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Printmaking students tour Italy

Professor Rachel Singel had the opportunity to lead a group of UofL students for "Printmaking in Venice" (May 3-19), which took place at the at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. In addition to working on their assignments, with the help of Printshop Manager Roberta Feoli De Lucia, students collaboratively printed a limited edition book with the title: "Hite Takes Venezia." During the course, students also visited local art museums including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia, as well as attended La Biennale di Venezia - 57th International Art Exhibition.

Professor Singel and students.

Professor Rachel Singel with Hite printmaking students in Burano.

Printmaking student, Cassidy in the print shop.

Printmaking student, Cassie, in the print shop.

Students printmaking in Italy

"Printmaking in Venice" at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia.
Hite students inking plates in Italy.
Hite student inking plates while in Italy.

Professor Rachel Singel and students at The Lagoon.

Professor Rachel Singel and Hite students at The Lagoon.


Hite faculty and alumni received Great Meadows Foundation Grants

Great Meadows Foundation has announced the award of grants to artists in the Kentucky region through the third round of the Artist Professional Development Grants program. Supporting artists from across the state, the grants will enable recipients to travel to visit major exhibitions, conferences, and residencies, and to connect with professionals in the field whose expertise can help them develop their practice.

Two Hite alumni and four Hite faculty members are among the award recipients of the Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Development Grants. The Hite alumni are Rob Southard (BFA, 2005) and Matt Weir (BFA, 2004), and faculty members are Mary Carothers, Ying Kit Chan, Scott Massey and Rachel Singel. In addition, Chris Reitz received a Great Meadows Foundation Curator Travel Grant.

Congratulations!
Great Meadows Foundation Grants - Mary Carothers

 

MFA hooding ceremony • May 12, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Inaugural Class of the Hite Art Institute's MFA graduates: Miranda Becht, Tom LeGoff and Marie-Elena Ottman.  The MFA exhibition continues until May 27.

Hooding Ceremony

Marie-Elena Ottman, Tom LeGoff, and Miranda Becht.

Hooding Ceremony, Miranda Becht

Miranda Becht

Hooding Ceremony, Marie-Elena Ottman

Marie-Elena Ottman

Hooding Ceremony, Tom LeGoff

Tom LeGoff

MFA 2017

Professor Chris Fulton, Professor Meena Khalili, Professor James Grubola, Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Professor Tiffany Calvert, Miranda Becht, Professor Scott Massey, Tom LeGoff, Professor Mary Carothers, Professor Ché Rhodes, Marie-Elena Ottman, and Professor Ying Kit Chan.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1728204277196693/

The 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition features Miranda Becht, Tom LeGoff, and Marie-Elena Ottman

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to present the 2017 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition. Held in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the Hite Art Institute, the 2017 Exhibition celebrates the University’s very first class of MFA program graduates and introduces the city to the next generation of artists trained in the theory, practice, and materials of contemporary art making.

The 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition features Miranda Becht, Tom LeGoff, and Marie-Elena Ottman.

Becht debuts work ranging from the discreet object to installation. Taxonomies and rituals form a dissociative dissonance as our longing for innocence is slowly displaced by the decay of our imagined past, the death of our ideal memory of identity and place. The politics and trauma of display and the subversion of patriarchal archetypes merge with the semiotic potential of kitsch and domesticity as feminist identity icons in a simulacra that she deftly casts from two sides of the same coin, the self and the other.

LeGoff’s project is concerned with disparity and reconciliation. His photographic cabinet cards recreate the traces of a non-existent town destroyed by either natural disaster or human design. This parafictional no-place exists somewhere between historical recuperation and artistic fabrication, a split identity that reflects the photographic medium’s capacity for both documentation and deception.

Ottman’s work takes up a bifurcated media practice. Her organic and botanical forms appear to be both handmade and naturally occurring material. She uses these in-organic objects to explore themes of human connectivity, communication, and labor. Her work is particularly invested in the experience of immigration, migrant labor, and translation, which Ottman sews together in her plantlike constructions.

The 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition is on view at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts from April 25th to May 27th, 2017. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 28th from 6-8pm.

View of MFA Exhibition at Cressman (1)

View of MFA Exhibition at Cressman (2)

View of MFA Exhibition at Cressman (3)

View of MFA Exhibition at Cressman (4)

Professor Ying Kit Chan receives A&S Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Ying Kit Chan receives the 2017 A&S Distinguished Faculty Award for Full-time Teaching.
 
