The artists in this exhibition have strategically sourced and transformed the materials from which their work was made.
In each case, the meaning of the artwork hinges on this process – none of them could be composed from wholly new materials. The works hint at or allude to the original purpose of their materials as their fundamental characteristics carry through into new creations.
These artworks and their makers grapple with deeply human and universal themes and issues – the ways that we relate to our built, designed, and inhabited environments; stewardship of the ecosystem; our relationships and communities; how we imagine, create, and invent; and the nature of art itself.
Many thanks to the artists who have lent their work to this exhibition: Doug McGlumphy, John Sabraw, and Petra Soesemann.
Curated by Marianne Eileen Wardle, Director/Curator. Exhibition design and installation by Doug McGlumphy, CW Art Museum Preparator & Collections Manager. Installation assistance from Mike and Charlie McGlumphy, Jonah McGlumphy, Ollie Bream, and Noah Fox. Program support and design for promotional materials by Tracy Mathys, Administrative Coordinator.
This exhibition was funded by The College of Wooster and is made possible by the generosity of donors to the College and Art Museum.List of Museum Events
Contained: The Art of Holding it Together
The College of Wooster Art Museum collection holds containers from around the globe spanning over 3500 years of human history. Nearly all were gifts to the college, marking relationships of trust and care.
Containers are objects that enable trade, hospitality, preservation, and nourishment. These vessels mark the traces of human interaction and most of those exhibited here show signs of use. They were made, handled, bought, sold, and given by human hands far from Wooster.
In short, they hold us together.
Delicious Dishes celebrates the everyday traditions that bind us to family, friends, and community, and the containers that make carrying them out possible. Many thanks to the 10 members of the College of Wooster community who entrusted us with their stories, recipes, and cherished containers. This project was conceived by Marianne Wardle in consultation with Jodi Robison and Tracy Mathys.
Tracy Mathys facilitated and implemented the project and created the layouts of text, images, and recipes. Installation by Doug McGlumphy.View Stories and Recipes
Your Food is Fighting
May 14-30, 2022 | On Display Throughout Downtown WoosterView Virtual Exhibit
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Studio Art Class of 2022
Xiangjie Rebecca Wu
Painting Biathlon: Marina Mangubi
Painter, printmaker, and installation artist Marina Mangubi explores sport as a medium of performance and social inquiry. Taking on the structure, limitations, and challenges of biathlon, a modern sport combining cross-country skiing and rifle target shooting, the artist investigates physical conditioning and limitations, the experience of traversing unique and challenging topography, artmaking in unpredictable circumstances, and a willingness to return to earlier states of curiosity and openness to the unexpected. A continuing project, the works in this exhibition spring from three artist residencies: Banff Centre, Canada (2015); Joshua Tree National Park, California (2016); and Siena Art Institute, Italy (2019). In each locale, Mangubi structured a circuit for cross-country skis, snow or roller, broken by stations at which she stopped to paint or create digital drawings. The demands of endurance skiing and artmaking, while both requiring control of form, focus, and timing, were placed in opposition: the engagement of large muscle groups in expansive motion versus the fine motor skills underlying painting and drawing; a long view across a moving landscape versus the focus on a fixed spot; forward movement versus stillness.
The exhibition presents video documentation of the process, paintings and drawings done on site, and prints and paintings created subsequently. Additionally, an experimental community collaboration, which stems from the Breckenridge Creative Arts residency (2020), is planned.
Themes and questions that can be considered within the context of this exhibition include:
- Experimentation, physical challenge, and the discipline of preparation
- The relationships between sport and politics
- Sport as an art form
- The landscape as it is navigated, transformed, managed, and damaged by human intervention
- Acquiring knowledge through movement (movement-mediated cognition)
Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, troubled by the toll of the pandemic on the world, and especially his Navajo community, the turmoil of racial and political difference, and economic challenges, photographer Eugene Tapahe dreamed of the peace and healing brought by the jingle dress dance on sacred lands. Intended as a healing practice, The Jingle Dress Project was launched and the group began their journey to heal the land and the people.
