Xavier University Announces Multicultural Expressions of Faith Art Exhibition

February 5, 2013

Xavier University announces a call for submissions to the annual Art at the X National Juried Exhibition: Multicultural Expressions of Faith, which will run from Aug. 23-Sept. 28, 2013. Artists are invited to submit original works of art in all media - painting, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, printmaking, photography, graphic design, and mixed-media – that reflect diverse expressions of faith and spirituality. The exhibition is presented by Xavier University’s Department of Art in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Equity, the Women’s Center, the Center for Mission and Identity, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, University Communications, and the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement. It is endowed by a grant from the Xavier University Women of Excellence.

The juried competition is open to artists over the age of 18 residing in North America. Entries must be original works of art. All 2D and 3D art will be considered except video, performance and installation. A maximum of three entries are allowed per artist for a non-refundable entry fee of $25. Xavier University faculty, staff, students, and alumni may enter the competition with no entry fee. Entries must be postmarked no later than Fri., May 10, 2013 and winners will be notified be email on Fri., June 21. Visit http://www.xavier.edu/art/art-gallery.cfm for a prospectus with detailed information.

Submissions will be judged by three area 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. He had a solo exhibition in China. 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 Xavier University Gallery director Kitty Uetz to document Xavier’s art collection. The resulting book, Xavier University: A Celebration of Art (co-authored by Uetz and 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, chair of the art department, Cheryl Nuñez, chief diversity officer, 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.

“Art is a powerful cultural signpost of the values that define us as a community,” says Nuñez. “Xavier University goes to great efforts to attract, retain, and leverage the benefits of diversity for teaching and learning. Our physical environment should radiate those priorities.”

The Multicultural Expressions of Faith Art Exhibition grew from these discussions and is concerned with the art displayed in public spaces shared by the entire university community.

“We will utilize grant monies to purchase art for the Xavier campus,” says Uetz.

“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.”

Exhibition Opening and Artists’ Reception: Fri., Aug. 23, 2013, 6:00-8:00p.m.
Awards Ceremony: Fri., Aug. 23, 2013, 7:00p.m.
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00a.m. 4:00p.m. and Sat. Noon-4:00p.m.
Exhibition Closes: Sat., Sept. 28, 2013