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School of Visual Art and Design

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

The Gallery at SVAD features approximately three exhibitions from visiting artists each academic year. Below are the scheduled exhibitions for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Join us for exhibition talks, lectures, and receptions at programmed times. 

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First Rotation: A Group Exhibition by Diana Baumbach and Jessica Kondrath
October 17 - November 20, 2019

An exhibition as part of our 2019 - 2020 Visiting Artist and Scholar series.

First Rotation is a collaboration between two Chicago-area natives: Diana Baumbach, a visual artist based in Wyoming, and Jessica Kondrath, a choreographer and dancer based in Los Angeles. Both artists took inspiration from lunar cycles, gravitational pull, and the weightlessness of space to create this new multi-media project. Kondrath choreographed movement, while Baumbach designed digital projections that were cast atop the dancers, as well as custom printed textiles that were integrated into their costumes. Following the performance, Baumbach created artwork in response to Kondrath’s choreography.

Presented as an exhibition, First Rotation makes visible the creative dialogue that took place across the country between these two artists. Together they use the language of movement, adornment, light, and image to explore the cyclical nature of life.


Upcoming Programs related to First Rotation:

Lecture: Wed., October 16, 6:00 pm. McMaster College Room 239. Free and open to the public.

Workshop, “Pattern Play”: Thu., October 17, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. McMaster Room 111.

“Consider the ubiquity of patterns in our daily lives; clothing, carpets, architecture and walls are all clad in patters. What purpose do they serve? What do they communicate? Patterns appeal to the human desire to find order, yet, when made by hand they highlight the tension between repetition and error.

In this workshop we will create patterns in response to the following topics: lunar cycles, gravitational pull and the weightlessness of space. These were the themes that drove Diana Baumbach’s collaboration with Jessica Kondrath, currently on view in the McMaster Gallery.
Carving, printing and creating strategies for constructing a repeating pattern will be presented, and we will look at contemporary artists whose work is pattern based. Students will carve and print their own patterns with ink on paper. Once the patterns have been printed we will work together to combine our patterns into a large-scale collage. Pattern on pattern on pattern….”

Free and open to the public. Register in advance:

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thu., October 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The Gallery at SVAD (McMaster Gallery). Free and open to the public.


A Solo Exhibition by Chotsani Dean
January 16 - February 20, 2020

Exhibition details forthcoming. 
Public Lecture: TBD
Reception and Artist Talk: TBD

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.