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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Work of the Week: Rest by the Wayside

Emma Rogers
Outreach Intern

DOMA has several impressionist paintings, but Rest by the Wayside stands out to me for its natural beauty. Although this painting is smaller than some that surround it, the color combinations attract my attention. I’ve seen Chase’s work in other museums, and I’m pleased that this painting is included in our collection.

Rest by the Wayside (Rest by the Roadside), William Merritt Chase, about 1902

The painting, completed by William Merritt Chase in about 1902, exemplifies the artist’s landscape period toward the end of his career. Chase, an Indiana native, studied in Indianapolis, New York and Munich, Germany before returning to the United States in 1878. The artist painted a wide array of subjects including portraits, still-lifes and landscapes, showcasing the breadth of his painting ability. Phillip Kennicott, an art critic at the Washington Post, wrote of Chase that “…his mastery of different styles, different national tendencies gleaned from cosmopolitan exposure to the breadth of Europe’s art scene, can make it seem as if multiple painters are represented.”

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Rest by the Wayside on display

From 1891 to 1902, when this painting was completed, Chase spent his summers in the Shinnecock Hills of New York where he founded the Shinnecock Summer School of Art. He spent time painting the nature around him, producing a series of vast landscapes which often featured a small human subject. The cool blues and greens of the vegetation paired with the hazy sky give the painting a dreamy feel, eventually directing the eye along the horizon to ponder where the dirt path leads. The mysterious human figure makes the viewer wonder why he is sitting alone in the wide landscape.

Frank C. Ball, David Owsley’s grandfather, purchased Rest by the Wayside from Chase’s widow, Alice. The painting has been exhibited across the nation in Seattle and New York City, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984. Rest by the Wayside can be found upstairs in the American gallery, alongside another Chase painting.

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Pokébash 2016

Daniel Combs
Education Intern


Could Pokémon Go and a social event at DOMA coexist? What would the outcome be? We gained a bit of a taste of what would result from such a social experiment on Friday, August 26 at PokéBash. Before the official start time at 5 p.m. people were already starting to approach and enter the large wooden doors of DOMA. From the beginning, you could tell this wasn’t going to be just like any other art museum event. Many people mentioned their admiration of the integration between the artistic atmosphere and the mobile game. Even with the overwhelming sense of individual technology usage, people were still engaged with one another and even helping one another with aspects of their gaming.

There were plenty of fun activities besides the Pokémon lures lined up for students that made time away from their studies. Plenty of visitors took advantage of the free giveaways offered inside the doors such as mobile phone stands, posters, and more. There were coloring tables with crayons and coloring pages of Pokémon characters and art inspired by the DOMA collection. On the stairs, a photo booth allowed 2016-8-26_QuadBash_15people to be creative with putting themselves within a picture frame and act as goofy or serious as they like with various accessories and masks. Kailey and Aaron were first time visitors to the museum. “It was a great time and it was a beautiful building. There were great crafts to release tension after all the class work. It was much needed down time. We are definitely coming back again,” they said.

There was a constant flow of over 300 people coming in and playing their games, and many ventured off to explore the collection. With over 11,000 priceless artifacts, DOMA is full of treasures and inspiration. Ashley Douglas, a junior from Ivy Tech said, “the event was a whole lot of fun! The Pokémon theme and museum is a good combo. I’ll be coming back after my first visit.”

2016-8-26_QuadBash_41At 6 p.m. things filtered to the outdoor activities of the Quad, where lines of excited students rushed to do mandala-inspired rock painting provided by DOMA, get henna tattoos, climb a rock wall, eat free pizza and Insomnia cookies, or listen to live music. Several attendees spoke of how they believed social media, personal gaming with phones and handheld devices has become such a common scene.

As the event closed you could see people humming away at songs they heard from the band, dancing, laughing or talking about what the next event might be. Who knows for sure what is to come from the journey of life through the rest of the semester? One thing is for sure; there were memories made for many at the PokéBash. Many will look back at the event and remember the smell of the food, the goofy picture they took on the stairwell in front of the Buddha statue, coloring pages at the tables, the free poster that will hang in the dorm room for the next year or so, live music or the other outdoor activities. Who knows what the next cultural phase will be? Will people still be chasing imaginary digital creatures on their phones? We’ll see what’s in store at the next Quad Bash.

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Photos by: Emma Rogers

Meet the Fall 2016 Contributors

The DOMA Insider has been providing the community with behind-the-scenes stories and reviews of events in the David Owsley Museum of Art for over two years. Content for the DOMA Insider is written by students, with the goal of providing the community with an insider’s perspective of the museum. Below is an introduction of the new DOMA Insider writers for the Fall 2016 semester.

DOMAInsider_Mugshots_9Cassi Amman is a sophomore this year at Ball State University double majoring in art history and drawing. Currently she is a collections management intern for Rebecca Vaughn. She applied to work for the museum because she loves being in an environment where she is surrounded by artwork while also learning more about the works of art as well. In the future she hopes to work as a conservator in a museum, so she believes her internship will give her a better feel for working in a museum environment.

Daniel Combs is a junior in the art department with a concentration in drawing.DOMAInsider_Mugshots_2 This semester he is an education intern at DOMA. After he originally started exploring college life at Valparaiso University, he spent time in the US Navy traveling around South America, the Antarctic, Hawaii, and San Diego. Navy travels helped give him a range of life experiences and valuable leadership skills. After the Navy he traveled around the country exploring major art museums and learning more firsthand street art culture before returning back to school in the spring of 2016 to finish his Bachelor of Fine Art at Ball State University. He is involved with international art charity work and is active with national and international art groups throughout the year. His plans are to pursue a possible graduate degree in museum studies and pursue a career within the art museum industry.

DOMAInsider_MugshotsAlexis Kiesel is a junior public relations major pursuing a certificate in journalistic visual presentation. Her decision to apply for the position as the community outreach intern at the David Owsley Museum of Art was sparked by her experiences interning at another local museum, Minnetrista. While interning there, she realized her love of art and community events. She is highly passionate about art and sharing her love and appreciation of art with others, and believes that DOMA provides the perfect environment for this. She would love to work in the events department of a museum in the future, so she is thankful for the opportunity to intern here focusing on community outreach.

10734250_10203476745784560_1451906455873450535_n-2Elena M’Bouroukounda is currently a senior at Ball State University majoring in architecture with a
minor in French. Before beginning as an intern for collections management under Rebecca Vaughn, Elena worked for Bracken Library organizing and digitizing archival material for the university. She is interested in a broad range of arts and aside from her courses in architecture she enjoys taking courses in metalsmithing and art history. Elena hopes that her internship will lead to future work in museum archives.


Mackenzie Robinson 11223785_1006672132677460_3661312081202054979_ois a junior visual communications major at Ball State University. She is also pursuing a Spanish minor. Currently, her work at the museum includes cataloging new acquisitions, handling and storing the items not on display, and managing files and forms for Rebecca, the registrar.

DOMAInsider_Mugshots_8Emma Rogers is a senior photojournalism major with minors in fashion and women’s and gender studies. After working as a security guard and visitor assistant at the museum for three years, she decided she wanted to learn more about how museums operate behind the galleries. As the video production intern, Emma will showcase the events and happenings of the museum. She hopes her internship will help her learn more about photography outside of traditional journalism.


Katie Ronzio is a senior public relations major. A freshman honors class which ended with a trip to Italy sparked her passion for art, history, the museum experience, and more specifically, the David Owsley Museum of Art. Her career goal is to inform the public and implement strategic plans for a museum. A Chicagoland native, Katie interned at the Shedd Aquarium last summer and plans to move back to the city post-graduation.