Morlan Gallery

Sept. 11-Oct. 16, 2015

Art from Home and Field exhibit
Home and Field: Digital Explorations of Community 

featuring the work of Michelle Jaffé  and Stevie Morrison

“Home and Field” offers two significant multi-media installations exploring ancestry, community, home, and the notion of the other. New Yorker Michelle Jaffé  displays “Wappen Field,” a group of futuristic silver helmets suspended from the ceiling. When stepping into the head gear, viewers find that each helmet is also a haunting sound installation. Nascent artist Stevie Morrison cleverly uses Google Maps to recreate 900 blocks in Lexington, Kentucky, allowing gallery visitors to take an extraordinary walk around town with an ordinary in-gallery video camera.

Special Events
Art Talk: Michelle Jaffé: Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, Sept. 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Lexington Gallery Hop, Friday, Sept. 18, 5-8 p.m.
Art Talk: Stevie Morrison, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12:30-1:15 p.m. 

This exhibition is offered as a part of Studio 300, Kentucky's only digital arts and music festival, Oct. 1-2, 2015 at Transylvania University.

Nov. 2-Dec. 4, 2015

Art from the Swept Up in Whispers exhibit
Swept Up in Whispers

featuring the visual art and poetry of Alexandra Domínguez and Juan Carlos Mestre

Creative power couple Alexandra Domínguez and Juan Carlos Mestre present prints, artist books, and poetry in this special international exhibition. Mestre was named winner of Spain’s National Poetry Prize (2009), the National Award for Literacy Criticism (2012) and an honorable mention in the National Prize of Engraving (1999). Domínguez was awarded the Juan Ramón Jiménez Hispano-American Prize of Poetry (2000), the Rincón de la Victoria Prize of Poetry (2006) and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile exhibited a retrospective of her paintings and prints.

Special Events
Art Talk: Domínguez and Mestre, Thursday, Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Public Reading: Domínguez and Mestre, Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Carrick Theater
Public Reception for the Artists: Thursday, Nov. 12, 8:30 p.m. (directly after reading), Morlan Gallery 
Lexington Gallery Hop, Friday, Nov. 20, 5-8 p.m.

Jan. 15-Feb. 19, 2016

Art from the INTER/ACTIVE exhibit

featuring the work of Flâneuse, Endia Beal, and Kenya (Robinson)

Three artists contribute to America’s current discourse of race, identity and power by examining identities of blackness, whiteness and gender. The work in this exhibition asks: What does the “authentic self” mean? Where are the lines drawn between appropriation, caricature and performance? And how does the power of privilege operate? “INTER/ACTIVE” communication is an exchange of ideas where artist and viewer are active and can have an effect upon one another. And the art works in the show are literally interactive, encouraging gallery visitors to physically interact with the pieces in a dynamic, two-way flow of information.

Photographer Endia Beal has been celebrated in several online editorials, including NBC, BET, the Huffington Post, Slate and National Geographic. Her videos and photographs have been exhibited extensively in the United States and “bridge the gaps and increase our social awareness.” Kenya (Robinson) has been featured in the New York Times, a contributor to the Huffington Post, and exhibited in MoMA (NYC), PS1 and The Kitchen. She has created a special interactive sound installation for this exhibition using “Dave” from her #whitemaninmypocket series. And poet, film maker and artist Flâneuse creates a movable word installation that—with your help—is new every day.

Note: This exhibition contains content for mature audiences. 

Special Events
Opening Reception and Lexington Gallery Hop, Friday, Jan. 15, 5-8 p.m., Morlan Gallery
Art Talk: Kenya (Robinson), Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., Morlan Gallery

March 1-30, 2016

Art from the Dirt Poets Exhibit
Dirt Poets: Conceptual Clay 

featuring the work of Sharan Elran, Brian Harper, Ashley Lyon, Zoé Strecker, Tetsuya Yamada and others

The second in a pair of clay exhibitions, this show of conceptually oriented artwork contrasts the first exhibition titled “Works That Contain” (curated by Michael Frasca) of functional ceramic vessels. Rather than contain, the work sought for "Dirt Poets" challenges and expands the viewer's ways of thinking and perceiving. The two exhibitions, although shown a year apart, explore the intersections of craft and art and celebrate work made with similar materials and techniques, but different purposes. “Dirt Poets: Conceptual Clay” is curated by Transylvania Professor of Art and sculptor Zoé Strecker, who is also participating in the exhibition.

Special Events
Closed Friday, March 11, noon-2 p.m.
Gallery Hop Friday, March 18, 5-8 p.m.
Curator’s Talk with Zoé Strecker, Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

April 8-15, 2016

Senior Seminar art
Senior Seminar Exhibition

Transylvania University Bachelor of Fine Arts students showcase their best work in this culminating exhibition.


Special Events
Opening Reception for the Artists Friday, April 8, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talks by the Graduating Seniors: TBA

May 6-20, 2016

Juried Student Exhibition art
Juried Student Art Exhibition

Art majors and non-art majors alike contribute work in a wide variety of media to this joyful exploration of creativity.


Special Events 
Prizes and awards given during the opening reception Friday, May 6, 5-7 p.m. 
Lexington Gallery Hop Friday, May 20, 5-8 p.m.