Dittmar Exhibits

Tensile Strength

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“Tensile Strength” showcases the talent and diversity of the six Art Theory and Practice seniors whose work spans a variety of medium and themes. These artists find strength in many ways – whether it is within the materials themselves or through the exploration of themes such as trauma and solitude. Ideas of nostalgia, femininity, and voyeurism give way to a hopeful sense of resilience; even through adversity these artists find humor, release, and hope.

Exhibit Dates: May 18th-June 15th

Producing the Bedroom Artist

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Exploring the relatively new concept of the bedroom artist, Dittmar draws inspiration from those who take to creating music in their own rooms, rather pursuing prominent record labels. Producing the Bedroom Artist takes a closer look at this phenomenon, this new means of content production, using online platforms to distribute one’s work, and more importantly, express oneself in a way that could not possibly have taken hold prior to the Digital Age. The growing culture around it and constant search for the “next big thing” have largely defined this era. In the same way, the visual arts are impacted by these circumstances.

Producing the Bedroom Artist also aims to analyze the ways in which “media” and “art” converge, as opposed to serving separate purposes in social and academic discourse. Prompting the forever-asked question, “what defines high art?” Dittmar examines how artists in our community are being shaped by the aforementioned ideas. What does the space of a bedroom artist look like? Who might these painters, sculptors, illustrators, filmmakers, producers, musicians, and others be creating for? Most importantly, what determines what belongs in a gallery space? In an attempt to answer these questions, our artists have taken their own bedroom art and placed it in the public eye, for gallery goers and Internet users alike. This merging of public online and physical space, and private bedroom studios blur the line between hobby and profession.

Exhibit Dates: April 6th-April 29th

View a video of the Producing the Bedroom Artist exhibit.

(IN)visible Men

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By: Ricardo Lewis

(In)Visible Men is a portrait series that brings visibility to Black males. Ricardo Lewis's art challenges the viewer to see Black men without prejudice. He presents the men with limited visual context, which encourages viewers to consider only the encounter with which they are presented instead of making assumptions and stereotyping based on visual cues.

Exhibit Dates: February 16th-March 22nd

View a video of the (In)Visible Men exhibit.

Drone Stories

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By: Sabba S. Elahi

Drone Stories reminds us of the drones and cross-hairs that loom above us and their causal domestic disturbances at sites of war/conflict. The works consider the relationship between the technology of the state and the intimate acts of the individual, the unmanned with the womaned.

Elahi’s work utilizes hand, machine embroidery, and text to question the domestic “war on terror” which began long before 9/11 and the more than decade long drone offensive in Pakistan, a program touted for its technological accuracy. Elahi’s commitment to write the unknown critiques the covert status of the operation.

In her recent embroideries, she draws a parallel between her son's micro actions of seeking comfort and safety to the macro lense of our nation-state policies prompted by fear under the guise of national security. To this degree, we are never certain how our everyday black, brown, and Muslim bodies are being read, and in some contexts, this can be a matter of life and death. 

Exhibit Dates: January 11th-February 12th

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By: Lisa Goesling

All artists are Storytellers, drawing people in through their imagery. Storylines consists of two bodies of work created on Scratchboard, hard boards covered in clay and India ink. A simple swipe of a knife and in an instant…a work of art is born.

Lisa Goesling’s series, Environmental Movement, inspired by Eco-Psychology, concentrates on nature’s designs. Mysteries lie deep within unearthed through the lens of a magnifying glass. Spontaneous Combustion converts nature’s minute details into geometric shapes, telling the story of movement, patterns and textures through line. 

Ms. Goesling neither sketches first or erases, enabling the viewer to experience the same level of energy that Lisa does when she creates. Every time you become intimate with her art, you realize that there is always more to the story. 

Exhibit Dates: October 20th-November 27th

View a video of the STORYLINES exhibit.

Let Me Be A_Part of_Your Search History


By: Jonathan McFadden

Jonathan McFadden's installation interacts with, interprets, and processes fragments of personal narratives of the people we have loose associations with while finding ourselves as voyeurs in these personal moments. While these digital images appear in our feeds temporarily, they have a permanence and history that exists beyond the brief moment we view them on our devices. By utilizing this information for object creation, the ephemeral take on a static permanence alters how the information is consumed and allows the viewer to engage in new dialogues with the work.

This Dittmar Gallery installation is presenting work made from reactions to news and social media cycles leading up to the exhibition. The intention of this exhibition is to draw attention to the fractured and often sensationalized events and the culture of dramatization it has created. The exhibit consists of a print installation and 2-D works consisting of imagery and text pulled directly from social media pages.

Exhibit Dates: September 12th-October 16th

View a video of the Let Me Be A_Part of_Your Search History exhibit.