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Faculty Research and Creative Activity


Here and There – installation by Jered Sprecher

If research can be broadly defined as expanding the knowledge base of a particular discipline, then the study and the pursuit of the visual arts exemplifies the spirit of such endeavor. Central to any successful research project, may it be in the visual arts or in the sciences, is the creative engagement of the intellect. The process of art making and the study of its history at its core is the recognition and celebration of this creative energy.

Our faculty in Studio Art and Art History actively engage in research: whether it is about a new ceramic casting technique so more organic forms can be realized in clay multiples, or a new way to understand urban planning in Rome during the age of Pope Alexander VII. Our faculty continue to contribute to the knowledge bases in their fields through their research. Following is a selected list of recent research projects and selected publications and exhibitions from our faculty in the School of Art.

Solo Exhibitions/Performances

  • Jason Brown, Solo Exhibition, Action + Reaction, Race Street Gallery, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jason Brown, Solo Exhibition, FIELD WORK: recent Survival Design projects, Moreau Art Galleries, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Jason Brown, Solo Exhibition, Headed Upstream Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, Arizona
  • Paul Lee, Solo Exhibition, “Positive/Negative 26” at the Sloumb Gallery at East Tennessee State University
  • Paul Lee, Solo Exhibition, PhotoSpiva exhibition at the Spive Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri
  • Frank Martin, Solo Exhibition, The 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
  • Frank Martin, Solo Exhibition, Art Exposure Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Sally Brogden, Solo Exhibition, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
  • Baldwin Lee, Landscape of Sorrow, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee
  • Beauvais Lyons, Solo Exhibitions: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • David Wilson, Solo Exhibition, Sankriti Kendra, Delhi, India

Group Exhibitions/Performances

  • Sally Brogden, “Reflection of Environmental Form,” Maryland Council for the Arts Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Paul Lee, Beauvais Lyons, Frank Martin, The Art of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Art, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jason Brown, Iron Tribe ’03, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vagas, NM
  • Marcia Goldenstein, Two-person Exhibition, University of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Beauvais Lyons, “Shock & Awe” Reineke Visual Arts Gallery, North Dakota State University

Books, Articles, and Book Chapters Authored by Faculty

  • Dottie Habel, The Urban Development of Rome in the Age of Alexander VII: Cambridge University Press, New York and Cambridge, 2002
  • Amy Neff, “Byzantium: Faith & Power (1261-1557),” Exhibition catalogue chapter and catalogue entries, Yale University Press, 2004
  • Amy Neff, “Palma dabit palmam: Franciscan Themes in a Late 13th Century Italian Devotional Manuscript,” Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes, 2002, printed in 2003
  • Cary Staples, Biology One, CD-ROM, Kendall/Hunt Publishing 2003

Refereed Articles and Presentations by Faculty

  • Amy Neff, “Friars Minor-Younger Brothers,” College Art Association Annual Conference
  • Amy Neff, “Byzantine Questions: Italianists Look at Byzantium,” Byzantine Studies Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • Dottie Habel, “The Repercussions of Building Piazza S. Pietro when ‘tutta Roma era in fabrica’,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. Denver, CO
  • Tim Hiles, “In the Play of the Waves: Satirical Comment in Munich’s Art World,” SECAC Annual Conference, Mobile, AL
  • Deb Shmerler, AIGA Recharge Conference, Jacksonville, FL : The Left and Right of Knowing
  • Sarah Lowe, International Design Annual
  • Sarah Lowe, Graphic Design USA
  • Sarah Lowe, Interface Design: WGBH Netcast, broadband quicktime channel featured on Apple
  • Beauvais Lyons, Session Chair, “Irony Chef,” College Arts Association Conference, New York, NY
  • Norman Magden, “Unmitigated Cultural Mirrors in Films as Art,” SECAC Conference, Mobile, AL
  • Amy Neff, “Palma dabit palman: The Hand of God in a Franciscan Program of Devotion,” Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institute
  • Cary Staples, “Using Interdisciplinary Projects,” AIGA Chicago Future Vision Conference, Chicago
  • Suzanne Wright, “The Circulation of Letter Paper Imagery in 17th Century China,” Asian Studies Conference, Tokyo, Japan

Lectures and Workshops by Faculty

  • Marcia Goldenstein, Visiting Artist, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Paul Lee, Lecture, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Beauvais Lyons, Visiting Artist Lectures: Philadelphia College of Art, PA; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Frank Martin, Artist Workshop, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

National Awards to Faculty (Selected Listings)

  • Sarah Lowe, Gold Medal in Poster Design, UCDA
  • David Wilson: Residency, Sankriti Kenda, Delhi, India
  • Jason Brown: Residency, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Oregon
  • Dottie Habel: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Amy Neff: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Beauvais Lyons: Artist-in-Residence, Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD
  • Deb Shmerler, UCDA, National Design Awards, Silver medal
  • Deb Shmerler, Graphic Design USA 2004 Award for Excellence
  • Deb Shmerler, HOW International Design Award
  • Deb Shmerler, STEP The Best of Design
  • Sarah Lowe: LA Festival DVD Award for DVD Menu Design

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