Reality is Broken - A Student Response

January 28, 2014 - May 17, 2014


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 debut of the annual Summer Reading Program Student Art Response exhibition is one facet of this exploration that 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 chosen work of literature is typically based on a topic relevant to today's world, growing trends, and events that shape who we are individually and collectively. On August 13, 2013, Jane McGonigal, the author of this year's selection, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World, delivered the keynote address for Miami University's Convocation. Directly following the ceremony, professors, university staff, and returning upperclass students facilitated break-out sessions for group discussions about the key themes of the book. 

The Student Response Exhibition gave students another opportunity for responding to the selected book. An open call for entries was extended to students in Miami University's Department of Art, Interactive Media Studies Program and the Department of Arts and Architecture. During the Fall 2013 semester, students created works of art to be submitted for the exhibition. Included in this inaugural exhibit are original prints and sculpture, 3-D games, and a digital interactive game. 


Student Artists

Maria Bee
James Earl Cox III
Madeline Hrybyk
Tohru Kamiya
Lauren Keith
Jenna Klein
Greg Loring
Kaylee Ornduff
Aaron Schordock
Sierra Shum
Lucas Stapleton


Below, left-right, are examples of student work included in this exhibition: Kaylee Ornduff, Viva Pinnate: James Earl Cox III, Children's Day: Jenna Klein, Figurative Mechanics: Greg Loring, Obsolete Toy #2

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