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Past Exhibits

This is Home: An Exhibition of Refugee Art

This is Home: An Exhibition of Refugee Art

June 2013

Exodus welcomes hundreds of new refugees to Indianapolis each year, and their presence in our city enhances our cultural and community life. This exhibit features over a dozen talented refugees who articulate their concept of home through their preferred art medium. Their compelling work is a testament to the power of their stories and the strength of the human spirit.


Suzy Friedman

Suzy Friedman

May 2013

Suzy Friedman is an Indianapolis-based fine artist specializing in Judaica art, painted landscapes, and still life. Suzy creates a wide variety of Jewish art and gifts including tallitot and tallit cases in both needlepoint canvas as well as hand-painted designs on hand-dyed raw silk. Ms. Friedman is also a landscape artist whose plein air paintings, giclee prints, and note cards can be found in various venues.


Why Guantánamo?

Why Guantánamo?

April 2013

Graduate students from the museum studies and public history programs at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI were among the 100 students at 11 universities across the country that developed the exhibition, Why Guantánamo? The exhibition explores the century-long history of the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and is a project of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which seeks to build public awareness of, and foster dialogue on the future of this place and the policies it shapes.


BAA RAM EWE:An exhibit by Laura Guenin and Lauren Williams

BAA RAM EWE

March 2013

You don't really have to know The Sheep Password just to visit these prints, books, collages, and sheep*. These objects are the recent individual and collaborative work of Laura Guenin and Lauren Williams, and you can look at them with or without saying anything.

After Lauren read a beautiful New Year's sort of newsletter that Laura wrote in January in Facebook last year, Lauren and Laura began to write first emails and then letters back and forth. Writing letters was like keeping a journal, except with someone on the other end, who was almost as receptive as a blank piece of paper, but would reply with equal energy after a month or so. Luckily, as Lauren and Laura listened, light-houses, lambs, lapidary, lepidopterans, and loopholes one by one limned the letters. If you look, you can probably find all of these talismans or something like them at least once, somewhere nearby, or in the show.

*The Sheep Password can be found in the 1995 masterpiece Babe: A Little Pig Goes A Long Way.


Videos Without Borders 2013 (presented by Herron School of Art & Design's Advanced Digital Class)

Videos Without Borders 2013

March 2013

This Exhibition is a compilation of video-based artworks by current and former students in Herron School of Art and Design's K300 Advanced Digital Class as well as graduate students in the Herron's MFA in Visual Art and Public Life.


New Work on Fabric: Raylene Jordan

Raylene Jordan

February 2013

Altered photographic portraits printed on fabric, the exhibit pieces are hung on a clothesline, allowed to move with the breeze, and create a sense of languor as if caught in a dream. Having changed the names and occupations of the participants, the artist plays with the interaction of the real and the unreal and invites the viewer to enter the imaginary lives of real people.


Color and Form: Selected Works by Morton C. Bradley Jr.

Morton C. Bradley Jr.

January 2013

With their brilliant colors and their display of the Harvard University graduate's understanding of science, Morton C. Bradley's sculptures are full of life. When viewed, the mathematically inspired creations evoke words such as "crystal," "kaleidoscope," "prism" and "snowflake."

The Cultural Arts Gallery at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, in partnership with the Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington, invites the IUPUI campus community and the public to view an upcoming exhibit of Bradley's work.


UNEXPECTED

UNEXPECTED

December 2012

UNEXPECTED is an exhibition featuring work by Hoosier artists- the title is descriptive of the fact that there will be many different mediums displayed, many of which are designed to excite and surprise the viewer.

Artists includes are Jeff Rothenberg, Emil Pelech, Krista Bermeo, Zach Naze, Lee McHenry, Jeff Greenburg, Men jean Lee, Tal Rothenberg, Claudette Einhorn, Mark Oberting and Ann Moriarty.


