Hiestand Galleries

People mingle at a show in Hiestand Galleries

Considered visual laboratories, the programs of Hiestand Galleries exhibit artworks that highlight timely, enlightening, and challenging exhibitions that consider the ever-changing world of contemporary visual expression. With over twenty exhibitions per year, the galleries feature artworks by national and international artists and designers, as well as work by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Art. Two national competitions in painting and sculpture bring the latest trends in the 21st century to the forefront. A vital Visiting Artist and Scholars program aligns with the exhibition programs, and connects students to the professional artist and critics in this capacities, including studio visits, lectures, and off-campus events. Exhibition opportunities are available in three galleries in Hiestand Hall and in the Art Building Lobby.

Location: Hiestand Hall, off main lobby.

Ann Taulbee, Director

Gallery Hours

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Other hours available by appointment (513-529-1883)

Galleries Closed

During exhibition installation and January 1-5, Jan 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 & 26; March 19-25; May 15-August 30

  • The Hiestand Galleries North will be closed from February 15 – March 23, 2018 for lighting renovations.
  • The Hiestand Galleries Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery will be closed from February 15-April 6, 2018 for lighting renovations.

All receptions are in the lobby of Hiestand Galleries, Hiestand Hall, 401 Maple Street, Oxford, Ohio.
All lectures are in ART 100, unless noted otherwise

2018 Spring Season

North Gallery

2017 Young Painters installation as seen in the Hiestand North GalleryDec 15, 2017-Feb 10, 2018
2018 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Juror: Michelle Grabner | artist, writer, and curator | Wisconsin

Thursday, February 1 | Juror Lecture, 5:50-6:40 p.m., ART 100
Friday, February 2 | Reception for the Artists, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Award Ceremony:
5:00 p.m.

Through the generous gift from William (Class of 1936) and Dorothy Yeck of Dayton, Ohio, Miami University has a unique opportunity to provide students and the community at large to develop a critical understanding of painting in the 21st century. The competition winner will be awarded the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award, and the painting will become part of Miami University’s permanent collection. This year’s competition focuses on non-representational painting.

2018 Finalists: Christopher Charbonneau, New Bedford, Massachusetts; Jeane Cohen, Chicago, Illinois; Thomas Dahlberg, Baltimore, Maryland; Erica Luedtke, Los Angeles, California; Meredith Laura Lynn, Terre Haute, Indiana; Sarah H. Reynolds, Chicago, Illinois; Gabrielle Roach, Hamilton, Ohio; Shalen Stephenson, Chicago, Illinois; Jon Weary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tom Wixo, Knoxville, Tennessee

Hiestand Galleries North will be closed from February 15-March 23, 2018 for lighting renovations.

In The Trap, 2017, clay nativity figurines,<br /> audio track, dimensions variable

April 2–11
E.J. Brown, Sculpture
MFA Thesis Exhibition


TBA | Reception for the Artist

Artist's statement: My work is about voice, but not my voice alone. I am the conductor of an orchestra of ghosts—a chorus of unnamed voices that have been lost, ignored, destroyed and forgotten. These voices are my work: that they may be found, heard, rebuilt and remembered.


Dressell artworkApril 18-27
Casey Dressell, Painting
MFA Thesis Exhibition

TBA | Reception for the Artist

Artist statement: I am interested in the intersection between painting, installation, and utilitarian objects. I think of paintings as protective and offering the viewer safe harbor. I make paintings that are portable and modular, and believe composing from what is around you is freedom.


Capstone installation, 2017May 3-10
B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition

Tuesday, May 8 | Reception for the Artists, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Department of Art senior studio majors participating in the semester long Capstone course feature their latest visual investigations.

Robert E. + Martha Hull Lee Gallery

Detail of Blake Morgan painting U.S.A.O. Wildlife Habitat, 2016, oil on paper, 22” x 30”Dec 15, 2017–February 10, 2018
Blake Morgan

Recent Work

Friday, February 2 | Gallery Talk, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Reception for the Artist, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Blake Morgan, the 2017 winner of the William and Dorothy Yeck Young Painters Competition shares his latest studio works in this exhibition of Recent Works. Morgan’s paintings in this exhibition were created from direct observation over many three to four hour sessions. The big changes in the landscape that occur in the hours and weeks that pass become an opportunity to choose moments and connect the paintings together in abstract ways. The paintings become an accumulation of moments that parallel the experience of being immersed in time and the landscape.


Hiestand Galleries Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery will be closed from February 15–April 6, 2018 for lighting renovations.

Rob Robbins painting Aurora Hassock, showing a dense forest with bright blues, purples, and greens applied to leaves and branchesApril 16–30
Rob Robbins


Thursday, April 26 | Contemporary Art Forum Lecture, "It Doesn't Get Any Easier" | 5:50–7:05 p.m., ART 100

Rob Robbins, Chair of the Department of Art at Miami University, shares a pop-up show comprised largely of 6 large paintings created between 2007 and 2017. The paintings come from a body of work Professor Robbins calls the Frondescence paintings. Once the viewer is in front of one of the paintings, they may discover that it contains many small ideas conveyed through various metaphors and relationships. Issues relating to acculturation, social and political conflict and compromise, resource management, suburban sprawl and the persistence of nature all become themes in the works. Robbins sees each painting as a sort of allegory in that regard.