The Graham Gund Gallery at Kenyon College recently received a $100,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to pilot a unique artist residency program. Matched by $100,000 from the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and approximately $50,000 in existing operating support from the Gallery and College, this $250,000 program will ‘embed’ prominent contemporary artists in non-arts disciplines during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. Collaborating faculty will have the opportunity to partner with the resident artists in teaching students in select science, social science and humanities courses. Resident artists will produce new work that will be exhibited by the Gund Gallery. While in residence, visiting artists will also actively intersect with fine arts faculty, students and community members through a variety of class visits, gallery talks and day-to-day interactions.
The Gund Gallery
Since its dedication in the fall of 2011, it has been the Gund Gallery’s mission to celebrate art as a critical centerpiece of Kenyon’s liberal arts mission and the community by championing 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. In the past two academic years, over 50% of Kenyon’s faculty have engaged in a curricular or mission-oriented activity with the Gund Gallery. During the last academic year (2014-2015), courses ranging from sociology, psychology, political science, history, anthropology and studio art to art history, music, dance, film, English, chemistry and other disciplines have taken advantage of museum resources—thematic exhibitions, collection objects, film screenings, gallery talks, and other programs—which have impacted the learning experiences of over 40% of Kenyon’s enrolled students. This Mellon Foundation-supported program is intended to extend and deepen both faculty and curricular engagement across the liberal arts.
The Artist Residencies
As defined in the grant, a committee made up of Gund Gallery professionals and Kenyon faculty will pair resident artists with collaborating faculty. The committee is co-chaired by Laurie Finke, chair and professor of women’s and gender studies and outgoing chair of the Curriculum Policy Committee and Natalie Marsh, director and chief curator of the Gund Gallery. Other committee members include Yutan Getzler, associate professor of chemistry and member of the Advisory Committee to the Gund Gallery; Tabitha Payne, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, also a member of the Advisory Committee to the Gund Gallery; and Christopher Yates, assistant director of the Gund Gallery.
Faculty from the sciences, social sciences and humanities who would like to explore potential links between a list of committee-approved artists and an existing course or a course in development during the next two academic years should contact the Gund Gallery for more information about how to formally propose a collaboration.
For more information, please contact:
Natalie Marsh, MFA, Ph.D.
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College