Supermodernity: A Reflection of Us

Courtland Blade

September 2012

In this current age of consumerism and corporation, there exist places that are not concerned with identity. They are neither relational nor historical in the same traditional sense that they have been in the past. These "non-places" are areas of transience that are not significant enough to be regarded as a place. My current body of work dwells within these benign areas of non-place. This series of paintings captures specific moments of isolation within airports, supermarkets, new housing developments, subways, and hotels. They exhibit the presence of modernity and the absence of humanity during periods when commercial activity has ceased and places are now vacant.

To translate the ideas of non-place, modernity and isolation into the visual quality of my work, I incorporate crisp, high-definition, contrasting color and the strong presence of light. I reference these cinematic elements to embody ideas of stark, impersonal space. Films such as Brad Anderson's The Machinist, Zack Synder's 300, Dr. Mark Romanck's One Hour Photo and Michael Morrissey's Boy Wonder influence my choices of lighting, volume and perspective. Like these films, my paintings seek to establish a sense of uneasiness, dislocation and foreboding for the viewer. Depictions of low-ceilings, long hallways and dead ends characterize the lack of hope and the abundant nature of capitalism.

- Courtland Blade


Exploration and Application - Artwork by Tim and Carol Yates

Tim and Carol Yates

October 2012

Tim is a graduate of the Herron School of Art with a bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Visual Communication.

"My imagination is inspired by the scenes I see in my life; streams of light, backlit plants, rusty gears and smiles, they all have a story to tell. For me, the art of painting is a life-long process of learning how to see."-Tim Yates


Supermodernity: A Reflection of Us

Courtland Blade

September 2012

In this current age of consumerism and corporation, there exist places that are not concerned with identity. They are neither relational nor historical in the same traditional sense that they have been in the past. These "non-places" are areas of transience that are not significant enough to be regarded as a place. My current body of work dwells within these benign areas of non-place. This series of paintings captures specific moments of isolation within airports, supermarkets, new housing developments, subways, and hotels. They exhibit the presence of modernity and the absence of humanity during periods when commercial activity has ceased and places are now vacant.

To translate the ideas of non-place, modernity and isolation into the visual quality of my work, I incorporate crisp, high-definition, contrasting color and the strong presence of light. I reference these cinematic elements to embody ideas of stark, impersonal space. Films such as Brad Anderson's The Machinist, Zack Synder's 300, Dr. Mark Romanck's One Hour Photo and Michael Morrissey's Boy Wonder influence my choices of lighting, volume and perspective. Like these films, my paintings seek to establish a sense of uneasiness, dislocation and foreboding for the viewer. Depictions of low-ceilings, long hallways and dead ends characterize the lack of hope and the abundant nature of capitalism.

- Courtland Blade


FLAVA FRESH IX

D. DelReverda-Jennings

July 2-27, 2012

An Annual Juried, Multiple Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art featuring over two dozen local and regional artists - undiscovered, emerging and established, who practice in a variety of disciplines and genres.

Artists:

Patricia Gaines-Mills, Tasha Vaden-Beck, Deishia Gore, D. DelReverda-Jennings ~ Founding Artist/Independent Curator


Unexpected Works – Min Li, Liza Hyatt, and Gary Schmitt

Barbara Fischler

July 2012

To explain the title of the show: it simply means that almost no one expected us to show our artwork. Up until now we have been all but invisible to the art world and we may return to being so even after this exhibit. We were motivated to prepare bodies of artwork partly due to it being unexpected of any of us.

One of the problems with putting this show together was that one of the artists refused to do any work -only to play as her artistic expression. So, she enjoyed making many unexpected pieces of art, focusing on the process. Another one of the artists merely wanted to present his work in a gallery with his friends as kind of a grand finale before he moves back to China to continue his career as a plastic surgeon. He's been here in Indianapolis making art for over 20 years, as he raised his daughter and worked as a research assistant. So his artwork has not been seen much by people other than his friends. The remaining artist, possibly due to some primitive reason, became very interested in sculpting wooly materials and nobody saw that coming -not even him.

