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What’s Happening in February

What’s Happening This February At DOMA

The Counseling Center Presents Meditation in the Museum
Friday | February 5 at 3:30 pm
RSVP not necessary, simply stop by. This is a free activity. Recommendation: Bring a towel, blanket or a yoga mat as this activity involves sitting on the floor.
Meditation in the Museum is a program series presented by the Counseling Center with the support of the David Owsley Museum of Art. With questions about the program please feel free to contact Dr. Hodorek at sphodorek@bsu.edu

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“Book of Hours”

European Art, 1200s-1500s, Tour
Saturday | February 6 at 2:30 pm
Emily Dykstra leads a docent tour that discussing European art from 1200-1500. Discussing items such as the “Book of Hours” and the “Madonna and Child” paintings, Dykstra will inform and educate the public on these items, and more, that are on display in the museum.

Chinese New Year
Sunday | February 7 at 2:30 pm
T1937.500.083v01Join in a special program for families about Chinese New Year and see some Chinese art too. Prepare to be loud and have some fun. Meet Chinese exchange student Minghao “Patrick” Yang and hear him play an authentic Chinese instrument, the erhu.

John Peterson Pottery and Contemporary Ceramics
Wednesday | February 10 at 12:00 pm
Representing a long line of local ceramicists, John Peterson will illuminate the historical and contemporary connections. In 1968 Mr. Peterson started the Bethel Pike Pottery with Alan Patrick. Four years later he started his own studio, the John Peterson Pottery, located north of Muncie, Indiana, which he continues today. John Peterson studied with BSU ceramics professor Marvin Reichle.
Presented in honor of Muncie’s Sesquicentennial and the Indiana Bicentennial
Alumni Center, Meeting Room 2
First-time guests free. $18 for Alliance members*

George Wolfe Leads Meditation in the Museum

Friday | February 12 at 3:30 pm
Silent Meditation sessions are conducted by George Wolfe, Professor Emeritus and former director of the BSU Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution. This week’s meditation is titled “Focus on the Growth of Human Consciousness: the nine pivotal awakenings.” These sessions last 45 minutes. Meet in the Owsley Asian Art Gallery in front of the Amidha Buddha. Chairs provided; bring a towel, mat, or blanket, if desired.

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“Landscape with Psyche Saved From Drowning” 1665/1670

Docent Tour: European Art, 1600s
Saturday | February 13 at 2:30 pm
Taking place in the balcony of the Sculpture Court, one of the docents will inform and educate on the works of art from the 1600s, such as the one above, that are on display in the museum.

First Person: 1 in 3 Curator’s Talk with Marina Galvani and Exhibition Opening Capture2Reception
Tuesday | February 16 at 6 pm
Curator and economist Marina Galvani takes us on a moving journey about the evolution of the current
special exhibition, 1 in 3, including what it takes to acquire art from all over the world.
Recital Hall

The Counseling Center Presents Meditation in the Museum
Friday | February 19 at 3:30 pm
This week’s meditation is a guided meditation with music. RSVP not necessary, simply stop by. This is a free activity. Recommendation: Bring a towel, blanket or a yoga mat as this activity involves sitting on the floor.
Meditation in the Museum is a program series presented by the Counseling Center with the support of the David Owsley Museum of Art. With questions about the program please feel free to contact Dr. Hodorek at sphodorek@bsu.edu

Mask-Making Workshop
Saturday | February 20 at 1:30–4:30 pm
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Look at masks in the collection with artist-teacher Aaron Nicholson and create your own work of art for display on March 3 at the downtown gallery of the BSU College of Architecture and Planning called Muncie Makes Lab. Students will learn how to make a sculpture using an armature, papier-mâché, and found objects.
Register online now!
Ages 13 and up $30; $25 for BSU students, Friends members, or two or more from the same household

Docent Tour: European Art, 1700s-1800s
Saturday | February 20 at 2:30 pm
Taking place in the Burkhardt Gallery, Joan Malje will inform and educate on European works of art from the 1700s-1800s that are on display in the museum.

meditationGeorge Wolfe Leads Meditation in the Museum
Friday | February 26 at 3:30 pm
Silent Meditation sessions are conducted by George Wolfe, Professor Emeritus and former director of the BSU Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution. This week’s meditation is titled “Entering the State of Non-Desire.” These sessions last 45 minutes. Meet in the Owsley Asian Art Gallery in front of the Amidha Buddha. Chairs provided; bring a towel, mat, or blanket, if desired.

