ANNI HOLM: The Immigration Project

August 18, 2018 – October 13, 2018

Opening Reception- August 24, 2018 6-8pm

“Jana – Germany (from Immigration Project)”, Archival Inkjet Print, 2003, 57″ X 43″ Anni Holm

After the attacks of Sept. 11th 2001, an investigation revealed that two of the suicide pilots were in the United States on expired student visas. The public expressed their concern towards this problem and demanded better security. It was proposed to monitor all international students’ actions while in the United States by enforcing fingerprinting and tracking cards with chip implants to enhance national security.

In this body of work, Anni deals with the issues of all the personal information the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) might choose to obtain to monitor international students in the US. Anni worked with international students from all over the world to obtain photos, fingerprints and other forms of personal documents to create large-scale digital portraits of each student. Each image measures 57×43 inches and contains about 4000 life size fingerprints.

Oscar Bluemner: Color Sketches

Works from the Vera Kouba Bluemner Collection
August 18 – December 7, 2018

Opening Reception- August 24, 2018 6-8pm

“Lodi”, 1911, Oscar Bluemner

During 1910-1911 Oscar Bluemner intensified his longtime practice of regular sketching expeditions in the countryside. The discovery of a new type of vivid colored pencils enabled him to put into practice his growing conviction that expressive color was the most important element in art. The drawings in this exhibition demonstrate Bluemner’s rapid assimilation of the various strands of Post-Impressionism.

The varied subjects include suburban roadways, canal-banks, near-mystical suns, as well as urban and figurative subjects. The freshness of vision in these works still communicates the artist’s excitement as he embarked on his new venture.

Alumni Permanent Collection Highlights

 August 18th – October 13th, 2018

Opening Reception- August 23, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Self Portrait in Blue, oil on panel, Trent Tomengo, 1999

The Alumni 2018 highlights works in the Stetson University permanent art collection and is a celebration of our studio art programs and graduates of the Creative Arts Department. The body of work presented, features a diverse exploration of art forms including sculpture, painting, ceramics, collage, and mixed media works. Artists included in the exhibit: Trent Tomengo, Sean Erwin, Jenny Catron, Erin McCollum, Gladys Cevallos, Nick Leibee, Sarah Hagan. 

Alumni Focus: Sean Erwin

(Located in the Samson Building)
August 18 – December 7, 2018

Opening Reception- August 24, 2018 6-8pm

“Pheromone”, Ceramic Sculpture, Sean Erwin

Sean Erwin received an MFA from the University of South Florida in 2008 and BA in studio art from Stetson University in 2004. He currently resides in Deland, Florida working as a studio artist and adjunct professor for the visual arts department at Stetson University. He creates a narrative with his art as a way of understanding the human condition and those experiences that define our personal identities. The stories we tell help reveal personal archetypes, experiences, and myths that we, as humans, are capable of sharing through our unique sense of imagination.

Erwin’s work implements narrative as a device to engage the viewer while trying to understand some truth about human nature and the world around us. The work is initially derived from Erwin’s personal experiences and are then fictionalized into sculptural narratives. Often times the resulting narrative is satirical and humorous. Through humor, Erwin hopes to encourage a way of experiencing the world that will open us to the transcendent that informs it, and at the same time forms ourselves within it.