Rachel Brewer has joined our department as our new Gallery Director and Curator of Collections at Georgetown College. Rachel recently completed her M. A. in History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis with certification in Museum Studies. Rachel served as an intern at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL where she performed collections management involving research and data entry. She served also as an assistant to the Curator and Director of Education at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis. At the Contemporary, Rachel helped to coordinate the docent program and wrote texts for the museum publics. The search committee was quite impressed with Rachel’s credentials as well as her excitement about the responsibilities that this position offers. Please stop by her office to introduce yourself. The Gallery Director’s office is located in the Jacobs Gallery in the Ensor LRC; Rachel’s phone is 502.863.8399. Let Rachel know if you are interested in a tour of the Jacobs Gallery, the outdoor sculptures, or our new exhibition in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery.
Dr. Decker taught a summer course in the May Term entitled “Art History, Theory, and Criticism.” Students in the course visited fifteen exhibitions over the course of the semester. Highlights included the tour of the home of Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Science Center for the exhibition “The Bodies.” Decker attended the AAC&U conference on General Education with colleagues from Georgetown College’s General Education Task Force. The conference was held May 30-June 4 on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Other participants from Georgetown include: Drs. Rosemary Allen, Barbara Burch, Brad Hadaway, and Bill Stevens. Further information is located on the Gen Ed website. The general education review and reform process continued going strong, throughout the summer, with the Synthesis GERC workshops which were held on May 22, June 24, July 22, and August 12. Full faculty meetings to distribute and discuss the Gen Ed reform will be held on August 28 and October 23. Email Dr. Decker if you have any questions.
Professionally, Dr. Decker continues to research public art and public sculpture. She served as guest-editor of the Spring and Summer issues of the award-winning journal, Collections, from AltaMira Press. In June, Dr. Decker spoke at the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia meeting held at Belmont University. She serves as Membership Coordinator for Public Art Dialogue and Second Vice President of the Historians of British Art, both of which are CAA-affiliated societies.
Daniel Graham taught two summer courses. The undergraduate course was a studio course in the basics of furniture making. The graduate level course, entitled “Art on a Shoestring”, was geared toward arts and humanities teachers who work with grades P-12. Daniel has been active in exhibiting and was recently included in the Bluegrass Biennial hosted by the Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University in Morehead KY. Works purchased were added to the private collection of collector Suzan Goldstein of Lexington KY. He has been busy coordinating the Karakuri workshop study abroad opportunity for our students and beginning the process of bringing Japanese students here for a blacksmithing workshop. Daniel recently returned from a Visiting Artist lecture and workshop at Bowling Green State University. He has a number exhibitions coming up in the fall that he is preparing for as well as preparing for some new classes coming up in the fall including a Sketchbooks class in the fall consisting of bookmaking, collage, and book arts. In the spring Daniel will teach a Digital Dimensions class using multiple sculptural processes along side 3d rendering work as well as the ever popular silkscreen class, this time infused with monoprint.
During the summer, Professor Darrell Kincer was involved in a number of projects, ranging from the redesign of his website (darrellkincer.com) to the preparations and hanging of a solo show at Asbury College. Other accomplishments include improvements to the department’s digital lab and traditional darkroom. He also invested time researching a practicing a number of non-silver based photographic techniques in preparation for a special topics class in the Fall where students will explore a range of imaging methods, from Holgas (toy cameras) to Kallitypes and other “alternative” processes. Last but certainly not least, the biggest excitement of the summer came from three back to back events: 2008 Commencement, photographing a wedding, and the birth of his first child, Evelyn Grey Kincer; all in the course of nearly 24 hours. “Evy” is doing well and has been a wonderful blessing. It might also be noted that she provides a wonderful new subject for photographing!
During the Fall, Darrell will be involved in a few specific projects: helping the 2009 seniors prepare for their springtime senior show, making preparations for a photography course abroad to London and Dublin over the winter break through CCSA, and producing another solo show to be exhibited in the Wilson Art Gallery for this coming January.