Professor Chan joined the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts in 1984, and has since worked with thousands of students from the freshman to doctoral level. He has integrated teaching into his own research and creative work by establishing curriculum that incorporates environmental and social justice issues. In his 32 years at UofL, Professor Chan has been a remarkably passionate, innovative, and responsive teacher. He has taught over 35 courses, renewing course content each semester to include new technologies, accommodate student needs, and reflect emerging pedagogical theories. He taught computer art beginning in the 1980s and then introduced Web design, coding, Flash animation and Net Art in the mid 1990s. In 2009 Professor Chan became a member of the first cohort of the U of L Greenthreads to receive support from the Provost’s office to incorporate sustainability in his courses.

Professor Chan has directed 95 independent studies, served on ten Ph.D. committees, chaired one undergraduate student’s CODRE/EVPR-sponsored research project, and four Honors theses. One of the most recent honor theses he directed received the “Best College Honors Thesis Project In Humanities” award ("A world in flux : envisioning climate change from an ecocentric perspective," Katlyn Brumfield, 2016).

Having served as the Head of Studio Programs for 17 years and Department Chair for five years, Professor Chan has played an important role in shaping the curriculum in Fine Arts. He drafted the M.F.A. in Art & Design curriculum and shepherded the degree proposal through the approval process.

Professor Chan has worked diligently with national organizations on issues of pedagogy, curricular standards, and foundational courses. In 1986, Professor Chan organized the first national conference of FATE (Foundation in Art: Theory and Education, a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence of teaching in art), and later served as the President of the organization (1995-1997). Professor Chan's commitment to undergraduate studies is exemplary. He consistently teaches between two and four freshman classes per year.
 
Professor Chan’s teaching philosophy is founded on the Aristotelian idea of Eudaimonia, which encompasses fostering students’ understanding that any educational pursuit is part of a holistic achievement of self-development and self-expression. “This ethic,” he explains, “motivates students to attain a fulfilled life while at the same time contributing to a better world.” At the core of his teaching is a concern with fostering students’ intellectual growth, creative capabilities, and engagement with the world. Professor Chan encourages students to think critically about their choices as artists, their opinions as readers and spectators, and their actions in society. He establishes a safe classroom space in which an airing of different ideas can occur, with critiques and class discussions directed at a weighing of multiple positions.
 
Professor Chan has not only educated his students to be first-rate artists, he has also inspired them to become responsible citizens and community leaders. The list of outstanding graduates who have been influenced by Professor Chan includes Jelly Helm (BA 1987), Sharon Scott (MA 2003), Hallie Jones (BFA 2002; MAT 2010), Taylor Beisler (BFA 2015), and Jessica Bellamy (BFA 2012).

Professor Chan is a current member of the Humanities Ph.D. Program's Steering Committee and Global Curriculum Committee, the Asian Studies Program, the Social Change Program, A&S Community Engagement Council, the Conservation and Sustainability Faculty Research Group and the University-wide Sustainability Education and Research Committee.

An acclaimed artist and revered teacher, Professor Chan models a way of life that encompasses creativity, social engagement, and continued learning.

 

Student trip to Chicago

Picture: Professor Chan organized and led a group of forty students to visit the Chicago Contemporary Art Expo in September 2016.

The UofL Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Mary Carothers to full professor

The UofL Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Mary Carothers to full professor. Congratulations! Professor Mary Carothers joined the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts in 1998. Her artworks are often site-specific, using a socially engaged process as a way to bridge memory and identity with a certain place or group of people. Carothers’ collaborative project Frozen Car (2008) was featured on the Discovery Channel, Floating Seeds (2013), juried by COD+A (Commission of Design and Architecture), received an international merit award, and her sculptural commission Beneath the Surface (2015) was recognized by Americans for the Arts as one of the 38 most outstanding public art projects created in 2015.

Beneath the Surface was recreated in 2016 and is now part of the Great Meadows contemporary art collection owned by Alfred Shands. Professor Carothers has presented her research at conferences in Tunis, Tunisia; Prato, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic, Glasgow, Scotland; Oxford, England and at numerous locations in the United States including Michigan Technological University and Pratt Institute. Additionally, Professor Carothers has taken her students abroad to study in Italy, Germany and Panama. She has received grants from agencies including The Johnson Foundation, The Humana Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Frederic L. Morgan Fund and The Great Meadows Foundation. In the last ten years, Professor Carothers has participated in over 50 exhibitions, nation-wide and internationally. Professor Carothers is particularly noted for interdisciplinary collaborations with other colleges, businesses and institutions throughout the region.

