USI Master Teacher Series
Lenny Dowhie & USI Alumni
July 26 - September 6, 2015
Presented in partnership with DAN & JANET FUQUAY, JOHN & GAIL DUNN, THE JOHN H. SCHROEDER FUND in honor of Katie Waters, JAMES SANDERS, THE MARTHA & MERRITT DEJONG FOUNDATION, THE DAUS FOUNDATION in memory of John J. Daus, Jr. and JUDY MORTON
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of University of Southern Indiana (USI), the Museum is presenting a year-long series of Main Gallery exhibitions featuring the work of the master teachers who have led USI’s art department through the decades: Michael Aakhus, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art; Lenny Dowhie, Professor of Art Emeritus; Katie Waters, Professor of Art; John McNaughton, Professor of Art Emeritus; and Joan Kempf DeJong, Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Art.
These five artist-educators are exhibiting their art alongside the work of selected USI alumni whom they have invited to join them. The five exhibitions celebrate the very best of the over 1,000 graduates of the art department and provide an insight into the impact made by these remarkable teachers who instilled in their students not only the technical aspects of their media, but also have a deep appreciation of and love for the arts.
The Museum and the art department of USI have forged a successful partnership in undergraduate art education for 50 years. Our galleries have provided a unique resource for students to experience firsthand visual art from every era and from around the world. Annual opportunities for participation in regional art competitions have showcased many USI students, faculty and alumni, and numerous works by these exceptional artists have received purchase awards and joined the Museum’s permanent collection. A successful internship program has given countless undergraduate artists and art historians hands-on, real-world experience in collection management, exhibition research and museum practices.
A highlight of our decades-long partnership has been an annual exhibition of the work of the art faculty at the University of Southern Indiana along with the work of their colleagues at the University of Evansville and IVY Tech Community College. As accomplished educators, the USI faculty members also are active artists who have distinguished themselves through national and international exhibitions, artist residencies and representation in leading museum, corporate and private collections.
Anita Duncan: The Art of Life
August 9 - October 4, 2015
Located in the Richardt Room
The Museum’s Richardt Room will celebrate the art-filled life of ANITA DUNCAN from August 9 – October 4, 2015. In 1943, Anita Duncan was in the first grade at Evansville’s Stanley Hall Elementary School and announced that, when she grew up, she wanted to be an artist. Her exhibition shares the many stages of creativity she experienced in school and work, as well as projects, activities, crafts and related ideas from the past 70 years.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Duncan began her career as an art teacher in South Bend, Indiana. She moved on to create scenic designs for off-Broadway theater productions, had her original coloring books published and became an accomplished college and elementary school textbook designer, book editor, photo researcher and director of editorial licensing.
In 2006, the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), a national organization comprised of photographers, photo researchers and photo agency representatives, named Duncan the ASPP – Picture Professional of the Year. Duncan retired in 2012 and returned to her hometown of Evansville in 2014. Her artistic journey is captured in the exhibition and brings attention to the importance of art education and creativity.
The Art Of Jance Rae Greene
September 6 - December 31, 2015
Located in the John Streetman Alcove
Evansville artist JANICE RAE GREENE chose the title for her September 6 – December 31, 2015 exhibition in the John Streetman Alcove because it defines both her carefully planned and arranged artwork as well as her organized, detail-oriented personality. Trained as a printmaker at the Louisville School of Art and the University of Evansville, where she earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree, Greene has experimented with a wide variety of media during her career. Her prints, drawings, mixed media and artist-made books have been included in exhibitions across the United States.
Greene retired from the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library in 2013, after 41 years as a graphic designer and exhibition coordinator. She taught figure drawing and printmaking at the University of Evansville and was a past president of both the Artists Collaborative of Southwestern Indiana and the American Association of University Women, Evansville Branch. Greene was the recipient of the 2007 Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Artist of the Year Award, and she received both the Phenomenal Women of USI and the Community Award in 2004.