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On the cover: Senufo (Mali, Burkina Faso & Côte d’Ivoire); Janiform double-headed helmet mask (Wanyugo), 20th century; wood with polychrome; gift of Ralph (’65) and Barbara Drake (’68) Bresler 1985.99

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

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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.

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Inside this issue:

Directions 3 Collections News 4 Upcoming Exhibitions & Spring Film Series 5 McGuffey Moments 6 For Love and Art 7 Art by Design 8 Art Museum Exhibitions / Programs 9-11 In the Cage 12-13 Hiestand Happenings 14-15 Desde el Uruguay con amor 16 Join MUAM 17 Readership Survey 18 Events & Exhibitions @ a Glance 19-20

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

Interns/Volunteers: Kyle Asperger Alexandra Czajkowski Kaitlyn Foye Sydney Johnson Kristin Magyari Margaux Clayton-Stamm Ashley Tiplick Katharine Torrissi

Student Workers: Ariel Lovins Abria Marshall Trayli Monroe Morgan Murray Miles Senior Lauren Simon

Membership Association Steering Committee: Sarah Michael Dana Lentini Heather Kogge Sue Momeyer Rachel Pfeiffer Elaine Rauckhorst Alan Straus

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directions What’s in a Resolution? M

any of you are aware that the Miami University Art Museum (MUAM) celebrated its 35th anniversary this past fall. Throughout the semester we experienced a wonderful series of receptions, lectures, symposia, films and gallery tours highlighting the incredible richness of our collections and the stunning building in which they are exhibited. Less well known is what was going on behind the scenes at the very same time.

collection, we currently house some 17,000 works of art representing nearly the entire range of cultural experience around the globe, from paintings, prints and drawings, to spindle whorls, textile stamps, ancient coins and public sculpture. We pride ourselves in being able to put together an exhibition on almost any topic with a minimum of borrowing from other institutions.

First, the resolution endorses MUAM’s mission as a teaching museum that provides a “visually and intellectually challenging environment to cultivate life-long engagement with the arts” for Miami students. Students can experience MUAM as a teaching museum in a number of different ways. Interns at the Museum have worked with curatorial staff to compile object lists and write label copy for exhibitions. Other students have engaged in graphic design, social media, marketing and communications projects and have helped organize student events at the Museum. Students frequently come to the Museum to complete class assignments for ART188, History of Western Art; IDS159, Strength through Cultural Diversity, or SCA182, Experiencing the Arts among many others.

Finally, the Board of Trustees resolution recognizes MUAM’s role in contributing to the cultural enrichment of the “students, faculty and staff of Miami University, as well as the Oxford and Southwest Ohio communities,” through exhibitions, publications and educational programs.

On September 20, 2013, the Miami University Board of Trustees approved a resolution reaffirming Miami University Art Museum as central to the educational mission of our parent institution, Miami University. By certifying that “Miami University is committed to supporting the Art Museum and its mission,” RESOLUTION R2014-05 is a very significant document.

Second, the resolution supports MUAM as an active collecting institution, committed to building a “strong permanent collection of original art representing diverse world traditions” for present and future generations. While we haven’t added up every single object in the Art Museum’s permanent

And third, the resolution expresses its support in maintaining “the highest museum field standards with regard to the Museum’s collections,” another way of informing donors that their precious objects will be properly cared for both now and well into the future.

We aren’t limited to serving Miami students. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to visit Miami University’s Art Museum, we hope that you will stop by sometime this spring for a program or an exhibition, on your own or with a friend. We are free and open to all!

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By Collections Manager/ Registrar, Laura Stewart

n early April, paintings conservator Michael Ruzga of Cincinnati’s Fine Arts Conservation, Inc., will be on site at Miami University Art Museum to treat one of the treasures in the collection, Blue Spell by Hans Hofmann.

Hofmann (1880-1966) is arguably one of the most important figures in the postwar American art movement of Abstract Expressionism. A renowned colorist, German-born Hofmann taught several generations of artists and remains an extremely influential figure in the history of art. Hofmann painted Blue Spell in 1958 using a medium that is likely oil based on a canvas support. He composed the painting of irregular, block-like areas of color—blue, orange, yellow, green and dark red—and arranged these colorful swatches in an abstract manner. The work is rather large at 60 by 52 inches, and Hofmann’s technique included heavy impasto, where very thick layers of paint are applied. Prominent in the lower right corner is the artist’s distinctive signature. Blue Spell has been on display for the past several years in the Art Museum’s Art History at a Glance exhibition and remains a longtime favorite of patrons. Given to the Art Museum in 1979 by Walter A. and Dawn Clark Netsch, it is fitting that Blue Spell receive some special attention during this celebratory 35th Anniversary year.

Conservator Michael Ruzga visited the Art Museum last summer to learn more about Blue Spell’s condition and to see the painting first hand. In September, he spoke with Museum members about conservation principles and techniques, indicating his enthusiasm for making Blue Spell look its very best. Ruzga will be returning to the Miami campus in late February to prepare for getting up close and personal with the painting during treatment activities in April. Aspects of Ruzga’s work will take place in the public eye. If you have ever wondered about how great works of art are treated so that they remain as vibrant as possible, mark your calendars for the upcoming event associated with the exciting conservation of Hofmann’s Blue Spell at the Miami University Art Museum!

