Freedom Summer - A Student Response

January 27, 2015 - May 16, 2015


About the Exhibition

One of the primary initiatives of the Miami University Art Museum is to attract and interact with students and for those future graduates to experience and participate in the arts in new ways. This second iteration of the Summer Reading Program Student Art Response exhibition, in collaboration with the Miami University Summer Reading Program, is one facet of this exploration. It allows current undergraduate and graduate students to exhibit their art in a museum gallery setting.

Each summer incoming freshmen are provided with a selected book that will be the basis of their first critical analysis and dialogue session at Miami University. The 2014 book chosen by the Summer Reading Program committee is Bruce Watson’s, Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. The Fall 2014 semester at Miami University was filled with commemorative events marking the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer.

To carry on the dialogue beyond the Fall events, the Miami University Art Museum is hosting the second annual Student Response Exhibition. An open call for entries was extended to all students to participate in this juried exhibition by submitting creative responses to the theme of Freedom Summer and issues of freedom today. The jurors for this exhibition were Ann Taulbee, Department of Art; Dr. Nishani Frazier, Department of History and Black World Studies Program; and Bruce Watson, author of Freedom Summer. The accepted works, featured in this exhibition, include printmaking, photography and poetry created by undergraduate and graduate students.


Exhibition Programming

Thursday, March 5 2015 6:00 p.m.

Hooded Truths

Candace Hunter, Artist, Chicago, IL

In the series of works titled Hooded Truths, Chicago artist Candace Hunter explores the image of the “hoodie” to retell moments of U.S. history, continuing to ask for the full truth, whether painful or not. Hunter uses the process of photo transfer, traditional collage and repetition of images.

Co-Sponsored with the Contemporary Art Forum


Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Student Artists' Responses to Freedom Summer

Join Student Artists:

Madeline Hrybyk
Danny Kuhl
Renee (Xuan) Liang
David Malone
Sandra Mattingly
Christopher G. Maurer
Rebekah Mohn
Billy Simms
Claudia Tommasi
Liza Torrence

as they explore visual and narrative concepts of freedom. Participants will have the opportunity to work on large panels creating visual images and/or narratives articulating what “freedom” means to them. Juried exhibition artists will also be available to share insights regarding their inspirations.

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Hooded Truths

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 p.m. (Art Museum)

Candace Hunter, Artist, Chicago, IL

Student Artist's Response to Freedom Summer

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. (Art Museum)

Madeline Hrybyk, Danny Kuhl, Renee (Xuan) Liang, David Malone, Sandra Mattingly, Christopher G. Maurer, Rebekah Mohn, Billy Simms, Claudia Tommasi, Liza Torrence, Student Artists, Miami University

Meet the Artists

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David Malone

Junior, Interactive Media Studies & Strategic Communications

Brief biography:

David Malone is a junior Interactive Media Studies (IMS) and Strategic Communications double major. For the past few years, he has been pursuing photography with aspirations of working in the fashion photography industry.

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Liza Torrence

Sophomore, Art Education

Brief biography:

Liza Torrence is a sophomore Art Education major. Over the summer of 2014 she attended a studio art study abroad opportunity in the Czech Republic where she studied with American and Czech professors at the University of Bohemia in Pilsen. She has been primarily trained in drawing and painting, but is beginning to expand her three-dimensional experience through her previous architecture and other art classes. Not only does she manipulate materials to form an idea through art, but she also manipulates her body for the same intentions as a dancer. She has taught various levels and styles of dance, possessing skills as a dancer, director, choreographer and educator. She is treasurer of the Dance Theatre Company, and enjoys spending time with her sorority sisters in Alpha Delta Pi.

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Rebekah Mohn

Sophomore, Botany

Brief biography:

Rebekah Mohn is a Sophomore at Miami University, majoring in Botany with a 2-D Studio Art minor. She has used photography, graphite and painting for past art works, but printmaking is currently her favorite medium.

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Renee (Xuan) Liang

Senior, Strategic Communications

Brief biography:

Renee (Xuan) Liang is a senior majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in 2-D Media.

Danny Kuhl

Senior, Studio Art (Printmaking)

Brief biography:

Danny Kuhl is from Hamilton, Ohio. He is currently a fourth year Studio Art major with a concentration in Printmaking.

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Madeline Hrybyk

Senior, Studio Art (Painting/Printmaking)

Brief biography:

Madeline Hrybyk is a senior at Miami University majoring in Studio Art with a double concentration in Painting and Printmaking. Her paintings focus primarily on the imagination of the child and how children perceive the world versus what adults may see. Hrybyk’s printmaking is more illustration based; she is currently creating an ongoing project of a story about a magician cat.

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Billy Simms

Graduate Student, Studio Art (Printmaking)

Brief biography:

Billy Simms is a graduate student in Printmaking at Miami. He lives in Hamilton with his wife and their three cats.

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Claudia Tommasi

Sophomore, Studio Art (Painting)

Brief biography:

Claudia Tommasi is a sophomore Studio Art major with a concentration in Painting. She is minoring in both art history and arts management. Tommasi was born in South Korea but was raised in Stow, Ohio, for the majority of her life. She attended the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Akron during middle school, where she developed her strong passion and dedication for creating art. Painting is her preferred medium but she is currently exploring the possibilities of other materials like found objects, wax, printmaking and multimedia. Tommasi plans to earn her BFA and MFA, and pursue a career in the creative arts.

Christopher G. Maurer

Junior, American Studies

Brief biography:

Christopher Maurer is an artist and musician. He came to Oxford in July of 2013 as a transfer student from Sinclair Community College to finish his BA degree. Maurer sits in on mandolin with Jericho an old time fiddlers’ group on Saturday mornings at the Oxford Farmer’s Market. He recently had a painting, Hamlet’s Dagger, on exhibit at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

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Sandra Mattingly

Sophomore, Art Education

Brief biography:

Sandra Mattingly is a sophomore Art Education major. For her, art plays an important role in life because she sees its value for communicating ideas. She has been involved with the arts since high school, where she was fortunate enough to attend an arts school that allowed her to get a head start in her exploration of the art world. Her interest in the arts have since pushed her on into college where she is studying to become an art educator and share her affinity for art with other students.

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Abbigail Hawkins

Webpage by Julia Lampson

Senior, Interactive Media Studes