Docent Tour: American Art, 1700s-1800s
Saturday | February 27 at 2:30 pm
Taking place in the Ball Brothers Foundations Gallery, one of the docents will inform and educate on the American works of art from the 1700s-1800s that are on display in the museum.

“Being There” with Mark Sawrie

Caitlin Harrison
Registrar Intern

This past November saw the opening of a new photography exhibit, Being There, curated by associate professor of art, Mark Sawrie. The exhibit is a collection of Sawrie’s personal selections from the museum’s collection to inspire viewers to interpret a wide variety of photographs in new and exciting way. Professor Sawrie gave a tour of his exhibit to patrons wanting to hear his reasons behind his chosen photos.

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Professor Mark Sawrie (right) discussing a photo with a visitor

The tour opened with an explanation of the overall theme of the exhibit. Sawrie simply chose photos of places he would like to be, whether it be a historic event, an inviting environment, or a place in nature. The overall feel of the exhibit is a romantic one. Not romantic in a first date sort of way, as Sawrie was sure to point out, but in more of a pleasant, peaceful sense.

Many of the pieces were chosen for display because the artist or a specific photograph was inspiration for Sawrie as he began his career. A photograph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, arguably the best-known artist included in the exhibit, was included because Sawrie wanted to do similar photography as a child.

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Photography by Eugene Meatyard

As the tour continued on, it was revealed that many of the photographs are slow reads. According to Sawrie, many of the included pieces are photographs Capture“that you have to spend some time looking at… you’re rewarded the more you look.” As the group moved around the room discussing the art, it became clear that much of the exhibition includes pieces with many small details or layers of details. One photograph appears to be of an iceberg floating in the cold dark water, but is actually a pile of road salt on asphalt. Surprising details such as this are present in many of the exhibited photographs.

Students are encouraged to visit Being There, before it closes on December 23,  and challenge themselves to interpret the exhibition for themselves.

Painting: Dance: Design/A Collaboration of the Arts

Taylor Henderson
Curatorial Intern

The David Owsley Museum of Art is a valuable resource in Muncie: utilized by both the university and the community. There are many instances where the museum becomes the catalyst for interaction between the university and city. This week, art from DOMA was used in a creative project combining multiple university departments and Muncie’s downtown.

The dance team under direction of Ms. Rebecca Pappas
The dance team under direction of Ms. Rebecca Pappas

Can you dance a painting? Can you walk through a painting? First year design students in the College of Architecture and Planning and choreography students in the Department of Theater and Dance are working to do just that. Led by the new Assistant Professor of Dance History, Ms. Rebecca Pappas, and Professor of Architecture Dr. Joseph Bilello, a performance art installation was displayed at the Muncie Makes Lab on November’s First Thursday. The progenitor of this project is the art from DOMA’s permanent display, used as inspiration for each student’s creation. “Interdisciplinary collaboration explores and reveals phenomena of common interests,” stated Dr. Bilello, “it leads to breakthroughs within a student’s disciplinary bounds.”

Below: Rachel Stewart and Samantha Conte dancing to Lee Krasner’s Right Bird Left, Above
Below: Rachel Stewart and Samantha Conte dancing to Lee Krasner’s Right Bird Left, Above

First year architecture students were given the task of translating paintings at the David Owsley Museum into three dimensional spaces for dancers. The choreography students were given the challenge of designing a dance around various paintings within the gallery. Architecture and choreography students teamed up in groups of two to four to collaborate on pieces of artwork, these included many works of art in the museum including Right Bird Left by Lee Krasner, and Reflection by Childe Hassam. After the partnered dances an ensemble finale was performed by all the dancers to accompany Roger Brown’s Burglars, Beaters, and Burners.

On the left, Christie Bellish dances to her interpretation of Childe Hassam's painting, Reflection (on the right).
On the left, Christie Bellish dances to her interpretation of Childe Hassam’s painting, Reflection (on the right).