Paintings conservator, Michael Ruzga, discussing Blue Spell with guests during the Art Museum’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in the Fall of 2013.

Program Wednesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m. Hans Hofmann’s Blue Spell: The Artist’s Materials, Techniques and Their Impact on Conservation Michael Ruzga, Paintings Conservator


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Join us for a discussion with nationally recognized conservator Michael Ruzga.

Upcoming Art Museum Exhibitions

Film Series @ the Art Museum

Summer 2014

This series of classic films reflects the video game craze of the 1980s and beyond.

Native American Textiles from the Edna M. Kelly Collection A representative survey of Native American textiles collected from the Southwest over more than two decades. Recent Acquisitions: Collections Highlights Each year the Miami University Art Museum’s permanent collection grows through gifts and bequests from university alumni and other donors. This exhibition highlights works of art acquired in 2013.

Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. Tron (1982) 96 min. Rated: PG Directed by Steven Lisberger. A computer programmer is abducted into a digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games. Starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner.

Eaton High School Art Exhibition An annual showcase of the creative talents of regional art students.

Fall 2014 Revealing the Light Within: The Healing Powers of Expressive Arts Art has made its way into the realm of healing by providing patients with diverse conditions an outlet for expressing their emotions, such as anger, confusion, depression, pain, love, clarity, excitement and recovery. Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall A chronicle of the struggles and triumphs of Civil Rights activists and disenfranchised AfricanAmerican voters. This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1964’s Freedom Summer.

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 the fourth Thursday of February, March and April from 10 a.m. - Noon.

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Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. Tron Legacy (2010) 125 min. Rated: PG Directed by Joseph Kosinski. The son of a virtual world designer begins to look for his missing father and then unexpectedly finds himself inside the digital world his father created. Stars include Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde.

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. The Matrix (1999) 136 min. Rated: R Directed by Andy Wachowski and Kaba Wachowski. A computer hacker’s world is torn apart when he learns the true nature of his reality and the prophetic role he must play in the war against its controllers. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss.

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mcguffey moments

Remarkable People, a Magnificent Dwelling

By Steve Gordon and Toni Saldivar

McGuffey Museum 401 E. Spring St. | Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-8380 McGuffeyMuseum Museum hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.


his coming spring, McGuffey Museum and the League of Women Voters of Oxford will cosponsor an exhibit at the McGuffey Museum, which will highlight the contributions, both locally and nationally, of the Stanton family and their associations with Miami University.

Descended from an old New England family, Robert L. Stanton as a young man went west to study at Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati under Lyman Beecher. More than thirty years later, experienced as both a Presbyterian minister and an academic, the Rev. Robert L Stanton, D. D, served as president of Miami University from1866-1871. During that time, he built a private residence in Oxford designed to welcome his students and his guests. His “magnificent dwelling,” an Italianatestyle brick structure dating from1868, still stands on the corner of Spring and Oak. It is a remarkably intact vestige of “Old Miami.” It is the oldest house in Oxford built specifically to serve as a university president’s home. Known today as the Stanton-Bonham House, the building functions as university office space and thus is not open to visitors. The Stanton exhibit in the McGuffey Museum will take visitors not into the house Robert L. Stanton built, but into his life as a dedicated church leader and educator, as well as into the lives of some members of his family: of his brother Henry Brewster Stanton, fiery orator for the American Anti-slavery Society and politician; of his son, Robert Brewster Stanton, Miami University valedictorian, class of 1871, intrepid explorer and civil engineer; and most important historically, of his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founder and leader of the woman suffrage

movement whose work would lead toward women’s winning the Constitutional right to vote.

The Stanton Exhibit will tell the story of a socially engaged Nineteenth-Century American family committed to the advancement of religious activism, higher education, westward exploration and social justice.

The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary commemoration of Freedom Summer. During those tense summer days in 1964, students from across the nation came to Oxford to train for voter registration drives in Mississippi. The students were housed and trained on the Western College campus, now the Western Program of Miami University. Unbeknownst to those young people from northern states, Robert L Stanton, more than a century earlier, had ministered, as an abolitionist and a unionist, to antebellum congregations in Louisiana and Mississippi. During the Civil War, while on the faculty of Danville Theological Seminary in Danville, Kentucky, he made frequent visits to Washington, D.C. and became a warm friend to President Lincoln. Robert L. Stanton’s brother Henry worked bravely toward a political solution to slavery. He lived to see the freeing of slaves and their enfranchisement as voters through constitutional amendments. Black women and white women, however, after the Civil War were still denied their rights as citizens. Henry’s wife, Elizabeth Cady Stanton brought her campaign for women rights to Miami University in 1870. These Stanton activists and reformers foreshadowed many of the human rights achievements of the TwentiethCentury, and helped foster the dreams of those young Americans who gathered on the lawn on Western College fifty years ago.

