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Department of Visual Arts and Design

2017–2018 Exhibition Schedule

Fall Semester

September 11–October 13, 2017 
Miriam Beerman and Amy Misurelli Sorensen  
This exhibit explores two women artists' ideas of identity and politics. Miriam Beerman is almost obsessive in her chosen subject matter; for over 40 years she has thought about the trials and atrocities of humankind and reacted to them by creating paintings, drawings, artists' books, and collages. Amy Misurelli Sorensen is concerned with distorted images of identity and sexuality imposed by societal ideals. She specializes in the area of drawing with concentrations in printmaking, painting, and performance.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, September 14, 6–8 p.m.

September 25–November 3
Todd Forsgren: First in the exhibition series Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment
Beginning this year’s themed exhibition series, Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment, Todd Forsgren’s Ornithological Photographs depict the liminal moment before a captured bird is carefully measured, cataloged, cared for, and released by research scientists. Though ultimately for their benefit, this brief moment of confusion and discomfort invites us to reflect upon the individual plight of each bird and the larger environmental pressures driving the need for such research.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, October 26, 6–8 p.m.

October 23–November 22
Shifting Identities/Humanity and Nature: Artemis Herber and Michelle Dickson
Both artists deal with environmental change and human relationships to nature.  Herber uses cardboard to create paintings that are also three dimensional, dealing with the impact of the "anthropocene": the period of human impact on the planetary environment.  Dickson works with clay-fired sculpture exploring how our uneasy relation with environmental change impacts human lives as well.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, October 26, 6–8 p.m.

November 13–January 5
Nick Vyssotsky: Second in the exhibition series Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment
Nowhere Zone: The Pre-Apocolyptic Landscape is an ongoing project that explores spaces of flight, symbols of control, and identifications of cultural ephemera, refuse, and waste. Since the November election, the term "dystopia" has been increasingly applied, not to some possible future scenario, but in the present tense. As the effects of climate change continue to gradually degrade our environment and an apathetic (or actively antagonistic) government causes more Americans to fall into poverty, it would seem that Armageddon will not occur as one quick cataclysmic event that shifts us from a world of stability to one of chaos, but as a slow, entropic decline into disarray.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, December 7, 6–8 p.m.

December 4–January 26     
Faculty & 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 7, 6–8 p.m.

Spring Semester

January 15–March 2   
Selin Balci: Third in the exhibition series Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment
Continuing the theme of Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6–8 p.m.

February 5–March 9    
Suzy Kopf Group: Perennials
A group exhibition of local and regional artists.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6–8 p.m.

March 19 – May 4
Pam Rogers: Fourth in the exhibition series Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment
Concluding the theme of Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6–8 p.m.

March 26–May 4
Heritage Habitats
An exhibit that concludes the King Street Gallery exhibition schedule.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6– 8 p.m

May 17–August 31
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 17, 5–7:30p.m.


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