Third Annual UCBA Faculty & Staff Art Exhibition

March 20 – April 21, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This exhibit showcases the work of active artists and scholars making significant contributions to the arts, enhancing dissemination research through visual representation in their respective disciplines, and promoting student education in academic programs at UC Blue Ash College. The various academic departments and offices represented include: Art & Visual Communication; Biology; Disability Services Office; Electronic Media Communications; English & Communications; Foreign Language; and History, Philosophy and Political Science.

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New Publication in The International Journal of the Literary Humanities

 

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by Matt Bennett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.9-14.

Abstract: Amidst the hardboiled detectives, doomed protagonists, and femmes fatales in “films noirs,” works of art often operate as characters in their own right, effecting their own double-crossings. Thus far, the presence of art in the mise-en-scene has remained a largely untapped resource in helping to understand these popular American films of the 1940s and 1950s. In this article, I explore the deployment of art in noir as a duplicitous narrative device, with intentions ranging from confusion through deceit to destruction. Art can function to drive the narrative, but can also serve as a canvas upon which characters can project their own fantasies. Art can also be understood as the product of the sublimated sex drive of artist characters appearing in the films. The capacity of images to conceal the truth is fully taken advantage of in noir, and the perfidy of those images is central to the narrative of many of the films.

Narrative Portraiture Opening Reception

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The UCBA Art Gallery will be hosting a reception this Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. We are celebrating the opening of the current exhibition, Narrative Portraiture. This show will be on display from February 6 – March 13, 2017 and features the work of five artists: Kathryn Jill Johnson (Huntsville, AL), Melanie Johnson (Prairie Village, KS), Boryana Rusenova-Ina (Columbus, Ohio), Stafford Smith (Grand Rapids, MI) and William Paul Thomas (Chapel Hill, NC). The work in the exhibition has been selected because these artists all use various techniques to present portraits of human subjects that tell stories. The work consists of painting, drawing, fabric, photography and video.

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