A Note from the Director
Preston Thayer became director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art in October 2013. He brings 14 years experience leading museums across the country, including at two other universities.
A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dr. Thayer received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in the history of technology from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
An exciting and challenging exhibition season begins on Sept. 5. "A Different Way of Seeing: Swedish Art from the Charters Collection" both celebrates a 100-work donation of Swedish artworks recently received, and challenges the visitor to think about how the Franco-centric story of modern art has begun to give way to more nuanced appreciation of alternative modernisms. For Swedish artists, this included finding ways to celebrate the Northern landscape and, later, the social democratic idea of the "People's Home."
The triennial studio art faculty art show follows in the winter term. We have an extraordinarily talented studio faculty, with a wide range of approaches from the purely formal to the political and social. The breadth of the work will surely support the show's title, "Art Matters"!
In the spring term we present the photography of Richard Ross. "Juvenile In Justice" examines America's imprisonment of her children, and is presented in coordination with programming at the Figge Art Museum across the river in Davenport, Iowa. An artist's talk, and a panel discussion among stakeholders in the Quad-Cities' justice system, will flesh out the troubling tale of juvenile incarceration that Ross's photographs tell.
We round out the exhibition season with our annual celebration of student work. Both studio and art history projects are planned — the specifics to be announced!
My thanks again to all the staff and students who made the 2013-14 season such a pleasure. I am looking forward to working with a new assistant director who will be coming on board in mid-August.
Preston Thayer, Director