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visual arts @ miami On the Cover Leslye Sherman (American, b. 1942) Last Dance, 2011; acrylic, oil, collage on canvas; nine 18”x18” panels, 56”x 56” installed; 2014.2

Gift of friends of artist: Margarette Beckwith, Muriel Blaisdell, John Blocher, Peter and Kathleen Carels, Nelly Bly Cogan, Barbara Cox, Don Daiker, Ann Geddes, Cheryl Johnson, Cynthia Kelley, Sue and James Killy, James and Kathy McMahon Klosterman, Gil and Tad Liechty, Astrid Mast, Susan Maxfield, Kim Medley, Edward Montgomery, Gail Della Piana, Wendy Richardson, Jim and Pam Robinson, Asher Seidel, Edna Southard, Josette and Jerome Stanley and Judith Trent. Majoring in English literature as an undergraduate, Leslye Sherman received her MFA in Painting from Miami University in 1983. After a career in the world of books, Sherman now explores the mysteries of mortality and impermanence through her art. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Artist Statement: Last Dance explores the theme of impermanence, a key concept in Buddhist thought. For Buddhists, accepting the reality of impermanence is the beginning of seeing our connection with each other, nature, our planet and our universe. In Last Dance, I wanted to confront mortality and its mysteries. I meant to hint at the end of life. There are images of dried seedpods, insects, sticks. There are also images of passing skies, clouds, stars and galaxies. In Last Dance, the anguish of our inevitable departure is offset by the celebration we can experience in each moment alive.

visual arts @ miami

is a publication of the Miami University Art Museum (MUAM) showcasing visual arts at Miami University for members and the Art Museum community.

Distributed in the Oxford Press prior to the Fall and Spring semesters, visual arts @ miami also serves as a unified resource for visual arts and culture within the College of Creative Arts at Miami University. MUAM, Cage Gallery, Hiestand Galleries and McGuffey Museum are FREE and OPEN to all. Check the back cover for a map detail, contact information, a complete list of current exhibitions and hours.

Inside this issue:

fall 2014 edition

Editor: Sherri Krazl Contributors: Kevin Carrabine Cynthia Collins Kristi Csatary Tracy Featherstone Diane Fellows Sue Gambrell Steve Gordon Jeanne Harmeyer Sydney Johnson Alison Kimborowicz Scott Kissell Morgan Murray Katherine Setser Jason E. Shaiman Lindsay Sheridan Laura Stewart Ann Taulbee Robert S. Wicks

Directions 3 Collections News 4 Upcoming Exhibitions 5 McGuffey Moments 6 Staff Spotlight ~ Jason Shaiman 7 Art Museum Exhibitions / Programs 8-9 Volunteer Spotlight ~ Sarah Michael 10 Year in Review 11-14 In the Cage 16-17 Hiestand Happenings 18-19 Art Museum Exhibitions / Programs 20-21 Alumni Spotlight ~ Neal Stimler 22 Events & Exhibitions @ a Glance 23-24

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from the director

Of Monuments and Movements BY DR. ROBERT S. WICKS

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’ve had the privilege of participating in many special moments as we celebrated the Art Museum’s 35th anniversary this past year. Two have had particular meaning for me, honoring the life of donor Walter I. Farmer and the visit of civil rights photographer, Herbert Randall.

George Clooney’s feature length film, The Monuments Men, honoring the men and women who played a critical role in preserving Europe’s artistic heritage at the end of World War II came to theatres in February 2014. Miami’s own monuments man, Walter I. Farmer (‘36), was the subject of a presentation to our annual membership association meeting in April. Farmer not only assisted in the repatriation of many works of priceless art treasures, he was also instrumental in forming some of the core collections of the Art Museum, without which we would be unable to install the quality of exhibitions that we do. His daughter, Margaret Farmer Planton, former mayor of Chillicothe, Ohio, shared her personal recollections about her father and displayed some wonderful examples of his memorabilia, including the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit awarded to Farmer by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1996. What for many was simply the name of our main gallery or that of a faceless donor, has now taken on greater meaning and significance. The spring also saw a visit to the museum by Herbert Randall, one of the official photographers of 1964’s Mississippi Summer Project, a Black civil rights and voter registration effort later known as Freedom Summer. Training of the civil rights workers, mostly northern college students, took place here in Oxford over the course of two weeks, just a few hundred feet from the then future site of the Miami University Art Museum. Three of the workers from the first session, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, two white and one African American, departed Oxford in mid-June of 1964 to investigate a church burning. Shortly after their arrival in Mississippi, they disappeared. Having been murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, their bodies were hastily buried beneath an earthen dam. Randall came to Oxford during the second training session that year. He had been awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship for Creative Photography and became an official Freedom Summer photographer. When asked by an interviewer if he kept a journal of his experiences and the subjects he photographed while in Mississippi, he laughed and responded that he was too busy staying alive to record the details of every picture he took. The fear, uncertainty and lack of personal safety often comes through in Randall’s dramatic images. As part of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, we are honored to host an exhibition of his historic images, augmented by research completed by our curatorial staff and student interns.

For me, the message from these two examples, Walter I. Farmer and Herbert Randall, is that artistic and cultural heritage preservation and the promotion of human rights and social justice are inextricably linked in our museum practice, objectives we constantly keep in mind as we plan our exhibitions and schedule our educational programming.

Celebrating 35 years at our fall student exhibition kick-off on the lawn which drew nearly 300 students.

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collections NEWS

Results are in... By Collections Manager/Registrar, Laura Stewart

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isitors to Miami University Art Museum during spring semester 2014 may recall seeing a number of captivating paintings, collages and sculpture by Swiss artist Hermann Alfred Sigg (b. 1924), on view in the Walter I. Farmer Gallery. Following the run of the temporary exhibition Meditations: The Abstract Nature of H.A. Sigg, the time came for the museum to return the artwork to its lender. However, one of the exhibition’s featured paintings, In the Land of the Rivers V, 1993, did not go back to New York City. Instead, it remained in Oxford.

Lender Daniel Sigg, the artist’s son, and associate, Richard (Rick) Fisher, Director of the Institute for Venture Philanthropy in Atlanta, Georgia, visited Miami University in March. They were impressed with the Art Museum, its enthusiastic supporters, and the way the exhibition of H.A. Sigg’s artwork engaged audience members, including students. Happily, Daniel Sigg graciously offered to give the art museum one of the objects displayed in the Miami exhibition. Faced with the difficult task of choosing but one of the H.A. Sigg works from among several intriguing pieces, museum staff decided that the selection process should involve the museum’s membership. The field was narrowed to three possible choices, including Small Sign II, 2007, Course of the Rivers III, 2010, and In the Land of the Rivers V. A ballot was created, and during the annual members’ meeting, the art museum’s Collections Development Committee and individuals in attendance each cast a vote for which painting should become part of the collection.