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iami University Art Museum Curator of Education, Cynthia Collins has been working in the museum field for more than 25 years. She will celebrate her 10th anniversary at MUAM early this year. As she approaches the end of her first decade, she reflects upon her time here. From the Ohio State University, she earned both her undergraduate degree in social work and her Master’s in African American and African studies, specializing in art and culture. This summer, Cynthia will complete her doctorate in Art Education, specializing in museum education. Cynthia married her artist husband, Larry Winston Collins, who pulled her right into the art world. She began helping him promote his work by writing press releases and editing catalogs. She became a docent at the Columbus Museum of Art, and soon decided to return to graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in museum education. She had the opportunity to teach as a graduate student and to work at the Wexner Center of the Arts. Cynthia was blessed with wonderful mentors throughout her education. Her day-to-day work consists of curating public programs, such as lectures, workshops and gallery talks. She creates student-centered art programs, as well as programs to attract the Oxford and surrounding communities at large, and coordinates the docent program. Her most enjoyable tasks include collaborating with faculty to create inquiry based learning experiences for students in the galleries. “Bottom line, I’m interested in students learning how to examine and look at works very closely and be able to critique and investigate visual culture; it’s all a part of helping students to become well rounded citizens of the world,” Cynthia says. She collaborates with each faculty member and deciphers their goals and learning objectives, and then decides how to use visual arts as the center of the experience.

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“We want students to stop for a moment, pull their energies in and reflect and think about the images they are looking at and what the images are trying to communicate.” “Using visual imagery as a way to talk about difficult topics allows you to open up conversations that you may not have otherwise been able to; it takes away the intimidation,” she elaborates. She greatly enjoys her dynamic role at MUAM. “No two days are alike, and I never get bored.” She thrives on the constant influx of opportunities to teach and learn, claiming she could have been an eternal student. When asked about the best kept secret at MUAM, she responded. “It’s that we have a little bit of everything in our collection from master artists like Rembrandt to Picasso and others who have made an impact in the 20th and 21st centuries.” Her favorite piece is Glory, by Elizabeth Catlett. When she is not at the museum, Cynthia loves collecting ceramics and also calls herself a serious picker. “Objects and artifacts hold history and have stories to tell, and I love to hear those stories.” Her favorite exhibition was How the Miami People Live, in 2008, because she was excited to learn about and understand Myaamia culture. She currently resides in Oxford with her husband, who teaches in the Department of Art. They have two grown and married daughters (the younger is a Miami alumna) and three wonderful grandchildren. She smiles and concludes, “Oxford has been a good place to grow.”

By Justine Daley, Professional Writing Intern

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Art by Design A

fter completing his education at Miami, art collector Jim Allen (’63) worked for Hallmark Cards. He married Fran Roudebush in 1968, then a pharmacy student at the University of Cincinnati. Jim later became vice president of product development and Asian operations at Totes Inc. After a successful career with Totes, Jim was president of YWC Mid America, retiring from business in 2009.

Jim first became interested in art in high school, but entered Miami as a business major. After taking a drawing class from Mr. Barker, he was convinced to change his major to design. During that time Jim began collecting the art of fellow students, including work by future artist, Miami professor, and administrator, Joe Cox.

When asked about his collecting philosophy, he shared, “You have to love the piece you are buying. Value is less consequential. You are going to live with it, so you should love it.” Fran pointed out that they like to buy direct from the artist if possible, because then “you are more likely to get to know the artist on a personal level” and gain insights into his or her creative process. Together they have formed The James H. and Frances R. Allen Collection, portions of which were exhibited at the Miami University Art Museum in 1994 as Collecting by Design. Over the past 20 years the Allen’s have donated many works by contemporary artists to the Miami University Art Museum including: Cindy Sherman, Frank Stella, Larry Rivers, Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine and Jenny Holzer to name a few.

Jim and Fran enjoy traveling and museums, art and art exhibitions are the focus of many of their trips throughout the world. They also like to experience the architecture of new museums that have become destinations in their own right. Other times museum visits are inspired by a particular collection or theme, such as their trip to Barcelona to explore its role in the birthplace of modern art. Or the time they took a Mediterranean cruise and unexpectedly encountered the magnificent Maeght Collection assembled by husband and wife art dealers in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. They were recently in Los Angeles and sought out the new eye-opening exhibition of Alexander Calder at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Art, architecture and the visual arts in general are one of the main interests and sources of pleasure in their lives. Asked to pick work by an artist they would like to add to their collection, Jim replied that he dreams of owning “anything by Basquiat,” the primitivist contemporary of Andy Warhol who took the New York art scene by storm in the 1980s. The Allen’s currently live in a Victorian home near the banks of the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky with a spacious view of the Cincinnati riverfront. They plan to sell this residence and are currently building a minimalist house in Tucson, Arizona, which is “very, very, modern, and very, very contemporary.” The change will require a shift in their thinking about what art to include in their new residence. They recently purchased a piece by Cincinnati artist Rondle West, who constructs brightly colored monochromatic sculptures from found objects. They also purchased a work by Chinese artist Zhan Wang, known for his metal-clad scholar’s rocks and stainless steel boulders. In this period of major transition, the Allens are re-inventing themselves in their retirement, because “to rest is to rust.” They are embracing change—and it has meant that their collecting has become more and more contemporary. In their new environment they are taking the axiom of Mies van der Rohe to heart, for indeed, “less is more.”

