Artist of the Week: Claudia Tommasi

Meet Claudia Tommasi, from Stow, Ohio!

Claudia Tommasi with her woodcut and monotype print, Collateral Damage (2016).

Claudia Tommasi is a senior at Miami University. She is majoring in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Painting. She is also minoring in Arts Management, Art History, and Interactive Media Studies. This semester, Claudia’s work is exhibited in Miami University Art Museum’s Student Response Exhibition (SRE) Conflict & Resolution.

Claudia’s dream jobs are being a working artist and also a teaching artist. Her favorite arts venue is the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Other favorite art venues include The Drawing Center and the Met Breuer in New York. Her favorite food is Korean food and her favorite place to eat in Oxford is Krishna! Her other school activities include being Treasurer of the Art Museum Student Organization (AMSO) on campus and being in the University Academic Scholars Program. She also works as a Student Assistant at Maplestreet Station. There are many reasons Claudia chose Miami University. These include the atmosphere, class size, scholarship opportunities and professors. Claudia’s hobbies are trying new restaurants, Netflix-ing, and Google deep-diving. Outside of school, she enjoys relaxing and exploring new places. She has four cats and one dog, and she really likes guinea pigs (due to their cuteness and potato shape)!

Claudia appreciates the art of the 1950’s and 1960’s, as Americans became more experimental in their artwork. Her main source of research and inspiration come from contemporary artists. These artists include Katharina Grosse, Judy Pfaff and Fabian Marcaccio. She also enjoys the line work and theatrical depictions of post-impressionist painter and printmaker, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

At the Miami University Art Museum, Claudia has worked as a curatorial intern in the summer of 2015. She has exhibited work in other SREs at the museum before and is excited to be exhibiting again.

Come see the exhibition and vote for your top three pieces! Voting will continue until April 12 and the awards ceremony for exhibited artists will be held on April 13, from 5-7pm.

By Caroline Ward, Marketing & Communications Intern

Conservation Conversations: Public and Student Programs

Monday, March 13: Meet the Conservator!  

Conservator Michael Ruzga speaking with the public about the conservation process during his visit to the museum in 2015.

The public is invited to converse with Cincinnati conservator Michael Ruzga at the Miami University Art Museum as he works on a 16th century Italian oil painting. Formerly the Chief Conservator at the Taft Museum of Art, Ruzga has treated numerous paintings over the past twenty years, including works by Rembrandt, Renoir, Bouguereau and others.

The general public will get a chance to speak with Ruzga about the conservation process during “Conservation Conversation.” Co-sponsored by the Art Museum Docent Program, this event will be held on Monday March 13 at 10 am in the Art Museum auditorium. Ruzga will present the process of conservation, his methods, and conduct a treatment demonstration.

Francesco Bissolo (Italian). Madonna and Child. 16th century. Gift of Gregory M. and Jeffrey B. Bishop. Acc. No. 2014.B.E.L.15

Also on March 13 from Noon-1:30 pm, a student and faculty program, “Conservation at Work,” will offer not only a chance to learn about conservation careers, but also lunch. Ruzga will continue to work on the oil painting (left) during this event and be available to answer questions from the audience. This program is co-sponsored by the Miami University Office of Career Services.

Programs co-sponsored by the Miami University Art Museum Docent Program and the Office of Career Services.

Careers in Humanities Talk by Miami Alum and Cincinnati Museum Center CEO, Elizabeth Pierce


  
Ethan Clearfield, Arts Management Intern

Elizabeth Pierce CEO Cincinnati Museum Center Photo From Cincinnati Museum Center

On February 14, Miami had the pleasure of welcoming guest speakers and Miami alumni Elizabeth Pierce and Cody Hefner from the Cincinnati Museum Center. As part of their visit to campus, Pierce, CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and Hefner, Media Relations Manager at the CMC, talked to students about careers in history, museum studies and the value of humanities degrees.