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One of the newest acquisitions in the collection, In the Land of the Rivers V by H.A. Sigg, a piece generously donated by the artist’s son, Daniel, from works featured in our Spring 2014 exhibition.

In the Land of the Rivers V received close to 70% of the vote and is now one of the donations of art to be accessioned by the art museum in 2014. An image of the painting appeared in the exhibition guide by Curator Jason Shaiman, who elaborated on the artist’s process as follows: “From the rolling hills of farmland in Switzerland to the winding rivers of Europe and Asia, he draws inspiration directly from the landscape.” As a result of this gift — which complements the art museum’s dedication to developing a strong permanent collection of original art and material culture representing diverse traditions — the opportunity to directly experience H.A. Sigg’s “use of color and perspective” and to witness “the expressive qualities of his experiences” continues.

The Art Museum is honored that In the Land of the Rivers V has become one of the most recent additions to the collection, and knowing that the Miami community played such a pivotal role in the acquisition process makes this work of art that much more special.


Girl Scouts at the Art Museum Colors & Shapes Brownie Program

Saturday, November 8 and December 6, 10 a.m.-noon

Art in 3-D Junior Program

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10 a.m.-noon

Advanced sign-up required. Contact Cynthia Collins, Curator of Education at Collinc5@miamioh.edu or by phone at (513) 529-2243. More dates available in the Spring. Visit our web site at www.MiamiOH.edu/ ArtMuseum

A free program including storytime led by the Lane Public Library children’s department, paired with a related craft. For children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Held at the Art Museum ~ an early childhood arts and reading partnership with The Lane Library. Thursday, September 25, October 23 and November 20, 10 a.m.-noon

Contemporary Artist Forum Art 100 September 4 – Steve Smith ~ Insideout Studio

[www.insideoutstudioart.com]

Thursdays at 6 p.m.

September 18 – Christoper Saucedo (see page 18) [www.saucedostudio.com]

September 25 – Joan Levy Hepburn (see page 19) [www. joanlevyartist.com]

October 2 – Todd Slaughter [www.toddslaughter.net]

October 16 – Leslie Baum (see page 19) [www.lesliebaum.net]

October 23 – Allison Wade [www.allisonwade.com]

November 6 – Alison Crocetta [www.alisoncrocetta.com]

November 13 – Christie Blizard November 20 – Jon Yamashiro [www.yamashirophoto.com]

Upcoming Exhibitions Spring 2015

January 27 - MAY 16

Freedom Summer: A Student Response A juried selection of artwork created by Miami University students in response to the 2014 Summer Reading Program book, Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson, a history of the Mississippi Freedom Project. CALL FOR STUDENT ENTRIES OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 17 LEARN MORE AT WWW.MIAMIOH. EDU/ARTMUSEUM

Spring/Summer 2015

January 27 - June 27

Art History Capstone (Chinese Art) Through the guidance of Professor Ann Wicks (Art History) and Art Museum staff, senior Art History majors will curate an exhibition of Chinese paintings, textiles and ceramics from the permanent collection.

China; Guilin Mountains, Li River, 20th century; Watercolor on paper; Gift of Dr. Robert E. Gregg and Mrs. Ella Virginia Gregg; 1993.59

William McGee, Abstract Expressionist While at the Black Mountain College (summer of 1952) William McGee (1925-1999) studied with Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) and Franz Kline (1910-1962), both of whom would become major influences in his work as an abstract expressionist and color field painter. McGee’s works in this exhibition are from the Art Museum’s permanent collection and on loan from a local private collection. William Douglass McGee (American, 1925-1999); Untitled, 1963; Oil on paper; Gift of Larry Huston; 2010.35

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@ McGuffey

McGuffey Moments

By Museum Administrator Stephen C. Gordon

McGuffey Museum and the Works of Cincinnati Craftsmen & Craftswomen A Case Study

Year in Review

Visitors to McGuffey Museum remind us that craftsmanship may fall out of fashion, but not out of favor. Mediums and tastes invariably change, yet quality handwork and artisanship convey a basic human desire for beauty. In Cincinnati, during the late 19th century, a group of woodcarvers advocated for a revival of the traditional arts as a counter to the growing presence of mechanization. Among these talented woodworkers, the English-born woodcarvers Henry Fry (1807-1895) and William Fry (1830-1929) gained renown for their sophisticated ornate carved furniture and interiors. McGuffey Museum is fortunate to have in its collection three significant Fry works donated by descendants of Alexander and Caroline Rich McGuffey. Carved during the 1880s, the oak trestle table is noteworthy because the surface decoration was likely the handwork of women woodcarvers. Such endeavors were deemed acceptable for women who wanted to decorate their homes while at the same time express their artistic talents. Women, Henry Fry noted, “had many advantages over men in the art of wood carving, especially when the objects represented...the kingdom of nature.” The Fry pieces are on exhibit in the McGuffey Museum. For more information on Fry, consult Cincinnati Art Carved Furniture and Interiors, editor Jennifer Howe (Ohio University Press, 2003).

cGuffey Museum’s mission explores Miami University heritage through education, research, history and public programs. During the past year, over 1,300 visitors were given guided tours of the house and museum. K-12 school groups, Miami alumni, Miami students, staff and faculty, tourists, and visitors to Miami’s campus and Oxford were welcomed to the museum by a dedicated corps of volunteers, student aides and staff. Well over 500 hours of time were given to the museum by volunteers. Volunteers also offered public programs during the academic year on such topics as 19th century medicine, transportation and African American history. This year’s annual field trip was to the Grant Boyhood Home and School in Georgetown, Ohio. An exhibition profiling The Remarkable Stantons was researched and presented in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Oxford. External programs on Harry Thobe, the history of the McGuffey House, and early mills of Oxford Township were presented by the administrator, Steve Gordon to the Oxford Kiwanis, Hamilton Rotary and Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR). For the sixth year, McGuffey Museum played a supporting role in the Walking Tours of Oxford, and also helped secure an Ohio Historical Marker for the Oxford Female Institute and Caroline Scott Harrison.

Visit the current exhibition The Remarkable Stantons, Miami University and the Magnificent Dwelling open during regular museum hours through October 31.

July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

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McGuffey Museum | 401 E. Spring St. | Oxford, OH 45056 | (513) 529-8380 Steve Gordon, Administrator McGuffeyMuseum@MiamiOH.edu | www.MiamiOH.edu/McGuffeyMuseum Museum hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.


