Monthly Archives: September 2009

2010 AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts

Heads up all sculptors and artists interested in designing an award for AICUO’s (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio) yearly honor. What they’re looking for, from the horse’s mouth:

1) The AICUO Award: Given to the Grand Award winner only. It should be the largest award.
2)The finalists’ award: Given to the five finalists. This should be smaller. It should be a variation of the AICUO Award.
3) The People’s Choice Award: Should be different from the other two designs, but a cohesive piece to the awards as a whole.
How it works: You design three awards, submit sketches/drawings, and if your design is chosen we will have it created by a local artist. Your signature will be on the awards as well as us highlighting that it is your design during the awards reception.
Who can enter: Any student! Not just Seniors!
All entries must be submitted by January 12, 2010 and can be sent via email to with the subject “AICUO Design Competition” or via mail to:

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio

C/O Afton Gladman, Art Awards Coordinator

41 S. High St., Suite 2720

Columbus, OH 43215

Please call 614-228-2196 for additional information.

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Posted by on September 20, 2009 in call for work, Uncategorized


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Two Lectures by Professor Pamela Smith

This coming week, the Oberlin Art History Department will host Pamela Smith, Professor of History at Columbia University.  The lectures are funded by the Baldwin Fund and organized by Christina Neilson.

Monday, September 21 at 2:30 pm in Classroom I of the Art Building Smith will deliver a lecture “Casting from Life: Art and Nature in Early Modern Europe.”  This lecture is an open session of Neilson’s Baroque class.

Tuesday, September 22 at 5:00 pm in Classroom I of the Art Building Smith will give a lecture titled “Butter and Gold, Lizards and Vermilion: Art and Science in Early Modern Europe”.

Butter, gold, vermilion, and lizards were all materials employed by sixteenth-century European metalworkers.  What understanding of matter and the transformation of materials stood behind the use of these substances?  This lecture describes a “vernacular science” of matter and nature that informed metalworking practices, and considers the origin and transmission of these ideas and techniques.

Pamela Smith is a specialist in early modern science and her most recent publication is a book she co-edited with Benjamin Schmidt called Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400 – 1800, in 2008.

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Posted by on September 20, 2009 in Visiting Speaker


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Obie Sighting: Corin Hewitt ’93


above: 85 Union Street, mixed-media installation, 2004

Oberlin Alumnus Corin Hewitt is having a show at Seattle Art Museum’s downtown SAM space.  Corin Hewitt is the featured Next artist, a program designed to expose the public to up-and-coming artists who are still under-represented.    Hewitt works in photography, sculpture and performance and recently had a show at the Whitney where he performed and installed a piece called Seed Stage.    During this performance Hewitt used a variety of materials which he processed in a variety of ways, from casting to canning to eating or sculpting.    The SAM exhibition features a collection of photographs taken from a performance piece exhibited at a gallery in Portland, Oregon.    The Portland performance piece included still-lifes of organic and inorganic objects which the artist photographed as they decayed and changed.   The body of work, called Weavings: Performance #2 (Portland, Oregon) will be on display at SAM until October 18th.   Corin Hewitt is represented by Taxter and Spengemann Gallery in New York.

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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Obie Sighting


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The Plum Academy at SPACES Gallery

Oberlin Professor Julia Christensen is co-curating an experimental show at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland.  The show takes the form of The Plum Academy:  An Institute for Situated Practices.    The Academy is up from September 11 through October 23 and includes three departments; the Department of Psycho-Cartography, the Department of Cultural Husbandry and the Department of Chance.    Below is the write-up about the show, but you can find out more at the SPACES website.

Throw away the canvas. Let the brushes dry out. Grab a #2 pencil (but you may not need it). This fall, SPACES will be host to The Plum Academy: An Institute for Situated Practices, an experimental school. Rather than house a traditional exhibition of objects, SPACES is choosing to organize a school-as-exhibition. Concepts and ideas will take the forefront, rather than materials, styles and conventional aesthetics. Specially selected facilitators from the regional community and beyond will lead forums that approach topics obliquely, find unique entry points to ideas and challenge the established structures of education. (To assist in taking a different look at education, we use the terms “forum” and “facilitator” rather than “class” and “teacher”, respectively.)

