Olin Fine Art Gallery
The Olin Fine Art Gallery exhibits original works by regional, national, and international artists, showing a wide variety of art forms and styles that promote contemporary art for the benefit of W&J students, faculty and staff, and the larger community.
The Gallery supports the display of both three-dimensional and hanging works in its 1,900-square-foot space. It hosts several exhibitions each year across all artistic media, attracting entries by prominent and award-winning artists. The Gallery has housed works by numerous acclaimed artists, including Malcolm and Evan Parcell, Nat Youngblood, David Sengel, and Tony Lewis ’08. An exhibition of student work is held at the end of spring term.
Exhibitions are often staged in conjunction with W&J Arts Series performances, or with academic departments and programs. Each show includes an opening reception for the public to meet the exhibiting artists.
Gallery Exhibition Schedules
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2021-22 Exhibition Schedule
Micaela de Vivero
September 10 - October 15, 2021
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, September 10. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Using soft, malleable, porous materials, Micaela de Vivero creates large-scale sculptures and installations that consider political and social issues connected to feminist and post-colonial concerns. As a woman of color and first-generation immigrant to the United States of America, Vivero responds to these associations as well as the misunderstandings that unbalanced relationships between hegemonic and colonized cultures generate. Her contribution to the field is to create strong statements with apparent delicate materials to destabilize power relations.
Micaela de Vivero lives in Newark, OH. Vivero received a BA in studio arts from the University of San Francisco Quito, Quito, Ecuador, and an MFA in sculpture from Alfred University, Alfred, NY.
October 29 - November 21, 2021
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, October 29. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Melissa Haviland uses domestic objects as a cultural lens to explore relationships: personal and economic. The home is a platform for interaction from conversation to negotiation. Examining the power of objects in our lives as totems and commodities, Haviland pushes the boundaries of printmaking, multiples, and play to reference the reiteration of objects and ideas in our culture.
Melissa Haviland lives and works in Athens, OH. Haviland received a BFA from Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, IL, and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.
February 4 - 27, 2022
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, February 4, 2022. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Working through the weight of identity, Carolina Alamilla uses colors and a sense of playfulness to engage with the viewer. Alamilla steps away from the real and creates objects that lose their functionality but are a metaphor for hope, memory, and the environment. Using hand-building and mold-making ceramic skills, Alamilla produces multiples that lead to altered scenes of everyday life.
Originally from South Florida, Carolina Alamilla is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at W&J. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, and her MFA from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi
March 11 - April 3, 2022
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, March 11, 2022. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Creating an interactive, multimedia installation, Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi narrates her experience living between two countries. As an immigrant to the United States of America from Iran, Khaleghi Yazdi invites viewers to imagine themselves in this position. Pickle jars, pizza boxes, lottery tickets, and projected images help to fuse Khaleghi Yazdi's understanding of navigating the space between two cultures.
Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi lives and works in Duluth, MN. Khaleghi Yazdi received a BFA and MFA in visual communication from the University of Tehran, Tehan, Iran. She holds a second MFA in graphic design from Ohio University, Athens, OH.
W&J Senior Show
April 29 - May 7, 2022
Opening Reception & Artist Talks: Friday, April 29, 2022. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating in Spring 2022 exhibit their work across a variety of media in this annual senior capstone event.