The Muncie Makes Lab is an exhibition space located on 628 S. Walnut Street in downtown Muncie. Ball State University has owned the property since 2003, but it wasn’t until the efforts of Andrea Swartz, interim chairperson and professor of the Department of Architecture, that the building was made usable and retrofitted into a gallery. Starting in 2014 Andrea brought students from the College of Architecture and Planning to assist in its renovation. Still an ongoing project, Muncie Makes Lab has become a significant link connecting the university to the city. Every First Thursday its doors open to showcase the creative and academic endeavors of both university students and faculty as well as members of the Muncie community. During this event, the choreography students hosted two performances on the second floor of Muncie Makes, lasting from 6:00-6:30 pm and 7:00-7:30 pm.

Ensemble dancing (below) Robert Brown’s Burglars, Beaters, and Burners (above), space interpreted by Christian Schmoll
Ensemble dancing (below) Roger Brown’s Burglars, Beaters, and Burners (above), space interpreted by Christian Schmoll

A projection display was set up for the dancers, showing the artwork they were performing and their respective CAP student models. These projections highlighted the dancers while casting silhouettes against the walls and images. “I loved my dance,” said Ariel Meece, one of the CAP students involved in the collaboration, “It was fantastic!” Her choreography partner Rachel Stewart also enjoyed the evening, “It turned out well; I was excited by her design.”

The art at DOMA inspires many projects at the university. The works of art at the museum are often used as inspiration, and serve as a focal point, for creativity. It’s important and invaluable to see these projects taking place inside the Muncie community.

What’s Happening in November and December?

Hailey Beard
Public Relations Assistant

With the holidays approaching, you may be looking for something to do with friends or family. DOMA has many opportunities and events that visitors can experience together. This November, there will be a metal casting weekend workshop, as well as tours covering the Native American and Pacific art that are featured in the museum.

Before Thanksgiving, come and give thanks for the many wonderful and unique works of art created through more than 5,000 years of the history of art. The David Owsley Museum of Art is the perfect place to experience a variety of cultures and their artistic heritage.

What’s Happening in November?

1         Sunday| 2:30 pm
First Person: Mark Sawrie, guest curator of Being There
In this conversational tour, photographer and professor Mark Sawrie illuminates the ideas and choices driving the exhibition of photographs from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection.

Amida Buddha. Where people attending meditation will meet.
Amida Buddha. Where people attending meditation will meet.

6         Friday| 3:30 pm
Meditation in the Museum
The Counseling Center will be leading meditation focusing on “Music and Mindfulness” in the galleries. Participants will meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art. Bring a towel or a blanket, scarf, yoga mat, etc., for sitting on the floor. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Sylwia Hodorek at sphodorek@bsu.edu.

7        Saturday| 2:30 pm
Docent’s Choice tour: Native American Art
Docent Ulyana Morton provides insight into the Native American works of art featured in the museum.

Metal casting from this past summer's Artist Workshop Series
Metal casting from this past summer’s Artist Workshop Series

7-8 and 14-15      Saturday & Sunday| 1:30-4:30 pm
Artist Workshop Series: Metal Casting

Participants will create a small cast aluminum sculpture during this two-weekend workshop with artist-teacher Aaron Nicholson.
Materials provided. All levels and ages welcome; children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Minimum of 10 students required; maximum of 15.
Register online.
$120; $100 for museum members and BSU students.
Meet in AR 223.

11          Wednesday| 12 pm
Alliance Luncheon & Program: Brian Gordy, guest curator

In this lunchtime Alliance member talk, Indiana artist Brian Gordy discusses highlights from the current watercolor exhibition and provides a tour of his career in art. Guests, please email artmuseum@bsu.edu by November 4 to attend.
Meet at the Alumni Center. First-time guests free; $18 for Alliance members

13          Friday| 3:30 pm
Meditation in the Museum
Join George Wolfe for silent meditation and meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art a 45-minute session. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

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A Pacific work of art featured in the DOMA galleries

14        Saturday| 2:30 pm
Docent’s Choice tour: Pacific Art
This tour gives an insight into the Pacific works of art featured in the museum.

20          Friday| 3:30 pm
Meditation in the Museum

The Counseling Center will be leading meditation focusing on “Mindful Eating” in the galleries. Participants will meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art. Bring a towel or a blanket, scarf, yoga mat, etc., for sitting on the floor. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Sylwia Hodorek at sphodorek@bsu.edu.

21       Saturday| 2:30 pm
Docent’s Choice tour: Being There
This tour gives an insight into the photography exhibition Being There that may be seen in the Brown Study Room.