ART museum SPRING exhibition ~ JANUARY 28 – MAY 17 walter i. farmer gallery

Meditations: The Abstract Nature of H.A. Sigg A

bstract Expressionism is not restricted to artists like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Arshile Gorky and Hans Hofmann. Swiss artist H.A. (Hermann Alfred) Sigg has continued to explore the principles set forth in the 1940s and 1950s throughout a career that spans 70 years. Sigg, who will turn 90 in June, 2014, is still active in his studio near Zurich, Switzerland, producing a diverse body of work that includes paintings, collage and mixed media sculpture. Sigg was inspired by his experience as an artist-in-residence with Swissair in the late 1960s. During the first of his many journeys to Southeast Asia, he was afforded the opportunity to ride in the cockpit of a commercial airplane and sketch the sights below en route to various locations around the globe. Sigg was able to look down at the Earth from afar, removing the constraints of a limited viewpoint at ground level. Upon arrival, he became entranced with the spiritual and meditative aspects of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. These experiences prompted Sigg to reflect on his intellectual approach to and observation of his surroundings. Following his time with Swissair, Sigg continued to express what he saw on his journeys, incorporating both the unique vantage point of looking down from above and the contemplative nature elicited by his travels. Today, his art demonstrates his ever-evolving process and regularly features the organic forms found in nature alongside the totemic, structural elements he admired in Southeast Asian architecture. This exhibition is made possible through kind support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the Institute for Venture Philanthropy.

Programs Tuesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. H.A. Sigg’s Abstraction in Context Elizabeth Ferrell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, and Dana Saulnier, MFA, Professor, Department of Art, College of Creative Arts, Miami University This talk situates H.A. Sigg’s art in the context of late 20th century abstraction by examining his painting and sculpture alongside works by Abstract Expressionist artists. Thursday, March 13, 6-7 p.m. Reading the Signs: The Art of H.A. Sigg Amy H. Winter, PhD, Director and Curator of the GodwinTernbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY, NY

H.A. Sigg’s landscapes are composed of abstractions that reflect, rather than reproduce, nature itself. Calligraphic and geometric forms stand in for rivers and fields; drifting barges of light and color suggest clouds and mists observed in the morning or evening skies. This talk will explore the language invented by the artist that captures the essence and spirit of the forms and phenomena of the natural world.

H. A. Sigg (Swiss, b. 1924) The Course of the Rivers III, 2010 Acrylic on canvas Collection of Daniel Sigg, courtesy of the Kouros Gallery, New York

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ART museum SPRING CAPSTONE exhibition ~ JANUARY 28 – MAY 17 stanley & agnes mckie gallery

African Art:

Confronting Assumptions, Challenging Values


ngaging with students at Miami University goes well beyond working with student employees, interns, and artists submitting works for exhibitions. Art and Architecture History majors are given the opportunity to curate an exhibition each Spring semester for their senior Capstone course offered during the Fall term. The Spring 2014 exhibition African Art: Confronting Assumptions, Challenging Values was developed by six students under the direction of Professor dele jegede in the Department of Art. With the assistance of Art Museum staff, the students learned about the curatorial process in order to develop the exhibition. They were responsible for defining the thematic approach, selecting and researching the objects in the Art Museum collection, writing the text and designing the layout of the installation. This exhibition focuses on frequently made assumptions about African art, as well as the judgments placed upon these objects as indicators of cultural and material value. Through an assessment and study of nearly 70 objects, visitors are challenged with several fundamental questions about African art and material culture based on considerations of production, usage and authenticity. How can religious, utilitarian, hierarchical, and cultural materials be truly understood once removed from the physical location of a parent culture? What determines the difference, if any, in the value of an object made and used in an African village in the early 1900s and a similar object made in recent years by a skilled African craftsman sold in the marketplace? The student curators developed the exhibition with the intent to confront assumptions and challenge values that viewers have regarding African art, and what the act of collecting reveals about the importance we place on art.

Programs Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. African Art and Museum Imagination Rebecca Fenton, PhD Candidate in African Art and African Studies, Indiana University When we enter a gallery, we enter an arena of forms and ideas. At once we are into a historical dialogue about seeing (one with its own lingo and blind spots) and into a personal experience of aesthetic contemplation and imaginative cultural contact. This talk engages in this dialogue by comparing some strategies of collection and display of African arts, and exploring what the tools of art history can bring to our experience of African expressive culture in museums.

Thursday, February 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. African Art: Confronting Assumptions, Challenging Values This symposium is the culmination of the Fall 2013 Capstone course (ART498), taught by dele jegede, Professor, Department of Art, with support from Jason Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions, Miami University Art Museum. Six students, all Art and Architecture History majors, will discuss the key notions that constitute the main focus of the exhibit and highlight issues pertaining to their curatorial experience.

