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September 24 - December 27, 2015
Indiana artist Brian Gordy explores the powerful connection between
technique and content through a carefully curated selection of
masterworks from the rich collection of watercolors at the David Owsley
Museum of Art.
choices emphasize transparency as fundamental to the medium of
watercolor, and examine how both famous and less well-known
watercolorists have exploited this technique to achieve the most
appropriate visual effects for particular subjects. Some of the
highlights of the exhibition include stunning displays of light,
atmosphere, and sky in works by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and
Reginald Marsh, as well as examples by less familiar masters of
watercolor, such as Alice Baber, Thomas Blackwell, John Lavalle, Hachiro Nakagawa and Millard Sheets.
notes that his selections “were not driven by the fame of the individual
artists or their histories, but from a studio artist’s point of view.
The title With Watercolor means that these are works of art that
required watercolor as a medium from the very beginning in order to
realize the artists’ intentions.”
most exhibitions that focus on one medium, Gordy will also demonstrate
several watercolor techniques during a live, public presentation in the
recital Hall on September 24 at 6:30 pm. Visitors are then encouraged to
see the show through an artist’s eyes, as they learn to identify
different methods across a wide variety of styles. In addition, children
and adults are invited to practice painting in a special watercolor
studio embedded within the exhibition galleries.
featuring local artist Gordy as its curator, this exhibition celebrates
the wealth of artistic talent resident in Muncie on the occasion of the
city’s 150th anniversary. – RGL
Guest Curated by Professor Mark Sawrie
In Being There, Professor Mark Sawrie explores the concept of human presence and experience in places of palpable ambiance through the medium of photography. His personal selections from the museum's collection will inspire viewers to develop new interpretations of images both strange and new that represent a wide range of subjects and styles. The featured photographers include John Divola, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Kenji Nakahashi, among others.
Being There is part of a new series of faculty curated exhibitions that focus on teaching in the museum. Our goal is to capture a BSU artist and professor's point of view and to present visitors with a rare opportunity to see the collection through his or her eyes. In this case, Being There also creates an occasion to familiarize students and the public with the growing collection of photographs at the David Owsley Museum of Art.
Sawrie's selections mirror his beliefs and artistic practice, which encourages students and viewers to observe carefully and focus on the present - without electronic distractions. In his own words, "You're invited, but please don't bring your smartphone." He plans to fully integrate the museum's masterworks of photography into his classes this semester through class lectures and a student assignment that requires a reconsideration of a person or chatacter's place within the environment. - RGL
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