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Current and Past Exhibitions

Goodwyn Gallery, AUM

We manage a robust rotating calendar of exhibitions, ranging from the work of local and national practicing artists, to student and faculty shows, and exhibitions organized by Museum Studies students and Art History faculty.

Take a peek at what’s coming next!

Spring senior show: Paige Crews

In the Spring 2017 semester, Goodwyn Gallery hosts two Department of Fine Arts senior exhibitions. The second, “Who Am I?,” showcases large, figurative metal sculptures by Paige Crews. The exhibition is up from May 1st through May 6th.

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As Crews explains in her artist statement:

“My artwork was designed to play with the viewer’s perception.  I purposely left these figures ambiguous, but with enough movement and character to demand the question, who are they?  Each piece has its own unique body language, which, by design, allows viewers to single out each piece and give it a unique soul with an individual tale to be told. I want each viewer to create their own story.  Who are they, how did they get into this condition, how do they relate to each other, and, lastly, what lies in their future?

I employed guidelines used in animated character design to give each figure its own distinctive silhouette; to make sure that each piece had a face, body, and pose that was unique unto itself. I drew inspiration for the poses and bodies from the pieces of interesting scrap metal I found, and over the course of its creation the design would evolve into a fully realized character. While the individualism of each piece is important, I took care to avoid giving any of them a set identity that would take away from the viewer’s subjective interpretation.”

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Spring senior show: Laura Parker

In the Spring 2017 semester, Goodwyn Gallery hosts two Department of Fine Arts senior exhibitions. The first, “Individual Imperfections,” showcases painted portraits by Laura Parker (formerly Perry). The exhibition is up from April 24th through April 28th.

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As Parker explains in her artist statement: “The first thing I notice about a person is their face. I find the slight variations in skin tone, hair texture, and facial features, along with their ‘imperfections’ to be a beautiful tapestry of individualism. When I was young, that interest was purely about physical appearances, but as I grew that interest shifted towards the genetics of a family tree and the ‘imperfections’ that told a story about the one who bore them. In this exhibition, it is my goal to showcase work that represents the person as a whole. In order to better achieve this, I have produced work from photographs of my friends and family exclusively.

For these portraits, I utilized the dramatic and atmospheric styles of the high Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Baroque period influenced my works in ball-point pen, in which I played with the way contrasting light and shadow can change and dramatize the appearance of an individual’s face. The works in India Ink and Oil are influenced by the soft, representational, and fleshy style of the high Italian Renaissance. However, while both high Italian Renaissance and Baroque art idealized their subjects, I have chosen to depict my subjects as they are and celebrate their ‘imperfections.'”

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Exploding the Canon: An Exhibition of Works by Women Artists

During the Spring 2017 semester, students in VISU 3070 / 6070: Women and the Arts organized a special exhibition “Exploding the Canon: An Exhibition of Works by Women Artists.” The exhibition will be on view in Goodwyn Gallery from Monday, April 3 through Monday, April 10.

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Organized by Dr. Laura Whatley, it features 10 works of art by women artists from Auburn University Montgomery’s Fine Art Department collection as well as original reactionary works by 10 students from a range of disciplines at AUM: Courtney Baker, Chloe Brown, Rachel Davis, Chelsey Falcione, Adrienne Hames, Laura Parker (Perry), Brittany Roberson, Keri Tankersley, Julie Valdez, and Ashley Warren.

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The students produced educational materials to enrich the audience’s visit, including a catalogue with information about the featured women artists and individual artist statements offering insights into their own creative works. The goal of this exhibition: to explode the canon of art history!

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The Artist Response Team Exhibition

The Artist Response Team, the Department of Fine Art’s student art club, is pleased to announce its member exhibition, which will run from Monday, March 27 through Thursday, March 30, 2017. The show includes 13 works of art by 10 students and was organized by club advisor Prof. Will Fenn.

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Featured artists are as follows: Michelle Batson, Kayla Dempsey, Amelia Griffin, Alvontay Harris, Jared Harrison, Takeisha Jefferson, Megan Lofgren, Amanda Lowman, Laura Parker (Perry), and LyAnne Peacock. The Artist Response Team (A.R.T.) was launched in Fall 2016 and is open to all AUM majors. A.R.T. holds events such as movie nights, scavenger hunts, and art-related field trips to Atlanta, New Orleans, and this coming Fall 2017 – Nashville.

