Featuring a group of young up-and-coming artists in a free exhibition that pushes contemporary ideas through conceptually contrived works.
The Members’ Egg Invitational features new works by nine Museum members in response to the current exhibition, Art 360: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio on display in the McGregor Gallery until March 24.
Artists were selected for participation based upon the strength of work exhibited during the Museum’s 71st Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, and were given no specifications for medium or style. Instead, they were asked to consider the place of the egg throughout history, and to consider the ovoid as a form.
The artists’ chosen mediums are diverse, including sculpture, printmaking, painting, and found object assemblage. If young viewers are feeling inspired after viewing the eggs, they’re invited to make their own nest in Chakeres’ interactive art lab!
A collaboration between Springfield Museum of Art and Catholic Central Winter Term High School Students, The Carton is on view in the Beach Gallery at SMoA through February.
Winter Term students of Chris Cerone met at the high school and at the Art Museum with museum educator Tricia Tallman to create pieces based on the current Art 360◦: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio exhibition in the McGregor Gallery of the Art Museum.
“At the beginning of this course, none of us really knew what we would be getting in to. When Mr. Cerone told us one word – “Eggs” – most of us were hesitant, but also intrigued at the same time.
“Initially, I thought the idea of painting on eggs was absurd, but it began to grow on me. Pop art only enhanced my love for this project. Although I wouldn’t have thought to put these things together, the fact that we created art in a distinct way that still reflects the socially aware style of pop art was really fun. I’m glad we got the opportunity to work with these materials, and I hope you appreciate the end results.”
– David Henderson, student
Yellow Springs artist Tom Hawley creates sculptural objects from salvaged wood, giving new life to abandoned materials. “I have a fascination with wood, and searching for interesting specimens to work with is like a treasure hunt. It’s like discovering and cutting a diamond out of a lump of coal. When I acquire wood from a fallen tree, I study it for a long time before cutting to try to reveal the most beautiful patterns in the grain. Then, as shapes and patterns emerge, they often compel me to cut and juxtapose to accentuate what I am imagining. If I can find the treasure within a piece of discarded wood and bring it back to life as an evocative dynamic form, I find that very rewarding.”
Art 360° showcases the incredible artistic creations of 48 contemporary artists from across Ohio. Each artist started with the same unique canvas: an Ostrich egg. Working in all artistic media from oil, acrylic and watercolor paints to encaustic, fiber, and ceramics, from printmaking, photography, and pen & ink, to light works and sculpture, the Art 360° artists transformed the Ostrich eggs into works of great beauty that refer to traditions in high art — the Imperial Easter eggs crafted by Peter Carl Fabergé — and to folk traditions as well — beeswax-decorated Ukrainian pysanaky eggs. For more information about the evolution of this exhibition, visit www.arthatchingacrossohio.com.
SMoA plans to host a number of events featuring talks by some of the Art 360° artists as well as special programming for children based upon this wonderful exhibition.
Opening Reception: 5:30-7pm, Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 (free to members; admission fees apply for non-members)
All photographs © 2016 Feinknopf Photography.
Edna Boies Hopkins: Life in Print offers a unique opportunity to view a wide range of Hopkins’ works spanning several years of her career, from her exquisitely crafted woodcuts of assorted flora, to her illuminating portraits of Appalachian life. Also included are examples of her studio processes including pencil and watercolor drawings as well as a color study for the woodblock print Garden Flowers.
Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, and Keny Galleries, this exhibition features more than 40 artworks by James Roy Hopkins, including a survey of his figural work and portraits, with a concentration upon the works he did in the Cumberland Falls area of Kentucky a century ago. The exhibition provides an opportunity to appreciate the refined skills Hopkins displayed as a figure painter as well as a chance to re-examine his depictions of Appalachian subjects and the cultural forces that created a demand for such imagery.
Opening Reception and Talk:
Saturday, Sep 23, 5.30-7pm
Talk by Erin R. Corrales-Diaz, Ph.D., Curator of The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 4pm
Vanity has been an integral part of the human condition throughout time. However, with the rise of technology and social media, one’s ability to not only focus inward but also to represent oneself has changed. Today, there are two realms of existence: the real and the virtual. This discrepancy between layers of reality has created a new awareness of self-representation, with its cultural impact yet to be fully understood. Featuring four artists from Generation Z, this exhibition directly challenges and considers modern forms of vanity through installation, performance, drawings, and prints. Guest curated by Ryan A. Ramirez.
Artworks by Athena Vincent, Jasmine Owens, Caroline Osborn, Ryan A. Ramirez
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 13th from 1-4 pm
Featuring live performances
The Gammon House was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The house is newly renovated as an education center.
Ohio Plein Air Society artists painted the house during the Juneteenth festival in June 2017.
Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.