Forum subjects will be unexpected. The student-teacher relationship will be questioned and the school itself will function as a large, collaborative performance.

This is not an “art school” per se. We are not offering art classes. We do offer a variety of forums that tackle contemporary thought on a number of topics and disciplines—that challenge traditional educational systems, are out-of-the-ordinary, outrageous, educational and entertaining. Forums will be solo presentations, workshops, open discussions, field trips, etc.

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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Art Openings and Exhibitions


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Ohio Watercolor Society Class

The Ohio Watercolor Society is offering a seminar called “Stretching Boundaries for Creative People VII” to be held April 21-24 2010 at The Lodge at Sawmill Creek located at 400 Sawmill Creek in Huron Ohio 44839.  Includes many presenters in various two-dimensional techniques, media and subject matter. For more information about the class, email, call is 304-242-6831.  The registrar, Susan Graham, cab be reached at: 440-708-1704.   You can also visit The Ohio Watercolor Society Website at


Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Mutant genius Actors and Clowns

Oberlin Alumna Jennifer Sargent (class of ’98) is collaborating with Aimee German on a musical comedy that is playing in Brooklyn until September 12th.  The show, “Canarsie Suite: at the edge of Vaudeville” is up at the Brick Theater and features music composed by Tony Melone and cellist Ken Hashimoto.  The  ‘vaudeville noir” shows performers were described by PragueTV as “freakishly talented… Aimee German and Jennifer Sargent are obviously mutant genius actors and clowns… One of the weirdest and most memorable evenings in the theatre I have ever experienced.” 

Canarsie Suite is at 10pm on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th.   The Brick Theater is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  575 Metropolitan Ave (btw Union and Lorimer); take the L train to Lorimer or G train to Metropolitan.   Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.  You can also visit the website of the show for more pictures and information.

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Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Obie Sighting


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East of Eden: Vietnam


 Oberlin Associate Photo Professor Pipo Nguyen-Duy has a solo show at Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, CA opening this Saturday, September 12th.  The show will run through October 24th and exhibits work from an ongoing series called “East of Eden”.   Nguyen-Duy’s photographs from two trips to Vietnam in 2005 and 2009 are exhibited in this show, the third time Sam Lee Gallery has presented this series .   Nguyen-Duy was born in Vietnam but fled conflict  in 1975, so his personal connection to the survivors he photographs creates an intimate tone to the work.    The backdrop of the beautiful landscape of Vietnam provides an Eden for his subjects who portray the persistance of the human spirit. 

A reception for the artist will be held this Saturday from 6-9 pm at the gallery which is located at 990 N. Hill Street #190, Los Angeles, CA  90012, Phone 323-227-0275.  Visit for more information.

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Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Obie Sighting: Josh Neufeld ’89

The New York Times book review recently published an article about a graphic novel created by Oberlin Art History major Josh Neufeld, class of 1989.  The book, “A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge,”  follows the stories of 7 real-life survivors of Hurricane Katrina.  Josh Neufeld was living in New York when Katrina hit and felt compelled to go to New Orleans and volunteer with the Red Cross.   His experiences and the people he met while working there were translated into graphic-novel form, a medium Neufeld has published in previously.   The graphic novel was originally published online at but the expanded printed version was published by Pantheon.

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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Obie Sighting


Welcome Back

The Art Library blog is up and running for Fall 2009! The Oberlin Art Events list has been updated to include all upcoming events and previous years’ events have been archived (see link at the bottom of events page). The purpose of this blog is to increase student and faculty awareness of all goings-on in the department and also serve as a mode of communication. Any suggestions about how to better run the blog, or to notify us of an art show, event, student project or alumni work please email us as

First up: Art Opening of group show containing Oberlin Professors’ work…

Friday, September 4, 2009. 6-9pm at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery.

Opening of “Heavenly Day” a show co-curated by Marcella Hackbardt, associate professor of art at Kenyon, and John Donnelly, MVNU professor of art. The show is the inagural exhibition of the new gallery, which is located in downtown Mount Vernon’s Buchwald Center. The show contains a variety of media, including sculpture, painting and photography. Artists from several colleges are represented, including Oberlin’s own Pipo Nguyen-Duy and Rebecca Cross. The gallery is located at 211 S. Main Street in Mount Vernon, and the hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The show will be up until Oct. 16.

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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Uncategorized


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