Welcoming Our New Faculty

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The Department of Art would like to welcome seven new full-time faculty members that will be starting with us in fall 2015. We are fortunate to have these talented, dedicated, and progressive individuals join our community.

Visit this page to see their biographies.


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Spring Exhibition Schedule

Hiestand Galleries
Hours: Monday-Friday
Other hours available by appointment

Galleries closed:
January 1-3; 20; 23-24
March 24-28; May 19–Sept 1



Dec 15, 2014–Feb 13, 2015           
2015 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award
Juror: Franklin Sirmans, The Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Juror Lecture: TBA
Reception: 5:15–6:15pm, Award Ceremony: 5:45pm
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 2015 finalists, chosen by juror Franklin Sirmans are: Christie Blizard, San Antonio, Texas; Dorielle Caimi, Oakland, California; Lyla Duey, Brooklyn, New York; Jessica Hess, San Francisco, California; Seung Yeon Huh, New York, New York; Molly Kaderka, Kansas City, Missouri; Lori Larusso, Lexington, Kentucky; Ana Medina, Los Angeles, California; Simone Montemurno, Los Angeles, California; Vanessa Gully Santiago, Brooklyn, New York.

March 5-16, 2015  
BFA Capstone Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, Mar 12, 4:30-6:00pm
Department of Art senior studio majors participating in the semester long Capstone course feature their latest visual investigations.

March 23–29: SPRING BREAK

March 30–April 7, 2015                             
Matthew Kirby, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting
Recent Work
Reception for the Artist: Friday, April 3, 4:30-6:00pm
Matthew Kirby’s paintings are a reflection upon the history of painting and use references and ideas that are integrated with my personal experiences of religion. There is a sense of incipient violence that is intended to be subtle and may be felt indirectly. Kirby accesses a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered approach that creates situations in which work by Gauguin and Redon, for example, are detached from their original function and combined with other media such as film stills and text. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. matthewkirbyart.com

April 10- April 18, 2015     
Taurey L. Overturf, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Painting
Reception for the Artist: Friday, April 17, time: TBA
Overturf's work deals with ideas of daydreams and mirages, it is the disillusion of reality that spurs the imagination to create an enchanted alternative. Overturf's process of constructing the image through various layers of oil paint transforms into the deconstruction of the foreground and background and figurative space. The jewel like tones of saturated color call the viewer closer but can also repel the viewer back into reality.  www.taureyloverturf.weebly.com

April 21-April 29, 2015                             
Kate Rowekamp, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Printmaking
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, April 24, 4:30–6:00pm
Kate Rowekamp explores the life cycle of a newly discovered creature, the Catter Sapien.Through the chief researcher's eyes we observe the emergence of these creatures from birth to death.  The idiosyncrasies in their developmental patterns reveal parallels to the emergent adults of our own species. http://katerowekamp.com/home.html

May 7-15, 2015                                           
BFA Graphic Design Exhibition
Reception for the Artists: Friday, May 15, 4:00-6:00pm
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.


ROBERT E. AND MARTHA HULL LEE GALLERY                                                       

Dec 15, 2014-Feb 13, 2015
Xuan Chen
Friday, January 30
Reception for the Artist: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m
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

February 18–March 11, 2015
Nicholas Hill
The Tokyo and Kyoto Projects: Works on Paper
February 19, 2015
Reception for the Artist: 4:30–5:30pm
Lecture: 6pm, Room 100 Art
In, The Tokyo and Kyoto Projects: Works on Paper, Nicholas Hill presents series of cyanotype images that explore ideas of place, visual associations and memory. Using formats and mark making that echo traditional Japanese printmaking approaches, Hill  also examines contemporary approaches that bridge printmaking, drawing and painting. Nicholas Hill’s visit and lecture is supported by the Visiting Artist, Scholars and Exhibitions (VASE) Program in the Department of Art.

April 14-23, 2015
Benjamin Mark, MFA Thesis Exhibition,  Metals
Traversing A Path
Reception for the Artist: TBA
In Traversing A Path, Benjamin Mark intends to transform the gallery space to give it a more tranquil outdoor feel. By producing a space where the viewer can have a sense of protected personal space near the artwork, they can look inward and meditate on their own thoughts and ideas.

May 2–May 15, 2015                                 
Visual Collective: recent works by B.F.A. Studio majors in the Department of Art
Reception: Tuesday, May 8, 4:00-6:00pm
This annual exhibition includes recent works of our BFA studio majors chosen by the Department of Art Studio Faculty.

Spring Speakers Series

Our Thursday evening spring speaker series (Art281 Contemporary Art Forum) begins on February 5 and goes through the end of the academic year.
Join us at 6:00pm in Room 100 Art Building. See this page for more information.

February 5
Jon Lundak

February 12 (Location: Art Museum)
Morgan Thomas, PhD

February 12
Nicolas Hill

February 26
Matt Rich

March 5 (Location: Art Museum)
Candace Hunter

March 12
Dennis Cheatham

April 2
Taylor Wallace

April 16
Laurie Haycock Makela

April 30
Pavla Scerankova