"Platter" (detail) 1987 by Robert Sperry


ARTsySTEM: The Changing Climates of the Arts & Sciences
March 19 - August 1, 2015

Taiga Chiba
Proterozoic 3, 2003
Gift of the Artist

The Arts and STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) share a necessity for undertaking imaginative inquiry of what we perceive as truth and beauty. This exhibition highlights these endeavors in showcasing work that has both cursory and direct symbiotic relationships between the Arts and Sciences.

Artists featured in this exhibition range from being inspired by science, such as Mark Dion and printmaker Taiga Chiba, to those who engage in direct scientific analysis within a branch of STEM, as exampled by Allison Kudla. In offering this diversity of relationships between the Arts and Sciences through a selection of works suggesting different definitions and paradigms of the connectivity among these fields, we start to get a sense of the similar yet diverging streams of intention in the Arts and Sciences along with their shared methodologies and intuitions about order and disorder.

This exhibition is co-curated by Assistant Professor Mark Lee Koven, in the USU Department of Art and Design, and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Assistant Curator Adriane Dalton. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Obert C. Tanner lecture series: ARTsysTEM organized by Mark Lee Koven. ARTsySTEM is a new, semester-long program at USU integrating Art and Design with branches of STEM.

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection:
50 Works for 50 States
March 19 - August 1, 2015

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, a librarian and a postman of modest means, began acquiring works by contemporary artists in the 1960s. Over the next forty years the couple amassed a vast, diverse collection of contemporary art. The collection, which includes almost five thousand pieces by roughly two hundred artists, focuses on conceptual, minimalist, and post-minimalist art. 

In 1992 the Vogel's transferred their collection to the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. However, due to the continuing growth of the collection, in 2008 the Vogel's and the NGA announced the dispersal of 2,500 works by 177 artists to museums throughout the country to heighten public awareness of contemporary art and artists. The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is the beneficiary of this generous gift to the state of Utah.

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection presents a full installation of the complete Vogel gift to the state of Utah for the first time. The exhibition will include work by Lynda Benglis, Richard Tuttle, Lucio Pozzi, Cheryl Laemmle, Richard Nonas and many others. The works are varied in style and medium, but presented as a whole they demonstrate the multitude of expressions within contemporary art.

Pat Steir
Dorothy's Seascape, 1996
oil on canvas
Gift of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
January 23 - April 18, 2015

This exhibition includes over 60 three-dimensional objects from the Arizona State University Art Museum's permanent collection and recent acquisitions, including works by many of the major and emerging figures in contemporary crafts. This exhibit and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts highlighting innovative experimentation with this ancient medium.

Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft is organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, Arizona, and curated by Associate Director and Senior Curator Heather Sealy Lineberry and Curator of Ceramics Peter Held with assistance from Windgate Curatorial Fellow Elizabeth Kozlowski.

Marc Ricourt
Lime Wood Sculpture, 2011
Collection of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Museum
purchase with funds provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation

Currently Featured in the Study Center Visible Storage

Small selections of printmaking, photography, and drawing are presented in the Study Center as independent mini-exhibitions. These exhibitions are shown in large, metal, industrial drawers to provide viewers an intimate experience to examine the works on paper. These selected works demonstrate the varied technical approaches to these artistic processes, and they highlight the scope of possibilities within these longstanding artistic traditions.

Drawing Darkness: Charcoal and Conte Crayon Works in the Collection
November 7, 2014 - May 2015

Frankie Morris
The Whipper, (from Franz Kafka - The Trial), 1972
charcoal and graphite on paper
Gift of the Artist

Blue Experience

January 23 - Summer 2015

Paul Adams
Untitled, 1996
color photo
Gift of the Artist
New Acquisitions 2014
November 12, 2014 - April 2015

Hy Hirsch
Untitled (Net), ca. 1940
gelatin silverprint
Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation Gift

Women, Woe, and the Wild: Woodcuts from the Permanent Collection

February 24 - Summer 2015

Werner Drewes
White Stormcloud, 1977
Charter Member Endowment Purchase

Water Finds Its Way: Photographs from the NEHMA Permanent Collection
February 6 - June 2015
In honor of the 50th anniversary of USU's Water Research Laboratory this year, the museum presents a selection of 26 photographs highlighting the beauty, strength, and shapes of water in various settings. This selection of photographs was compiled by USU students taking the spring 2015 course, The Theory of Photography in the Department of Art + Design.

Robert Dawson
Spillway, Lake Berryessa, California, 1988
gelatin silverprint
Charter Member Endowment Purchase