Min Li: minli@iupui.edu
Liza Hyatt: lizahyatt@sbcglobal.net
Gary Schmitt: schmittdesign@ymail.com


Subdivided Views

Barbara Fischler

June - 2012

For many years now I have been photographing the landscape seeking to discover the many ways in which people interact, live and coexist with their environment. This new body of work depicts an idealized view of nature that is fundamental to the subdivisions surrounding South Bend, Indiana.

These images depict my engagement with my immediate surroundings. The wide-angle lens exaggerates the expansive lawns and amplifies the distance between the home and the camera, illustrating the privacy and the quiet isolation embodied in the subdivision.

This project was intended to document north central Indiana; similar images could have been made throughout the United States. The subdivision is a ubiquitous part of society and culture in the United States. - Susan L Moore


COASTERS OPTIONAL: This is not your mother's furniture

Barbara Fischler

March - 2012

This exhibit features various and unique perceptions on traditional furniture design by Herron School of Art graduates and current students: Dave Freeman, Matthew Osborn, Steven Sander, Jason Stillman, Christopher Stuart.


Art Heals: Celebrating Art As Therapy

Barbara Fischler

February - 2012

This month's exhibition is from the IU School of Medicine and is dedicated to those who see the value of art as therapy—for themselves.

The Power of Art as Therapy: as literary, performing or creative arts - heightens the senses and the focus on detail. Reflection on creating art and its products and processes can increase awareness of self and others.

This can aid us as healers and our patients in coping with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences. Art gives people a tool for self-expression and for processing information that may be overwhelming when absorbed in mass.

This collection of diverse work represents many media from people working and living in Central Indiana— who simply do art for themselves. Although there are several professional artists represented the majority of the work is by non-professional artists, who realize and appreciate the value that creating art has in bettering their lives.


Women Creating Excellence at IUPUI

Barbara Fischler

February - 2012

In 2009, Women Creating Excellence at IUPUI: An Online Exhibit was developed by the Office for Women and University Library for the IUPUI 40th anniversary celebration as a permanent online archive featuring the biographies of over 100 women who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of IUPUI since 1969. Additional information on the "founding mothers" who helped build the institutions that preceded IUPUI has been added as well as other information about the advancement of women in our community. The multimedia exhibition opening in January is an extension of this project. It invites you to explore the achievements of a variety of influential women as well as consider how their work defines what it means to be a leader.


Dear Dreams, Can We Speak Tonight? Messages from the Subconscious Mind

Dear Dreams

January 9-27, 2012

Meg Rainwater

I create art to teach and to please.

I like art that speaks and doesn't just distract the eyes for a brief period of time.

I love the art that distracts the mind for long periods of time and really makes the viewer think about what they are seeing and why they should value its presence.

I want the viewer to take something away from my work. I want them to see the world in a new, fresh, and maybe somewhat peculiar way, like I do. My hunger for knowledge and my constant search for all the beauty in the world eats at me like nothing else. I need knowledge and beauty like a flower needs sunlight and water, maybe even more so. I need them to grow, I need them to breathe, and I need them to feel like I exist. I want my viewers' to hunger; I want their brains to salivate when they see my work.

When I create work I let it come intuitively. I do a bit of planning on the conceptual aspect but never really on the execution. I let my spirit take over when it comes to the actual creation of a piece of artwork. The materials and techniques I use vary depending on the subject matter and the message I am trying to convey. I usually leave it up to my subconscious to make these decisions for me because I feel like that's a more natural and honest way to express what's inside.

My most current work has everything to do with dreams and the messages they provide to the conscious dreamer. Over the past few years, my dreams have taught me so much about who I am and who I need to be. They have taught me to look inside for happiness and to share my kinetic energy with the people I encounter throughout my life.

My dreams continue to blow my mind almost every night and I want to let the viewer into this amazing realm of transcendentalism. With this body of work, I want the viewer to understand and embrace the beauty that's within them. I also want them to know that we, as human beings, can do remarkable things if we acknowledge our capacity to do so. We are all glorious beams of light just waiting to be recognized by ourselves!