From Brayer to Brush: The Paper Quilts of Jim Sherraden

Each year, AUM organizes and hosts a Southern Studies Conference. This year’s conference, organized by six faculty, included academic panels focused on the literature of the South, Southern history and geography, and Southern culture, including music and art. A central element of the annual conference is a contemporary art exhibition and lecture. This year Andrew Hairstans, Associate Professor of Painting, organized a special exhibition of the prints of Jim Sherraden, Former Master Printer for Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Jim Sherraden’s “paper quilts” are rich collages compiled from the spent pieces of his woodblock printing material. As explained in a 2016 exhibition text, the compositions are inspired by family quilts, oriental rugs, Southwestern textiles, and Mediterranean tiles. Sherraden’s prints are richly colored, dynamic examples of the stylistic freedom a master printer can achieve through the medium of woodblock printing. The exhibition is on view in Goodwyn Gallery from January 30 – March 3, 2017.

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“Atmosphere,” by Cason McDermott

From January 11-20th, Goodwyn Gallery will be filled with a sculptural installation entitled “Atmosphere,” by AUM Fine Arts student Cason McDermott. Inspired by clouds, the romantic writings of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and themes of life, death, and rebirth, Cason’s installation creates atmospheric blooms of cloud-like forms using white balloons and LED lights.

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“Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, I arise and unbuild it again.” Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Cloud” (83-84)

McDermott writes in her artist statement:

Clouds are a metaphor for life, death, and rebirth. They are also a visual representation of dreams. “Atmosphere,” started out as a project for my three-dimensional design class. We were presented with the challenge to create a common object out of a different texture.  For mine, I recreated clouds from balloons and LED lights.  The design is simple with a monochromatic design of clustered balloons and lights that give a hopeful and calm tone to the piece.  The size of it is meant to overwhelm and create a new ambiance to the environment.

The tone of the piece ties into the concept. As an artist, I am interested in the topics of grief and hope.  I am drawn to these topics by my own experiences.  The balloons symbolize broken dreams and hopes taking on a new life.  In this piece, I wanted to give you, the viewer, a chance to sit with the things that have caused you grief and let them come alive one more time.  All the things that you have lost in life, in this space, at this moment, are still yours.

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Winter senior show: Benjamin-Dieter Koch

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In winter 2016, the Department of Fine Arts graduates two senior photography majors: Trevette Brown and Benjamin-Dieter Koch. Both students installed their senior shows in Goodwyn Gallery between November-December. Benjamin-Dieter Koch’s senior show, Almost Human, is up through next week. His photographs highlight the seemingly mundane subject of food. Further examination, however, reveals that not all is what it seems, as the subjects of his images attempt to reconstruct familiar foods that have been cut, peeled, or used. His images leave the viewer with a lingering sense of unease and regret. Please stop by the gallery and visit the exhibition!

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Benjamin-Dieter Koch: Artist Statement

On the surface, the images reveal everyday foods ordinarily found in home pantries and cupboards. Through deconstruction and the attempted repair of these items the focus is then shifted to the futility of piecing back together these familiar household ingredients. One cannot help but be overcome by a sense of regret. This feeling is trivial and counter-productive to everyday life.

Humans are the sum of experiences. To regret a moment of one’s past is to reject a part of what constitutes identity. When a person feels remorse, such negative emotions create a sense of detachment from an individual’s essence and, as a result, one is left empty, feeling less-than-human and disconnected from reality.

Almost Human examines the concept of regret.

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Winter senior show: Trevette Brown

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In winter 2016, the Department of Fine Arts will graduate two senior photography majors: Trevette Brown and Benjamin-Dieter Koch. Both students will install their senior shows in Goodwyn Gallery between November-December. Trevette Brown’s senior show, Simply Fiction, is up through next week. Trevette’s surrealistic tableaux  juxtapose faceless figures and eerie landscapes or interiors in order to create unusual, other-worldly narratives. Please stop by the gallery and visit the exhibition!

