Community Day

Sunday September 14th was Community Day here at the jazzmuseum. We offered so many great activities for people of all ages to enjoy! Throughout the afternoon, one could sit in the Sculpture Court and listen to live classic R&B and smooth jazz played by the band Pegues, Peterson, and Dunn.Their music is great and they were all really friendly people.


Off of the sculpture court in the Brown Study room, kids could create their own works of art inspired by David Chihuly. Also in the Brown Study Room, you could create your own artistic print inspired by the opening of our new exhibition Reverse and Repeat: Master Prints from the DOMA Collection. On the other side of the museum in the Asian Art Gallery, Shodo Japanese calligrapher, Garrett Uyeno, demonstrated his skill. All you had to do was tell him your name and he would very elegantly swipe his inked brush across a sheet of paper and write your name in beautiful Japanese characters. Back in the Ethnographic Gallery, performance artist Deborah Asante told African and African storyAmerican folklores to a group of very attentive children of all ages. She told stories from Kenya and the Congo about love and respect. Late in the afternoon, docent Sigi Koehler lead an impromptu discussion of Lee Krasner’s Abstract Expressionist painting Left Bird Right to a handful of children. It was very cool. The children sat respectfully on the floor in front of the massive painting and examined it as Sigi asked them questions. This “event” wasn’t even on the Community Day program! So you never know what kind of treat you’re in for when you visit the museum!

In addition to these fun, hands-on events, the museum also debuted 2 new exhibitions and 1 new gallery. After being closed for some time, our Contemporary Craft gallery on the second floor is now open and is filled with beautiful artworks ready to be viewed by you. As mentioned before, our prints exhibition Reverse and Repeat is now open in the Brown Study Room. It displays prints made using three different techniques, relief, intaglio, and planographic. And back on the second floor was the opening of Great Things from Small Packages: The Drawing and Sculptire Shows in the Special Exhibition galleries. I would have to admit that walking around this gallery was absolute favorite part of the day. And I think a lot of visitors would agree with me. While observing the works in the galleries for my own pleasure, I overheard several people praising the exhibit saying “This is terrific!” and “This is a good show!” One of Ball State’s metal professors, Patricia Nelson, said her favorite thing about the exhibit is “…seeing all the works that the museum has purchased over the years together in one show.” This show has been exhibited by the David Owsley Museum of Art before and she remembers it as a show that was respected by the whole country. She even remembers seeing some of the works here before when she was a graduate student! Another awesome thing about this particular show, is many of the artworks were done by Ball State students or Muncie locals. In fact, artist Ned Houston Griner, who made two sculptures currently on display in this gallery and our Contemporary Craft gallery, was at the museum Sunday! Even though I talked to his wife and not the artist himself, it was very cool to see him in the museum, not only interested in his work in the exhibit, but also admiring the other works.

The Drawing and Small Sculpture Show and the Reverse and Repeat exhibits will be open through January 4th.

Lively, lively: a poem by the DOMA docents

It’s been awhile since the DOMA Insider has posted a blog, hasn’t it? Well, the first few weeks of the semester have been a busy bunch and now we’re back on track and will make blog posts every week now! Also, I should briefly introduce myself. My name is Samantha Ehrhart and I am an education intern here at the museum this fall. I’ve never written for a blog before, so I hope readers and visitors to our page will bear with me and enjoy the updates about what’s going on at the museum this fall!

I’d like to make the first post of the semester a quick, fun one. A few weeks ago, our docents participated in a creative writing activity during one of our weekly docent training meetings. While standing in front of our Abstract Expressionist painting, Right Bird Left by Lee Krasner, docents were asked to write a short remark describing what they saw. Then they pieced everyone’s individual thoughts of the same painting together and a poem was made. Veteran docent and retired German professor Sigi Koehler said her favorite part of the activity was “…when we put the short remarks by everyone together and created one poem that seemed to blend together perfectly: 13 different trains of thought and one beautiful poem at the end.” Sigi also comments that this activity could be beneficial for students who come to the museum with a specific request and only wish to view a limited number of artworks.

Director of Education Tania Said said, “The best part was the group erupting in spontaneous applause for their efforts!” Maybe you’ll feel the same after reading it below!




Lively, lively

Come and join

Enter this world

The colors are swirling in a dynamic dance.

Dynamic, energetic shapes and colors

Capture our attention

Colors and shapes are weaving

Through a maze of flowers and leaves.

The bold colors and shapes seem alive.

Deliberate strokes of color

Feathery, vibrant plumes of color

Bold and bright, the colors catch the light

The bright colors speak in a loud voice.

Vast strokes carry the imagination.

Eruption of internal song.

A receding sun

Searching for order amidst confusion.

Budding–The earth is coming alive as seasons progress.

My fear is that the spirit-filled image I perceive is not able to be contained.

