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Douglas Russell manages all of the department’s gallery spaces and also acts as curator of the Department of Art Fine Art Collection. His personal work is in variety of media, including oil painting, pastel, charcoal, and photography. He earned his B.S. in Fine Art from James Madison University.
My class, Art 495 Exhibition Design is a practicum class where students design and hang professional art exhibits in Fairbanks Gallery. Their experience gives them familiarity with a real-life and professional workplace situation. I try to give students the advantage at looking at the artwork in a variety of different placements, and encourage them to look at the design relationships in the artwork. By moving the compositional elements (the artwork) around the gallery, you can immediately see and compare the difference in design layout. This capability of being able to immediately compare design variations develops a strong comprehension of spatial design.
The other aspect of this class is the hands on aspect of learning the craft of visualizing, designing, measuring, appraising and exhibiting the artwork in the gallery. Everyone is encouraged, even required to participate in the adventure of designing the show and hanging or arranging the exhibits. In addition to the design sense that is developed, students gain the knowledge and confidence to be able to walk into a gallery and hang their work in a pleasing and effective manner.
Art 495 Exhibition Design
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