible to all, as well as build for the future. Please consider ways to support us as we continue to celebrate artistic diversity at Miami University. If you haven’t already, please join us by becoming a member, or make an online gift to our Art Museum Support Fund. We look forward to seeing you at RCCAM this Spring!

John (Jack) D.M. Green Jeffrey Horrell ‘75 and Rodney Rose Director and Chief Curator of the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum ART MUSEUM


The Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum (RCCAM), completed in 1978 as the Miami University Art Museum, was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, and is situated on three acres of scenic sculpture park grounds. It houses five galleries of changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection of more than 17,500 artworks. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and is a proud member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM).

Where is the Art Museum on Campus? For starters, you can’t miss the large, industrial red sculpture by Mark di Suvero on the front lawn. The Art Museum is also just a 7-minute walk from the Armstrong Student Center, diagonally across from Tappan Hall, at the intersection of S. Patterson Ave. and Chestnut St., right when you enter Oxford off of State Route 27.

What can the Art Museum do for Students? Lots of things! The Art Museum is a great place to see diverse exhibitions and explore outstanding works of art. You can also work, intern, volunteer, join the Art Museum Student Organization (AMSO), and attend lectures and social events.

What can the Art Museum do for the Public? The Art Museum and Sculpture Park are FREE & OPEN to ALL and is an excellent venue for exploring arts and culture from around the world. Membership in support of programs and exhibitions is available at varying levels. Each one offers a higher level of engagement with the museum via special-invitation-only events and special programs. More information on the member program is available on our website via the Members link.


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Tuesday–Friday: 10 AM–5 PM Saturday: 12–5 PM Second Wednesdays: 10 AM–8 PM Closed: Sunday, Monday, national holidays, university closures, and during installation (more info on website.) FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

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Location & Contact

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MUSEUMS MIAMI Welcome New Staff Miami University has many museums, libraries and collections across all campuses (Oxford and Regionals) all are free resources for exploration, enjoyment and research. MUSEUMS MIAMI is a collaboration of these collecting units. Learn more at: MuseumsMiami

Jennifer Laqualia, Collections Manager and Registrar (Art Museum)

Jennifer (Jenn) Laqualia joins the Art Museum from Fort Huachuca Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Arizona. She has worked and volunteered in collections management and public outreach in museums and the archaeology sector since 2014, including with the Amerind Foundation and George Washington's Mount Vernon. Jenn has a Master's Degree in Museum Studies with a focus on collections management from Johns Hopkins University (2022). Jenn has lived all over the country, but calls Ohio home. She has two daughters and a cat, and enjoys boxing, hiking, reading, and exploring new places. Welcome Jenn!



Students in Focus


The Art Museum is fortunate to have incredibly talented and dedicated students working, volunteering, and interning while completing thier studies at Miami University. Most semesters, 10-15 students are embedded at the art museum on a weekly basis not including classes. Learn more about a few of our most recent students and some of thier projects here.

Macey Chamberlin

Ryan Singh

Jillian Schwab

Ken DeCrosta

Macey Chamberlin is a Senior majoring in Communication Design with a minor in Fashion, and Studio Art with a printmaking concentration. She has worked at the museum as a Graphic Design Student Specialist since September 2021. In her role she works with the Marketing and Communications team creating graphics that are used in the exhibitions such as exhibition titles, text panels, gallery guides and catalog sheets, as well as graphics used in the promotion of the museum, our exhibitions and programs.

Ryan Singh is a Sophomore majoring in Business Analytics. He began working at the museum in the Fall of 2022 as a Digital Media Assistant and has been instrumental in helping us increase our video content across all of our platforms. Also a member of the Marketing and Communications team, he has created more than 63 videos. He and former Digital Content Student Specialist Jillian Bihl ('23) both helped launch our TikTok channel which has seen great growth in its first year of existence.

Jillian Schwab is a Senior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Archaeology, Fashion, and Museums & Society. She has been at RCCAM from fall 2022 to fall 2023 as the McClure Textile Fellow. In her Fellowship, Jillian was instrumental in the documentation and rehousing of objects in our textile collection. Read about this project on our blog*. Jillian continues on at the museum this year as a Student Assistant in visitor services area where she helps welcome guests at our front desk. She will be graduating this Spring.

Kenneth DeCrosta is an undergraduate student at Miami studying economics. He started in the Fall of 2022 as a Collections Intern when he began the project of preparing an online gallery and condition reporting of the Leica Camera collection. The project was so large and fullfilling that Ken extended his time here at the museum after his internship was complete by continuing to volunteer until the project was finished. You can read about his experience with this exciting project on our blog*.

