Creative Pursuits: AUM Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition

The Fine Arts Department is pleased to present a biennial exhibition of creative and scholarly work by faculty from the Fine Arts Department at Auburn University at Montgomery. The exhibition will be on view in the Cason McDermott Art Gallery, located in Goodwyn Hall, from January 22 through March 5, 2021.

View of “Creative Pursuits,” AUM, Spring 2021

The Auburn University at Montgomery Fine Arts Department is home to ten full-time faculty and lecturers. They hold terminal degrees in their field (MFAs and PhDs) and their collective knowledge spans graphic design, analog and digital photography, 3-D printing, sculpture, performance art, ceramics, musicology, percussion performance, painting, art history, and drawing. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate classes in their areas of expertise, each one also maintains an active practice devoted to creative work, exhibitions, academic research and scholarly publishing, or public performance.

Selection of work from “Creative Pursuits,” AUM, Spring 2021

“Creative Pursuits: AUM Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition” celebrates the creative and scholarly work of the Fine Arts Department faculty and offers insight into the research and artistic pursuits that inform their teaching. Numerous artists and creative practitioners have found employment as teachers. Often, their output informs their pedagogy and vice versa. For example, artist Josef Albers (1888-1976), who taught at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale University, said: “Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” Similarly, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), who started teaching art in 1912 in the Amarillo, TX public schools, and held positions at Columbia College, SC, University of Virginia, West Texas State Normal College, Canyon, TX, described how: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Finally, Edgar Degas – while never formally an instructor – noted how art has the power to reveal personal vision (a sentiment that is integral to teaching), saying: “Drawing is not what you see but what you must make others see.”

View of “Creative Pursuits,” AUM, Spring 2021

The Gallery displays artwork by Andrew Hairstans, Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting; Sue Jensen, Associate Professor in Sculpture; Will Fenn, Associate Professor in Photography; Breuna Baine, Associate Professor in Graphic Design; Nikhil Ghodke, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design; Marguerite Gilbertson, Lecturer in Sculpture & Spatial Studies; Tony Veronese, Lecturer in Foundations and Core. Also on view are original program notes by Mark Benson, Honors Associate Professor of Music, and scholarship by Laura Whatley, Associate Professor of Art History, and Naomi Slipp, Associate Professor of Art History.

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