OWU students curate Ross exhibition

By Gary Budzak

February 2, 2014

“New Art / New Mexico,” a forthcoming exhibit featuring artists from northern New Mexico, will be selected and mounted by Ohio Wesleyan University students using a university-funded Theory-to-Practice Grant.

“That took the students to New Mexico,” OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette. “The students actually got to meet 26 artists in their homes and studios, look at their work and talk to the artists, and helped to choose which pieces of art would be in the exhibit, so they got to experience what it’s like to curate an exhibit firsthand. This added another dimension to the education they receive. It’s fascinating they were able to do this.”

Hatcher said that since 2009, OWU has issued funds for Theory-to-Practice Grants. Students and faculty can apply for the grants to study things of interest to them in other locations.

“It’s the coolest thing,” Hatcher said.

Six students spent nearly three weeks on the trip last May and June. They said their courses in art history, Spanish, art, and gallery management were relevant to their experiences.

Ross director and OWU professor Justin Kronewetter wrote the grant.

“The motivation for my undertaking the project was multi-fold,” Kronewetter said in a news release. “In addition to providing students with hands-on curating experience, I wanted to provide opportunities for them to engage in an advanced level of museum studies in the form of individual internships. I also sought to organize a multi-media exhibition consisting of artwork created by African American, Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo artists in an effort to diversify our exhibition programming.”

He said that New Mexico’s Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos art communities comprise the third leading art market in the United States, trailing New York City and Los Angeles.

The exhibit will be on display from Feb. 11 through March 30 at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

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