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Catherine Jolivette recognized with FCTL Award in diversity

Catherine Jolivette
Dr. Catherine Jolivette is the recipient of the FCTL Teaching Award in Diversity

Dr. Catherine Jolivette, professor of art and design, is the recipient of the 2017 FCTL Teaching Award in Diversity. According to the FCTL website, “This award recognizes faculty who focus on culturally responsive teaching and faculty who demonstrate a scholarly approach integrating diversity into the classroom.”

Jolivette said, “Diversity, for me, is getting to hear all the voices of our collective story. It’s always been part of the conversation I’ve wanted to have as an educator.”

Jolivette, a sculptor and art historian, integrates diversity into her classroom by selecting a broad range of work for study and including reading assignments from non-traditional sources. For example, in her course Women in Art, she selected essays from grassroots journals and statements from emerging artists in addition to more traditional readings from scholarly journals. She also assigned an essay from LOGOS, Missouri State’s journal of undergraduate research.

“Students like to read things written by their peers,” she said.

Her classes also present opportunities for students to express their own ideas through short writing responses, which Jolivette said reveal a broad range of experiences within the student body. “Everybody’s story is unique,” Jolivettte said, “in terms of their family caregiving, religious background and other circumstances.” She believes that, “the more ways we embrace our students and the different circumstances in which they arrive on campus,” the more effective the learning environment is for all students.

Diversity and critical thinking

Jolivette is confident that the diversity of her curriculum not only allows students to engage with a wide range of perspectives, but also enhances their critical thinking. Her conversations with students address questions such as, “Which texts do we take to be foundational? Who gets to write the story of an event or time?” Jolivette said, “I’m encouraging students to think about which perspectives we privilege in our discourse.”

She continued, “The more we think about different ways of experiencing the world, the deeper our understanding will be, which is part of the university’s Public Affairs Mission.”


Jolivette’s commitment to diverse curriculum has deep roots. One significant influence has been Canadian nonprofit Art Starts, where she volunteered as an artist and educator twenty years ago. “Their philosophy and educational strategies helped shape my own pedagogy in teaching about art within a social capacity,” she said.

She also credits the leadership of her department head, Vonda Yarberry, and the support of the entire art and design department, which has made diversity a curricular goal.

Jolivette will be recognized for this award at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception on May 2.

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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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