Chautauqua Art Exhibit Explores "Strategizing"

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A Chautauqua art exhibition on this year’s theme of “Strategizing” will open at Eastern Kentucky University on Monday, Jan. 26.

The juried nationwide showcase, in the Giles Gallery of the Campbell Building, features 33 works by 15 artists from 12 states, from New York to California. It runs through Friday, Feb. 20, with a reception scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Chautauqua Lecture Series, is free and open to the public; for Gallery hours, call 859-622-8135.

“The quality of entries was uniformly high,” said Esther Randall, professor in EKU’s Department of Art and Design. “Our juror, Jason Franz, upped the game by being extremely discriminating. It’s an excellent show with some truly amazing work.”

Franz is co-founder, executive director and curator of the Manifest Gallery, an internationally recognized art organization in Cincinnati. He attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Eden Park and Mt. Adams, graduating with honors in 1988. During his first decade as a working artist, Franz also served as exhibition designer and preparator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he played a key role in establishing the Exhibition Design Department. He received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 1998.

His career also has included working as an independent artist and teaching at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, at The University of Cincinnati and at Xavier University (as head of the drawing and painting programs.) In 2004, he co-founded the Manifest Gallery. He continues to make presentations, provide guest critiques, and mentor students, working artists, and educators. 

What is nice here, and what I often like to do,” Franz said, “is the taking of sets of works. So almost every artist gets to provide more than one work, which expands the experience of their various 'strategies.'"

For more information about the Giles Gallery, visit contact Esther Randall at

For more information about the Chautauqua series, visit www.chautauqua.eku.eduor contact Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator Dr. Erik Liddell at

Published on January 16, 2015

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