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The renovation and potential expansion of the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum have been a major focus behind the scenes in the past eighteen months. A significant gift from Richard Cocks announced in December 2022, is already being put into action as we begin concept planning with award-winning architect Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). As an architecture graduate and as senior designer, Hartman first worked on the Miami University Art Museum project led by Walter Netch, completed in 1978. A new concept plan is being based on a user-group study conducted in 2022, where over forty individuals offered perspectives on the current building’s use and what they would like to see in future. The resulting concept plan will incorporate much needed space for events, education and teaching, exhibitions, collections, and staff workspaces. Watch this space for future updates and if you are interested in finding out more about the museum’s future, please contact

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Top: Workshop at RCCAM with Craig Hartman of SOM (second from left), accompanied by Ann Webster (left), Robert Bell (center), and David Dotson and Laura Stewart (right), March 2023. Above rendering showing a possible view inside a renovated Art Museum, by Canyue Wang ('23), recent graduate in Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University. Below photo of a conceptual model created by undergraduate student (Senior) in Architecture and Interior Design, Frank Michel.




Donor Spotlight: Major Patrons Dick and Kathy Sollmann We thank Dick and Kathy Sollmann for their long-standing support of the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum. As members of the Art Museum since the early 1980s, Dick and Kathy have been regular attendees of museum events and programs. Dick (’69 BS, ‘80 MS) was appointed by Miami President Paul Pearson to the Art Museum Advisory Committee (1983-86), and served as a member of the Membership Association Steering Committee (late 1990s), and as President (2001-02). They have loaned and donated items to the Art Museum. Their recent support as lenders and Partner-level members included sponsorship of the Fall 2023 exhibition A Golden Time: Turn of the Century Ohio Women Artists. When asked why they support the Art Museum, they responded: “We both grew up in working class families. Our parents instilled in us a good work ethic, the traits of fairness and equality, and doing our best in all that we did,” Dick said. “That is why we feel strongly about the promotion of education, preserving our history, and being engaged in community service and philanthropy. The Art Museum has become a perfect place for us to support because of their efforts to collaborate more with different departments and engage Miami students, younger students in area schools, and the citizenryat-large. The programming is geared to all levels, with exhibitions on topics and themes of interest to wide audiences.”

Dick and Kathy, we thank you for making a difference! To learn about ways YOU can support the Art Museum - please visit:

We Want YOU! The Art Museum Docent Program organized in 1980, continues to support the museum’s educational programs for school and community groups. Docents— all volunteers—lead interactive tours, conduct lectures and offer a wide range of activities that connect art to our daily lives. Docents are actively involved in our third Saturday Tour and Explore offering where guests can drop-in and engage with them in the galleries. They also are involved with many programs throughout the year including a Girl Scouts badge program, school group tours and many other activities that involve the exhibitions, our programs and events as well. Art Museum

To become a volunteer docent and help fulfill the educational mission of the Art Museum To continue to fulfill the educational mission of the museum, docents and staff meet regularly and complete training at the beginning of each semester. With that in mind, we are seeking to identify volunteers who have a genuine interest in art of all kinds and enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteers will learn to lead tours in the gallery, learn about the museum’s permanent collection, study visual/ material culture and contemporary art. No previous experience or training is required. For additional information, please email us at ART MUSEUM

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Collections Stewardship: Conservation and a Renewed Look at Heritage



Having a wonderful art collection of more than 17,500 pieces covering a span of nearly 6,000 years of creativity is a privilege. Possessing this collection means that museum staff have a great responsibility for stewardship so that works of art and material culture objects can be studied, displayed, and most importantly enjoyed for generations to come. For the Fall 2023 exhibition Heritage: Shaping Past, Present, Future, curators selected the early 18th century painting of the Temple of Faustina (1956.P.1.10) by Ferdinando Galli da Bibiena (Italian, 1657-1743). However, the condition of the painting was not suitable for display. Even when this painting was donated to Miami University in 1956 by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hiestand it was in need of conservation to remove discolored varnish and overpainting applied to correct prior damage. The Art Museum contacted Michael Ruzga, an independent paintings conservator in Cincinnati, to provide a treatment proposal for the canvas. The resulting work that took place in 2023 restored the painting to a condition worthy of display and admiration. The work also revealed details that were not previously visible. Ruzga’s successful conservation work not

