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2013 Exhibits

Dogs of Doubtful Origin exhibit cover art


October 29 – DECEMBER 15, 2013

Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

In a quirky spin on the traditional sabbatical exhibition, sculpture professor Lori Miles invites six of her former students, all recent MFA recipients, to create a massive, collaborative exhibition.

A Downloadable Timeline from the Artists's for Dogs of Doubtful Origin:

Global Matrix III exhibit cover art


October 9 – DECEMBER 15, 2013

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

“GLOBAL MATRIX III,” a contemporary review of fine art printmaking from around the world, is organized as a traveling exhibition in the U.S. from 2012 to 2014.

Living as form exhibit cover art

Living as form

September 5 – December 6, 2013

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (lower level)

In collaboration with twenty-five curators from around the world, Nato Thompson has selected 50 projects as the foundation of this exhibition, which will expand as it travels. New additions will be selected by each host institution, increasing the diversity of works made in the last twenty years that are represented in the show.

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Jacob Stanley installation at DePauw University for Living As Form

On the shoulders of ancestors: The Art of Willis Bing Davis exhibit cover art

ON the shoulders of ancestors: The Art of Willis Bing Davis

AUGUST 28 – October 15, 2013

Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

Drawing from "the rich artistic heritage of African art with its religious, social and magical substance," Willis Bing Davis '59 creates works that draw upon his rich ancestry and heritage.


Darkfire and the Waiting Room exhibit cover art


AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

To initiate Darkfire and The Waiting Room, Caulfield, Hart and Colberg used themes and poetic images taken from Dante’s Inferno and Purgatory as a common start for each of their image/text pairings. The intention was not to illustrate Inferno/Purgatory in the traditional sense, but rather to use it as a motivation from which they could find common formal and conceptual inspiration.

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Rodchenko 120

April 25 - June 10, 2013

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

On the occasion of the 120th birthday of Aleksandr Rodchenko, twenty of the best Russian poster artists of today formed a collaborative called Rodchenko 120 to design a poster in memory of the late Constructivist artist. The posters, first exhibited as part of Moscow Design Week, are currently on display in Europe and the United States through 2013.  Sergey Serov, the committee organizer for Moscow Design Week, writes: "the posters are not only a tribute to the great artist, but a reflection on the historical destiny of graphic design."  DePauw’s installation features the Rodchenko-inspired posters, as well as film and a number of books surveying the life of Aleksandr Rodchenko.

This exhibition is made possible by a generous donation from the Russian Academy of Graphic Design and the Moscow Biennale of Graphic Design Golden Bee.

The film, Rodchenko and the Russian Avant-garde, is shown with permission from Copernicus Films.  It is part of a series of six films about the Russian Avant-garde produced and directed by Michael Craig.

Visualizing the Supernatural: Yūgao in The Tale of Genji exhibit cover art

Visualizing the Supernatural:  Yūgao in The Tale of Genji

April 2 – June 10, 2013

Peeler Art Center, second floor exhibition case

Curated by the students of the Kyoto! A Cultural Metropolis course, this exhibition features objects from DePauw University’s permanent collection and two prints on loan from Scripps College located in Claremont, California.  The works of art reflect Heian-era (794-1185) Japan’s belief in the supernatural, centering on the tragic figure of Yūgao, the Twilight Beauty, who was loved by the eponymous “hero” of The Tale of Genji and paid the ultimate price—Yūgao was murdered by the angry spirit of one of Genji’s jealous lovers.  Written at the beginning of the eleventh century by a woman, Murasaki Shikibu, and considered the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji inspired and continues to inspire creative minds in the arts, spawning not only paintings and prints, but also noh and kabuki plays, literary parody, as well as homage, film, manga, and anime.  Yūgao in particular seems to have captured the imagination of readers, despite appearing in only  one of the novel’s fifty-four chapters.

Looking Back / Looking Forward:  Richard Peeler and His Students exhibit cover art


February 12 - June 10, 2013

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (lower level)

In honor of DePauw's 175th anniversary, LOOKING BACK / LOOKING FORWARD: RICHARD PEELER AND HIS STUDENTS examines the artistic legacy of Professor Richard Peeler and Marj Peeler, along with work by nine of his former students: Sara Behling, Richard Burkett, Bing Davis, Susan Galloway-Blue, Nancy Lovett, Ginny Marsh, Christine Rales, Charles Todd Wagoner, and Georgette Zirbes.  The exhibition features a range of functional ceramics as well as sculptural work from the past 50 years.

Alumni exhibition cover art


JUNE 6 - JUNE 8, 2013

Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

An annual exhibition featuring work by former DePauw University studio art majors.

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Senior Art Exhibition

April 19 - May 18, 2013

Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

An annual exhibition featuring the work of graduating senior studio art majors.

Genji's World In Japanese Woodblock prints exhibit cover art

Genji's World In Japanese Woodblock prints

January 31 - April 21, 2013

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

The Tale of Genji, written over 1,000 years ago by the Japanese court lady Murasaki Shikibu, has greatly influenced Japanese culture, seen in paintings, prints, short stories, novels, noh plays, kabuki performances, operas, movies, symphonies, manga and anime.  Featured in this exhibition is a rich array of woodblock prints by many of Japan's leading artists, drawn from the Scripps College collection and the personal collection of Jack and Paulette Lantz.  An elaborately illustrated book, edited by Dr. Andreas Marks and published by Hotei Publishing, is available for purchase from Amazon.com.  The exhibition is organized by Dr. Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and Humanities, in conjunction with two classes on Japanese arts.  The book is funded in part by the Blakemore Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Union Bank, and the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures.

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Annual Juried Student Exhibition

February 7 - March 22, 2013

Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition features works created by current DePauw students enrolled in studio art courses.  This year's exhibition was juried by Sarah Aubrey, Curator of American Art, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.