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The Art Objects Considered blog explores art throughout Hiram College history.

Detour by Tom Hubbard

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Our newest show in the gallery is “Detour” by Tom Hubbard and includes mixed media, photography and sculpture. The show is quite unique as Tom Hubbard uses techniques that I have never seen before. For example most of the photo pieces have a fogged effect that was achieved from painting a coating used on greenhouse glass. Hubbard used his own photos shot at an abandoned greenhouse in the Netherlands when he lived there with his wife and children for five years. Many of materials come from the site: glass panels, paint, wood and even little clothes pins. The gallery opening was very well attended by a diverse group of traditional students, alumni, locals, and Toms own family. His talk was extremely enlightening and relatable. The use of “dysfunctional tools” is reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp’s “Ready-mades.” They have both sculptural beauty and suggest stories of another time. ...
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Days to Decades: A Retrospective

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Hello, This past week I have been able to work on the current art show “Jack Carlton Days to Decades: A Retrospective”. Working on this show with Jack has been wonderful. I have learned so much about him as an artist and also about many of his pieces in the show. Hearing the stories of Jacks past that influenced some of his work was not only inspiring but very entertaining as well. While working on hanging the art show there were many thoughts running through my mind like “How much are these worth?” and “Don’t drop it, don’t drop it!” Not only was I thinking about all of those things, I was also reflecting on many works in the show predate myself. I felt as if I were holding a piece of Jacks life. Not only are these beautiful pieces of art, they are parts of Jack’s history with many memories...
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  Hello Everyone!!! The Fall 12-week is finally coming to a close. It seems like each week flew by so fast! During the 12, I have been busy with working on my nature series for Advanced Photography. About my series: My series to embodies my dream of a new natural world. When running away from obstacles such as the death of close loved ones or physicals insecurities, I often think of life as a fairytale and daydream about escaping reality.   In this series, each photograph can represent any female looking to escape through dreaming. Nature is spiritual protection from anything that tries to harm their ideal world.  The picture I have presented with this series is one that I made in the forest called Poison Ivy, with the model being my friend that also attends Hiram, Anna Borkan. This photo in particular is funny, because while I was hunting for areas to...
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Hello Everyone! I hope all students and faculty are enjoying the Spring 3-week so far!!! This week has been the beginning of my 3-week class, Environmental Art with Professor Linda Bourassa. We are on a journey to find the answer to the question: What is Environmental Art? In this class we have been using natural materials from the environment around us as a medium and influence in assignments. It is a great way to experience the outdoors and become one with nature. The class has worked as a team to come up with a pond design we are building at Hiram Farm. On Monday, April 22nd, which was Earth Day, the class spent the time digging and shaping the pond. It is not done yet, but it looks great so far. The majority of this 3-week will be held at Hiram's Field Station. So far we have had a tour there;...
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Hello! I would like to congratulate Elle Rochford on winning the "Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence." Elle received this honor on Wednesday for her body of drawings at Hiram's Annual Juried Student Art Show. Elle uses her mastery of the stippling technique, demonstrating several compositions of work made of small dots, which vary in shades of value and size. Her choice of medium for the drawings is ink, and in some pieces she even adds color pencil. The main subject of most of Elle's illustrations is anatomy. She has a very exceptional way of demonstrating the internal organs and the outside of the body. There is one distinctive piece from the rest of her work named Cubist Crucifixer that made it in to the show. It is also currently receiving commendation from the Cleveland Museum of Art in their spring exhibition "Connecting with Caporali." The Cubist Crucifixer portrays religious imagery...
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Western Codex

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In recent weeks, the contemporary media class has been exploring bookmaking.  This goes hand in hand with the gallery show going on until the 25th of February, Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II.  There are books featured by artists around the world right here in Hiram, Ohio.In class, students were asked to create a western codex of their choice.  By the time the due date had arrived, there were so many beautiful books expressing personal interests, ideas, and opinions.  One of the artist books that stood out to me was senior, Loretta Ford’s book, Vascular Systems. Below are details of Loretta’s process, challenges, and ideas going that occurred while making her western codex. Q: First, tell us a little info about yourself… I am a senior Biology major and an Art minor. I would have been a double major, but I didn't have time to fit in the credits for the...
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