Arts & Culture

“Re-Purpose: Monte Creates” exhibition open through April 17

From March 11-April 17, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) is hosting the exhibition titled “Re-Purpose: Monte Creates.”

"Flower Boy" by Monte Hahn

“Flower Boy” by Monte Hahn

Curated by Senior Class President Makayla Adams ’22 and OUMA Director Elizabeth Peterson Jennings, Re-Purpose brings together select works by Oglethorpe student Monte Hahn, who passed away in 2021.

Monte’s creative journey straddles the worlds of art and design to include photography, graphic design, sculpture, and fashion using influences from his passions for urban street life, pop culture, and skateboarding.

Repurposing is the unspoken secret of great minds to view raw materials and see potential, inspiring future creations. An artist, photographer, and designer, this was Monte Hahn’s greatest talent. He was gifted to see creative potential in things many would overlook. His fashion encouraged us to think differently, and his photography encouraged us to open our eyes wide to see beauty in the every day.

When visiting “Re-Purpose,” OUMA has asked that visitors feel empowered to:

  • Belong. There are no criteria or pre-requisites needed to enjoy this art. You belong here.
  • Enjoy. Art is to be experienced. Enjoy the pieces highlighted here. You can laugh. You can cry. You can be moved. We are right there with you.
  • Be comfortable. We have seating and necessary accommodation amenities. See any member of our staff for help, they are eager to provide you with the best experience.
  • Socialize. This exhibition is not meant to be experienced in silence. Feel free to talk, discuss, and further your adventure with socialization.
  • Learn. There is a story to be told. There is information to be absorbed. There is a life to be celebrated. Please join us in discovering it all.
  • Be inspired. The Re-Purpose exhibit is a continuation of Monte Hahn’s life. You are encouraged to take with you the feelings and effects his work inspires.

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, located on the third floor of Lowry Hall, is open Tuesday – Sunday and is free to all. Find out more.

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