The Myers Forum – DATA.
May 5-7, 2014 – 10:00am-4pm.
n the spring of 2014, Jer Thorp visited the Myers School of Art to work with a select group of students. In his visit, Jer shared his beautiful and moving data visualization projects, worked hand-in-hand with students and directed them towards creating their own abstract representation of data in a human context. Jer’s work helps us learn about the way we use digital technologies, how to become more empathetic in the data age, and ultimately—to tell the story of our lives. He asks how can understanding the human side of data lead to innovation and effective change? What value is there in the novel and interactive approaches to data visualization? And, what are the business applications of creative data-focused research?Thorp teaches audiences how adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data can help people take control of the information that surrounds them, and revolutionize the way we utilize data. The students of this course ask these same questions and provide answers in the form of the projects they present. From collecting data on emotions to the color of clothing we wear, graphing opinions on resources in the school to the influence of technology on our lives. The Myers Forum students explored all aspects of data to reveal the human side hidden within.
Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibition
Friday April 25, 2014
Exhibition Open April 25 – May 2
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Family and Friends
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
48 graphic design seniors at the Myers School of Art are showcasing their incredible talents.
Landscape photography exhibition opening March 10 at UA's Emily Davis Gallery
March 10 through April 11
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Emily Davis Gallery at The University of Akron.
"Contemporary Views," a free exhibition of landscape photography by Jeff Rich, Daniel Shea and Lynn Whitney, runs March 10 through April 11 in the Emily Davis Gallery at The University of Akron. A free reception will be held March 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Curated by photographer Melissa K. Stallard, UA assistant professor of art, "Contemporary Views" examines how the landscape reflects the needs and interests of those who inhabit it.
"The artists in this exhibition photograph their surroundings with large-format film and view cameras, a deliberate and painstaking process that permits the recording of detail with clarity," explains Stallard. "While these photographers work in a seemingly impersonal, documentary style, their choice of vantage point, use of scale, and deliberate juxtapositions suggest complex, subjective, and ambiguous interpretations of their subjects that go beyond mere factual description."
Akron Art Museum chief curating UA juried exhibition
The new chief curator of the Akron Art Museum, Janice Driesbach, is also curating The University of Akron Myers School of Art’s 2013 Juried Student Exhibition.
The free exhibition runs now through Feb. 28 in the Emily Davis Gallery in Folk Hall, 150 E. Exchange St. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Free parking for visitors is available during the reception, and metered spaces are available during gallery hours.
The University of Akron has offered art classes since it began as Buchtel College in 1870, and the talents of UA art students have been showcased in juried exhibitions for the past 77 years.
Driesbach has chosen more than 50 student works for this year's exhibition, including ceramics, graphic design, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video.
Faculty and student artists filling Folk Hall for two exhibitions
The hallways and gallery spaces of Folk Hall, home of the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, are filled in coming weeks with art by faculty and students in two overlapping exhibitions.
The school’s 2012 Faculty Exhibition runs now through Dec. 7 in the Emily Davis Gallery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
The “Spectrum” exhibition runs Nov. 12-23 in the Project Gallery as well as in the upper and lower atriums of Folk Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
A dual reception for both exhibitions is Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibitions and reception are free. Folk Hall is at 150 E. Exchange St., on the UA campus, and has free parking for visitors.
The 2012 Faculty Exhibition features works from throughout the school’s studio art programs: ceramics, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, drawing, new media, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The faculty artists include Charles Beneke, Andrew Borowiec, Kate Budd, Jody Hawk, Chris Hoot, Matthew Kolodziej, Stephen Litchfield, Beth Lindenberger, Del Rey Loven, Tony Samangy, Mark Soppeland, Melissa Stallard, Mary Beth Stauffen, Carl Subich, Dave Szalay, Janice Troutman, Laura Vinnedge, Markus Vogl, Laila Voss and Donna Webb.
The exhibition “Spectrum” features works by 16 senior students in an array of media. “At the Myers School of Art, we encourage our students to push their creativity and step away from what is comfortable,” says exhibition curator Markus Vogl, assistant professor of graphic design at UA. “The works in ‘Spectrum’ are overlapping sequences of thoughts and opinions in the students’ exploration of varied but related ideas.”
