Indiana University East Fine Arts program is hosting its third national juried exhibition, themed “Histories and Memories,” with the support of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Mindful Explorations. The exhibit is open now through March 3 in the Tom Thomas Gallery, located in Whitewater Hall and online at http://www.iue.edu/gallery/nje/memories/.
Awards were announced during a reception on January 26. The “Histories and Memories” exhibit includes the 36 works by 28 artists from 19 states chosen by juror Joshua Hagler. The exhibit received over 500 entries from across the country. The exhibit is compiled of diverse media and styles of works.
Prior to the Award Ceremony, Hagler presented a lecture. His work has followed a natural evolution from an intense interest in religious thought and its history, Westward Expansion, notions of progress and exploration, and ideas in theoretical physics. With a focus in painting, Hagler’s ideas and interests expand into installation, video, animation, book-making and other projects. Feelings alternately of amnesia, redemptive yearning, and the freezing or collapsing of time weave through various projects and media.
Since 2006, Hagler has exhibited with galleries and museums throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, including many solo exhibitions. He has participated in residencies in Norway, Italy, and in California, and was included in last year’s debut of Torrance Art Museum’s studio program in the Los Angeles area. His most recent solo exhibition, “The Adopted,” traveled from La Sierra University in Riverside, California to JAUS Gallery in Los Angeles in late 2015 and early 2016. Recent features and reviews include the New York Times, Vogue (Italy), Art Ltd., Juxtapoz, Beatiful//Decay, Fabrik Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
This year, Hagler will debut two of his most ambitious projects to date at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the Brand Library Art Center in Los Angeles. The exhibitions will include sculpture, video, sound installation, and new experiments in his painting practice. In addition to making art, Hagler writes a monthly column for Venison Magazine entitled “How To Give a Shit,” chronicling adventures in the Los Angeles art scene in alternately funny, and deeply felt, though altogether unadvisable ways.
Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts at IU East, explained the theme for this year’s national juried exhibition was to get individuals to think about the past, present and future as individuals and as a society. For this exhibition, artists were invited to submit works in which personal experiences and memories are points of departure and/or inspiration for the work as well as those works that address the concepts of collective history and/or memory, no matter how controversial.
Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Ed Thornburg, campus art director, at (765) 973-8605 or visit iue.edu/gallery. For more information about the “Histories and Memories” national juried exhibition, contact Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts, at email@example.com.
Histories and Memories Award Winners
• First place: Brittany Marcoux, Swansea, Mass., “The Birthday Tapes (1988-1990)”
• Second place: Anne Bouie, Washington, D.C., “Keep Pouring the Water: Medicine Keepers Vessels”
• Second place: Kat Douglas, St. Louis, Mo., “A Study of Domestic Violence, 2012”
• Third place: Wayson Jones, Brentwood, Md., “In the Fires”
• Third place: Paige Mostowy, Madison, Wis., “What happened to them?”
• Third place: Noritaka Minami, Chicago, Ill., “A1203 I”
Histories and Memories Exhibit Entrants
• Walt Bistline, Richmond, Ind., “Hospitalfields Grounds”
• Katina Bitsicas, Columbia, Mo., “Hypnagogic Regression”
• Anne Bouie, Washington, D.C., “Keep Pouring the Water: Medicine Keepers Vessels”
• Sarah Cecil, Portland, Maine, “Bombing of Damascus”
• Kat Douglas, St. Louis, Mo., “A Study of Domestic Violence, 2012”
• Thad Duhigg, Worden, Ill., “Presence,” “Presence/Detail,” and “Presence/Detail2”
• Liz Ensz, Chicago, Ill., “Mountain’s Memory”
• Maggie Evans, Savannah, Ga., “Domesticated Crowd”
• Ashley Gates, Brooklyn, N.Y., “Get Out, Jackson, Mississippi,” “And I Will Give You Rest, Jackson, Mississippi,” and “Highway 49, Mississippi”
• Helen Geglio, South Bend, Ind., “A History of Toil: The Roost” and “A History of Toil: The Roost (detail)”
• Chris Ireland, Stephenville, Texas, “Mother Waiting for us to Hold Still”
• Wayson Jones, Brentwood, Md., “In the Fires” and “Crying Out”
• Eric Kunsman, Rochester, N.Y., “Divine Intervention” and “Warden’s Logbook, 1837 Page 83”
• Janet Lauroesch, Mount Vernon, Iowa, “Too Much Rain” and “Deluge”
• Shona Macdonald, South Hadley, Mass., “Sky on Ground #11” and “Sky on Ground #12”
• Brittany Marcoux, Swansea, Mass., “The Birthday Tapes (1988-1990)”
• Julie Mardin, New York, N.Y., “Israeli Couple, UN”
• Christopher McNulty, Opelika, Ala., “Thirty Pieces (Exhuming Charles Kettering)” (two pieces)
• Amy Meissner, Anchorage, Alaska, “Reliquary #1: Accumulation”
• Noritaka Minami, Chicago, Ill., “A1203 I”
• Paige Mostowy, Madison, Wis., “What happened to them?”
• Glenn Richardson, Washington, D.C., “E Pruribus Unum” and “E Pruribus Unum (detail)”
• Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Corte Madera, Calif., “Threshold II”
• Joe Thompson, Richmond, Ind., “Box of Impermanence” (three pieces)
• Scott Trimble, Hermosa Beach, Calif., “By my third night in the German woods I began to hallucinate”
• Cynthia Torres, Boulder, Colo., “Refugee”
• Irene Walker, Ferndale, Mich., “Dress #3”
• Wendy Wischer, Cottonwood Heights, Utah, “And the Rivers are Full of You”