Examples of collaborations include Ghost Signs with Ekstrom Libraries, Empower with St. Josephs Children’s Home and Shelter with TARC (Transit Authority of River City.) Most recently 36 Miles, Revealing the Ohio, a collaboration between Hite Art Institute’s Photography students, Gresham Smith and Partners and University of Kentucky, won a Communications Award from the American Association of Landscape Architects.

Image of Beneath the Surface (2016)

Beneath the Surface (2016)

Image of Floating Seeds (2013)

Floating Seeds (2013)

Image of Frozen Car (2008)

The Frozen Car (collaboration with Professor Sue Wrbican, George Mason University, 2008)

Hite professors receive research grants

Three Hite Art Institute professors have received internal research grants for 2017:

Professor Rachel Singel has received an Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Grant Award for her studies in non-toxic printmaking.

Professor Jim Grubola has received an Arts and Sciences Research and Creative Grant Award for producing a series of new drawings and presenting them in an exhibition.

Professor Meena Khalili has been awarded an Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation (EVPRI) grant for her proposal “Architecture and Type: International Intersections and the Moving Image."

Rachel Singel working in Printmaking Studio

Jim Grubola in drawing studio

Menna Khalili on her grant project

The UofL Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Dr. Delin Lai to full professor

The UofL Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Dr. Delin Lai to full professor. Congratulations!

In the last five years, Dr. Lai has published eight key works, including two books, five articles in refereed journals, and one book chapter. His most recent book "The History of Modern Chinese Architecture" is a five-volume anthology published in August 2016, sponsored by the National Publication Foundation of China. Professor Lai was the chief editor of this book project, working with co-editors Drs. Wu Jiang, and Xu Subin, and over 50 scholars and 30 researchers from 32 universities in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Germany, and the United States to complete this extensive book project. This book is a significant landmark in the study of modern Chinese cities and architecture, and will provide a new foundation for the future development in this field.

Dr. Delin Lai has been the Head of the Art History Program since fall 2014. He was a recipient of the 2015 University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award in Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity in the Humanities.

Professor Tiffany Calvert receives the prestigious Victor Olorunsola Endowed Research Award

Professor Calvert's work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Lawrimore Project in Seattle, E.TAY Gallery in New York, and Carl & Sloan Contemporary in Portland, OR. She is a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center (NY), I-Park Foundation (CT), and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her current studio research investigates the relationship of digital media to the reception and perception of images.

Her 2017 Olorunsola Award proposal, "Hybrid Painting in the Expanded Field,” will pursue producing four large scale abstract fresco paintings on three-dimensional relief surfaces, carved using 3D modeling. The use of old and new technologies will explore pictorial space in contemporary painting.

http://www.tiffanycalvert.com/

Professor Ying Kit Chan presented at FATE Conference

Professor Ying Kit Chan presented at the 16th Biennial Foundation In Art: Theory and Education (FATE) Conference (April 6th-8th, 2017) hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute. His talk was "Integrating Sustainability into the Art Curriculum." Professor Chan was the organizer of the first FATE biennial conference hosted by the University of Louisville in 1986.

Conference details

http://www.foundations-art.org/conference-history

Jessica Bellamy (BFA 2012, summa cum laude) has been selected as a fellow for the Unschool of Disruptive Design

Jessica Bellamy (BFA 2012, summa cum laude) who graduated with double tracks in both graphic design and 2D studios, has been selected as a fellow for the Unschool of Disruptive Design. She will participate in a week-long program for emerging leaders this April in San Francisco. [http://unschools.co/fellowships]. Through her own business — GRIDS : The Grassroots Information Design Studio — she's been bringing her energy to "creating conscious and responsible design." This is a deserved recognition for what Jessica is already doing in the world of design, community engagement, and social change.

https://www.gridsconnect.me/single-post/2017/03/03/Jessica-Bellamy-is-a-2017-Design-Disruptor-Fellow

photo of Jessica Bellamy

Meet Kathryn Harrington BFA photography '16 - I think therefore I EXPOSE

photo of Kathryn Harrington


Kathryn Harrington
BFA Photography ‘16
Yarmuth Federal Photography Intern

Degree and graduation date
BFA Photography 2016 

Academic interests       
I love to research alternative photographic processes and photographic history. I also enjoy painting and drawing. As far as academics, besides my art classes, my favorite classes were art history and humanities classes.

