George Caleb Bingham Gallery
MFA Exhibition: "The Graduates"
January 9 - 26, 2017
Reception: January 26, 2017, 4:30PM - 6:30PM. Free and open to the public.
The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents The Graduates: Graduate Student Showcase 2017, an exhibition featuring current work by University of Missouri’s MFA candidates. The work is diverse in media and theme, including ceramics, sculpture, fibers, painting, graphic design, printmaking, and photography.
Visiting Fibers Artist: Gaelen McCartney
January 30 - February 16, 2017
Reception: Thursday, February 16, 4:30-6:30 PM; free and open to the public
The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents : characterized by tragic or disastrous events, an exhibition of work by Gaelen McCartney. Gaelen McCartney is a fiber artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA in Fibers & Materials Studies from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Born and raised in Newburgh, NY his work is strongly influenced on his personal experiences in relation to current social constructs.
What happens at the point of intersection between artist and activist? Where is the line drawn between expressing and advocating? Gaelen McCartney creates work that combines his personal experiences with current issues in our society. Weaving, silkscreen, and mixed media items are combined to create installations where individuals have the opportunity to explore their thoughts and opinions on current social issues. The works displayed in Bingham Gallery are memorials designed to humanize and reinforce the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. The installation provides a space for viewers to remember those lives lost due to the color of their skin. The companion pieces emphasize various facets of the movement—memorialization to integration to education. As part of the exhibition :characterized by tragic or disastrous events artist, Gaelen McCartney is encouraging community involvement before and during the show. McCartney is asking for stuffed animals (new or used) to be donated and brought to MU’s Fibers Studio before the show and directly to the gallery during the show. These stuffed animals will be placed throughout the gallery as a part of the work. Artist's website: http://www.gaelenmccartney.com
2017 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
February 20 - March 2, 2017; Reception: Thursday, February 23, 4:30-6:30 PM
Free and open to the public.
The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition is an annual exhibition open to all MU undergraduate students.
Kelsey Hammond is an artist living in Columbia, MO. She has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and her BFA in Art History from UCLA. Hammond was the director of the MSA/GPC Craft Studio at the University of Missouri for 9 years. Hammond co-owns Yellow Dog Bookshop with her husband.
The Mass of Solitude - Scott McClellan
The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents The Mass of Solitude, a thesis exhibition by MFA candidate Scott McClellan, runs from March 2 – 16, 2017. A reception will be held March 9, 2017, 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Weathering, metamorphosis, heat, and tectonics are forces that form and transform the earth. Over millennia, these methods of abrasion construct captivating structures out of ubiquitous and common materials. I reference these lithic formations using the same minerals and modes of construction, creating objects that expose the true nature of the earth. Through wood-firing local unrefined clay I capture the wild nature of the terra firma, emphasizing the irregular contours, protruding impurities, rugged textures, and earth tones of my forms.
The viewer is encouraged to contemplate these pieces as archaic objects of utility that have been weathered over time. Through mass, irregularity, ruggedness, and form the presence of my objects bring viewers a sense of solemnity and solitude; a state where one experiences the weightiness of human existence simultaneously with freedom and empowerment. At its core, this work addresses these conflicting states of being, emotional heaviness and liberation.
Hunter Gatherer: Artists As Collectors
March 20, 2017 - April 6, 2017
Reception on Tuesday, March 21, 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Exhibition and reception free and open to the public.
What ignites the artist’s vision?
What do artists spend money on or trade their own work for?
What inhabits the “visual space” in their homes?
What artworks or images captivate and inspire them?
The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery is pleased to present Hunter Gatherer: Artists as Collectors, an exhibition of works on loan from the Art Department’s faculty members. The exhibition’s objects and images vary greatly, all coming from personal collections.
Artists and art educators live their days analyzing art with students and creating work for their own portfolios. This exhibition highlights vibrant visual and conceptual connections melding artists to those concrete objects close to their hearts and vital to their work.