Left: Yoruba (Nigeria and Benin); Mounted warrior altarpiece, 20th century; wood; gift of Ralph (’65) and Barbara Drake (’68) Bresler; 1976.SC.16.22

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Reality is Broken: A Student Art Response O

ne of the primary initiatives of the Miami University Art Museum is to attract and interact with students so that future graduates will experience and participate in the arts in new ways. The debut of the annual Summer Reading Program Student Art Response Exhibition is one facet of this exploration that allows current undergraduate and graduate students to exhibit their art in a gallery setting. Each summer, incoming freshmen are provided with a selected book that will be the basis of their first critical analysis and dialogue session at Miami University. The chosen work of literature is typically based on a topic relevant to today’s world, growing trends, and events that shape who we are individually and collectively. On August 23, 2013, Jane McGonigal, the author of this year’s selection, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World, delivered the keynote address for Miami University’s Convocation. Directly following the ceremony, professors, university staff and returning upperclass students facilitated break-out sessions for group discussions about the key themes of the book. The annual Summer Reading Program Student Response Art Exhibition was created to give students another opportunity for responding to the selected book. An open call for entries was extended to students in Miami University’s Department of Art, Interactive Media Studies Program and the Department of Architecture. During the Fall 2013 semester, students created works of art to be submitted for the exhibition. Included in this inaugural exhibit are original prints and sculpture, 3-D games and a digital interactive game.

Programs Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 p.m. Interactive Storytelling: Intertwining Stories and Games Sarah Fay Krom, Visiting Assistant Professor, Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, College of Creative Arts, Miami University. This lecture will focus on whether the next generation of interactive experiences can leverage both the power of games and the emotional engagement of stories to take us on our transformative hero’s journey. Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Reality is Broken: A Student Response Art Exhibition Student panel discussion.

Facilitated by Jason Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions, this student panel discussion will highlight individual and collective responses to the concepts of Jane McGonigal’s book.

Below, left-right, are examples of student work included in this exhibition: Kaylee Ornduff, Sophmore, Viva Piñata (detail); James Earl Cox III, Senior, Children’s Day (detail); Jenna Klein, Senior, Figurative Mechanics (detail); Greg Loring, MFA student, Obsolete Toy # 2 (detail).

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Cage Gallery Exhibitions January 29 – February 7: Malta Study Abroad February 10 – March 7: Looking for Trouble: 6 Houses in Austin, TX Works of Kevin Alter, Architect March 17 – 28: Best in Class Graphic Design Exhibition March 31 – April 11: Letters Home: Along the 32nd Parallel North, 35 Degrees East April 14 – 18: Thesis Posters April 21 – April 25: ARC702: Thesis Presentations

Programs Monday, February 3, 4 p.m. Sustainability = Equity Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Pyatok Architects, Inc., Oakland, CA Monday, February 24, 4 p.m. Modernism in Central Texas Kevin Alter, Professor, University of Texas, Austin; alterstudio Architecture, LLP, Austin, TX Monday, March 17, 4 p.m. Recent Works Mark Sexton, Krueck + Sexton Architects, Chicago, IL Monday, March 31, 4 p.m. Natural Selection Caroline Ann O’Donnell, Richard Meier Professor of Architecture, Cornell University; Principal, CODA, Ithaca, NY Monday, April 21, 4 p.m. Recent Work Glenn Gardiner, Northeast Collaborative Architects, Providence, RI Friday, May 9, 7-9 p.m. (Cage Gallery) Open House Celebration: Architecture + Interior Design

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Türkiye Design Workshop By Haley E. Rice, Graduate Student, Architecture + Interior Design Faculty Coordinator: Gülen Çevik, Architecture + Interior Design

In the summer of 2013, twelve Department of Architecture + Interior Design students spent thirty days in Turkey where they explored the country, its architecture and its culture.

The first twenty days were spent traveling through the western-most part of the country to gain an intimate, first-hand knowledge of the land and the culture. The immersion agenda included visiting mosques, temples, ancient ruins, museums, and Turkish baths, playing with local children, purchasing silk and pottery, sailing the Aegean, exploring caves and calcium deposits, eating indigenous food and experiencing religious performances. This experience provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to explore diverse ways of thinking, sharing, and living abroad while introducing them to cross-cultural needs and global design.

Following their initial travel-based explorations, students returned to Istanbul for an intensive design workshop alongside Turkish students at Yeditepe University. The charrette-style workshop raised questions and issues relating to history and tradition, culture and identity, the social and physical contexts of architecture, and the effects of Westernization and globalization within spatial environments. With experiences ranging from visiting traditional villages and eating peaches with the Turks, to a hot air balloon rides and lavish dinners on the Turkish Riviera, the students’ perspective of Asia Minor was forever broadened by the beautiful culture they experienced.

Showcasing Architecture + Interior Design COLLEGE of Creative Arts, Miami University IN the cage

Letters Home: Along the 32nd Parallel North, 35 Degrees East [exhibition]

Works in Images and Words Israel and Palestine, The Occupied Territories Tel Aviv; Area A - Ramallah and environs, Nablus, Jericho and Area C-Jerusalem From a text in progress: “As a second generation of a Shoah survivor from Berlin, I borrow, unwittingly and willingly, my parent’s survivor story. In the summer of 2013, I travelled through extraordinary geographies disquietingly familiar. Travelling through Israeli and Palestinian geographies of the West Bank and Occupied Territories, I self-consciously absorb landscapes and people while reflecting the pensive uncertainty of my surroundings. It is a necessary trip not because of any political affiliation or religious practice, but because of the circumstantial narrative that defines me.” Through multi- and mixed media, the exhibit documents moving through landscapes of cities and villages by train, car, by walking, and by just standing still.

