Sep 1, 2007 — Aug 28, 2008

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Passage on the Underground Railroad: The Artistry of Stephen Marc
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
September 1, 2007 – September 28, 2007
Organized by the Underground Railroad Research Institute, the Scott County Arts & Cultural Center, and the Georgetown College Art Department

Mouthpiece: Recent Works by J. Daniel Graham
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
September 6, 2007 – October 4, 2007
Mouthpiece is an exhibition of varied works ranging from woodcuts to performative machines stemming from the art of storytelling. Including State of the Mother a self-typing typewriter and Prodigal Silence a line drawing machine that erases its own marks. The conceptual basis and founding of this show started while making my wife breakfast. I cracked an egg open and thought about the beautiful notion of the left over shell, a defense system no longer needed and now defenseless, an empty container of little worth, a clean surface inside and out just waiting to be redefined in its purpose. This past year, for myself, has been a year of redefinition. Many of these recent works stem from stories of specific  reactions that I feel lead to share, while some are more personal stories that I have needed to tell to myself.
J. Daniel Graham

Selections from the Georgetown College Permanent Collection
Cochenour Gallery
September 7, 2007 – September 27, 2007

Scenes of Creativity: Kappa Pi & Maskrafters
Cochenour Gallery
October 4, 2007 – November 15, 2007
Art students at Georgetown College are honoring the past of two fine arts organizations on campus by hosting a special exhibition just in time for Homecoming.
“Scenes of Creativity: Kappa Pi and Maskrafters” opens on Oct. 4 in the Cochenour Gallery in Georgetown College’s Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center in Georgetown, Ky. “Scenes of Creativity” is an exhibition focusing on the visual and performing arts by recognizing  the ways Kappa Pi and Maskrafters have enhanced the artistic environment of both the college and the city of Georgetown for decades.
The exhibit features pieces of Kappa Pi and Maskrafters’s past, including costumes, works of art, photographs and programs. Kappa Pi, the art honor society, has been active on campus since the 1950s, although art exhibitions, events and field trips have been an integral part of the activities of the College’s Art Department. Maskrafters has been producing plays since its founding in 1924 and is the oldest collegiate theater group in Kentucky.
Alumni of both Kappa Pi and Maskrafters are invited to visit the exhibit during Homecoming weekend to celebrate the traditions of these groups. “Scenes of Creativity” focuses not only on the successes of these two groups but also the nostalgia of college life and academia. Kappa Pi and Maskrafters will hold a reunion and open reception on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Homecoming weekend.
This exhibit is curated by the Careers in Art class, a course for upper level art majors taught by Art Department Chair Dr. Juilee Decker. Students Peggy Coots, Hannah Davis, Ashley Gabbard, Jessica Jackson, Karyn Leverenz, Kristie Powell and Sam Taylor all contributed to the exhibit. Faculty involved include Mrs. Karen Gillenwater, director of art galleries and curator of collections, and Dr. Glen Taul, archivist.

Selections from the Chellgren Collection of The Speed Art Museum
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
October 11, 2007 – November 15, 2007
In 2003, The Speed Art Museum received a major gift of 153 contemporary artists’ prints, given by Paul W. Chellgren. Mr. Chellgren has expanded the significance of this original gift, which encompasses important British and other European artists, by continuing to add new works of art to the collection. The Chellgren collection is an informed and significant collection that has added new depth to the contemporary holdings of the Speed and continues efforts to develop the Speed’s contemporary art collection in an international direction.
Selections from the Chellgren Collection of The Speed Art Museum is an exhibition of works by the 17 artists in the collection. While giving a first glimpse of the quality and variety of the collection, it also offers an opportunity to explore and enjoy the richly imaginative ways in which artists use print media today. Represented here are artists associated with the Pop Art and Conceptual movements, as well as a group of renowned painters. Among the works on display, highlights include: Patrick Caulfield’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon vues de Derrière, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Pablo Picasso; Richard Hamilton’s How a Great Daily Organ Is Made Up, a multiple etching and aquatint after novelist James Joyce’s Ulysses; Mimmo Paladino’s Ukiyo-e, a complex exploration of materials and techniques; Hamish Fulton’s poetic Ten One Day Walks From and to Kyoto July 1994; and Howard Hodgkin’s eloquent Venice, Morning.
Other artists represented in the exhibition are:
Gillian Ayres, Peter Blake, Michael Craig-Martin, Grenville Davey, Langlands and Bell, Ian McKeever, Julian Opie, Paul Schültze, Joe Tilson, Bill Woodrow, and Catherine Yass.

