a better nectar

January 26 – March 3, 2018

A Better Nectar, by Jessica Rath, is a multisensory installation based on the artist’s extensive research into co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators. Rath creates an immersive experience using sculptural forms, light, and sound to explore how bumblebees learn and remember multisensory floral symbols to find better nectar. Visitors to Steton’s Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center will encounter human-scaled sculptures that evoke a bee’s sensory journey from nest to nectar with audio and visual elements that interpret the bee’s experience of an audibly and visually pulsing world. Each location will also host a selection of photographs and watercolor paintings representing some of the world’s flowers — including important food crops like tomatoes and eggplants — that must be pollinated by bees buzzing at a specific frequency, something that’s known as buzz pollination.  Additionally each location will have research stations that visitors can explore.


(Un)canonical Bluemner

Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection

January 26 – May 3

Graduating senior Abigail Ramsbottom curated this exhibition as a component of her senior project. The exhibition aims to display Oscar Bluemner’s (1867-1938) artistic development and explore the intersection of artist and art canonization, which is the way in which certain art and artists are selected, emphasized and commemorated in art museums, galleries and art history courses and textbooks. The gallery exhibition illuminates Bluemner’s significance both during his lifetime and at the present moment, analyzing the ways the art institutions and the art market impacted the posthumous fate of Bluemner’s oeuvre.

Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts

January 26 – March 3

Matthew Roberts is a new media artist specializing in real-time video performance and new media applications. His work has been featured internationally and nationally, including shows in Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Italy, Mexico and nationally in New York, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago. He has been shown in several new media festivals including FILE, Zero1, 404 and CONFLUX, and he recently received the Transitio award from the Transitio_MX Festival in Mexico City. He is the founder of EMP: Electronic Mobile Performance, and is an associate professor of digital art at Stetson University.

Creative Arts Majors’ Senior Exhibitions

Exhibition I:  March 19 – April 7
Reception March 23, 2018 6-8pm

Ariana Santana, (detail) ceramic, 2017

Exhibition II:  April 14 – May 3
Reception April 20, 2018

The presentations of the capstone works created by Stetson’s graduating seniors in the Creative Arts Department.