Trends and Techniques: A Short History of Printmaking
UM Lowe Art Museum’s ArtLab offers students a chance to work behind the scenes
Works from the permanent collection and by students featured in student-curated exhibition
May 8, 2009 – April 25, 2010
The Lowe Art Museum, in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, has launched a new exhibition program, ArtLab @ The Lowe, which provides hands-on museum experience to UM students. The students curate a museum exhibition from the conceptual stage to the final installation. Each spring semester students enrolled in the ArtLab museum studies seminar will research, write, design, and install an annual exhibition in the museum’s Richard and Shelly Bermont Focus Gallery. The students will primarily work with the Lowe’s collection of more than 17,500 works of art.
The inaugural exhibition, Trends and Techniques: A Short History of Printmaking, opened May 8, 2009 and runs through April 25, 2010. Curated by the students of ARH 508 – Museum Studies, under the direction of Associate Art History Professor Rebecca Brienen, the exhibition showcases woodcuts, engravings, and etchings from the Lowe’s collection, and serves as an introduction to the history of printmaking in the western tradition. The first half of the exhibition is dominated by European masters from the 17th-19th centuries, while the second half includes modern masters and a survey of student and instructor work from the University of Miami.
The exhibition series is generously underwritten by Stella M. Holmes. Ms. Holmes, who is a graduate of the Art and Art History Department at the University of Miami, is president of Overseas Partners Realty, a boutique real-estate company specializing in high-end waterfront living in South Florida. A long-time collector and supporter of the arts, she recently founded Brickell Gallery Night, showcasing local artists at galleries in the downtown Miami area, and The Brickellian, a newsletter dedicated to the synthesis of art, culture and real estate.
Future exhibitions in the series will focus on the intersection between art and politics (Spring 2010), Spanish Colonial art (Spring 2011), and the contemporary art of Japan (Spring 2012).