New Recruits 

On View: June 9 - September 9, 2017 
Closing Reception: September 8, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m. 


The Hite Art Institute is pleased to present “New Recruits,” an exhibition of art and design by new faculty members of the Hite Art Institute.

“New Recruits” features work by Kyoungmee Kate Byun, Tiffany Calvert, Meena Khalili, Margaret Leininger, and Rachel Singel. The exhibition highlights the newest additions to the studio art faculty at the University of Louisville, artists whose work spans the multidisciplinary range of the Department of Fine Arts. Byun’s interior architecture and design work is aimed at increased interaction—both socially (between those using the spaces she designs) and spatially (between the design work and the architectural structures it occupies). Calvert’s paintings draw on imagery from art historical and contemporary sources, not as an act of appropriation but rather of reproduction. The work investigates the informational capacity of these reproduced images, and the ways in which the artist might interrupt or otherwise compromise their reliability. Khalili’s practice crosses the disciplinary boundaries between traditional design and studio art. Often drawing on typography and Persian calligraphy, her work is inspired by geography, impermanence, and her experiences as a first generation Iranian-American. Leininger, a fiber artist by training, is deeply committed to art’s capacity for provoking or modeling social change. Her work often intervenes at the intersection between craft making and the social bonds that it facilities. Singel’s work is invested in the natural rather than the social. Using lithographic techniques, her work imitates the generative and corrosive natural forces that create minerals and other geological formations. Absence is a recurring motif in her art, which investigates what may exist within the void—an irreducible feature of almost all natural surfaces (from pores to burrows).

“New Recruits” introduces the newest generation of Hite Art practitioners—a welcome addition to the boundary-defying work undertaken at the University of Louisville. The exhibition will remain open all summer, with a closing reception on September 8, 2017, to welcome students and faculty back from summer break. 


Image: Tiffany Calvert, Untitled 274, 2016, oil on digital print on canvas, 16 x 20 in. 

Gallery Hours Cressman Center for Visual Art
100 E. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202

Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Summer Exhibitions

On View: May 11 - August 4, 2017 
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5 - 7 p.m.








The Schneider Hall Galleries at the Hite Art Institute are pleased to announce the concurrent opening of three student exhibitions for the final gallery programming of the 2016/2017 academic year.

Two of the exhibitions are organized by students in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program. “Pursuing the Uncanny: Ralph Eugene Meatyard,”curated CCS masters candidate Hunter Kissel, features figurative photographs by Meatyard that incorporate masks, blurring techniques, and prolonged exposures to present moments when the unconscious becomes most visible.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972) was a photographer working in Lexington, KY during the mid-twentieth century. He identified no less than twelve bodies of work he made during his lifetime. This exhibition features photographs from what has been posthumously referred to as Romances. Since his death, Meatyard has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at venues such as the International Center for Photography and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The second student-curated exhibition, “In Between: Time and Transition,” is drawn from the Hite Art Institute’s substantial print collection, and is equal parts historical survey and thematic group show. The exhibition is organized around the concept of “liminality,” a term used to describe moments of ritual, social, or personal transition or transformation—spaces out of time and out of place—that allow for personal, social, or cultural reflection. Throughout the long history of modernism, art has often served in this reflective role, particularly during moments of acute transition, like the peacetime between World Wars and the beginnings and ends of centuries. The ideological divisions revealed in this recent presidential election have convinced many of us that we are currently occupying such a liminal moment. “In Between” attempts to pinpoint the psychic, temporal, and physical boundaries across which change occurs and the strategies through which artists enact and reenact such transition. “In Between” is co-curated by Whitney Cox, Joel Darland, Stephanie Gerding, Liz Jordan, Hannah Melvin, Scott Rollins, Hillary Roser, and Paige Schat.

Rounding out the three-part summer program is Nick Hartman’s master’s thesis exhibition, “MAN/BOY,” on view in Covi Gallery. Hartman’s work explores manliness, machismo, and masculinity and the ways in which such behavior is learned by, and expected from, contemporary men. As Hartman says of his work, “Cultural iconography and expected gender norms are tropes I confront within my artwork. Drawings of seemingly everyday objects act as fetishized objects of supposed unobtainable ideals that deal with masculine societal norms.” Hartman draws on a variety of iconographic material for this exploration, from Popeye to Elmer Fudd to Charlie Brown.

Schneider Hall Galleries, Belknap Gallery
Hite Art Institute | University of Louisville

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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