The Gund Gallery’s resources are dedicated to Kenyon’s liberal arts mission and community. Our programming invites students to engage, enjoy and discover.
The Gund Gallery Collection, launched in 2011, is a growing collection focused on art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings, mixed and new media works from the Gund Collection are often presented in the Gund’s galleries and are installed in public spaces across campus. The Kenyon College Collection includes pre-20th century works of art, ethnographic objects and material culture and is also managed and cared for by the Gund Gallery. Gallery Collection and College Collection holdings are made accessible to Kenyon students who are encouraged to consult the Collection section of this website for further information.
Exhibitions and Public Programs
A series of solo and thematic group exhibitions and public programs are planned and presented by the Gund Gallery every year. These are selected or organized by Gund Gallery staff to provide opportunities for multiple disciplinary consideration and exploration. Kenyon students often visit exhibitions through a course offered on campus. During academic year 2014-2015 49% of Kenyon students visited a Gund Gallery exhibition, public program or experienced a collection object as part of a formal class assignment. Students also visit independently or through an on-campus organization. Film screenings and series, sometimes combined with invited food trucks, are organized through a variety of methods and collaborations. The Gund Gallery-sponsored student organization, Cinearts, curates film selections corresponding to major themes and artistic approaches presented through the artists and exhibitions on view in the Buchwald-Wright Gallery. In addition, Cinearts organizes independent film selections and contributes to the collaborative curation of the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival series held each spring semester and sponsored by the Gund. On occasion, the museum’s staff works closely with one or more faculty to develop a special film series tied to the courses they teach. Each year, a number of workshops and other hands-on activities are offered for Kenyon students and community members. We look forward to seeing you.
Nearly 40 Kenyon students from all majors serve as museum interns—or Gund Associates—at the Gund Gallery each year. Associates participate in a variety of projects across the operations of the museum, from curatorial or collections to communications and community outreach to K-12 classrooms. Early in every fall semester, a call for applications is followed by a competitive interview process. New Associates are added to the existing roster of students who participate in a variety of activities meant to introduce interns to museum processes, cultural organization management and the contemporary art world. Gund Gallery staff and interns organize field trips to other cities to visit museums, galleries and attend art fairs. Associates are privileged to have unique behind-the-scenes opportunities to interact with guest artists, scholars and public intellectuals. For more information, go to the Gund Gallery Associate Program webpage.
In recent years, Gund Associates have secured competitive summer internships at the following:
- Adah Rose Gallery (D.C.)
- Berger Hirschberg Strategies (D.C.)
- BravinLee Gallery (NYC)
- Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution (D.C.)
- City Arts (NYC)
- Cleveland Museum of Art (OH)
- Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (NYC)
- Dallas Museum of Art (TX)
- David Zwirner Gallery (NYC)
- Diane Arbus Archive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
- Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NYC)
- Exhibition A, an initiative of Half Gallery (NYC) led by Cynthia Rowley (designer) and Bill Powers (gallery owner)
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NYC)
- Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (D.C.)
- Girl Scouts summer camp (CA)
- Laura Rosenthal Casting (NYC)
- London Vogue (UK)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA)
- Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
- New Museum (NYC)
- Phoenix Art Museum (AZ)
- P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC)
- Rubin Museum (NYC)
- Smithsonian (D.C.)
- Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC)
- Yossi Milo Gallery (NYC)
Student Public Art Exhibition Proposals
Under the Leadership of Tom Stamp, College Historian and Keeper of Kenyoniana, the Public Art Committee at Kenyon College is responsible for reviewing proposals to display artwork in public locations on campus. The Committee uses this as a teaching opportunity to encourage individuals to consider the logistics, proper professional display, and signage for their art or exhibitions. The Public Art Committee will provide feedback on projects from students, faculty and staff. Your project must be approved by the Committee before any promotion or installation can proceed.
Submit the Public Art Exhibition Proposal form at least 2 weeks before your planned start-date. In addition, a PDF sketch of your proposed public art installation should be sent to Thomas Stamp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each week, the Gund Gallery rolls out a PBJ Bar featuring over 40 peanut butters and jellies. A special ingredient is added to the bar each week. Favorites include marshmallow fluff, bacon, bananas and fresh fruits. An alternative non-nut station is provided for those with peanut allergies. PBJ Tuesdays are intended to be fun and casual opportunities to spend a little relaxing time at the museum. Often, students and other community members take a walk through the most recent exhibitions or linger to visit or study in the Fischman Lobby.
For more information, please contact:
Jodi Kovach, Ph.D.
Curator of Academic Programs
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College