Kidd Gallery To Host Barbara Miner Exhibition Of Tiffin University

January 26, 2015 | Category: News | Posted By - | 0 Comments

February 5, 2015 5:30 p.m. – Open to the Public

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Tiffin University will host an opening reception for artist Barbara WF Miner’s exhibition, 60x60: Portrait of an Artist, on Thursday February 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Diane Kidd Gallery located in the Hayes Center for the Arts.

The piece is a multimedia installation based off of Miner’s time abroad.

"This piece is the result of my reflection on preciousness and gratitude," Miner said. "It is rooted in the cross-cultural practice of offering thanks. The individual pieces, 3600 laser etched tokens, were designed in response to my interest in Tibetan prayer flags, Japanese shrines encrusted with wooden ema, and tiny metal Milagros left in church niches."

"I am moved by the investment of hope, spirit and love embodied in these objects," she continued. "The shape of Norwegian and Portuguese fish drying racks influenced my thinking about creating a form on which to suspend my tokens. Rituals like act of hanging thousands of fish in the sun and air to dry are very appealing to me. When I consider the preciousness of this resource, the attention to detail in the construction of the racks and the preparation of the fish, I feel sure that the routine embraces a meditative aspect that is akin to placing a token at a shrine site. I have used the scent and texture of cedar wood and pine needles to powerfully evoke a sense of place. By muffling footsteps in the gallery, visitors can experience the space as a sanctuary."

Miner is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Art at the University of Toledo. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University. She lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has exhibited at Northern State University in South Dakota, Manhattanville College in New York, California State Polytechnic University and Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Indiana). She has also won grants to travel to Japan and Sweden.

The exhibition will be available for public viewing Feb. 5 – Mar. 5, 2015.

For more information contact Lee Fearnside, Director of the Diane Kidd Gallery, at 419-448-3427 or fearnsidel@tiffin.edu.

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