Welcoming Our New Faculty

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The Department of Art would like to welcome four new faculty members that started with us either last fall or will be joining us this August. We are fortunate to have these talented, dedicated, and progressive individuals join our community.

Dennis Cheatham, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, and Elizabeth Ferrell, Assistant Professor of Art History became members of the faculty in the fall of 2013 and Stephanie Baer and Stephanie Danker, Assistant Professors of Art Education, will be joining us this coming August. Visit this page to see their biographies.


We're Hiring!

We're hiring four tenure-track professors to join our team in the fall of 2015!

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Search Committee Chair: Helen Armstrong, armstrh@miamioh.edu
more info

Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History
Search Committee Chair: Robert Wicks, wicksrs@miamioh.edu
more info

Assistant Professor of African Art History
Search Committee Chair: Pepper Stetler, stetlep@miamioh.edu
more info

Assistant Professor of Art/Interactive Media Studies
Search Committee Chair: James Coyle, coylejr@miamioh.edu
more info to come

Contact the Department of Art 513-529-2900
with any questions.

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Fall 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



September 3-October 9, 2014                            
Christopher Saucedo
September 11, 2001 (please stop saying 9/11)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Reception for the Artist: 4:30–5:30 p.m. Lecture: 6:00 p.m. 100 ART
In September 11, 2001 (please stop saying 9/11), Christopher Saucedo’s work sensitively remarks on the day that, on a personal and national level, acknowledges sacrifice, grief and remembrance. Quoting Saucedo, “I needed to make an artwork of the World Trade Center, but It couldn’t be physical like my sculpture; too much steel and concrete had already been negotiated. I wanted the work to exist outside of time; It had to be both before and after September 11th. Like a Helen Frankenthaler painting, I wanted the image to happen all at once and not be labored — like it just spilled out of a bucket. I needed it to remind me of the event that changed everything and still not make me sad. Mostly, I wanted to remember that blue, blue sky and in my heart feel the echo of an unforgettable presence.”

October 20–November 5, 2014     
Fresh Material: Current visual investigations by Graduate Students in the Department of Art
Eric England, Matthew Kirby, Greg Loring, Brandon Lowery, Benjamin Mark, Taurey L. Overturf, Joe Paushel, Kate Rowekamp, and Jaclyn Stephens.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Reception for the Artists: 4:30–5:30 p.m.

November 13–24, 2014   
B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition
Reception for the Artists: Thursday, November 20, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
An exhibition by Department of Art senior studio majors featuring their recent artworks. 

December 15, 2014–February 10, 2015
2015 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award
Juror: Franklin Sirmans.
Sirmans is the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans, opening in October 2014. Sirmans was the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, from 2006 – 2010. Prior to 2006, Sirmans held editorial positions at Dia Center for the Arts, Flash Art MagazineArt AsiaPacific and was a Curatorial Advisor at PS1/MoMA.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Juror Lecture:  4:00 p.m., location, TBA
Reception: 5:15–6:15 p.m., Award Ceremony: 5:45 p.m.
Through the generous gift from William (MU1936) 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 representational realism painting. 


ROBERT E. AND MARTHA HULL LEE GALLERY                                                       

September 3-October 9, 2014                           
Joan Levy Hepburn
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Reception for the Artist: 4:30–5:30 p.m., Lecture: 6:00 p.m., ART 100  
In Streams, Joan Levy Hepburn exhibits paintings and an original sound recording that is inspired by the actual landscape of a stream on her property in Connecticut. These works are layered, not only through the use of different media, but also remark on a stream of consciousness, the history of nature and mankind, memory and dream. The space of this combination of elements exists in perception and imagination and is made real on the canvas. The cello composition, combined with actual recordings, enhances the experience for the viewer, creating layers that enrich the senses.                                           

October 16-November 12, 2014                                 
Leslie Baum
Souvenirs From Wonderland
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Reception for the Artist: 4:30–5:30 p.m., Lecture: 6:00 p.m., ART 100
Baum's habit of foraging through art history for mysterious image fragments is at the root of her upcoming exhibition, Souvenirs From Wonderland. Her paintings, intimate Sintra panels and large-scale un-stretched canvas "rabbit holes," originate with this search and recovery effort. Through her various studio processes, the images evolve and transform, like word play in the children's game of telephone. Her paintings are object and metaphor and act as a threshold between the known and what lies beyond.                                                                                                                                               

December 15, 2014-February 10, 2015              
Xuan Chen
Thursday, January 29, 2015, Lecture, 6:00 p.m., ART 100
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.

Fall Speakers Series

Our Thursday evening speaker series (Art281 Contemporary Art Forum) begins on September 4 and goes through the academic year.
Join us at 6:00pm in Room 100 Art Building.

September 4
Steve Smith, Insideout Studio

September 18
Christoper Saucedo

September 25
Joan Levy Hepburn

October 2
Todd Slaughter

October 16
Leslie Baum

October 23
Allison Wade

November 6
Alison Crocetta

November 13
Christie Blizard

November 20
Jon Yamashiro