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We knew her back when: Lekha Hileman Waitoller

Last week, our friend and former colleague Lekha Hileman Waitoller began working at the Art Institute of Chicago as Exhibition Manager in the Department of Contemporary Art.

Her first big project: an upcoming exhibition of work by Steve McQueen, opening in October.

We’re impressed, but we’re not surprised.

Soon after arriving at ASU in the fall of 2008 to pursue an MA in art history in the School of Art, Lekha sought out opportunities at the ASU Art Museum and started as curatorial assistant. She worked closely with Senior Curator and Associate Director Heather Sealy Lineberry on a number of exhibition projects, large and small, from the collection and featuring international artist residencies and loans, exploring a range of disciplines and community programs and partnerships. In 2009, she curated the exhibition I Never Saw So Clearly, from the Museum’s permanent collection. The lively, smart exhibition focused on issues of identity and hybridity in contemporary art, informed by the research for her Master’s thesis on the work of Lorna Simpson and Steven Yazzie.

Then Lekha stepped in as interim curator in the fall of 2011. Her first big project was artist Jennifer Nelson’s Social Studies exhibition, Securing a free state: The Second Amendment Project.

Lekha handled the project’s challenging content and ambitious scope (both hallmarks of our Social Studies exhibitions) with her usual aplomb, demonstrating grace under pressure whether she was helping lead a tour of a sniper school in the desert or facilitating a series of intense, and intensely moving, workshops involving people whose lives have been radically altered by a violent encounter.

The Museum also benefited from Lekha’s curatorial vision and organizational abilities when we revamped the Americas Gallery, on the second floor, which showcases pieces from the permanent collection.

We look forward to seeing what Lekha does in Chicago — the Art Institute is lucky to have her!

June 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm Leave a comment

Events at ASU Art Museum, April 2010

Events at Arizona State University Art Museum for April 2010:

April 3: First Saturdays for Families, a free hands-on art project for kids 4-12 and their families. This month’s art project is watercolors! See our blog post for more information.

[EDIT: The list of films to be screened on April 17 is now available on our site!]

April 10: Street Party, at Hoskin Ryan Consultants property, Indian School Rd and 2nd Ave, Phoenix. From 4 – 10 p.m., $5 at the gate or online, and kids 12 and younger are free! Proceeds benefit ASU Art Museum exhibitions and programs.

April 17: ASU Art Museum 14th Annual Short Film & Video Festival, out on the plaza behind the museum. Bring your own chairs and blankets to be comfy for a gorgeous night under the stars watching short films submitted from all over the world. A totally free event!

April 20: Gallery talks by guest curator Bobby Silverman (at the Ceramics Research Center) and artist William Wylie (in the top gallery).

Arizona State University Art Museum is free and open to the public. The main museum is located at the southeast corner of Mill Avenue at 10th Street, in Tempe, Arizona. The ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is just across the street at the northeast corner of Mill Avenue at 10th Street, and free parking for museum visitors is available directly outside in marked spaces. Please visit our web site for hours and current exhibitions and events.

See you in April!

-diane

March 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm 1 comment

our next First Saturdays for Families project

watercolor project at ASU Art Museum First Saturdays

watercolor painting by our talented Education Assistant Teresa

April is quickly approaching and we still have lots going on at ASU Art Museum!

First Saturdays for Families is Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  This month we’re playing with watercolors – what a fun spring project!

And don’t forget about the second annual Street Party coming up on Saturday, April 10! This year’s event will be at the Hoskin Ryan property, on Indian School and 2nd Ave. in Phoenix, from 4 – 10 p.m.  I’ll post more about that soon, but in the meantime, you can get tickets on our site.

If that’s not enough for you, the 14th Annual Short Film & Video Festival is screening on the back plaza Saturday, April 17! Bring out your stadium chairs, blankets and anything else to get comfy for a night out under the stars and some great short films. As soon as our web page is up with the official selections I’ll post again with more information on what you’ll see that night.

And hey- we’re on Yelp! If you’re on Yelp and have been to the museum or any of our events, tell us what you think! We’d love to hear your feedback and your suggestions to keep making our events even better for you.

-diane

March 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm 1 comment

2nd Annual Street Party announcement from ASU Art Museum!