Detournemental Illness: Situationism and the American Idol
Cochenour Gallery
November 8, 2007 – December 20, 2007
In his series Detournemental Illness: Situationism and the American Idol, the artist Gregory O’Toole attempts to put perspective on the visual imagery and information with which we are bombarded on a daily basis. With new tools of the digital age and the increased amount of information vying for our attention, mass media has become more and more polished and aggressive. Mirroring the variety of stimuli that he responds to, O’Toole works in several different artistic media ranging from the more traditional, painting and collage, to newer forms such as video, podcasts, and blogs.
Gregory O’Toole began the series with an oil painting of a sheep. In this way, he uses the art form seen as most traditional with a traditional symbol—that of blind submission. O’Toole’s sheep has a cartoon-like appeal that draws us in and makes us feel comfortable identifying with it. Within the second artwork of the series, a collage, the sheep is enfolded by mass media images and text, symbolizing our position in trying to interpret these messages.
Moving on to the medium of video, the artist creates his own interpretations of mass media visual stimuli in what he calls “film experiments.” Five videos are available for viewing in the gallery, ranging from Heroes + Influences which combines images in a fast-paced way that mimics subliminal advertisements to The Only Silent Pome I Ever Wrote which strips away the chaos and gives us the chance to observe a single element of life, uninterrupted.
Also on display in the gallery are examples of advertisements that use subliminal or hidden images, giving the opportunity to examine that materials to which O’Toole responds in his art. All of the advertisements here have images in the background that we are not intended to consciously acknowledge. The fact that we typically do not notice these images relates to O’Toole’s use of the sheep as a symbol of blind submission. Please visit the gallery to take a look at the advertisements. Visitors are invited to interact with the exhibition, leaving their impressions of the art and telling what they see in the advertisements on bulletin boards in the space.
Thanks to Dr. William Gillespie for providing the advertisements on view in the gallery and information about subliminal messages in advertising.
You can also check out the exhibition online and enjoy the chance to read about O’Toole’s “life as art” in his blogs:

http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/art/

http://www.gregory-otoole.com/american-idolization/index.htm

anecdotes… December 2007 Senior Exhibition
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
November 29, 2007 – December 9, 2007
Georgetown College art seniors are telling their stories with “Anecdotes…”, the new art show opening on November 29 in the Anne Wright Wilson Gallery. The show consists of work by one art historian and three studio artists, in media such as painting, photography, film and installation. All four students will be graduating in December after the completion of their final exhibition at Georgetown College.
Dr. Juilee Decker, chair of the art department and director of this semester’s exhibition, said “The senior exhibition is the culminating experience for the art history and studio majors. This fall’s graduates have prepared work that, while personal, will connect viewers with the anecdotes they have chosen to share.”
Artist Jason Colliver is from Nicholasville, Kentucky and has been involved with the Georgetown College Art Department since his sophomore year. Colliver has designed several brochures and publications for the department including the award-winning catalog for the exhibition “A Bostonian Painter in Kentucky: Asa Park (1790-1827)” in 2006. He also was a key participant in the Underground Railroad Research Institute
exhibit that was on display in downtown Lexington last January. Colliver works in a variety of media including graphic design, woodworking, sculpture and graffiti. He said the work in “Anecdotes” is “an attempt to discuss if actions really do speak louder than words.”
Lucy Chesnut is a sculptor and photographer from London, Ky. While working on her art major, Chesnut studied abroad in Italy at the Lorenzo de Medici school of art where she learned how to sculpt with marble. When asked what inspires her to make art, Chesnut said “it is something I really enjoy and have a strong passion for…there is nothing more exciting for me than getting a new idea for an art piece.” In “Anecdotes” Chesnut’s work explores the relationship between identity, self and the communal aspect of art. After graduation, Chesnut plans to continue making art and attend graduate school.
Ashley Gabbard is an art history major from Richmond, Ky. She is the first art student at Georgetown College to graduate with a degree in art history. Gabbard’s senior project consists of a catalog of the Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery at Georgetown College—a one of a kind space that contains modern and contemporary paintings and prints as well as a renowned collection of antiquities. Although Gabbard’s project is a research thesis, she along with Chesnut will be presenting a documentary focusing on the Jacobses. This documentary will be on view at “Anecdotes.” After graduating in December, Gabbard plans to attend graduate school where she will earn a master of arts degree in art history.
Painter Laura Lynn Medley is from Lexington, Ky and has been creating art since “the moment I could pick up a pencil.” Medley’s pieces in “Anecdotes” are a series of paintings that examine past conversations and memories. These paintings were created with oil paint on wooden boards. They vary in size from 2×2 to 4×8. Medley said her works are “a conversation between the viewer and the paint.” Her works have been featured in four exhibits at Georgetown College and at local coffee shop Lock and Key. Medley has also been involved in several mural  projects around campus. After graduation, Medley plans to apply to graduate school and pursue a master of fine arts in painting.

