Current Exhibitions

Selections from the Collection - Curated by Critical and Curatorial Studies

April 26 - August 3, 2018
Selections from the Collection - Curated by Critical and Curatorial Studies

Selections from the Collection Curated by Critical and Curatorial Studies

Caprices: Wit & Whimsy

Connect the Dots

Schneider Hall Galleries
On View: April 26 - August 3, 2018
Reception: April 26, 5-7p.m.

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to present an exhibition from the University of Louisville’s print collection. Curated by students in the Critical and Curatorial Studies II class, “Caprices: Wit & Whimsy” transforms the white cube gallery into a space that invites laughter. The humor framed within this show is meant to break that invisible barrier one crosses when entering the gallery; the prints welcome candid, reflexive responses. Since the impact of visual humor is instantaneous, and can be undermined by over-explanation or analysis, this exhibition aims to allow for both instant gratification and complex reading.

A “caprice” is a sudden, impulsive, unpredictable action or condition, a disposition to do things impulsively. Synonymous with “whimsy,” a caprice surprises with its irrational or unpredictable idea or fantastic turn of mind. Like a caprice, humor surprises. Artwork on view includes elements of the grotesque, the whimsical, the ironic, and the childish to comprise an exhibition that is strategically eclectic.

“Caprices: Wit & Whimsy” includes work by Édouard Manet, Francisco Goya, Tom Huck, Bob Lockhart, Honoré Daumier, Mel Ramos, Cima Katz, among others, and was curated by Diana Dillman, Alexis Doerr, Adelaide McComb, Jessica Schumacher, Layne Wegenast, and Stephanie Wise.

 Caprices: Wit & Whimsy is on view April 26-August 3, 2018

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Douglas Miller

April 27 - July 28, 2018
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Douglas Miller

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Douglas Miller


Miller Thesis Photo

Cressman Center for Visual Arts
On View: April 27 - July 28, 2018
Reception: April 27, 2018  6-8 pm


The Hite Art Institute presents an exhibition by Louisville artist Douglas Miller at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts April 27 – July 28. The show, which serves as Miller’s culminating thesis for his Master of Fine Arts degree, will feature approximately 100 drawings and a projected animation. Most of the images are not complete, however. They are fragments, wisps of ideas not fully realized, in keeping with the theme of the show.

Playfully called “Title,” the show considers the disorganization of the creative process — how a person fails to bring a large-scale project to fruition. Miller was inspired by the novel Dead Souls by Russian author Nikolai Gogol. Gogol always planned to write three volumes, but he deteriorated creatively and psychologically and never finished the series. “Most people have failed or not met goals they’re expected to meet,” Miller says. “It’s not a theme specific to this one author, it’s universal. Self-doubt and other feelings that come with completing a large project are familiar to everyone.”

Miller earned his BFA from Hite. His drawings are in galleries across the U.S. and numerous private collections.


The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. April 27.