The 2017 Senior Show
Exhibition: April 10 - 21, 2017. Reception: Thursday, April 20, 5-7 PM. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents Amalgam, an exhibition by the Art Department’s graduating seniors. Thirty-four students will present their work that include a wide variety of styles and mediums. In addition to producing the works shown, the student artists conceptualize the show, install the work, design publicity materials, and plan & host the reception as part of their graduation requirements.
MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Bader/Manning
The George Caleb Bingham Gallery at the University of Missouri presents The (Fool’s) Sublime, a Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. The show presents the works of Morgan Manning, MFA candidate in graphic design, and Kyle Patrick Bader, MFA candidate in painting. The show’s duration is May 8th-19th with an opening reception on May 8th from 6-8pm. Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.
Manning’s work explores the notion of the American Dream and the artificiality and hypocrisies that exist with the American cultural tradition. By using the visual vocabulary of the 1950’s, Manning challenges the myth of the American Dream by taking both historical and contemporary cultural issues and transforming them into idealized images. Through this process, Manning bridges gaps and creates links between the past and today.
Bader’s work is about the elevation of the mundane; making the disregarded glorified. By using a wide (and historically opposing) variety of processes/media, such as trompe l’oeil painting, the found object, printmaking, and collage, Bader’s work is a pursuit of alchemy. The thesis is heavily influenced by the works of current and past artists, such as Banksy, Robert Rauschenberg, Kehinde Wiley, Vija Celmins, and others.
Exposed South: MFA Thesis Exhibition in Fibers by Billy George
April 24 - May 5, 2017
Reception: May 4, 2017, 4-6 PM with
Artist Talk @ 4:30 PM - George Caleb Bingham Gallery
George Caleb Bingham Gallery, 505 Hitt Street, and
MU Student Center (Main Level), 901 E. Rollins
George’s thesis work is an iconoclastic action to re-channel personal power. He uses the power of the found object in the form of secondhand, name brand men’s dress shirts like Tommy Hilfiger and Polo and subvert them very carefully to re-direct the politic inherent in Southern / Midwestern masculinity.
The installation works are relatable visuals of his journey of dealing with and coming to terms with his sexuality. The pieces address vulnerability, exposure, hiding and isolation; emotions George experienced during the process of coming out.
George’s works position themselves to involve politics of space. Parallels of his autobiographical passage from a Southern conservative, white Christian rural upbringing to an openly cosmopolitan gay male; the dress shirt contains duality representing both, where he came from and what he is. His work represents LGBTQ sexuality and the experience that was endured from traveling from the confined closet like space the gallery creates to that of a juxtaposed politic of the MU Student Center where “closets” need not exist.
As part of the exhibition Exposed South artist, Billy George is encouraging viewer participation. He is asking individuals to journey from the George Caleb Bingham Gallery to the MU Student Center and celebrate with him as he has now officially 100% come out to the world.
Exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public.
“It Happened” – A group exhibition addressing the reality of sexual assault.
A group exhibition addressing the reality of sexual assault.
Curated by Katina Bitsicas and Lee Ann Woolery
It Happened features local and national artists who create work on the issue of sexual violence. These works address the reality of rape and sexual assault on university campuses, k-12 schools and in communities regionally, nationally and around the world, some including very personal stories. This exhibition has been purposefully scheduled at the beginning of the school year, because this is the time period with the highest incidence of sexual assault and rape. As curators, our aim is to create a space for dialogue and new perspectives on this damaging subject with a desire to stop the behavior.
Exhibition dates: Monday, August 28 to Thursday, September 21, 2017, Monday - Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Location: George Caleb Bingham Gallery, A126 Fine Arts Center, Department of Art, University of Missouri-Columbia campus (corner of Hitt St and University Ave)
***A list of support services can be found in the gallery during the exhibition hours of Monday - Friday, 8 am – 5 pm or in a PDF at the bottom of this page.
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 31, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri-Columbia campus
* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event.
