Victor Rodriguez

Mexican, born 1970

Anatomy, 1997

Acrylic on canvas

78 × 116 in. (198.1 × 294.6 cm)

Gift of the Friends of Modern Art 1998.6

Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection

September 16, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Hodge Galleries

Scale (or size) is one of the most effective ways to visually communicate an idea. While an oversized painting may envelop our field of vision, a small one requires us to look more closely. Because we often consider the size of an object relative to our own bodies, things that are very large may have a different impact than those that are very small. Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection gives us the opportunity to ask ourselves how scale shapes the way we experience artwork.  

The work’s relationship to the viewer is not the only thing taken into consideration when determining the size of a work of art. Artists must also grapple with the practical issues of scale. Large works require large studio and storage spaces, can be difficult to transport, and are usually more expensive to make. Small works require patience, a steady hand, and visual acuity in order to depict the illusion of space and perspective. Finding the right equipment and tools to render minute details poses potential issues for artists working in small scale. As viewers, we often take for granted the challenges and decisions the artist must make before applying paintbrush to canvas. 

This exhibition—featuring 24 artworks that date from the late 18th century to the 21st century—allows you to see works in the FIA’s collection in a new way, realizing that for an artist, whether it’s a material manifestation or ideological expression, size always matters.

Exhibition Info

From the Exhibition

  • Ray Parker, American, 1922 – 1990. Untitled, 1980. Oil on canvas, 90 × 218 inches. Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. William S.White 2013.16

  • David Eichenberg, American, b. 1972. Aimee, 2011. Oil on panel, 7 x 6 1/4 inches. Museum purchase, 2013.3

  • Rod Penner, American, born Canada, born 1965. Day, 2010. Acrylic on panel. 6 × 6 in. (15.2 × 15.2 cm). Museum purchase 2010.282

  • Bryan LeBoeuf, American, born 1975. Father to Son, 2003. Oil on linen. 96 × 80 in. (243.8 × 203.2 cm). Gift of Mary Q. Connelly 2007.117

  • Artist Unknown. Portrait of a Young Female, n.d. Hand painted porcelain plaque. 3 3/8 × 2 5/8 in. (8.6 × 6.7 cm). Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2017.55

  • John Clem Clarke, American, born 1937. The Banquet of the Civic Guard by Van Der Helst, 1983. Oil on canvas. Dimensions: 88 1/2 × 215 in. (224.8 × 546.1 cm). Gift of Ivan and Marilynn Karp, 2013.66

William Stolpin

American, 1942–2017

William Stolpin, 2004

Screenprint on paper

26 x 20 inches

Promised gift of the artist

The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Graphics Gallery

Well-known local artist William (Bill) Stolpin knew he wanted to explore the possibilities of printmaking in junior high school. One year, he made a linoleum block Christmas card that had seven different blocks and 15 colors, a highly technical project for a novice printmaker. He became well-versed in all printmaking techniques, but focused his career on screen printing, relief, intaglio, and lithographic artworks. His subjects were as varied as his techniques. He explored everything from nature and abstraction to fantasy and outer space. Twenty-nine works from the artist’s prolific career are on display in The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

Exhibition Info

From the Exhibition

  • William R. Stolpin, American, 1942–2017. Mott Foundation and More, 2000. Screenprint on paper. 26 x 13 1/2 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Stolpin, 2011.116

  • William R. Stolpin, American, 1942–2017. … and the Santa Maria,” 1969. Lithograph on paper. 19 x 26 inches.

  • William R. Stolpin, American, 1942–2017. Figurehead, 1983. Etching and drypoint on paper. 19 x 26 inches.

  • William R. Stolpin, American, 1942–2017. Smith Bridgman’s - Flint, 1956, 1998. Serigraph on paper. 20 x 26 inches. Gift of Deborah and Charles Gossel, 2000.3

William Kidd

American, b. 1961

Crusty Vase, 2003


Promised gift of Sidney Swidler

The Art of Containment – Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

September 16, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

A retired architect, Sidney Swidler’s fascination with ceramics collecting was influenced by his work as a designer. Swidler has amassed more than 1,000 contemporary ceramic objects since 1984—the vessel form being one of his favorites. He recently donated over 100 pieces from his large collection to the FIA. Whether traditionally inspired or uniquely modern, the objects in The Art of Containment: Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection illustrate the versatility of the vessel.   

Many of the ceramics in this exhibition feature special glazes, experimental firing techniques, and abstract interpretations of the vessel form. For instance, the mesmerizing bursts of shimmering color that dot the surface of this vessel were created by using a crystalline glaze. This special effects glaze is made primarily of particles of zinc oxide and silica. These two ingredients, along with others, are mixed with water and applied to the vessel in a thick paste. While at peak temperature in the kiln, a chemical reaction takes place between the zinc oxide and the silica, forming seed crystals. Once the object starts to cool, the crystals grow and take a circular shape. 

Exhibition Info

From the Exhibition

  • Judi Tavill, American, b. 1968. Carved Sculptural Vessel, 2012. Wheel thrown and hand carved stoneware. 9 1/4 x 5 inches. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler

  • Brett Freund, American, b. 1983. Gem Pot, 2015. Porcelain. 4 3/8 x 7 inches. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler

  • John Parker Glick, American, 1938 - 2017. Covered Jar, n.d. Stoneware. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler Temp_2017.203

  • Lars Voltz, American. Bowl, n.d. Stoneware. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler Temp_2017.196

  • Adam Egenolf, American, b. 1979. Fluted Vase, ca. 2009. Porcelain. 7 3/8 x 4 inches. Gift of Sidney Swidler, 2017.116 

Nina McNeely

MORPH, 2014

American, b. 1983

3:39 minutes

Courtesy of the artist


December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

MORPH is a playful and visually spellbinding performance by choreographer and animator Nina McNeely. Through the use of projection mapping and synchronized movements, she is transformed into a colorful array of creatures and characters. Inspired by the concept of shape-shifting in both folklore and contemporary culture, MORPH journeys through surrealist pop, a mythical animal kingdom, and into a divine realm of apparitions and deities. This piece narrows the line between dreams and reality while inviting the viewer to be transported back into a childlike state of innocence where color is omnipresent, time is nonlinear and illusion is endless. 


Animation  Nina McNeely
Choreography  Nina McNeely
Music  Robbie Williamson and Anna Sitko
Costume  Sara Sachs and Briana Gonzales

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