Perceptions of Self - Art Exhibition
December 6 - December 9, 2016
Perceptions of Self: An Introduction
By John Wolfer and H. Michael Sanders, Curators
Our sense of self is built on the fertile ground of our experience. Family life, personal relationships, personality, self-confidence, values, presence and absence, strength and weakness, and time: all of these aspects of the individual are questioned as we gaze at ourselves and seek to understand who we are and what we are about.
To some degree, we all see what we are predisposed to look for, which is to say we are all looking at the world around us with a measure of preconception. The human figure, and specifically our own face, is a subject about which we have perhaps the most preconceptions and the most familiarity. The ubiquitous “selfie” of our contemporary online environment stands as a reflexive testament to such familiarity and preconceptions.
However, the serious self-portrait has always been a challenge for visual artists to confront from a vantage point of personal discovery in an effort to explore both the physicality and the psychology of the self. Students involved in this exhibition were asked to confront these preconceptions about the self and utilize light, feeling, mood, and the illusion of space to render their own image in a realistic, yet thoughtful manner. In the process, perhaps they surprise themselves by revealing facets of the self previously unknown.
Gallery Exhibition Participants
Foundation Drawing I Students | Art & Visual Communication
Margo Adwani - Self-Portrait
Tristan Behling - Self-Portrait
Kat Brown - Self-Portrait
Cassandra Campbell - Self-Portrait
Michaela Dial - Self-Portrait
Ryan Fick - Self-Portrait
Mario Giallombardo - Self-Portrait
Felicia Head - Self-Portrait
Amber Lanese - Self-Portrait
Kelly McCabe - Self-Portrait
Jeremy McConnell - Self-Portrait
Emma Snyder - Self-Portrait
Kaitlin Stewart - Self-Portrait
Cole Tibbs - Self-Portrait
Kayla Turner - Self-Portrait
Natalie Wisler - Self-Portrait
Photography I Students | Electronic Media Communications
Sara Aulds - Self-Portrait
Patrice Cole - Self-Portrait
McKenzie Cornell - Self-Portrait
Janusia Figueiredo - Self-Portrait
Abbey Geverd - Self-Portrait
Jacob Gibbs - Self-Portrait
Nathan Hackman - Self-Portrait
Jameil Haynes - Self-Portrait
Kaley Hicks - Self-Portrait
Lauren Johnson - Self-Portrait
Grant Landon - Self-Portrait
Chris McNamee - Self-Portrait
Dana Mulvaney - Self-Portrait
Victoria Phelps - Self-Portrait
Ezra Garfinkle Plymesser - Self-Portrait
Hannah Ridge - Self-Portrait
Ana "Patty" Salas Rios - Self-Portrait
Griffin Schneider - Self-Portrait
Adrian Smith - Self-Portrait
Theodore Wininger - Self-Portrait
- Foundation Drawing I instructors and judges include Tracy Creahan-Johnson, Mark Hanavan, Bill Malczan and John Wolfer.
- Photography I instructors and judges include Helen Adams-Borders, Matt Bennett, William Boyle, Guennadi Maslov and H. Michael Sanders.
- Exhibition Curated by H. Michael Sanders and John Wolfer and is made possible in part through a grant from ArtsWave.
The UC Blue Ash Art Gallery is supported by the Office of the Dean and the departments of Art & Visual Communication and Electronic Media Communications. This exhibition is curated by H. Michael Sanders and John Wolfer. Gallery publications are edited by H. Michael Sanders and designed by Michael Ziepfel. John Wolfer is gallery director.