Pierce provided students with an overview of her path to success, firmly stating that, “a humanities degree opens many career opportunities, makes you a better employee and provides you with a strong skill set that will prepare you for the future.” Pierce also noted that degrees in the humanities give students critical thinking skills and strong writing skills, which are important foundations for any career path. After graduating from Miami with degrees in History and Geography, Pierce moved on to George Washington University where she received graduate degrees in American Studies and Museum Studies. After graduate school, Pierce worked in fundraising, which she told students, was an important and useful job that allowed her to use networking skills. Eventually, Pierce found herself at the Chicago Children’s Museum, followed by a public relations firm in Cincinnati and finally to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Hefner reiterated many of the points made by Pierce and talked about his struggle to find a major while at Miami. After trying many different majors, Hefner told students, he landed on History. Hefner noted he wasn’t sure what he would do with a History major, but he had an interest in the topic and knew a background in Humanities could offer him many career directions. Now, he creates press releases and other forms of communication for the Cincinnati Museum Center. 

Pierce also talked about the importance of working across disciplines, and told students that making connections and working with different groups of her staff was vital to the museum’s success. Pierce noted the importance of collection accessibility and the desire for visitors to learn about all that museums have to offer. She stated these as some of the many key components for why the Cincinnati Museum Center exists.

Pierce also encouraged Miami students, across all disciplines, who may be interested in the museum field, to reach out to the Cincinnati Museum Center for future internships. For more information on the Cincinnati Museum Center, visit its website

Artist of the Week: Mackenzie Mettey

Meet Mackenzie Mettey, from Kings Mills, Ohio!

Mackenzie Mettey with her photograph, Ceasefire (2016)

Mackenzie Mettey is a freshman at Miami, majoring in Art Education and minoring in Photography. This semester, Mackenzie’s work is exhibited in Miami University Art Museum’s Student Response Exhibition (SRE) Conflict & Resolution.

Mackenzie’s dream job is to be a high school art teacher or … a movie star! Her favorite arts venue is the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She chose Miami University because her high school art teacher is an alum of Miami and recommended the school to Mackenzie. She then visited Miami and fell in love with it!

Mackenzie’s favorite food is chocolate-covered strawberries and her favorite place to eat in Oxford is Mac & Joe’s. Her favorite activities outside of school are going on nature walks and listening to musical soundtracks. Outside of school, she works at a summer camp for kids and recently joined the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. She is also a member of the Harry Potter Club on campus, along with Media All Day, Movies All Night (M.A.D.M.E.N.) and Stage Left! Mackenzie’s hobbies include re-reading the Harry Potter series, watching Netflix, noodling with Photoshop and going to (as well as performing in) as many theater productions as she can.

Come see the exhibition and vote for your top three pieces! Voting will continue until April 12 and the awards ceremony for exhibited artists will be held on April 13, from 5-7pm.

By Caroline Ward, Marketing & Communications Intern

Artist of the Week: Patti Ann Cossel

Meet Patti Ann Cossel, from Brecksville, Ohio!

Patti Ann Cossel with her monotype print, Gas Attack (2016).

Patti Ann Cossel is a Miami University graduate, as of December 2016. She majored in Architecture and minored in Arts Management. This semester, Patti’s work is exhibited in Miami University Art Museum’s Student Response Exhibition (SRE) Conflict & Resolution.

Patti’s dream job is to do marketing for a non-profit arts organization. Her favorite art venue is the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio. The reason she chose Miami University as her college is because of the beautiful rotunda in Alumni Hall, the home of the Architecture & Interior Design department. Her favorite food is pierogi and her favorite place to eat in Oxford is Skipper’s. Outside of school, Patti’s favorite activity is reading. Her other hobbies include hiking and archery. Her school activities at Miami included being a marketing intern for Housing, Dining, Recreation & Business Services.

Come see the exhibition and vote for your top three pieces! Voting will continue until April 12 and the awards ceremony for exhibited artists will be held on April 13, from 5-7pm.

