Making a Maquette

Emma Rogers
Outreach Intern

Within the museum’s current special exhibition, Continuum, guests are invited to create models similar to the process Michael Dunbar uses before constructing his sculptures. Styrofoam, cardboard cutouts, foam shapes and more are assembled using mathematical tools such as protractors and compasses. The finished pieces are placed on display in the educational space of the exhibition. Visit the museum before December 22nd to make your own model!

Work of the Week: Beauty in Baroque

Katie Ronzio
Public Relations Intern


Maybe it’s the Italian blood that runs through my veins, but I am a sucker for Italian baroque art. Baroque art is characterized by extreme light and dark, exaggerated movement, and religious figures portrayed as the everyday person. The Roman Catholic Church typically commissioned baroque art to persuade viewers to convert back to Catholicism during the later part the Protestant Reformation.

In the heart of our West gallery hangs The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence (1625/30) by Massimo Stanzione. Saint Lawrence was a deacon of the Church of Rome and a victim of Emperor Valerian’s persecution of the Christians in the mid 200s CE. Saint Lawrence was believed to be roasted on a gridiron, which Stanizone portrays in this large oil on canvas.

The background is incredibly dark with an intense spotlight on Saint Lawrence. The workoftheweek_martyrdomofsaintlawrence_1movement is exquisite. He is surrounded by busy men preparing to burn him alive, the heavenly baby angel is flying toward him with a black cloth (note that Saint Lawrence is wearing white), and he is reaching up to the sky as he falls back on the gridiron, as if calling out to The Lord himself to take him. He doesn’t look at peace, though. He looks scared, and it’s this emotion that The Church used to persuade Romans to convert back to Catholicism.

It was incredibly taboo at the time to portray a higher being in such a raw way. How could Saint Lawrence be scared to die? Should I be scared to die, too? Thus was the persuasive reasoning used to convert Italians back to Catholicism.

Baroque isn’t just a movement; it’s a portrayal of humanity at its best and worst. It’s light and darkness. It’s good and evil. It’s common but uncommon. It’s artistic proof that the most creative people must see differently, and there’s beauty and truth in that.

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Peace of Mind

Alexis Kiesel
Community Outreach Intern


As I entered the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art in the museum, I saw students sitting up against the wall and chairs set up facing toward George Wolfe, the meditation instructor. I had never experienced a meditation session in my life, but I felt enthralled for the new experience. The students around me shared that they had attended a session before, and although I had never done so, I felt at ease with my surroundings.

The Meditation in the Museum is held every Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., and I meditiatiojcould not imagine a better way to end a week. As a busy student with a constant stream of thoughts running through my head, the opportunity to slow down and let the stresses of the week slip away was ideal. Wolfe provided all the participants with a handout that included the script he used during the session for future use. This session focused on the mantra “ong” and the idea of light within one’s self. As Wolfe referenced, meditation is considered by some to be the fourth state of consciousness in addition to the waking, dreaming and sleep states. This meditation state includes a physical relaxation and heightened sense of awareness.

Even though this was my first experience with meditation, I would encourage screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-42-21-pmanyone to attend a Meditation in the Museum session. Being in the museum itself provides a peaceful, calming and relatively quiet environment, and being led through a series of instructions in order to reach a calming and relaxed state of mind is an activity beneficial to most anyone. Students can attend a Meditation in the Museum session most Friday afternoons starting at 3:30 p.m. in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art of the David Owsley Museum of Art. See the following link for the complete schedule for the Fall 2016 semester:

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photos by: Emma Rogers


Continuum Exhibition Opening

Emma Rogers
Outreach Intern

September 21st marked the opening of DOMA’s newest special exhibition, Continuum: The Art of Michael Dunbar in the Sculptural Tradition, featuring the work of Midwest sculptor Michael Dunbar. Guests gathered to hear the artist speak about his monumental body of work, including several Machinist Studies that are included in the exhibition. Continuum also features several examples from DOMA’s collection that represent the history of sculpture, providing a comparison between the artist’s contemporary style and historic movements. View Continuum in the special exhibition gallery on the second level of the museum between now and December 22nd, 2016.