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only offers a renewed opportunity for displaying Bibiena’s painting, it demonstrates the Art Museum’s commitment to good collections stewardship. We were also able to learn more about the process through a special Members’ presentation of Ruzga’s conservation research and treatment of the painting. The painting received additional attention when Andrew Casper, Professor of Art and Architecture History at Miami University, presented on Bibiena’s painting for the Before (top) and after (bottom) restoration Heritage Symposium held in early October 2023. Casper spoke about how da Bibiena museum’s permanent collections. idealized the ruins of the Temple of Other works in the collection Faustina within the ancient Roman require conservation, thus our work Forum in a contemporary (early isn’t finished. 18th century) context. Of particular interest is da Bibiena’s exclusion If you would like to support the of the 17th century Church of conservation of the Art Museum’s San Lorenzo in Miranda that was collection, please consider a constructed within the ruined donation to the John Adam Schaal remains of the Temple of Faustina. Art Conservancy Fund by visiting our Giving Page (scan Ruzga’s work was supported code at right) or through the Art Museum’s contact us via email John Adam David Schaal Art by writing Conservancy Fund, which was to artmuseum@ established to help conserve the ART MUSEUM


McGuffey Moments

Reflections by Steve Gordon

McGuffey House & Museum 401 E. Spring St. | Oxford (513) 529-8380 THU-SAT 1-5 PM McGuffeyMuseum@ McGuffey-Museum

Introducing our new

McGuffey House Administrator and Curator, Jennifer Lorenzetti Jennifer has a BA in History (1991) and a MS in College Student Personnel Services (1993) from Miami University. She is a visiting professor at Miami teaching History of Design, and has taught history, art history, and design courses at other institutions. Jennifer is pursuing an MA in History with a concentration in Public History from Southern New Hampshire University. Her research focuses on cultural formation and expression in small towns. She also studies the history of design and history of Key West, and is also passionate about the history of Christianity and Medieval Europe. Jennifer currently lives in Dayton with her husband Daniel and their two dogs.

History museums are, in essence, repositories of the past. They collect, conserve and exhibit the human experience by interpreting material culture. The past, however, has largely vanished with only occasional vestiges. It is primarily through those surviving objects that museums tell the layered stories of people and places. Every object has a story to be shared, and as such, collections are exhibited to foster visitor examination and contemplation. Through objects, the past has tangibility, and helps build connections among people, places and events. We are, knowingly or unknowingly, shaped by our times and the communities where we live and work. It is through the connections to these places and past peoples that our experiences are enriched by knowing what gives places and populations their distinctive character. Professor William Pratt has aptly noted, “education gathers and transmits the wisdom of the past in order to generate wisdom in the present.” Miami’s museums strive to engage students, faculty and staff to learn about the communities and world they occupy. Ours is a unique place. Miami University and Oxford’s three women’s colleges were founded to educate young men and women at a time when many Americans had limited access to formal learning. William Holmes McGuffey epitomized those scholars who championed the

Following the December McGuffey Monthly Program held at the Art Museum friends and guests joined in a celebration of retiring Administrator Steve Gordon. Thank you Steve for 16 years of service in celebrating, sharing and preserving the history of McGuffey, Miami and Southwest Ohio at the McGuffey House and Museum. Best wishes in this next chapter!

importance of education for all Americans. Today, McGuffey House and Museum stands as a visual anchor to Miami’s formative past, a physical manifestation of early Oxford and Old Miami. Its namesake, William Holmes McGuffey, remains Miami’s most renowned professor. While he taught young college men to become leaders, his real impact was through his Readers, texts that transformed and democratized public education for all ages and genders. This foundational commitment to public education remains an essential part of Miami University’s brand identity. Like the Miami Nation, Miami is not a university from the past, but one with history about the past. It is a past that calls on us to stem the tide of forgetfulness. McGuffey House and Museum is a steward of this past, conserving the house and its collections so the stories of our diverse inheritances remain compelling and meaningful.

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‘painted robes’ A Peewaalia and Myaamia Story of Reclamation

WRITTEN BY GEORGE IRONSTRACK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MYAAMIA CENTER, AND JASON E. SHAIMAN, CURATOR OF EXHIBITIONS For the third time since 2008, the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum is honored to partner with the Myaamia Center at Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. With this exhibition, Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’, the Art Museum is collaborating for the first time with the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. Maintaining a communitycurated approach, this exhibition is created in the voices of Peewaaliaki ‘Peoria Indian’ and Myaamiaki ‘Miami Indian’ people.