Paintings by William Mathew Andrus
Cochenour Gallery
January 10, 2008 – February 7, 2008

Joe Meiser: Alternate Realities
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
January 17, 2008 – February 17, 2008
My work is a personal mythology which draws upon a diverse range of sources: from
parapsychology, to Plato, to the art which arises from world religions. I frequently employ
ostensibly utilitarian objects as vehicles for catharsis or transcendence. My art ranges widely in
scale and form, but is conceptually driven, rooted in object making, and consistently focus on
questions about belief. -Joe Meiser
In his recent works, most of which fall under his own title “Transcendence Research,” Joe Meiser
has pushed his interaction (and that of others) with his sculptural works outside the traditional realm
of viewing finished pieces on pedestals. He illustrates that experiences with objects beyond their
mere creation add immeasurably to one’s understanding of the realities that exist. This exploration
began after Meiser spent a year constructing a sensory deprivation tank, which he then used in
performances. The video Transcendence Research is a compilation of interviews with people as
they re-adjust to sensory experiences after spending time in the tank. Ten Hours in the
Transcendence Device presents Meiser’s own attempt to attain a transcendent experience and
contemplates the link between our physicality and identity. In contrast, Meiser depicts our conflict
with the limitations of our physical nature in his sculpture Stephen Hawking as Elijah, Ascending to
Heaven on a Chariot of Fire (above). The interplay between mental and physical underlies all of
Joe Meiser’s art, and it seems, his life as well. His interests and inspirations range from the human
body and physical pursuits such as competitive boxing to ethereal subjects such as mental
phenomena, consciousness, and world religions.
Biography
Joe Meiser’s works have been exhibited at numerous locations, including the Contemporary Art
Center in Cincinnati, ARC Gallery in Chicago, McLanahan Gallery at Penn State Altoona, New
York, Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Waterloo, among others. He is currently an Instructor at the School
of Art at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from
Ohio University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Northern Kentucky University.

Portraits of London & Dublin: Sharing Memories of A Brush with Biography
Cochenour Gallery
February 14, 2008 – March 20, 2008

Metamorphosis of Identity: Nina Buxenbaum, Gaela Erwin, & Chris Twomey
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
February 28, 2008 – March 30, 2008
The exhibition Metamorphosis of Identity: Nina Buxenbaum, Gaela Erwin, and Chris Twomey presents explorations of identity created by three female artists. The works of art included in this exhibition illustrate the importance of identity and how individual concepts of identity often change. Gender identity is an often-discussed topic in today’s culture. This exhibition coincides with Women’s History Month, the theme of which is “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision.” The Women’s Studies Program of Georgetown College has organized other events that will take place through the month to explore this theme.
Each of the artists included in Metamorphosis of Identity uses portraits of women to show changes in identity, but they differ dramatically in their end results. The art of Nina Buxenbaum comments on the ways that identity is created for people and cultures through visual clues. This Brooklyn artist creates charcoal drawings in which different women are depicted as “Topsy-Turvy dolls” (a doll that has a white southern belle on one side and when she is turned over and her dress flipped, she reveals a black woman underneath). This serves as a metaphor of African American women in American society, but it also speaks to other aspects of identity. According to Buxenbaum, “these images deal with some of the complexities of identity that go beyond race. Much of the work is autobiographical in that I am exploring different facets of my personality and my way of identifying in society.”
Biography
Louisville artist Gaela Erwin’s oil paintings and pastels include explorations of her own identity through self-portraits. In these works, she depicts herself in the guise of various Christian saints and historical figures – female and male figures alike. Her works question the value that society places on different people as a result of cultural roles, power, and time. In order to create these images, she transforms her own body, taking on not only just the costumes, but also the physical attributes and emotions of her subjects. This laborious process results in images that allow us to cross the threshold into the artist’s mind and the past in one stride.
The past, present, and future are interwoven by the artist Chris Twomey, who lives and works in New York. Beginning with digital photographs of mothers and their children, Twomey began to connect these individuals through their genetic makeup. This exploration of science and art led to the Madonna Series, a group of artworks modeled after religious paintings of the Renaissance. As they combine photography and painting, these artworks also blend visual interpretations of genetic evidence with Twomey’s images of mothers and children. This series also includes a group of prints and a digital video that illustrate identities morphing into one another.

