Monday, October 7, 2013

Wittenberg Gallery and Denison Museum

Wittenberg Gallery Shows Utah Artist's Work

Wittenberg University presents a gallery exhibition of the works of Molly Morin, a graphic design artist and assistant professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, whose uniquely complex body of work, Traces of Awe, combines art and science.

The exhibit runs through Friday, Oct. 25, in the Ann Miller Gallery, Koch Hall. Morin will present a lecture about her work at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, in Kissell Auditorium, with a reception to follow.

This gallery of digital masterpieces blends the arts with science and technology – in a very literal sense. To create her artwork, Morin collected digital data using a web crawler that she designed herself.

“The digital prints in this collection are intensely mediated representations of poems by astrophysicist Rebecca Elson,” Morin said. “I search for each poem, one word at a time, on the Internet, and data about this search generates the intricate patterns that appear to smear across the surface as they draw out information about each line of poetry.”

Morin focuses all of her projects on visualized data sets that are produced from many sources, like poems or text messages, showing how daily life can be digitally transformed into a visual work of art.

“Data I collect will determine the shape, scale, and repetition of forms in the finished drawing,” Morin said. “[The pieces of art] are titled with the Google Search term and a line or title from the poem, such that ‘Helium: Girl With a Red Balloon’ represents a search for the poem ‘Girl With a Red Balloon’ that started with a Google query for the word ‘helium’.”

Morin has worked for the Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater and the Center for Research Computing, creating code-based work, and is currently working alongside Stephen Wolochowicz with interactive projections.

The Ann Miller Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For questions regarding the gallery, please contact the Art Department at (937) 327-6311.

Denison Receives Grant!

Denison Museum has just received two pieces of very good news. The teaching museum was granted funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and from the Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) to update and improve their collections’ conditions and catalog.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by both these fine institutions in the form of funding for these crucial initiatives,” says Sherry Harlacher, director of the Denison Museum. “We were in stiff competition with other institutions that have been around a lot longer, have deeper pockets and much larger staffs. Seasoned grant reviewers, who are drawn from various museums, agreed that Denison Museum not only has a very significant collection, but has crafted a well-designed project that measures up to the highest standards of museum practice.”

The IMLS grant of $126,675 will be funded over three years to complete a comprehensive inventory of the permanent collection of more than 8,500 objects and to launch a robust, searchable collections database. The CAP program has provided a conservator who will conduct a federally funded conservation assessment survey of Denison Museum to analyze especially collections and buildings conditions.

“The Denison Museum has an amazing array of objects, but until this time, we have not had the funds or personnel to correctly catalog and assess our collection,” says Harlacher. “These grants are a huge step towards our goal of being a teaching museum with an accessible catalog for faculty, students and the community to use for research and learning.”

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