BIO: MEG RAINWATER is a freelance graphic designer, painter, illustrator, and writer/poet. Her interests consist of music, art, love, and spiritual evolution. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana but hopes to move to Austin, Texas in the near future to pursue a career in music promotion design. Her personal mantra is: The sky is the limit.


Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression: IUSM Juried Art Exhibition

Seashells

November 1-31, 2011

This exhibition includes artwork from the students, faculty and staff of the IU School of Medicine, and employees of the IU Health System.


End of Myth: Recent Works by Philip Lamie

Artwork by Philip Lamie

October 3-28, 2011

Philip Lamie has worked professionally as an artist, designer and art educator for more than twenty-five years. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Ohio State University in 1987, and earned three degrees from Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI: a Bachelor of Art Education in 1999, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 1984, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication in 1983.

As a Professor of Sculpture, Phil Lamie taught at the University of Alaska, Drake University and Herron School of Art and Design. Lamie's accomplishments include numerous exhibitions, visiting artist lectures and sculpture, painting and design commissions. Since 2000, Phil Lamie has worked an art teacher at Towne Meadow Elementary in the Carmel-Clay school district. In 2009, Phil was awarded a prestigious Teacher Creative Fellowship from the Lilly Endowment Inc.


Drawings and Paintings by Maureen Forman

Painting by Maureen Forman

September 1-30, 2011


On the Wild Side: Artworks by Cathy Kravitz and Joani Rothenberg

Artwork by Joani Rothenberg

August 1-26, 2011

Cathy Kravitz and Joani Rothenberg have been painting, creating and exploring art together for the past 14 years. They both find joy in using a palette full of exciting colors, patterns and new mediums. Their friendship has grown on an artistic level by continually offering support, positive feedback and a sense of fun to their practice.


Discoveries in Light by Suzy Friedman

Discoveries in Light by Suzy Friedman

July 4-29, 2011

As an artist, I am drawn to scenes that have interesting compositions, color, and light. I have painted still life, landscapes, and cityscapes. In all, I am trying to work intuitively and give the viewer a sense of the moment. The light is changing constantly and my goal is to capture the immediacy of an instant. I feel that each painting I create has its own personality...no matter the subject matter. I want the viewer to feel the energy I experience each time I set up my easel.

Glass mosaic, which on the surface might seem to be a medium that is dissimilar to painting, is in fact for me very much the same. I have been interpreting my paintings into mosaics. I use different sizes and shapes of glass which mimic my brushstrokes. It is interesting to compare the two images side by side. I am excited to continue my visual interpretations in both painting and glass.

Contact Suzy Friedman at suzyfriedman@comcast.net.


New Work: Photography and Text by Melissa McShea

Photography and Text by Melissa McShea

June 6-July 1, 2011

"New Work" is an experiment of epic proportions. The conceptual artist's first body of work post-graduation, this body of work investigates the kind of work to make and how to approach making artwork outside of an academic environment. McShea was influenced as she listened to a range of music, from minimalist avant-garde music to the other end of the spectrum, pop music, and examined the themes that have become cliché within the popular arena.

Melissa McShea is a May 2009 graduate of the photography program at the Herron School of Art and Design.


Accueillir le printemps: Photography by Lindsey Shafi

Photography by Lindsey Shafi

May 8-June 4, 2011

Lindsey Shafi is an Indianapolis based photographer/artist. She received a fine arts degree from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI. Her work consists mainly of a combination of photography, drawing and mixed media."


