Freedom Summer - A Student Response

January 27, 2015 - May 16, 2015

About the Exhibition

One of the primary initiatives of the Miami University Art Museum is to attract and interact with students and for those future graduates to experience and participate in the arts in new ways. This second iteration of the Summer Reading Program Student Art Response exhibition, in collaboration with the Miami University Summer Reading Program, is one facet of this exploration. It allows current undergraduate and graduate students to exhibit their art in a museum gallery setting.

Each summer incoming freshmen are provided with a selected book that will be the basis of their first critical analysis and dialogue session at Miami University. The 2014 book chosen by the Summer Reading Program committee is Bruce Watson’s, Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. The Fall 2014 semester at Miami University was filled with commemorative events marking the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer.

To carry on the dialogue beyond the Fall events, the Miami University Art Museum is hosting the second annual Student Response Exhibition. An open call for entries was extended to all students to participate in this juried exhibition by submitting creative responses to the theme of Freedom Summer and issues of freedom today. The jurors for this exhibition were Ann Taulbee, Department of Art; Dr. Nishani Frazier, Department of History and Black World Studies Program; and Bruce Watson, author of Freedom Summer. The accepted works, featured in this exhibition, include printmaking, photography and poetry created by undergraduate and graduate students.

Exhibition Programming

Thursday, March 5 2015 6:00 p.m.

Hooded Truths

Candace Hunter, Artist, Chicago, IL

In the series of works titled Hooded Truths, Chicago artist Candace Hunter explores the image of the “hoodie” to retell moments of U.S. history, continuing to ask for the full truth, whether painful or not. Hunter uses the process of photo transfer, traditional collage and repetition of images.

Co-Sponsored with the Contemporary Art Forum

Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Student Artists' Responses to Freedom Summer

Join Student Artists:

Madeline Hrybyk
Danny Kuhl
Renee (Xuan) Liang
David Malone
Sandra Mattingly
Christopher G. Maurer
Rebekah Mohn
Billy Simms
Claudia Tommasi
Liza Torrence

as they explore visual and narrative concepts of freedom. Participants will have the opportunity to work on large panels creating visual images and/or narratives articulating what “freedom” means to them. Juried exhibition artists will also be available to share insights regarding their inspirations.

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Related Programs


Hooded Truths

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 p.m. (Art Museum)

Candace Hunter, Artist, Chicago, IL

Student Artist's Response to Freedom Summer

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. (Art Museum)

Madeline Hrybyk, Danny Kuhl, Renee (Xuan) Liang, David Malone, Sandra Mattingly, Christopher G. Maurer, Rebekah Mohn, Billy Simms, Claudia Tommasi, Liza Torrence, Student Artists, Miami University