Updated Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:09 pm
Ohio University-Chillicothe has a new curator of art exhibits.
Darren Baker, who was recently hired as visiting assistant professor of art, has served on the Ohio Museum Association Board of Directors, been the director of visual arts at the Southern Ohio Museum and Culture Center, and has exhibited his own work regionally.
Previously an adjunct faculty member at OU-C, Baker earned his bachelor’s degree in digital imaging and photography from Shawnee State University and his master’s degree in graphic design from Ohio University.
In explaining his duties, Baker said he looks to use art to further build a bridge between the campus and the region, utilizing both the Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center gallery.
"As curator of the Patricia Scott Gallery, I am responsible for organizing exhibitions that connect Ohio University-Chillicothe with contemporary artists working in this region," he said. "In the Stevenson Gallery, I am focusing on artists working within the Ohio University family through a series of solo exhibitions."
Baker added that his goal for this position is to act as an advocate for the visual arts on campus and for the students of OU-C by participating in area arts events, attending workshops and endorsing the OU-C art program. The exhibits for this academic year are chosen to support this vision.
"The 2013-14 exhibition schedule opens a window to other regional artists in a way to expose students to modern working methods and opportunities to exhibit their own work at other institutions," he noted. "Painting, photography, printmaking and ceramics are all represented at some point throughout the academic year."
CURRENT EXHIBIT FEATURES ELUSINIAN MYSTERIES
The Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall is currently hosting Kim Krause’s Eleusinian Mysteries exhibition through Oct. 11. The exhibit includes paintings by Krause, professor of art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he co-chairs the studio program.
His paintings have been featured internationally in more than 120 exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and have been purchased for numerous public, private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.
The Cincinnati native was co-founder of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Over-the-Rhine Studies Project.
This particular exhibition is a series of approximately a dozen paintings that, according to the artist’s statement, surround an initiation rite practiced thousands of years ago by the Cult of Demeter.
Because of the oath of secrecy taken during the rite of passage, very little is known about the actual ceremonies and meanings behind the Eleusinian Mysteries. According to some initiates, the message revealed to them completely altered the way they viewed the universe and ideas about afterlife, and some historians believe that psychedelic agents played a part in the intensity of their revelations.
Krause will be on campus for a lunchtime lecture at noon on Sept. 26.
2013-14 Exhibition Schedule
Patricia Scott Gallery
Aug. 26 – Oct. 11
Eleusinian Mysteries: New Paintings by Kim Krause
Nov. 2 – Dec. 24
Insects by Benjamin Montague
January 13- February 8
Verge (OU-C Faculty Art Show)
Feb. 21 – March 28
Contextualized by Anthony Wolking
April 11 – May 9
Surface (27th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition)
June 2 – June 30
Sept. 7 – Oct. 10
Art Werger: Printmaking
October 12 – November 7
Ray Klimek: Photographer
November 9 – December 12
Melissa Haviland: Printmaker
January 11 – February 13
John Sabraw: Painter
March 8 – April 10
Don Adleta: Graphic Designer
April 19 – May 22
Art Major Student Exhibition