The Department of Art has has just completed a comprehensive program of publicly viewable student studios, site specific sculpture, lectures and popup shows around campus this year called the Living Gallery Program. The program ran from the summer of 2012 through the Fall of 2013. The Department of Art's Trahern Gallery will resume regularly scheduled temporary art exhibits in February 2014.
The Living Gallery Program comprised four interactive modes: gallery as laboratory, hands-on artist projects, public events and educational opportunities through workshops and curricular classes. The program was driven by a simple reassignment: to use our beautiful white cube university gallery space as a laboratory of artistic practice and discourse and to run the exhibition program throughout the University's most trafficked public spaces.
The Art Department used Living Gallery Program as a catalyst for increasing student engagement through the visual arts and to celebrate the vitality of art and the role of dialogue, risk taking and collaboration.
A hearty thank you to all participating students and visiting artists who made this program such a great success.