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Art & Art History DePartment Faculty Highlights

John Berry Exhibition, Painting


In the summer of 2021, Professor John Berry exhibited a new series of paintings at Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig, Germany.  The exhibition, titled Rubber Stamp, explores "man-made environments and landscapes, gardens and parks, and industrial architecture [...] radiating an almost physical presence into space and displaying an abstract style that repeatedly makes use of the figurative."

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Professor Sarah Cowan is currently completing her first book, tentatively entitled Howardena Pindell: Black Feminist Modernisms (under contract, Yale University Press, scheduled release fall 2022). The first scholarly monograph about Pindell (b. 1943), the study examines the initial two decades of her career as a visual artist, activist, curator, and writer in New York. It argues that Pindell developed a haptic approach to abstraction in order to engage and critique dominant narratives of African diasporic, feminist, and modernist art. An article that Professor Cowan wrote about Pindell's cut and sewn paintings of the 1970s appeared in the winter 2020 issue of Art JournalThe book project was supported in part by an NEH Summer Stipend. 

Medium Chair exhibit

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Professor Miles’ work was recently exhibited in an old church-turned-gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio,  in the utopian village of New Harmony, Indiana and in a rural part of the state of New York that was most definitely NOT New York City.  She is currently trying to locate old Marsh grocery store signs to spell the words “Mars Wars”, trying to acquire retired Chuck E. Cheese animatronic bands, and is engaging in a letter writing campaign to NASA to be the first artist to design the sole of the boots for the next lunar landing mission. 

Miles will be spending the 2018/2019 academic year on learning to tattoo for new project called “Fresh Ink”.  Working with students and community members, Professor Miles will cover up hate tattoos for residents across central Indiana with new, artistic imagery.

 Mesengers of Yesterday photographic project by Cynthia O'Dell

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Professor O'Dell was invited to exhibit her photographic project, "Messengers of Yesterday," at the Irish Famine Commemoration in Kilrush, Ireland. The project will be included in upcoming exhibitions at Huntington College in northern Indiana, the 2014 International Irish Famine Commemoration and Symposium at Tulane University, in New Orleans and the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University (fall 2015). O'Dell will present on the work at the upcoming conference "Postmodern Documentary Photography" at Purdue University.

Student team participating in Professor Ota's four-year long exhibition

Pauline Ota
Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Professor Ota is currently leading a team of students in a four-year long exhibition project supported by the Carolyn T. Jones Faculty Fellowship.  The exhibition will explore an aspect of “perception” with students determining the theme, designing the exhibition, applying for grants, addressing practical concerns (lighting, wall labels, access for all visitors, etc.), producing a catalog, installing the objects, and advertising the show.