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Antioch College’s Herndon Gallery to present Currencies

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—December 3, 2013— The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, titled Currencies, presenting recent work by Antioch Arts faculty and resident scholars.

The gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through February 14, 2014.

The Antioch College arts division has seen its faculty grow from just one to five in the past two years, and includes positions in painting, drawing, sculpture, media, and performance.  In addition, there are a number of former faculty working in arts and performance affiliated with the re-opened college. We would like to introduce our growing and vibrant arts community to the region by way of this exhibition.

The title Currencies reflects our unfolding present.  Much of the work is being created for this exhibition, and demonstrates an openness to risk, experimentation, and responsiveness to site.  Sara Black, assistant professor of visual arts, was part of the group of six inaugural faculty hired in 2011 when the College re-opened, with a responsibility to anchor the arts division. She brings an arts practice that is engaged with time-based construction, installation and performance. Her piece, Reconstructing the Fold, will evolve throughout the duration of the exhibition and will involve building, disassembly and reconstruction of a structure, during scheduled gallery hours.  

Raewyn Martyn is a visiting assistant professor of visual arts, whose work bridges painting, sculpture and installation. She is creating a large painting on the gallery wall that will change over the duration of the show, destabilizing the painted image and architectural surface.   

Gabrielle Civil, associate professor of performance, is a black female poet, and conceptual and performance artist.  She is creating an installation titled Kinds of Performing Objects I’ve Been that will include performance documentation, objects such as keepsakes and paintings on glass and tin.  She will be in the space occasionally throughout the exhibition, interacting with gallery patrons, telling stories and performing gift exchanges. 

Charles Fairbanks is a wrestler, filmmaker, and assistant professor of media arts.  He will be presenting two short films titled The Men and Wrestling with my Father, as well as a series of photographs titled Do you know the cause of your problems and suffering?, which he made in rural Chiapas, Mexico, and depicts the tensions between the traditions of the indigenous Zoque culture and modernity. 

Michael Casselli, is a media and installation artist, and instructor of media arts.  He is creating an audio installation titled wishing we had talked, there’s so much we left unsaid, which is a reflection on caring for his mother who was dying of cancer in 1996. 

Nevin Mercede, professor of painting and printmaking at the former Antioch College is presenting two triptychs from a series titled Ovation that explores the interpretation of gestures. Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery and former professor of photography, is presenting two series made from outdated Polaroid film that emerge out of her deep connection with her land and caring for bees. 

There will be additional events related to the exhibition that will showcase performances by the participants, and by Jill Becker, former professor of dance, and Louise Smith, dean of community life and former professor of theater.  

Sara Black will be present in the gallery constructing her piece on Thursday, January 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Gabrielle Civil will perform Aide-Mémoire on Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. which is a new performance art work that premiered at AFiRiPerFOMA Biennial in Harare, Zimbabwe, in November, 2013. 

On Thursday, January 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Herndon Gallery will host The Arts Presents, will be an evening of presentations by the participants about their arts practice. There will be also be closing reception and night of performance on Friday, February 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery, at, or call 937-768-6462.


About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.



Nicole Wroten-Craw

Interim Director of Communications

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