New art exhibit explores what it means “To Be Human”

Posted on Sep 11 2013 - 9:34pm by Leah Traxel, Online Editor
Senior Lili Fischer looks at a piece titled Captive by Keith Achepohl. The exhibit "To Be Human" opened Wednesday night in the University Gallery in Ingram Hall.  Photo by Leah Traxel.

Senior Lili Fischer looks at a piece titled Captive by Keith Achepohl. The exhibit “To Be Human” opened Wednesday night in the University Gallery in Ingram Hall. Photo by Leah Traxel.

The first art exhibit of the school year opened Wednesday night in the University Gallery in Aida Ingram Hall.  The exhibit, called “To Be Human,” seeks to examine the definition of human beings, and find common ground in our shared experiences.

One series of woodcuts features abstract representations of part-divine, part-human Hercules next to portraits of Native Americans.  The exhibit also featured artist self-portraits, letter prints, and a three-dimensional piece.  All the pieces came from the university’s Permanent Art Collection.

“I think it’s cool how the human condition can be represented with so many different mediums in so many ways,” senior Sam Hosman, a graphic design major, said. “It shows how different we are, but how we’re all also the same.”

The exhibit’s description detailed the variety of pieces in the gallery, and elaborated on the overall theme.

“From the mythic to the very real, from the individual to the group – each work in this exhibition offers an opportunity to stop and contemplate what it is that makes us human.”