Art Exhibit: "So Much Between: Ariel Lavery and Danielle Mužina”
Exhibition on view in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, located on the sixth floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts Center from Nov. 17 – Dec. 6, 2017
Meet and talk with the artists during the opening of the exhibit: Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
"So Much Between" is a dialogue between two artists whose works use the language of the domestic sphere to muse on a vast landscape of discontents about identity and behavior, from the personal to the national scale. Danielle Mužina and Ariel Lavery reflect on conditions of their childhoods and hint at the ways that familiar spaces are much more than their objective structures — loaded with visual evidence of ideologies and metaphors that influence our experiences. Our dwellings and our maps are sites of bottom-up history, loaded with evidence of the efforts of ordinary people living their lives and making meaning, yet are also full of seemingly innocuous images, patterns, materials and styles that reflect broader social and psychological conditions in the middle American home.
Lavery and Mužina work with multiple processes and formats, incorporating found objects and digital methods into two and three-dimensional practices. The images, maps and direct experiences referenced are historical records of human observations in the world that become enlivened and re-contextualized through their art-making efforts and the conversations between them in this space.
Danielle Mužina is an artist and educator from Cleveland, Ohio. She received a BFA in studio art at Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in studio art at Eastern Illinois University and an MFA in painting at Miami University. She is currently teaching as assistant professor of painting at Murray State University. Mužina was born in the United States but maintains strong connections with her family’s Croatian heritage. She has studied painting abroad at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana, Italy, was a part of Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program in New York City and was recently a resident artist at the Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York. Mužina has exhibited her work nationally and has also received several grants and awards for her work in both painting and in poetry. She currently lives and works in Murray, Kentucky, and is looking forward to an upcoming residency at the Vermont Studio Center this winter.
Ariel Lavery graduated magna cum laude with her BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder (2007) and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013). She has exhibited extensively nationally and has work in private collections in Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Colorado and Connecticut. She has organized, curated and juried several exhibitions in Maine, Massachusetts and Tennessee, and is member of COOP gallery, a Nashville-based collective that curates artists into the Nashville arts scene. She is a 2013 recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which helped her develop a project based on the culture of rural Murray, Kentucky. In 2016, she was part of the inaugural class of artists participating in Nashville’s Metro Arts Learning Lab, which was an NEA funded initiative designed to aide artists in developing methods of civic engagement in their practice. Lavery currently serves as the assistant professor of sculpture at Watkins College of Art Design and Film in Nashville.
Thursday, 23 November, 2017
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Cost:Free and open to the public.
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