Hiestand Galleries

hiestand galleries Exhibition is one of the confirming activities of the artistic process. Our Hiestand Galleries Exhibition Program is dedicated to promoting timely, enlightening, and challenging events which we believe connect students, faculty, and the University community as they encounter, consider, and participate in the possibilities of visual expression. Hiestand Galleries serve as an extension of the classroom. The opportunity to view work from a diverse scope of artists, designers, architects, and others is invaluable as you observe varying uses of materials, concepts, and presentation. These visual laboratories can let you see the possibilities to which you might aspire. Our galleries work as well for the first-time student exhibitor as for the professional guest artist. Exhibition opportunities are available in three galleries in Hiestand Hall and in the Art Building Lobby. Classroom projects are regularly exhibited throughout our buildings and studio work culminates in a series of senior exhibitions.

Hiestand Galleries
2013 Spring

North Gallery

Dec 13, 2012 – Feb 15, 2013
2013 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William & Dorothy Yeck Award

Friday, January 25
Juror Lecture: 4:00 p.m., 100 Art
Reception: 5:15-6:15 p.m., Award Ceremony: 5:45 p.m.
Hiestand Galleries

Through the generous gift from William (Miami University Class of 1936) and Dorothy Yeck of Dayton, Ohio, Miami University has a unique opportunity to provide students and the community at large to develop a critical understanding of painting in the 21st century. The competition winner will be awarded the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award and the painting will become part of Miami University's permanent collection. This year's competition focuses on representational realism paintings. 2013 juror, Lance Esplund is the U.S. art critic for Bloomberg News. He has written previous for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun and other publications such as Art in America and Modern Painters.

February 28 – March 20
B.F.A. Capstone Exhibition

Reception: Tuesday, March 5, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Department of Art senior studio majors participating in the semester long Capstone course feature their latest visual investigations.


March 25 – April 2
James Price, MFA Exhibition, Painting Angel
Reception: Friday, March 29, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Rhythmic patterns within movements and combinations relying on dysfunctional memory resulting in altered states.


April 4 – 14
Stephanie McGuiness, MFA Exhibition, Painting Little Explosions

Reception: Friday, April 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

One afternoon, I found a notebook documenting a difficult period in a stranger’s life. A narrative developed from this source by combining the written events with invented and personal environments. These paintings are the visual result of the narrative, serving as a focus for the viewer to project their own experiences.


April 17 – 25
Tim Parsley, MFA Exhibition, Painting After the Meridian Brightness
Reception: Thursday, April 18, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

What we construct, constructs us. History reveals this, and American history in particular evidences the complicated effect of constructive ambition. My work reconfigures various ideas and images of American history exploring the undercurrents for how we construct and are constructed today as individuals and societies.  


May 1 – 10
B.F.A. Graphic Design Exhibition
Reception: Friday, May 10, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. 

This annual exhibition includes recent works by Senior Graphic Design majors from the Department of Art. Package, identity, web and logo design are included in this exhibition.

Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery


Dec 7, 2012 – Feb 8, 2013
Dana Oldfather
Taming of the Unrelenting Empty
Lecture: Thursday, January 24, 6:00 p.m., ART 100 
Reception: Friday, 25, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m

Dana Oldfather, the winner of the 2012 Young Painters Competition returns with new works created especially to highlight her studio practice from this past year. Through an emotive abstraction, Oldfather examines the transitory nature of comfort, power and security. Drawn to the combination of sweet and dangerous, solid and ephemeral, full and empty, natural and man-made, physical and architectural her work combines diametric elements resulting in a bio-mechanical environment and organism as one; something that has no birth or death and is beginning to show signs of autonomy.


March 18 – 29
Vanessa Graham, MFA Exhibition, Metals Recent Works

Reception: Friday, March 29, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

By denouncing perfection and embracing quirks, I both find and make my objects. I chose materials that are tactile and visceral, processes that are open ended. Both deliberate choices and spontaneity bring these objects to life. A wayward thread, a runaway glob of solder or the bleed of rust suggests a history in each of the pieces. I find beauty and worth in their mistakes, am fascinated by their unplanned forms, discrepancies in surface, and subtle faults.  


April 29 – May 10
Shane T. Wright, MFA Exhibition, Metals Choose
Reception: Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Reflecting on the historical links between cultural values and art, and how these are passed to future generations, my work presents two differing views of what could be in contemporary art. The viewer is asked to reflect on the cultural values present in contemporary art and choose which of my two "views" they would prefer represent the values of our society in the future.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Other hours available by appointment 

Galleries closed: January 1-11; 21; March 11-15;  May 13 – June 10; July 11– August 26

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