Art Museum Staff Spotlight

Shaiman is Curious for Art M

iami University Art Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions, Jason Shaiman, came to Oxford in August 2010 after working at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum for 12 years. Spending most of his early life in the suburbs north of Philadelphia, Jason frequently returned to New York City to visit his extended family. Those trips routinely included a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He remembers seeing the original traveling exhibition of The Treasures of Tutankhamen in the 1970s. His high school plans of becoming an architect ended after only a few semesters in college. Attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, he was required to take an art history course. It just clicked. A few years earlier he spent five weeks hosteling his way around Europe. What he saw during his trip was incredible. However, learning the history of the world’s many great treasures in the Louvre, Uffizi and the Rijksmuseum excited him. Jason entered graduate school at the University of South Carolina. While completing his Masters in Art History, he enrolled in the Museum Studies program and began working as a graduate assistant to the then Chief Curator of Exhibitions at McKissick Museum. His path was set. In fact, he eventually became the Chief Curator, a position he held for four years prior to his arrival in Oxford. One of the highlights of his work at McKissick, was serving as the Project Manager for a 2,000 square foot exhibition on 300 years of Jewish life in South Carolina.

When asked what he loves most about his job, he shared, “exploring, studying and developing exhibitions to help others appreciate the arts. I love the fact that every day I can come to work and learn something new, I can learn about new and old artists I’ve never heard about, and I can figure out how to incorporate them into an exhibition.” Of the nearly 17,000 objects in the collection, his favorite item is a Greek Amphora. What intrigues Jason most about this piece is “the aesthetic treatment of the surface decoration of an object that was utilitarian, not intended to one day be in a museum.” His favorite recent acquisition at MUAM is a series of photographs from Russia taken by Margaret BourkeWhite. “My family is from Russia and I had a chance in graduate school to visit the Golden Ring between Moscow and St. Petersburg. When I see these photos, I can’t help but imagine the places I visited and what my family may have experienced had they not immigrated to the United States.” Beyond working at the museum, Jason enjoys spending time with his family including his wife Amy (a Miami alumna and employee) and 1-year old son, Teddy. He also enjoys fishing, billiards and golfing. The thing that keeps Jason constantly driven and interested in his job is that he learns with each and every exhibit. There is a lot of research done with each exhibition and each one has something new to offer. It not only helps the visitors learn and remain engaged, but he reaps the benefits as well.

Curator by day, Curious George enthusiast by night, Shaiman lives and breathes art, history and a passion for sharing his knowledge with others.

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Revealing

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efore the establishment of formal language as a means of communication, humans relied on symbols, visual imagery, sounds and movement. These innate forms of expression served as the earliest attempts to outwardly project personal and collective understandings of self and the surrounding world. Although the spoken word is today the most universal form of articulating feelings, many individuals find it difficult to express emotional and physical angst through verbal communication. In search of alternatives to psychoanalysis, more commonly known as talk therapy, therapists and other health professionals began to explore expressive methods promoting healing.

Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, art, music, dance/movement, drama and writing as forms of clinical therapy were in their infancy. Historically, these methods of expression have been in existence for hundreds if not thousands of years. In ancient Greece, philosophers including Aristotle and Plato wrote about the healing effects of music on the soul and music’s ability to sooth the mind and body. In modern times, Carl Jung supported the use of visual imagery as a vehicle for reaching the unconscious mind in connection with psychoanalysis. Today, these expressive therapies are used to assist people with a variety of needs, including emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical development. From a brief historical journey through the development of these modalities to the applicable nature of creative therapies, Revealing the Light Within: The Healing Power of Expressive Arts presents a complex exploration of this frequently underrepresented and misunderstood field. A series of programs are offered during the Fall semester in conjunction with this exhibition. Talks and workshops will provide additional background to this innovative field, and will give a practical study of its benefits. This exhibition is created in collaboration with Miami University faculty and staff from various departments, and professionals in the field of expressive therapies.

Dorothy Bryan (American, 1924-2001); Premonition, 1989; Lithograph on paper; Courtesy of David Bryan and family

Exhibition Advisory Group: Erin Brazill, Art Therapist, Buckeye Art Therapy Association Cynthia Collins, Curator of Education Alexandra Czajkowski, Student, Art History Katherine Derickson, Student, Art Therapy Joan Fopma-Loy, Professor, Nursing Yvette Harris, Professor, Psychology Jennifer Kinney, Professor, Sociology & Gerontology Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, Director Opening Minds through Art Kate de Medeiros, Professor, Sociology & Gerontology Joseph Schroer, Professor, Educational Psychology Jason E. Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions Brad Simcock, Program Manager, Opening Minds through Art


Programs

ART MUSEUM FALL EXHIBITION - AUGUST 26 - DECEMBER 6 douglass & mckie galleries

Friday, September 5, 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 27, 2-4 p.m.

How Can Museums Be interactive Places for Older Adults? ~ Michelle Weiner, Community Engagement Manager, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, England

Exploring an Art Centered Healing Approach & Creative Affirmations ~ Molly Kohut, MA, ATRT-BC, PCC

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Gerontology.

Sponsored by the Buckeye Art Therapy Association.

Gain insight into the details of how a successful program for older people can be set up and maintained in a gallery setting. Enjoy an opportunity to view examples and ideas from the program, Good Times: Art for Older People at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Art therapist Molly Kohut will define art therapy, its healing benefits and will introduce professional certification requirements. Kohut will identify outcomes of art therapy with children and their families who are coping with complex needs. Following the lecture, Kohut will conduct a hands-on workshop to illustrate art therapy concepts.

Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28, 5:30 p.m.

Expressive Arts Therapies: A Historical Overview ~ Jason E. Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions, MUAM

Immutable Passion: An Artist’s Life with Vascular Dementia ~ Dee Hansen and Susan Hansen Staves

Although the notion that the arts can be “medicine for the soul” has been in the making since antiquity, the clinical study and practice of expressive arts therapies are less than 200 years old. Join us for an overview into the historical developments leading up to contemporary approaches of the leading expressive therapy modalities, including art, music, drama, dance/movement and creative writing.

When vascular dementia took its hold on Harry Hansen, an award-winning artist and art professor, the disease stole much of his identity. After a hiatus from artistic creation, his wife and daughter inspired him to use art as a therapeutic method to regain a creative and intellectual quality of life that lay dormant for half a decade.

Thursday, September 18, 6 p.m.