By Caroline Ward, Marketing & Communications Intern

Artist of the Week: Alisha Mason

Meet Alisha Mason, from Hamilton, Ohio!

Alisha Mason, artist in the SRE Spring 2017

Alisha Mason with her painting, Coming Home (2016)

Alisha Mason is a sophomore at Miami, majoring in Community Art and Arts Management and minoring in Museums & Society. This semester, Alisha’s work is exhibited in Miami University Art Museum’s Student Response Exhibition (SRE) Conflict & Resolution.

Alisha’s dream job is to own a gallery. Her favorite museum is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  She likes street art and mosaics, too. Her favorite food is grilled cheese! Alisha has two dogs – a pit bull/boxer mix and a fox terrier. Outside of school, she enjoys activities that do not involve school or work, such as cooking, drawing, reading and gardening.

Come see the exhibition and vote for your top three pieces! Voting will continue until April 12 and the awards ceremony for exhibited artists will be held on April 13, from 5-7pm.

By Caroline Ward, Marketing & Communications Intern

Conflict and Resolution: A Student Response Exhibition

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Caroline Ward, Marketing Intern

 

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Detail of the SRE Exhibition in Gallery 3 of the Miami University Art Museum. Photo by Caroline Ward

This semester, twelve Miami students are featured in the Miami University Art Museum’s Student Response Exhibition (SRE). Works reflect the title of the exhibition, Conflict & Resolution. This exhibition complements the other two featured exhibitions pertaining to World War I.

One exhibition features prints of the period by artists “reflecting on their personal experiences in order to come to terms with the war or to provide unique commentary.” Another exhibit features WWI propaganda to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war against Germany and entry into the military conflict abroad.

Detail of the SRE Exhibition installed in Gallery 3 of the Miami University Art Museum. Photo by Caroline Ward.

The student artists in the SRE explore the notion of conflict and resolution through works that depict historic and contemporary battles, peace, and immigration. It is the fourth annual Student Response Exhibition and offers originality and personal commentary from Miami students on “how war is visualized and understood, and how the resulting search for peace can be interpreted.”

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Voting kiosk in the SRE Exhibition. Cast your votes before April 12! Photo by Caroline Ward

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time, monetary awards will be awarded through sponsorship by the Art Museum Membership Association. Voting is open from January 24 – April 12 allowing visitors to choose their top three choices in the gallery! An awards ceremony event will be held for the exhibited artists on Thursday, April 13 from 5-7pm.

The exhibition is open from January 24 – May 13 and features work by Amanda Adams, Patti Ann Cossel, Hannah Edmonds, Joshua Gabbard, Emma Leising, Alisha Mason, Mackenzie Mettey, Rebekah Mohn, GM Akand Sabik, Billy Simms, Claudia Tommasi and Caroline Ward.

 

MUAM Sculpture Park Welcomes “Hatched Baby” on Temporary Loan

B_Garnai_profileimageBridget Garnai, Arts Management Intern

In January 2017, the much-anticipated Hatched Baby by Wolfgang Auer was installed in the Miami University Art Museum (MUAM) Sculpture Park. The fiberglass and resin sculpture is on temporary loan from German artist Auer and recently spent a year on display at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio. Now the “Blue Baby,” as it became known in Hamilton, has come to college!

Wolfgang Auer's "Hatched Baby" in place at the Miami University Art Museum. Photo by Scott Kissell.

Wolfgang Auer’s “Hatched Baby” in place at the Miami University Art Museum. Photo by Scott Kissell.