For more information call 330-972-6030. For info about Spectrum, visit here.
- Golan Levin: April 3 and 4
- Mark Amerika: April 9
Oct.,31-Dec,3, 2011:“In artwork inﬂuenced by the land we see reﬂections of our physical surroundings and experience the dynamics between human culture and the natural world” states Charles Beneke, associate professor of art and exhibition curator. Within the Landscape/the Landscape Within examines the work of twenty contemporary artists for whom landscape is a primary inﬂuence. “In this exhibition of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, installation, and timebased media we see diverse expressions of landscape as both the natural world and a construct of our culture and the artists who draw from it.”
To see images from the show
Anne Beck, Susan Beiner, Rian Brown & Geoff Pingree, Christopher Cannon, Jacob Collins, Dean Dass, Adam Fung, Lari Gibbons, Valgerdur Hauksdottir, Steven Hilton, Gesine Janzen, Jason Lanka, Susan Moldenhauer, Carolyn Monastra, Sean Morrissey, Tiina Osara, Katy Stone, Yuken Teruya, Summer Zickefoose.
Ink And Ambition
Akron, OH, May 19, 2010: Fantasy and comic book artist Dennis Crabapple McClain shares his original work as well as original art from influential masters of the genre during an exhibition July 12 through Sept. 4 at The University of Akron’s Emily Davis Gallery, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. A small opening reception will occur on July 28 from 4-8:30 p.m. in the Folk Hall Atrium. A gallery walk through with the artist will be August 31 at noon in the Emily Davis Gallery. A formal artist lecture will take place September 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Folk Hall Auditorium, with accompanying closing reception from 4-8:30 p.m. Peter Whitley, former art director for Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons and Dragons, will give a lecture about the experiences of an employer in the gaming industry on September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Folk Hall Auditorium. For more exhibition information call (330) 972-6030 or visit http://art.uakron.edu. Crabapple, born in Akron as Dennis Cramer, has studied under the tutelage of such comic book greats as P. Craig Russell and Val Mayerik. At The University of Akron, he honed his artistic focus and introduced digital elements into his work.. He quickly moved on to work for DC Comics and Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons and Dragons series. He exceeded his own expectations to eventually draw for LucasFilm Publications, giving life to such Star Wars characters as the Max Rebo band and creatures from Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Throughout these commercial endeavors, Crabapple remained true to his artistic focus. He explains that he “look[s] for the four aspects of our humanity…in some sort of balance. Does the work show a balance of heart, soul, physicality, and emotion?” Crabapple’s artistic creation Mara, a long-term labor of love, embodies this balance and will be prominently displayed at the Emily Davis Gallery. Aside from works for Crabapple’s considerable list of clients, the exhibition will feature a video installation, new digital works, and sketches illustrating the process of comic creation. Work from industry luminaries who have influenced Crabapple will also be on display. Items include art by Jeffrey Jones, Berni Wrightson, and pre-production sketches from Bambi and The Simpsons, among others.
French Contemporary Art: The Work of Hervé Heuzé
“French Contemporary Art: The Work of Hervé Heuzé” marks Heuzé’s first solo exhibition on American soil. It features Heuzé’s “Abîmes” series, in which massive canvases create an enveloping blue atmosphere for visitors and evoke a mysterious and eerie underwater world. The exhibition is supported by the Maison Française de Cleveland.
Large-scale paintings by contemporary French artist Hervé Heuzé are on exhibit Sept. 13 through Oct. 23 in the Emily Davis Gallery in Folk Hall, 150 E. Exchange St., at The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art. “French Contemporary Art: The Work of Hervé Heuzé” marks Heuzé’s first solo exhibition on American soil. It features Heuzé’s “Abîmes” series, in which massive canvases create an enveloping blue atmosphere for visitors and evoke a mysterious and eerie underwater world. The exhibition is supported by the Maison Française de Cleveland. In another first, visitors to the exhibition can have guided personal tours in both English and French, provided by the gallery’s graduate assistants. The level of French can be adapted to various language levels, and all of the exhibition’s subject matter is appropriate for children and students.