Energy Efficient by Design

Faculty: Diane Fellows, Architecture + Interior Design


By Faculty Coordinator: J E Elliott, Instructor, Architecture + Interior Design

ARChitecture+Interior Design’s summer 2013 workshop, Energy Efficient by Design, spent five weeks in London to research and design a mixeduse building for their client SquareCircle, on a site in Canary Wharf. The studio visited the offices of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Arups and WilkinsonEyre Architects where each firm gave presentations about and insight into, the strategies each uses to create energy efficient and beautiful buildings. Day trips included Cardiff and Kew Gardens to visit examples of RSH+P’s and WilkinsonEyre’s work. The student teams designed to satisfy the program requirements of their client, and the restrictions of the very small site with the goal being a building sacrificing nothing aesthetically in its ability to be energy efficient.

[exhibition] March 17 – 28: “Best in Class” Graphic Design Exhibition This is an exhibition of juryselected work by second, third and fourth year BFA graphic design students. The work in the show represents the design curriculum, from traditional to interactive to three-dimensional media, in both self-authored and collaborative projects. Faculty: Peg Faimon, Art

Cage Gallery

John Weigand, Chair, Department of Architecture + Interior Design 101 Alumni Hall, Oxford (513) 529-7210 architecture-interior-design Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All lectures in 1 Alumni Hall

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

North Gallery Through February 13, 2014

2014 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Juror: Timothy McDowell, artist and curator, Connecticut College Friday, January 31 Juror Lecture: 4 p.m., (Art 100) Reception: 5:15-6:15 p.m., (Hiestand) Award Ceremony: 5:45 p.m. This national competition for artists 25-35, celebrates the current trends in contemporary painting. The winner of the competition receives the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. The 2014 finalists, chosen by juror Timothy McDowell, are: Becky Brown, Bronx, New York; Bobby Coleman, San Francisco, California; Xuan Chen, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Benjamin Gardner, Des Moines, Iowa; Anna Kell, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Ryan Kish, Greenland, New Hampshire; Nicholas Irzyk, Richmond, Virginia; Alyssa Reiser Prince, Seneca, South Carolina; Jessica Simorte, Cincinnati, Ohio and Jena Thomas, Coral Gables, Florida. []

February 24 – March 5

BFA Capstone Exhibition

Reception: Thursday, February 27, 4:30-6 p.m. (Hiestand) Department of Art senior studio majors participating in the semesterlong Capstone course feature their latest visual investigations.

March 11 – 20

Katherine J. Fries, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting Safekeeping

Friday, March 14, Reception: 4-7 p.m. (Hiestand) As an artist, I am interested in capturing and preserving the world around me: people, their stories, rituals, possessions, and history. In my work, I construct spaces that act as an externalization of an internal experience: memory. These constructions include traditional oil paintings of child-like forts, assemblage boxes, and layered prints. [] March 31 – April 8

Nathaniel Foley, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture Flight of Obscurity

Friday, April 4, Reception: 4-6 p.m. (Hiestand) Through my insatiable desire to make things with my hands and learn about the aviation industry, I delved deeper into processes of aircraft construction. By spending countless hours working on and talking about aircraft with my father, he passed on to me a strong passion for the field. With the deconstruction of aircraft forms, shapes, and details, my sculpture talks in an aviation language, as it is constructed of materials and assembled through processes used in the industry. []

April 11 – 18

Michael Seeley, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting Within the Limits of Construction Friday, April 11, Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Hiestand) “Limits of Construction” is a term in the vocabulary of architectural documents to define the boundaries of a work site. When I visit construction sites as an architect, I see compositions and textures in the incomplete work that are sometimes more intriguing than the end result. As an artist, I see them as temporary and transitional scenes worth exploring.

Image credits: North Gallery header image: Nathan Foley, Hawker Hurricane (detail); Lee Gallery header image: Rob Anderson, Five O’Clock (detail) , 2013; At right: John Hankiewicz, The Box and the Sidewalk, 2012.

Hiestand Galleries Ann Taulbee, Director (513) 529-1883

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Other hours available by appointment. Galleries closed: January 1-3, 20 and 23-24; March 24-28; and May 19-September 1. 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: departments/art/facilities/hiestandgalleries/

hiestand happenings

Robert E. & Martha Hull Lee Gallery April 22 – 29

Steve Garst, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking Retention and Erosion

Friday, April 25, Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Hiestand) There is gold hidden in the hills of our country. Over time, it washes into the valleys and streams of the world. Wherever the water gathers, it mixes with dirt, plants, pinecones, garbage, and everything else that falls downhill. As this slurry mixes, decomposes, and settles it fills in and creates the beaches on which we set up camps and colonies. My work examines how we put ourselves both physically and mentally into the landscape and the tensions created by this relationship. []

May 7 – 16

BFA Graphic Design Exhibition

Friday, May 16, Reception: 4-6 p.m. (Hiestand) This annual exhibition includes recent works by Senior Graphic Design majors from the Department of Art. Package, identity, web and logo design are included in this exhibition.

