SU Art Galleries


SU Art Galleries


 Spring 2015 Exhibitions


 January - June


Travis Childers: Office Aesthetics
January 16 - February 14 • Downtown Campus

Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6:30 - 8 p.m. • Downtown Campus                         

Childers uses everyday materials as the starting point for his work. He explores the challenge of transforming something commonplace into a new object, keeping in mind the original purpose of the material, while giving it new meaning. Using ordinary materials, he makes interesting statements about the world and human nature.


Nelson Smith: Language of Regional Spirit
January 16 - February 14 • Downtown Campus

Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6:30 - 8 p.m. • Downtown Campus
Artist Lecture: Thursday, February 5, 5:30 p.m. • Downtown Campus

Smith's recent work involves researching regional landscapes as a source for original schematics and image/object relationships. He translates his analysis of specific landscapes into his own orginal schematic language. From these graphic "scores" and studies of the regional cultures and mythologies, he composes a series of dramatic relationships using common objects and "remixes" the work of landscape painters Alexandre Hogue and Birger Sandzen. This exhibition includes selections from Smith's regional studies in Ireland, Portland and Southeast Asia.


21st Century Class

"Exploring the Use of Glass as a Material for Artistic Expression & Its Changing Role in Contemporary Art"
January 20 - February 19 • University Gallery

Reception: Thursday, February 19, 6:30 - 8 p.m. • University Gallery
Lecture With Artist Karen Donnellan: Thursday, February 19, 5:30 p.m. • Fulton Hall 111

Curated by Steven Durow, 21st Century Glass explores the future of glass as artists move away from technique-driven work and into a 21st century approach to the material. Movements like Glass Secessionism, the Hyperopea Projects and artists who feel firmly rooted in contemporary studio glass are using this material in ways that reflect an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach to art making. This survey of established, mid-career and emerging artists includes Sibylle Peretti, Tim Tate, Karen Donnellan, Walter Zimmerman, Michael Janis, Carmen Lozar, Margaret Spacapan, Weston Lambert, Audrey Wilson, Sean Hennessey and Davin Ebanks.


Alternative Topographies

"An Exploration of Place(s) Real, Imagined, Representational & Abstract                             February 2 - March 20 • Electronic Gallery

As the world changes, attention is drawn to how quickly lives and environments are being transformed. Alternative Topographies is a time-based media exhibiton that takes the broad idea of topography to delve into questions about place: how we define place; the roles we play in the preservation and transformation of place; and how place is represented in our memories, imaginations and shifting experiences of reality.


New Works by Kristin Walsh                                                                                   February 20 - March 21 • Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, February 20, 5 - 7 p.m. • Downtown Campus

Walsh's work investigates the ways in which changing uses and representations of the environment refuse any clean distinction between "natural" and "manmade." Using installation, photographic prints and sculpture, she constructs a series of object-landscape scenographies to render visible how and why an object creates a spatial void in a landscape.


Edward Brown: Light Shadow Wave Water                                                            February 20 - March 21 • Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, February 20, 5 - 7 p.m. • Downtown Campus

With the surf as his subject, Brown uses charcoal to draw dark and light tones, accentuated with calligraphic lines, to render the rhythmic and nebulous forms of waves at Assateague Island. As a landscape artist, Brown is drawn to the abstract shapes in nature, dramatic contrast in light and dark, and the expressive use of lines. The drawings in the exhibition were created both on site and in the studio. Brown is an associate professor in the SU Art Department, where he teaches painting and drawing classes.


Art Department Faculty Exhibition                                                                          Monday, March 2 - April 5 • University Gallery

Panel: Thursday, March 5, 3:30 p.m. • Location TBA

Once again, the Art Department faculty share what they do beyond the classroom. This exhibition showcases recent works that demonstrate the vaiety of approaches and wide-ranging explorations of different media that characterize contemporary art practice and the diversity of the Art Department, in particular.


Boundaries                                                                                                                 An Exhibition by the Young Photographers Association                                                      March 26 - April 23 • Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, April 17, 5 - 7 p.m. • Downtown Campus

The YPA provides aspiring image-makers with access to the kind of practical industry knowledge, experience, resources and contacts they need to build sustainable careers as photography professionals. The YPA is unique in its focus on community and the fostering of direct, meaningful connections between emerging and established photographers. Its vision is to create powerful synergies between the two groups, recognizing that collaboration benefits both and ultimately energizes and advances the profession as a whole.