The images in this exhibition reflect an ongoing artistic collaboration and offer an opportunity to connect and process our experiences during the pandemic, to think about the land and our stewardship of the environment, to consider the contributions and practices of contemporary Native Americans, and to engage the power of healing and creativity.
The Jingle Dress Project includes photographer Eugene Tapahe; dancers Joanni Begay, Sunni Begay, Dion Tapahe, and Erin Tapahe; and logistics manager Sharon Tapahe. (Photographs courtesy Eugene Tapahe)
Faces serve as the primary way we identify one another. They communicate individuality, heredity, emotions, and attitudes. This exhibition celebrates artistic interpretations of faces alongside current scientific understanding about the face’s unique relevance for human interaction. How do we recognize each other and how does that affect the way we forge relationships? How do we wordlessly communicate our innermost feelings, even when we may want to hide them? How do artists challenge us to rethink the way we see each other and ourselves?
The exhibition includes artworks over many centuries from around the world by Philip Akkerman, Ivan Albright, Anna Arnold, Félix Braquemond, Clarence Carter, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Arthur Heintzelman, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Michael Nachtrieb, Tom Phillips, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Michael Rothenstein, William Paul Thomas, Stacy Lynn Waddell, and Andy Warhol, among others.
A sensitive portraitist, William Paul Thomas creates images of people within his circle of friends and family, calling on the viewer to consider their essential humanity and inner emotional lives. The larger than life-size portraits convey honor, respect, and even reverence for everyday people, and act as a bridge for us to connect.
BEHOLDEN asks us to look closely and consider how much we owe one another.
- 2021 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition
- Turmoil and Activism: Selections from the CWAM Permanent Collection
2020 will go down in history as a devastating year that included a raging pandemic, political unrest, and global demonstrations. While artists are currently writing the visual record of 2020, Turmoil and Activism looks back at how artists responded to the wars, changing environment, and racial/identity issues of their era. Artists represented in the exhibition include George Grosz, Francisco Jose Goya y Lucientes, Hung Liu, Kiki Smith, David Nash, Elizabeth Catlett, Lorna Simpson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.
- Bridget Murphy Milligan Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child’s Play
- Design by Time: Press Release
- Printing History: Observation, Imagination, and the Ephemeral: Catalogue | Press Release
- 2019 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition
- Doug McGlumphy: monumental: Gallery Texts | Press Release
- Robyn O’Neil: WE, THE MASSES: About
- Saints, Relics, and Images: The Art of Medieval Devotion: Visual Diary of Research Lab and Final Installation | Catalogue
- 2018 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition
- The Ocean After Nature: Press Release | Review
- After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in South African Contemporary Art: Catalogue | Introductory Text | Object Label Text | Response Labels
- Leadership Arts in Africa: Catalogue
- 2017 Studio Art Senior Independent Group Exhibition: Catalogue
- Alison Saar: Breach: Catalogue | Introductory Text | Object Label Text
- Amber Kempthorn: A River Isn’t too Much To Love: Introductory Text | Artist’s Website
- Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal: Image Gallery
- 2016 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Catalogue
- PICTURE YOURSELF: Selfies, Cellphones, and the Digital Age: Brochure
- Archetypes, Power, & Puppets:About | Brochure
- Walter Zurko: Looking up to look down: About
- 2015 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition:
- FREE PLAY: About | Artist bios
- 2014 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Installation Images
- Lasting Impressions: Print Technique and Process: Catalogue
- Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works: Website | Interview
- Kuchi-e Woodblock Prints: Tradition and Modernity:
- The Jay Gates Collection: The Art of China and Japan: About
- Selections from PROJECT 35 VOLUMES 1 & 2: About PROJECT 35 | About the Artists | Reflections