Through February 3, 2014

Rob Anderson ~ A Place In Time

Thursday, January 30, Lecture: 6 p.m. (Art 100) Friday, January 31, Reception: 5:15-6:15 p.m. (Hiestand) Rob Anderson, the 2013 winner of the William and Dorothy Yeck Young Painters Competition shares his latest studio works in A Place In Time. Anderson’s works investigate the interaction of the isolated figure with his or her environment. By the evident manner of pushing the paint across the surface, then scraping away to reveal the under layers of paint, Anderson creates narratives that are truly revealed by the use of paint and exaggerated geometric composition rather than the use of sensational imagery. Rob Anderson received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati and his BFA from Xavier University. [] February 17 – March 3

Michael Gayk ~ Digital Skins

Thursday, February 20, Reception: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Hiestand), Lecture: 6 p.m. (Art 100) Michael Gayk, metalsmith and digital sculptor, explores the imaging of the digitized body through the context of body adornment. Gayk will be on campus the week of February 17, conducting workshops and giving a public lecture as part of the Visiting Artist, Scholars and Exhibitions (VASE) Program in the Department of Art. [] April 14 – 23

John Hankiewicz, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking ~ The Comfort Zone

Friday, April 18, Reception: 4:30-6 p.m. (Hiestand) For the artist, the most rewarding terrain lies between categories. John Hankiewicz uses sidewalks, figures and boxes as motifs for exploring the zone between representation and abstraction, the realistic and iconographic, the observed and imagined. [] May 2 – 16

Visual Collective: recent works by BFA Studio majors in the Department of Art

Thursday, May 8, Reception: 4-6 p.m. (Hiestand) This inaugural exhibition includes recent works by our BFA studio majors chosen by the Department of Art studio faculty.

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Desde el Uruguay con amor B

orn in the Czech Republic, Maria S. Vazquez is a retired high school Spanish teacher and a Miami University Art Museum docent. In 1997 Bonnie Mason, then Curator of Education at the Museum, asked her to join the program. Maria was interested in the arts prior to becoming a docent. “I love art and I love it here. There is just so much opportunity to learn and keep on learning.” Maria retired from Talawanda High School, where she taught for 15 years. She also worked at the Western College for Women library and taught Spanish at Miami University, Middletown. Maria and her husband, Washington R. Vazquez, and family first came to the United States from Uruguay in 1962. He was a visiting Fulbright Scholar lecturing on Latin American Languages and Civilization. In 1964 they returned to Oxford to teach Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University. They are blessed with two daughters Isabel of Oxford, Ohio, and Carlota of Denver, Colorado, four grandchildren and a great grandchild. When not at the Art Museum, Maria enjoys walking about an hour a day, traveling, reading, sports, and swimming. Her newest hobby is dry flower arranging. Although reluctant to choose one particular kind of art or one artist as her favorite, she has enjoyed researching and presenting on artists in the collection such as Hans Hofmann, Julian Stanczak and Roy Cartwright over the past 16 years. She has worked with the Adventures in Art program in the public schools bringing art to the classroom, given museum tours and delivered presentations for the Institute for Learning in Retirement. A favorite memory at the Art Museum was her time with the exhibition How the Miami People Live in 2008. “It was an eye-opener.” She also enjoyed bringing family members visiting from Brazil and from Denver to the Grass Routes exhibition in the Fall of 2012. Her advice for others interested in exploring the arts is, “Try it... come and try it… and if you could have somebody guide you through – it’s a really invaluable thing to do.” “Also, if you think you would want to be a docent and you like art, don’t be discouraged if you think you don’t know enough. Just be willing to learn and don’t give up!”

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January/February January 30 – Lecture: Robert Anderson ~ A Place In Time. (Art 100) 6 p.m.

January 31 – Reception: Robert Anderson ~ A Place In Time. (Hiestand) 5:15-6:15 p.m.

January 31 – Reception / Awards Ceremony: 2014 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. (Hiestand) Reception: 5:15-6:15 p.m.; Award Ceremony: 5:45 p.m.

February 3 – Lecture: Sustainability = Equity. Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Pyatok Architects, Inc., Oakland, CA. (1 Alumni Hall) 4 p.m. February 4 – Miami University Art Museum Open House. (Art Museum) 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

February 4 – Interactive Storytelling: Intertwining Stories and Games. Sarah Fay Krom, Visiting Assistant Professor, Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, College of Creative Arts, Miami University. (Art Museum) 5:30 p.m.

February 12 – African Art and Museum Imagination. Rebecca Fenton, PhD Candidate in African Art and African Studies, Indiana University. (Art Museum) 6:30 p.m. February 20 – Reception / Lecture: Michael Gayk ~ Digital Skins. Reception: (Hiestand) 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Hiestand), Lecture: (Art 100) 6 p.m. February 20 – Movie Series: Tron (1982). (Art Museum) 7 p.m.