2011 Campus Center Art Competition

Artist: Mariana Bell

April 30-May 7, 2011

The IUPUI Campus Center recently held its first annual Art Competition with Herron School of Art and Design's third year painting class. A jury of Campus Center employees selected painting major Marianna Bell's work Common Thread as the winner in early March. The work will now be displayed, along with a brief description, on the fourth floor of the Campus Center between the entrances of the Yale Pratt Meeting Room (CE 405). » Read more


Hands in Clay: Works by Tim Ryan and his Indianapolis Art Center Students

Artist: Marty Friedman

March 28-April 29, 2011

Tim Ryan is a long-time ceramic artist and instructor. He teaches at the Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, and at the Indianapolis Art Center (IAC) in Broad Ripple. Tim's IAC classes include adult students who vary widely in age from young adult through retirement. Tim's students also represent a wide range of ceramics experience: each class has a mixture of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, including a few who routinely sell their ceramic work. Tim's classes are characterized by a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where all are encouraged to develop and pursue their individual interests and to share their knowledge with classmates. » View video


Drawings from Life: Work from the IMANI workshop, Kenya

Artist: Imani Artist Collective

March 7-25, 2011

The Imani Artist Collective is part of Imani Workshops, a revenue generating social enterprise which focuses on producing high quality handicrafts by HIV positive artisans. Imani is a branch of the Family preservation Initiative at the Indiana-Kenya partnership's AMPATH program. For more information, please visit our website at www.imaniworkshops.org or e-mail Elsie at erotich@iupui.edu or call 317-630-8596.


Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited

Artist: Rick Nahmias

January - February, 2011

A Compelling Look at Religion from the Bottom Up

A Multimedia Exhibition by Rick Nahmias

While depictions of conventional middle-class religion are widely visible, rarely seen are the sacred worlds of society's marginalized: the outcasts, the fallen, those that have been labeled "other" — ironically, those for whom religion was first formed. Golden States of Grace aims to give image and voice to some of those whom are active parts of our nation's diverse religious landscape, but who because of the world, society, or their own actions, may have been silenced, and now worship as a means of finding refuge, family or of forging community.


Unsettled Spaces by Emily Janowiak

Artist: Emily Janowiak

December 1-31, 2010

Emily Janowiak is an Indianapolis-based artist and art teacher. She received a degree in Art Education from Indiana University Bloomington in 2005 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Museum Studies from IUPUI. Her work consists of scattered fragments of images and words that are transformed into compositions that depict the tension of something unresolved and just out of reach. Unsettled Spaces is a collection of recent paintings, drawings and mixed-media pieces that explore elements of vanity, truth, and the continual search for identity.


Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression: IU School of Medicine Juried Art Exhibition

Artist: Tim Yates

November 1-26, 2010

This exhibition includes artwork from the students, faculty and staff of the IU School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Dentistry.


Values and Virtues

"Tribute #1" by Dr. Peg Brand

October 1-29, 2010

Dr. Peg Brand, professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at IUPUI, contemplates values and virtues through her mixed media artwork. These works reflect upon her experiences with the values and virtues displayed by family, college students, soldiers and atheletes.


Daughters

"Daughters" by Kelly Bryant

August 30-October 1, 2010

The work of the "Daughters" exhibit, by recently-graduated Herron artist Kelly Bryant, is a visual exploration of the journeys of young women rescued from human trafficking. Her continual involvement with a safe house in Southeast Asia fuels her work. The oil paintings, both large and small, include rather literal representations of the figure surrounded by environments of the artist's invention. The abstraction of the environments, including those with very little complexity, is an effort to depict a moment in the continual passage of these girls from brokenness and captivity into restoration and healing. Her graphite drawings likewise beckon the viewer to acquaint themselves with such beautiful daughters and consider their history.

» Visit the artist's web site


FLAVA FRESH VII!!

D. DelReverda-Jennings

August 2-27, 2010

Artists:

Clifford Darrett, Judie L. Sloan, Jerome Webster Chambers, Valerie Ball, Carl Hazelwood, Sandra Garcia Feregrino, Anthony Radford, Nannette Y. Blair, Heath A. Holland, Jeana M.L. Ouattara, Tasha Vaden-Beckwith, Dana Rae Roudebush, Lazarie Atkins, Phillip Chestnut, Nicole D. Johnson Powell, Tony Utley, Kevin James Wilson, Marie A. House, Derrick Carter, Catisha Coates, Jerome Neal, Kimberly Harwell, Lobyn Hamilton, Lillian A. Herbert, D. DelReverda-Jennings ~ Founding Artist/Independent Curator.