Yves Klein Blue Monochrome 1961 Dry pigment in synthetic polymer medium on cotton over plywood The Museum of Modern Art 618.1967

Yves Klein
Blue Monochrome
1961
Dry pigment in synthetic polymer medium on cotton over plywood
The Museum of Modern Art 618.1967

To find out more about Auer’s art, visit his website and read our first blog post about Hatched Baby. In addition to the size and monumentality of the piece, which was inspired by the anxieties of becoming a new parent, the color blue has some interesting connections with art history. Blue can have connotations of both serenity and sadness and artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso to Yves Klein have used the color in unique ways. Throughout history, the Virgin Mary in Christian art has often been depicted in blue robes. Picasso had his famous “Blue Period” as he worked through the death of his friend. Yves Klein developed a highly pigmented blue paint for his monochrome paintings known as “International Klein Blue”. Whatever Auer’s motivation might be for using this striking color, it is undeniably eye-catching and invites the viewer to think about some of the other associations that Auer’s work inspires.

Stop by the Miami University Art Museum to see this exciting piece of sculpture! If you take a picture be sure to share it with #BlueBabyMiamiOH. A special thanks to the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, and the City of Sculpture project for collaborating on the transfer of Wolfgang Auer’s piece to our museum!  

Welcome to America featured in UP Fashion Magazine

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Bridget Garnai, Arts Management Intern

Welcome to America, a current exhibition by Carol Hamoy, was featured in the Miami student publication UP MagazineThe article, “Clothed in Identity” by former Miami University Art Museum intern Sam Forsthoefel, relates the powerful stories of women immigrants featured on Hamoy’s unique constructed and found garments to the idea of Native, UP Magazine’s theme for Fall 2016. Forsthoefel writes, “With familial and cultural histories inherent in each of us, we all coexist as natives at our very core. Our native story is what clothes and identifies us in a world of countless diversities.” Pick up a copy of UP Magazine on campus and around Oxford or read the magazine online!

Don’t miss out on your last chance to see this semester’s current exhibitions, Welcome to America, Winter in Jeju-Do, and Collections Highlights: Recent Acquisitions, which are open until Saturday December 17. Visit the MUAM website to plan your visit to the museum before its too late!

Current exhibition Welcome to America was featured in UP Fashion Magazine's Fall 2016 edition

Current exhibition Welcome to America was featured in UP Magazine’s Fall 2016 edition

Art and Architecture History Students Present Their Miami University Art Museum Intern Experiences

B_Garnai_profileimageBridget Garnai, Arts Management Intern

On Thursday December 9, two Art & Architecture History students presented their Miami University Art Museum (MUAM) intern experiences. Art & Architecture History students at Miami must complete a field study as part of their major, and internships at the MUAM are an enriching way for students to fulfill that requirement. Rebecca Hughes, a senior Architecture and Art & Architecture History student, and Caroline Bastian, a sophomore Art & Architecture History and Arts Management student, were both Curatorial Interns and shared the exciting work they did this semester alongside curator Jason Shaiman.

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Curatorial Intern Rebecca Hughes shares her internship experiences

Rebecca worked on an upcoming exhibition Comfort Zones, which places the paintings of Chicago-based Mary Phelan next to the paintings of rural Virginian Eldridge Bagley. As part of her internship Rebecca helped choose which of the artist’s paintings to exhibit, interviewed the artists, wrote exhibition texts, prepared grant materials, and used her design skills to develop a plan for the layout of the exhibition. Comfort Zones will be on view at the MUAM in Fall 2018.

As a curatorial intern, Caroline’s worked on an upcoming exhibition about African-American historical and cultural identity as portrayed through children’s illustrated books. Caroline and Jason spent many hours in King Library this semester reading over 300 children’s books and selecting which books to include in this exhibition. Caroline also prepared grant materials and worked on the organization of a conference and traveling exhibition concept in conjunction with the exhibition, which will be on view in Spring 2018 at the MUAM.

Caroline Bastian presents her experiences as a Curatorial Intern

Caroline Bastian presents her experiences as a Curatorial Intern

Many thanks to Caroline and Rebecca for their contributions to the MUAM this semester and for sharing their internship experiences with faculty, staff, and students!