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Landscape In and Around Us

Exhibition opens Jan 30-June 8, 2024 in McKie Gallery.

About the Exhibition

Does the depiction of the landscape in art influence our identities and inspire a general sense of humanity? This question is the foundation of the Fall 2023 Art and Architecture Senior Capstone exhibition. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Hatch, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture History, students dissected and explored many facets of depicting the landscape throughout history in their culminating senior seminar course. 

From the early forms of the familiar picturesque, to the wonder and terror of the sublime, to the dreamlike transformation of the landscape through surrealism, students investigate how the landscape in art impacts how people have and continue to engage with the natural world. To support this question, and other explorations of the landscape, students selected paintings, prints, photography and ceramics from the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum collection and from the Walter Havighurst Special Collections at King Library. 

This Capstone exhibition is the culmination of studies for Art & Architecture History majors and minors at Miami University. Landscape in art as a subject was chosen as the underlying theme for connecting the exhibition with Miami University’s FOCUS program topic of Environmental Justice.

artists from featured capstone class The Fall 2023 Art and Architecture History Senior Capstone students and faculty include:

Front Row (L-R): Ash Padilla, Lily Mayer, Maddy Heller, Mazie Rion, Madison Huber, Aurora Ortinez, Josephine Durst. Back Row (L-R): Owen Sainiak, Sara Morrow, Clare Donohoe, Alexis Mramor, Dr. Michael Hatch, Melanie Schaefer, Sam Weible, Fire Bayolo. Not pictured, Mackenzie Randol.

This exhibition and program is supported by the Art Museum Members Association and the Department of Art at Miami University

A reception with gallery talks by the student-curators will be held on Wednesday, March 13 from 5-7 PM.