Varied Notations_Traveling Works by Debra Davis
Cochenour Gallery
March 22, 2008 – April 24, 2008
Deb A. Davis creates works of art based in, but not constrained by photography. Media is a changing element of her work as she selects materials to combine with her photographs, increasing their intensity through associations. Whether it be wood, pebbles, bread, stones, wax, or vinyl letters, each of these new materials add to her photographic comments on the human condition and the effects of time on life and our interpretation of experiences. This exhibition focuses on art from the Traveling Series by Davis. These works speak to photography’s ability to capture fleeting moments and preserve them in another form for the future. Davis states, “once traveled, any precise moment will never be  repeated and while this seems elementary, at some level, it is also profound.”
Deb A. Davis serves as Associate Professor of Art in New Media and Director of Studio Fine Arts at the University of Toledo in Ohio. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Colorado, and Master of Science Education in Instructional Technology – Media Production and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio from Northern Illinois University. In the fall of 2005 she curated the exhibition Cultural Domestication – Instinctual Desire: an exhibition of Contemporary Czech Art.

Artweek!
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
April 7, 2008 – April 10, 2008

2008 Senior Show
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
April 17, 2008 – April 27, 2008
The Georgetown College Art Department presents the 2008 senior art show. The show will consist of works of art by five studio artists and displays by three art history majors. During the opening, the three art history majors will make brief presentations beginning at 6:00 p.m. All  eight seniors will graduate in May of 2008 with degrees in art.
Students in the Art Department may choose from three areas of specialization: traditional media, digital media and art history. Traditional media, as displayed by this year’s seniors Jessica Jackson and Kara Renfro, are painting and sculpture. Digital media includes work with computer design and digital photography. The students exhibiting in this media are Lauren Flaherty, Lauren Sims and Justin Taylor. Karyn Leverenz, Megan Parker and Kristie Powell will exhibit under the art history emphasis with extensive research done in areas of local interest.
Lauren Flaherty was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She will graduate with an art major and an English minor. She specializes in digital imaging, photography and writing. Her senior show is developed around the theme that natural beauty is superior to man-made beauty and how nature has been corrupted by man’s advancement. Her show will include her recent photography, several sculptures and digital images that relate to this theme.
Jessica Lee Jackson of Mercer County, Kentucky is a painting emphasis. Her works are extremely personal, depicting life’s journey with subjects far too difficult to discuss at times. After graduation, Jessica plans to pursue her artistic interests.
Karyn Leverenz is a Georgetown, Kentucky native. Her work focuses on the management and care of Georgetown College’s permanent art collection. She has studied and catalogued the collection to create a comprehensive database to ensure proper management in the future. Karyn wants to attend graduate school for museum and curatorial studies in the near future.
Megan Parker is from Louisa, Kentucky. For the show she has researched and created a restoration proposal for the historic Ward Hall of Georgetown, Kentucky. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2008 in the Historic Preservation Masters Program. She is working to get her real estate and appraisers license over the summer to eventually become a historic homes appraiser.
Kristie Powell is an art history student from Cookeville, Tennessee. This fall, she will attend the University of Cincinnati for a Master of Arts degree in art history. Her senior thesis project is about the art methodology and style of two former Georgetown College artists and professors, Jim McCormick and Bob Williams.
Kara Renfro is from Paint Lick, Kentucky and will be graduating with a Studio Arts major. Kara’s emphasis is in sculpture where her work consists of installations. Several of her pieces deal conceptually with the idea of a longing for something more, and how space can be used to demonstrate that desire. Upon graduation Kara plans to attend graduate school and hopes to pursue a career in teaching at the college level.
Lauren Sims is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her work is a combination of her own illustrations and the infinite possibilities of digital manipulation. After graduation, she plans move back to Cincinnati and pursue a career that allows her the opportunity to be creative. With an art major and minors in both business and English, she feels that her education at Georgetown College has prepared her for the “real world” and the challenges of a new career.
Justin Taylor, age 22, was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Justin is planning to pursue a career with a design or advertising firm. Justin will graduate with a major in graphic design along with a minor in communication. His senior show work emphasizes story illustrations through a pictorial graphical presence.
Students have been working all semester to make this a showcase for some of their best work utilizing skills they’ve learned from their time at Georgetown College. Community support will mean a lot to each student so come see the culmination of four years’ hard work. Students will make some pieces available for purchase.

2009 Senior Preview
Cochenour Gallery
May 1, 2008 – August 28, 2008

Missed Communication: Erica Duffy & Adriane Little
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery
July 3, 2008 – August 14, 2008