Faculty Kudos — Early Spring 2017

Laurel Taylor (Lecturer in Art History and Classics) presented paper, "‘Reading the ritual’: Representation and Meaning on an Etruscan Funerary Monument in Perugia"at the annual Archaeological Institute of America meeting in Toronto on January 5-8, 2017.

Tamie Beldue (Associate Professor, drawing) exhibited her mixed media drawings in the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery at Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, January 23-February 23, with a Gallery Talk on February 23. Press release described her work: "While focusing on the figure, its environment and process of translating the subject, these mixed media works demonstrate a contemporary context of drawing through pieces that balance a representational canon with conceptual motivations. Perceptual experiences are integral as a continuum of information challenges choices made in each piece. At an experiential level, the viewer is presented with information that appears highly realistic from a distance that upon closer examination quickly dissolves into the simplicity of marks which directly translates to the making. The work extends beyond traditional portraiture discussing contemporary social contexts through distinct bodies of work."

Tamie was awarded Best Drawing for Transitory Nude, in The Nude Figure at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, October 16-November 19, 2016. The jurors, Scott Noel and Paul DuSold, had the challenging task of jurying the 430 works of art submitted by 242 national and some international artists. The final exhibition featured 88 two- and three-dimensional works. 

Tamie had three drawings (Transitory Nude, First Self-Portrait After Separation, and Stairwell) accepted for publication by Steven DaLuz's in "100 Great Drawings" in PoetsArtists magazine, published by Didi Menendez. Included are "some wonderful offerings in this issue by 44 artists from across the globe. A wide range of approaches are shown, all produced this year" is available in print or digital copy.

Tamie earned great praise for organizing Drawing Discourse: Eighth Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, January 20-February 23, 2017, in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall.

Eric Tomberlin’s (Associate Professor, photography) work is currently on view at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran. Eric’s work was selected from over 13,000 entries from artists in 48 countries to be part of The 9th Fadjr International Festival of Visual Arts which opens on February 17.

Carrie Tomberlin (Lecturer, photography)was invited to serve as the juror for the first annual Blue Ridge Art Center’s National Photography Exhibition. Carrie will present awards at the opening reception on March 17, 2017, in Seneca, SC.

Jackson Martin (Associate Professor in Sculpture) has a solo exhibition, Back to Work, on view February 15–April 8, 2017, in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlingburg, Tennessee. The opening reception is Friday, February 17, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m. The public is invited. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Back to Work showcases an array of mixed-media sculptures combining wood, steel, fiber, and found materials. “My sculptures arise from a need to rescue these abandoned items from obscurity and reconstruct their components into new, engaging combinations,” says Martin. Martin manipulates utilitarian objects and tools to create new meaning, function or lack of function.

Kathleen Hall (Lecturer in Painting) was a finalist for the 2016 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award juried by Jed Perl. She will be a part of the exhibition at Hiestand Galleries at Miami University from December 16–February 10, 2017.

Cynthia Canejo (Associate Professor in Art History) has published "Chicano Art and Beyond: John Valadez and the Effects of Montage," Latin American Studies Program, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware,Volume 17, Number 3,  2016-21-31. The Delaware Review of Latin American Studies (DeRLAS) is a refereed, open-access and indexed scholarly journal about all aspects of Latin American society, culture, and history. It is published biannually under the auspices of the Latin American and Iberian Studies ( LAIS ) program housed in the Center for Global and Area Studies ( CGAS ) at the University of Delaware. 
Abstract: The work of John Valadez, a major figure in the Chicano art movement, eludes traditional classification. Enhanced by his social-political concerns, his work extends from local (Chicano and Californian) to international. Canejo argues that viewing his work simply as Chicano art is too limiting. While his early works generated strong messages about the challenges facing Mexican-Americans following the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, his more recent work, with its emphasis on montage, extends to address ideas of global importance. In creating works that can be understood universally, Valadez making us aware of our shared pleasures and anxieties. Citable URL.

Brent Skidmore (Associate Professor, sculpture) lead presentation, "Drinking from the Fire hose: How to add A to STEM to create the UNC Asheville STEAM studio," for Brown Bag Lunch, January 26, in Special Collections, Ramsey Library. It was a lively conversation about the new STEAM studio at the River Arts Makers Place (RAMP). Members of the collaborative team, Brent, Rebecca Bruce and others talked about their dreams in cross-disciplinary work and collaborations thus far in art and engineering. Read More and see images of of the new studio.

Brent was in exhibtion, Positioning the Splendid, at UNC Charlotte's The Projective Eye Gallery with UNC-C artist Robert Campbell. "Sculptor and craft educator Brent Skidmore is a professor in the Department of Art & Art History at UNC Asheville. His carefully balanced sculptural objects and furniture pieces defy gravity, exposing the precariousness and fragility of life. Robert (Bobby) Campbell, associate professor of graphic design at UNC Charlotte, is a painter and designer who recasts the overwhelming stimulus of today’s popular culture into tightly woven vector images on plastic, with which he creates wall-size installations of tumbling shapes.  Both artists present splendid moments of action, repose and release." The exhibition ran December 14 through February 17. [Read More.]

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