Outside the Box - A Student Response

January 29 - May 18, 2019

About the Exhibition

Thinking Outside the Box

According to the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, an explanation of the idiom think inside the box is to “think in traditional fashion, bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices.” Merriam-Webster’s definition of the idiom think outside the box, means “to explore ideas that are creative and unusual and that are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition.”

A box implies something that is square, most often consisting of balanced proportions. In its general sense, a box is rigid and not fluid. A box conjures images of a simple form that is used to store something, or to build upon like blocks. Most children draw a box from a frontal perspective with four equal sides. As people age, the box often morphs into a three-dimensional form, such as a cube. While the representation of a box changes, the basic concept remains relatively the same.

Question: Does a box need to be so limiting in form and function? Looking beyond the generally conceived understanding of a “box,” we can see that it is not only a physical form. A box can be a metaphorical or an abstract concept.

In this fifth juried Student Response Exhibition, Miami students were called upon to present unique and diverse commentaries on what actually constitutes a “box” and what it means to think outside the box. Interpretations are subject to the student’s personal perspective, major/minor, etc. Be creative and think outside the box.

92 submissions were received in this call for entries - a record.

The submissions were narroed to 30 works by 34 students (12 students collaborated on one entry).

The jurors for this exhibition were the following memebers of the Miami University Art Museum team Robert S. Wicks (Director), Jason E. Shaiman, Laura Stewart, Sherri Krazl, Mark Degenaro and Cynthia Collins. The accepted works, featured in this exhibition, include printmaking, xxxx, xxxx, xxxxx, photography and poetry created by undergraduate and graduate students.

Exhibition Programming

Award Ceremony Event
Student Reception / Party
Tuesday, April 9

Awards Ceremony / Student Reception



Co-Sponsored with the Art Museum Student Organization




vertical image of freedom summer student response banner with dates of the exhibition from january 27-june 27

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