Unknown Illinois Artist; ciinkwia minohsaya ‘Painted Thunderbird Robe’, mid 17th mid 18th century. Bison or deer hide with natural pigments, 42 3/8 x 47 3/4 inches (photomural)

Minohsayaki ‘painted hide robes’ are an art form that was practiced by both the Peewaaliaki and Myaamiaki prior to contact with Europeans. Minohsaya artists produced many beautiful examples of this art form in the late 1600s into the early 1700s. In the mid1700s, the artistic practice of producing minohsayaki declined. This exhibition presents the special collaboration between the Peewaaliaki and Myaamiaki, along with nonNative scholars, that began in 2020. Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’ tells of the effort to reclaim the practice of hide painting within the Peewaaliaki and Myaamiaki communities and reconnect those practices with the stories that are essential to who they are as a people.

FEATURED PROGRAM SAT, MAR 16, 3-5 PM: ‘Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’ Public Program: Requickening and Reawakening the Dormant with Michael Galban, Seneca Art and Cultural Center, Ganondagan State Historic Park. This exhibition and public program is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Humanities Without Walls Consortium, which is administered by the University of Illinois.

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WRITTEN BY JASON E. SHAIMAN, CURATOR OF EXHIBITIONS, AND ART AND ARCHITECTURE SENIOR CAPSTONE STUDENTS Does the depiction of the landscape in art influence our identities and inspire a general sense of humanity? This question is the foundation of the Fall 2023 Art and Architecture Senior Capstone exhibition. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Hatch, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture History, students dissected and explored many facets of depicting the landscape throughout history in their culminating senior seminar course. From the early forms of the familiar picturesque, to the wonder and terror of the sublime, to the dreamlike transformation of the landscape through surrealism, students investigate how the landscape in art impacts how people have and continue to engage with the natural world. To support this question, and other explorations of the landscape, students selected paintings, prints, photography and ceramics from the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum collection and from the Walter Havighurst Special Collections at King Library. This Capstone exhibition is the culmination of studies for Art and Architecture History majors and minors at Miami University. Landscape in art as a subject was chosen as the underlying theme for connecting the exhibition with Miami University’s FOCUS program topic of Environmental Justice.


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The Fall 2023 Art & Architecture History Senior Capstone students and faculty include: Front Row (L-R): Ash Padilla, Lily Mayer, Maddy Heller, Mazie Rion,Madison Huber, Aurora Ortinez, Josephine Durst. Back Row (L-R): Owen Sainiak, Sara Morrow, Clare Donohoe, Alexis Mramor, Dr. Michael Hatch, Melanie Schaefer, Sam Weible, Fire Bayolo. Not pictured, Mackenzie Randol. Rockwell Kent (American, 1882-1971); Flame, 1928; Wood engraving on paper, 8 x 5 1/2 inches; Bequest of Thomas J. Cobbe; 2000.120 Rick Stoner (American, b. 1951); The Evening, ca. 1975; Etching on paper, 17 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches; Transferred to Art Museum from McGuffey Hall; MU.2007.5 Duane Michals, American, b. 1932; I Remember Pittsburgh (4 in series of 9), 1982; Photograph, 8 x 10 inches; Art Museum purchase through the Patrick A. Spensley Memorial Fund; 1983.55.d

WED, MAR 13, 5-7 PM: The Landscape In and Around Us: Art and Architecture History Capstone Exhibition Reception and Student Gallery Talks.


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The world in which we live has experienced various stages of environmental transformation, from naturally occurring phenomena to changes resulting from human impact. Artists have given considerable attention to the environment in recent years, many of which have turned to activism through the creation of artworks that are drawing attention to critical issues. The World In Which We Live looks at the connections and intersections of artist exploration and scientific studies regarding our fragile environment. Featured works are viewed through relevant scientific understanding and corresponding artistic and curatorial interpretations. This approach is inspired by a number of artists who are working alongside scientists to generate positive change in this one world we share. The World In Which We Live is supported by funding from the Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation and the Miriam Howard Art Museum Fund. It is presented in conjunction with the 2023-2024 Miami University FOCUS theme of Environmental Justice. The FOCUS theme is led by Dr. Amy Bergerson, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Dr. Jonathan Levy, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. Top to bottom: Barrie Kaufman (American, b. 1954) Golden Water, 2019; Ceramic and steel, 31 x 47 x 10 inches Collection of the artist. Ian van Coller (American, b. 1970 in South Africa); East Stanley Glacier Mount Stanley, Rwenzori's, Uganda, 2020; Ink on archival pigment print, 27 x 36 inches. Collection of the artist. John Sabraw (American, b. England, 1968); Aerial Chroma S1 2, 2022; AMD pigments and paint on aluminum composite panel, 44 x 44 inches; Collection of the artist Volume 12, Issue 2 | Spring 2024



WED APR 10, 5-7 PM: The World in Which We Live Artist Talk & Reception: John Sabraw. Program sponsored by Three Valley Conservation Trust and Miami University FOCUS Program (See page 18)


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THU, FEB 1, 5:50 PM Erika Allen: Consuming Identity: If I Eat It, Am I It?

