The Gund Gallery’s resources are dedicated to Kenyon’s liberal arts mission and community. Our goal is to provide Kenyon faculty with relevant and compelling material and image-based pedagogical models that will engage students and support key course themes and objectives.
Curriculum Structured Gallery Programs (CSGP)
Curriculum Structured Gallery Programs, or CSGPs, are specially crafted course visits to the Gund Gallery organized by the museum’s education staff working in close collaboration with Kenyon faculty members. With the help of the Gund Gallery Director of Education, professors from all disciplines are assisted in developing unique and effective museum- and object-based learning opportunities custom-aligned with curricular learning goals. Using current exhibitions, collection objects and an array of public programs, education staff members work with assigned readings, special learning objectives, thematic units of study to achieve the specific goals defined by faculty members.
For more information, please contact:
Jodi Kovach, Ph.D.
Curator of Academic Programs
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
The Gund Gallery Collection launched after the museum was dedicated in 2011 with inaugural gifts from Gund Gallery board members. Bookending this new collection of 20th and 21st century art were gifts of three Lewis Hine photographs from the first decade of the 20th century and two recent video works by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, joined by a 1986 wall sculpture by Louise Nevelson. In 2014, eighty additional works of contemporary art were donated by Graham ’63 and Ann Gund, further securing this collection’s important focus and trajectory. The Kenyon College Collection includes a range of pre-20th century works of art, works related to the College’s history and alumni, ethnographic objects and material culture and is managed and cared for by the Gund Gallery. Gallery Collection and College Collection holdings are available for teaching and research use by Kenyon faculty, who may wish to consult the Collection section of this website for further information.
For more information, please contact:
Gund Gallery Collections Manager & Registrar
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
Exhibitions, Collections and Public Programs
A dynamic series of solo, thematic and collection exhibitions and public programs are planned and presented by the Gund Gallery each year. Kenyon faculty often consult on exhibitions and are asked to help conceptualize unique ways for museum projects to integrate with curricula. Select film series are often developed in consultation and collaboration with faculty from a wide range of disciplines who frequently contribute enlightening post-screening discussions. A series of Faculty Gallery Talks are offered throughout every semester to showcase the teaching and research expertise of Kenyon’s liberal arts professors. Faculty Gallery Talk participants are invited by Gund staff to reflect on the themes, historical references or other aspects of a work or art on exhibition. In addition, workshops and other hands-on activities provide additional resources for faculty.
Faculty Exhibition Proposal Form
The Gund Gallery recognizes that many Kenyon College faculty are significantly engaged in art, archaeology, and visual culture, visual communication, and the history of visual media in their teaching and research. As part of ongoing faculty and student engagement efforts concurrent with an increase in the number of faculty-originating project proposals, a form and process have been developed to facilitate collaborations that advance the central mission of our academic museum—to “champion the best art and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries via an active exhibition schedule, expanding permanent collection, and formal and informal learning experiences.” If you are a tenured, tenure-track or long-term contract member of Kenyon’s faculty and have an idea for an exhibition that will greatly enhance the educational experience of Kenyon students, our diverse college community, and larger regional audiences, please consider proposing your ideas using this application form. Artwork may include collection objects, art from other private or institutional collections, faculty artwork, work borrowed from artists and galleries or other visual and material culture. Ideally, innovative proposals will emerge out of the Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar piloted in the fall of 2015 and offered biennially thereafter. Participation in the seminar is expected to result in greater success in the proposal process, though participation is not required for application. Proposals during the 2017-2018 academic year will follow this deadline and review schedule:
January 7, 2018: Deadline for Exhibition Proposals from Kenyon faculty
February TBD: Review by Advisory Committee to the Gund Gallery. Recommended projects are sent to Curatorial Advisory Panel for Faculty Projects for final review.
March TBD: Review by Curatorial Advisory Panel for Faculty Projects; recommendations sent to Gund Gallery Director and Board.
CURATORIAL ADVISORY PANEL
Andria Derstine, PhD, The John G.W. Cowles Director, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College (guest lecturer for Fall 2015 Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar)
Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art, Williams College Museum of Art
Lisa Fischman, PhD, Ruth G. Shapiro ‘ 37 Director, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
Lisa Freiman, PhD, Inaugural Director and Professor, Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University
Lauren Lessing, PhD, Mirken Director of Academic and Public Programs, Colby College (guest lecturer for Fall 2015 Gund Gallery Faculty Seminar)
Visiting Artists, Scholars and Public Intellectuals
Throughout every academic year the Gund Gallery invites select artists, scholars and public intellectuals whose work closely relates to exhibitions, collections and thematic programs to visit campus for short durations. During their visits gallery talks, formal lectures and workshops are offered to Kenyon students, staff and community members. Faculty are often consulted in the planning of such visits and are asked if a visiting artist or expert might contribute to a class or connect to a unit of study. Gund staff members make every effort to provide opportunities to faculty for social and curricular interaction with all guests. In the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, Mellon Foundation-funded artists-in-residence will participate in interdisciplinary teaching and campus life.
Throughout the academic year, the Gund Gallery staff sponsors a weekly happy hour located in the beautiful Fischman Lobby. These popular Thursday afternoon social gatherings are intended to encourage interdisciplinary exchange, camaraderie and time to explore current exhibitions on view in the Buchwald-Wright Gallery. Faculty Happy Hours at the Gund are guest co-hosted by invited members of the faculty, administration and staff who, in turn, invite a colleague to share co-hosting duties. The Gund believes that all college staff and administrators are teachers with responsibility to the full educational experience and mentorship of residential students. As such, staff and administrators are always welcome at Faculty Happy Hour! All logistics and catering are managed by the Gallery’s staff while co-hosts are asked to invite colleagues for wine and cheese amid a casual, agenda-less get-together.