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2018 Exhibits

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iPod Ecosystem #11a, 
mixed media
8-5/8 (L)  x 13-1/4 (W) x 12-3/8 (H) inches

The Machine Continues
Works from the DePauw University Permanent Art
Collection on Display
Fall 2018
2nd Floor Display Case

On your way to the second-floor classrooms at the Peeler Art Center, stop by the display case and check out works from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection. Assistant Curator Alexandra Chamberlain has gathered a few works from the collection that coincide with themes present in E.M. Forster’s acclaimed short story The Machine Stops. If interested in scheduling a class visit to the display for further discussion, feel free to reach out to Alexandra Chamberlain at alexandrachamberlain@depauw.edu for details. 

fist pump  

(detail) Fist Pump
plastic party acrylic paint with
plastic party table covers and 
plastic party painting tarps
Size: XXXL, 1981

Keith Allyn Spencer
October 25 - December 9, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

KEITH ALLYN SPENCER, was born and raised in the American desert Southwest border region. An emphasis with the middle letter of my name helps diminish the perpetual mix-ups with similar named persons: Kevin, Karl, Kurt, Kenny, Kanye, and Pete. Currently, I reside with my family (wife, 2 sons, and a black Wiener dog mix) in Granville, Ohio navigating towards long-term job security, cul-de-sacs, and organic groceries.

Kent received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2011) and a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso (2003). Recent group exhibitions consist of Skylab Gallery (Columbus), Present Company (NYC), New Galerie at Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Simon Oldfield Gallery (London), and BigMedium (Austin). Recent solo shows include Ditch Projects (Oregon), The Composing Rooms (Berlin), Welcome Screen (London), Juicys Gallery (NYC), OFG.XXX (Dallas), Target (Indiana), and Domino's Pizza (Rhode Island).

“Me As a Parent”
Keith Allyn Spencer explores painting expansively. Party table covers, fabric softener sheets, clay hardened by heat, fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, and junk drawer items rendezvous. Spencer’s works catalyze ways to meander, poke around, test, & trespass.

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Efroymson Family Fund.

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  Mohamad Hafez A Refugee Nation

Mohamad Hafez
A Refugee Nation, 2015
Plaster, pain, antique type writer case, 
found objects, mp3 media player, 
rigid foam 
14 x 30 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Baggage Claim
September 1 - December 9, 2018
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper and lower levels)

This exhibition presents the work of an international group of 18 artists who explore the impact of the vast scale of population mobility. While baggage has always symbolized migration and freedom, in the context of the current global atmosphere it has become an emblem of uncertainty, fear, and change. On an intimate level, baggage transports and holds personal belongings, and by implication is a rich metaphor for individual and family histories. The term baggage also carries significant psychological meaning, referring to the burdens or blessings of those things in life that cannot be left behind. Baggage Claims is the first exhibition to present a new body of work by contemporary artists who are examining these timely themes.

Baggage Claims is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, c2 - curatorsquared. The exhibition began a national tour in 2018.This presentation of Baggage Claims is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Efroymson Family Fund, The Janet E. Prindle Institute for Ethics, the Asian Studies Program at DePauw University, and the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at DePauw University.

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Whale tail Casey Roberts

whale tail (deep water), 2018
cyanotype with enamel on paper
60 x 60 inches

Casey Roberts
August 22 - October 10, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

Indianapolis-based artist Casey Roberts will exhibit a new body of artworks this fall at the Peeler Art Center Galleries. “My work illustrates a fantastic landscape,” states Casey. “It represents nature's subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in the relationship with mankind. A giant glow-in-the-dark heart, or a pile of precious gems tells us that we are loved, just as blood squirting from an oak tree trunk says, all is not well. I am inspired by my conversation with the landscape, I imagine long monologues when pine forests make me laugh and mountains test my patience.”
Casey works with a photochemical process known as cyanotype. “The cyanotype is a civil war era process that when exposed to sunlight and developed gives a vibrant blue image. I paint with this light sensitive medium directly on paper or canvas. With everyday items such as baking soda, bleach and peroxide I am able to achieve a range of colors and textures thru controlled chemical reactions. I repeat this process adding many layers until the image is fully realized, often finishing with watercolor painting or a collage element.”

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Efroymson Family Fund.   

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The Art of Data science seniors exhibit 2018

Jane Richardson
Ribbon schematic of CuZn Superoxide, 1983
Ink and pencil on paper
The Art of Data
February 1 – July 15, 2018
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)
Under the guidance of Professor Dan Gurnon, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and in collaboration with the Peeler Art Center gallery staff, graduating seniors in the Science Research Fellows program present research from their fields as it relates to visually compelling data sets in biology, chemistry, physics, geoscience, psychology, computer science, and public health.
Controlled Identity exhibit art Controlled Identity
Portraiture from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection
February 5 – June 14, 2018
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery, lower level

The DePauw University Permanent Art Collection houses over 200 “portraits”, the majority of which have never been on display during their time with the University. Controlled Identity offers a space and a time for such objects to not only be seen, but to be showcased. These portraits span across media, across cultures, and across time to showcase the best of the best, as well as to point out the vast use of the “portrait” as a visual means to communicate objectification, identification, and subjectification. 
Spring 2018 at the Peeler Galleries is focused on displaying works from our own collection, from our own students, and from our own community. 
Controlled Identity features over fifty works from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection from across media, across cultures, and across time alongside student works from surrounding Putnam County schools. 
Senior Art Exhibit 2018 Senior Art Exhibition
April 20 – May 19, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

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

Altered State Tamalar

Karen State, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
On loan from the collection of Ian Holliday
Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition
January 15 – April 15, 2018
Harrison Hall, Third Floor

This exhibition presents paintings by contemporary artists from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Created after the transition period of 2011, when civilian government replaced oppressive military rule, the paintings illustrate recent artistic practice in Myanmar and present a series of lenses through which to view a rapidly changing society.

Paintings included in Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition are from the collection of contemporary Myanmar paintings of Ian Holliday, the Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Hong Kong. The exhibition at DePauw University is supported by the Asian Studies program and the Arthur E. Klauser Asian and World Community Collection endowment.

Betsy Stirratt Regimes

Regimes of (dis)order, 2017
Archival pigment prints, oil on canvas, paper, linen thread,    natural objects
Dimensions variable

Betsy Stirratt: Regimes of (dis)order
March 8 – April 10, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

Regimes of (dis)order is an installation based on the institutional archive, library and museum. Through documentation and fabrication, Betsy Stirratt photographs, mounts and organizes images and objects that provide a novel lens through which to regard the natural world. The elements reflect both our unanswered questions about nature and our quest for knowledge.

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Annual Juried Student Exhibition cover art Annual Juried Student Exhibition
February 1 – February 28, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition features works created by current DePauw students enrolled in studio art courses. The 2018 exhibition is juried by Elsy Benitez, Assistant Curator at Herron School of Art and Design.