What sparked your interest in studying fine arts, and photography in particular?            
I can honestly say that I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved all areas of art, but I knew that photography was what I wanted to do when I took my first black and white film photography class in high school at Sacred Heart Academy.

I discovered that I loved documenting stories, whether they are my own, those of people around me, or stories throughout my community.

Tell me about a project or story that you consider to be the most significant in your undergraduate education thus far.       
The most significant project I worked on for my undergraduate education was my senior BFA show, “Archive Exposed.” That work has been a way to explore the history of my ancestors by utilizing a large amount of family photos that date back to the late 1800’s.

Through that piece I discovered that while I possess a large amount of information about my history, I also recognize the lack of information that is inevitable with the passage of time and distortion of memory. To show that lack of information I reproduced each photo and put it through an alternative photographic process that physically strips away portions of the image, leaving them to be incomplete shadows of the past.

You were awarded the first Federal Photography Internship for Congressman John Yarmuth. How did that come about, and what was that experience like?       
The internship with Congressman Yarmuth was by far the best experience of my college education. It came about when Judy Look, a wonderful congressional aid working for Congressman Yarmuth, saw the installation “Bloodline,” created by my mentor, Prof. Mary Carothers (Fine Arts). The installation was displayed during the Louisville Photo Biennial at Galerie Hertz and incorporated media images while confronting issues of segregation. After seeing the installation, Mrs. Look contacted Prof. Carothers about creating a Federal Photography Internship.

Knowing that I have a love for photojournalism, Prof. Carothers told me about the opportunity and it was the most incredible experience from start to finish. Mrs. Look contacted me about different events that Congressman Yarmuth would be attending that the office wanted photographed. Once I documented the event, I sent my photos to Christopher Schuler, the Communications Director for Congressman Yarmuth’s office in Washington D.C. to use for archival and social media purposes.

Through that internship I met so many great people and had so many unique experiences that helped me grow as a photographer. Not only did I learn more about my community, but I also learned from Congressman Yarmuth and his staff about the amount of work that goes into keeping Louisville great, while continuously working to improve it. I am so grateful to have been able to continue the internship for my last semester and that I got to continue to work with such a great group of people.

Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life?  Tell me about them.         
First and foremost my greatest mentors have always been my parents and my grandmother. They have always encouraged me to pursue what I love to the fullest extent and have always supported my passions.

Two other key mentors who have influenced me are Department of Fine Arts professors Mary Carothers and Mitch Eckert. I have learned so much from them both and have received invaluable advice, lessons, and opportunities that continue to help me grow as a photographer.

What inspires you?
I have always enjoyed drawing inspiration from a lot of different areas. I especially get inspiration from other photographers and artists working in other media. But I am also inspired by nature, geometry, cultures around the world, history, literature, architecture, the list goes on and on.       

Plans for the future?    
I’m really hoping to go into photojournalism.

Professor Steven Skaggs has published a new book entitled "FireSigns" by MIT Press

In "FireSigns," Professor Skaggs introduces a semiotic theory of graphic design, exploring semiotic concepts from design and studio art perspectives and offering useful conceptual tools for practicing designers.

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/firesigns

Fire Signs book cover

Hite Alumnus Charles J. "Chuck" Byrne (B.S. Design, 1972) named a Fellow of AIGA San Francisco chapter

Chuck retired from teaching graphic design at San Jose State University, but continues freelance design through his studio Chuck Byrne Design in Oakland. From 1986-95 he was a contributing editor for Print magazine. Chuck's works are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design; Harvard University; Detroit Institute of Arts; AIGA Archives in the Denver Art Museum; and U.of L. Photographic Archives.

Photo of Chuck Byrne
Photo: Chuck Byrne standing in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in front of the portfolio, “Twelve Around One,” he designed with Buckminster Fuller.

Designed to serve: How a Hite Art Institute class helps area nonprofits

Design Students

On a recent morning, students from Hite Art Institute’s Design for Public Issues course gathered one last time before the semester’s end to present an important Christmas present.

They passed a binder, wrapped in gold paper, off to members of the Louisville Climate Action Network, the nonprofit they were tasked with working with for the semester.

The binder held the brand standards guide for the new suite of marketing materials the students had designed for the group – everything from a new logo, website, print materials, social media elements and environmental graphics for a proposed brick and mortar outreach center called the EcoDepot.

Like passing off a driver’s manual, the brand standards will allow LCAN to use the students’ designs to fulfill its mission of educating locals on how to reduce their carbon footprint.

“It makes us feel good to see it all out there in the world,” said Leslie Friesen, class instructor.

