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Upcoming exhibitions

From Anthropology through Zoology: The Fine Art of the Liberal Arts!

Nov. 18-Feb. 15, 2014

Liberal Arts through the AGES (Augustana General Education Studies) centers Augustana's teaching collection in the winter-term first-year Liberal Studies program. The free accompanying catalogue and first-year textbook is available throughout the exhibition through the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts. The book represents interdisciplinary collaboration of 210 contributions: written by Augustana faculty, administrators, students and alumni (classes of 1987-2014) from disciplines across campus. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History, envisioned and created this 10-year project.

The internationally recognized Liberal Arts through the AGES book serves as a national model for interdisciplinary education. The catalog and exhibition examine artwork, dating from ancient through contemporary, by cultures across six continents. Through Dr. Goebel's leadership in building the Teaching Collection, and designing an effective program to interpret it, Augustana has pioneered this innovative interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts through faculty and student research and writing on original works of art as primary documents.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Preston Thayer, director of the Augustana Art Museum, and Dr. Goebel, with Liberal Studies faculty input toward selecting works particularly relevant to their winter classes. The project is supported by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and the Department of Art History with assistance from the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Augustana Art Museum, and donors who have lent and gifted pieces for exhibition.

Dr. Rick Jaeschke, associate professor of music, has further enriched the interdisciplinary contexts for Liberal Arts through the AGES through his research and construction of a music CD to parallel selected work of art from the book. Visitors may thus listen to music which correlates with these works of art on display.

Art History Senior Exhibition: Whistler and His Contexts

March 11-May 16

As part of their Senior Inquiry capstone project, Elizabeth Jakaitis and Jordan Kirkbride co-curated this exhibition with Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel related to their research at the Centre for Whistler Criticism. This project was advanced through funding by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, and by Dr. Donna Bergen and Dr. Thomas Madden, who established the Whistler Centre's library and research fellowships.

The Thomas B. Brumbaugh and Paul A. Anderson Art History Collections were used for the exhibit, in addition to works loaned by the Putnam Museum, Davenport.

Thirty-eighth annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition

Exhibition March 11-April 17; catalog available as of April 11 reception

Open to visual artists working in any media except video, this annual juried competition for artists residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities is co-sponsored with the Rock Island Art Guild. Entry specifications are on the Call for Entries mailed in November and available online. The image entry deadline is Jan. 23, 2014. More than $3,000 in awards may be presented, including the Sally MacMillan Watercolor Award given in recognition of the founder of the Rock Island Art Guild.

"Looking Isn't As Easy As It Looks"

7:30 p.m. March 13, Larson Hall inside the Bergendoff Hall of Fine arts; reception following in the Teaching Museum of Art

Guest speaker will be Rock Island Art Guild juror Dr. Mary Em Kirn, professor emerita of Art History, Augustana College, and past president, Rock Island Art Guild

This quote, attributed to the American minimalist painter Ad Reinhardt, easily could apply to the difficulties inherent in jurying a competitive exhibition of contemporary regional art. Dr. Kirn will examine both the objective and subjective qualities associated with the task of being a juror. She will contextualize this dynamic by also examining works of art that were deemed acceptable or unacceptable to contemporary audiences in past  centuries.

Dr. Kirn received a B.S. in studio art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her undergraduate work, she studied painting with
Leon Berkowitz and Sam Gilliam at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She earned her M.A. in art history at University of
Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in art history at Florida State University.

Reception for the Thirty-eighth annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition

4:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, refreshments served. The exhibition catalog will be debuted and awards will be announced in the Teaching Museum of Art.

Studio Art and Graphic Design Senior Exhibition

April 29-May 25 (closed for final exams May 19-22)

Preparing a senior show and artist's statement are integral to the Senior Inquiry capstone project for studio art and graphic design majors. These experiences help students to summarize their development as art majors and to prepare for future careers. Slated to participate for 2014 are Grace Bunderson, Adrielle Louise Canda, Monica Hill, Lindsay Hohertz, Reji Kaur, Chris Madison, Samantha Paddock, Liv Reinacher, Amelia Ruzek, Sara Sievert, Samantha Stanton and Erin Williams.

Walking Tour by Studio Art and Graphic Design Seniors

May 6, 10:30 a.m.
The exhibiting student artists will discuss their works in the Teaching Museum of Art.

Closing reception for the Senior Studio Art and Graphic Design Student Exhibition

Sunday, May 25, 12:45-2 p.m., refreshments served.
Meet the artists in the Teaching Museum of Art.