Prof. Lori Miles and Her Former Students Exhibit Works, Oct. 29 - Dec. 15

Prof. Lori Miles and Her Former Students Exhibit Works, Oct. 29 - Dec. 15

October 6, 2013

In a quirky spin on the traditional sabbatical exhibition, DePauw University sculpture professor Lori Miles invites six of her former students, all recent MFA recipients, to create a massive, collaborative exhibition.  Though sparked by themes central to Miles’ own work, the exhibit will be conceived, designed, and executed by all six artists collectively. (at right: Absent Minded Professor from the series Relatively Polite Vandalism, 2013; altered public domain photograph, circa 1920)

You're invited to view Dogs of Doubtful Origin at DePauw's Richard E. Peeler Art Center.  The exhibition opens Tuesday, October 29, and continues through Sunday, December 15. A free public lecture with Miles, A. Reid Winsey Professor of Art and Art History at DePauw and associate professor of art and art history, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6,  at 4:15 p.m. in the Peeler auditorium.

Overtly exploring the vertical exchange of information from teacher to student, this project also delves deeply into horizontal knowledge; those cultural memes that spread laterally through transfer, imitation, and replication.  Dogs of Doubtful Origin refers both to an incorrect research loop referenced by cryptozoologists and to the ambiguous artistic ownership of the exhibit itself.

The exhibition space will be open during installation and construction phases, turning the gallery into an artistic laboratory that pulls back the curtain on the creative process.

Dogs of Doubtful Origin features the works of Professor Miles, Jacob Stanley '05, Mike Treffehn '06, Dan Solberg '06, Matt Kalasky '08), Travis LaMothe '09 and Ryan Blackwell '09.

Support for this exhibition was generously provided by: President Brian W. Casey, the Public Occasions Committee, the department of art/art history, and the Anne Prindle Johnson and Davis S. Johnson Speaker Fund at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.

The galleries of the Peeler Art Center are open Monday-through- Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm; Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m., and are closed during University breaks and holidays. Visit the Peeler Galleries online for more information about special events associated with this exhibition. You may also contact Craig Hadley at (765) 658-6556 or at