26 & 27
The Museum will be closed for Thanksgiving Break

What’s Happening in December?

4          Friday| 3:30 pm
Meditation in the Museum
The Counseling Center will be leading meditation focusing on “Body Scan Mindfulness” in the galleries. Participants will meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art. Bring a towel or a blanket, scarf, yoga mat, etc., for sitting on the floor. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Sylwia Hodorek at sphodorek@bsu.edu.

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The watercolor exhibition

5        Saturday| 2:30 pm
Docent’s Choice tour: With Watercolor: Content via Technique
Visitors will learn about the rarely seen watercolor paintings that are currently on view.

9           Wednesday| 12:00 pm
Alliance Luncheon & Program: School of Art
Dr. Arne Flaten is the new director of the School of Art. He will talk about his interests and background, what’s ahead for the School of art, and what brought him to Ball State from Coastal Carolina University.
Guests, please email artmuseum@bsu.edu to attend.
Meet at the Alumni Center. First-time guests free; $18 for Alliance members.

11          Friday| 3:30 pm
Meditation in the Museum
Join George Wolfe for silent meditation and meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art a 45-minute session. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

24-27      Thursday-Sunday
Museum closed

Read the Fall 2015 issue of Art Words for more information. Download programs from the BSU Calendar of Events to have handy on your personal calendar too!

A Fun and Unique Watercolor Exhibition

Taylor Henderson
Curatorial Intern

sculpturecourtreception3September 24 was the opening of one of the first David Owsley Museum of Art fall exhibitions, With Watercolor: Content via Technique. Opening the same night, Being There is a photography exhibition curated by Ball State professor and artist Mark Sawrie. A reception was held for the show’s opening night. Guests were greeted by live piano music in the sculpture court before traveling upstairs to the Special Exhibition Galleries where the show is on display.

exhibitionroom2With Watercolor comprises of a strong compilation of watercolor art. A myriad of work ranging from neutral to explosive colors and from abstract to photo-realistic subject matter adorn the walls. “The range is the highlight of the show,” remarked Brian Gordy, guest curator for the event. It should be noted that all of the art in this exhibit is owned by the David Owsley Museum of Art. DOMA has a vast repository of significant artwork. Only a small portion of the museum’s extensive collection can be displayed at once so temporary exhibitions, such as this, are perfect opportunities to showcase the additional artwork within the collection. “It’s lovely,” says former Burris professor Marilyn DeWeese, “it really makes you appreciate what we have here.”

As the title suggests, there is a great deal of emphasis on technique. There are many different application methods involved in the watercolor process, such as wet on wet, drybrush, and wash. Signs around the gallery provide information on the various methods and technique used on each specific painting.

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Another highlight of the exhibition is an in depth example of how Winslow Homer’s The Ranger, Adirondacks was created. This watercolor painting, created in the mid to late 19th century, depicts a long figure looking out over the horizon. The work of art is enlarged and displays diagrams showing the six various watercolor applications that the artist used to create his effects.

CapturewatercolorWith Watercolor also features an interactive area where guests can make their own watercolor works of art. Paint, brushes, paper, water, and napkins are all provided, with racks for drying and displaying your work. After these watercolor paintings have been allowed to dry, guests can take them home or they may leave them for display.

DOMA’s guest curator for the event was Brian Gordy. Gordy is a Muncie local and owner of Gordy’s Fine Art and Framing shop downtown. A graduate of Ball State’s Art Department and watercolor artist with over 35 years’ worth of experience; he has been given the title of “Indiana Artisan.” In addition to helping plan the show, Gordy hosted a watercolor demonstration after the reception.

gordystarting At 6:30 DOMA’s recital hall filled with guests anxious to watch Gordy recreate Edward Hopper’s House with Rain Barrel. Hopper’s piece is featured in the exhibition, so guests were able to familiarize themselves with the artwork before the demonstration. A camera was set up above Gordy and projected his workstation so guests could easily observe him paint. Gordy provided commentary as he painted. He was able to transform painting into a performance art.

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“This is my favorite place in Muncie,” says Ball State professor Dr. Berg, referencing the museum. “It brings the whole world to me.” The special exhibition With Watercolor: Content via Technique will run through December 27. Brian Gordy will also return to the David Owsley Museum of Art on October 25 for Community Day.

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