THU, MAR 14, 5:50 PM Diane Fellows: Contesting and Bridging Boundaries and Borders: Reflections on Contemporary Migration and Artists’ Empowerment and Action

THU, FEB 8, 5:50 PM Lauren Haynes: 2024 juror, Miami University Young Painters Competition

THU, APR 18, 5:50 PM Neil Daigle Orians: What are you haunted by?

THU, FEB 15, 5:50 PM Alice Pixley Young: Time Tripper

THU APR 4, 5:50 PM Brianna Gluszak: AWOOGA: A recontextualization of the gaze through visual art projects

THU, FEB 29, 6 PM FRITZ PAVILION C, ARMSTRONG STUDENT CENTER Latoya Ruby Frazer, Art as Transformation: Using Photography to Affect Change

THU APR 11, 5:50 PM Sharon Koelblinger: Mirror Image

THU MAR 7, ZOOM Hollis Hammonds: In Residence Gifts of Time/Space Meeting ID: 309 837 4815 Passcode: makeprints

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THU, APR 25, 5:50 PM MFA CANDIDATE TALKS Libby Morgan Sarah-Faith Strait

THU, MAY 2, 5:50 PM Leonardo Drew, Artist Talk



Ongoing Exhibitions Art History at a Glance (Goodyear Gallery) A glimpse into the evolution of Western art from the 15th to 20th centuries. Selected works from the Art Museum’s collection represent prominent art movements with examples of Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Contemporary works. Art movements exist through multiple conversations relevant to their respective cultures and times. Some of the most significant movements were founded through artists’ reacting to societal changes, religion, science and technology, war and politics, their rejection or appropriation of previous art styles, and taste established by patrons or prominent art schools.

Global Perspectives (Webster Gallery) Global Perspectives weaves together nearly 5,000 years of cultural, religious, political, social, economic and communication systems from seventeen world cultures. From diverse regions, nations, and time periods, these cultures comprise only a fraction of a larger, complex world united by core practices used in the creation of or adoption of art and material culture. Whether original to a culture or assimilated during times of conquest, the creative endeavors explored by people around the world speaks volumes about the fundamental need to express individual and collective identities. Charles M. Messer Leica Camera Collection (Goodyear Gallery Niche) Between 1970 and 1978, Charles M. Messer of Cincinnati's Messer Construction Company donated his personal collection of German produced Leica brand cameras. Totaling more than 1,200 pieces, this is the largest privately assembled collection of Leica cameras, accessories and literature in the US. A small sample of the collection is displayed highlighting innovations in photographic technology from the mid-1920s through the late 1970s.

Sculpture Park (Art Museum Grounds) The Art Museum’s collection of public sculpture evokes many of the movements in art that characterized the 20th century, and examples of geometry, materials, and expressionism are found in all the pieces located on over three acres of scenic Sculpture Park grounds. Key works include Star-Crossed by Nancy Holt (1979), Hybrid Construction by RIchard Hunt (1983), For Kepler by Mark di Suvero (1995), and A Tribe Named Miami, A Surveyor’s Stake, A Town Named Oxford by Eugene Brown (2008). The Sculpture Park is open to all, and can be experienced all year round. As well as being a place of natural beauty and quiet reflection, the park includes a popular disc golf course on Miami University’s campus.