Building a Therapeutic Community: Helping Veterans Recover from Homelessness ~ Drama Therapy and Therapeutic Theater in Action David Peacock, MA, Drama Therapist and Lisa Peacock, MA, Registered Drama Therapist

Drama Therapists will discuss an innovative therapeutic community model to help veterans recover from homelessness. The model incorporates a number of creative arts therapies and provides opportunities for personal empowerment and growth. This discussion will serve as an introduction to the half-day September 19 workshop. Friday, September 19, 9 a.m.-Noon

The Power of Stories to Heal: An Introduction to Drama Therapy ~ David Peacock, MA, Drama Therapist and Lisa Peacock, MA, Registered Drama Therapist

An experiential half-day workshop exploring drama therapy — its conceptual framework, an overview of working with clients and its engagement with a variety of populations. Participants’ imaginations will be activated and stories that heal will be discovered. REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

Wednesday, November 12, 7-9 p.m. It’s All About Making Art

Students, faculty and community members will have the opportunity to create a work of art with the guidance of a professional, practicing artist. Participants will then select several works that will serve as inspiration in a workshop with poet Gary Glazner the following evening. REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

Thursday, November 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care ~ Gary Glazner, Director, Alzheimers Poetry Project, Brooklyn, NY

A high-energy workshop featuring simple techniques to help improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia by facilitating creative expression through poetry. Glazner will give examples on how to combine poetry with dance, music and visual art in structuring an arts program for people navigating memory loss. *TO REGISTER FOR THESE FREE HANDS-ON PROGRAMS send reservation request to collinc5@miamioh.edu. E-mail confirmations will be provided.

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

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etired from teaching Latin and French, Sarah Michael is a life-long learner and teacher. Inspired by her desire to explore and experience new things, Sarah enjoys sharing her experiences with people of all ages. She joined the docent program in the 1990s as a continuation of her love of art and teaching. She enjoys ALL of the visual and tactile qualities of art. “I especially love the way that art draws people together.” Some of her fondest memories as a docent include her work in the Adventures in Art program where “we go into 2nd-5th grade classrooms and teach the students units on colors, ceramics, textiles and prints.” Originally from Port Jervis, NY, Sarah met her husband Jim during their college days. Having both grown up in small towns, they chose Oxford to be their home when Jim began practicing law in Hamilton some 38 years ago. They enjoy traveling which is a plus with their three kids and three grandchildren who are spread out across the country in Atlanta, Chicago and West Hartford. In addition to her involvement at the Art Museum, Sarah also has served on the Oxford Community Arts Center Board, the Oxford Museum Association Board, the Oxford Planning Commission and she sings in her church choir. An avid birder and gardener she also enjoys reading, sewing, embroidery and collecting. She has been involved

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with many of our receptions and has a knack for event planning. Her advice for anyone considering getting involved with the docent program, “lack of knowledge about art is not an obstacle. A desire to work with people and to learn about art is all that is needed.” Some favorite exhibitions that stick out in her mind include Voices in Clay, Chopped, Buck Rogers and the Miami Tribe exhibition when she vividly recalls getting to meet and talk with sculptor Eugene Brown. She also enjoyed the collaborative efforts and synergy from the exhibition Grass Routes: Pathways to Eurasian Cultures. Faculty and students from multiple university disciplines spent a year planning an exhibition rich in varied programs. Sarah’s current project is serving as co-chair of the January 17, 2015 Chocolate Meltdown (see page 15). This is as a collaborative arts fund raising event sponsored by the Miami University Art Museum and the Oxford Community Arts Center. “It’s a creative outreach event with hopes of attracting new people of all ages to both organizations — people who might be excited about art but are perhaps unaware of these fabulous arts organizations. The event promises to be fun, tasty and educational.”

About the Art Museum Docent Program: Meeting weekly when school is in session, the Docent Program is coordinated by the Curator of Education, Cynthia Collins. Docents lead tours, provide classroom based instruction demonstrating artistic methods and more. Any individual interested in becoming a volunteer or docent should contact Cynthia at collinc5@MiamiOH.edu or (513) 529-2243.


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ith so much of our time spent anticipating upcoming events and exhibitions we thought it would be useful to provide a look back over the past year, in images, words and numbers. It is also another way of saying “thank you” to the many individuals who made our year a great success. The lists of names are long, a wonderful testament to your support for the arts — thank you!

Museum Attendance July 2013-June 2014

Programs 2644 22%

Walk-ins 3296 28%

Events 1255 10%

Meetings 3060 26% Groups 1648 14%

Total 11,903

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Major Donors (April 2014) Major Benefactor

James Hunter & Frances Roudebush Allen Rosalie H. & Hubert A. Douglass Walter I. Farmer Edna M. Kelly Stanley G. & Agnes McKie Charles M. Messer Ruder – Bever Family John Schaal Norman A. Schoelles Thomas W. Smith Harry M. & Lucy A. Williams Fred C. Yager

Benefactor

James E. & Anne R. Bever Ralph E. & Barbara D. Bresler Harvey & Deborah Breverman Thomas J. Cobbe Richard & Carole Cocks Ruth Work Evans Audrey Flack Phyllis B. Goodyear Robert E. Gregg Eva Hexter Larry Huston Frank Jordan, Jr. Gene R. McHam Walter & Dawn Clark Netsch Elma Pratt Procter & Gamble Company Western College Alumnae Assoc. Milton White Robert E. White Joseph & Patricia Wenzel Wolf

Major Patron

Anonymous John A. & Linda S. Adams John W. Altman William T. & Dorothy R. Amos Mary & William D. Baskett Ashlie Benton Fletcher Benton Fletcher Benton III Jonathan S. Bishop Family of Robert Hamilton Bishop Emmazetta Kennedy Bonnelle

Eleanor M. Brown Harley P. & Laura W. Brown Gregoire & Kathleen Calegari Mary Louise Charles Class of 1955 Jane E. Coleman Sterling Cook Dorothy C. Dexter Paul & Mona Doepper David & Joan M. Eagleson Donald R. Edmundson Mary M. Emery Memorial Alan & Sondra Engel Charles Burton Fahs & Jamie Fahs H. Clay Flynn Mary Birney Foley Theodore T. Foley Eva Frankel Barbara Friedman Sanford Z. Friedman Richard A. & Judith Paetow George Nicholas P. & Bernice Georgiady Clive F. Getty June & Art Goldner Greater Cincinnati Foundation John W. & Carole L. H. Green Mary D. Gruskin W. A. Hammond Deborah S. Hawley Charles & Luanne Hazelrigg Jeffrey L. Horrell & Rodney F. Rose Miriam W. Howard Cynde Huston ICI Acrylics Institute of Museum Services Eileen McLellan Jeck Robert & Carol Kane Edward & Isabel Kezur Martha Williams King Helen Kingseed Memorial Eva LandĂŠ Elizabeth Lane Maxine G. Levin Dr. & Mrs. Sidney Lieberman Barbara Hatch Lore Peggy C. Madden Mrs. Robert B. Mayer Debra E. Weese-Mayer & Robert N. Mayer