News Flash!  The 2nd Annual Street Party is official! Here are the details:

2ND ANNUAL STREET PARTY to benefit ASU Art Museum

April 10, 2010

4 – 10pm

Event location: Hoskin Ryan Consultants, Inc. property, 2nd Ave and Indian School Road, Phoenix

*Entry is only $5 per person at the gate; kids 12 and under are free.

The ASU Art Museum Street Party is an exciting annual event that includes live bands, hands-on art activities for kids until sundown, and an on-site exhibition of work by local artists curated by the ASU Art Museum. We can now announce that self-described “Acoustic Symphony Indie Rock” band Dry River Yacht Club is confirmed to play that night!

Food and drink will be available for purchase at the event, and an Indie Chic art fair  will have beautiful hand-made arts and crafts for sale by local artists (remember the one at the museum back in December? Yeah, it’s like that! :)

Proceeds from the event benefit ASU Art Museum’s exhibitions, programs and educational outreach. Last year’s event was VOTED BEST OF PHOENIX in Phoenix New Times.

Keep watching our blog as more bands and vendors are announced!

DJ Brazilia at the 2009 Street Party for ASU Art Museum
DJ Brazilia at the 2009 Street Party for ASU Art Museum

February 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

did I mention…

art by Cyndi Coon

art by Cyndi Coon available at Indie Chic at ASU Art Museum Dec. 5

The fabulous Cyndi Coon will also be at Indie Chic on Dec. 5 at ASU Art Museum! :)

Indie Chic @ 10th Street is an alternative craft fair featuring handmade items. It ain’t your granny’s craft fair. A range of arts and crafts will be for sale and just in time for holiday shopping! Info about the event can be found at http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/indiechic/

Participating artists/crafters:

Rosenmiller Studios
Monsoon Woodworks
Sock Zombie
pagano designworks
Rowdy Studios
Paper Mango
Sandy Hill Moss Designs
Tom Budzak
Designs by Vanessa
Larkspur Studio
Bewilderknits
All A Flutter Designs
Samara Project
Smock You/Blueberry Deluxe
Loveland Boutique
Lime-made
Laboratory 5
Wild Women Soaps
Eleanor Richards
Heidi Abrahamson Modern Jewelry
Karina
Polarbyrd
Shorty Bananas
Shibuimono Arts
Half Penny Press
BUESgENWARE ART
Con/Safos
Pamela Adkinson
Cream Studio & EKL bearmy
Printmaking Student Assoc
Jewelry by Flavia
Puppet Pie

-diane & Lekha :)

December 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm 1 comment

Indie Chic preview

children's designs by All A Flutter

children's designs by All A Flutter

In case you were wondering who’s going to be at Indie Chic, here are a few photos of just some of the artists’ work. We’ve got art, jewelry, ceramics, wood cutting boards and bowls, clothes, paper items, and because we’re feeling it lately, some zombies, too.  (You didn’t think we’d finish out the year without them, did you?) Everything is handmade by local artists- this is a great way to support our own community.  (And how else are zombies made?!)

Indie Chic is the alternative craft fair being held at ASU Art Museum on December 5.  It’s the same day as our First Saturdays event (this month’s project: spin art!) and also the Tempe Festival of the Arts.

If you’re afraid of parking in downtown Tempe with all this fabulous stuff going on, don’t be! Tempe is public transit-friendly: check out the free Orbit buses in Tempe or take light rail from everywhere else to the Mill Ave and 3rd Street station and walk south. Both get you here conveniently and you won’t have to worry about your car!

Tom Budzak

Tom Budzak

Monsoon Woodworks

Monsoon Woodworks

Betsy Rosenmiller

Betsy Rosenmiller

December 5 is THIS SATURDAY! Make it a creative day!

-diane

November 30, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Indie Chic press

Indie Chic logo

ReadyMade.com picked up our notice about Indie Chic, our cool craft fair that’s happening on the same day as Tempe Festival of the Arts, December 5! This is exciting for us since the event creator and organizer, Lehka (who happens to share an office with yours truly), has gotten Ready Made magazine for years.

I can also attest to the excitement that’s been happening around here as submissions keep rolling in. There are going to be some *very* awesome artists at this event. Bring those holiday piggy banks, folks. You’re gonna need ’em.

-diane

 

November 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm


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