Artists exhibiting include:
Luzene Hill, Traci Molloy, Melissa Kreider, Taylor Yocom, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Ricardo Santos Hernandez, Jillian Dickson, Maura Mchugh, Shannon May Mackenzie, Photovoice, Taylor Bailey, Haley Bordelon, Jordan Keller, Naeun Park, Jenny Brandt, Courtney Luer, Katina Bitsicas, and Lee Ann Woolery
Artist Talk: Tuesday, August 29, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at 101 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Photographer Melissa Kreider will speak about her body of work:
* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event."Remnants: an investigation of the realities of sexual and domestic assault."
Curator Tour: Katina Bitsicas and Lee Ann Woolery
Wednesday, September 13, 4:00 to 5:00 pm - George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event.
Sponsor Talk: Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 -7:00 pm - Allen Auditorium, 110 Arts & Science Building, University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Speakers: Danica Wolf, Director, MU RSVP Center, Abigail Rolbiecki, Director of Photovoice project and others to be announced.
* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event.
The statistics say that:
- One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (National Sexual Violence Resource Center).
- 23% of undergraduate women are sexually assaulted while in college (Association of American Universities 2015).
- One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old (National Sexual Violence Resource Center).
Sexual violence is a public issue:
- Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by
assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion) (from National
Sexual Violence Resource Center).
Visit the exhibition to learn the personal stories that will move you beyond the statistics and connect you with real people and the impact of sexual violence on their lives, in our schools and communities.
University of Missouri (MU) Digital Storytelling Program, University of Missouri Extension, MU Art Department’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery, MU Women and Gender Studies Program, MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, MU School of Social Work, MU Women’s Center, MU RSVP Center, MU Counseling Center, and MU School of Social Work “Support services will be available at certain times during the exhibition and at other events for individuals who may experience distress from viewing exhibits at the event.” Check the website for specifics.
PDF of Support Services available in conjunction with this exhibition.
Restraint & Limitaion
Restraint & Limitation curated by Matt Ballou
On view: Sept 25-Oct 19, 2017
Reception & curator talk: September 28, 4-6:30pm
Contemporary abstraction is a huge, multifaceted project. From Katharina Grosse, Julie Mehretu, or El Anatsui to Cordy Ryman, Odili Donald Odita, or Amy Sillman, the range of potential and diversity of referent available to artists is obvious.There are no clear boundaries, no distinct definitions that provide a unified perspective on the practice of abstract painting. That contemporary abstraction utilizes the history, physical interactions, and conceptual structure of painting is axiomatic. Yet to suggest that it is limited to the realm of painting is a dramatic misunderstanding. The old discourse that endlessly returns to the interplay between abstraction and representation has lost any potency to report on what is actually happening in muchof contemporary abstraction. With this exhibition, I hope to present a sliver-likeview into the modes of abstraction that intersect with painting as a form and which, in unique ways, demonstrate the limitations of depiction and representation toclarify the kinds of experiences that abstraction affords us. I also seek to show how smaller works may defy the conceit that abstraction is most powerful in its more monumental expressions.
The three primary artists here are women from different stages of their careers. They show commitment to the aesthetics and procedures inherent in paintingpractice today, yet bring diverse pressures to the form. Influences – ranging from post-paint materiality to provisionality to traditional hard-edged painting – form an invigorating view into a restrained yet evocative corner of artmaking.
Sharon Butler, Gianna Commito, Anna Buckner, Jennifer Wiggs, Elise Rugolo, Lauren Steffens, Hali Oberdiek, and Jessica Thornton
Vanessa German Exhibition
Poet, performer, photographer, and sculptor Vanessa German creates works that explore the power of transformation and healing. She scours her Pittsburgh neighborhood searching for objects to incorporate into her art. “I surrender myself to the objects that call up to me,” she has said. Her intricate mixed-media sculptures combine doll parts, antique tins, cowrie shells, household objects, and African beads. With these three-dimensional collages German reclaims objects and words that symbolize the oppression of African Americans for generations, creating serene, if surreal, figures that call to mind religious icons, Congolese minkisi sculpture, folk art traditions, and the work of Betye Saar and Fred Wilson.
German is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. Her work is in private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Progressive Art Collection, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, Snite Museum of Art, among others. German’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; and in the traveling exhibition State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now, which originated at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. German is represented by the Concept Gallery in Pittsburg and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.