Monday, August 24, 2015

New Faculty: Emily Hermant, Asisstant Professor, Sculpture

The Newcomb Art Department welcomes Emily Hermant to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Sculpture. Hermant is an interdisciplinary artist whose large-scale drawings, sculptures, and installations explore themes of communication, gender, labor, and the spatial experiences of the body. She received her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada in 2004 and her MFA as a Trustee Merit Scholar in Studio Art/Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Ace Art in Winnipeg (2015), CIRCA Art Actuel in Montréal (2014), the Evanston Art Center (2012), The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (2012); and group exhibitions at Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montréal (2014), Virginia Commonwealth University (2011), Hyde Park Art Center (2010), Triennale di Milano Museum in Italy (2009), and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York (2008). Her work has been featured in LVL3 Media, ArtSlant, Espace Sculpture, The Washington Post, and TimeOut Chicago. Hermant has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec as well as residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, Ox-Bow School of Art, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Norway.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW CLASS Constructing Nature: The History and Theory of Landscape

ARHS 6814:

Prof. Leslie A. Geddes
Mondays 3:00–5:15 pm 

Woldenberg Art Center
Room 209

The ways in which our society figures in its relation to the natural environment has never been so urgent. This seminar studies the history of that relation, through an examination of the significance and meaning of "landscape" in art, literature, architecture, and landscape design.

This course studies how conceptions of landscape, evident in both physical forms and poetic and artistic representations shaped the ideological and natural terrain of Europe from Antiquity to the 18th century, with particular emphasis on the period of 1450–1800.
Particular attention will be paid to the socio-cultural dimensions of the landscape, both natural and man-made, and the ways in which the shaping of the landscape and the natural environment has impacted humanity’s experience of the world. Class meetings will focus on a range of issues, including ownership, memory, political and economic power, the status of the landscape architect or painter, the dissemination of knowledge and technology, and symbolic meaning.

Class topics address architectural and landscape design projects as well as literary and artistic approaches. Readings will range from close examinations of specific sites (Versailles) and typologies (Italian Renaissance villas, English gardens) to landscape paintings and prints, to broader engagements with themes that cut across time.

Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates

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Aaron Collier: "What Stands Behind"

Aaron Collier, Assistant Professor of Painting at the Newcomb Art Department, spent the month of June in residency in New York. He will be showing new work at the Staple Goods Gallery this month in an exhibit titled, "What Stands Behind."
Aaron's paintings in this exhibition, which overlaps with the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s passage through New Orleans and the Gulf South, aim to picture the interplay of order and disarray that accompany not only major upheavals but also those more modest in scale or frequent in cycle.
The exhibition opens Saturday, August 8 from 6-9 and continues Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5, through September 6.

Ronna Harris: "The Water Will Rise"

Professor Ronna Harris’ painting, “The Water Will Rise” is included in the 2015 Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Art. The exhibition opened August 1, White Linen Night, and will be on view until September 20, 2015.

Her work is also featured in a special issue of Art & Beyond,  Nude and Figurative Art: “The Body Beautiful” which may be viewed online.

This summer Prof. Harris also exhibited in “Strange Paradise,”  a national juried exhibition at the First Street Gallery in New York.

Prof. Harris states that her work is rooted in the American Realist tradition. "However, my paintings communicate a state of controlled chaos as I combine two divergent forces and approaches into my art: realism and abstract expression. By a proficient handling of light, a mastery of images, and a skillful mark-making method, my paintings confer an illusion of reality to something that's not real."