David Owsley Museum of Art

Exhibitions

Current Exhibition:

NEW ACQUISITIONS 2017

May 19 – September 10, 2017

This exhibition of recently acquired works of art for the David Owsley Museum of Art highlights the medium of photography.

The selection showcases a substantial donation of contemporary photographs from a consortium of artists that includes several university professors. The total gift of 42 photographs by 13 artists is part of a much larger philanthropic campaign called The Museum Project. Established in 2012 by Robert von Sternberg and Darryl Curran, The Museum Project has donated more than 5,000 prints to public and university museums across the United States. The David Owsley Museum of Art is honored to join this group’s effort to enrich the photographic collections at American institutions ranging from the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana.

The photos on display represent a wide variety of genres or types, including conceptual, landscape, figural, portrait, and historical subjects by Barry Anderson, Robert Fichter, Kenda North, Sheila Pinkel, Bonnie Schiffman. Robert von Sternberg, Melanie Walker, Todd Walker, and Nancy Webber. In addition to The Museum Project acquisitions, the current exhibition also features two industrial landscapes by Gunther Cartwright, a professor emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology with ties to Muncie.

The diversity of these images demonstrates the museum’s commitment to offering examples of a wide range of photographic styles and techniques in its teaching collection.

Image: Barry W. Andersen, American (born 1945), Sheep and Standing Stone Avebury, England, 1995, inkjet print, printed 2017, Gift of The Museum Project, 2016.009.021.


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Engaging Technology II: Art + Science

September 28 – December 22, 2017
Curator by John Fillwalk

Engaging Technology II presents a selection of internationally renowned artists who are actively investigating the intersections of the arts and sciences. These explorations include interactive installation, code as art, physical sciences, augmented and virtual reality, performance, and human computer interaction. Throughout the run of the exhibition, a series of invited performances, lectures, and workshops will be scheduled on campus and within the community that enhance the exhibition’s programming.

Image: Adam Brown, The Great Work of the Metal Lover, mixed media installation, 2012.


Action! The Anatomy of LeRoy Neiman's Champions

September 28 – December 22, 2017

LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012) left his mark on the history of sports art. Even those unfamiliar with his name will know his art by sight: bright pinks, magentas, and greens applied in a fluid, abstract manner to describe action on the football field, on the basketball court, and in the gymnasium. Neiman knew major sports figures as personal friends and, like a wartime photographer, he embedded with the troops. Action! features 74 paintings and drawings that shed new light on Neiman as a master draftsman deeply grounded in the many languages of the graphic arts, as well as in their most basic precept: the ability to capture motion. Athletes and the athletically gifted provided Neiman with source material of which he never tired. This exhibition highlights Neiman’s ability to capture pose and gesture, from Joe Montana preparing a pass or Prince Philip playing polo to dancers contorting their bodies on the street and stage.

Image: LeRoy Neiman, American (1921-2012), Joe Montana, 1989, colored pencil, pastel, spray paint, and felt pen on paper, © LeRoy Neiman Foundation, New York.