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USI 2012 Student Art Show

April 2, 2012

University of Southern Indiana


Juror for USI Juried Student Art Exhibition chooses 181 works

Opening reception is Sunday April 1


The juror for the 42nd annual USI Juried Student Art Exhibition, to be held April 1-29, is  John Begley, a Louisville artist, curator, and gallery director, and founding director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.


Begley selected 181 works of art created in the past year from over 425 works submitted by USI students for inclusion in the show. He currently heads the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute galleries and leads its Critical and Curatorial Studies program.


The opening reception for the 42nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.


Over $7800 in merit awards, scholarships, and purchase awards, generously donated by area business and individuals, will be announced at that time. The public is welcome to attend the reception and view the exhibition.


The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries, located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Begley juried the exhibit on March 21, and presented a lecture that evening titled, “Seeing Influence: Stephen Pace and Anne Cooper Dobbins,” in Kleymeyer Hall in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center.


His talk was based on a recent exhibit of artwork by Stephen Pace from the USI Art Collection, and the work of Anne Cooper Dobbins, Begley’s student, that he curated at the Hite Institute. He also made remarks about his selections for this year’s exhibit at that time.


Begley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. He served as director of the Louisville Visual Art Association for 18 years.


The recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany and Getty Museum Management Institute Fellowships, Begley oversaw the growth of the Louisville Visual Art Association to a multi-function exhibition, education, and advocacy art center. He also has been an active advocate for the visual arts in Louisville, the state of Kentucky, and the region.


He has produced hundreds of exhibitions, including shows that have toured the American Midwest and South, Scotland, Germany, France, and Taiwan.


Begley also maintains an active studio practice in drawing, printmaking, book arts, installation, and intermedia combinations that examine the nature of seeing, making, and thinking about the world of art.


For more information, contact Kathryn Waters at 464-1933.

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Arts Council Announces Symposium on Arts Education Collaborations

January 3, 2012

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, with the assistance of the University of Evansville and Dr. Sharon Kazee, are pleased to announce a Symposium in behalf of young people, “Collaborations in Arts Education,” to be held from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 4, 2012 in The Smythe Lecture Hall in the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration on the University of Evansville Campus. All are invited.

Through its Arts Institute Fund, the Council has been given the opportunity to provide substantial support for K12 Arts Education for students in Vanderburgh County and is developing grants programs for that purpose. It has already established two grants programs: one intended to strengthen not-for-profit arts organizations in their arts education activities and another meant to assist teachers and administrators to help students find support for smaller projects as they arise.

Now, the Council is creating a new program, called “Creative Collaboration Grants,” intended to get organizations and individuals working together to put arts education on the agenda for all students, those who create and those who appreciate, in Vanderburgh County.

The February Symposium is intended to discuss the general idea of collaboration in a forum in which artists, teachers, arts organizations, school administrators, funding organizations, and the interested public can discuss ways to work together to help students develop  the kind of engaged creative and critical skills and cultural understanding which encountering the arts can provide. The Council will seek to support projects and programs in all Vanderburgh schools, public, private, charter, and parochial, as well as projects that may occur at times and in places outside the normal school room setting.

The symposium will feature speakers, a panel discussion, and an open forum to which all attendees may contribute—all focused on the general theme of collaboration. A principal discussant will be Frank Baiocchi, senior program officer of the Polk Brothers Foundation in Chicago, who works closely with the Chicago Public Schools developing the kind of collaborative projects the Council envisions. For those with specific projects in mind, the afternoon session will provide a workshop based specifically on the Council’s new Creative Collaborations Grants form which is expected to be available shortly after the meeting and ready for a submission deadline of March 1.

For further information contact the Council at 422-2111.

To view the announcement, click the link below:

Creative Collaboration in Arts Education Announcement

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