The 2014 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Donna Beam Juried Show 2014

The school year is slowly achieving its entropy which means that the Donna Beam has been sprinting through shows at the rate of about one a week. First it was showing the MFAs, one by one. Next it will be showing the BFAs (May 2nd – May 30th), in a group. For now there’s the 2014 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition (April 18th – April 26th). The show was judged and hung last week by the university’s current artist in residence, Henning Strassburger. Strassburger was born in Meissen, a town in the former DDR, in 1983. If the Berlin Wall hadn’t collapsed in 1989 then he might have learned to paint the porcelain that has made Meissen famous since the early seventeen hundreds, but as it is he got an MFA from the Art Academy of Dusseldorf and puts his paint on canvases instead.

There are other shows around the city too: Mark Brandvik at Vast Space Projects opened on Saturday, Anthony Freda is showing at Trifecta, there’s four days left to catch the 25th Annual Juried Show at the CAC, Blackbird is showing Kim Johnson-Hagen, Elizabeth Blau is about to open (May 1st) at Brett Wesley, Amanda Harris has Izaac Zevalking, the Winchester Gallery has Hillary Price, Michael Barrett is in the Clark County Government Center Rotunda, MCQ has a three-person show called found, and I’ve probably forgotten a few. Our own Art for Art’s Sake will be closing on the weekend. We’ll reopen on the 9th with Jerry Lewis’ Painted Pictures.

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Commentary: “My experience here at the Marjorie Barrick Museum …”

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Dominique Gauthier, Contre-Raison, 2000, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (photo by Mike Ramos)

Barrick volunteer Mike Ramos writes about the art he’s noticed at the Museum.

My experience here at the Marjorie Barrick Museum has been quite an enjoyable time. Volunteering here has given me the opportunity to examine different pieces of art that are just simply mesmerizing. With many different pieces to enjoy there were a couple that truly did stick out to me. The first day I arrived  noticed one piece of art that was absolutely beautiful. The piece was called LHC, by David Ryan. The acrylic and Flashe piece just stuck out to me with the colors and dimensions. Overall it was one of my favorites. The next day I was here at the museum I noticed another piece that was very vibrant and intricate as well. Contre-Raison, by Dominic Gauthier stuck out to me so much more that asked myself, “How did I not notice this the first day I was here?” This is one thing I learned in my time volunteering at the Marjorie Barrick Museum, Every time you enter the gallery something new is gonna stick out to you that you never noticed before. Whether it be a painting, sculpture, or drawing something is going to grab your attention and really make you appreciate the hard work that the artist put into that piece. To me that is the coolest part about this museum on campus. No matter how many times you visit the gallery there is going to be one piece that will stick out to you that you never noticed before. I plan to come back to the Marjorie Barrick Museum to see other pieces that they will have in the future.

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Matthew Couper in Private/Public


All of our older works are in the Private/Public exhibition and all of the newest ones are in Art for Art’s Sake, with four exceptions.


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Matthew Couper, Ex-voto, The 2nd of January, 2007, private collection


The curator of Private/Public, Emmanuel Ortega, decided that he would include work by the Las Vegas-based New Zealand-born artist Matt Couper. Couper — to quote the biography on his website — “uses the established narrative traditions of Spanish Colonial retablos and ex-votos to discuss the space between myth, religion, art and politics.”


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Matthew Couper, Ex-voto, The 23rd of November, 2007, private collection


The shape of the older ex-votos has surfaced again in his work. It is a rectangular form with the picture above and the writing below. It moved through hundreds of artists who have become anonymous, and now it runs into Matt Couper, where it promulgates itself in a secular way.


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Matthew Couper, Ex-voto, The 1st of February, 2007, private collection


How far could you go, removing the religious content from an ex-voto, before it lost its identity? How far before it was only a caption underneath a picture?


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Matthew Couper, Ex-voto, The 19th of June, 2007, private collection

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Taking photographs of spring outside, we began to notice correlations inside.

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A tree stump and Mark Schubert’s SB-3, 2007, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

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Stones and Sid Garrison’s March 19, 2007, 2007, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.


Curled foliage and Emilio Perez’s Do The Monkey II, 2005, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.


A yucca plant and Tim Bavington’s Singer, 2004, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

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A barrel cactus and Joe Macca’s J.M., 2008, from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

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