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Art museum announces spring semester exhibitions

Spring semester at the Miami University Art Museum includes colorful works by Sally Heller and Philip Morsberger.

A site-specific installation by Sally Heller, “Bloom ’n Doom,” opens with a public reception, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, including an artist’s talk at 7 p.m., at the museum. Heller uses everyday objects to create fantastical realms.

Her installations represent organic tree forms she describes as “executed in mass produced materials often thoughtlessly discarded (serving as) an ironic commentary on how rampant consumerism and waste threaten natural balance, as if trees themselves have sprouted from the landfills.”

Heller lives in New Orleans, La. Other recent installations include Georgia State College, Montserrat College of Art I in Beverly, Mass. and the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University. Her work has been reviewed in many publications, including Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and The Boston Globe. The exhibition continues through May 10.

“A Retrospective” of works by Philip Morsberger opens with a public reception, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and artist’s talk at 7 p.m. The exhibition is a review of five decades of a daily commitment to painting. Morsberger describes his work as a continuum of “color, craft and things theological.” Works range from the 1960s to present.

Morsberger is a prolific painter who has taught in both the United States and England. A former faculty member at Miami, he is locally known for his series “Missing,” which commemorates the three Civil Rights workers who were murdered in Mississippi after leaving a training program in Oxford to register voters in the south.

Recently, Morsberger’s work has become more whimsical and includes autobiographical sketches full of rich color and a sense of humor. Morsberger was appointed President’s Fellow in painting and drawing in 1987 at the California College of Arts and Crafts. He was named the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University (Ga.) in 1996. He is represented by the Mary Pauline Gallery in Augusta and is a charter member of the Romo Gallery in Atlanta. The exhibition continues through June 16.

Other spring exhibitions include: “Paintings, Prints and Drawings: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” Jan. 24 through June 16; and a Talawanda High School exhibition and digital media showcase, May 16 through June 16.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 9-2232, or visit

Date Published: 12/13/2007
Volume: 27   Number: 12


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