February 24 – Modernism in Central Texas. Kevin Alter, Professor, University of Texas, Austin; alterstudio Architecture, LLP, Austin, TX. (1 Alumni Hall) 4 p.m. February 27 – Art Explorers. (Art Museum) 10 a.m. – Noon February 27 – Reception: BFA Capstone Exhibition. (Hiestand) 4:30-6 p.m.

February 27 – Symposium: African Art: Confronting Assumptions, Challenging Values. (Art Museum) 5:30-7:30 p.m.


March 4 – Lecture: H.A. Sigg’s Abstraction in Context. Elizabeth Ferrell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, and Dana Saulnier, MFA, Professor, Department of Art, College of Creative Arts, Miami University. (Art Museum) 5:30 p.m.

March 13 – Lecture: Reading the Signs: The Art of H.A. Sigg. Amy H. Winter, PhD, Director and Curator of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY, NY. (Art Museum) 6-7 p.m. March 14 – Reception: Katherine J. Fries, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting Safekeeping. (Hiestand) 4-7 p.m.

March 17 – Recent Works. Mark Sexton, Krueck + Sexton Architects, Chicago, IL. (1 Alumni Hall) 4 p.m. March 20 – Movie Series: Tron Legacy (2010). (Art Museum) 7 p.m.

March 27 – Art Explorers. (Art Museum) 10 a.m. - Noon

March 31 – Natural Selection. Caroline Ann O’Donnell, Richard Meier Professor of Architecture, Cornell University; Principal, CODA, Ithaca, NY. (1 Alumni Hall) 4 p.m.

April/May April 2 – Lecture: Hans Hofmann’s Blue Spell: The Artist’s Materials, Techniques and Their Impact on Conservation Michael Ruzga, Paintings Conservator. (Art Museum) 5:30 p.m. April 4 – Reception: Nathaniel Foley, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture Flight of Obscurity. (Hiestand) 4-6 p.m. April 6 – Kinetics Festival. (Millett) Noon-5 p.m.

April 9 – Reality is Broken: A Student Response Art Exhibition. Student Panel Discussion facilitated by Jason Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions. (Art Museum) 7 p.m.

April 11 – Reception: Michael Seeley, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting Within the Limits of Construction. (Hiestand) 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 17 – Undergraduate Art History Symposium. (Art Museum) 6-7 p.m.

April 18 – Reception: John Hankiewicz, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking ~ The Comfort Zone. (Hiestand) 4:30-6 p.m.

April 21 – Recent Work. Glenn Gardiner, Northeast; Collaborative Architects, Providence, RI. (1 Alumni Hall) 4 p.m. April 24 – Art Explorers. (Art Museum) 10 a.m. - Noon

April 24 – Movie Series: The Matrix (1999). (Art Museum) 7 p.m.

April 25 – Reception: Steve Garst, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking Retention and Erosion. (Hiestand) 4:30-6:30 p.m.

May 8 – Reception: Visual Collective: Recent Works by BFA Studio Majors in the Department of Art. (Hiestand) 4-6 p.m. May 9 – Open House Celebration: Architecture + Interior Design. (Cage Gallery) 7-9 p.m. May 16 – Reception: BFA Graphic Design Exhibition. (Hiestand) 4-6 p.m.

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exhibitions @ a glance January 27 – May 17 Meditations: The Abstract Nature of H.A. Sigg (Art Museum) African Art: Confronting Assumptions, Challenging Values (Art Museum) Reality is Broken: A Student Response Art Exhibition (Art Museum) Through February 3, 2014 Robert Anderson ~ A Place In Time (Hiestand Galleries)

Through February 13, 2014 2014 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award (Hiestand Galleries) January 29 – February 7 Malta Study Abroad (Cage)

February 10 – March 7 Looking for Trouble: 6 Houses in Austin, TX. Works of Kevin Alter, Architect (Cage) February 17 – March 3 Michael Gayk ~ Digital Skins (Hiestand Galleries)

February 24 – March 5 BFA Capstone Exhibition (Hiestand Galleries)

March 11 – 20 Katherine J. Fries, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting Safekeeping (Hiestand Galleries) March 17 – 28 Best in Class Graphic Design Exhibition (Cage)

March 31 – April 8 Nathaniel Foley, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture Flight of Obscurity (Hiestand Galleries) March 31 – April 11 Letters Home: Along the 32nd Parallel North, 35 Degrees East (Cage) April 11 –18 Michael Seeley, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting Within the Limits of Construction (Hiestand Galleries) April 14 – 18 Thesis Posters (Cage)

April 14 – 23 John Hankiewicz, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking ~ The Comfort Zone (Hiestand Galleries) April 21 – 25 ARC702: Thesis Presentations (Cage) April 22 – 29 Steve Garst, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking Retention and Erosion (Hiestand Galleries)

May 2 – 16 Visual Collective: Recent Works by BFA Studio Majors in the Department of Art (Hiestand Galleries) May 7 – 16 BFA Graphic Design Exhibition (Hiestand Galleries)

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