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Aug 27–Dec 16, 2024 ARTificial Intelligence: A Student Response Exhibition (Douglass Gallery) In this tenth juried Student Response Exhibition (SRE), Miami University students are called upon to creatively respond to Artificial Intelligence in connection with Miami University's 2024-2025 FOCUS theme. Artificial Intelligence offers many possibilities, though it has also become a controversial topic. Three works in the exhibition will be awarded with cash prizes sponsored by the Art Museum’s Membership Committee. Votes will be cast by visitors to the exhibition. Winners will be announced at a special reception in November 2024 during a public awards ceremony. Created using Adobe Firefly (AI)

Collections Highlights: Recent Acquisitions (McKie Gallery) Each year the Art Museum's permanent collection of more than 17,500 objects expands. The collection is enhanced through gifts and bequests from alumni and other donors who support the arts, and purchases from auctions, galleries and artists. Acquisitions accessioned between 2022 and 2024 include paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, metals, and woodwork from regional to internationally recognized artists, including Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, Elizabeth Nourse, Frank Duveneck, Jim Dine, Rockwell Kent, Anne Noggle, Adelia Cone, Romare Bearden, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Barbara Gonzales. Frank Duveneck (American, 1848-1919) Italian Girl

Through Their Lens: Freedom Summer Photographers (Farmer Gallery)

Herbert Randall (American, b. 1936), Freedom Summer Volunteers Practice Nonviolent Self-defense

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Through Their Lens will focus on the most important photographers documenting the historic 1964 Mississippi Freedom Project, more commonly known as Freedom Summer, coinciding with its 60th anniversary year. Placing the photographers at the forefront, this exhibition will explore their backstories, how they came to be associated with Freedom Summer, and what contributions they made to our understanding of the historic summer that began on the campus of the Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. The Art Museum is one of more than 100 participating venues in the Cincinnatibased FotoFocus Biennial. Made possible with support from a grant from FotoFocus.



DONATE TO THE ART MUSEUM SUPPORT FUND In addition to becoming a Member of the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum, there are various ways you can financially support the Art Museum, whether it’s a one-time or sustaining gift. The easiest way to give is to make an unrestricted gift to the recently launched Art Museum Support Fund. We are especially seeking support for education staffing and programs at the Art Museum, and your gift will make a real impact. You can make a check payable to “Miami University” along with your contact information and indicate "Art Museum Support Fund" in the memo. All gifts are tax-deductible. For further information about support for the Art Museum please contact Jack Green, Jeffrey Horrell ‘75 and Rodney Rose Director and Chief Curator: 18

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2023-24 Season

Volume 12, Issue 2 | Spring 2024




JAN 30–MAR 14 2024 MIAMI UNIVERSITY YOUNG PAINTERS COMPETITION FOR THE $10,000 WILLIAM AND DOROTHY YECK AWARD 2024 Juror: Lauren Haynes, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs, Queens Museum, New York 2024 Finalisits: Hannah Bang, New York, New York; Emily Bartolone, Massillon, Ohio; Sayako Hiroi, East Boston, Massachusetts; Miranda Holmes, Columbus, Ohio; Chelsea Hyatt, Glastonbury, Connecticut; Stephen Proski, Brighton, Massachusetts; Paloma Vianey, Washington, DC; Megan Wolfkill, Knoxville, Tennessee; Jenny Wu, Hartford, Connecticut and Tianxing Xu, Harrison, New Jersey. THU, FEB 8 | JUROR TALK | LAUREN HAYNES (ART 100) 5:50 PM FRI, FEB 9 | RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS | 4:30-5:30 PM


Through the generous gift from William (MU1936) and Dorothy Yeck of Dayton, Ohio, Miami University has a unique opportunity to provide students and the community at large to develop a critical understanding of painting in the 21st century. The competition winner will be awarded the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award and the painting will become part of Miami University’s permanent collection. This year’s competition focuses on nonrepresentational painting.

APR 15–23 | BFA STUDIO ART CAPSTONE EXHIBITION Department of Art senior studio majors participating in the semester long Capstone course feature their latest visual investigations in ceramics, printmaking, painting, metals and jewelry, photography, sculpture and digital media. APR 16 | ARTISTS RECEPTION | 4:30 PM APR 29–MAY 6 | SARAH-FAITH STRAIT | MFA Strait's MFA Thesis Exhibition will exhibit paintings of horses that suggest notions of time and movement. Through fragmentation, Strait deconstructs the symbol of the horse to challenge our conventional concepts of this animal and broaden our perception of the world around us. MAY 9–16 | KELSEY NOLIN | MFA Nolin’s thesis exhibition explores both the notion of place and the material nature of photography. Pulling from her rural upbringing, Nolin interweaves the ideas of labor and temporality with photography’s relationship to time and memory. Her works function as a living memorial for both the land she inhabits and a future yet unknown.


Visual Arts at Miami

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 AM-4:30 PM, Hours may vary with restrictions; other hours available by appointment. (513) 529-1883 All receptions are in the lobby of Hiestand Galleries | Galleries located on 1st level.