2010 Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibition
Over forty graduating graphic design seniors will have their portfolios on display during this annual event. Portfolios will encompass areas such as corporate identity, packaging design, illustration, web page design and interactive media.
Over forty graduating graphic design seniors will have their portfolios on display during this annual event. Portfolios will encompass areas such as corporate identity, packaging design, illustration, web page design and interactive media. Industry professionals will have an opportunity for a private preview before the exhibition opens to the public. Students will be able to network with prospective employers during the entire week-long exhibition.
The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
The exhibition challenges artists to work in a variety of sculptural ideas, styles and media within the small-scale of a shoebox. The exhibition is organized by The University of Hawaii Art Gallery and supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition features works by 81 artists from more than 14 countries. The opening reception is Wednesday, March 24, at 4:30pm. Following the reception, at 6:00pm, Stephen Litchfield will discuss the 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition. Litchfield received his Ph.D. from Ohio University and his M.F.A. in sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a senior lecturer at The University of Akron and an assistant professor at Kent State University. The exhibition, lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
Responding to the cumbersome nature of many sculpture exhibitions, professors at the University of Hawaii developed an exhibition of small-scale pieces to encourage ease of handling and broader audience exposure to this contemporary and striking art form. The diminutive sculptures in the exhibition demonstrate how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by the size of an ordinary shoebox.
The exhibition organizers at the University of Hawaii write, “Some works are conceptual, some reflect the artist’s cultural heritage, and others are universal in expression.” To create their sculptures, the artists have used almost every imaginable medium, ranging from steel and wood to found objects and human hair.
The Myers School of Art provides a high quality education and leadership in the fine arts, art history, design, and art education. We seek to provide excellence in teaching, research, and community service, contributing to the visual culture of the region.
Collider 2: Camille Utterback
The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and the fine arts.
Collider 2: Camille Utterback, will featured the 2009 Macarthur ‘Genius’ grant recipient, artist Camille Utterback. Camille Utterback is a pioneering artist and programmer in the field of interactive installation. Collider 2 will feature two of Ms. Utterback's works that demonstrate the breadth of her career as an interactive installation artist.
Ms. Utterback, is also a 2010 Myers Artist-In-Residence. During her residency, she will worked with students from a variety of studio areas including the school’s latest program, New Media art, in an exploration of the qualities and methods of interaction from an artistic perspective.
Camille Utterback is a pioneering digital artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Utterback's work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in layered and often humorous ways. Her work focuses attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world. Her exhibit history cites more than fifty shows on four continents. Awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2009), an IBM Innovation Merit Award (2007), a Transmediale International Media Art Festival Award (2005), a Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowship (2002), and a US Patent (2004). Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Hewlett Packard, and La Caixa Foundation, among others. Utterback holds a BA in Art from Williams College, and a Masters degree from The Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
The Myers Juried Student Exhibition
The Myers Juried Student Exhibition returns to the Emily Davis Gallery for the first time in over five years.
The Myers Juried Student Exhibition returns to the Emily Davis Gallery for the first time in over five years. It will coincide with the Holiday Art Sale and many works in a variety of media will be available for purchase.
A juror of national distinction—Saul Ostrow, Dean of the Visual Arts and Technologies program, and Chair of the Painting program at the Cleveland Institute of Art—will select the best of our student work for this important show.
MIMB-MONUMENTAL IDEAS IN MINIATURE BOOKS 09/05/2009
Professor, Hui-Chu Ying, the Myers School of Art, University of Akron, USA and Director of Pryeco’ase, Alicia Candiana from Buenos Aires Argentina coordinated a traveling exhibition for the Southern Graphics Councils International Conference 2009 at Columbia College Chicago. Artists were invited to produce at least 6 books for an edition, focused the theme: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books(MIMB). Artists contributed 5 of their edition, which will allow to conduct traveling exhibition simultaneously from 2009 to 2012. Travel to total 46 national and international venues. At end of traveling exhibition, all MIMB books will go to 5 educational institutions’ permanent collection both nationally and internationally. A website mimb.org and catalogue was collaboration by faculties and students of Myers School of Art, University of Akron.