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Visiting Artist: Elijah Gowin

Visiting artist Elijah Gowin will be lecturing on April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Brick City Room 312!

Elijah Gowin uses photography to speak about ritual, landscape and memory. He was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1967 and received his MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. His photographs are in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography, among others. His awards include the John S. Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 as well as grants from the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. He founded Tin Roof Press to publish his books on art and photography including “Maggie” in 2009 and his monograph “Of Falling and Floating” in 2011. Presently, he is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he directs photographic studies. Gowin is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery, New York.

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Metals and Jewelry student successes

Metals BFA student Lisa Hamilton has had a work accepted by the jury into the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock; her piece was one of 73 chosen out of 1120 submitted.
The show runs from June 9-August 27. Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Hamilton, “Hairplug Sampler”, 2017. Fine silver, sterling silver, Italian silver mesh tubing, monofilament, aquarium tubing.
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Talk by Dr. Craig Howe — “The Future of American Indian Art Exhibits”

A talk by Dr. Craig Howe, the director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, will take place Wednesday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the Springfield Art Museum.
Dr. Howe has conducted path-breaking theoretical work in many areas of Native Studies: tribal history, tribal sovereignty, and architecture and sacred space. Dr. Howe has been the director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library and the Deputy Assistant Director for Cultural Resources at the National Museum of the American Indian. He has also curated three innovative exhibits of Lakota art: Lakota Emergence, The Great Race, and Tapun Sa Win.
Dr. Howe will also be speaking on Tuesday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Strong Hall, Room 0001 (in the basement). This talk will be called “Seven Things Everyone Should Know About American Indians Exhibits”.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Springfield Art Museum or Ralph Shain in the MSU Philosophy Department at rshain@missouristate.edu
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Springfield Pottery on Pei-yu & Upcoming Show

Springfield, MO — “I Carry Different Cultures”, an exhibition of current work by Taiwanese ceramic artist, Pei-yu Chen will be on display April 7-29 at Springfield Pottery. Springfield Pottery, a fine craft gallery and community clay center, is located in downtown Springfield at 416 South Campbell Avenue. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 7 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk.
Pei-yu Chen is a graduate student at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. She is working as a visiting artist in the ceramics area of the MSU Art and Design Department as part of an on-going exchange of students that has taken place between the two schools since 2002.
For more information, contact Springfield Potter at 417-864-4677 or info@springfieldpottery.com.
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MFA in Visual Studies: Thesis Exhibitions

Missouri State University’s Master of Fine Arts and Design places an emphasis on a student’s individual research. This experience culminates with an MFA candidate’s thesis exhibition highlighting the outcome of their research during the program. Depending on the candidate’s interests, a wide range of approaches spanning contemporary, traditional and interdisciplinary use of media may be utilized in the creation a final body of work for the thesis exhibition.

MFA Exhibit A

Emily Budd and Judge Bockman

OPEN DATE: Tuesday, March 28
RECEPTION: Friday, April 7  (6-10pm)
CLOSE DATE: Wednesday, April 12

Artwork by Emily Budd
Artwork by Judge Bockman

MFA Exhibit B

Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic and Todd Reynolds

OPEN DATE: Wednesday, April 19
RECEPTION for Maria: Friday, April 21 (6-10pm)
CLOSE DATE: Saturday, April 29

Artwork by Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic
Artwork by Todd Reynolds

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Visiting Scholar Lecture by Keith Davis

Keith Davis by far the best known historian of photography and writer living, and we are fortunate to have the amazing collection he’s built at the Nelson-Atkins as a near resource for our students. He’s authored the most important history of photography books as well as many books about photography. A very modestly written bio follows:


Keith F. Davis
Senior Curator, Photography
Keith F. Davis is Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins and also serves as an advisor to the Hall Family Foundation. He received a master’s degree in 1979 in art history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. After a research internship at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, 1978-79, he became Curator of the Fine Art Collections, Hallmark Cards, Inc. Upon the gift to the museum of the Hallmark Photographic Collection, in December 2005, Davis became the Nelson-Atkins’s founding curator of photography.
Since 1979, he has curated some 80 exhibitions, many of which have been toured to leading museums across the United States and, internationally, from Sydney, Australia, to Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to teaching and lecturing widely on the history of photography, he is the author of nearly twenty catalogues and books, including An American Century of Photography, From Dry-Plate to Digital: The Hallmark Photographic Collection, 2nd edition (Abrams, 1999); The Origins of American Photography, From Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate, 1839-1885 (HFF/NAMA/Yale, 2007); and The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Work, New York 1949-50(HFF/NAMA/Yale, 2009). His various awards include a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1986-87) for his work on the Civil-War era photographer George N. Barnard. He was honored to be featured in James Stourton’s Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting Since 1945 (Scala, 2007).
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Study Away: Contemporary French Culture, Art, Cuisine and Language

Students enjoying a personlized tour at the LouvreExplore Arles, Nice and Paris

Visit three famous cities in France, learning about both northern and southern France through a variety of experiences, including:

  • Pastry lessons in Paris
  • Mediterranean cuisine lessons in the South of France with renowned French chef Jean Montagard
  • Visits to the open-air food markets
  • Visit to a vineyard in the South of France
  • International Photography and Film Festival in Arles (the oldest and largest photography and film festival in the world)
  • Pere-Lachaise and Montparnasse cemeteries
  • Cycling along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
  • Various art museums, galleries, and institutes, such as:
    • The Louvre
    • Fondation Louis Vuitton
    • Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
    • Centre Georges Pompidou
    • Palais de Tokyo
    • National Museum of Modern Art to the City of Paris
    • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice
    • Fondation Maeght
    • Concrete Art Museum
    • Matisse Museum

Gain perspective outside the classroom

Learning about French culture, language, art and cuisine onsite and in person allows for unique opportunities, including rare chances to discuss, experience and reflect upon artwork onsite at various museums and galleries with artists, curators and historians.  You’ll engage directly with  renowned local professionals — experts in cuisine, art and culture.

For example, the 2015 Study Away group was the first tour to visit and explore the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

You’ll explore various ways of seeing, experiencing, and exhibiting art, through both informal, exploratory museums such as Palais de Tokyo and more formal institutes, such as the Louvre.

And you’ll enjoy onsite lectures and discussions with renowned art curators, art historians and BBC affiliates, including: Dr. Michel Remy (BBC affiliate, Professor Emeritus from the University of Nice in English literature and art history and one of the top European specialist on Surreal Art); Dr. Daniel Jeffreys (Hong Kong Design Institute, Contributor to BBC, Specialist on Art Deco/Art Nouveau); and Sunday Rennie (Curator from the Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, Australia, MA in Curatorship, specialist on Museum Studies).

Students on a French beach

Street art and public art

One of our areas of focus is investigating the art, culture and social politics of both street art and public art — art for everyone.

We’ll engage with the Street Art in Paris through a lecture and exploration of various Parisian neighborhoods with Paul Wright (specialist on Street Art and Public Art in Paris, World Radio Paris and Urban States Radio, journalist and typographer) and Susie Kahlich (specialist on Street Art in Paris/Outsider Art and Art Exhibitions with World Radio Paris). We’ll take in work by various artists, including Miss Tic and Blek le Rat (whom influenced Banksy).

Street artist and curator Jonas, of the Quai36 project, will also lead us on an investigation of public art at the Gare du Nord in Paris.

Another highlight will be working in the classrooms, labs, facilities and residence halls of the newly renovated St. John’s University in Paris, which is situated in the Saint Germaine district close to the oldest department store in France.

Students on a Study Away trip to France

Learn about the North and South of France

Our itinerary will allow you to experience both the North and the South of France, taking in their unique distinctions in dialect, climate, cuisine, vegetation and lifestyle.

You’ll spend time with locals, directly engaging and gaining deeper understanding of the many facets of French culture, along with a better understanding of your own culture, norms and ideals.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Key details

  • What: Contemporary French Culture, Art, Cuisine and Language
  • When: July 27, 2017 – August 15, 2017
  • Where: Arles, Nice and Paris, France
  • How: Apply online – must complete application by April 1, 2017
  • Course credit available for one of the following:
    • IDS 297
    • IDS 397
    • ART 497
    • ART 200
    • UHC 350
    • FRN 297
    • FRN 302
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Study Away: Exploring Japanese Art, Cuisine and Culture

Japanese architecture with tree growing through oculus in roofExperience Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Learn about Japan’s visual arts, architecture, cuisine and culture through a study away program that integrates lectures and discussions at galleries, museums and institutes with presentations by local curators, architects, artists, art historians and chefs. You’ll prepare, learn about and experience Japanese cuisine, a tea ceremony and bonsai aesthetics. 

Learn more about relationships between East and West

You’ll engage with reflective and comparative study of relationships and influences between the East and the West, particularly aesthetic and cultural ideas and influences shared between Japan and France in the following areas:

  • Art and cuisine
  • Economy and medicine
  • Nuclear energy and the military  

Students studying away in Japan

For example, we’ll investigate French aesthetics and style studies of Claude Monet and Ukiyo-e wood-block prints and contemporary artist JR and Inside Out Japan, as well as fashion influences.

We’ll also discuss shared efforts by Japan and France to improve serious health challenges related to HIV and underdevelopment in Uganda and Madagascar.

Gain perspective outside the classroom

You’ll work directly with local specialists, gaining new information, resources and reflection along with enhanced understanding and awareness of global relations.

Study away group in a Japanese pottery studio

Japanese culture is quite distinct from American culture — emphasizing the community as a whole more than the individual, and an immersive study away experience is the best way to appreciate and understand these distinctions.

Students on study away trip to JapanKey details

  • What: Exploring Japanese Art, Culture and Cuisine
  • When: June 6, 2017 – June 19, 2017
  • Where: Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
  • How: Apply online – must complete application by April 1, 2017
  • Course credit available for one of the following:
    • IDS 297
    • IDS 397
    • ART 497
    • ART 200
    • UHC 350
    • JPN 297
    • LLT 215
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