Xavier University presents Art at the X National Juried Exhibition: Multicultural Expressions of Faith, August 23-October 11, 2013. Artists submitted original works of art in all mediums - painting, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, printmaking, photography, graphic design, and mixed-media – reflecting diverse expressions of faith, spirituality and devotion. The exhibit is endowed by a grant from the Xavier University Women of Excellence and was awarded to Kitty Uetz, Xavier University Gallery Director; Suzanne Chouteau, Department of Art Professor, and Cheryl Nuñez, Assistant to the President for Diversity and Equity.
Submissions were juried by three art experts. Jane A. Black has been associate director of The Dayton Art Institute since Dec. 2011. Before that, she spent eight years as executive director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center. She studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at the University of Redlands (Johnston College) in Southern California. She serves as a juror, panelist and curator for regional arts organizations. Bobby Scroggins, associate professor at the University of Kentucky, studied sculpture and ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving a BFA in 1976. His MFA in sculpture came from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1980. He has received several public commissions and numerous awards, and has curated regional, national and international exhibitions. Kristin L. Spangenberg, curator of Prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has more than 40 years of experience, having served as assistant curator of Prints at CAM and assistant curator of Graphic Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and her master’s from the University of Michigan.
The project’s funder, Xavier's Women of Excellence (WOX) Giving Circle, honors and advances the legacy of Xavier University's and Edgecliff College's alumnae through opportunities for women to grow as philanthropic leaders for the University. Giving Circle grants are allocated on an annual basis to support projects proposed by Xavier faculty, staff and students.
The inspiration for the exhibition grew out of an effort begun by Kitty Uetz to document Xavier’s art collection. The resulting book, Xavier University: A Celebration of Art (co-authored by Uetz and Xavier adjunct art historian Jenny Shives), revealed the extent to which the collection reflects a generally Eurocentric point of view. This spurred conversations among Uetz, Suzanne Chouteau, Cheryl Nuñez, and others about the need for campus art that reflects both the diversity of the Xavier community and its mission-driven commitment to dialogical exchange across faiths and cultures.
“Ultimately, success will be measured by the wider realization that multiple visions and ideas are welcomed and revered at Xavier,” says Chouteau. “It is our hope that the exhibition will raise awareness and set a precedent for a more strategic and inclusive approach to campus public art acquisition. Art transforms space and transforms public awareness.”