Eight Ball State Events Seen Through DOMA Works of Art

Katie Ronzio
Public Relations Intern

Students reading on the Quad. Organizations gearing up for annual events and projects. Faculty rushing to classes with coffee and papers in hand. College life at Ball State University is back in full-swing and the David Owsley Museum of Art is an inspiring and free cultural experience for members of the Ball State community to reenergize and center. DOMA features works of art from all over the world and every subject matter possible, so let us show you eight Ball State events seen through DOMA works of art:

  1. Welcome Week: Migrants, Kurt Seligmann (1955)

Ball State events.JPGWelcome week is bustling with new and returning students. Characterized by disfigured realities and a dreamlike state, Seligmann’s surrealist painting captures the struggle of immigrants coming to the United States from a war torn Europe in the late 1930s. Like immigrants coming to a new country in a tumultuous time, freshman are welcomed to campus for an exciting new chapter of their lives.

  1. Formal Recruitment: Palace Support Columns, Unidentified West African artist from Camroon Grasslands (1900-1950 Ball State events_5.JPGCE)

These support columns are two halves carved from the same tree trunk just as those who
go through formal recruitment find a bond within the sisterhood. Symbolizing family and joy, they exemplify the hundreds of sorority women on campus who build each other up.

  1. Family Weekend: Family Group, Peter Thys (1640-1650)

pieter_thysThe family gears up in “Ball State Mom” and “Ball State Dad” swag for a spirited weekend full of ceremonies, football tailgates, and dinners out. Portraits such as Family Group were often commissioned to show the dignity and social standing of the family, which is similar to families who show Cardinal pride at Ball State.

4. Watermelon Bust: Still Life with Watermelon and Grapes, Raphaelle Peale (1821)Ball State events_8.JPG

Watermelon Bust, hosted by Alpha Chi Omega and Delta Tau Delta, is the largest
Greek philanthropy event of the year. Every fall, university students battle each other in a sea of watermelon guts and rinds to raise money for the American Red Cross and A Better Way, a local shelter for domestic violence victims. This still life by Raphaelle Peale is reference to the celebrated annual event.

  1. Homecoming: The Death of the Dauphin, Louis Jean Francois Lagrenée (1767)

Ball State events_1.JPGLagrenée, appointed a knight by Napoleon I in 1804, was famous for portraying immortality. Homecoming draws those who left the university to return, and The Death of Dauphin demonstrates the closeness of the royal family and how those who leave us are never really gone

  1. Dance Marathon: Attic Red Figure Column, School of Myson (480 BC)

Painted on the vase is Dionysus, the patron of dance, ball-state-events_6
and his followers drinking to celebrate life and death. Dance Marathon participants stand and dance for those who can’t, and celebrate to raise money for an important cause. Thousands of students pay homage to Riley Children’s Hospital just as these figures paid respect to their deities.

  1. Spring Break: Landscape with Psyche Saved from Drowning Herself, Studio of Claude Lorrain (1665-1670)

Ball State events_4.JPGSpring break is a time where students relax, recharge, and renew. In the story of Psyche and Cupid, Psyche betrays Cupid’s trust by attempting to reveal his true identity. Portrayed in the painting, Pysche is rescued by the river. Since Psyche and Cupid are reunited, this painting represents the reunion of heart and mind that all Ball State students experience after a relaxing spring break.

  1. Graduation: Advancing Monuments, Stella Snead (1946)Front (1).jpg

 How fitting to begin and end college with surrealist works of art? Advancing Monuments is “ill-defined without a horizontal line but seemingly limitless.” This painting portrays the power of adventure and the unknown. As new graduates take their next steps into the world it reminds us all that the unknown doesn’t have to be so scary, in fact, it can be quite beautiful.

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