Jeff and Joani Rothenberg, with a little help from their friends: A multimedia art experience

Jeff Rothenberg

June 2-July 30, 2010

Artists:

Jeff Rothenberg, Joani Rothenberg, Cathy Kravitz, Matt Kenyon, Suzy Friedman, Howard Friedman, Lisa F. Pelo-McNiece, Marianne Glick, Irwin Labin, Bruce Loewenthal, Areen Shaked, Brian Moore, Jeff Greenberg


BFA Clay Exhibition and Ceramics Sale

Change and the Unseen Thing by Deb Birtchman

May 3 - 27, 2010

Showcasing work from the Ceramics Program at the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design.

Artists:

Deb Birtchman
Nathan Winship Smith
Laura Gasper
Justin Kramer
Micah Kirby
Cassie Kobetts
Justin Trapp


Echoes of Frank

Echoes of Frank

April 2 - 30, 2010

Echoes of Frank is an installation of a living environment in the Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery. Most of the furniture and lighting are original designs by Kyle Capicik, a senior Furniture Design major at Herron School of Art and Design. The pieces are meant to furnish a series of homes that have been designed by him as well. The systems he employs in the designs are largely those created by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early part of the Twentieth Century but have been adapted to utilize computer aided technology and new material technologies of today. Wright's Usonian architecture was created as a means to build affordable, attractive homes for middle class Americans. Systems of prefabrication and material usage were developed for those homes and furnishings to make them more affordable for the average working family. These are some of the main concerns of the artist; conserving cost by repeating and limiting the number of materials to create an overall unified and affordable design.


"20x20" Fine Art Works by Casey Jo Ailes

'20x20' Fine Art Works by Casey Jo Ailes

March 1 - April 2, 2010

"The tiny obsession of needing to create life around the tea pot started when I gave an assignment to my abstract painting class, assigning each of the students a simple every day object to paint, mine as an example was the tea pot. Since then I have been sketching, photographing, painting and breathing life into each tea pot adventure. Every painting or photograph had to contain a tea pot and hold within the story that it would reveal to the viewer."

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DRAWING FROM LIFE: works of the Imani Workshop, Eldoret, Kenya

DRAWING FROM LIFE: works of the Imani Workshop, Eldoret, Kenya

February 1 - 26, 2010

The paintings in the exhibition were created by clients of the Ampath program in what is known as the Imani Artist Collective, within the Imani workshop. The focus of this group is to "tell their truths" through the medium of painting.


Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Founding of PRC: 1949-2009

Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Founding of PRC: 1949-2009

December 28 - January 29, 2009

This photo exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. These photos feature the daily lives of Chinese people in various walks of life and the accomplishments achieved since the birth of new China on Oct. 1, 1949.


Look Here, Sit Here

Look Here, Sit Here

November 20 - December 18, 2009

Look Here, Sit Here explores the idea of perceptivity through layering forms, colors, and textures. Aesthetic concepts found in nature and architecture are altered to form unique and holistic compositions.

Kyle Capicik, furniture designer, takes the formal aspect of fine art furniture and makes pieces in a gallery setting tangible. This turns the viewer into an "experiencer."

Michael Nannery addresses the overlooked relationships to our surroundings through printmaking. By modulating traditional high art ideas of landscapes, he explores this idea.


The 2nd Annual IU School of Medicine Art Exhibition: Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression

IU School of Medicine Art Exhibition

October 30 - November 20, 2009

Showcasing the work of the faculty,
staff and students of the
IU School of Medicine.


America in China 1904-1938---A legacy of architectural gems in Lingnan/Sun Yat-Sen University

America in China 1904-1938 Exhibition

October 15 - October 30, 2009

The year 2009 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and the United States. However, deep ties of friendship between our two countries began much earlier.

