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SMITHSONIAN DAY at the HAND ART CENTER 

Family Art Adventures
September 22, 2018 noon -4pm

Free Come-n-Go Family Fun Saturdays at the Hand Art Center

Family Days are fun and educational celebrations for families to experience and learn more about art and culture. Visitors enjoy hands-on art activities for kids of all ages. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Every third Saturday from noon to 4pm. Usually groups will come for an hour.

The remaining dates for Family Fun Saturdays will be:

October 20th

November 17th

January 19th

February 16th

March 16th

April 20th

 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 24, 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 Sampson 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.

 

29th Annual Juried Exhibit

November 2 – December 7, 2018

Opening Reception- November 2, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Water Buffalo Painting
“Water Buffalo” oil on canvas, 2017, Thanya Guevara
The Undergraduate Juries Arts Exhibition is designed to celebrate students’ creativity, grow their imagination and encourage their exploration of the arts. All Stetson Students regardless of major are encouraged to participate. Each student may submit up to four visual works of art each. Artwork must be conceptualized, created, and completed solely by the contestant. If you are a student and wish to enter, click here.

Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes, and Restrikes

January 18 – March 1, 2019

Opening Reception- January 18, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Rembrandt Self Portrait
Self Portrait of Rembrandt
Rembrandt, one of the most influential printmakers in the history of art, created etchings that offer a wide range of subjects, from incisive representations of scriptures to studies of street life. His prints possess comedy as well as sober social commentary and have influenced innumerable later printmakers.
This exhibition of 40 Rembrandt etchings examine the problem of authenticating Rembrandt’s etchings. The exhibition includes first state pulls from the artist’s lifetime and restrike prints from the 17th to 20th century.

Senior Exhibition 1: Digital Arts

March 18 – April 5, 2019

Opening Reception- March 22, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Senior Exhibition 2: Studio Art

April 13 – May 9, 2019

Opening Reception April 18, 2019 6-8 p.m.

Traveling Exhibition: Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy

August 2019- October 2019, 2019

Horse And Rider

Horse and Rider with Tiger (Land Crossing) 2016, charcoal on vellum on paper, 40″ x 44″.
“Art and events both have a galvanizing agency—the power to inspire witnesses to contemplation or action. Conversely, momentous events, triumphs and tragedies alike, have long been commemorated in art, from the ancient reliefs on the Arch of Titus in Rome to the French Romantic painter Theodore Gericault’s iconic Raft of the Medusa. These strands from two ends of a common arc converge in the extraordinary Refugee Trilogy series by Rick Shaefer, which represents the Connecticut-based artist’s passionate and cerebral response to the current Syrian refugee crisis, the seismic effects of which continue to resonate around the globe.