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Department of Visual Arts and Design

2018–2019 Exhibition Schedule

Fall Semester

September 17–October 12, 2018
Dengke Chen, Goran Fazil, and Aaron Oldenburg: In Play, Flow, and Ritual
Featuring a collection of contemporary digital art: animation, game design, and augmented reality. This highly interactive exhibition will give the viewer the opportunity to engage with the art through the use of tablets and computers. 
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6–8 p.m.

September 24–November 9
Brian Hitselberger: Other Ways of Telling; First in the exhibition series Soapbox
Beginning this year’s themed exhibition series, Soapbox: Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech, usually of a political or social nature. This themed exhibition series allows artists to use the highly visible Open Gallery as a Soapbox from which to present ideas and issues they feel are underrepresented in the current national conversation. Working with found objects, mixed media, and collaborative efforts, Brian Hitselberger's intention is to create an installation piece composed of not one voice but many along with personal collage work and zines in order to annihilate the feelings of isolation that spring from political and ideological other-ing.  
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, October 25, 6–8 p.m.

October 22–November 21
Craig Kraft: The Urge to Mark
Over the past 39 years, light sculptor Craig Kraft has gained national recognition for his innovative and unique neon light works. Kraft has made three life-changing trips searching for the origin of human mark making—art. He visited the caves of Southern France, even older ones in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and last year in Namibia, Africa. In all these places he found a similar urge to mark. The works in this exhibit will be the artist’s response to these extraordinary experiences, and his understanding of the origin of the primeval need to mark with the origin of our spiritual need to connect. 
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, October 25, 6–8 p.m.

November 19–January 11
Mojdeh Rezaeipour: on matters of resilience; Second in the exhibition series Soapbox 
Soapbox: Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech, usually of a political or social nature. This themed exhibition series allows artists to use the highly visible Open Gallery as a Soapbox from which to present ideas and issues they feel are underrepresented in the current national conversation. From an ongoing series of the artist's work entitled "Piecing Myself Back Together", where she deconstructs and reconstructs scenes from her elementary school in search for new layers of memory and understanding. Entering the school system in a religious state (Iran) was her introduction and portal into the experience of oppression. With an understanding that systems of oppression in our world are overlapping and intertwined, this body of work is both incredibly personal and universal in the way that it connects the artist to trauma rooted in our collective experiences.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, December 6, 6–8 p.m.

December 3–January 25     
Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Faculty and staff in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts exhibit artworks in all media from digital design and video to cast metal and paintings on canvas. This exhibit showcases the wide range of talents that come together in the department.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, December 6, 6–8 p.m.

Spring Semester

January 22–March 1
Ira Tattelman: Surf: An Exchange About Climate Change; Third in the exhibition series Soapbox
Soapbox: Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech, usually of a political or social nature. This themed exhibition series allows artists to use the highly visible Open Gallery as a Soapbox from which to present ideas and issues they feel are underrepresented in the current national conversation. Surf: An Exchange About Climate Change provides a place for contemplation without the pressure of solutions. The walls become a space for thoughts and opinions about climate change; part of the gallery floor becomes a memorial and homage to our surroundings. While the physical world is constantly changing, Tattelman uses installation, mixed media, and photography to document a moment in time. Floods, storms, and rising sea-levels is a part of a future that urban planners, scientists, authors, and artists see being shaped. This exhibit provides the community a space to reflect on one’s intellectual and emotional understanding of place and to leave flowers and/or written notes about the situation. This delivery of visual messages invites the community to consider and homage the very real challenges of coastal alteration.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, February 7, 6–8 p.m.

February 4–March 1    
Rebecca Gilbert, Tru Johnson, Racquel Keller, Quentin Moseley, Jann Rosen-Queralt, and Sarah Stoll:
That Which is Most Precious

Portrays what is most precious in a person’s life, what gives it its value, and how it changes a person. The aim of this exhibition is to create an emotional resonance for the viewer as well as an understanding of both the diversity and commonalities of what we all consider to be That Which Is Most Precious. This is a group thematic exhibition that displays work in 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional mediums, and installation work.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, February 7, 6–8 p.m.

March 11–April 26
Megan Kirkwood: Fourth in the exhibition series Soapbox
Soapbox: Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech, usually of a political or social nature. This themed exhibition series allows artists to use the highly visible Open Gallery as a Soapbox from which to present ideas and issues they feel are underrepresented in the current national conversation.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6–8 p.m.

March 25–April 26
Ron Lambert and Holliss McCracken
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6– 8 p.m

May 16–September 7
Juried Student Exhibition
This annual exhibition showcases the best student work in the Department of Visual Art and Design over the past year. Artworks from all classes are displayed in the galleries and around the Cafritz Arts Center.
King Street and Open Galleries, Reception: Thursday, May 16, 5–7:30p.m.


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