New Perspectives: USI Art & Design Faculty Show
Mary Beth Edelson: Natural Pleasures
September 19 – October 21, 2022
Two exhibitions—New Perspectives: Art & Design Faculty Exhibition and Mary Beth Edelson: Natural Pleasures—are simultaneously on display in the University of Southern Indiana’s McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries during the 2022 Fall Semester. The exhibitions will be on display September 19 through October 21.
New Perspectives: USI Art & Design Faculty Exhibition features recent artworks by current faculty and staff who teach in the USI Art and Design department. Many new faculty have joined the department, and they all bring new viewpoints. Their work highlights the range of media and techniques championed by the department.
Participants in the show include Brett Anderson, Associate Professor of Art; Erika Anderson, Adjunct for the College of Liberal Arts; Chuck Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; Dr. Greg Blair Assistant Professor of Art; Caro Burks, Adjunct for the College of Liberal Arts; Sara Christensen Blair, Chair of the Art and Design department; Rob Dickes, Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging; Andrea Hoelscher, Adjunct for the College of Liberal Arts; David Huebner, Art Workshop Supervisor; Justin Kramer, Adjunct for the College of Liberal Arts; Epiphany Knedler, Adjunct for the College of Liberal Arts; Kirk Maynard, Assistant Professor of Art Education; Rob Millard-Mendez, Professor of Art; Sophia Okotah, Assistant Professor of Art and Design; Virginia Poston, Instructor in Art History; Nancy Raen-Mendez, Instructor in Art; and Katherine Watts, Adjunct for the College of Liberal Arts.
Concurrently, the MAC/Pace Galleries will feature Mary Beth Edelson: Natural Pleasures curated by Payton Broshears ’22, 2021-22 James A. Sanders Fellow.
"Mary Beth Edelson is considered one of the founders of the feminist art movement,” Broshears says. “Edelson challenged traditional art values, specifically the representation of women in art and the lack of recognition and opportunities for female artists. Through her activism, Edelson created new dialogue surrounding gender which led the feminist art movement into the 21st century."
The Natural Pleasures suite, a series of color relief prints, created during May 1985 and July 1986, is the result of a collaboration between Edelson, USI, the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Patrick King Contemporary Art Gallery of Indianapolis. The 24 suites were bound in folios designed and constructed by Evansville artist Janice Greene. In addition to the prints, the artist’s process is illustrated through color studies, printing stencils and artist proofs. The portfolio on display is from the University Art Collection.
A reception for the exhibitions will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on October 28 in the Galleries located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center on campus.