"Teacher/Scholar/Artist" and "Pareidolia"
Every two years the Western Gallery shows recent work by faculty in Western’s Art Department. This is an opportunity to see what these highly respected mentors of upcoming artists have been pursuing in their own studios over the previous couple of years.
The works range widely and reflect a broad range of studio practices and media, including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and mixed-media. These varied mediums are used to explore themes of memory, absurdity, bodily landscape, environmentalism, storytelling, and the queer experience. The title, Teacher/Scholar/Artist, evokes the interdependent identities of those included in the exhibition.
Join us for lunchtime artist talks throughout the month of April. Each Monday and Thursday, two artists featured in Teacher/Scholar/Artist will speak about their work and answer questions from the audience.
Pareidolia honors retiring faculty member, Professor Barbara L. Miller. The exhibition showcases recent work that Dr. Miller has crated in collaboration with the artist Dimitri Katsaros, whom she has worked with since 2005.
The exhibition title, Pareidolia, refers to the phenomenon of finding patterns in chaos. For the artists, as Dr. Miller explains, it "has become a metaphor for our artistic practice, which involves searching for patterns and connections in the interplay between light and dark. In essence, our work explores the liminal spaces where opposites merge and give rise to something new."
Garth Amundson, Jennifer Anable, Cynthia Camlin, Nathan Cranston, Pierre Gour, Chris Hartshorne, Cara Jaye, Ryan Kelly, Doug Loewen, Ashley Mask, Edisto Meander, Vian Nguyen, Dana Ollestad, Seiko Perdue, Sasha Petrenko, Sally Scopa and Lisa Turner.
Barbara L. Miller and Dimitri Katsaros