- SHAPESHIFTING: Contemporary Masculinities: About | Brochure | Students & Faculty Response | FYS Students Response
- The Performative in African Art: Student Research
- RACE: Are We So Different?: About
- 2013 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Announcement
- OBJECT LESSONS: Announcement | Catalogue
- Posing Beauty in African American Culture: Announcement | Student Research
- Shiva Ahmadi: About
- Ellen Sheffield: Page by Page: About
- Bea Nettles: Return Trip: About
- Shirin Neshat: Tooba: About
- Middle Eastern Manuscripts, Textiles, and Ceramics: About | Announcement
- 2012 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Artists’ statement and images
- Museum Studies: Recent Acquistiions + 1: Donor List and Student Research
- LTL Architects: Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis: Announcement | Brochure | Lecture (.mp3) (podcast) | Website
- Antti Laitinen: It’s My Island: Announcement
- Nipirasait: Many Voices
- Alejandro Almanza Pereda: within the realm of possibilities: Brochure
- PROJECT 35: Announcement
- Walter Zurko . . . matter of time: Announcement
- Trees: an interdisciplinary dialogue: Announcement | Journals
- Bridget Murphy Milligan: fireside tales: Announcement
- 2011 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Announcement | Statements and Images
- Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy and Painting: Announcement
- Andy Warhol: Photographs 1975-1986: Announcement
- 2010 Senior Studio Art Independent Study Group Exhibition: Announcement | Artists’ Statements
- The David and Karina Rilling Collection of African and Oceanic Art: Announcement
- War Work: Artists Engage Iraq: Announcement
- Body Maps: The Bambanani Women of Cape Town, South Africa and Gallery LAB: Announcement
- Molecules that Matter: Announcement
- Alison Elizabeth Taylor: Taylor brochure | Ekphrastic brochure
- Jaime Carrejo: Our Own Worst Enemy: Brochure
- Matthew Kolodziej: Necessary Parts: Brochure
- The William C. Mithoefer Collection of African Art: Announcement
- Marcella Hackbardt: Story of Knowledges: Brochure
- Carrie Olson: Follies: Brochure
- 2008 Five Colleges of Ohio Juried Student Biennial: Brochure
- 2008 Faculty Exhibition; Doug McGlumphy: Regular Guy Monuments; Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Faculty, McGlumphy, Senior announcement
- The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper: Announcement | Student Response Essays
- Selections from the AT&T Collection
- Northeastern Waters
- Ceramics: Selections form the Permanent Collection
- Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins
- Global Anxieties: Nine Perspectives on a Changing Planet: Brochure
- Jim Campbell: Brochure
- Hiraki Sawa: Brochure
- Convergence 2006: A Regional Juried Exhibition
- 2006 Five Colleges of Ohio Student Biennial
- Mel Kendrick: Brochure
- Ancient Ohio/Ancient Egypt: Ancient Ohio Brochure | Ancient Egypt Brochure
- Drawing Narrative: Brochure | Family Guide
- William Kentridge Prints: Brochure
- Artists’ Books: Selections from the Permanent Collection
- Reality Tales: Bridget Milligan
- Lorna Simpson
- Walter Zurko: hand/i/work
- Marina Mangubi: Eight Board Feet
- 2004 Studio Art Faculty Exhibition
- The Possibilities of Prints
- Radical Line: Innovation in Chinese Contemporary Painting
- Kate Budd: Honey
- Irina Nakhova: When Will You Be Home?
- Convergence 2003: Regional Juried Exhibition
- 2003 Five Colleges of Ohio Student Biennial
- WWII Posters from the Permanent Collection
- Ann Hamilton: tracing language
- The Contemporary Landscape
- Ken Aptekar: Painting Between the Lines 1990-2000
- Hollis Sigler: Selections from the Breast Cancer Journal
- Representations of Illness and Healing in African Art
- Russian Brass Icons
- Marina Mangubi: Music on the Bones
- Bridget Murphy: A Public Confession
- Michael Mercil: promise
- Pipo: AnOther Western
- 2001 Five Colleges of Ohio Student Biennial
- t(here): Holly Morrison
- The Romance of Architecture: Prints from the John Taylor Arms Collection
- Claudia Bernardi: Frescoes on Paper
- Walter Zurko: Work
- Johnny Coleman: For Oshon, A Gathering of Brothers
- Nanette Yannuzzi Macias: Drawings
- Steel and Real Estate: Margaret Bourke-White and Corporate Culture in Cleveland
- Selections from the Chinese Collection
- French and British Etchings 1850-1900
- Hung Liu: A Ten-Year Survey 1988-1998
- Claudia Esslinger: Civil Divination