OU Museum Scholarship Winner Takes Photography to the National Level

High schooler Sara Endrias is the picture of artistic accomplishment. After receiving a scholarship from the OU Museum of Art to attend one of its summer photography programs, Sara went on to earn accolades for her work at both the local and regional Boys & Girls Clubs of America Imagemakers Photography Competition. And now, she’s progressing to the national competition.

While at Oglethorpe’s program, Sara learned alternative process photography, and spent the summer exploring different types of imaging, including photograms, the kind of photograph she entered in the contest. Her creation, titled “Flaming Pitcher of Destiny,” was announced as the Southeast Regional winner in the 16-18-year-old Alternative Process category.

Sara is a 4-year member of the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club, one of Oglethorpe’s neighbors.  Because of her excellent work, Sara will receive a certificate of merit from the president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. If selected as a national winner, her photograph will be displayed in the Imagemakers National Photography Contest exhibit and she’ll receive a Boys & Girls Clubs of America award.

Sara's winning entry: A photogram is made without a camera, but combines light and photosensitive material to create an image.

Do you know of another young photographer who might want to try out the OU Museum of Art’s photography class? The next one starts soon — on June 27th!  Find out how to register here.

Summer is the Season for Art Education Classes at OUMA

Everybody knows that the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art hosts some of the most magnificient art exhibits, but did you know that the museum holds a number of art workshops as well? 

Starting in June, art enthusiasts of all ages will descend upon Weltner Library’s third floor not only take in some fine art, but also to to learn from the pros ways in which they can master their medium. Art instructors Allise Whitworth, Stephanie Routier, and Jean Woodall will share their expertise in portraiture, photography, and drawing in a series of workshops and camps for both children and adults. 

For two weeks, ten young photographers will escape the world of digital, when Routier takes them back to the basics with her black and white Photography 101 camp, designed for highly motivated students, 12 years and older.  For younger kids and teens, OUMA is hosting a Summer Art Camp that will focus on OUMA’s current exhibit, Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin ’56.  Students will explore and experiment with patterns, portraits, and resist techniques as they create original two-dimensional artwork.

On Friday afternoons, Whitworth invites adult learners to try their hand at traditional Indian art techniques, inspired by the Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest exhibit.  In Woodall’s Moving Into Art workshop, artists integrate the technical with the creative by drawing with the assistance of  image-guided movement of the Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT).

The museum also will host a Saturday Family Art Day on June 4 and Girl Scout Badge Workshops. Visit  OUMA online to find out more on dates and registration for these summer art programs.  Some of the classes begin as early as June 3!

Dr. Schall Gets Personal with Chronicle of Higher Education

President Schall barely misses an overhead balloon filled with colored water during Oglethorpe's Holi Color Festival in March. Holi is celebrated in India to welcome spring, and the occasion is marked each year when hundreds of people playfully splatter their neighbors with colored powder and water.

In this week’s online edition of The Chronicle of Higher EducationOglethorpe President Larry Schall shares his thoughts about experiencing campus life during the opening week of OU Museum of Art’s Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest exhibit in March. 

To celebrate the exhibition’s arrival on campus, OU students organized several events—including an Indian Holi color festival on the quad (read: water balloon fight Oglethorpe-style)  and a screening of the film Slumdog Millionaire.  In the article the Chronicle titled “A College President Puts Down His Pencil for a Water Balloon,” President Schall writes:

“I knew most of the kids who had arrived early, and they teased me about wearing a suit and tie to the event. I had no intention whatsoever of joining their water-balloon fight and had, in fact, deliberately worn a suit for the specific purpose of avoiding any involvement…But as I watched the students get ready for their “spring bath,” the thought crossed my mind: Didn’t I have some shorts and a T-shirt in the trunk of my car?… Ten minutes later, barefoot and dressed for the gym, I was leading a charge across the lawn, armed with a half-dozen balloons of my own…for a brief moment, I was transported back 40 years to my college days. (Although, to be honest, I’m not sure I ever had that much fun in college–at least that I can remember.)” Click here for the full article.

The OU Museum of Art exhibition “Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from the Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin ’56″ has been extended through September 4, 2011.

Oglethorpe’s French Master Art Exhibition Opens in Style

More than 150 people attended the opening of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s opening of its exhibition, Nineteenth Century French Master Drawings and Sculpture from the Schlossberg Collection.  Dr. and Mrs. Michael Schlossberg were in attendance to help open the exhibition, which ran through December 12.

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Schlossberg

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Schlossberg

In attendance were several members of Dr. Schlossberg’s family, community and museum members, and media.  Among those mingling were the French Consul General Pascal Le Deunff and  plenty of OU mainstays, including former Provost  Dr. William Shropshire and Dr. Jay Lutz, Professor of French.

Considered to be one of the top 100 private collections in the country (Arts & Antiques), the Schlossberg Collection showcases the skill of famous French masters, including Ingres, Gaugin, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Bourdelle, Couture, Pissaro and others, and has been exhibited around the world at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Vincent Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), Dansmuseet (Stockholm), and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg), among others.

Several lectures, concerts, and special events were held in conjunction with the exhibition, including a lecture by Jennifer Wright, associate vice president and specialist in 19th century European and old master drawings for Christie’s in New York, and Naturalists Unleashed: Innovations in Biology in the 19th Century, a lecture by Oglethorpe assistant professor Karen Schmeichel, Ph.D.

OUMA is open Tuesday-Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm.  More information  is available at museum.oglethorpe.edu.

OUMA Exhibition Preview: Salvador Dali

Falling astronauts.  An exhausted giraffe running with a fiery mane.  Lifeless chipmunks settled in…the silhouette of a human face?

These visuals are just some of the thrilling madness that is Salvador Dali.  They are morphing images—those that transform in theme and feeling as the eye moves across the piece.  This is the kind of art that moves from graceful, to gore, to graphic all in the same piece—and leaves the viewer either fully confident that they know exactly what’s going on or completely confused, but determined to resolve the scene within their mind.

At least that was my experience during June of 2010, as I walked the red gallery of the OU Museum of Art with Assistant Art Director Betsy Ayers.  She was putting the finishing touches on the highly-anticipated Dali exhibition, which opened Sunday and runs through September 11.  As my attention shifted from one piece to another, falling for each new visual trick, and subconsciously aware of my losing streak in his famous mind-eye games, I couldn’t help pondering the idea that this was exactly what Dali would have wanted.

The exhibition featured a set of lithographs, or prints, that are authorized copies of Dali’s original works, donated anonymously to OUMA’s permanent collection.  In each of the fourteen lithographs, the surrealist is typified by the reality that in viewing seems so very  ”unreal.”  Betsy even told me that to achieve this experience, Dali would actually induce a paranoid-delirium state, which in his words, were to “maintain the systematization of delirious thought within the most remarkable coherence.”  He wanted to make dream-like images.

Betsy Ayers and intern Jordy Pfeifer arrange a Dali lithograph at the OU Museum of Art.

One remarkable feature of the OUMA exhibit is a trilogy of lithographs that were part of a tarot card deck that Dali was commissioned to illustrate.   Continue reading