Meet the New DOMA Insider Writers

bloggersThe DOMA Insider has been providing the community with behind-the-scenes stories and reviews of events in the David Owsley Museum of Art for nearly two years. Content for the DOMA Insider is written by student education assistants, with the goal to provide the community with a student’s perspective on the museum. We hope the blog posts allow you to experience the museum and a way to keep in touch with all that is happening at the museum. This semester there are three new writers for the DOMA Insider blog, Lauren Sherwood, Sami Ehrhart, and Donna Haggenjos. Below are a few words from the new DOMA Insider writers.

My name is Lauren Sherwood and I am looking forward to take on my new role as blogger for the DOMA Insider! Besides blogging for the museum, I have also started this semester as a new interpretive planning assistant. I work on the labels for new galleries that are about to open and other behind-the-scenes work in preparation for events going on in the museum. I am starting many new roles at the David Owsley Museum of art, however, for the past two years I have enjoyed visiting the museum and volunteering as a docent. I have enjoyed learning about the history of art as I’m working to become part of the art community. I am a junior ceramics major and sustainability minor here at Ball State. I plan to earn an MFA in ceramics and make a career as a studio artist.

Hi, I’m Sami Ehrhart and I am an intern here at the David Owsley Museum of Art this fall. I have also been a docent here for about a year. I am majoring in art history and I have a minor in German. I’m commuting this year from the small town of New Castle which is about a half hour south of Ball State. When I’m not on campus working at the museum or going to class, I’m back home working at my town’s one-screen movie theater. In addition to all that, this is my last semester as a college undergrad! I’m hoping that after graduation I will get a job (hopefully in a museum) and step foot into the world that is adulthood! But in the months leading up to that I’ll be busy, busy, busy working on my senior thesis, finishing major projects, and working here at the museum. I look forward to all the experiences the museum has to offer me, including these weekly blog posts for you guys to enjoy!

My name is Donna Haggenjos.  I am pursuing my master’s degree through the Department of History graduate program here at Ball State.  I entered the program in the spring semester of 2014.  The graduate department hosted an introductory seminar for new students.  This meeting was held in Recital Hall just outside the museum.  After the talk, I went on a self- guided tour of the museum.  I was enchanted by how lovely and delightful the museum was. I am brand new to the museum as an education assistant, but I look forward to learning about all the facets of this wonderful cultural gem!

We are all excited to share with you some interesting stories and events that take place at the David Owsley Museum of Art. We hope that you check back weekly for new blog posts by Sami, Donna, and myself!

Finding Inspiration in the Museum

Picture2This past week Wild about Writing Campers explored the museum to find inspiration by examining genres of writing, using the museum collection to spur creativity, and hone their writing.

_MG_9808Writing teachers Felicia Gray and Rena Dossett guided young authors in letting their imaginations roam free. Students discovered that there are no borders or boundaries when you escape into the wild and let your imagination take control.

Students found inspiration for their writing throughout the museum with Art Link lessons led by Tania Said, Director of Education, including wild revelations with masks in the African gallery, wild motion and emotion found in landscapes, wild spirit animals and identity in the Native American and Pre-Columbian gallery, fantastical and mythological Asian art, and wild interpretations in glass in the Without Camouflage exhibition by artists Dafna Kaffeman and Silvia Levenson.Picture1

For more fun with the museum be sure to join us at the Maring-Hunt Muncie Public Library at 2005 S. High St. for socializing and games as part of the Summer Reading Family Night on Friday, August , and meet museum volunteers and staff in the community!

The fall semester starts on Monday, August 18, but you can stay in touch with what we’re doing by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.





Learning Creatively

croppedWhat can children learn in a museum? What new ideas can they understand from works of art? We are pleased to report that this past Wednesday’s Preschool Art Enrichment Program was a great success. Children of four and five years of age, along with their parents joined us for play and learning at the Owsley Museum of Art.

_MG_9317Children were introduced to the idea of abstract art with the museum’s painting, Right Bird Left, by Lee Krasner. The program was led by docents Barbara Alavarez Bohanon and Suzanne Walker using discussion, songs, and art activities to enhance the children’s
learning and creativity.

“One of the benefits of working in a museum is seeing the range of talent volunteers have,” commented Tania Said, director of education. “Docents Suzanne Walker and Barbara Alavarez Bohanon really understand the needs and interests of preschool children, and you could see the delight in their faces when the four and five year olds were looking at Lee Krasner’s ‘Right Bird Left’ and during the art activity they did.”

Painting with paper activity example.

Painting with paper activity example.

The parent of a child in the program said, “The program was great! It was just enough
substance and just enough fun. It was run by people who know how to work with children.”


“I really believe that any of us, and children certainly, construct knowledge based on their personal experiences and the input of new information. And art is one of those avenues that children respond exceedingly well to.” -Sharon Shaffer, former executive director, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

_MG_9532Children and parents both enjoyed themselves with this hands-on, interactive learning experience. We hope to have more preschool art enrichment programs in the future, so be sure to look for future programs in the fall.

Also, DOMA will be hosting a  story time for preschoolers and their families on the third Wednesday of every month this fall with Barbara Alavarez Bohanon selecting a related a story to travel the world and enjoy the art in the galleries. Registration is not required, but is encouraged if participants wish to receive parking and directions information.