Robert & Ferne McGinnis Louis K. & Susan P. Meisel Robert & Jerri Miller Philip & Mary Ann Morsberger Milton & Margaret Myers National Endowment for the Arts Ohio Arts Council Ohio Humanities Council Oxford Arts Club Michael & Kathleen Pittman Dr. & Mrs. Gary Podolny Richard Polsky Henry W. Purcell Roy H. & Elizabeth W. Reinhart Peter R. & Mildred Rentschler Michael Roby Elizabeth S. Rogers Peggy Rogers Rogers Michele & Randy Sandler George T. & Harriet Schmitt Becky Schnelker Douglas C. Schwing Scioto County Area Foundation Louise Taft Semple Foundation Robert B. Sinclair W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust Helen Kuller & Delbert A. Snider John D. Sommer Family Jack & Sally Southard Patrick A. Spensley Memorial Mortimer & Harriet Spiller Elizabeth Howard Stacy Woodrow W. Stroud, Jr. John Y. Taggart Kitty Unger Sherman E. Unger Dr. & Mrs. Charles M. Vaughn George & Liliana Waissbluth H. Franklin & Janet H. Waltz David & Anne Weaver Orpha Webster John A. Weigel Joseph & Kate Wespiser III Isabella Riggs Williams John Covington Williams & Mary L. Williams Roger L. Williams Helen Worrall David W. & Cora Zemsky

Art Museum Staff Dr. Robert S. Wicks, Director Debbie Caudill, Program Assistant/Security Cynthia Collins, Curator of Education Mark DeGennaro, Preparator/ Operations Manager Sue Gambrell, Program Associate Steve Gordon, McGuffey Museum Administrator Scott Kissell, Photographer Sherri Krazl, Marketing/ Communications Laura Livingston, Assistant to the Registrar Jason E. Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions Laura Stewart, Collections Manager/ Registrar

Docents Priscilla Berry Marjorie Bowers Ann M. Dunlevy Lee Hamill Sue Jones Carol Kane Sarah Michael Susan Momeyer Ruth Overly Elaine Rauckhorst Wendy M. Richardson Barbara Serraino Marilyn E. Sherman Dixie Utter Maria S. Vazquez Linda Williams Gail Williamson


Commemorative Fund

(May 2013 - April 2014) In Memory of Joann Olson Miami University Art Museum Docents; Warren and Bonnie Mason; Oxford Current Events Club and William and Barbara Serraino In Loving Memory of Her Husband Joseph Cox III Barbara Cox In Memory of Helen Erickson Miami University Art Museum Docents; Pris Berry and Warren and Bonnie Mason In Memory of Richard Jellison Pris Berry In Memory of Robert Kane Miami University Art Museum Docents; Warren and Bonnie Mason and William and Barbara Serraino In Memory of Mary Dodd Hunter Miami University Art Museum Docents Commemorative funds are used to purchase works of art for the permanent collection.

Gifts-in-Kind

(2013) James Hunter and Frances Roudebush Allen Glenda Bendure Harvey and Deborah Breverman Regis Brodie Christopher Campbell Estate of Jack Daugherty Estate of George Deem Clive F. Getty Deborah Henderson and Jon Hudson Larry Huston Martha Williams King Frances McClure Sharon McDade and Linda McDade Louis and Susan Meisel Richard Polsky Marsha Ralls John and Ronnie Shore Roger Lea Williams

financial snapshot July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Education & General*

Income Expenses

Endowment Income

$ 102,405.06 $ 56,851.00

Annual Membership

$ 20,476.71 $ 19,813.00

Gifts and Memorials

$

$ 623,470.00 $ 620,285.31

TOTAL

1,345.00 $

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$747,696.77 $696,949.31

*University provides salaries, water, electricity, heat/air conditioning, general maintenance Museum Interns

Student Workers

Kyle Asperger Devon Barnhard Sarah Boone Margaux Clayton-Stamm Alex Czajkowski Justine Daley Kaitlyn Foye Sydney Johnson Kristin Magyari Bailey Metzger Ashley Tiplick

Patricia Bailey Abria Marshall Trayli Monroe Morgan Murray Miles Senior Lauren Simon

Art Museum Student Organization (AMSO) Cynthia Collins, Advisor Andrea Fiegel, President Victoria Azzi Kimberly Blake Hannah Bruenderman Bridget Garnai Meredith Hughes Jennifer Karbula Megan McMillan Kaleigh Pawar Sruthi Ramakrishnan Catherine Reback Kaitlyn Sallach

Membership Steering

Collections Development

Elaine Rauckhorst, President Sarah Michael, Secretary Alan Straus, Treasurer Heather Kogge Sherri Krazl, at large Dana Lentini Sue Momeyer Robert Mullenix Rachel Pfeiffer Robert S. Wicks, ex-officio

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DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE

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Cage Gallery Study Abroad: Passive House Malta

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By Alison Kimborowicz, Summer 2013: ARC499Y/599Y Faculty Coordinator: Mary Rogero, Assistant Professor, Architecture + Interior Design

“Malta – Where in the world is that?” “A Mediterranean island pinched in between Sicily and Africa.”

Pictured below: The view of the Mediterranean from our villa. A group photo after the permaculture tour. Bottom right: St. Julian’s, Malta architecture and bay.

We began our journey with a week in Freiburg, Germany, exploring and touring the prosperous, cultured city tucked away in the Black Forest mountain range. Germany is an architectural leader in sustainability and energy efficiency. We had the chance to see the solar settlement – a Passivehaus housing community and the Heliotrop House, the first Passivehaus building in the world. Passivehaus is the most stringent building energy modeling standard in use today. I thought this was one of the most interesting, intriguing parts of our trip since it is such a new technology making a big impact on the effects our buildings have on the environment. We also caught a train to Basel, Switzerland, to tour Frank Gehry’s Vitra Museum before heading to Malta.

A small plane trip across the Mediterranean landed us at our destination just at sunset . The streets of the capital city Valetta, are lined with tall residences and colorful balconies that cascade down towards the Mediterranean banks, only to be stopped by the ruins of the protective walls of Fort St. Elmo, where the Knights of St. John successfully fought the Turkish Invasion in the Great Seige of 1565. Over the next four weeks we toured the small island learning how some of the Maltese are able to live sustainably. Peppi Gauci, from the Permaculture Research Foundation, showed us how he is able to grow his own food in the rocky arid landscape using permaculture tactics. We also learned about the rich, diverse history the country holds and the evolution of how they built on the island being so isolated from other countries.

