Curator Abigail Ramsbottom ’18
March 22, 2018:
“(Un)Canonical Bluemner”
Guest curator and graduating senior, Abigail Ramsbottom’s Gallery Lecture is set for 7 p.m. at the Hand Art center. Admission is free. CULTURAL CREDIT for students!
A tour of the elegant exhibit’s well-chosen works shows why an artist who was underappreciated during his mature years and for decades after his death in 1938, is on the way to taking his place among the modernist greats.Tracking Bluemner’s development and techniques with several series of sketches and paintings, separated by wall texts that explain them fully, Ramsbottom builds from the artist’s tentative foray into abstraction to its full expression.

September 28th:  Mr. Andrew Murray Howe V of Atlantic Beach, FL will lecture on “Empire and Empathy:  Russian Photographs by Murray Howe,” a rare look at Pre-Revolution Russia.  Time:  7:00pm – 8:00pm, at Stetson’s Dupont-Ball Library, 134 E Minnesota Ave, DeLand, FL 32724.

The talk will feature photos snapped in 1909 by noted horse racing journalist Murray Howe, great-grandfather of the lecturer.  The elder Howe was accompanying millionaire Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings on a goodwill tour of Eastern Europe who took his prize-winning trotters with him.  Using a handheld Graflex camera, a state-of-the-art device allowing a user to shoot without a tripod, Howe took hundreds of photographs of everyday life in Russia, everything from pedestrians to street vendors and aristocrats.  These rare photos have sparked interest from local museums and history buffs.

The photos are black-and-white but of high quality and resolution, showing both buildings and the people of the time.  Samples of the photos can be found on the Internet at:


October 5th:  Dr. Mayhill Fowler will discuss her new book, “Beau Monde at Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine.”  Dr. Fowler is Assistant Professor of History, Director of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at Stetson.  Her book explains the creation of the Soviet cultural periphery through the story of the rise and fall of a milieu of artists and officials in the 1920s and 1930s.  Professor Fowler will also moderate a discussion with Dr. Daniil Zavlunov, a musicologist specializing in nineteenth-century music, and Dr. Katya Kudryavtseva, Assistant Professor of Art History at Stetson.  This presentation will also be held at The Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, Seminar Room.  Time 7:30pm – 8:30pm.


October 10th: Antibodies| Faculty Focus Panel Discusion with Madison Creech, Mathew Creech,  Ola Lindefelt and Wren Turco
Time:  7:00pm – 8:00pm, at Stetson’s Dupont-Ball Library, 134 E Minnesota Ave, DeLand, FL 32724. 

ANTIBODIES was awarded the Print All Over Me (PAOM) Endowment. This fund supports artists and designers to pursue creative projects that push, expand, or ignore the boundaries between fashion, art and design. FEELD received custom digitally printed clothing to use in the completion of Antibodies.