Angela Malchionnon: Workplay                                                                                March 26 - April 23 • Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, April 17, 5 - 7 p.m. • Downtown Campus

Pure land is a term associated with several sects of Buddhism. It is loosely defined as an abstract, heavenly place where one can achieve nirvana easily. The show's title, Workplay, conflates finding pure land with duality: equal parts labor and joy, new territory is mapped using uncertainty as a guide. The resulting works rely on the tension between predetermined acts and unplanned maneuvers: free associations between creative imagination and experiential reality.


52nd Semi-Annual Student Exhibition of Fine Arts
Part I: April 13 - 18 • Reception: Friday, April 17, 5 - 7 p.m. • University Gallery                Part II: April 27 - May 2 • Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 1, 5 - 7 p.m. • University Gallery


New Media Student Show                                                                                        April 13 - May 16 • Electronic Gallery


Meredith Lynn: Joke Book Drawings                                                                           April 30 - May 30 • Downtown Campus

Reception: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m. • Downtown Campus

One night last September, Lynn was woken up in the middle of the night with the news that her college roommate had shot herself in the parking lot of a hospital wing in Virginia. This collection of graphite drawings explores narratives of grief and place through symbols, portraiture and text. The use of repetition and the repurposing of imagery emphasize the universal and inescapable aspects of the grieving process.


Jonathan McFadden: Surveillance Machine                                                            April 30 - May 30 • Downtown Campus

Reception: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m. • Downtown Campus                                   Lecture with Jonathan McFadden: Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. • Downtown Campus

McFadden's exhibition is a body of work that is made in reaction to contemporary news cycles, drawing attention to the fractured and sensationalized ways media covers news events and the culture of dramatized news it has created. Using appropriated news material, combining works on paper and installation, McFadden constructs new narratives about global society and how information is digested.


52nd Semi-Annual Student Exhibition of Graphic Design                                        May 11 - 16 • Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 15, 5 - 7 p.m. • University Gallery                Judged by Visiting Graphic Designer John Foster

Foster, internationally recognized designer and author, judges this semester's competition. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, and he has been awarded a gold medal from the Art Director's Club, as well as a Best of Show award from the ADDYs. His books include Dirty Fingernails: A One-Of-A-Kind Collection of Graphics Uniquely Designed by Hand (Rockport), For Sale: Over 200 Innovative Solutions in Packaging Design (HOW Books), and New Masters of Poster Design. Foster discusses his selections for student awards in categories including Best Typography, Best Illustration and Best Packaging Design.


Erik White: Evil Paradise                                                                                            June 5 - July 3 • Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, June 18, 5 - 7 p.m. • Downtown Campus

The 2014 Art War Winner, White presents a solo show of paintings informed by his experiences traveling around the country. Inspired by the work of Jean Michel Basquiat, he seeks to raise questions about societal norms, while leaving the interpretation up to the viewer.


 Spring 2015 Events

 January - June 

 Visiting Artist: Kristen Anchor                                                                                 Live, Hand-Painted 16mm Film Performance & Artist Talk                                                  


Wednesday, February 25, 5 p.m. • TETC 317                                                               Reception to follow immediately in the Electronic Gallery


 Visiting Artist: Chris H. Lynn                                                                                   Live Super 8 Film Screening & Artist Talk

 Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. • TETC 317                                                                    Reception to follow immediately in the Electronic Gallery


Charles R. & Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts 25th Anniversary Celebration  


Friday, March 6, 5 - 7 p.m. • University Gallery                                                             Music Faculty Recital: Fulton Hall 112, 5 p.m.

What more appropriate way to celebrate than to showcase the talents of the Fulton community? Enjoy an evening of art, music, theatre and more as members of the school recognize the partnerships that support its success.



What IS Arts Administration?                                                                                  Lecture with Judith Dressel


Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. • Fulton Hall 111

Drawing on her experiences in administration in major American art museums - including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum of Art and the now-defunct Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. - Dressel discusses the various roles, background, skills and rewards in the management of cultural non-profit organizations. These include career choices in organizations dedicated to visual and fine arts, history and natural history, as well as the performing arts of theatre, music and dance.





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