During part of our trip we took a ferry to the smaller Maltese island called Gozo where we began our two-week design projects applying what we learned from Passivehaus standards in Germany to how we could design a sustainable/efficient Visitors Center for the historic Ggantija Temples. Some of the oldest rock temple formations in the world are located on Gozo. We worked collaboratively on the project balancing work and design time with bonding, hiking and enjoying our surroundings overlooking the landscape, and the Mediterranean. This trip allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and become immersed in two very different, very unique cultures, bonding with my peers all of which I am thankful for.

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Showcasing Architecture + Interior Design COLLEGE of Creative Arts, Miami University IN the cage [RECAP] Compositions: Studio Film + Architecture

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Faculty: Diane Fellows, Associate Professor, Architecture + Interior Design Last Fall students in ARC302/401/402, the Studio Film & Architecture themed capstone, utilized Cage Gallery as an experimental ideation space. Film and architecture exercises during the first part of the semester led to a final project: innovative vehicular mobility and the moving image (film). We explored the autonomous vehicle (driverless car) effect on the ‘road trip’, a part of the American psyche. Our focus included temporal, spatial, culturally constructed and ecological characteristics of our environment (land and building). Cage, as an ideation and ‘making’ space, was used to develop the final project. We conducted our studio in the space, invited folks from across the College and University for discussion sessions, as well as anyone walking by the Gallery could offer feedback at anytime by writing on notecards and pinning them up along the project walls. We had a more formal review with faculty from the CCA and other divisions toward the end of our CAGE stay. For the final review, our guest critic was Mr. Klemens Rossnagel, Concept Director, Audi AG, Munich, Germany. Mr. Rossnagel flew in from Munich for the three days giving one-on-one critiques with each student. Pictured top to bottom: Final Review Film and Architecture Studio student Alexandra Kizer with Klemens Rossnagel, Concept Director, Audi AG, Munich, Germany, guest critic (seated). Studio Final Review students with guest critic. Ideation session in the CAGE Gallery:

Fall Exhibitions & Open House August 25 – September 12: Summer at Alumni September 15 – 26: Applied Arts: Student Experiments and Designs in Fashion, Architecture and Studio Arts from the Czech Republic September 29 – October 3: Design/Build Ghana 2014 October 6 – 24: Looking for Trouble: 6 houses in Austin, TX Works of Kevin Alter, Architect October 27 – 31: Off Campus Study: Spring & Summer 2014 November 10 – 21: Changing Role of Techtonics in Architectural Education December 5: Open House Celebration: Architecture + Interior Design, 7-9 p.m.

Cage Gallery

John Weigand, Chair, Department of Architecture + Interior Design 101 Alumni Hall, Oxford (513) 529-7210 arcid@MiamiOH.edu http://miamioh.edu/cca/academics/ departments/arch-id/ Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit our web site for our Fall Lecture Series.

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Hiestand Galleries Showcasing work by students and visiting artists College of Creative Arts, Miami University

North Gallery December 15 – February 10, 2015

2015 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Juror: Franklin Sirmans. Sirmans is the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans, opening in October 2014. Sirmans was the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, from 2006 – 2010. Prior to 2006, Sirmans held editorial positions at Dia Center for the Arts, Flash Art Magazine, Art AsiaPacific and was a Curatorial Advisor at PS1/MoMA. Friday, January 30 Juror Lecture: 4 p.m., location, TBA Reception: 5:15-6:15 p.m., Award Ceremony: 5:45 p.m. 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 representational realism painting.

September 3 – October 9

Christopher Saucedo ~ September 11, 2001 (please stop saying 9/11)

Thursday, September 18 Reception: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Hiestand) Lecture: 6 p.m. (Art 100) In September 11, 2001 (please stop saying 9/11), Christopher Saucedo’s work sensitively remarks on the day that, on a personal and national level, acknowledges sacrifice, grief and remembrance. Quoting Saucedo, “I needed to make an artwork of the World Trade Center, but it couldn’t be physical like my sculpture; too much steel and concrete had already been negotiated. I wanted the work to exist outside of time; it had to be both before and after September 11. Like a Helen Frankenthaler painting, I wanted the image to happen all at once and not be labored — like —it just spilled out of a bucket. I needed it to remind me of the event that changed everything and still not make me sad. Mostly, I wanted to remember that blue, blue sky and in my heart feel the echo of an unforgettable presence.” [www.saucedostudio.com] October 20 – November 5

Fresh Material: Current visual investigations by Graduate Students in the Department of Art

Eric England, Matthew Kirby, Greg Loring, Brandon Lowery, Benjamin Mark, Taurey L. Overturf, Joe Paushel, Kate Rowekamp and Jaclyn Stephens. Thursday, October 23 Reception for the Artists: 4:30-5:30 p.m. November 13 – 24

B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition

Reception: Thursday, November 20, 4:30-6 p.m. An exhibition by Department of Art senior studio majors featuring their recent artworks.

Image credits: North Gallery header image: Capstone Exhibition Installation view, The 14th Hour, Capstone Exhibition, Spring 2014; Lee Gallery header image: Leslie Baum, At the End of the Day, mixed media installation, dimensions variable.; At right: Christopher Saucedo; wtc, (detail), 2011.; Page 19 top to bottom: Joan Levy Hepburn, Bones, 2013, oil on canvas, 37” x 49”; Xuan Chen, Screens, 2013, oil, acrylic on nine panels, each panel, 9”x11”x1”, installed 40”x48”x1”


hiestand happenings

Robert E. & Martha Hull Lee Gallery September 3 – October 9

Joan Levy Hepburn ~ Streams

Thursday, September 25, Lecture: 6 p.m. (Art 100) Reception for the Artist: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Hiestand) In Streams, Joan Levy Hepburn exhibits paintings and an original sound recording that is inspired by the actual landscape of a stream on her property in Connecticut. These works are layered, not only through the use of different media, but also remark on a stream of consciousness, the history of nature and mankind, memory and dream. The space of this combination of elements exists in perception and imagination and is made real on the canvas. The cello composition, combined with actual recordings, enhances the experience for the viewer, creating layers that enrich the senses. [www. joanlevyartist.com] October 16 – November 12

Leslie Baum ~ Souvenirs From Wonderland

Hiestand Galleries Ann Taulbee, Director taulbeae@miamioh.edu (513) 529-1883

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Other hours available by appointment. Galleries closed: During exhibition installation and September 1, October 10, November 26-28 and December 15-31. All receptions are at the Hiestand Galleries, in the lobby of Hiestand Hall. Lectures are in Art 100 (unless noted otherwise) For full details visit: http://miamioh.edu/sca/academics/ departments/art/facilities/hiestandgalleries/