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Trevette Brown: Artist Statement

Ever since I was a child, I have been intrigued by horror. Monsters, killers, and ghouls were more fascinating rather than scary. I believe most people have an innate sense to explore the morbid side of the world because we are naturally curious creatures, and while the dark side is considered taboo – it is incredibly compelling.

My photographic series, Simply Fiction, is an ode to the H.P Lovecraft mythos. Lovecraft, a well-­known horror writer, mixes fantasy and reality to create unique stories that leave the reader wondering about the unknowns of the universe. Each photo represents a fraction of a second within a story. It is the viewer who ultimately decides the makeup of the narrative.

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“Up-and-Coming”: Prattville High School Art Show

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The AUM Department of Fine Arts was pleased to collaborate with Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama for our second exhibition of the academic year: “Up-and-Coming”: Prattville High School Art Show. The exhibitionis on view in Goodwyn Gallery from September 26th – October 28th. It features thirty-two works of art made by Prattville High students in media ranging from three-dimensional ceramic pieces to two-dimensional works in oil pastel or watercolor. We are very grateful to Prattville High School art teachers, Christiana Helgeson and Jessica Rape, for collaborating with us on this exciting exhibition!

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Prattville High School students who participated in the exhibition are: Shelbie Woodruff, Madison Nummy, Jolie Gray, Caroline Mang, Jamee Day, Ashley Lamar, Madison Sims, Julie Son, Morgan Eady, Youngho Kwan, Emma Holleman, Maj-Britt Heinemann, Heaven Anderson, Jennifer Searcy, Zoe Sparks, Niomi Camacho, James Bolton, Iman Almalad, and Sydnie Tew.

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The Gallery hosted an opening reception on Tuesday, September 27th from 6-7 pm. Members of the AUM community – including Dr. Michael Burger, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Mark Benson, Head of the Department of Fine Arts (seen above) – were pleased to welcome Prattville High School teachers and students, and their families and friends, to AUM to celebrate their artistic skills and accomplishments.

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Be sure to check out the exhibition before it closes at the end of October!

A Look to the Future: B.T.W. Student Show

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Goodwyn Gallery’s first fall exhibition “A Look to the Future: B.T.W. Student Show” is open from August 15 through September 15, 2016 and highlights artworks in a range of media made by current students enrolled at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School located in Montgomery, Alabama.

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B.T.W. Magnet High School focuses on providing a “hands on interdisciplinary, arts-centered approach to instruction” for all of its students and includes strong programs in the visual arts and photography. The School’s student-created motto “Excellence in All Things” ably describes the wide diversity of skillfully executed, unique, and creative artworks on view in the Gallery.

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There are a total of 25 artworks on display in “A Look to the Future: B.T.W. Student Show,” including digital color photographs, silver gelatin prints, and works in mixed media, utilizing marker, colored pencil, or pastel. In addition to the photographers listed below, other B.T.W. students who participated in the exhibition are: Grace Walz, Jordan Brazell, Myles Beasley, Erika Lewis, Lina Yun, Leigh Clark, Hannah Choi, Katie Lawrence, Susie Kim, Payton Cherry, Katherine Myrick, and Murielle Martines.

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Photographs (above): Maria Nunez, Alyssa Tinch, Heli Patel, Abby Ford, and Jordan Clayton

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On Wednesday, August 17th from 4:00-5:30 pm the AUM Fine Arts Department and the College of Arts & Sciences were glad to welcome B.T.W. art teachers, current students, and their families and friends to the Goodwyn Gallery to celebrate the exhibition’s grand opening. We had a fantastic turn-out for the event, and were pleased to meet these young, ambitious artists, talk with them about their future aspirations, and admire their impressive artworks!

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As the first exhibition of AUM’s 2016-2017 academic calendar year, “A Look to the Future” seeks to forge a connection between high school students and teachers working in the arts in the city of Montgomery, and the faculty and students in AUM’s Fine Arts Department and the College of Arts & Sciences. The AUM Fine Arts Department is very grateful to photography teacher Emily Thomas (above left) and visual arts teacher Rachel Dudley (above right) for collaborating on this exciting exhibition with us, and to the B.T.W. students who participated and came to the gallery opening.

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