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Fall 2019 Crossman Gallery Exhibitions

Ida Wyman: Heart and Mind
September 9 – October 5
Reception: September 9 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm

"I want to photograph a certain synchrony of heart, eye, and brain." Ida Wyman

Ida Wyman was one of the fascinating artists in photography today. When Ms. Wyman first started her career in the 1940s as a magazine photographer, an industry that was almost exclusively male at the time, she started out as a "girl" mailroom boy at Acme News pictures (later UPI) and worked her way up from there. A trailblazing and innovative photographer, Ida has inspired many photographers, both male and female.

Ida strives to capture everyday life of everyday people in all its frustrating, illogical and banal glory. From her classic Girl with Curlers photograph of a little girl on the street in LA staring defiantly at the viewer to the delicate symmetrical composition of Wrought Iron with Snow, Ida photographed what moved and inspired her. 

You can easily connect the dots between many artists photographing today with Ida Wyman. Her unique brand of street photography helped define a fledgling style still trying to establish itself. Street photography has since evolved, but the roots Ida helped lay with others such as Arthur Fellig, Ruth Orkin and Arthur Leipzig are still visible. Although not as famous as some of her contemporaries, Ida was one of the defining artists of early street photography that helped shape how we look at our world.

Thanks to Professor Melanie Herzog for this quote from Chords of Memory.


Jenie Gao: Claiming Space
October 14 – November 13
Artist Reception and presentation: October 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Jenie Gao is an installation artist and printmaker. Her work has been on display in local, national and international venues. About her exhibit, she writes, “My work seeks to challenge and expand upon stories and story structures, so it makes sense to show this work in an academic environment.

My hope for this installation is that it will challenge old story paradigms, while also offering affirmation that things can always change. I wish to create a space where people can take ownership of their assertiveness, intelligence, and ambition. To one side of the gallery, they will see old symbols that were wrongfully used to deny power. Towards the middle, they will see the struggle to challenge and evolve beyond old teachings. To the other side of the gallery, they will see hands making something new. Beneath their feet will be the foundation of that something new. It is up to them whether new ideas take hold.” She will be speaking and working with students to dig deeper into the art and expand the reach of the messaging.


BFA Entry and Junior Review
November 18 – November 23
Friends and Family Night: November 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Students in the Department of Art and Design are invited to submit their portfolios for admission to the BFA Program and in the case of the Junior Review, receive approval to proceed to their final project and participation in the BFA Exhibit.


Scholarship and Creative Achievement Exhibition
November 25 – 27
Reception: November 26 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

A reception and exhibit of works recognizing faculty and staff for their scholarship and creative achievements of the previous academic year is sponsored annually by the Chancellor, the Provost, Andersen Library, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and Crossman Gallery. The purpose of the event is twofold:

  • to promote a free exchange of ideas;
  • to encourage and stimulate further research and creative activity.


BFA Exhibition
December 2 –December 7
Reception: December 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Students completing the requirements for graduation with a BFA degree in studio art or design exhibit their work in this display.


Senior Adjudication
December 9 – December 14
Friends and Family Night: December 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Students in the BA and BSE degree programs exhibit their senior portfolios in this annual review.