ROBERT E. & MARTHA HULL LEE GALLERY | SPRING 2024 JAN 30–MAR 1 | TYLER GRIESE | FLEETING CLARITY Tyler Griese is the 2023 winner of the Miami University Young Painters Competition $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award. In Fleeting Clarity, Griese showcases the fleeting pause right on the brink of a monumental moment. Exploring tensions between internal and external factors, his painting color and light play against each other to tell a story of interpersonal relationships, relationships with the environment, and ultimately the collective human experience. These paintings have elements of voyeurism and confrontation as the viewer ruminates through moments of their own lives. THU, FEB 8 | YECK ARTIST TALK | 1:15 PM | RICHARD AND CAROLE COCKS ART MUSEUM FRI, FEB 10 | RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: 4:30–5:30 PM, HIESTAND GALLERIES APR 15–23 | BFA COMMUNICATION DESIGN CAPSTONE EXHIBITION The 2024 exhibition showcases the unique practices of the graduating class of communication designers as they utilize researchbased strategy to find opportunities to apply communication design to a wide range of topic areas. From innovative branding campaigns to immersive user experiences, the exhibition reflects the class of 2024’s mastery of design principles and processes and their ability to communicate effectively in the dynamic landscape of visual communication.

MAR 11–21 | CONTESTING AND BRIDGING BOUNDARIES AND BORDERS: THE US-MEXICO INDIGENOUS AND MIGRATION EXPERIENCE. Miami University Architecture Studios: Boundaries, Borders and the Imaginary 2021, 2023. Artists: Diane Fellows (Miami University, Dept. of Architecture and Interior Design) Adrian Jésus Falcon (Falcon Art Center Foundation, Del Rio, TX) Diana Lizbeth Zuñiga Hernandez (Global Indigenous collective, Hidalgo, Mexico), Gion DeFrancesco (Miami University, Dept. of Theatre) The multi and mixed-media installation presents stories of border communities along the US–Mexico Border of the Rio Grande. Indigenous languages and migration narratives, and border landscapes and personal stories of crossing or the inability to cross the US–Mexico border are experienced. The exhibition also connects visitors to an online gallery of architectural design studio work highlighting Studio Borders, Boundaries and the Imaginary processes addressing migration across the US-Mexico border, specifically Del Rio, TX–Acuña, Mexico. THU, MAR 14 | RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS | 4:15–5:15 PM; DIANE FELLOWS, ARTIST TALK: 5:50 PM, ART 100 APR 30–MAY 8 | LIBBY MORGAN | NEVER AT REST: MENDING A FRAGMENTED WOMAN Growing up in a constantly changing environment, few things remained stable. We left behind friends, homes, and belongings that couldn’t fit on the moving truck. In the exhibition, Never at Rest: Mending A Fragmented Woman, artist Libby Morgan, acknowledges this constant sense of loss, and stitches together the precious remnants.


Galleries will be closed: Hiestand Hall | 401 Maple St., Oxford, OH 45056 During exhibition installation and Jan 1- 31, HIESTAND GALLERIES Mar 25-29, and May 17–Sep 5. ANN TAULBEE, DIRECTOR Volume 12, Issue 2 | Spring 2024 21 (513) 529-1883 |


Spring 2024


JAN THRU FEB 1 Chrissy Collopy | Works ART LOBBY JAN 30—JUN 8 Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’: A Peewaalia and Myaamia Story of Reclamation Landscape In and Around Us: An Art & Architecture History Capstone Exhibition The World In Which We Live: The Art of Environmental Awareness Art History at Glance Global Perspectives The Charles M. Messer Leica Camera Collection ART MUSEUM JAN 30—MAR 14 2024 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award HIESTAND

FEB 16 | 5:50 PM Alice Pixley Young: Time Tripper ART 100

FEB 1 | 5:50 PM Erika Allen | Consuming Identity: If I Eat It, Am I It? ART 100

FEB 22—MAR 8 Visual Arts Club ART LOBBY

FEB 3—21 Jon Yamashiro | Works ART LOBBY FEB 8 | 5:50 PM Yeck Young Painters Juror Lecture | Lauren Haynes ART 100 FEB 9 | 4:30-5:30 PM Young Painters Reception & Awards for the Artists HIESTAND FEB 12 | 7 PM John & Betty Michael Autobiographical Lecture in Art Education | Dr B. Stephen Carpenter II ART MUSEUM