Thursday, October 16, Lecture: 6 p.m. (Art 100) Reception for the Artist: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Hiestand) Baum’s habit of foraging through art history for mysterious image fragments is at the root of her upcoming exhibition, Souvenirs From Wonderland. Her paintings, intimate Sintra panels and large-scale un-stretched canvas “rabbit holes,” originate with this search and recovery effort. Through her various studio processes, the images evolve and transform, like word play in the children’s game of telephone. Her paintings are object and metaphor, and act as a threshold between the known and what lies beyond. [www.lesliebaum.net] December 15 – February 10, 2015

Xuan Chen ~ Color

Thursday, January 29, 2015, Lecture, 6 p.m. (Art 100) Friday, January 30, Reception: 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Hiestand) Xuan Chen, the 2014 winner of the William and Dorothy Yeck Young Painters Competition shares her latest studio works in the exhibition, Color. In the exhibition, Chen juxtaposes the historical light installation of the 1970s, the current trend in color study, and the contemporary advances in digital imaging. The historical light installations were created using light instead of paint at a time when digital imaging was a budding technology. Due to current technological advancements, digital imaging is now common and allows the artist to imitate, produce, and/or reproduce the “real” with astonishing accuracy and detail. Chen revisits the histories of abstract painting with a contemporary twist, where she will re-materialize painting, using paint as well as the reflection of paint to create an aura of light in this recent body of work. [www.xuanchen.net]

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ART museum FALL exhibition ~ september 2 - DECEMBER 6 faces of freedom summer ~ walter i. farmer gallery

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ifty years ago, Oxford, Ohio, became a pivotal site in the fight for civil rights in America. The Western College for Women hosted two oneweek training sessions in preparation for what became the Mississippi Freedom Project. Volunteers prepared to travel south to Mississippi where they would help disenfranchised African Americans register to vote and establish freedom schools. Eight hundred volunteers from diverse backgrounds across the country, approximately 135 of whom were African Americans, attended the sessions held during the weeks of June 14-20 and June 21-27, 1964. On June 21, Herbert Randall attended the orientation held in Leonard Auditorium in Peabody Hall on Western Campus. During that meeting, the frightful news regarding the disappearance of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner was announced. The three men, who attended the first week of training, went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, to investigate a recent church burning and beatings in Neshoba County. Several of Randall’s photographs poignantly capture the somber mood of the assembled volunteers. The disappearance of the three volunteers shocked the second week trainees back in Oxford, and the nation. The bodies of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were found on August 4, 1964.

Herbert Randall (American, b. 1936); Entrance to Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio, 1964; Gelatin silver print; The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, and McCain Library and Archives Herbert Randall (American, b. 1936); Voter registration canvassing by Sandy Leigh and Doug Smith, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1964; Gelatin silver print; The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, and McCain Library and Archives

Herbert Eugene Randall, Jr., a photographer living in New York City, was 28 years old when he met Sandy Leigh, the Director of the Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Reluctant at first, Randall agreed to come to Oxford to document the second week of training and then travel with volunteers to Hattiesburg as the official project photographer. Randall amassed 1,759 negatives that tell the compelling story of young volunteers who fought for civil rights in America. Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall (comprised of 102 photographs) is on loan from The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, and McCain Library and Archives.


Exhibition Keynote Sunday, October 12, 2-3 p.m. Reflections and Responses: Faces of Freedom Summer Herbert Randall, New York Join Herbert Randall, a freelance photographer originally from Bronx, New York, as he reflects on his work the Faces of Freedom Summer. An unlikely candidate to travel south, Randall was persuaded by the director of the Mississippi Summer Project, Sanford R. Leigh, to travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to document members of the African American community as well as volunteers in their effort to assist with black voter registration in the South. Reception follows gallery talk. Reception: 3-4 p.m. Reception co-sponsored by Association of Black Faculty & Staff (ABFAS)

50th Anniversary Conference 50 years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past, Building the Future — October 11–14, 2014 As the nation recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Summer Project, Miami invites historical participants, scholars, activitists, students and community members to gather and explore civil rights. The conference will feature a full program and several guest lecturers and panel participants. For more information, or to register, please visit www.miamioh.edu/ celebratingfreedom.

Herbert Randall

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

From Miami to the Met A

2006 Miami graduate in Art Historyi, Neal Stimler worked as a curatorial assistant with Dr. Edna Carter Southard, then Curator of Collections at the Miami University Art Museum (MUAM). While here, Neal studied MUAM’s collection of prints by German expressionist printmakers. At the same time, he began exploring digital technology and the emerging field of digitization of museum collections. Like many young museum professionals, Neal began his career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with a traditional curatorial focus. He worked as an intern at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005 and 2006, studying their collection of prints by German expressionist and WPA (Works Progress Administration) artists.

“Part of what I do now,” Neal said, “is to work with the various curatorial departments and think about the strategies they use to digitize their collections.” One campaign is digitizing the arms and armour collection, a longtime favorite of visitors, making it available to the public online. This effort will also serve to promote new research and scholarship into The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s extensive holdings. Neal’s experience at Miami encouraged him to look at art and culture beyond disciplinary constraints, to think much more broadly, and apply multiple modes of inquiry to any given task. “Far beyond what any text or image can provide,” Neal said, he was inspired not so much by the coursework, “but the people, the professors and curators at Miami” who became his friends and mentors, all of whom inspired his life in a transformative way.

Neal’s curatorial focus rapidly came to include the digitization of objects and collections information. He was subsequently hired to work in the Image Library, now the Department of Digital Media. This transition corresponded to the general trend of museums moving from a traditional analog picture collection of slides and pictures to converting those images into digital formats as well as generating (and preserving) original digital content. Neal explained that in some ways this was simply taking his understanding of prints and graphic art as a means of mass communication into the use of digital technology for the dissemination of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection to a broader public. His arrival also coincided with the explosion of social media—Twitter, Facebook—and expanding mobile technologies.

What does the future of museum work look like? One of the challenges is that “culture is changing at such a rapid pace.” As a Google Glass Explorer, Neal is actively examining the frontiers of contemporary digital media and their impact on the visitor experience as well as scholarly practice within the museum setting. Neal stresses that this contemporary museum practice is immersive, that it “never stops, it happens 24/7, whenever the information comes in.” Who knows what tomorrow may bring.

