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Closing Exhibitions and More at the David Owsley Museum of Art

Contributed by: Hailey Beard
Published: Thursday, 03 September 2015 2:30 PM
The David Owsley Museum of Art

Meditation Led By Dr. George Wolfe
     Friday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Join George Wolfe for meditation and meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art for one or both 30-minute sessions. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration
     Extended through Sunday, September 6

Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration is on view May 16 – September 6. The exhibition employs participatory photography as a tool for public engagement, advocacy, skill building, and social innovation to respond to these questions. After viewing the recent exhibition Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, and learning new skills from visiting artist and photographer Eric Gottesman, a group of young people photographed the places where they are heard in the city of Muncie. These local youth, ranging in ages from 8 – 18, worked with Ball State graduate students as part of an immersive learning project to produce this experimental exhibit.

Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration is presented in part to honor Muncie’s sesquicentennial by highlighting the voices and talents of young students in our community. Visitors can also contribute to the conversation by adding to the interactive listening map found in the maker space. They will be asked to think about where we listen to each other in Muncie, and how we can open a dialogue with local youth.

We are grateful to the young photographers from the Muncie’s Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the Conley Inc., Motivate Our Minds, and Roy C. Buley Center, as well as the program leaders who helped them share their voices. The photographers in the exhibition are: Kieya Byrd (age 14), Khalie Hawkins (age 8), Adrian Jeter (age 10), Jaliyah Moore (age 15), Ramon Parrott (age 18), Liam Robertson (age 9), Tyler Robertson (age 11), Paige Ullman (age 11), and an anonymous young artist.

The exhibition was organized by Tania Said, director of education, David Owsley Museum of Art with Dr. Ruby Cain, assistant professor, Ball State University, and her EDAC 698 students Kyndra Haggard, Jan Miller, Joe Morris, and Whitney Troxell.

Gift of David T. Owlsey
     Playing in the Brown Study Room through Sunday, September 6

"This documentary tells the story of how an ordinary town came to have an extraordinary museum, and the man who made it all possible." This quote is featured at the beginning of a documentary detailing the life of David Owsley and the museum that bears his name. The largest donor in the history of Ball State's art museum, he has had a monumental impact on the collection.To learn more about David Owsley, the Ball family, the history of Muncie and to hear interviews with Mr. Owsley, the staff at the museum, and students at Ball State, watch the documentary "Gift of David Owsley."

The credit line Gift of David T. Owsley appears on hundreds of labels throughout the museum. Now it is the title of a new video documentary directed by graduate student Shane Dresch under the supervision of Professor Robert Brookey, director of the Digital Storytelling Master’s Program in Telecommunications at Ball State.

Through a series of candid interviews of faculty, students, and museum supporters, Gift of David T. Owsley describes the namesake’s remarkable donations and their impact on both the university and the city of Muncie. The thirty-minute film also features David T. Owsley explaining his fascination with art, his canny collecting strategies, and his love of beautiful objects. It outlines his long career as curator and patron, including moments from a personal tour of galleries in the museum and his art-filled New York apartment.

The film will play in the Brown Study Room for museum visitors through September 6. Several of David T. Owsley’s most recent gifts will be exhibited next to the museum’s screening room, including a handsome eighteenth-century French portrait of a musician painted by Guillaume Voiriot (1713-1799) and a sublime nocturnal harbor scene attributed to the Neapolitan painter Carlo Bonavia (act. 1755-1788). These, and many other works donated by David T. Owsley to Ball State University, the State of Indiana, and the museum that bears his name, continue the legacy of Ball Family beneficence initiated by his maternal grandfather Frank C. Ball and grand-uncles Lucius, William, Edmund, and George.
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Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration Extended through Sunday, September 6

Contributed by: Tania Said
Published: Wednesday, 19 August 2015 5:00 PM

· What does it mean to be a good listener?

· Where do you listen, and to whom do you listen?

· Where are you heard, and who hears you?

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Plan Your Class-Related Museum Visit Today

Contributed by: Tania Said
Published: Monday, 17 August 2015 9:30 AM
The David Owsley Museum of Art provides free guided tours for any Ball State class or community group. Self-guided and special object study visits are also available. To plan your visit select your topic, date, and time, and then schedule it online. Group visits should be scheduled at least 2 – 3 weeks in advance. Learn more.

Fall 2015 Exhibition Preview

Contributed by: Hailey Beard
Published: Monday, 20 July 2015 8:30 AM
Fall 2015
Exhibition preview

September 24 – December 27, 2015

With Watercolor: Content via Technique
Guest curated by Brian Gordy
(Special Exhibitions Galleries)

This exhibition displays a selection from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s notable collection of watercolors that have inspired contemporary Indiana watercolorist Brian Gordy. This show focuses on the transparency of the watercolor medium and explores the powerful connection between technique and content. Gordy will also present public demonstrations of a variety of watercolor techniques.

Being There / Presence
Guest curated by Professor Mark Sawrie
(Brown Study Room)

Professor Mark Sawrie explores the concept of human presence and experience in a place of palpable ambiance through the medium of photography. Being There / Presence is part of a new series of guest-curated exhibitions by Ball state University faculty members that routinely utilize the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection as an integral component of the classroom experience.
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