Pictured above: TIMELINE: 10 Years of Posters and Postcards; HOOSIER HEARTLAND: McCutchan Collection; KEVIN TITZER installation
PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE: 3 exhibits celebrating the 10thAnniversary of the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries
September 17 – October 26, 2018
Exhibit 1:TIMELINE: Posters and Postcards from 10 Years of Exhibits In the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries
Since its opening on September 7, 2008, the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries have hosted seventy-five solo and group exhibits, with postcards and posters designed to publicize the events. TIMELINE is arranged chronologically and is a nostalgic look back over the first decade of gallery shows. It also celebrates the designers who have employed their skills to announce each exhibit in a creative and inviting manner.
Current and former USI art and design faculty members Xinran Hu, Joan deJong, Erich Shelton, Mark Brendel, Andrew Kosten and Kristen Wilkins have all contributed their talents to this exhibit. The Senior Seminar and Annual Juried Student Art Show posters and postcards are traditionally designed by current art and design students. The design works of Marion Judy ‘09, Eric Knepp ‘10, Whitney Wilson, Alex Jordan’13, Kelsey A. Ziliak ‘13, Leyna Seaton ‘12, Kelsey Roach ‘12, Susan Smith, Anise Vaughn ‘15, Miguel Latorre ‘14, Amanda Morrison ‘16, Megan Dickens, Brandon Chapman ‘16, Madeline Kissel ‘17, Haley Allen ‘17, Jake Smith ‘18 and Lydia Wheatley ‘18 are seen here. Four Efroymson Fellowship recipients created posters and postcards for their Fellowship exhibits. They are Jamie Gray Williams, Kristina Fitzgerald Arwood, Jennifer Niswonger-Morris and Jenna (Citrus) Rueger. And finally, Jack Ashley III designed13 poster and postcard sets while serving as Assistant to Director Katie Waters. This exhibit delightfully recalls the creativity of the many artists and designers whose work has been featured in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries in its first decade.
Exhibit 2: Hoosier Homestead: Selections from the Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Collection
Susan Sauls, Director of the USI Art Collection, has curated this 10thanniversary exhibition. It features Indiana artists (natives and/or residents) from the McCutchan Art Collection from the period of 1850 through 1950.
Ken McCutchan (1913 – 2002), a lifelong resident of Vanderburgh County, Indiana, lived the first 78 years of his life on Indiana property purchased by his ancestors from the U.S. government in 1835. After proudly serving his country during World War II, McCutchan went into radio broadcasting and was the first voice of Evansville's radio station WIKY. He was a generous benefactor to many Evansville organizations that shared his love of history, art and his sense of community.
The construction of the McCutchan Art Center largely comes from a generous gift from Kenneth P. McCutchan. He painted for pleasure and collected the works of Indiana artists. During his lifetime he gave a large portion of his collection to USI.
Exhibit 3: CHAPTER 23 – SACK RACE WITH KNIVES, an installation by Kevin Titzer
Kevin Titzer is the Artist in Residence at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries September 17 – 30, 2018. Sponsored by the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries and the Art and Design Department, Mr. Titzer has created a temporary room-sized, site-specific installation in Gallery Three of the Art Center. He collected discarded objects and wood scraps from Evansville and New Harmony, Indiana, reclaiming and rearranging them in a gallery context. Titzer states, “A big intent of my installation work is to reflect the place and community where it's built. I also try to use culturally significant objects and themes; this is the most interesting part of the project for me. I get to immerse myself in a countries' and city's culture on a very one to one personal level when I'm meeting people collecting materials. Everything gets thrown in the pot and informs the final work”.
1997 University of Southern Indiana Art alumnus Kevin Titzer was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. He’s been living and working in the snowy hinterlands of Quebec for the last eight years. Mr. Titzer has been building sculpture, curating exhibitions, and creating immersive installations for twenty years and counting. Found and recycled materials are often prominent elements in his work. He has worked internationally, created site-specific installations in Guadalajara, Mexico; Quebec, Canada; Evansville, Indiana; and in 2019, in Berger, Norway.