Student Exhibitions

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Student-Curated Exhibitions

Each year, students in a the art history capstone (ART498) course work with their faculty and our Curator of Exhibitions on a course-themed capstone exhibition.

More Than an Object: Engaging the Broader Context of African Art

More Than An Object attempts to resituate objects from across the African continent within the original cultural framework in which they were once part. The pieces on display in this exhibition were made to interact within a broader creative interface, whether for ceremonial purpose, market intent or everyday applications. This exhibition was the culminating work of the Fall 2018 Art & Architecture History Senior Capstone seminar taught by Dr. Jordan Fenton.

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Scratching the Surface: Exploring Space in Intaglio Prints

Drawing from the Miami University Art Museum's extensive collection of printed works created by artists including Rembrandt, Goya, and Whistler, the 2017 Art History Capstone students offer an exploration of the use of space as represented in intaglio prints produced from the early 1500s to late 1800s. This course was taught by Professor Andrew Casper with assistance from the staff of the Art Museum.

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Advance / Retreat: Prints and the Great War

Many artists during the time of the Great War reflected on personal experiences in order to come to terms with the war or to provide unique commentary on the war. Other artists sought refuge from the emotional toll of the war as they created art with no connection to wartime rhetoric. Advance / Retreat represents the essence of these themes.

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Subjective Objectivity: Documentary Photography as Fragments of Experience

Subjective Objectivity highlights these students’ ability to cultivate, distill, and share knowledge about the topic of the complex way photographs can demonstrate the tension between objectivity and subjectivity.

Chinese Capstone

Figures in a Garden: The Ideal World in Chinese Art

Figures in a Garden explores the idealized world in Chinese culture. The Neo-Confucian philosophical understanding of the orderly world is featured in scenes such as gardens, landscapes, scholars, birds and plants.

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African Art: Confronting Assumptions, Challenging Values

This exhibition examines the marginalization and commercialization of African art within the context of indigenous and mainstream art and culture.

Earlier Exhibitions

Distributing Knowledge: The Printed Image, 1500 to 1800 (Fall 2013)

The 1970's: An Eclectic Art Invasion (Spring 2012)

Student-Created Exhibitions

Each year students are invited to create an artistic response to a particular topic or question. The responses, which can take a variety of forms and mediums, are then juried for inclusion in the student response exhibition for the following Spring semester.

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Circling 'Round: A Student Response

In this sixth juried Student Response Exhibition, Miami students are called upon to present unique and diverse commentaries on what constitutes a “circle.” Interpretations are subject to the student’s personal perspective, major/minor, culture, age, experiences, etc.

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Outside the Box: A Student Response

In this fifth juried Student Response Exhibition, Miami students were called upon to present unique and diverse commentaries on what actually constitutes a “box” and what it means to think outside the box. Interpretations are subject to the student’s personal perspective, major/minor, etc.

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Conflict & Resolution: A Student Response

In Conflict & Resolution, students were given the freedom to reflect on personal and collective perceptions of what it means to be at war and the resulting search for peace.

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Creativity and Innovation: A Student Art Response

In conjunction with President Hodge naming 2015 the Year of Creativity & Innovation, this juried exhibition highlighted creative and innovative student work.

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Freedom Summer: A Student Art Response

In this juried exhibition, students submitted creative responses to the theme of Freedom Summer and the issues of freedom today. This corresponded with the 2014 book chosen by the Summer Reading Program committee: Bruce Watson’s, Freedom Summer.

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Reality is Broken: A Student Art Response

This exhibition gave students an opportunity to respond to the 2013 Summer Reading selection, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Included are original prints and sculpture, 3-D games and a digital interactive game.