Bridging the artist’s studio and the museum space, PRAXIS: Recent Work by Studio Art Faculty at UVM provides a unique opportunity for members of the university and local and regional communities to discover and explore the creative work of UVM’s current teaching artists. PRAXIS: Recent Work by Studio Art Faculty at UVM is the first-ever group faculty exhibition organized by the Fleming Museum, since the University’s Studio Art program began in 1924. The exhibition also celebrates the 2022 formation of UVM’s School of the Arts and commemorates the Fleming Museum officially joining the School this past year–opening many new avenues for future collaboration.
PRAXIS: Recent Work by Studio Art Faculty at UVM brings together an exciting array of artworks, in different media, created by more than a dozen established and emerging artists. Each artist’s work has a distinct presence in the exhibition while, at the same time, generating meaningful relationships with other works shown in the galleries. Such relationships range from compelling visual, material, and process-oriented resonances to shared critical engagement with topics relevant to the present moment: identity, representation, and visibility; political action, community building, and social justice; and place, history, land use, and climate change.
The works in this exhibition invite exploration of praxis as an approach to art making and more. Praxis is a reflective process of thinking and making through which artists can nurture transformative change in their work, in the world and the self, and in their students’ lives. For this reason, a praxis-based process is apt for creating social justice-oriented art, as many works in the show demonstrate. Similarly, the exhibition opens thinking about how the acts of making art and teaching can shape each other and what it means, right now, to be a teaching artist at UVM.
Visit the Fleming’s website to learn about upcoming programs related to PRAXIS: Recent Work by Studio Art Faculty at UVM. And, after you visit this exhibition in person, explore the Fleming’s other art spaces where you’ll find works on display by former UVM Studio Art faculty or guest teachers, including Francis P. Colburn, Francis Ray Hewitt, Barbara Marion Zucker, Cameron Davis, Toshiko Takaezu, William Earl Davison, and George W. Smith.
Faculty members featured in PRAXIS: