As noted earlier, Lynsey and Rebecca were invited to present two papers at Asbury as part of the National Council on Undergraduate Research's "Undergrad Research Week." The GC students made their presentations and took questions from the audience of about 25 students and profs. Some of the questions were challenging—but they helped our students to broaden their discussion and to think about their topics in another way.
Thank you to our hosts, Professor Patrick Adams (whose work you can check out here) and Dr. Linda Stratford, for inviting us to join them. Lynsey and Rebecca presented their work on contemporary art and the "end" of art, as noted in an earlier post here.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The visual art major allows students to develop an emphasis in studio art or art history. The students, as part of their capstone experience, participate together in an exhibition/research presentation each fall and spring (during each student's last term of enrolling in art courses).
This spring, two senior art history majors participated in the senior thesis course: Rebecca and Lynsey (shown below on the very balmy opening of the thesis reception). As part of their theses requirements, each of them presented their research findings at the opening of the senior exhibition and took questions from a packed audience in room 104—minds curious about contemporary art. A second portion was the construction and reasoned analysis of primary data (in the form of surveys and data analysis by Rebecca and data compilation and analysis of auction records by Lynsey). The third portion is the writing of a thesis (meeting a 30 page minimum, with the use of 30 sources). [Current junior art history major, Catherine: you have your work cut out for you!]
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Peter Morrin of the University of Louisville's Arts & Culture Partnerships and I are working on Public Art and the City 2013 - the third installment of public art symposia. This year's theme is "Public Art In/And/On the Landscape" and we are inviting artists, parks administrators and curators to discuss their work and practice.
The Keynote lecture will be given by Mary Miss, an artist who has pushed the boundaries of sculpture and installation as well as architecture and place. She has developed the concept of a laboratory and its site as a conduit for creative activity. The "City as Living Lab" is a framework for making issues of sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.
The afternoon will consist of a series of comments by scholars from varied disciplines who will foster thinking about ways for the community to think more deeply about environmental issues.
The overall goal of this year's symposium is to pose questions and examine instances where arts can engage larger issues of sustainability.
The event is free for students, but you do need to register. More info will be posted on the Arts & Culture website.
Hope you can make it! (*PS: Yes, the senior show opens that evening. There's plenty of time to do both that day!)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Last Friday, Peter Morrin and I welcomed close to 90 participants to the second annual public art symposium, held at the University of Louisville. Students from Georgetown College, U of L, and K State were in attendance, as were faculty from the U of L, UK, Bellarmine, Ohio State, and SCAD. In addition arts professionals and curators, including our very own Art Gal, Lori Meadows from the KAC, Karen Gillenwater from the Carnegie Center, were in attendance. The number of artists, in comparison to last year, was significantly lower; but the number of students and general public members had increased!
Before the official "start" of the symposium, several of us trekked to the Rodin on the campus of the U of L to closely view the stone, the bronze, its two layers of patination, and its wax. Above: Shelley Paine and Bernard Barryte closely inspect patina and marks of the patineur as Patrick Mohr looks on.
The symposium began with a session devoted to Rodin's history, his work, emplacement, and critical fortunes. Papers were offered by Chris Fulton and Bernard Barryte (from the U of L and Stanford University, respectively). The focus shifted to the science of Rodin, with papers by conservator Shelley Paine and image specialist Bill Mongon.
Paine and Mongon introduce the science of Rodin's art, above. The Keynote was offered by Renee Piechocki, pictured below.
Session II offered attendees the opportunity to hear "how to" do something in the field of public art. Breakout sessions were chaired by Garry Bibbs (Head of Sculpture, UK), Lori Meadows (KAC), Karen Gillenwater (Carnegie Center), Renee Piechocki (Keynote), and Chris Huskisson (Take it Artside!). Patrick Mohr (SCAD) offered a session on how to create temporary public art.
Session III focused on case studies from the region (sorry, no photos!). The symposium ended with a closing and final thoughts from Earl Grey and Peter Morrin. And, the day ended, as it began, in front of the sculpture, in quiet contemplation.
Above, artist and Curator Malcolm Cochran taking in Rodin. I enjoyed talking with you about this piece, Malcolm!!!
Thanks to everyone who attended this year's symposium.
We look forward to seeing you in 2013.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Come to the U of L on Friday for Public Art and the City 2012. Free for students.
Join us for the day!
April 13, 2012
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
The Public Art symposium is sponsored in part by the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, The Liberal Studies Project, The Morgan Program, Hite Art Institute and The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
8:15 AM—9:00 AM Registration & Coffee
Welcome – J. Blaine Hudson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, U of L
• John Hale, Director, The Liberal Studies, U of L
• Lori Meadows, Executive Director, Kentucky Arts Council
9:30 AM-11:45 AM Session I
Rodin’s Thinker Then and Now
Through an examination of material from archives, curatorial, and conservation records, this panel considers the intricate and complex story of the first cast of The Thinker done during the artist’s lifetime, its exhibition in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, subsequent purchase by Baltimore patrons, and purchase by Arthur Hopkins for the city of Louisville before finding its present home at the University of Louisville. The sculpture’s recent cleaning and conservation, which has returned the dark brown patina as Auguste Rodin intended, provides the rich opportunity for professionals to share insight on not only these processes but, also, the history of this work.
• Christopher Fulton, Associate Professor of Art History, U of L
• Bernard Barryte, Curator of European Art/Manager of
Publications at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA
• Shelley Reisman Paine, Sculpture Conservator, Shelley R. Paine
Conservation, LLC, Nashville and Cleveland
• Bill Mongon, Accurex Measurement, Inc., PA
Respondent: Richard J. Wittebort, Professor of Chemistry, U of L
Following this session, attendees will view the sculpture together, en route to lunch at the University Club.
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Address at the University Club
Growing Successful Public Art Initiatives
Renee Piechocki, Director, Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh, PA
What are elements of a successful public art program? What is the right mix between "best practices" and "best for us"? Piechocki will address the development of public art initiatives in Philadelphia, Portland, Pittsburgh, and Chapel Hill, highlighting how these programs became public art leaders in the field or their region. She will also call attention to current public art issues and ideas.
1:30-2:00 Session II (The University Club)
Public Art How-Tos
• How to Get People to Your Art: Karen Gillenwater,
The Carnegie Center for Art and History
• How to Secure a Commission: Garry Bibbs, Sculptor
• How to Get Public Art Noticed: Christine Huskisson,
Take it Artside!
• How to Fund Public Art Projects: Lori Meadows,
Kentucky Arts Council
• How to Educate with Public Art: Renee Piechocki,
Director, Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh PA
• How to Undertake Temporary Public Art Projects:
Patrick Mohr, Savannah College of Art and Design
2:15-3:15 Session III (Chao Auditorium)
Public Art Case Studies from the Region
This panel offers insight into recent public art projects commissioned, ongoing, and completed in the region.
• Mary Bryan Hood, Owenboro Museum of Art
• Malcolm Cochran, Finding Time Columbus Public Art 2012
• Joanna Hay, Liberty Hall
3:15-3:30 Concluding Remarks
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The creator of this riff, Andrew Robert Keast, deserves a shout out:
A shout out to Rachel Fawcett Allen (class of 2007) who's spearheaded a public art project with her classes at Frankfort Independent. View the blog here and the write up about her project in the Kentucky Dept. of Education newsletter here (scroll to page 4). Visit Rachel's blog about the project here. Some of the photos really tell the story of student efforts, cooperation and sharing of tools in limited quantities (sounds familiar to us as we, too, have limited facilities!). I've included a photo from Rachel's blog below.
Third, a call for all to join us for a public art conference in Louisville. The conference has been organized by Earl Grey and Peter Morrin of the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships at the U of L. Student admission is free; all others $15. Hope to see you next Friday! And, note, we'll be blogging about the conference all day, from this site. Look forward to sharing info with you!