Since 2010, the course has served as a culminating, service learning experience for BFA students in the Graphic Design program, where they can apply all they’ve learned in their prior two years of classes. Students work as a team with a nonprofit to develop materials that effectively communicate the organization’s message and provide a strong, cohesive visual identity.

“The overall goal is to increase awareness, involvement and support for these nonprofits,” Friesen said.

Leslie Friesen

Organizations selected have limited resources and couldn’t otherwise afford the work.

For example, Friesen said a private agency would likely have charged LCAN as much as $200,000 for the the number of hours that the team of 13 students put into the project. 

“This is the huge advantage of having a metropolitan research university in this city – the focus on service. Students and faculty take the education process and apply it to the needs of the community as they’ve done here,” said Barry Zalph, an LCAN board member.

Zalph said the experience was educational for them as well, as they were exposed to tools they hadn’t even considered using.

The group had a simple website, a Facebook page, a few flyers, but not much else.

“They needed everything from soup to nuts,” Friesen said.

To help with the large task, the class visited Humana’s Digital Experience Center where members of their creative team, which included several Hite graphic design alums, lead them in a workshop that introduced their process of designing collaboratively. That process was incorporated into this year’s class as they developed initial design ideas for LCAN’s work.

“It got us building off each other’s work,” Friesen said.

Students said they felt proud of the end product.

“I’m surprised by how much work we got done,” said senior Jenna White.

“… and how well we worked together,” agreed Jennie DiBeneditto, also a senior.

written by Niki King

Hite graduate John Haley (BFA in Interior Design) is featured in IIDA Member Spotlight

 

John Haley is a busy man.  He works full time as a Custom and Product Development Color Tech for LSI Wallcovering, works part-time as an Interior Designer at Honest Homes and runs a creative workshop at Crane House Asia Institute which was recently part of an Art show that he curated!

John has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in Communications, both from the University of Louisville.  John has been in the Design Industry for approximately a year and a half.  He expressed his interest in the Industry during his University experience through Visual Merchandising, internships, curating window displays and event planning.

He feels that a turning point in his career was when he started working at LSI Wallcovering. He says that his position there has “opened a wonderful can of worms that just so happened to actually be cocooned caterpillars ready to burst and begin their life in flight.”  He absolutely enjoys his time there, getting dirty with all sorts of inks and metallic on a regular basis, he finds it next to impossible not to find something to be inspired by there.

When asked what he would do differently if given the chance for a ‘do over.’  He says that he would have loved to have studied some aspects of Science.  He mentions Chemistry or Biology to perhaps develop a concept for a living house.  He also finds the beauty of Science to be inspiring.

His favorite Interior Design Project was his opportunity to work with the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute by helping to develop their MFA rehab building’s layout and concept.  He found it most exciting to share renderings and concepts with the Institute.

If John were to host a dinner party for his ideal fantasy guest list, the invitees would include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, his little sister Micah and his maternal Grandmother.  He would also invite Marco Polo, John Candy, Zaha Hadid, Brittany Murphy, Toussaint Louverture and Jane Jacobs.  When asked what we might not know about him he replies that he grew up in Sugarland, Texas!

written by Lisa DeFreese

Professor Ben Hufbauer was interviewed on “UofL Today with Mark Hebert” radio show

Professor Ben Hufbauer was interviewed on “UofL Today with Mark Hebert" radio show. Professor Hufbauer discussed President Obama’s presidential library and the history of presidential libraries. Listen to the interview this Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m. on 93.9 FM TheVille.

Professor Benjamin is interviewed by Mark Hebert.

Mark Hebert interviews Professor Ben Hufbauer.

President Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson and Lyndon Baines Johnson in front of the Johnson Library and Johnson School of Public Affairs, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, 1971. Architect: Gordon Bunshaft. Photo Courtesy of the Johnson Library.

Congratulations to the 2016 Fall BFA students

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2016 BFA Thesis Exhibitions at Schneider Hall Galleries. The exhibition displays artwork in a variety of mediums from those students graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Hite Art Institute.

Each BFA candidate contributes their unique vision as represented by a concentrated body of work developed to demonstrate their readiness to enter the professional art world upon graduation.The exhibition features the artwork of Blake Beam, Mary Clore, Lauren Cockroft, Kathryn S.W. Harrington, Robyn Kaufman, Jordan Marcum, Ian Pemberton, and Jen Smith.  The exhibition runs though Friday, December 9. 


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 Group photo of Fall 2016 BFA Candidates

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