FEB 22 | 12 PM Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’ Webinar with George Ironstrack and Elizabeth Ellis | VIRTUAL FEB 29 | 3-4:30 PM Gallery Conversation with LaToya Ruby Frazier on 'Flint is Family' ART MUSEUM FEB 29 | 6 PM Latoya Ruby Frazer, Art as Transformation: Using Photography to Affect Change FRITZ PAVILLION C

MAR MAR 7 | 5:50 PM Hollis Hammonds | In Residence - Gifts of Time/Space ONLINE MAR 9—APR 15 John Hankewitz | Works ART LOBBY MAR 11—21 Diane Fellows | Contesting and Bridging Boundaries and Borders: the US-Mexico Indigenous and Migration Experience HIESTAND

MAR 13 | 5-7 PM Landscape In and Around Us: Art and Architecture History Capstone Exhibition Reception and Student Gallery Talks ART MUSEUM MAR 14 | 4:15-5:15 PM Diane Fellows | Artist Reception HEISTAND MAR 14 | 4:15-5:50 PM Diane Fellows | Artist Talk ART 100

MAR 16 | 3-5 PM ‘Minohsayaki ‘Painted Robes’ | Public Program with Michael Galban ART MUSEUM MAR 20 | 12-1 PM Art and Environment Webinar with Mary Edna Fraser and Orrin Pilkey VIRTUAL

APR APR 4 | 4-5:15 PM Jerry Riesenberg and Stephen Alexander | The Imminent Solar Eclipse ART MUSEUM & VIRTUAL APR 4 | 5:50 PM Brianna Gluszak | AWOOGA: A recontextualization of the gaze through visual art projects | ART 100 APR 5 | 2 PM Movie | 2001: A Space Odyssey ART MUSEUM APR 8 | 1-5 PM A Total Eclipse of the Parks ART MUSEUM APR 10 | 5-7 PM John Sabraw | 'The World in Which We Live' Artist Talk & Reception ART MUSEUM APR 11 | 5:50 PM Sharon Koelblinger | Mirror Image ART 100 APR 15—23 BFA Studio Art Capstone Exhibition; BFA Communication Design Capstone Exhibition HIESTAND

APR 15—27 Saturday Art Exhibit ART LOBBY APR 16 | 4:30 PM BFA Studio Art Capstone; BFA Communication Design Capstone | Artist Receptions HIESTAND

MAY MAY 2 | 5:50 PM Leonardo Drew | Artist Talk ART 100 MAY 9—16 Kelsey Nolin | MFA Thesis Exhibition HIESTAND

APR 18 | 5:50 PM Neil Daigle Orians | What are you haunted by? | ART 100 APR 20 | 10:30-12 PM Mont Allen | Corpse Wine: Dionysiac Imagery and the Fermentation of the Dead in Roman Sarcophagi ART MUSEUM

MAY 12—SEP 1 Katrina Shafor | Works ART LOBBY

JUN JUN 8 | 12-5 PM Exhibitions Last Day ART MUSEUM

For more information visit:

APR 25 | 5:50 PM MFA Candidate Talks ART 100 APR 29—MAY 6 Sarah-Faith Strait | MFA Thesis Exhibition HIESTAND APR 29—MAY 10 Effusions Exhibit ART LOBBY APR 30—MAY 8 Libby Morgan | MFA Thesis Exhibition HIESTAND

SPECIAL ART MUSEUM PROGRAM SERIES MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM Join student musicians in an informal afternoon of music in the galleries. In partnership with the Department of Music at Miami University.

DOCENT DROP-IN TOUR & EXPLORE Enjoy and learn about the artworks on exhibit! Join one of our Volunteer Docent tours of current and ongoing exhibitions.

2ND WEDNESDAYS AT THE ART MUSEUM Our galleries are open late every second Wednesday until 8 PM. See program calander for coinciding events.

1-2 PM, 3rd Saturdays FEB 17 | MAR 16 | APR 20

2-4 PM, 3rd Saturdays FEB 17 | MAR 16 | APR 20

5-8 PM, 2nd Wednesdays FEB 14 | MAR 13 | APR 10 | MAY 8


Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum

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Tuesday–Friday: 10 AM–5 PM Saturday: Noon-5 PM Second Wednesdays: 10 AM-8 PM

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801 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-2232

Hiestand Galleries

401 Maple St., Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-1883

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9 AM-4:30 PM

401 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-8380

Cage Gallery

101 Alumni Hall, Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-7210

Art Building (Lobby Gallery)

400 S Patterson Oxford, OH45056

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