Lingnan University in Guangzhou (Canton) China, which became Sun Yat-sen University in 1952, is one China's most prestigious universities. Evidence of an earlier relationship between Americans and Chinese, dating back to the late nineteenth comes in the form of a rich legacy of architectural gems on this storied urban campus. Lingnan University was established by American missionaries, doctors and scholars in 1888 as a western school. In 1904, the campus relocated to Honglok, Guangzhou and, with the help and support from American friends and overseas Chinese, a beautiful campus replete with a unique collection of delicate red buildings was created. These 'red' buildings were brought from the West, the very first of their kind in China. Each delightful building was a superb combination of both western and Chinese architectural styles. These clusters of buildings at Sun Yat-sen University have become a living museum for the study of architecture.

This exhibition includes 19 watercolors of the Honglok campus architecture which were made by Szto Wai in the late 1930s. Mr. Szto Wai graduated from Lingnan University in 1908 and joined the Lingnan faculty in 1910 to teach drawing and later started a primary school on campus. He took no salary for his first year of work and had a reputation as an educational innovator throughout southern China. In 1942, he was responsible for the relocation of the University to Taitsuen, a village north of Shaoguan in northern Guangdong. He remained with the University for over 40 years, and founded other campuses of the University in Shanghai and Saigon while continuing to paint.

In this exhibition, we have matched Szto Wai's watercolors with the photos of the buildings as they currently stand. These watercolors and pictures serve as an important reminder of the history of the development of Sun Yat-sen University and the deep friendship that existed - and continues to exist - between both the American and the Chinese people.

Acknowledgement: We would like to thank the Lingnan Foundation who granted permission to use the images and also Professor Zhi Yu and Wei Lu of Sun Yat-sen University who provided photos from their book "Red Buildings on Honglok Campus."


30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic Relations

30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic Relations Exhibition

October 5 - October 15, 2009

More than 200 years ago, an American merchant ship – the "China Queen" arrived in Guangzhou from the other side of the Pacific, forging a link between an ancient China and a young America. Since then, despite the vast ocean between them, the two great nations have continued to foster exchange.

China and the US fought together in World War II against fascism. After the war, the world was consumed by Cold War ideologies which divided China and the United States. However, despite their differences, the Chinese and American people found a way to shake hands more than 30 ago across the Pacific and reopen the door of friendship.

History has much to teach us. Our people bear witness to what has passed. Looking back after 30 years, we are stirred by archival photographs, as we savor the friendship between the Chinese and American people. As you go through these corridors of time, you will see History, People-to-People Friendship, Economic Ties and Win-Win Cooperation.

Let us remember these 30 years of growth in China-US relations. Looking back today may inspire us to know each other better, to live together in greater harmony and to cooperate with each other as we move toward the future.


Picture Yourself Here...

Picture Yourself Here... Exhibition

August 28 - October 2, 2009

Pose in a painting. Snap a photo. Be part of a well-known masterpiece from the history of art.

"Picture Yourself Here..." is a project that consists of a series of visual parodies of famous, recognizable paintings by artists such as Willem de Kooning and Pablo Picasso: well-known artists routinely revered in the history of art.

This series of large-scale oil paintings on panel boards aims to capture the humor and mischief that results when one challenges the established canon of the history of art. Subverting the centuries-old dogma whereby male artists routinely painted female nudes (but female artists were not allowed to paint male nudes), these works challenge gender assumptions that operate below the surface when experiencing visual art in museums and galleries.

In contrast to the original works of art, these parodies provide art viewers with the unique experience of becoming part of a well-known "masterpiece" of art, allowing each participant to imagine how it feels to be a (female) "sitter" or model under the (male) artist's gaze; hence the invitation to "Picture Yourself Here..."

Posers are encouraged to use cameras and cell phones to pose in the paintings, snap some photos, and share with friends.

Dr. Peg Brand teaches philosophy and women's studies at IUPUI and is the author of numerous articles and books in the philosophy of art and feminist aesthetics, particularly the topic of beauty. She previously taught at Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Oregon, Ohio State University, and the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.A. in fine art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.