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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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Alumni Announcement

Cory Powell, December 2016 graduate, had three prints selected for the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. He is also has been hired as the Fashion/Product Photographer for Mark Ashton.


And, Sarah Hiatt, BFA 2013, is finishing her MFA degree at Columbia College Chicago this spring and had a recent (today!) publication of her photo work and written essay. Check out the links below:



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Visiting metals artist Nicole Jacquard, lecture and workshop

Nicole Jacquard, Professor at IU in Bloomington and President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, will give a lecture on Thursday, March 2 , 7 pm in Brick 1, room 312, and a workshop on Voodoo dolls in Brick 1, room 217 on Friday, March 3 from 9:00 – 5:00.

The public is invited to the Thursday evening lecture. Join us!

Nicole Jacquard
Nicole Jacquard



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MFA student Todd Reynolds to show in Paris

Todd Reynolds, a Masters of Fine Arts student in his final year of the program in Visual Studies, will be presenting a selection of works at the Paris Ass Book Fair in Paris, France, between March 10 and 12.

The exhibition is an international showing specializing in fan zines, graphic novels, and art books. Congratulations, Todd!


Todd Reynolds, “Meat Cake, issue #2” cover, 2017
Untitled photo, Todd Reynolds, 2016




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MSU Department of Art + Design: Foundations Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 24th- Friday, March 10th, 2017 (Closed for Spring Break from Saturday, March 11th- Saturday, March 18th)

First Friday Art Walk Reception: March 3rd, from 6:00- 10:00 pm

The Student Exhibition will be showcasing the work of MSU Art Foundations students. This exhibit demonstrates students’ understanding of various artistic concepts in two- and three-dimensional design and drawing and the development of artistic skills through classroom instruction. This show is free and open to the public.
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Metals Majors in Enamelist Society show

Works by two MSU Metals majors have been accepted into the “Alchemy” biennial exhibition of the Enamelist Society.  A silver and enamel brooch created by Joakima Day and a silver and enamel ring by Jacie McGowan will first be exhibited at the Sandra Blain Gallery at Arrowmont School of Craft in Gatlinburg, TN, and then travel to the Metals Museum in Memphis. There will be an accompanying print catalog.

Joakima Day, silver and enamel brooch
Jacie McGowan, silver and enamel ring






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