Connect via twitter @nealstimler

Neal Stimler is a Digital Asset Specialist in the Department of Digital Media at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where he forecasts digital trends, leads digitization efforts and manages special initiatives such as the Google Art Project. Stimler is a Google Glass Explorer and participates in experimental programs with The Met Media Lab. Neal advocates for digital humanities methods of collaboration and inquiry as the core of museum practice. He is committed to strengthening digital preservation in museums as they become vital stewards of digital culture. Stimler encourages museums to open access and use of the shared cultural heritage resources in their repositories for the humanistic benefit of the public. Neal is also the Social Media Curator for The Museums and the Web conference. Contributed

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events @ a glance

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September September 4 – Lecture: Steve Smith ~ Insideout Studio. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

September 5 – Lecture: How Can Museums Be Interactive Places for Older Adults? Michelle Weiner, Community Engagement Manager, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, England. (Art Museum) 4 p.m. September 9 – Miami University Art Museum Open House. (Art Museum) 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

September 9 – Lecture: Expressive Arts Therapies: A Historical Overview. Jason E. Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions. (Art Museum) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

September 18 – Lecture: Building a Therapeutic Community to Help Veterans. David Peacock, MA, Drama Therapist and Lisa Peacock, MA, Registered Drama Therapist. (Art Museum) 6 p.m.

October

October 1 – Archaeological Institute of America Lecture: Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome: The Eternal City Goes Under. Gregory S. Aldrete, Ph.D., University of WisconsinGreen Bay. (Art Museum) 7:30-9 p.m. October 2 – Lecture: Todd Slaughter. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

October 12 – Reflections and Responses: Faces of Freedom Summer. Herbert Randall, New York. (Art Museum) 2-3 p.m. Reception: 3-4 p.m.

October 16 – Reception / Lecture: Leslie Baum ~ Souvenirs From Wonderland. Reception: (Hiestand) 4:30-5:30 p.m., Lecture (Art 100) 6 p.m.

September 18 – Reception / Lecture: Christopher Saucedo ~ September 11, 2001 (please stop saying 9/11). Reception: (Hiestand) 4:30-5:30 p.m., Lecture: (Art 100) 6 p.m.

September 19 – Workshop: The Power of Stories to Heal: An Introduction to Drama Therapy. David Peacock, MA, Drama Therapist and Lisa Peacock, MA, Registered Drama Therapist. Registration Required* (Art Museum) 9 a.m.-noon September 25 – Art Explorers. (Art Museum) 10 a.m.-noon September 25 – Reception / Lecture: Joan Levy Hepburn ~ Streams. Reception: (Hiestand) 4:30-5:30 p.m., Lecture: (Art 100) 6 p.m.

September 27 – Workshop: Exploring an Art Centered Healing Approach & Creative Affirmations. Molly Kohut, MA, ATRT-BC, PCC. Registration Required* (Art Museum) 2-4 p.m.

October 23 – Reception: Fresh Material: Current visual investigations by Graduate Students in the Department of Art; Eric England, Matthew Kirby, Greg Loring, Brandon Lowery, Benjamin Mark, Taurey L. Overturf, Joe Paushel, Kate Rowekamp and Jaclyn Stephens. (Hiestand) 4:30-5:30 p.m. October 23 – Lecture: Allison Wade. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

October 23 – Art Explorers. (Art Museum) 10 a.m.-noon

October 28 – Lecture: Immutable Passion: An Artist’s Life with Vascular Dementia; Dee Hansen and Susan Hansen Staves. (Art Museum) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

November

November 6 – Lecture: Alison Crocetta. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

November 20 – Lecture: Jon Yamashiro. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

November 13 – Workshop: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care. Gary Glazner, Director, Alzheimers Poetry Project, Brooklyn, NY. (Art Museum) 5:30-7 p.m.

November 20 – Art Explorers. (Art Museum) 10 a.m.-noon

November 12 – Workshop: It’s All About Making Art. Registration Required* (Art Museum) 7-9 p.m.

November 13 – Lecture: Christie Blizard. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

November 20 – Reception: B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition. (Hiestand Galleries) 4:30-6 p.m. December 5 – Open House Celebration: Architecture + Interior Design. (Cage Gallery) 7-9 p.m.

*TO REGISTER FOR THESE FREE HANDS-ON PROGRAMS send reservation request to collinc5@miamioh.edu. E-mail confirmations will be provided.

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exhibitions @ a glance August 26 – December 6 Revealing the Light Within: The Healing Power of Expressive Arts (Art Museum)

October 6 – 24 Looking for Trouble: 6 houses in Austin, TX, Works of Kevin Alter, Architect (Cage Gallery)

April 18 – October 31 The Remarkable Stantons, Miami University and the Magnificent Dwelling (McGuffey Museum)

October 20 – November 5 Fresh Material: Current visual investigations by Graduate Students in the Department of Art (Hiestand Galleries)

September 2 – December 6 Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall (Art Museum)

August 25 – September 12 Summer at Alumni (Cage Gallery) September 3 – October 9 Christopher Saucedo ~ September 11, 2001 (please stop saying 9/11) (Hiestand Galleries)

September 3 – October 9 Joan Levy Hepburn ~ Streams (Hiestand Galleries)

September 15 – 26 Applied Arts: Student Experiments and Designs in Fashion, Architecture and Studio Arts from the Czech Republic (Cage Gallery) September 29 – October 3 Design/Build Ghana 2014 (Cage Gallery)

October 16 – November 12 Leslie Baum ~ Souvenirs From Wonderland (Hiestand Galleries)

October 27 – 31 Off Campus Study: Spring & Summer 2014 (Cage Gallery)

November 10 – 21 Changing Role of Techtonics in Architectural Education (Cage Gallery) November 13 – 24 B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition (Hiestand Galleries)

December 15 – February 10 2015 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award (Hiestand Galleries) December 15 – February 10 Xuan Chen ~ Color (Hiestand Galleries)

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Miami University Art Museum 801 S. Patterson Ave. | Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-2232 ArtMuseum@MiamiOH.edu www.MiamiOH.edu/Art-Museum Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Noon-5 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday Galleries closed: During exhibition installation, November 26-29 and December 7-January 27, 2015. Hiestand Galleries 124 Art Building | Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-1883 sfagallery@MiamiOH.edu www.MiamiOH.edu/HiestandGalleries Gallery hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Galleries closed: During exhibition installation and September 1, October 10, November 26-28 and December 15-31. Cage Gallery 101 Alumni Hall | Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-7210 archid@MiamiOH.edu www.arts.MiamiOH.edu/architecture-interior-design Gallery hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. McGuffey Museum 401 E. Spring St. | Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-8380 McGuffeyMuseum@MiamiOH.edu www.MiamiOH.edu/McGuffeyMuseum Museum hours: Thursday-Saturday: 1-5 p.m.

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Below: Matthew Kirby, Madman (detail), 2014, oil on canvas, 39.625”x55.25” SHRIVER CENTER

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