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Department of Visual Arts and Design

2017–2018 Exhibition Schedule

Fall Semester

September 11–October 13, 2017 
Between the Floorboards: 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: Ornithological Photographs 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 plaster and wood 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: Nowhere Zone: The Pre-Apocolyptic Landscape 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: Anthropogenic Third in the exhibition series Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment
Anthropogenic explores the theater of human conditions and its effects to our world in a cultivated, living environment; the Petri dish. This environment serves not only as a vivarium for mold but also as a living studio. By constructing a landscape simultaneously natural and artificial, petri dish provides a platform on which she acts as a curator and creator. In this artificial ‘world’, she stages global problems; conflicts, political pressures, immigration, racialism, dominance, predation, pollution, contamination, and massive consumption. Merging traditional mediums with highly patterned and colored mold, Balci creates lushly visual and interactive biological landscapes. Although, mold is unwanted, toxic, hazardous and dangerous, in her work, mold becomes a metaphor of human actions and motives.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6–8 p.m.

February 5–March 9    
Perennials
Perennials is an exhibition from a collective of six artists working across media to address ideas of growth, impermanence and survival of plants within the changing American landscape. It is the contrast between the cared for and the forgotten plants that interests this collective of six artists: Ellie Irons, Christopher Kennedy, Suzy Kopf, Emmaline Payette, Anne Percoco, and Valerie Wiseman. With humor, science and the extended study of art practice, the artists of Perennials engage their audience with the plant world. A perennial is broadly defined as a plant that lives for more than two years, but many perennials live much longer than that. They are the survivors of the plant world, spreading out and taking hold wherever they can. Perennials fight to survive, season after season, year after year in a world that might not want them.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6–8 p.m.

March 19–May 4
Pam Rogers: Fierce and Fragile Fourth in the exhibition series Nature Endangered: Imagination and Environment
An exhibition presenting works on paper and sculpture that create a confluence of the Age of Discovery with the present and near future as man and nature continue to exist together. Colorado based artist Pam Rogers combines landscape and botanical elements with magic realism, homemade pigments, and installation to explore how nature is challenged, contorted, filtered, and ultimately reborn by a human hand. Her meticulously detailed and intriguing works present beauty along side elements that challenge the viewer to question what lurks beneath.
Open Gallery, Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6–8 p.m.

April 2–May 4
Heritage Habitats: Vicki VanAmeyden and Ginger Owen
Through the use of large scale, sculptural and experiential installations, VanAmeyden and Owen offer a series of physical spaces for the contemplation of ancestry, nostalgia, memory, and the “commonalities that bind people and culture,” ultimately serving as an expression of humanism. Using a mix of sculpture and photography, the artists investigate the subjective nature of remembering, where the elapsed time of history alters reality. Besides an interest in the individual, the exhibition particularly engages with collective experience and remembrance, valuing the genealogical lineage and heritage that connects family and culture.
King Street Gallery, Reception: Thursday, April 5, 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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